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Hydroxycut SX7

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Hydroxycut is a familiar supplement name in the bodybuilding world and there have been several versions of this product, including Hydroxycut Max and Hydroxycut Hardcore Elite. Like all these others, Hydroxycut SX7 comes from Canadian supplement company MuscleTech and promises extreme weight loss via some unusual ingredients.

We look at Hydroxycut SX7 to find out whether this one is worth a try and if it is safe.

Hydroxycut SX7 Pros

  • Can’t think of any

Hydroxycut SX7 Cons

  • Potentially dangerous side effects
  • No evidence it works for weight loss
  • Some customers bought this for the stimulant effect but it just made them tired
  • No money-back guarantee
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Hydroxycut SX7

Hydroxycut SX7 Review

Hydroxycut SX7 Facts

  • On sale from MuscleTech a supplements company based in Canada.
  • Contains seven active ingredients
  • Previous versions of this diet pill linked to causing serious medical problems

Hydroxycut SX7 is a new diet supplement on the market. It comes with some powerful advertising including the claim that it is “The Most Advanced Super Thermogenic” and it is described as an “unparalleled sensory experience”. This last statement makes it sound more like an illegal drug than an over the counter supplement so we were interested to see what this pill contained.

It contains seven active ingredients all based on natural herbal supplements. The principle ingredient is Green coffee bean extract but other ingredients include Myristica fragrans – more usually known as nutmeg and Salvia Officinalis or Sage. Hydroxycut SX7 also contains caffeine, green tea, cocoa seed extract and alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) a nutrient found in vegetables

Of course, natural herbs and ordinary looking substances, even the ones that are familiar can have strong effects if you take enough of them.

There are serious concerns about the safety and effects of taking nutmeg supplements for example, even though this ingredient sounds reassuringly cosy and home baking related!

According to the product advertising, this supplement will provide you with “clean energy and focus” effects that body builders value to help them train for longer and harder.

How to take Hydroxycut SX7

To take Hydroxycut SX7 take one capsule, once a day for the first two days. Increase this to one capsule twice daily for day three and four.

Following that, you can take two capsules in the morning and one in the afternoon.

You are advised to use for 60 days in combination with diet and training.

Take the capsules with water 30-60 minutes before your biggest meals (breakfast and lunch) and do not exceed three capsules within a 24-hour period.

MuscleTech is a well known supplement company, which caters mainly to the bodybuilding and sports nutrition market. Based in Ontario, Canada, their products are available all over the world and they are a familiar name to many.

Hydroxycut is also a very familiar name to US consumers.

Hydroxycut is a brand name that has been around since 2002 and is not without controversy.

Hydroxycut contained ephedra prior to the FDA ban in 2004 but following this, the revised formula was still a matter of serious concern and was linked to 23 reports of serious heath damage to liver and one death.

After 2009, the supplement was reformulated again and this time contained ingredients such Lady’s mantle Olive extract and Cumin. We covered the various Hydroxycut supplements in a previous investigation and were not impressed with what we saw.

Hydroxycut SX7 Concerns:

  • Will not work for weight loss in the way as described – no evidence that Green coffee extract really does help you lose weight
  • Why has this company included potentially dangerous ingredients that have no connection with losing weight?
  • Mixed consumer reviews and no money-back guarantee available

What Does Hydroxycut SX7 Claim To Do?

Hydroxycut SX7 claims that the principle ingredient Green coffee bean extract is a “scientifically dosed key weight loss ingredient”.

The advertising includes two studies in the form of graphs that apparently prove the weight loss effects of Green coffee. In one study, the subjects lost on average 10.9lbs over the placebo group. Over just three weeks, they lost 3.7lbs.

Green coffee bean is widely touted for weight loss, following exposure of this ingredient on the Dr Oz TV show.

This looks convincing but the problem is that many of the so-called clinical trials have been found to have had serious flaws and inconsistencies in their testing methods and using green coffee to promote weight loss is not proven to work.

According to MuscleTech,

This new super extreme, patent-pending weight loss formula combines 7 cutting-edge ingredients into one insane assault on your senses!

It is described as a,

unique combination of ingredients is something entirely new to the market, and it provides an unparalleled sensory experience that will have you coming back for more!

Do you really want an “insane assault” on your senses, just to lose some weight?

It probably is not true but it seems overblown and unnecessary to claim this, especially in view of this product’s dangerous history.

So What Is Hydroxycut SX7 and What Are The Ingredients For Hydroxycut SX7?

Hydroxycut SX7 is a diet pill that claims to give you energy and assault your senses.

One serving is equal to one capsule.

  • Green coffee bean extract (400mg): This ingredient was featured on the Dr Oz show and is one of the ingredients that got him into trouble with the Senate for making false claims about weight loss ingredients that lack proof.
    Research results indicate that slight weight loss may be caused by chlorogenic acid – present in unroasted or green coffee beans, which appears to inhibit glucose into the blood stream.
    However, there are serious concerns about the clinical evidence that has been used to prove this ingredient. Despite hundreds of articles about Green Coffee, an investigation found that all random controlled trials were carried out on very small amounts of people for a very limited time. The safety and the effective dose has not been established.
    Scientists report,

    More rigorous trials are needed to assess the usefulness of Green Coffee Extract as a weight loss tool

    Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2943088/

  • Caffeine Anhydrous (135mg): Most diet supplements contain caffeine and it is ideal for giving you a quick energy boost. It can increase the speed of the metabolism and help fat burning but the effects are often short lived as you become accustomed to use. When used in combination with green tea it may enhance the fat burning effect. A cup of instant coffee contains around 75 mg of caffeine so this serving size is the equivalent of just less than two cups.
    Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10584049
  • Nutmeg Seed (Myristica fragrans) (100mg): This well-known culinary spice (think of the smell of Christmas pudding) can have psychoactive effects if large amounts are consumed.
    Myristica is an organic compound that can actually cause hallucinogenic effects as well as dizziness, nausea and poisoning if taken in high amounts. Effects appear to vary according to the individual. Will this level of nutmeg cause side effects? It might and you need to bear in mind it has absolutely no relevance to weight loss.
    Long-term use of nutmeg in doses of 120 mg or more daily has been linked to hallucinations and other mental side effects.
    Source: WebMD Resource
  • Sage leaf powder (50mg): Common culinary herb with medical benefits. Sometimes used in herbal medicine for digestive problems and asthma and to reduce hot flushes during the menopause. You should not use sage for long periods of time because some sage varieties contain a chemical called thujone that can cause liver damage if you take too much of it.
    Source: WebMD Resource
  • ALA (alpha lipoic acid) (25mg): Antioxidant found in the body. When taken as a supplement may help lower blood sugar levels and remove free radical cells.
    Source: http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/alphalipoic-acid
  • Cocoa seed extract (Theobroma Cacao) (25mg): Also known as chocolate, Cocoa may help lower blood pressure but it can raise blood sugar levels too. Some drugs interact with cacao including diabetes medication and some anti depressants.
  • Green tea leaf and shoot extract (25mg): When used in combination with caffeine there is some evidence that Green tea may have thermogenic properties and promote fat oxidation. Green tea is high in Epicatechin Gallate an antioxidant that may help protect the body against bacteria. Very low quantities here.

So What Does All This Mean?

At first glance, we thought that Hydroxycut SX7 actually looked fairly safe which made a change for a supplement with this name.

How wrong we were! Nutmeg may sound harmless but don’t be fooled by its cuddly Christmas pudding image. It is this ingredient that presumably is supposed to cause the insane assault on your senses and it has been known to cause side effects such as vomiting and even hallucinations.

You may notice the caffeine content – green coffee bean does also contain caffeine and there are concerns about taking sage long term. None of these ingredients will add up to weight loss.

Green coffee extract remains unproven to cause anything other than a potentially minimal effect. We like the green tea / caffeine combination but the green tea is in very inadequate quantities so probably will not be effective.

Does Hydroxycut SX7 Have Any Side Effects?

We looked into customer reviews and found that some people, although not all, had experienced side effects.
The most common one was a “weird feeling” combined with sleepiness.

This customer reported;

I felt pretty tired and odd when I started using it. I thought my body needed to get used to it. Well after a week and a half of using it. I found myself feeling “weird in the head” and super tired!! No energy at all! I actually had to leave work in the middle of the day because I felt so light headed and super sleepy.

Other reviewers have notice the same effects.

Thought it may kick in soon but only got worse, no energy and felt weird and sometimes dizzy feeling.

And

In fact, one day I took two pills in the afternoon and 30 minutes later I fell asleep and had a nice power nap.

This is not going to do much for your focus or your exercise performance!

Some reviewers have experienced headaches. One customer wrote;

Have to take 2 at a time to feel anything then after they wear off get a headache. Seems like they do more harm than good

Judging by the ingredients list, potential side effects may include;

  • Digestive problems
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Increase in blood pressure
  • Increased risk of miscarriage or birth defects
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Dry mouth
  • Agitation
  • Mental side effects
  • Risk of hallucinations
  • Increased risk of heart disease
  • Fatigue

Caution:

Do not take if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to conceive. Avoid if you suffer from a mental condition such as depression and do not take if you have a history of substance abuse.

Do not take if you are sensitive to stimulants due to the caffeine content. Avoid if you have a heart related medical condition or suffer from high or low blood pressure. Speak to your doctor first if you are taking prescription medication. Some of the ingredients contained in Hydroxycut XS7 will cause drug interactions.

The HydroxycutXS7 information does not provide any warnings to consumers, which is a very serious omission.

Any Hydroxycut SX7 Reviews From Customers?

Yes, and it is a mixed bag with some customers positive about this supplement. However many of these customers appear to have received a free product to review so may be biased.

One positive reviewer stated;

This product is AWESOME!! No jitters and gives a nice boost of energy. I would highly recommend to anyone that wants to start as a weight loss supplement.

Another reviewer felt it curbed his appetite;

It seems it took a few days to work but my appetite is next to nothing. I now eat to fuel my body instead of eating like an idiot. I have lost 8lbs in 2 weeks eating healthy foods because I do not have the cravings I used to have.

This reviewer is also working out in the gym but has not experienced the sleepy effect felt by many other customers.
One customer is enjoying these pills – maybe a little too much bearing in mind that the advice is only to take 3 every 24 hours.

On this product for a week now. Love them. I pop them like skittles. Can’t get enough of them. Bought enough for a year

This sounds downright dangerous.

Some customers were not as pleased.

This is the worst fat burner I ever tried and the most expensive. 0 value for money, I’m a distance runner and this did nothing to increase my energy. I felt lethargy all day, and didn’t drop a pound

Finally, this review sums up what so many reviewers have said;

I tried it for weight loss and it didn’t work. I seen the reviews on how it gave others energy but it made me tired.

So Does Hydroxycut SX7 Work?

Some people seem to like this diet pill but a high proportion of negative comments mention tiredness and lethargy as a side effect, which is not good for a supplement that claims to boost energy.

When it comes to weight loss, we cannot really see how it will work. The principle ingredient is green coffee extract and there is no real evidence that this does much beyond minimal weight loss. The nutmeg is supposed to cause some sort of psychotropic effect but beyond some reported “weird feelings”, most people who have tried it have just complained of feeling tired.

Hydroxycut SX7 has never been tested and some of the evidence for the individual ingredients looks flimsy. We have serious concerns about its safety too. The product advertising advises you to stay on this diet pill for 60 days over which time these ingredients will build up in your system.

Some varieties of sage are known to cause liver damage if taken long term and MuscleTech have already been cautioned about their previous versions of Hydroxycut, which have been linked to causing serious medical problems and at least one death.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydroxycut

Where Can I Buy Hydroxycut SX7?

You can find a stockist selling Hydroxycut XS 7 direct from the MuscleTech website. The company sell worldwide via numerous retail outlets.

Alternatively, if you are in the USA you can buy from amazon.com from various retailers.

One 70 capsule container of Hydroxycut XS7 (approximately 1 month’s supply) costs $30.00 plus shipping to US addresses. A 140 capsule bottle costs around $65.99.

Exact prices and shipping costs vary according to the seller.

At the time of writing Hydroxycut XS7 is not available on Amazon.

What About A Guarantee

Hydroxycut XS7 does not come with a money back guarantee.

Watchdog Verdict

We are unimpressed with Hydroxycut XS7.

It seems ineffective for weight loss and contains some harmless sounding ingredients such as nutmeg and sage, which can come with some very real and dangerous side effects if taken to excess.

Customer reviews are not very encouraging either. We have never seen a diet pill before that caused you to lose energy and feel lethargic but this side effect is too common to be a one off effect.

We can see no possible reason why anyone should bother with this supplement. Yes, some people have lost weight with it when combined with a regime but it is highly possible that their weight loss is down to their own efforts and not this pill.

We feel that Hydroxycut XS7 is too potentially dangerous and too ineffective to add to our approved list. It is an easy decision. We reject Hydroxycut XS7.

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2 comments to “Hydroxycut SX7”

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  1. michelle says:

    I agree with all of this after just taking one pill I felt nauseous and felt like throwing up

  2. Bob says:

    Bought a bottle at the GNC store in Surrey B.C. (Fleetwood). Tried 1/2 dose over 5 days on and off…product is absolute garbage with serious health risks. My advise for whatever it’s worth-don’t take it!

    Plus GNC would not return it w/o a reciept. Absolute ripoff!

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