CritiCalorie's Top Diet Pill Pick
Do we ever rate a diet pill positively?. Yes (rarely). Why aren't we recommending Methyl Ripped? We're looking for clinically-researched ingredients, at the right (that means clinical) dosage. There are a few diet pills that have chosen this better route, and our favorite is Boda Extract No. 3. You can read our review or go to the official site.
Methyl Ripped is a weight loss/ body building supplement which is “designed for bodybuilders who want to lose fat as fast as possible, while maintaining muscle” (Methyl Ripped website). They also claim to include ingredients never before used in the bodybuilding industry.
What we see is a pretty typical weight loss supplement that uses some effective ingredients but fails to disclose how much of each ingredient is included1. This makes it virtually impossible to determine if enough of each ingredient is included to make this an effective weight loss supplement.
So what are the ingredients in Methyl Ripped?
CLENADRINE™ (Extreme Thermogenic Complex) 900mg
Di-Caffeine Alpha-Ketoglutarate (read: caffeine), Di-Caffeine Malate, Esterified Green Tea Extract [Standardized For 45% Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) Ester, 2% Epicatechin Gallate (ECG) Ester, 2% Gallocatechin Gallate (GCG) Ester, 1% Catechin Gallate (CG) Ester], Salix Matsudana, Isohumulones, Evodiamine HCL, Octopamine HCL, Tyramine HCL.
CYTO-T3™ (Xtreme Thyroid Stimulating Complex) 50mg
Bacopa Monnieri, Gugglesterones E&Z HCL.
DNP-X™ (Uncoupling Protein Complex) 50mg
S-Allyl-L-Cysteine, (E)-N-[(4-Hydroxy-3-Methoxyphenyl) Methyl]-8-Methyl-6-Nonenamide.
CC-VOL™ (Cortisol Control Complex) 50mg
Ashwagandha, Phosphatidylserine, Beta-Sitosterol, Theanine.
CYCLO-AMP™ (Xtreme Cyclic AMP Stimulating Complex) 50mg
Clary Sage Extract, Forskolin, CAMP, Amentoflavone.
Betadrol™ (Receptor Upregulating Complex) 50mg
Raspberry Ketone, DNA, RNA, Crataegus Monogyna.
AbsorbMax™ (Rapid Absorption Complex) 5mg
Di-Caffeine Alpha-Ketoglutarate is supposed to be the ingredient that makes this product different. Supposedly it is “designed for maximum impact”, whatever that means. There has been no research done on Di-Caffeine Alpha-Ketoglutarate.
DiCaffeine Malate is a combination of caffeine and malic acid. As I stated above, the efficacy of caffeine goes without saying, but what about malic acid? Malic acid2 plays a role in the citric acid cycle. The citric acid cycle belongs to the metabolic cycle and helps in the conversion of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates into CO2 and water. This conversion results in energy that can be used by the body. You can see then where Forged Nutrition makes their claim about “the positive effect on energy replenishment that the malate ion has.”
My recommendation would be to treat DiCaffeine Malate the same as you would treat the inclusion of any caffeine in a diet pill. Know that it will increase your metabolic rate at the (possible) cost of jitters and some sleeplessness.
Studies show raspberry ketones induced weight loss in mice with a diet containing 2% of the total diet as raspberry ketones. No studies have been done on humans. Note: in order to take in 2% of raspberry ketones as your total diet you would have to take a ton of these Methyl Ripped pills. Once again, Methyl Ripped does not disclose how much of this ingredient is included. This makes it impossible to determine whether or not the amount of raspberry ketones in Methyl Ripped is enough to be effective in promoting weight loss.3
Gugglesterones are supposed to increase thyroid function to promote weight loss. However, studies have had varying results.
One study on coleus forshkohli (Forskolin) found
“Oral ingestion of forskolin (250 mg of 10% forskolin extract twice a day) for a 12-week period was shown to favorably alter body composition while concurrently increasing bone mass and serum free testosterone levels in overweight and obese men. The results indicate that forskolin is a possible therapeutic agent for the management and treatment of obesity.”
Well, since Forksolin is found in Methyl Ripped’s Xtreme Cyclic AMP Stimulating Complex (and I type that with extreme sarcasm) is only 50 mg, you can rest assured that you’re not getting 250 mg of forskolin in there.
Green Tea has been proven to contribute to weight loss; however, there is no exact amount listed so we cannot be sure if it is effective in Methyl Ripped.
Bacopa Monnieri is used for epilepsy and asthma treatment. It has been proven to have antianxiety effects.
What are the side effects of Methyl Ripped?
Side effects of Methyl Ripped include heavy bloating, abdominal cramps, headaches, jitters, and difficulty sleeping.
What is the price of Methyl Ripped?
The average cost for 120 softgels is $35. If you take the recommended dosage of 6 softgels per day, one bottle will last 20 days. That equal $52.50 per month. This is extremely expensive when compared to other more effective alternatives.
Methyl Ripped Review Conclusion
Considering Methyl Ripped contains several ingredients that have not been tested and they do not list specific amounts for the clinically proven ingredients, we would recommend looking elsewhere. Look for a supplement that uses clinically proven ingredients in sufficient amounts.
- honestly, sometimes I feel like a broken record [↩]
- originally isolated from apple juice, according to Wikipedia [↩]
- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15862604 [↩]