Fat Blaster Max with Svetol is an Australian diet pill which is claimed by its manufacturer to increase thermogenesis and burn more calories.
The manufacturer advises that the pill is used alongside a calorie controlled diet and exercise regime.
Does Fat Blaster Max work? – the clinical proof behind the claims
The website for this product lists over 20 ingredients, some of which are known to be effective at raising metabolism, though most are presented here in such small amounts that they are unlikely to be very effective.
Three of the ingredients within this product are worthy of discussion, they are:
Bitter Orange Extract
One of the primary ingredients in Fat Blaster Max is Citrus Aurantium, or bitter orange (500mg) which is said to boost the metabolism and aid fat burning.
Concerns have been raised in recent years over the inclusion of this ingredient within dietary supplements, since there is limited evidence that the extract may cause adverse cardiovascular problems (see a full discussion, together with relevant research findings at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitter_orange).
The most recent literature review on citrus aurantium extract suggests no adverse increase in blood pressure or heart rate, although the authors advised further assessment of this extract to confirm effectiveness and safety as a dietary supplement (see abstract at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22991491).
Another key ingredient is hydroxycitric acid (HCA), which is extracted from Garcinia Cambogia. Scientific evidence shows that HCA is an effective appetite suppressant, and regulates the production of insulin in the body.
Although there is growing evidence that HCA may be a useful weight loss tool it should be noted that the studies so far conducted on humans have been small-scale and may not be replicated in larger studies.
A review of HCA as a weight loss supplement published at http://www.tsrf.com/supplements/supplements_hca.htm suggests “An efficacious dose for weight loss is 2500 to 3000 mg daily”.
Fat Blaster Max contains only 37.5mg HCA, and even if users were to take six capsules a day (the maximum) that would amount only to 225mg, which is significantly lower than the levels found in other Garcinia Cambogia supplements. It is unlikely that such a low level of HCA is unlikely would reproduce the promising results so far achieved in clinical trials.
A third active ingredient is Hoodia Gordonii, a plant which is found in South Africa and Namibia and has recently been used as an appetite suppressant.
There are concerns that adverse effects may be caused to liver function, and the US Food and Drug Administration advisers dieters to be wary of using products containing this ingredient in the absence of clinical trials which prove its safety.
Fat Blaster Max results – what are customers saying?
Although this product is available through Amazon, there have so far been no customer reviews. Customer reviews on Australian websites have been mixed, though most tend to be positive, with this product achieving an average four out of five stars.
Fat Blaster includes such low levels of caffeine that it can be described both as caffeine and sugar free. The product comes with a 30 day money back guarantee.
The scientific evidence proving the effectiveness of FatBlaster as a weight loss tool is weak, and some of its ingredients have been questioned in scientific circles.
The product retails at $59.95 for 120 tablets (20 days’ supply) which is quite expensive.
Is it worth buying?
As with many other diet pills, the tactic here seems to be to cram as many ingredients as possible into the formula, creating a one-size-fits-all supplement.
While this sounds ideal in theory, in practice its difficult to fit any meaningful amount of any of the 20 ingredients into a daily serving.
Our advice is to opt for a supplement which can deliver a proven dosage for weight loss, in the case of Garcinia (one of the chief ingredients in Fat Blaster Max) a 225mg serving is not going to offer a lot in terms of weight loss benefits.