Jul 29, 2010

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Under The Microscope: Hydroxycut Hardcore X

Under the Microscope

Under the Microscope

In this new M&F feature we examine the critical active ingredients in various sports supplements. We award high marks to those with existing supportive data, real-world results and innovation in formulation. In our first installment, we put the new thermogenic Hydroxycut Hardcore X under the microscope.

The technology curve doesn’t make just laptops faster and phones smarter. The quest for a more efficient product in a smaller package is also what drives the sports-supplement industry. Increasingly, more is packed into a single pill or beverage, and each new product makes previous iterations seem obsolete.

That’s what we have with the new Hydroxycut Hardcore X by MuscleTech. A company that prides itself on scientific pedigree, MuscleTech is deadly serious about its commitment to verifiable research. The MuscleTech scientists are constantly experimenting with combinations of tried-and-true fat-fighting ingredients with novel extracts and nutrients in an effort to create the most efficient fat-burner on the market.

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Hydroxycut Hardcore X takes a multipronged attack and puts the hurt on your fat cells through a number of different pathways. Some fat-burners rely solely on caffeine for their formulas, which speeds up metabolism and spurs the release of norepinephrine. Caffeine is an excellent thermogenic, but the game of burning fat is chess, not checkers. It takes more than caffeine to get abs.

While Hydroxycut Hardcore X does spark your fat furnace with some smart stimulants, it’s not a one-trick pony. Hydroxycut Hardcore X also includes some sophisticated, even elegant, strategies that’ll help you lose fat by reducing hunger and easing cravings while it coaxes your body to use stored fat rather than glycogen or valuable muscle tissue to fuel your engine.

Paired with a kick-ass workout (such as “Get Ripped in 12 Weeks” on page 90 of the current issue) and a solid eating program (try “Get Ripped Nutrition” on page 104), Hydroxycut Hardcore X proves to be a valuable ally in the global war on fat. Take a look at a detailed view into the formulation of Hydroxycut Hardcore X:

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Arginine is the main ingredient in most nitric-oxide (NO) boosters. It can enhance fat loss by raising NO levels, which releases fat from fat cells, and by increasing levels of growth hormone, a potent anabolic hormone that encourages hypertrophy and lipolysis. One study found that subjects who took arginine for four weeks gained muscle and lost bodyfat.

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Reason: Research on humans and animals supports its ability to promote fat loss.

Caffeine is an effective fat-burner that increases the release of fat from fat cells. Research shows that caffeine also boosts strength and power, and can help you train harder for longer, which enhances fat-burning during workouts.

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Reason: Research confirms it aids fat loss, but it can become less effective as the body adapts to it.

Carnosine supplements have been shown to increase muscle size, strength and endurance, which leads to more intense workouts and fat-burning.

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Reason: Plenty of research suggests it aids fat loss, which is novel for this muscle- and strength-builder, but the mechanism isn’t yet known.

Cayenne contains capsaicin, which can curb hunger and burn fat when taken an hour before aerobic exercise. Another way cayenne enhances fat-burning is by raising levels of the neurohormone norepinephrine, which elevates metabolic rate and contributes to fat loss.

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Reason: This ingredient has a plethora of research demonstrating its efficacy and safety.

Choline aids in fat-burning by ushering fat into the mitochondria of muscle cells where it’s burned as fuel.

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Reason: While the mechanism is logical, there isn’t an abundance of data confirming that it increases fat loss.

Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) are saturated fats that are good for you. They’re shorter in length than most sat fats, which means they contain fewer calories and are used by the body as fuel instead of stored as fat. Research shows MCTs can not only aid muscle growth but also boost metabolism and lipolysis.

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Reason: Data suggest this healthy fat aids in fat loss, but most of the research is on animals.

Oleic Acid is a specialized lipid that decreases appetite by stimulating the sensory nerves that tell your brain you’re full. It essentially tricks your body into being satisfied with less food.

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Reason: While the mechanism is clear, not much research supports it yet. Tyrosine increases norepinephrine levels, thereby boosting metabolism and increasing fat-burning.

Tyrosine can also decrease appetite, enhance your drive and focus in the gym, and improve your mood and mental function, which is a plus when eating a reduced-calorie diet.

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Reason: Research and anecdotal evidence show this amino acid is highly effective for fat loss.

THE RATINGS   Rating Rating Rating Rating Rating = Outstanding scientific research available on humans

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Rating Rating = No research available. May have anecdotal evidence of effectiveness

Rating = Illogical. Does not contribute to goal of supplement

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