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Things They Don’t Want You To Know About Zantrex-3 Fat Burner
Hellow my dearies…
It’s Bonny with yet another review of a dubious product!
And the reason I decided to write and collect all the Zantrex-3 reviews I could find was I myself couldn’t find any legit ones while (thinking of) purchasing it…
So let’s review this Zantrex-3 product, and see if it really works in 2017.
Zantrex-3 Reviews – Table of Contents
- What is Zantrex-3?
- Ingredients Efficacy and Side Effects
- How (if) Does It Work?
- When can you expect results?
- My Personal Experience
- User Reviews
- Conclusion, alternatives that work
So What is Zantrex-3?
Zantrex 3 is a dietary supplement manufactured in the USA by an unknown company! :S
Diet pills, capsules, shakes and “mixes” are all the rage these days in the dietary supplement and weight loss industries.
Companies such as these are cashing on our fast moving world.
Take a pill, lost weight tomorrow seems to be the order of the day.
The company behind the Zantrex series of products is called Zoller Laboratories, based out of Utah.
Although I couldn’t find too much information about the people behind it, there were quite a few press mentions, magazine articles featured on the site.
But of course, like the gazillion dietary supplement companies out there, it did features the usual FDA disclaimer at the bottom of EVERY page on their site.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose treat, cure or prevent any disease. Use in conjunction with any sensible diet and exercise program. Individual results will vary. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Whenever I see this statement, I get a little bit cautious.
The products comes under two “types”
The Zantrex-3 and the Zantrex-3 Fat Burner
The company advises not to use both these products together.
Alright, so that’s enough basic information about the product, let’s now dive into the review, side effects and more!
Zantrex-3 Ingredients and Side Effects
Here’s a snap of the ingredients in the product:
Let’s have a look at each of the ingredients and see if they do really help lose fat.
1) Yerba Mate Extract:
is a South American beverage obtained from a native tree. It has been used by the local tribes for centuries for clarity and vitality before it found its way in the zillion dollar supplement industry!
Due to its quickly accelerating popularity, a research was conducted which did indeed prove that Yerba Mate could be helpful in weight management.
Here’s a link to the research for the geeks! ;)
2) Guarana Seeds:
are popular seeds used to extract caffeine. They find their way in most of our popular “energy” drinks. The energy comes from the caffeine content. So primarily this is included to keep you upbeat while your appetite is curbed.
But is it really that simple?
Suppress your appetite and at the same time stimulate your central nervous system for weight loss?
Does it really work this way?
We’ll see more about this later.
Let’s continue for now.
3) Trimethylxanthine: is nothing but caffeine again, found in your morning coffee. Once again, to give you an energy boost. But the amount of this is so high, that it can bring about a lot of side effects that we’ll see soon.
Here’s a nice government research on trimethylxanthine:
For the geeks again: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20492310
4) Damiana: Has been shown to induce thermogenic effect when combined with Yerba Mate extract. But I couldn’t find any academic or government research regarding this.
Although webMD warns of severe side effects with this. We are talking about seizures and rabies like symptoms!
5) Kola Seeds: Not much information could be found about these.
6) Schizonepeta: This one’s very odd. There is no research or findings indicating its usage for losing weight. Its most commonly used in the East for Sore Throats, Fevers or Colds.
Black Pepper (fruit) Extract, Rhodiola crenulata (root) Extract, Asian Ginseng (root) Extract, Maca (root) Extract, Cacao (seed) Extract, Black Tea (leaf) Extract
The above have literally no scientific backing for anything to do with obesity!
At the most, Ginseng has been shown to slightly lower blood sugar in a very small clinical study.
Geek link: http://nccam.nih.gov/health/asianginseng/ataglance.htm
But the others?
I call it a hodge podge of ingredients! Nobody knows what they do? Then just dump them in and call it a “proprietary blend”.
Summary of Zantrex-3 ingredients:
It’s a soup! The only ingredients that MIGHT do anything to help would be the green tea extract and the Yerba Mate extract. But at unknown quantities, we simply do not know how effective they would be. Not to mention NO SCIENTIFIC research or trials have confirmed that ANY of these help you lose weight. Period.
Zantrex-3 (and the Fat Burner) Side Effects:
The most common side effects of Zantrex-3 are:
- Feeling irritated and jittery (due to the enormous amount of caffeine)
- Palpitation and ‘pounding heart’
- Constant dull headache
- Muscular tremors
If you notice, most are ones associated with excess caffeine. And it’s not surprising since there’s almost 300mg of caffeine in here!
Sure, caffeine gives a good kick before you hit the gym, or first thing in the morning, but if that’s the ONLY active agent in here…
… you can get caffeine tabs at 1/10th of the price of Zantrex-3!
The worse of the side effects are the constant headache, palpitation and irritated feeling.
I became so repulsive while on these that my husband actually had to physically stop me for taking any more pills!
How (IF) Does Zantrex-3 Work?
The premise is to keep you energized by the (monstrous amount of) caffeine in the pills, while increasing the “thermic effect” with the doubtful ingredients.
What’s the “thermic effect” got to do with weight loss?
The “thermic effect” is used to describe the energy spent by your body in order to consume (bite, chew and swallow) and process (digest, transport, metabolize and store) food.
For e.g. dense proteins (beef/pork) have the maximum thermic effect, meaning they need the max energy to process.
On the other hand, processing fats and oils requires the lowest effort, and no wonder it all accumulates on your belly!
So when your body is “processing” the food, it increases your basal metabolic rate during the process, which helps burn more calories.
Of course, there’s more to this, but that’s a gist we can work with for now.
So what Zantrex-3 supposedly does is:
Increase this thermic effect in your body so you can burn more calories.
But the most important factor is what you are eating while taking the pills!
For e.g. if you keep eating sugary, fatty foods while gulping down the Zantrex-3 pills, its not going to do make much difference.
But, ironically, if you DO eat better clean foods, then is the resultant weight loss BECAUSE of the clean eating or because of the pills!?
More than likely, it’s because of eating the clean foods.
The pills just ‘make’ you eat good foods psychologically.
And that’s why I ask, why not eat the clean foods in the first place? Without having to pay this company so much money!
Summary of how Zantrex-3 works:
It aims to increase the thermic effect in your body, which would increase the BMR, resulting in more calorie burning.
But that can only happen if you eat clean foods.
When can you expect results with Zantrex-3 or the fat burner?
The box says “for weight loss, take 2 capsules with a full glass of water 15 minutes before main meals.”
That’s at least 4 capsules every day.
Based on the above, the company claims to reduce your weight by at least 5-6 pounds in the first month.
Although that’s a very reasonable and losable amount, you can actually drop that many pounds just by reducing two items from your diet: sugar and white foods.
If you just did that for the next 30 days, you will lose more than 5 pounds without paying exorbitantly for this placebo!
In fact, if you really want to know how I, mother of two, at 39, lost over 60 pounds in under a year WITHOUT these dangerous things, read this post.
Another thing the Zantrex-3 company Zoller Laboratories claims is that you will specifically lose belly fat.
This is one thing that really angers me.
People… you cannot SPOT reduce. You CANNOT decide to lose weight on a particular body part.
Here’s a geek link that explains it in detail: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spot_reduction
You cannot spot reduce fat from a particular body area. If and when you do lose fat, it’s proportionate. And that depending on your body type and structure.
Women especially will always find it difficult to lose fat from their thighs, butt and belly. That’s because it’s natural to have fat over there ladies!
The Zantrex-3 claims are very much believable and possible. But that’s only because they are so easy to achieve (5lbs a month) that you can do it by just making a few changes in your diet.
My Personal Experience with Zantrex-3
My experience has been costly, health and money wise!
I started taking the pills when my second daughter was about 7-8 months old and I had stopped nursing.
The motivation was to lose my post pregnancy weight and get back in my old ‘avatar’. :)
But after taking the pills for about 3 weeks, the side effects were so horrible, my husband had to literally snatch the bottle and hide it from me!
I became this irritated, nervous and shakey person that my family couldn’t stand me! And I feel so bad for my little one! :(
But the biggest issue was the constant dull headache and palpitation. It’s so damning uncomfortable!
And the worst part was that these two side effects didn’t leave me for well over 2-3 weeks after stopping the pills!
And did all this even help me at all?
I don’t know! I did lose about 1.5lbs in those 4 weeks, but that might be because I was so nauseous I couldn’t it anything for days!
I mean is this how the pills works!?
Let’s keep the customers so nauseous that they will simply avoid food, and voila, weight lost! :D
No kidding, I did lose weight, but it crept back when I started eating normally. So the weight lost was mostly due to the ‘starvation’. And starvation NEVER works in the long run.
The only way I did lose about 1.5lbs with this is by feeling so nauseous I couldn’t eat anything! So if that sounds like something you want, sure go ahead.
But be prepared to feel irritated, jittery and nauseous pretty much all the time.
Zantrex-3 User Reviews and Customer Reviews
I had a hard time finding genuine user reviews. I could find some scammy “pill” websites or some shady looking ‘garcinia’ hoopla sites!
The only real reviews I could find are:
Amanda Lara says on Amazon:
Kayla again on Amazon, says:
I have been taking it for about 2 weeks now and have never felt so sick in my life.
I started with just 1 pill two times every day (less than what the company advises) and then slowly increased to 2 twice a day, the dose recommended by them.
Didn’t make a difference.
I feel so sick every time I eat (this was exactly like me!).
Dizzy, nauseous, headaches.
I lost three pounds, but this isn’t worth it (Again like me!).
I feel like total garbage. And I tried to work out today and felt like I was going to pass out when I finished. I’m going back to eating healthy and exercising. I think this is my body screaming for me to stop. And by the way, I am in my 20’s! Stay away from this everyone!
Victor from Ohio sums it in a single line:
Conclusion, Alternatives That Work
After my terrible experience with Zantrex-3, I started reading a lot about diet pills, books and programs.
The 3 things that kept repeating in most if not all the resources:
- You cannot lose weight in isolation.
Meaning, you cannot just take some pill, and do nothing else. It won’t work that way. You need a holistic approach if you REALLY want to lose weight, especially for the long term.
The only true way to do that is it to understand your food, correct your current diet, and supplement it with some kind of activity.
- All diet pills are not evil.
It might look from this review that I am opposed to all diet pills including the Zantrex-3, but in actuality, diet pills do have their place for helping us.
Here are my simple rules where they help and what to watch out for:
They are great for suppressing your appetite.
They help a lot in the initial months when/if you are trying to correct your diet, by helping you feel full.
But no, things like those fibrous capsules is a no no. They only worsen your gut health.
Also, I am against products that promise the coveted ‘thermic effect’. This can be ‘had’ pretty cheaply by simple correcting what you eat!
And lastly, stay away from those garcinia and strawberry ketone scams. In spite of what Dr. Oz says, they have NOT been proven to work in tests. They “might” help, but 99% of the sellers are total scammers and/or the benefit is so minimum/negligible, that it’s simply not worth the money.
- Workout/activity/exercise has its place.
I firmly believe that your diet contributes 80% to your success. It will decide whether you will succeed or not.
But, the people who not only lose weight, but KEEP IT OFF, also concentrate 20% of their efforts on some exercise or physical activity.
In short, if you do finally decide to put your foot down and start inculcating good habits, definitely ANY physical activity in your regime.
Apart from the “calorie burning” benefits, the biggest benefits of working out are indirect.
- Physical Activity = Better stamina, better muscle strength
- Better muscle strength = Better metabolism
- Better metabolism = Lower fat accumulation
- Lower fat accumulation = THE GOAL!
- Also, exercise improves your cardiovascular, digestive and skeletal health
- The ultimate health mantra = Eating 80% of your full appetite and indulging in lots of physical activity. If you do this, you will live a very long, healthy life.
Alternatives to Zantrex-3
After battling with obesity for years (now almost 2 decades actually!), I have tried product after product, various popular and crazy diets, pills, shakes, belts, naturopathy, homeopathy, and what not!!
But after all these years, I have found that the problem’s with us. Most of the diets, programs are not scams.
Rather, there are 2 things that keep us from achieving the body we really deserve!
And god knows you have paid your dues!
Trust me, I have been where you are right now!
And there was this ONE SPECIFIC PICTURE…. the one snap that suddenly lit that 1000W stadium flood light in my head… and made everything clear…
It was this picture…
Huh? What does that picture mean?
For starters, that picture contains the best kept secret of the entire weight loss industry… a secret these companies will protect more than anything, and prevent you from ever finding about it…
But wait a sec… what the he** does that picture got to do with your weight!??
I explain it
in the next post…