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Supplement Reviews Blog by Anthony C Supplement Specialist - 5d ago
Top 5 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight
Estimated reading time: 16 minutes, 54 seconds

In this post we’re covering five reasons you’re not seeing the weight loss results you want. AND how you can improve them.

But, as always, if you know what section you need, go ahead and jump to it!

Diet & Nutrition

We know you know that your diet plays a large role in your weight loss progress. BUT, did you know that there is scientific evidence backing up certain diet claims and weight loss?

That’s right! This isn’t your typically eat healthier- track your macros sections; we’re digging deep and pulling out the figures!

Water (1,2,3,4)

Our bodies are made of around 60% of water. So it may seem like staying hydrated is one of those no-brainer tips. But what makes this interesting is that the percentage of water in fat tissue vs lean tissue is not the same.

Can you guess which type of tissues requires more water?

We’ll give you a second to think about it…

If you guessed fat tissue, I’m sorry to say that wasn’t correct. The correct answer is lean tissue. And that should make sense because lean tissue serves more purposes. While fat tissue helps insulate the body and preserve heat, lean tissue and muscle help boost metabolism.

Like lean tissue, water serves a bunch of purposes too:

  • Lubricating Joints
  • Regulating Body Temperature
  • Assists In Flushing Waste
  • and a ton more!

‘Okay Same Day we know water is important but how does it influence weight loss?’

Great question!

  • Drinking water before meals can increase satiety, promote fullness.

When you’re full, you’re not likely to keep snacking. It can be this simple.

  • Increased water intake can also increase lipolysis.

Lipolysis refers to the breakdown of fat. As we mentioned above, lean tissue requires more water intake. And one of the functions of lean tissue is to boost metabolism. When you boost your metabolism, you’re going to increase fat breakdown. So, keep your muscles hydrated!

How Do I Know If I’m Drinking Enough Water?

Well, there’s no exact science to how much water you should be drinking. But you should trust your thirst. If you’re thirsty drink more water. Special circumstances may require you to drink even more water; like during exercise or warmer weather.  Generally, you can tell how hydrated you are by the color of your urine. The darker the yellow, the more dehydrated you are. You want to aim for a pale lemonade-like color.

But you also don’t want to over hydrate. When you’re urine is really pale almost clear or clear, you need to re-hydrate with salts and electrolytes. We go into a new EAA product that’s great for re-hydrating below, click HERE to jump to the breakdown!

Macro-Nutrients (5)

Almost any weight loss diet blog is going to amplify the effects of a high protein diet. And they’re not wrong to do so! Protein has this great property. It can actually stimulate energy expenditure. Thus increase absorption, digestion, and metabolism (thermogenesis). And it does this way better than the other macro-nutrients. But… that doesn’t mean they don’t have their place.

The ratio of your macro-nutrients doesn’t directly influence your weight loss success. What matters most is calories in VS calories out. But calories aren’t created equal. And that’s why diet’s like IIFYMs are so successful for everyone. Macro-nutrients do, however, influence other factors related to weight loss like how full you feel.

We see these types of comparisons all the time:  Broccoli VS Doughnuts

Energy-wise, 100 calories of broccoli and 100 calories from a doughnut provide the same content. But, 100 calories of broccoli is around 4 cups. That’s a lot of chewing …and fiber. With all the fiber in broccoli, you’ll feel fuller faster. Depending on the type of doughnut, you’ll probably be eating around half or less for the same calories.

Fats(6,7,8,9, 10)

‘Do I NEED fats in my diet?’

Yes, you do. They are essential for providing your body energy and supporting cell growth. Even more so, fats help your body absorb nutrients and produce hormones. You just need to make sure you’re eating the good fats; monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.

‘But how does help with weight loss?’

Omega 3-Fatty acids, aka Fish Oil, aka DHA, is our primary contender here. But we also have healthy fats like MCT oil and coconut oil that also help with weight loss. We’ll touch on each!

Omega 3‘s: This nutrient can help you lose weight in a few ways. First, it can help with appetite suppression. Which is great for anyone who struggles with cravings. But it also can help increase metabolism. Because of this, you may find yourself burning more calories at the gym.

MCT Oil: The first thing to be noted about MCT Oil is that its a saturated fat. Technically a bad fat, but there’s a few cool properties that have created the buzz around it for weight loss. Like fish oil, it can help reduce appetite and may improve metabolism. But what’s even cooler is that it can help improve gut health.

Coconut Oil: If you haven’t picked up on the trend yet; coconut oil also helps with reducing appetite and increasing metabolism. But it may target abdominal fat for weight loss better than other fats. The best part of coconut oil is how easy it is to add to your diet. By swapping olive oil and butter with coconut oil, you’re already getting in on the benefits.

Carbs (11,12, 13)

Carbs… one of the first things people decide to cut from their diet is carbs. And there’s positives and negatives to keto and low carb diets. Firstly they can improve your blood levels of “good” HDL cholesterol. But cutting carbs may also reduce the number of total LDL particles in your bloodstream.

Not only that, but low-carb diets can reverse all five key symptoms of metabolic syndrome. This condition can increase your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. And probably what you’re interested in; low-carb diets lead to more short-term weight loss than low-fat diets. Studies also show that cutting carbs can reduce your appetite and calorie intake. But low-carb diets seem to lose their advantage in the long term.

Keto and low carbs work by putting your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. When this happens, your body begins relying on burning fat for energy, instead of storing it. But getting to ketosis is always easy and can come with some side effects (keto flu). Luckily there are products like Keto Lean to help you get to ketosis faster and maintain your energy levels.

‘Okay, but what if I don’t want to cut carbs?’

Like fats, there are good carbs and bad carbs. Good carbs are like fruit, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. Bad carbs consist of processed foods. So by simply reducing the processed foods in your diet you can still keep carbs in your diet, while losing weight.

Training Habits (14,15)

Everyone knows that eating a healthier diet or adding an exercise routine will help with weight loss. But according to a study from 2011, the combination of both is where you’ll find the most success.

But here’s the real scoop, exercise itself, is not very effective to lose weight. However, it is essential for preventing weight regain.

Research supports that exercise improves:

  • cardiovascular fitness,

  • insulin sensitivity,

  • glycemic control of type 2 diabetes,

  • blood pressure,

  • and depression scores

To train or not to train isn’t the only question we want to answer though.

We can break this down even further; aerobic training is more effective for weight loss and fat reduction than resistance training. So if you were relying on weight lifting alone to lose weight, we’re sorry to disappoint.

Again this is going to come down to energy expenditure aka calories. While resistance training will be better for muscle development, cardio is king for overall to lose weight. Or rather a balance of both.

Let’s look at the study:

Willis et al. compared aerobic exercise (calorie equivalent to 12 miles/week), resistance exercise (3 days/week), and a combination of the two to determine changes in body mass. What they found was that weight loss and fat mass reduction occurred with aerobic training to a more significant degree than with resistance training after the 8-month trial. But more so, resistance training did not enhance the change in total body mass compared to aerobic training alone.

‘Okay Same Day, but how do I prevent weight regain with exercise?’

There was actually a study for that too. In this study, they measured total energy expenditure with the doubly labeled water method. The results suggest that physical activity in the range of 11–12 kcal/kg/day (900 calories/day for an 81-kg woman) may be important to prevent weight regain. But keep in mind physical activity means anything resulting in energy expenditure, not just exercise.

If you’re struggling to hit that mark, there are simple things you could do. Like take the stairs, walk to closes places you’d normally drive to, or even take a fat burner. When looking for a fat burner, in this case, you want a thermogenic. This is a product that aims to increase energy expenditure. Unfortunately or fortunately, there are a ton of fat burners and if you’re not sure what to look for, it can be confusing.

Simply put you want something with a thermogenic blend of ingredients in general. These ingredients include:

  • Citrus Extracts
  • Pepper Extracts
  • Even some stimulants like Caffeine, Green Tea Extract, and Yohimbe.

Neglecting Muscle Groups (16,17,18,19,20)

We know we just told you that aerobic training is better for overall weight loss compared to resistance training, but that’s not the full story. While we’re sure some of you are just looking to lose weight and may not be interested in building muscle, getting that toned physique does require some weights.

What does this mean?

To reduce body mass, you’ll need to incorporate aerobic exercises.

To increase lean mass, you’ll need to incorporate resistance training.

Incidentally, there’s another reason your weight might be dropping but your physique isn’t up to par – you’re losing muscle instead of fat.

If you’ve been keeping up with the other sections in this post you, you understand why losing muscle is a no-no. But let’s dive in deeper.

What Does Muscle Do?

Well first things firsts, there are 3 types of muscle with very important roles.

  • Skeletal Muscle

These are our mobility muscles. They are ones we control to do things, like me typing this sentence.

  • Smooth Muscle

Our smooth muscles line the inside of blood vessels and organs. They’re essential for things like digestion.

  • Cardiac Muscle

Are cardiac muscles are located in the heart and pump blood throughout our bodies.

Which Muscle Group Does Resistance Training Help?

All of them! For skeletal muscle, we think of the typical things; increased hypertrophy, protein synthesis, etc. But, for smooth muscle resistance training can improve hypertension. The biggest benefit is for our cardiac muscle. Resistance training for as little as an hour a week can reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes from 40-70 percent.

And for weight loss? Muscle and calories burned have a positive relationship. Meaning when one goes up, the other does as well.

How Can You Increase This Process?

The rate of muscle growth is different for everyone. But there are natural ways you can speed up the process. No, it’s not pro hormones or steroids..its plant, and we don’t mean your vegetables. Brassinosteroids and ecdysteroids are natural anabolic agents. There isn’t a ton of research on there effect in humans but the studies that are available are pretty positive.

In fact, it may increase protein synthesis and decrease/inhibit protein degradation like IGF-1. As well as, increase strength and hypertrophy.

So where can you find these natural anabolic agents?

We carry a could, some are blends and some are just your plant “steroid”. The most common is laxogenin aka 5-Alpha-Hydroxy-Laxogenin. This compound is great for the things we mentioned as well as improving recovery. We’ll dive more into laxo below! Click HERE to jump to it!

But like we mentioned above, there are other compounds other than laxogenin. Another product fitting the bill is Myo stack from Blackstone labs, which features Ajuga Turkestanica Extract. And a bunch of pro hormones features a combination of plant steroid compounds.

Lacking Variations (21,22)

We’ve all been there before. The dreaded plateau. But what’s happening during that plateau? Does progress literally stop? And how can you avoid it if you haven’t hit one?

Alright let’s start from the beginning when you start losing weight, you lose some muscle with fat. As we mentioned before, your muscle helps keep your metabolism up. So when you start losing muscle mass, your metabolism starts slowing down. This causes you to burn fewer calories than before you started. (Another reason resistance training is important).

So even if you’re consistent with your diet and exercise for weeks on end, you’re weight loss might stall. What you have to do at this point is change it up!
This can be a change in your diet or physical activity. Consider cutting your calories a little more or increasing your physical activity.

Remember physical activity includes anything that burns calories so don’t limit yourself to the gym. The important thing to remember is that a plateau doesn’t mean you’re not doing well. It is super important to celebrate your success and continue striving for it.

Also, changing up routine doesn’t just focus solely on diet and exercise; you can change up your supplements too. A product slowly gaining fame in the weight loss supplement world is Recomp Rx.

We’ll go more into the details about Recomp Rx at the bottom of this post (feel free to jump down). But for this section, we’re going to leave it to the reviews:

  • “The aid in transformation is staggering. I lost 3 pounds of fat and put 6 pounds of muscle within a couple weeks. ” Review by Joel H.
  • “This is one of the best products I’ve ever taken. Real stuff. Real results. Blackstone labs has another forever customer!”  Review by Cati C.
  • “I can already tell it’s working and only been using a week! Super fast shipping too!” Review by Kristin H
  • “Love this product. Been on it for about 2weeks and can already see I’m tightening up while remaining the same weight! 5 stars from me!” Review by Matt W

Not Resting (23,24,25,26)

We know we bring up sleep all the time. But it’s just that important. In fact, multiple studies indicate a link between lack of sleep and an increase in BMI (body mass index) and weight gain. Like-wise many sleep disorders are worsened by weight gain.

What if you sleep enough and don’t have sleep disorders but wake up feeling un-rested?

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Supplement Reviews Blog by Anthony C Supplement Specialist - 3w ago
The Complete DMHA Guide [2019]
(Estimated reading time: 13 minutes, 6 seconds.)

While we wait for updates with the DMAA case, DMHA has swooped in and taken its place. In fact, almost every product containing DMAA now features DMHA. But what is this “new” ingredient and what can we expect from it? We’re covering these questions!

Have a specific question? Jump to your answer!

Have an uncovered question? Comment Below! Or send us an email HERE!

What Is DMHA?


As we’ve said time and time again…

DMHA is a DMAA-like stimulant. (1) Originally, or at least medically, it’s used as a decongestant. In supplements, it’s used to improve performance and increase weight loss. But, you’re not likely to see “DMHA” on the label of your favorite pre workout or fat burner. It has a TON of different names but here’s a short list of the common ones:

  • 2-Amino-6-methylheptane
  • 2-Amino-5-methylheptane
  • 2-Aminoisoheptane
  • Octodrine
  • 1,5-Dimethylhexylamine
  • 1,5-DMHA
Background

This ingredient can come from nature or be made synthetically. Generally, companies are more likely to make it synthetically due to this being the cheaper method. But, it comes from the Juglans Regia tree. In products like (spoiler) Hydroxyelite, this is labeled as Walnut Bark Extract. We’ll talk more about this product and more below but feel free to jump to it!

Is DMHA Legal?


Short answer: As of today, Yes!

Detailed answered: Yes, but it’s complicated. In April of 2019, the US FDA did send out warning letters to manufacturers to remove DMHA from their products. This was due to companies not submitting a New Dietary Ingredient Notification (NDIN). Which is required for all new dietary ingredients. Or if DMHA was an unsafe food additive. (2)

But here’s the thing-

DMHA isn’t new. It’s a constituent of walnuts, which has been around for long before any FDA Law. So this isn’t a strong enough case to ban the ingredient. But what about it being “unsafe”?  Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, along with other companies, have been selling products with DMHA for at least 2 years now. With no serious issues from consumers, when taken properly.

And let’s not forget it’s medical use as a decongestant, which was in the 1950s. (3) So can’t really ban it for this reason either. And don’t worry if you’ve grown to love DMHA as much as we have, Hi-Tech has fought the FDA for it. And continues to fight for DMAA.

What About Sports?

Being legal in the US is great and all, but what are the chances of a false positive on a drug test?

It’s possible. We can’t guarantee it will or won’t. Generally, if this is a concern for you, we would advise you to stray away from risky products. Not just DMHA ones.

But, for this matter, we have a statement from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency:

“Categorized as a stimulant under the World Anti-Doping Prohibited List, octodrine is prohibited in-competition. Because clearances times depend on many individual factors, USADA cannot advise athletes on when they should discontinue using a substance to ensure that it has completely “washed out” from their body. Octodrine is not included in FDA-approved medications for any medical condition, so USADA would not grant a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for a product containing the substance.” (4)

If you’re an athlete or if your profession limits what kind of supplements you can take;

Send us an email or talk to one of our Live-chat agents before you buy a product. We can help guide you to products that have been okayed before.

How Does DMHA Work?

As we’ve mentioned, DMHA is a stimulant. It’s structurally similar to 2 familiar compounds (maybe more):

  • 1,3 Dimethylamylamine AKA DMAA
  • Amphetamine

Based on that alone, there’s an expectation that it will act like both these compounds. Just not as potently.

Diving in deeper:

There, unfortunately, isn’t many human studies on DMHA to back up its effects. But, due to the methyl group on the alpha carbon, it should have a half-life similar to DMAA and Amphetamine (9-11 hours). And it should act as a monoamine releasing agent (MRA) of catecholamines like DMAA. This includes dopamine and norepinephrine.

Then DMHA binds to the trace amine associated receptor 1. This will temporarily prevent the re-uptake of dopamine and norepinephrine into the presynaptic nerve. By doing this, these catecholamines remain active in your body for longer. This attributes to the euphoric and wakeful feelings we get from ingredients like this. (3)

What To Expect From DMHA?

Alright, so we’ve gone through what happens in the inside. But, what effects can you expect?

Again there are not enough human studies to back up these effects. The following information is based on customer feedback and anecdotally experiences. Everyone will have a different experience and because DMHA is rarely taken on its own, we can’t guarantee any effect is directly because of it.

What’s the feedback?

With that little disclaimer out:

Customers state the effects last several hours. And that they felt a heightened sense of euphoria during that period of time. This is what we can predict based on the structure and similarities to DMAA. As far as any crash goes, it was reported as a much smoother come-down.

But, adversely the come-up is also gradual. So if you’re looking for a spike of energy, DMHA isn’t for you. Customers also explained that they felt some appetite suppression with the DMHA. This is generally going to be tied to stimulants.

Are There Side Effects?

Any stimulant will have its fair share of risks. Some of the reported side effects include; (3)

  • Nausea
  • Energy crash
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart palpitations
  • Labored breathing
  • Hyperthermia

Reading that list might scare you away from the products below. And if these side effects are a concern for you, you should in the very least consult a doctor. But it wouldn’t be fair to paint DMHA as the bad guy. Not without comparing the side effects to more common stimulants, such as caffeine: (5)

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive Issues
  • Muscle Breakdown (in large amounts)
  • Addiction
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart palpitations
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent Urination

Comparisons

Congrats! We’re almost at the end of the post. Now we’ve reached the good stuff (and probably why you’re here).

DMAA VS DMHA

We’ve already tapped into this a little in the “What To Expect” section, but here we’re getting as deep as research lets us. And your feedback of course. To start off, let do a review comparison of our top selling fat burner Hydroxyelite.

Way back when it had DMAA our reviews looked like this:

The Structure:

DMAA contains two methyl groups located directly next to the NH2 group on either side. This makes it very effective at blocking MOA and increasing potency.

Compare the structure of DMAA  to the structure of DMHA and you’ll understand why DMHA is said to have about 70-80% the strength of DMAA.

The overall opinion on DMHA to DMAA is that it has a lot of the focus elements, but comes a little short in the energy department. The good news though is that the crash from DMHA is reported as much smoother. Allowing consumers to continue to have a good day long after the stimulant has worn off.

DMHA vs Ephedrine

So the thing with ephedrine is that it hasn’t been available for use in dietary supplements in the US for a long time. It’s not illegal though! Much like DMHA, ephedrine has its use in medicine. In fact, it’s also a nasal decongestant. It’s one of four active components from the plant Ephedra. Now supplements use just ephedra and remove the ephedrine alkaloids. But back in the day ephedrine was very popular for ECA stacks (ephedrine, caffeine, and aspirin). (6) And it’s really common for fat burners today to mimic this stack with ephedra.

But besides their medicinal use, what do these compounds have in common?

It’s actually structurally similar to not only DMHA and DMAA but also Amphetamine.

But what do people think?

It’s varied, to say the least. Some people feel DMHA is more like ephedrine than DMAA and some say the opposite. The clear thing is that they are related, which is why even in medicine they share a purpose.

What Products Have DMHA

A lot. It’s actually very popular in fat burners and pre workouts. So we’ll try to include as many popular products as possible but keep in mind this isn’t the full list.

Fat burners

*In no particular order*

Hydroxyelite By Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals So Far , So Good ! Review by Kevin

I bought this product a week ago and it has been great so far . In 7 – 8 days using the product I have lost almost 5lbs. I have noticed that my hunger & cravings have been greatly reduced. I usually take one Pill in the morning & one pill at night. It might still be too early to tell whether this product if effective for an extended period of time but so far it has worked as advertised . Definitely a great alternative to the discontinued OXYElite Pro. Give this product a try ! 

Lipodrene with ephedra By Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Energy! Review by Nicole

I definitely felt an increase in energy and it also controlled my appetite. Like with many others like it, after awhile the strength wears off so I would recommend a break of at least 2 weeks before starting a 2nd bottle 

Lipodrene Elite By Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals LOVE IT Review by Felicia

I tried Lipodrene back in November and loved it. At first, I heard my fit friends talking about how much energy and focus it have them. At the time, I was not eating clean and honestly could not relate. However, as soon as I cleaned up my diet, I began to feel the same energy and focus, and the pounds started falling off. I took a break for a few months and just started again. It works. I love this product! 

Synadrene By Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Synedrene Review by James

Great energy and curbs appetite. But even though this is the “copy of synedrex original” you do not get a euphoric feeling from it. Synedrex original was 900 mg this is 800 mg their formulas are slightly different. It can also make you feel sick or nervous. Very strong! I’ve tried it all… be careful with this one if you’re in bad health.

Lipodrene Xtreme V2 By Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Just what I was looking for Review by Karin

Clean energy laser focus after all of these years looking for anything close to Eca stack that felt good …finally keep it up hi tech 

Fastin By Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Fastin Review by Candice

I have used Fastin intermittently over the last 10 years. So obviously I LIKE it. Gives me energy to repave the driveway, wakes my brain up and improves each and everyday!

Fastin XR By Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Favorite Product Review by Lex

This is one of the strongest fat burners I have tried and I’ve tried many. Fastin XR is really good..

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Supplement Reviews Blog by Anthony C Supplement Specialist - 3w ago
Pro Hormones- What You Need To Know (Updated)

Pro hormones have been around since 1996. However the type of pro hormones available then vs now are very different. This new generation of pro hormones have to comply with the laws set in 2004. This is to ensure they’re safe, effective, and legal. Before these laws, the old generation came with a heavier set of risks and side effects. Now the new generation isn’t completely void of side effects or risk. But it has been greatly minimized. Today we’re going to go over:

  • Common pro hormone compounds
  • Stacks/cycles,
  • Side effects,
  • And the importance of PCT’s (post cycle therapy).

If you don’t see a pro hormone you want us to go over, leave a comment below or send us an .

Want to jump ahead? Click the links below to find the section you need.
1-Andro
4-Andro
19-Nor-DHEA
1,4-Andro
Epi-Andro
HydroxyProgestins
PCT
Stacks
Safety

What Are Pro Hormones?

Pro hormones are precursors for specific hormones. Which convert to become anabolic hormones. The resulting effects are seen through several pathways. But, generally the most important effects are on the body’s:

  • Androgenic,
  • Estrogenic,
  • And progestogenic receptors.

Like anabolic steroids, pro hormones are androgen agonists. A strong androgen receptor agonist will present effects related to testosterone. Some of these effects include increased:

  • Aggression, †
  • Sex drive, †
  • Muscle strength, †
  • Muscle mass, †
  • Muscles feeling denser and more solid † .
As well as heightened risk of side effects related to high androgen levels.

These can include but are not limited to: increased susceptibility to hair loss and acne.

Pro hormones also effect your estrogenic and progestogenic receptors. The effects on these receptors tend to be similar. Pro hormones that convert to estrogen and progesterone can increase mass and strength.

Although a lot of the mass gains are often lost. This is due to them being associated with water retention more than anything else. This conversion also comes with its own set of risks and sides. Estrogenic side effects include but are not limited to:

  • Increased water weight,
  • Increased susceptibility to fat gain,
  • And gynecomastia (swelling of the breast tissue in men).

You may hear of a pro hormone being androgenic or estrogenic, or even both. This is often based on their primary method of action. All pro hormones will have an androgenic effect to some level. Pro hormones can differ in their impact on other body systems.

Typically, strong androgens are useful for promoting strength gains. This is via the central nervous system (CNS) stimulation. A strong androgen would often be something similar in nature to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Furthermore, some will promote enhanced red blood cell production. Which is why users usually experience great pumps and vascularity.

Whats different?

As we mentioned before, the pro hormones available today are different from those available before the US congress passed the Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2004. The new generation of pro hormones have a better delivery system and absorption rate. This means its not as taxing on your liver.

  • Liposomal Delivery System:
    • Liposomal technology has been used in the medical field as a carrier for drugs. But only now has made its way into nutrition supplements. Liposomes have a hydrophobic core with a hydrophilic shell. This simultaneously protects the molecule from degradation, while allowing it be more soluble.
  • Cyclosome Delivery:
    • Cyclosome Technology is another liposomal delivery technology. This approach can be useful in increasing pro hormone solubility and vesicles stability. By controlling the in vivo fate of hydrophobic compounds and in avoiding burst release of pro hormones from the vesicles. This allows the ‘Trojan Horse’ to deliver pro hormones and testosterone boosters to the systemic circulation by the intestinal lymphatic route. Almost all previous Oral capsules and tablets manufactured to increase testosterone are involved in the “first pass affect”. This renders the active compounds virtually useless.

Common Compounds

There are a bunch of different compounds and different ways to stack them. This guide will be covering

  • Well known compounds,
  • Their other names,
  • Effects,
  • Side effects,
  • Stack-ability,
  • And what kind of cycle it would be better for.


1-Androsterone

Other names :

  • 1-Androsterone / 1-Andro
  • 1-DHEA / 1DHEA
  • 1-Dehydroepiandrosterone
  • 1-androstene-3b-ol-17-one
  • 3b-hydroxy-5a-androst-1-en-17-one
  • 3b-hydroxy-androst-1-ene-17-one
  • 3-hydroxy-5-androst-1-en-17-one

Popular Products :

Run Down:

  • Dry, Lean Muscle Mass Gains†
  • Increased Strength†
  • No Bloating or Estrogen Activity†
  • Good for Stacking
  • Good for Cutting
  • Increase in Vascularity†

1-Andro is a legal pro hormone that gets converted to the active steroid 1-Testosterone. 1-Andro goes through a two step conversion to get to the target hormone, 1-Test.

For starters, 1-Andro has research backing it up. Depending on the product you choose, you can expect different results. In general, 1-Andro is great for increasing lean muscle mass, strength, and aggression. 1-Andro is beneficial for bulking and cutting programs.

For bulking, we would recommend a product like 1-Testosterone. Because it has the highest amount of mg per tablet, you’re going to see the effects faster. For cutting, we would recommend 1-AD. The label states it has 75mg of 1-Andro, it has 75mg 1-Andro Decanoate, which yields 47 mg actual 1-Andro. The extra ester chain allows the 1-Andro to breakdown slower. This helps control hormonal spikes.

Also, it’s important to note these products contain other ingredients. Except for 1-Andro from Lg science. 1-Testosterone for example has grapefruit extract which will inhibit the breakdown of 1-Andro. 1-AD, however, contains laxogenin. If you’re not sure if you want to hop into the pro hormone game, laxogenin is another great option. Because it is a plant steroid, laxogenin isn’t hormonal. So women can also choose to supplement with it to improve strength, recovery, and joint pain.

But in this formula, you won’t really feel it. The more noticeable effect is the joint support. Chosen 1, from Blackstone labs, on the other hand is a blend. This blend contains both esters and unesterified 1-Andro/1-DHEA. So you’re kind of getting the benefits of both 1-Testosterone and 1-AD, but at a much lower dose.

Just like with any other pro hormone, there are side effects to consider and deal with. Some of the more typical side effects include; potential acne, hair loss, prostate enlargement, cardiovascular problems (such as high blood pressure), increased liver and kidney values, and testicular atrophy, among other things. Some individuals also noted after high doses of 1-Andro, they experienced low libido and lethargy.

However these side effects appear to go away after the cycle, during the PCT. Because 1-Andro seems to only effect androgenic receptors, the estrogenic sides aren’t expected. Also, side effects like acne and hair loss have a higher potential if you are already susceptible for it.

We recommend taking a on cycle support supplement like Gear Support. Products like this are going to help cut the potential of side effects. You would take it with your chosen pro hormones and stop during your PCT.

For low libido you can try products like D-Aspartic Acid, Maca, Horny Goat Weed, or blends like Stamina Rx.

For your skin and hair care, we encourage you to take a multivitamin with B vitamins. You can also consider Fish Oil, Omega 3, or NAC, which have benefits for your whole body in addition to hair and skin. For acne and preventing acne, there are a ton of OTC cleansers you can try; look for ones with salicylic acid and/or benzoyl peroxide.

1- Andro can be used for up to 8 weeks with a 4 week PCT. Each bottle typically contains enough for a 4 week cycle. So for an 8 week cycle you will need to purchase a second bottle.

4-Androsterone

Other names:

  • 4-Androsterone / 4-Andro
  • 4-DHEA / 4DHEA
  • 4-Dehydroepiandrosterone
  • 4-androstene-3b-ol-17-one
  • 3b-Hydroxy-4-androsten-17-one
  • 3β-hydroxyandrost-4-en-17-one
  • 3β-hydroxy-D4-androsten-17-one

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Run Down:

  • Lean muscle gains†
  • Strength gains†
  • Increased sex drive & libido†
  • More energy†
  • Converts to testosterone
  • Helps accelerate muscle recovery†
  • Supports better overall mood†
  • Helps reduce muscle fatigue†
  • Increases protein synthesis†

4- Andro is similar to 1-Andro, in that they both go through a two step conversion to become the target hormone. In 4-Andro’s case, that means converting to testosterone. Whereas 1-Andro converts to 1-Testosterone.

4-Andro is considered more of a wet gainer. Because it converts to testosterone there is a chance of an estrogen conversion. With products like this that mean there is going to be water retention. With that comes larger muscle mass gains and strength gains.

Due to the water retention, we would recommend 4-Andro for bulking. However it can be, and often is, used in stacks. Like with 1-Andro, different products and different mgs can have a different effects. Also like 1-Andro, the brands follow the same trend with the products. Blackstone’s Brutal 4ce is a blend of 4-Andro, Hi-Tech’s Androdiol has laxogenin, and LG’s 4 Andro is just 4-Andro.

What makes 4-Andro so different is that it converts to testosterone, the hormone, not another precursor. With that, gains come faster, recovery is faster, and some of the side effects from 1-Andro are avoided. Cycling with 4-Andro increase libido and doesn’t provide lethargy. Instead you can expect more of that Alpha-Male ecstasy. If you are looking to increase lean muscle mass, sex drive, energy, then 4-Andro is for you.

Now because there is a chance for an estrogen conversion, you have the risk of those side effects. Those include increased water weight, increased susceptibility to fat gain, and gynecomastia. This is in addition to some of the more common side effects of pro hormones usage, potential acne, hair loss, cardiovascular problems (such as high blood pressure), and aggression. However because 4-Andro is not methylated, you don’t have to be concerned with liver toxicity.

To avoid the estrogen conversion, and risks it comes with, stack an aromatase inhibitor (estrogen blocker) in your cycle. You can also take it after during your PCT. When taken during a cycle, they can limit estrogen conversion. Taken after a cycle, they help prevent rebound gyno.

For the other side effects you can follow the same protocol as 1-Andro. NAC, Fish Oil, Multivitamins, and OTC acne cleansers. Because the 4-Andro is not methylated you do not need to take a on cycle support. However, if you still feel concerned you can take NAC or Milk Thistle.

4-Andro can be used for up to 8 weeks with a 4 week PCT. For beginners, you may want to opt for a shorter cycle to see how your body responds to the pro hormones. This can be 4 to 6 weeks on the pro hormones and a 4 week PCT.

19-Nor-4-Androstenediol

Other Names:

  • 19-Nor-DHEA
  • 19-Nor-Andro
  • 19 NorAndrosterone
  • 19 Nor Dehydroepiandrosterone
  • NorAndrost-4-ene-3b-ol, 17-one
  • 19-Norandrost-4-ene-17-one

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Run Down :

  • Good for Stacking
  • Hard, Dry Looking Physique†
  • Increase Strength†
  • Increase Lean Muscle Mass†
  • Does Not Aromatize to Estrogen†
  • Does Not Convert to DHT†

19- Nor-DHEA, like the other compounds we’ve discussed, is more of a prepro hormone. Through a two step conversion, 19- Nor-DHEA will ultimately convert to Nandrolone (Deca).

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Supplement Reviews Blog by Anthony C Supplement Specialist - 1M ago
Black Mamba VS Black Viper [REVIEW 2019]

Today we’re covering two popular fat burners; Black Mamba by Innovative Labs and Black Viper by Dragon Pharma. Black Viper is fairly new to fame, while Black Mamba has held it’s popularity for several years. But besides their association to snakes and color of capsule, how do they compare? We’ll cover this question and more so keep reading!

What Do They Share:

There are 3 ingredients shared between these fat burners:

  • Caffeine
  • Ephedra
  • Yohimbine HCl
Caffeine: How does it affect weight loss?

Caffeine is the most common stimulant found in food and supplements. It can aid in increasing your metabolism, energy, and suppress your appetite. (1)

Ephedra: How does it affect weight loss?

Ephedrine was a popular stimulant used in fat burners prior to ~2002. This herb promotes weight loss by increasing metabolism. But it’s not available in dietary supplements anymore.

Instead supplements contain the alkaloid ephedra. They’re not the exact same compound, but ephedra exerts very similar effects. Including the effects on weight loss. Ephedra is most recognized for its effects on energy and suppressing appetite.(2)

Yohimbine HCl: How does it affect weight loss?

There are a couple of ways yohimbine functions. The main way is through blocking alpha-2 adrenergic receptors located in fat cells. Once yohimbine has bound with a fat cell, it “turns off” the alpha receptor. Which allows the fat cells to mobilize and burn off. (3)

What Makes Them Different:

Now let’s go over what makes them special!

Black Mamba

Senegalia Berlandieri Extract

First up we have Senegalia Berlandieri. Senegalia is a producer of PEA. It’s very like a different beloved ingredient no longer available; Acacia Rigidula.

But… It may not be quite as strong. In either case, it is going to promote fat breakdown and boost metabolism. (4)

PEA plays an important role in the body and dispersion neurotransmitters. This alkaloid triggers the receptor TAAR-1 in the brain. TAAR-1 then activates the release of the neurotransmitters:

  • Serotonin
  • Epinephrine(adrenaline)
  • Dopamine
  • Norepinephrine

Which then promotes the increase in

  • Mood
  • Cognitive function
  • And overall well-being. (14)
Theophylline

Theophylline is actually used medicinally along with other supplements. Its consider a xanthine like caffeine and theobromine. So you can expect similar stimulant properties. But it’s also a bronchodilator. Meaning it helps relax and open air passageways in the lungs.  (5)

Caralluma Extract

This extract comes from a cactus. Studies indicate it may help with weight loss with it’s appetite suppression effects. (6)

Phenylalaine

Studies indicated that supplementing with phenylalaine may increase glucagon. In fact, glycerol levels increased significantly during exercise. This is an indication that this ingredient may help with fat oxidation. (7)

Synephrine HCl

Citrus Aurantium Extract or Synephrine HCl is like ephedrine. This stimulant is also a strong appetite suppressant. It works by acting like adrenaline when ingested. This helps increase metabolism and boost energy without increasing blood pressure.(8)

Naringen

Naringin helps burn fat by increasing production of a fat burning hormone, adiponectin. When combined with synephrine, it may even increase energy expenditure.(9)

6,7 Dihydroxybergamottin

6,7 dihydroxybergamottin comes from grapefruit. Therefore may help promote energy expenditure when combined with Synephrine. (9)

Hordenine HCl

Hordenine is similar in chemical structure to Synephrine. Because of this, they work similarly. These enzymes work in your brain to degrade the amount of dopamine, serotonin, and PEA your body has. 

By inhibiting this, hordenine may lead to more overall dopamine within your system. Which may help to boost your mood. (10)

Evodiae Rutaecarpa Extract

Evodiae Rutaecarpa Extract shares similar effects to capsaicin. This is due to its vanilloid receptor agonistic activities. Therefore Evodiae will aid in theremogenesis. (11)

Black Viper

Green Tea

There is a ton of research on Green Tea’s effect on weight loss. Some of the more recognized benefits include: (12)

  • Improving your body’s efficiency at burning calories
  • Improve overall exercise performance
  • Reduce visceral (belly fat) and inflammation
Eria Jarensis

Eria Jarensis is a DMAA-like stimulant. To be more specific, it would be between DMAA and PEA. DMAA is alpha alkylated which helps it resist breakdown by MAO enzymes for a long time. Whereas Eria Jarensis’ is dialkylated which works but is less effective. Because of this, it has grown a reputation for its euphoric effects and as a DMAA replacement. †

Yohimbe Bark Extract

The active ingredient in yohimbe bark extract is actually yohimbine. While Yohimbe has a bunch of alkaloids, one of the main constitutes is yohimbine. So, Black Viper contains both the alkaloid and the source for the Yohimbine. †

B-phenylethylamine HCl

B-Phenylethylamine is used for many purposes. Among them include cognitive enhancement, as a mood booster, weight loss, and as a focus aid.(13)

5-Hydroxytryptophan

 5-HTP is a precursor to serotonin. Meaning once consumed, a chemical reaction occurs to produce serotonin.

So why not just take serotonin?

Serotonin is too large of a molecule to pass through the Blood-Brain Barrier. Precursors are much smaller and thus can pass though the Blood-Brain Barrier.(14)

What Should You Expect:

Black Viper contains 222.50 mg more active ingredients than black mamba. The majority of this is divided between ingredients in the prop blend. But it is worth noting that Black viper has 10 mg more of ephedra than Black mamba. Now Let’s get into the categories!

But as always, experiences will vary.

Our first fat burning property is Energy:

We would award the energy category to Black Viper. Now although Black Mamba features more energy ingredients, it has significantly less mgs. So we expect Black Viper to provide a stronger energy component. But as always this can vary person-to-person.

Our next fat burning property is Mood Boosting/Focus:

We’re giving mood boosting and focus to Black Mamba. This is due to the 150 mgs of PEA alkaloids. 

Next we have Thermogenesis

For thermogenesis we’re expect Black Mamba to be more potent. This is because of all the ingredients going towards it. From Synephrine to Evodiae Rutaecarpa, you have ingredients going to towards thermogenesis.  

And our last fat burning property is Appetite Suppression:

We expect Black Viper to have a stronger appetite suppression. This is because we expect Black Viper’s dosage to play a large role in the appetite suppression. So although it doesn’t have many ingredients directly impacting appetite, the stimulants will take over. 

What Do The Reviews Say? Black Mamba
  • Simply the best!! Review by Mary

One of the few products I will happily purchase again and again. Extremely effective, but without any jitters. Slight nausea at first, but goes away after a week or so. 1 in the morning and 1 mid-afternoon get me through the day! (Posted on 5/16/2019)

  • Quality! Review by Kelvin

Fast delivery (important), came with gifts (quality) and more importantly: superb product, perfect pre workout! Ordering again soon! (Posted on 4/3/2019)

Black Viper
  • Good product Review by Thaís

The smell is not great when first opened. Good product, didn’t feel any side effect, and my hunger was controlled. Also helped on my performance on my daily workout routine. (Posted on 3/7/2019)

  • Amazing! Review by Omar

Amazing product , gives you a nice clean burst of continuous energy, good for weights , steady state cardio and HIIT cardio. Helped me control sugar cravings and suppressed overall appetite for around 6 hours after taking it! (Posted on 4/18/2019)

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† While the intention of the information above is for reference only, it is our goal to maintain and display accurate information. But, we can’t guarantee it represents the latest formulation of the product. But If you have any concerns, please visit the manufacturer’s website. Also, the information above is not a representation of our views at Same Day Supplements. Rather, these are the views and information provided by product’s manufacturer. The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated these statements. Finally, the intention of this product is not to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness.

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Supplement Reviews Blog by Anthony C Supplement Specialist - 1M ago
Blue Star Blade Fat Burner| 7 Things To Know Before You Buy

Well as the name suggests, Blade is a fat burner. Not only does it encompass classic fat burning ingredients, it’s also a 24-hour fat burning formula. But we’re going to dive more into this later on.

In this post we’ll be covering:

  • The Breakdown
  • What You Can Expect
  • How It Compares To Other Products

and more!

1. Blue Star Blade: The Break-down
  • CH-19 Sweet Pepper (450 mg)
  • Acetyl-L-Carnitine(400 mg)
  • Green Tea Extract (300 mg)
  • Caffeine Anhydrous(225 mg)
  • Advantra Z (25 mg)
  • Yohimbine HCl (8 mg)
CH-19 Sweet Pepper:

The bio-active ingredient in CH-19 Sweet Pepper does a few things for weight loss. For starters, they activate your TRPv1 receptors. This response helps restrain the formation of new fat cells.† In addition to that, they also increase thermogenesis. But in combination with Green Tea Extract, this ingredient can also promote appetite suppression.  (1)

Acetyl-L-Carnitine:

Carnitine is a derivative of amino acids. It’s found in almost every cell in the body. But what makes it useful for fat loss is that it helps promote the transportation of fatty acids. During this transportation, the fatty acids are oxidized and able to be used for energy. (2)

Green Tea Extract:

There is a ton of research on Green Tea’s effect on weight loss. (3) Some of the more recognized benefits include:

  • Improving your body’s efficiency at burning calories
  • Improve exercise performance
  • Reduce visceral (belly fat) and inflammation
Caffeine Anhydrous:

Caffeine is a great foundation stimulant. It’s the most common stimulant found in food and supplements.  Caffeine can aid in increasing your:

  • Metabolism
  • Energy
  • And suppress your appetite.(4)
p-Synephrine HCl:

p-Synephrine is a naturally occurring phenylethylamine derivative. Because of this, it has both energy boosting and mood-boosting properties. But that not all. It also stimulates the receptors which support fat release, which increases fat burning. Unlike other fat-burning ingredients, it causes no nervousness or jitters and doesn’t increase blood pressure. (5)

Yohimbine HCl:

It comes from the African evergreen tree and is popular for two things:

  • To treat erectile dysfunction

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  • To help with fat loss.

But how?

The main way that it works in the body is through blocking alpha-2 adrenergic receptors. But yohimbine may also increase norepinephrine. Which reduces your body’s natural tendency to retain fat. (6,7)

XD Delivery Technology Complex
  • Fumaric Acid
  • BioPerine® Black Pepper
  • AstraGin
  • Sodium R-Lipoate
  • Succinic Acid

The purpose of these ingredients is to increase the absorption rate and bio-availability of all the ingredients. This ensures that each ingredient is being benefited.

2. What Can You Expect?

So first and foremost, we should address the elephant in the room. Blade is advertised as a fat burner for men. But, women can take it too. There isn’t anything hormonal in blade that would make it unfavorable by women. In fact, these same ingredients are featured in other products.

So what can you expect?

Well energy-wise, we don’t expect you to feel cracked out. But, you should feel awake and focused. With the addition of the delivery complex, we expect the energy (and other properties) to last. All the stimulants in this formula are going to play into the appetite suppression. So this will definitely be a prominent effect. We would like the Acetyl-L-Carnitine to be at a higher dose. But if you’re taking at least 2 caps a day, it’s efficient.

As for thermogenesis, the combination of Yohimbine and the Ch-19 Sweet Pepper is great. However, we wouldn’t say Blade is a top thermogenic; it’s definitely more prominent as an energizer and appetite suppressant.

Dosage and Directions:

Always begin with one capsule in a 24 hour period to assess tolerance.  Take 2 capsules of Blue Star Blade upon waking up. Take an additional 2 capsules mid-afternoon with at least 8 ounces of water. Do not take within 5 hours of sleep. Do not exceed 4 capsules in a 24 hour period. Combine Blue Star Blade with a sensible diet and exercise program.

3. How Does It Compare To Other Fat Burners?

As we mentioned above, the ingredient’s in Blade are in other fat burners. Today, we’re going to be comparing 3 other popular fat burners:

Starting from the top with Methyldrene 25 Elite, there are 3 ingredients shared which are checked above.

Methyldrene 25 Elite, features a blend of 633.75 mg of active ingredients. Compared to Blade’s 1494mg, it falls short by quite a bit. But one of the ingredients that make Methyldrene 25 Elite great is its Ephedra. Which is an alkaloid of a popular (but no longer available) ingredient Ephedrine. If you’re trying out fat burners for the first time and aren’t sure if you want to go all in for Blade, Methyldrene is a great option. We would say this product is better for appetite suppression.

Next, we have Lipodrene Elite by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals. Lipodrene Elite is definitely more of a potent thermogenic. It features 4 of the same ingredients as Blade. But it only contains 623mg of active ingredients. Just looking at the numbers isn’t fair to lipodrene. Within that 623mg is some potent stimulants like:

  • Erythroxylum Coca Extract
  • Senegalia Berlandieri
  • Citrus Aurantium

Our last product is Ripped Edge by BSN. Ripped Edge features 862mg of active ingredients. And shares almost all of the active ingredients in Blade except for the Ch-19. Because of this, we would expect it to act very similar to Blade. Two major differences though are that Ripped Edge has lower dosages of these ingredients. And that it lacks a delivery blend.

4. What Makes It Special?

After going through the comparisons it may be clear what makes Blade so special.

A) The use of CH-19 Sweet Pepper

Although pepper extract itself is very common. We don’t have very much information on this specific extract. This alone makes it special but we need more research comparing its benefits to other peppers.

B) The Dosages

As we have demonstrated above, the ingredients are actually very common in other products. But its the dosage that makes the difference. It’s important to keep in mind that the label indicates the mgs per 2 caps. So if you’re only taking 1, divide the label by 2.

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C) The Delivery Blend

A delivery blend can take a good formula and make it great. Most products contain an ingredient to help with the overall bio-availability. But that’s a big task for a single ingredient. The use of this blend makes every ingredient in Blade more efficient.

5.Why Is It So Much More $$

For starters, Blue Star Nutraceuticals is located in Canada. For those who don’t know, Canadian version of the FDA (Health Canada) is a lot more proactive than ours in the US. In fact, they even assure

“Through the Natural Health Products Directorate, Health Canada ensures that all Canadians have ready access to natural health products that are safe, effective and of high quality while respecting freedom of choice and philosophical and cultural diversity.” (8)

Now that doesn’t mean US manufactured products are lower quality. But, it does help raise the bar for our Canadian manufactured products. And Blue Star does a great job of meeting that standard. So if the ingredients weren’t enough to show you the quality of Blade, you have the backings of their NHPD.

6. What To Do If It Doesn’t Work For You?

With all that said. Blade isn’t a miracle product. You still have to put in some work. That means dieting and exercise. Dieting doesn’t have to suck but unfortunately, you will have to maintain some restrictions. If you’re struggling with cravings you can try adding Garcinia Cambogia.

A fat burner can be a great addition to your workout regimen but it won’t substitute it. If you feel like your exercise routine is lacking in intensity: Switch it up! It doesn’t have to be a drag, boring, or repetitive. But, you do have to be consistent.

7. How Can You Accelerate Your Fat Loss With Blade?

With all that said, there are other things you can add to Blade to make it more of a weight loss stack. You’re already getting Carnitine from Blade, so you don’t need to add more of that. You can try adding in a CLA.

CLA is a fatty acid in dairy products and some meat products too. In terms of weight loss, studies indicate CLA for 12 weeks could reduce body fat in overweight adults. AND help prevent weight gain.(9)

Let’s Look At The Reviews!
    • Blue star blade Review by Jason
      Very happy with product,&service the delivery was very fast & I was kept up to date on arrival will shop at this great company again & let family & friends no too (Posted on 4/25/2019)
    • Check it out Review by Kenny
      I was very pleased with the performance of Blade and the way it worked for me. Cost is a little on the higher end but it works how its advertised and that makes it worth it for me. I would definitely recommend checking this product out! (Posted on 4/7/2018)
    • Overall Review by Connor
      Overall, Blade is an excellent cutting supplement. If you have your diet on point and are exercising on a regularly basis then I would highly suggest picking up a few bottles of blade to push you through any plateaus. (Posted on 4/6/2018)
       
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†PLEASE NOTE: The intention of the information above is for reference only. It is our goal to maintain and display accurate information. Yet, we can’t guarantee it represents the latest formulation of the product. If you have any concerns, please visit the manufacturer’s web site. Also, the information above is not a representation of our views at Same Day Supplements. These are the views and information provided by product’s manufacturer. The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated these statements. The intention of this product is not to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness.

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Hellfire Fat Burner Vs Arson Fat Burner

Well, it should come to no surprise that both these products are fat burners. But both Hellfire and Arson are our top thermogenic fat burners in 2019. In fact, Hellfire Fat Burner held this title for almost three years. Now, it’s time to break-down which is REALLY the best thermogenic in 2019!

What Do They Share

There are 2 ingredients in Hellfire and Arson that exactly the same;

  • Caffeine
  • Black Pepper Extract

But, we’ve highlighted 4:

Both these products also share N-Methyl-B-Phenylethylamine. This is a Phenylethylamine Alkaloid but the sources are different.

We’ll dive into this later on. Lastly, Hellfire contains Rauwolfia Serpentine Extract. Meanwhile, Arson contains Yohimbe Extract. Rauwolscine is like an alternative to  Yohimbine. So they act in the same way, but we’ll go into this later as well.

Caffeine Anhydrous

Caffeine is a great foundation stimulant. It’s the most common stimulant found in food and supplements.  Caffeine can aid in increasing your:

  • Metabolism
  • Energy
  • And suppress your appetite. (1)
N-Methyl-B-Phenylethylamine

N-Methyl-B-Phenylethylamine originates from a Phenylethylamine. An alkaloid often represented as PEA. PEA plays an important role in the body and dispersion neurotransmitters. This alkaloid triggers the receptor TAAR-1 in the brain. TAAR-1 then activates the release of the neurotransmitters:

  • Serotonin
  • Epinephrine(adrenaline)
  • Dopamine
  • Norepinephrine

Which then promotes the increase in

  • Mood
  • Cognitive function
  • And overall well-being. (2, 3)
Okay but what about the sources?

Hellfire’s PEA alkaloids are derived from Senegalia Berlandieri Extract. Whereas Arson’s come from Eria Jarensis Extract.

For starters, both these ingredients are considered stimulants. But in terms of PEA alkaloids-

Senegalia Berlanidieri Extract has is more abundant in PEA alkaloids. But in overall strength and performance, we got to give that to Eria Jarensis.

Rauwolfia Serpentine Extract VS Yohimbe Extract

Well as we mentioned above, these are kind of the same substances. In fact, Rauwolfia root contains about 50 alkaloids. One of them being Yohimbine. But it’s the most abundant. Rauwolscine is basically like an alternative to yohimbine but with increased potential. (4,5)

Black Pepper Extract

Black Pepper extract also known as Bioperine or just Piperine is an alkaloid of Black Pepper. Many studies indicate piperine has the ability to enhance the absorption of drugs and natural compounds. (6) But that’s not the only reason to add it to a fat burner. Piperine may also increase thermogenesis.

What Makes Them Different:

Now that we’ve covered what they share, let go over what makes them special.

Hellfire Fat Burner

Sengalia Berlandierie Extract

Now We’ve already tapped into Senegalia a little before. But there’s more to it’s potential than just a producer of PEA. It’s very similar to a different beloved ingredient no longer available; Acacia Rigidula. But… It may not be quite as strong. In either case, this ingredient is going to promote fat breakdown and boost metabolism. (7)

Theophylline

Theophylline is an ingredient you may not be aware that you’re already familiar with. It’s actually used medicinally along with other supplements. Its consider a xanthine like caffeine and theobromine. So you can expect similar stimulant properties. But it’s also a bronchodilator. Meaning it helps relax and open air passageways in the lungs. (8)

Ephedra Extract

Ephedrine was a popular stimulant used in fat burners prior to ~2002. This herb promoted weight loss by increasing metabolism. However it’s not available in dietary supplements anymore.

Now supplements contain the alkaloid ephedra. They’re not the exact same compound, but ephedra exerts very similar effects. Including the effects on weight loss (9). Ephedra is most recognized for its effects on energy and suppressing appetite.

Higenamine HCl

Higenamine is a beta-receptor agonist, it’s often compared to Ephedrine and Synephrine. But it’s chemical structure is pretty unique. Higenamine actually shows the properties of a vasodilator. Which leads to increased blood flow to the muscles. Unlike in most stimulants, which are vaso-constricting(10).

Evodiamine

Evodiamine promotes thermogenesis. This is due to its vanilloid receptor agonistic activities. Which are comparable to capsaicin. (11)

Peppermint Extract

Peppermint extracts are used extensively in the food industry to flavor products like gum. However, peppermint extracts may also help:

  • Process food better
  • Eases indigestion
  • Boost your metabolism.
  • Aid in appetite suppression
  • Reducing sugar cravings (12)
Black Tea extract

Findings suggest that black tea may contribute to good health and weight loss in humans. The results suggest that both green and black teas are prebiotics. Which promotes the growth of good microorganisms that contribute to a person’s well-being. (13,14)

Arson Fat Burner

Eria Jarensis Extract

Eria Jarensis is a DMAA-like stimulant. To be more specific, it would be between DMAA and PEA. DMAA is alpha alkylated which helps it resist breakdown by MAO enzymes for a long time. Whereas Eria Jarensis’ is dialkylated which works but is less effective. This ingredient has grown a reputation for its euphoric effects and as a DMAA replacement. †

2-Aminoisoheptane HCl

Arson is a prop blend, but Blackstone confirmed there are 125mgs of 2-Aminoisoheptane. Which is also known as DMHA and is the potent stimulant used to replace DMAA.

In fact, DMHA shares similar structures to that of DMAA. They actually work in the same fashion. They both boost dopamine and noradrenaline uptake while slowing down re-uptake. (15)

Theobromine Anhydrous

Theobromine is found in cacao plants and tea leaves. In a fat burner, it provides energy and may help shed water weight. Like other stimulants, theobromine also may aid in appetite suppression. (16)

Green Tea Extract

There is a ton of research on Green Tea’s effect on weight loss. Some of the more recognized benefits include:(17)

  • Improving your body’s efficiency at burning calories
  • Improve exercise performance
  • Reduce visceral (belly fat) and inflammation

The Citrus-Rx Blend contains:
  • Citrus Nat Sudaidai Hayata Extract
  • Citrus Junos Siebal
  • Ex Tanaka Extract
  • Citrus limonium Extract
  • Citrus Aurantium Extract

In the Citrus-Rx Blend, we have 5 citrus extracts. Citrus Aurantium Extract is the most common extract we see in fat burners. But what’s more important is that there is a ton of research backing up the effect of it.
In general, citrus extract will help kick start fat breakdown and suppress your appetite. While also providing an energy boost. (1819)

Cayenne Pepper Fruit Extract

Cayenne Pepper Fruit Extract which contains Capsaicin. Which is comparable to the Evodiamine. So this is going to promote thermogenic effects and boost your metabolism. (20)

Grains of Paradise

Our last different ingredient is Grains of Paradise. Grains of Paradise contains the active compound 6 Paradol, as well as other compounds. Like Capsaicin, Paradol is the active flavor component of the seeds of Guinea pepper. Thus increases weight loss through thermogenesis. (21)

What Should You Expect

Although both these products are thermogenics, they have other properties that make them unique.

For Energy:

If you’re looking for a high energy fat burner AND you have a high tolerance to stimulants,

We would recommend Arson Fat Burner.

But, if you’re not sure if your tolerance is that high, Hellfire is still a great option.

For Mood Boosting/Focus:

Again, we have to give this to Arson. This is due to the combination of  Eria Jarensis and DMHA.  You may get some mood-boosting/focus aid from Hellfire, but it may not last as long.

For Thermogenesis:

Because Arson has an entire blend full of thermogenic ingredients, you’ll probably get the most from it.

But, Hellfire does contain 150 mg Ephedra. So it’s not completely out of the race here. This effect will vary greatly between individuals.

And our last fat burning property is Appetite Suppression:

Again based on the label Arson will have more ingredients (stimulants) that play into this category. But this is an effect that varies a lot. We would expect the appetite suppression properties to last longer in Arson.

What Do The Reviews Say?

Here are some recent reviews of both fat burners from our customers. But, don’t forget to leave a review yourself if you’ve tried either or both!

Hellfire

  • Hellfire eph 150 Review by Droc
    Decent for the price. Gave me the energy I need for my entire workout. Took 1 cap an hour before. Felt good with no post workout hangover. Lots of water and your good. (Posted on 5/9/2019)
  • FEEL THE HEAT Review by Daniel
    I bought this as recommended by a friend. And it really does make me sweat and give me energy. I use it before a workout and sometimes just for energy at work. personally don’t feel a crash afterward. I recommend this product. (Posted on 4/4/2019)

Arson

  • Wow!! Review by Thomas
    Great product. Purchased last week. Good energy and great appetite suppressant. Highly recommend to others and friends
    I don’t eat that much at all and have good consistent energy all day (Posted on 5/21/2019)
  • Great Fat Burner Review by Dylan
    Intense Energy. Definitely suppresses my appetite as well. (Posted on 4/30/2019)
Disclaimer:

†PLEASE NOTE: The intention of the information above is for reference only. It is our goal to maintain and display accurate information. Yet, we can’t guarantee it represents the latest formulation of the product. If you have any concerns, please visit the manufacturer’s web site. Also, the information above is not a representation of our views at Same Day Supplements. These are the views and information provided by product’s manufacturer. The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated these statements. The intention of this product is not to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness.

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Supplement Reviews Blog by Anthony C Supplement Specialist - 1M ago
Psychotic Gold VS Psychotic (2019 Review)

Introducing one of our newest pre workout series, Psychotic and Psychotic Gold by Insane Labz! First things first, these aren’t the only pre workouts in Insane Labz’s arsenal. They also have Psychotic HellBoy and Redrum. So if you want a review or comparison of those products as well, make sure to leave us a comment or send an email HERE.

But this blog will be covering Psychotic Gold and Psychotic only. We’re going to breakdown:

  • What’s The Same,
  • Whats Different,
  • What You Should Expect,
  • And More!
PSYCHOTIC Pre-Workout by Insane Labz, Review (2019) - YouTube
What Are They?

Both Psychotic and Psychotic Gold are intense, energy focused pre workouts. However, they both feature a great mix of pump, and focus ingredients as well. We’ll dive more into the specifics later in the post but if you want to jump ahead click here.

How Should I Take It?  

We, and the manufacturers, recommend you asses your tolerance to either pre workout. Start with ½ scoop or less and gradually increase to a full scoop when you’re comfortable. Due to the potency of these pre workouts, you shouldn’t consume caffeine or stimulants from other sources.

Does Psychotic or Psychotic Gold Have Sides Effects?

Insane Labz indicates that you shouldn’t exceed the recommended serving size (1 scoop). Also, these pre workouts are not intended for persons under the age of 18. You should stop using either pre workout if you experience the following:

  • Rapid heart beat, dizziness, severe headaches or shortness of breath

or

  • 2 weeks prior to surgery.

You should consult your physician if you are currently on medication or have a medical condition.

Can Women Take It?

Absolutely! Both Psychotic and Psychotic Gold are not gender-specific. But consult your physician prior to use if you are pregnant or nursing.

How Do They Compare?

Both Psychotic Gold and Psychotic have 35 servings per container and feature a 5.8 gram scoop.

The Shared Ingredients:

As you can see above, we’ve highlighted all the shared ingredients between these products.

This includes:

  • Beta Alanine
  • Caffeine Anhydrous
  • †AMPiberry®
  • Rauwolfia Vomitoria Extract
Beta Alanine

As you workout your muscle cells excrete lactic acid. Lactic acid build up is one of the things associated with muscle soreness and fatigue. Beta-alanine buffers the lactic acid from building up. As a result you will be able to get a few more reps out in the gym. (1)

Caffeine Anhydrous

Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant of the methylxanthine class. How caffeine works is by binding to a specific receptor in the brain called the adenosine receptor. But, unlike adenosine, caffeine doesn’t slow down the cell. Instead the nerve cells speed up. Caffeine also causes the brain’s blood vessels to constrict. This is due to it blocking adenosine’s ability to open them up. Which is why it is sometimes referred to as a vaso-constrictor, like other stimulants. (2)

Although both Psychotic Pre Workout and Psychotic Gold Pre Workout are proprietary blends:

Insane Labs has confirmed there is approximately 300mg of caffeine in Psychotic and 400mg of caffeine in Psychotic Gold Pre Workout.

†AMPiberry®

AMPiberry, aka Juniper Berry, is a pretty new ingredient in pre workouts. In fact, it’s actually more prevalent in diuretics. So if you find yourself losing some water weight while taking either pre workout, you have the Juniper Berry to thank. But as you can image that’s not why Insane Labz included this ingredient. There is some evidence that AMPiberry promotes a smooth energy curve when paired with caffeine and other stimulants.

What does this mean?

 AMPiberry will help increase the effects of stimulants. Doing so promotes lasting energy at a smoother rate. (3)

Rauwolfia Vomitoria Extract

If you don’t recognize Rauwolfia Vomitoria, you may know its more common name yohimbine. This ingredient is also not very common in pre workouts. Instead, you’re way more likely to find a version of yohimbine in a fat burner. Why?

Yohimbine is a great thermogenic. There are a couple of ways yohimbine functions. The main way is through blocking alpha-2 adrenergic receptors located in fat cells. Once yohimbine has bound with a fat cell, it “turns off” the alpha receptor. Which allows the fat cells to mobilize and burn off. But yohimbine is also a mild stimulant. For a pre workout, this means you’ll get the benefits of a stimulant and it may help you sweat more. (4)

What Makes Them Special?

Now that we’ve covered whats the same, lets breakdown what makes them different. Firstly, if you like having many flavor to run through, psychotic is for you. Psychotic comes in 7 flavors:

  • Cotton Candy
  • Fruit Punch
  • Grape
  • Gummy Candy
  • Watermelon
  • Apple
  • Sour Cherry Colada

Where as Psychotic Gold currently on has 3:

  • Gummy Candy
  • Orange
  • Fruit Punch

We’ve already mentioned the difference in caffeine mgs, but overall-

Psychotic has 4,459mg of active ingredients compared to Psychotic Gold’s 4,234mgs. But before you make a quick judgement, more mg doesn’t mean more potent. So lets compare the individual ingredients.

Psychotic
  • Creatine Monohydrate
  • Hordenine HCl
  • Dimethylethanolamine (DMAE or DMEA)
  • Huperzine Serrata Leaf Extract
Creatine Monohydrate

This is a combination of three naturally occurring amino acids found in the body (L-arginine, Glycine, L-methionine). Creatine helps in build muscle in a few ways but its most recognized ability is it affect on ATP Production and cell hydration. A fully hydrated cell is a more anabolic cell. Meaning you have a higher increase of muscle protein synthesis. (5)

Hordenine HCl

Hordenine HCl is another common fat burner ingredient. It’s similar to yohimbine in that it’s a thermogenic and stimulant. But chemically it’s closer to Bitter Orange Extract (Synephrine). This is going to promote an increase in energy and may play into some mood enhancement.(6)

Dimethylethanolamine

DMAE or DMEA promotes improvements in cognitive functions. That means more focus/concentration and some more mood boosting effects.(7)

Huperzine Serrata Leaf Extract

Our last ingredient in Psychotic is Huperzine Serrata Leaf Extract. Which is actually common in both fat burners and pre workouts. Huperzine A is actually considered a natural anti depressant. But it is also useful in improving focus. In fact, it’s been used to help treat Alzheimer’s disease.(8)

Psychotic Gold
  • L-Citrulline Malate
  • Agmatine Sulfate
  • DMAE Bitartrate
  • Caffeine Citrate
  • OxyGold (Fulvic Acid)
L-Citrulline Malate

L-Citrulline Malate introduces our first pump ingredient from both of these products. The only difference between L-citrulline and citrulline malate is the addition of malic acid. Traditionally, malic acid is used as a preservative in packaged foods. But as a supplement, it can improve stamina and reduce pain and inflammation induced by high intensity training.(8,9)

Agmatine Sulfate

Another pump ingredient in Psychotic Gold is Agmatine Sulfate. Agmatine is a metabolite of L-Arginine, an amino acid. Research suggest it may govern nitric oxide (NO) synthesis. As well as working to properly regulate cellular energy. This makes agmatine sulfate a popular pump-inducing supplement choice. But further research is needed on this ingredient. (10,11)

DMAE Bitartrate

Next we have DMAE again but with the addition of Bitartrate. This will provide the same benefits as DMAE. But, because of the bitartrate, it does have less of the actual DMAE. (12)

Caffeine Citrate

Psychotic Gold features 2 types of caffeine; the Anhydrous and the Citrate.

What’s different?

Caffeine Citrate is the fastest acting caffeine available, which makes it very popular in supplements. Whereas Caffeine Anhydrous is the purest form of caffeine available. †

OxyGold (Fulvic Acid)

OxyGold or Fulvic Acid is useful in a lot of ways. But in a pre workout, its helpful at increasing the bioavailablity of other ingredients. Fulvic acid helps:

  • transports minerals and other nutrients to cells more effectively
  • boosts absorption rate of nutrients by making cells more permeable
  • and fights inflammation within the digestive organs

There are a ton of factors that influence how your body absorbs nutrients. But the essential point is that you don’t absorb 100% of anything you consume from food to supplements. So even if you’ve had a pre workout that claimed 300mg of caffeine before, you didn’t feel the 300mg. With the addition of Fulvic Acid, now you’ll feel it. And for a longer period of time. But it should be noted there needs to be more research on how effective it is.(13)

What To Expect

OK so now that we know what these pre workouts are and what makes them unique, what can you expect from them.

Both pre workouts are high energy pre workouts.

BUT

With the addition of the OxyGold and the AMPiberry, we expect Psychotic Gold to kick in faster and for longer. And the addition of pump ingredients in Psychotic Gold will help promote increased endurance.  However, Psychotics use of mood and cognitive boosters may give it an edge in the focus department. 

Which Should You Try?

Well if you’re looking for a strong, all-around good pre workout we’d recommend Psychotic Gold. But if you’re more interested in the energy and focus, Psychotic may be better.

Let’s Look At The Reviews!
  • Psychotic Review By Charles
    • Do ya wanna get stimulated for the gym, cutting the grass, building a garage, a house whatever, if it involves physical activity…Psychotic is a good product. And for all you stupid people…. .its not to take and the go jogging or running. There is a difference. Ur heart will wanna jump out of your chest. Please stupid people…do not buy this product. It isn’t meant for you. Seriously.
  • Psychotic Gold Review By Eric
    • This pre workout really is insane! First time I took it I got a new pr. Not only do I have more energy and endurance, but I feel my strength go up! I am very motivated for the gym these days too. I think gummy candy best flavor hands down and SameDaySupps is definitely my go to shop for sups. Placed my order at 8am and got my tracking info in the afternoon. Very happy customer.
WARNING:

NOT FOR USE BY INDIVIDUALS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 YEARS. DO NOT USE IF YOU ARE PREGNANT OR NURSING. THIS PRODUCT CAN RAISE BLOOD PRESSURE AND INTERFERE WITH OTHER DRUGS YOU MAY BE TAKING. TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT THIS PRODUCT.

PLEASE NOTE: The intention of the information above is for reference only. It is our goal to maintain and display accurate information. Yet, we can’t guarantee it represents the latest formulation of the product. If you have any concerns, please visit the manufacturer’s web site. Also the information above is not a representation of our views at Same Day Supplements. These are the views and information provided by product’s manufacturer. The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated these statements. The intention of this product is not to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness.

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Supplement Reviews Blog by Anthony C Supplement Specialist - 1M ago
Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Hydroxyelite

The weight loss supplement voted the best overall fat burner for 3 years in a row; Hydroxyelite! We’re not joking. Within the last 3 years Hydroxyelite has remained our top-selling fat burner. Now just because it’s the most popular, doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. If you’re still browsing through fat burners don’t forget to checkout our other top fat burners of 2019.

What is Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals HydroxyElite?
Hydroxyelite is a fat burner made to replicate an even more popular fat burner; Oxyelite Pro. Oxyelite Pro was an incredible fat burner that was discontinued back in 2015. Four years later, people still ask us what compares to it. Every time we direct them to Hydroxyelite. In fact it contains almost the same formula as its predecessor and the same look. 
BUT
It has some additional ingredients that some say make it an improved version of Oxyelite Pro!
Your Frequently Asked Questions Answered!

In this section we’re going to go over all the common questions we get about Hydroxyelite. If you have a question that isn’t answered anywhere in this post make sure to leave a comment below!

Or email us HERE!

How Does it Compare To OxyElite Pro?

OxyElite Pro contained a proprietary blend consisting of 119.5mg of active ingredients. Then an additional 100mg for caffeine.  Compared to Hydroxyelite’s 519.5mg of active ingredients, Oxyelite falls short.

The label:

  • Bauhinia Purpurea L. (Leaf and Pod) Extract
  • Bacopa (Leaf) (Bacopa Monnieri) extract
  • 1,3-Dimethylamylamine HCL
  • Cirsium Oligophyllum (Plant) Extract
  • Yohimbe (Pausinystalia Johimbe) Bark Extract
  • Caffeine

As you can see, we’ve already checked off the ingredients shared between them. The ONLY ingredient in OxyElite Pro that Hydroxyelite does not have is DMAA.

Why Doesn’t Hydroxyelite Contain DMAA?
Back in October 2017, the FDA stopped Hi-Tech Pharma from manufacturing with DMAA. The ability to manufacture with DMAA has been in court ever since. So for now, Hydroxyelite doesn’t contain DMAA. Since the new formula, we have received hundreds of positive feedback. In fact, Hydroxyelite remains the top-selling fat burner. But if you’re still unsure if Hydroxyelite is right for you, just look at our customer reviews.
Instead of DMAA

Hydroxyelite contains 2-Aminoisoheptane. This is a DMAA-like stimulant that goes by several names. In fact, DMAA and 2-aminoisoheptane actually work in the same fashion. It is naturally found in Walnut Bark extract or the bark from the Juglans Regia tree.

Can Women Take It?
Absolutely! Hydroxyelite is not gender-specific. Both Men & Women can take Hydroxyelite. Exception: Women who are pregnant or nursing should not take any fat burners.
Hydroxyelite VS Lipodrene? Which is better?
All fat burners have different ingredient profiles that make them good for someone. It’s important to remember that everyone will have a different experience and results. With that said, based on the label:
Lipodrene has a stronger stimulant profile than Hydroxyelite. But Hydroxyelite has a better appetite suppressant profile.
So if you’re looking for a fat burner that’s more energy based? Try Lipodrene. But if you want a fat burner to help with your appetite? Try Hydroxyelite.
For more information on these fat burners checkout out THIS.
Can I take it with a pre-workout or other stimulants?
Although Hydroxyelite is not a heavy stimulant fat burner, you should assess your tolerance to it. We wouldn’t recommend taking it along with a pre workout. Too many stimulants can cause undesirable side effects. Such that includes but is not limited to:
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
Should I cycle it?

The longer you take caffeine and other stimulants, the more your body becomes desensitized. To avoid this, you should take at least 2 weeks off fat burners before starting a new bottle.

What can I take in between cycles?

Luckily, there are a ton of non-stimulant fat burners and weight loss supplements that you can take when you’re off-cycle. But, more current research is needed to establish the effectiveness of these supplements.

CLA: Conjugated Linoleic Acid

CLA is a fatty acid in dairy products and some meat products too. In terms of weight loss, studies indicate CLA  for 12 weeks could reduce body fat in overweight adults. AND help prevent weight gain. (1,2)

Carnitine:

Carnitine is a derivative of amino acids. It’s found in almost every cell in the body. But what makes it useful for fat loss is that it helps promote transportation of fatty acids. During this transportation the fatty acids are oxidized and able to be used for energy. (3)

Garcinia Cambogia:

Garcinia Cambogia Extract is potent for Hydroxy Citric Acid or HCA. HCA not only helps with appetite suppression, but also may inhibits fatty acid synthesis.(4)

Is there anything I can take with Hydroxyelite to help with weight loss?

Yes! In fact, you can combine the products above with your Hydroxyelite.

P.S.

We already did!

Checkout our Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Weight Loss Stack!

I haven’t lost weight; am I doing something wrong?

If you’re not getting the results you want, there are a couple of questions you have to ask yourself.

Diet:

First things first, is your diet on point?  What we mean is, are you:

  • On a calorie deficit?
  • Eating “healthy” foods?
  • Tracking what you eat AND what you drink?
  • Are you hydrated ?
  • Are your eating habits okay?

When you start any fat burner, your results are only going to be as good as your efforts. Dieting doesn’t have to suck but unfortunately, you will have to maintain some restrictions. If you’re struggling with cravings you can try adding in more Garcina Cambogia.

Exercise:

  • Are you consistently following a workout regimen?
  • Are you changing up your routine?

It may seem like a no brainier, but a question we get often is whether or not you need to workout while on a fat burner. The answer of course is yes. A fat burner can be a great addition to your workout regimen but it won’t substitute it.

How to Take Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Hydroxyelite:
Take 1-2 capsules in the morning and 1 capsule after lunch. Do not exceed 4 capsules of Hydroxyelite daily.
 
Let’s Look At The Label!

Now let’s breakdown the formula and figure out what makes Hydroxyelite so good!

Like in most fat burners, Hydroxyelite features an ingredient profile with:
  • Stimulants
  • Appetite Suppressants
  • Thermogenics
  • Mood/Focus
The Stimulants:

Hydroxyelite isn’t a stimulant heavy fat burner. But all the stims in it play a role into each category above.  This includes Caffeine, 2-Aminoisoheptane, Rauwolscine, and Walnut Bark Extract.

Caffeine: How does it affect weight loss?

Caffeine is a great foundation stimulant. It’s the most common stimulant found in food and supplements.  Caffeine can aid in increasing your metabolism, energy, and suppress your appetite. (5)

2-Aminoisoheptane: How does it affect weight loss?

As we mentioned above, 2-Aminoisoheptane is a DMAA-like stimulant. But DMHA actually shares similar structures to 3 compounds:

  • DMAA
  • DMBA (AMP Citrate)
  • and tuaminoheptane (2-aminoheptane)

It will promote  mood-enhancing effects and help give a feeling of euphoria. Along with boosting your energy, and appetite suppression. (6)

Rauwolscine: How does it affect weight loss?

Rauwolscine is a diastereoisomers of Yohimbine. There are a couple of ways yohimbine functions. The main way is through blocking alpha-2 adrenergic receptors located in fat cells. Once yohimbine has bound with a fat cell, it “turns off” the alpha receptor. Which allows the fat cells to mobilize and burn off (7).

Walnut Bark Extract: How does it affect weight loss?

Besides being the source to some DMHA extracts, Walnuts may activate a brain region involved in appetite and impulse control.(8,9)

The Appetite Suppressants:

Hydroxyelite’s contains 200mgs of Garcinia Cambogia Extract. This ingredient contains HCA which inhibits fatty acid synthesis in the body. In addition to this, all the stimulants will have some appetite suppression properties. (4)

Thermogenics:

In terms of weight loss, thermogenic promotes an increase your metabolism. This is done by helping your body burn more calories. When you’re body is burning calories, it generates more heat. There are 5 ingredients that aid in thermogenesis:

  • 2-Aminoisoheptane
  • Rauwolscine
  • Bauhinia Purpurea
  • Walnut Bark Extract
  • Cirsium oligophyllum
Bauhinia Purpurea: How does it affect weight loss?

Bauhinia Purpurea is a thyroid booster that helps converts your thyroid hormones into a more beneficial ratio.(10)

Which could result in improvements in:

  • Your metabolism
  • Thermogenesis
  • Overall fat loss
  • Mood
Cirsium oligophyllum: How does it affect weight loss?

There are two main effects from circium, the first of which is most important:(10,11)

  1. It helps you burn body fat by exciting the beta-adrenergic receptor.
  2. It boosts the themogenesis by increasing the action of uncoupling protein 1 (UCP1)
Mood/Focus:

Lastly, we have the Bacopa monnieri; which is typically used as a brain-enhancer.

Bacopa monnieri: How does it affect weight loss?

Bacopa Monnieri may promote the reduction in anxiety and improve memory formation. (12)

What Do the Reviews Say?

Keep in mind that everyone’s expereinces will vary. Because of this, what works for some individuals may not work for you. But it’s up to you let us know how it compares to what you’ve already tried. So if you do checkout Hydroxyelite, don’t forget to leave a review!

  • Review By Crystal

Only been on Hydroxy Elite for 5 days and so far i can say the amount of energy it gives you is awesome. The formula is still strong but that’s what i like about this product. Don’t know if it’s helped me with losing weight yet but I will update at a later time. I can also say it definitely helped with suppressing my appetite. I have to remind myself to eat. (Posted on 5/21/2019)

  • Review By Kevin

I bought this product a week ago and it has been great so far . In 7 – 8 days using the product I have lost almost 5lbs. I have noticed that my hunger & cravings have been greatly reduced. I usually take one Pill in the morning & one pill at night. It might still be too early to tell whether this product if effective for an extended period of time but so far it has worked as advertised . Definitely a great alternative to the discontinued OXYElite Pro. Give this product a try ! (Posted on 5/7/2019)

  • It’s great, bursts of energy in middle of day Review by CarrieI

love this stuff!! I have had a couple bottles of it so far and there are a couple
Things I’ve learned. If you take two, take one early and another at like 1pm. I swear the energy can hit you at random times later on. Also, I’ll have a bowl of soup or something to snack on later and I feel like I am igniting the fuel! My friend who takes these also agrees.

So definitely take them early. I love how much it makes me focus IF I use it. Just get up and make sure to start something, and all of a sudden I am into doing all the laundry and cleaning for that day. You can use them for more than just working out. My boyfriend has used them to hike but I tell him to take it, wait 45 minutes and then go! Make sure to drink plenty of water with them and you will see weight loss!

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Supplement Reviews Blog by Anthony C Supplement Specialist - 1M ago
Keto Supplements (Why You Need Them)

Starting any kind of diet can be difficult at first. But it doesn’t have to be! There are tons of diet recipes and supplements available to make transitioning into a diet easier. Yet, some people still struggle to find the perfect supplement for their diet. In this post, we’re going to cover the Keto Diet and some Keto Supplements.

What Is A Keto Diet?

The ketogenic diet is a very low-carb, high-fat diet. It involves reducing your carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat.

This reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. When this happens, your body begins relying on burning fat for energy, instead of storing it. (1)

Different Kind Of Keto Diets:

There are several versions of the keto diet, including

  • The standard keto diet (SKD): This is a very low-carb, moderate-protein and high-fat diet. It typically contains 75% fat, 20% protein, and only 5% carbs.
  • The cyclical keto diet (CKD): This diet involves periods of higher-carb refeeds. Such as 5 keto days followed by 2 high-carb days.
  • The targeted keto diet (TKD): This diet allows you to add carbs around workouts.
  • High-protein keto diet: This is like a standard keto diet, but includes more protein. The ratio is often 60% fat, 35% protein, and 5% carbs.

What Should I Avoid On A Keto and Low Carb Diet?

When you start your keto diet you’ll want to limit or eliminate these foods from your diet. 

  • Sugary foods: Soda, fruit juice, smoothies, cake, ice cream, candy, etc.
  • Grains or starches: Wheat-based products, rice, pasta, cereal, etc.
  • Fruit: All fruit, except small portions of berries like strawberries.
  • Beans or legumes: Peas, kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas, etc.
  • Root vegetables and tubers: Potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, etc.
  • Low-fat or diet products: These are highly processed and often high in carbs.
  • Some condiments or sauces: These often contain sugar and unhealthy fat.
  • Unhealthy fats: Limit your intake of processed vegetable oils, mayonnaise, etc.
  • Alcohol: Due to their carb content, many alcoholic beverages can throw you out of ketosis.
  • Sugar-free diet foods: These are often high in sugar alcohols. This can affect ketone levels in some cases. These foods also tend to be highly processed.
Are There Risks To Going Keto?

Although the ketogenic diet is generally safe for healthy people, there may be some side effects when you start.

This is often referred to as the keto flu and is usually over within a few days. (5)

Keto Flu includes :

  • Poor energy and mental function
  • Increased hunger
  • Sleep issues
  • Nausea
  • Digestive discomfort
  • Decreased exercise performance
  • Liver problems (8)
    • With so much fat to metabolize, the diet could make any existing liver conditions worse.
  • Kidney problems (8)
    • The kidneys help metabolize protein, and the keto diet may overload them.

To minimize this, you can try a regular low-carb diet for the first few weeks. This may teach your body to burn more fat before you completely eliminate carbs.

A ketogenic diet can also change the water and mineral balance of your body. So adding extra salt to your meals, taking mineral supplements, or a BCAA can help.

What Are The Benefits?

Keto and Low Carb diets can help in many ways. Firstly they can improve your blood levels of “good” HDL cholesterol. But cutting carbs may also reduce the number of total LDL particles in your bloodstream.

Not only that, but low-carb diets can reverse all five key symptoms of metabolic syndrome. This condition can increase your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. (4)

If you do have diabetes, reducing your carb consumption can lower blood sugar and insulin. Plus decreasing your carbs can reduce blood pressure.

Finally, low-carb diets lead to more short-term weight loss than low-fat diets. And studies show that cutting carbs can reduce your appetite and calorie intake. (6) But low-carb diets seem to lose their advantage in the long term. (5)

What Makes A Supplement Keto?

The best keto supplements provide nutritional support. They should make it easier to get into ketosis and stay there. While also helping you sleep better, improve your digestion, fight cravings. (3)

Taking keto supplements can help you:

  • Avoid symptoms like fatigue, brain fog, headaches, and constipation.
  • Speed up how quickly you get into ketosis and start making ketones.
  • Decrease the chances you’ll experience nutrient deficiencies.
  • Control your appetite and cravings. Which helps support weight loss if that’s your primary goal. 
  • Improve your ability to digest fats.
  • Help prevent constipation and GI issues.
  • Give you enough energy to stay moderately active and to recover from exercise.
  • Help decrease inflammation, muscle soreness, and pain.
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Why Do I Need Keto Supplements?

Those following a keto diet are at risk for developing nutrient deficiencies and the dreaded keto flu. By taking a supplement on your diet you help avoid the negative effects of the diet. 

What Supplements Should I Consider?

Keto supplements might not be completely necessary to see results from the keto diet. But they can go a long way in making the transition to a low-carb, high-fat lifestyle smoother.

People following a keto diet should focus on increasing their salts like sodium, potassium, and magnesium. Doing so can help to prevent symptoms like headaches, muscle cramps, and fatigue.

  • Those following a keto diet may be at a higher risk of developing a magnesium deficiency. Taking a magnesium supplement can help you meet your daily requirements.
  • MCT oil is a type of rapidly digested fat that can be used to help keto dieters boost fat intake and stay in ketosis.
  • Omega-3 fatty acid supplements can reduce inflammation and lower heart disease risk factors.
  • Because vitamin D deficiencies are common, we would recommend getting your vitamin D levels assessed. And adding in a supplement if needed.
  • Taking a digestive supplement that contains both protease and lipase enzymes. This will break down protein and fat and may help relieve digestive symptoms.
  • Greens powders contain powdered forms of healthy plants like spinach, spirulina, and kale. They can provide a convenient source of nutrients to those following ketogenic diets.
  • Exogenous ketones may help raise ketone levels, decrease appetite and increase athletic performance. But, more research is needed to establish the effectiveness of these supplements.
Exogenous Ketones

Beta-Hydroxybutyrate (BHB) is a ketone produced by the body from fat. It serves as energy for our muscles and brain when carbohydrates aren’t available. In fact, the body produces BHB during ketosis. But this process is slow and often results in symptoms of keto flu.

Taking BHB can speed up this process and become your source of energy. Thus reducing feelings of hunger while improving physical and mental performance.

What Supplements Can I Take For The Gym

Taking a supplement for the gym can help boost your athletic performance. 

  • Creatine monohydrate:
    • Creatine monohydrate is an extensively researched dietary supplement. It can promote muscle gain, improve exercise performance and increase strength.
  • Caffeine:
    • An extra cup of coffee or green tea can benefit athletic performance and boost energy levels.
  • Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs):
    • BCAAs may reduce exercise-related muscle damage, muscle soreness, and fatigue.
  • Beta-alanine:
    • Beta-alanine may help prevent fatigue and muscle burnout.

Is There a Yo-Yo Effect?

There are many studies that show a keto diet results in greater weight loss than low-fat diets. But this is only shown in the short term perspective. The long-term perspective focuses on the amount of weight regained. Generally, there is no universal definition of a “successful weight loss maintenance”. But there was a concept proposed in 2001 by Wing and Hill. They measured success by “individuals who have intentionally lost at least 10% of their body weight and kept it off at least one year”.

They chose 10% for its effects on improving risk factors for diabetes and heart disease. While the 1-yr duration was proposed in agreement with the U.S. Institute of Medicine.

So is it possible for the keto diet to be successful in the long run? The short answer is yes.

There was a study that had long term success with the keto diet. But they didn’t have participants maintain a keto diet for a long period. They had 2 brief periods of the keto diet. In between these periods, there was a long period of maintenance of the Mediterranean diet. This resulted in a successful long term weight loss and improvement in health risks.

 (7)

Should You Go Keto?

While the ketogenic diet has many proven benefits, it’s still controversial. The main potential danger regards medications, e.g. for diabetes, where doses may need to be adapted. Discuss any changes in medication and relevant lifestyle changes with your doctor.

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Lipodrene Vs Lipodrene (What you need to know in 2019)

Hi-Tech Pharma’s Lipodrene line is one of our most extensive fat burner lines. Lipodrene uses a 3-way fat burning system to help you achieve your weight loss goals. This system includes:

  • Helping you burn away calories and fat
  • Helping to control sugar cravings
  • Suppresses your appetite

When you’re body is burning calories, it generates more heat. So fat burners help increase the efficiency that your body burns these calories through your metabolism. This process is referred to as thermogenesis which literally means the production of heat.

Looking for information on a specific product? Jump to it!

Why Have So Many Variations Of Lipodrene?

Simple, so there’s a version for everyone. Each lipodrene has something that makes it a little different. That doesn’t mean one is better than another. But when comparing fat burner to fat burner, some may feel ‘stronger’.

We are all different, and our experiences and results will differ as well. Because of this, what works for some individuals may not work for you. That’s why we like to see brands with a variety of products to select from.

The FDA recommends healthy adults to consume a max of 400mg of caffeine in a day. (1) This is equal to about four 8oz coffees. Yet there are products that have 400mg of caffeine per serving. That’s not including the other stimulants.

This is why we recommend you assess your tolerance to stimulants. As well as go on routine “breaks” to allow you body to regain it’s sensitivity.

In Every Lipodrene

Given that each of the lipodrenes are different, there are some ingredients we see in each fat burner. These are the core ingredients:

  • Caffeine
  • Senegalia Berlandieri Extract
  • Green Tea Extract
  • Theobromine Anhydrous
  • Yohimbe Extract
  • Citrus Aurantium Extract
  • Naringen
  • 5-Methoxytryptamine HCl
  • L-5-Hydroxytryptophan
The Layers:

Our first outer layer each tablet contains Explo-tab technology. This is going to be your immediate energy burst, along with other active ingredients.

Then the middle layer continues to release stimulants. While also releasing other weight loss components in a delayed release pattern.

Lastly, the inner layer. This layer releases a sustained dose of active ingredients. Which provides long-lasting energy and continued weight loss effects for several hours.

How Do The Core Ingredients Aid In Weight Loss? Caffeine: (2)

Caffeine is a great foundation stimulant. Its the most common stimulant found in food as well as supplements.  Caffeine can aid in increasing your metabolism, energy, and suppress your appetite.

Senegalia Berlandieri:(3)

Senegalia Berlandieri is an effective stimulant commonly compared to Acacia Rigidula Extract. It’s great for increasing energy and suppressing appetite. While also providing a feeling of euphoria.

Plus it has benefits from the PEA alkaloids it yields. Which promotes focus and more mood boosting properties.

Green Tea Extract:(4)

Lipodrene also has Green Tea Extract. There are a ton of research on Green Tea’s effect on weight loss.

Some of the more recognized benefits include:

  • Improving your body’s efficiency at burning calories
  • Improve exercise performance
  • Reduce visceral (belly fat) and inflammation
Theobromine Anhydrous: (5)

Theobromine is a compound found in cacao plants and tea leaves. It has stimulant properties, so it’s most prominent effect would be the energy boost. Like other stimulants, it also has appetite suppressing properties.

Yohimbe Extract:(6)

Yohimbine is a mild stimulant. So it can help suppress appetite, but there’s more to its fat-burning properties. The main way that it burns fat is by blocking alpha-2 adrenergic receptors in fat cells. Once it bounds with a fat cell, it “turns off” the alpha receptor. Which allows the fat cells to mobilize and burn off.

Citrus Aurantium Extract: (7)

Citrus Aurantium Extract or Synephrine HCl is like ephedrine. This stimulant is also a strong appetite suppressant.

It works by acting like adrenaline when ingested. This helps increase metabolism and boost energy without increasing blood pressure.

Naringen:(8)

Naringin helps burn fat by increasing production of a fat burning hormone, adiponectin. When combined with synephrine, it may even increase energy expenditure.

5-Methoxytryptamine HCl:(9)

5-MT is a precursor to melatonin. Why include a sleep aid in a fat burner? Besides its role in sleep, it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It’s also involved with regulating blood pressure, immune function, and body temperature.

L-5-Hydroxytryptophan:(10)

 5-HTP is a precursor to serotonin. Meaning once consumed, a chemical reaction occurs to produce serotonin.

So why not just take serotonin?

Serotonin is too large of a molecule to pass through the Blood-Brain Barrier. Precursors are much smaller and thus can pass though the Blood-Brain Barrier.

Lipodrene® With Ephedra

This is the original lipodrene, although it’s not the original formula. We feature this version on all our best fat burner post. But if you’re experienced with thermogenics in general, it may not be enough. Lipodrene with ephedra from Hi-Tech is a mild thermogenic. So instead we would recommend this version for new users. Or for people looking for a step up from Hydroxyelite.

For information on Hydroxyelite and Lipodrene CLICK HERE.

The Label:

Firstly, there are a variety of stimulants in lipodrene. Some of the more potent stimulants include:

  • Caffeine
  • Ephedra Extract (11)
  • Senegalia Berlandieri
  • Synephrine HCl
  • 2-Aminoisoheptane HCl
  • Theophylline (12)

Following the stims, the next couple of ingredients are not as strong but do exhibit stimulant effect. These include:

  • Theobromine
  • Green Tea Extract
  • Yohimbine HCl

Futhermore for appetite suppressant, there is only one ingredient with this purpose. But keep in mind all the above stimulants will play a role in appetite suppression.

  • Hoodia Gordonii (13)

There are a couple of ingredients that will help promote thermogenesis;

  • Naringin
  • 6,7 dihydroxybergamottin (14)

But it also has ingredients like mood and cognitive booster.

  • 5-Methoxytryptamine HCl
  • L-5-Hydroxytryptophan

The last ingredient is:

  • Cassia Nomame (15)

Cassia Nomame may prevent the stomach and intestines from absorbing dietary fat. This causes the excretion of dietary fat. Which might promote weight loss in some people.

Lipodrene Hardcore With Ephedra
The Label:

Secondly, we have Lipodrene Hardcore with Ephedra. The Hardcore contains 2 proprietary blends totaling up to 700mg of active ingredients. Generally, if you liked Lipodrene with ephedra (yellow tablet) but wanted more energy, we’d say this is for you.

Why?

When you look at the formula you’ll see we have some of those core ingredients again. But you also have more of the shared ingredients between these formulas that aren’t in the other fat burners. This includes Ephedra and Cassia Nomame.

Although ephedra is not as potent as ephedrine, they work in the same ways. Thus provides similar weight loss results. The main use of it is as an energy booster, but it has other features as well. Ephedra may

  • Increase your metabolism
  • Improve cognition
  • Reduce inflammation of mucous membranes in the body

Whats Different

Besides all that, Lipodrene hardcore also contains:

  • Evodiamine (15)
  • Guayusa Extract (17)
  • Theobroma Cocoa
  • Theophylline

Guayusa Extract and Theophylline promote even more energy and appetite suppression. While Evodiamine promotes thermogenesis.

Lastly the Theobroma Cocoa may promote an increase in energy. But it wont be as potent as caffeine or any other stimulant in this blend. Generally it’s more noticeable affect would the mood/cognition boosting effects.

Lipodrene Xtreme V2
The Label:

In Lipodrene Xtreme V2, we have two blends.

  • A general Proprietary Blend containing 395mg of active ingredients
  • Citrus-Rx Blend containing 250mg of active ingredients
The Blends

Our only non-core ingredient stimulant is:

  • 2-Aminoisoheptane HCl (18)

Which is like DMAA, but not as potent. DMHA is often in medication to promote lung/air capacity. But it does also has vaso-constricting properties.

For appetite suppression we have:

  • Hoodia Gordonii

But, again all the stimulants in both blend will play a role in appetite suppression.

For  metabolism boosters we have:

  • Raspberry Ketones (19)

From the Citrus-Rx blend we have: (20,21)

  • Citrus Natsudaidai Hayata Extract
  • Citrus Juno Siebal
  • Ex tanaka extract
  • Citrus Limonium Extract
  • Citrus Aurantium Extract

In the Citrus-Rx Blend we have 5 citrus extracts. Citrus Aurantium Extract  is the most common extract we see in fat burners. But what’s more important is that there is a ton of research backing up the effect of it. In general, citrus extract will help kick start fat break down and suppress your appetite. While also providing an energy boost.

Lipodrene Elite

 

The Label

Our last fat burner is Lipodrene Elite. Which is also one of the newest fat burners to the lipodrene line. But one of the more popular ones too.

What separates the Elite from the other fat burners is two ingredients:

  •  Erythroxylum Coca Extract (22)
  • Caralluma Extract (23)

Erythroxylum Coca Extract comes from the coca plant. This ingredient dives into a few fat burning categories. This plant is popular in indigenous tribes for increasing energy and curbing appetite. While also promoting weight loss.

It is infamous for being in cocaine. But the cocaine alkaloids were removed. As a result, you are left with its natural alkaloids, amines, and nutrients. Which may increase metabolic rate, decrease appetite, and help increase fat oxidation.

Caralluma Extract is a cactus that has been used since antiquity in Indian medicine and food. Studies show it help provide significant weight loss by providing powerful appetite suppression.

But what if you’ve tried them all and haven’t found the winner yet?

Firstly, you will need to make sure your diet is on point. A fat burner is a supplement, meaning it comes “in addition to” rather than “in substitution of”. So without correcting your diet and exercise regimen, you won’t get the result you want.

Secondly, it may be time to take a break from stimulants. When your tolerance is very high, you naturally will take more of a product to get the same effects. Try taking 2 weeks off of stimulants  and then re-introducing it.

Finally, you can also try incorporating other products to make a weight loss stack. While we do have ingredient option listed in our Best Fat Burner 2019 guide,you’re not limited to that. However if you want something with a fat burner mentioned above CLICK HERE.

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