I tried Hydroxycut when it was first introduced on the market back in 1998. It was touted as a miracle fat burner so I tried it. Being in my early twenties I didn't know what I knew then about the contents of this product and I certainly didn't pay any attention to the FDA Warning on the bottle. I still had that young person invulnerability mentality. I just didn't ask myself the following: Is Hydroxycut Safe? I simply bought into the hype of the ad and purchased this overpriced product without any thought of side effects or anything else. At the time it was around $49.99 a bottle. Also, at the time I had high blood pressure and didn't even know it.
I was working one Saturday at my office and I was by myself so figured I would try the new fat burner. I took the recommended dosage of Hydroxycut which was around 4 pills a serving. I wasn't aware that you had to build a tolerance to this stuff. Anyway, after about 30 minutes. I noticed I was getting hot and fidgety. I was like, "wow this stuff is working." Then another few minutes went by and I noticed my heart was racing...fast! I went to get some water and the next thing i knew I was feeling palpitations which I had never felt before and knew that it wasn't good. I sat down and started to breath and was trying not to panic. Also, I went to use the bathroom and my urine had a brown tinge to it and was actually syrupy looking.
After twenty minutes of my eyes be closed and slow breathing the fast heart beat, palpitatios, and sweating went away. The moment It did my thoughts of, "this stuff is working!" went to, "this s#@!" is gonna kill me!" Then I thought, "this s#@! is going in the trash!". I flushed this product and my 49.99 down the toilet.
Should You Use Hydroxycut? Well in my obvious opinion the answer is no. To me the stuff is dangerous. In 1998 they were using the old formula of ephedra (Ma Huang), and willow herb. Ephedra based products were banned from the market because people were dying from it. I saw people take a drink called Thermospeed on two separate occasions which contained ephedra and the ambulance was there to pick them up. They later died of heart attacks. This happened during my time at Bally's
Even though Hydroxycut has a new formula of Garcinia Cambogia, Green Tea, Gymnema Sylvestra, Chromium Picolinate, and Calcium is supposedly safe they are herbs and not all herbs are safe and interact with your chemistry and medications well. The only one I trust is Garcinia Cambogia Extract chromium picolinate because I have used it with no issues ever. The studies on all of these herbs actually show little if any benefit at all.
The FDA Report on Hydroxycut gives a stern consumer warning on this product. They list 23 serious health risks and side effects. Liver injury, jaundice, heart disorders, brown urine, seizures rhabdomyolysis which is a muscle damage that can lead to kidney failure. Right now the FDA is focusing it's efforts on the liver damage this product may cause.
Once again weight loss offers no magic bullets. Diet, exercise and eating less than you take in is the only real answer to long term weight loss. It is a lifestyle change. Don't take something that could possibly end your life!