Does the Maxitone Sculptress diet plan actually work?
The company Maxitone largely targets female dieters and offers a range of products including meal replacement milkshakes, diet bars and Maxitone Sculptress tablets.
This particular product blends a range of alleged weight-loss aids which are designed to be used in conjunction with a low calorie diet and exercise routine.
Maxitone is a subsidiary of Maxinutrition, which itself is a trading name of GlaxoSmithKline, a huge multinational company, who in the UK at least, are responsible for products under the familiar ‘Beechams’ brand name.
Are the ingredients Effective?
The Maxitone Sculptress tablets blend nine different ingredients:
Guarana – a plant extract containing caffeine, which boosts energy.
Caffeine – used to increase energy levels.
B Vitamins – supports energy metabolism.
Chromium – a mineral that can help to maintain blood sugar levels.
Green Tea Extract – popular in a many diet supplements and has been shown to increase metabolism.
Bitter Orange Peel – a stimulant that raises the heart rate, banned in Canada as a supplement due to being chemically similar to Ephedra. This ingredient has no FDA approval and has been linked to an increased risk in stroke, see this article – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitter_orange
L-tyrosine – an alleged energy booster and appetite suppressor.
Black Pepper Extract – is supposed to help the absorption of the other ingredients.
Cayenne – similar to chilli extract, this ingredient can help you burn more calories in high doses.
Generally, Maxitone Sculptress diet have their basis in boosting energy and metabolism, with a couple of alleged appetite-suppressors thrown in for good measure. Despite the packaging which is clearly designed to appeal to women, these are really strong tablets, and people with low tolerance levels of caffeine will definitely feel a ‘kick’ upon taking them, plus the associated side effects such as insomnia, irritability and heart palpitations.
There is no evidence of any clinical trials being undertaken regarding these tablets, and the Maxitone website does not make claims that any have been performed. The Maxitone website offers very little information about the tablets themselves.
There is one question on the site’s FAQ page which asks “Are these safe to take?” but which is answered in terms that they do not contain any banned substances, rather than deal with any potential side effects.
What are the Customers Saying?
GlaxoSmithKline is an extremely well-known brand, and unbiased reviews about customers’ experiences are easy to come by. On Amazon.co.uk, of just over thirty reviews, fourteen were five and four star reviews, whilst the other fifteen were two and one star reviews.
Of the positive reviews, most people seem to be using the Maxitone Sculptress diet tablets in line with a healthy lifestyle which included exercise, and are positive about the extra energy the tablets give them.
Of the one star reviews, many admitted they did feel an extra boost of energy and that their appetite was suppressed, but this was in tandem with reports of insomnia, panic attacks, nausea and heart palpitations. A couple of reviewers even claimed they had ended up in hospital due to taking these tablets.
- Backed by a huge corporation
- Some positive customer testimonials
- Many report boosted energy levels and suppressed appetite
- Just as many negative customer testimonials
- Some severe side-effects noted, including some that required hospitalisation!
- Questionable ingredients such as Bitter Orange which may increase the risk of stroke.
Is it worth buying?
Maxitone Sculptress tablets are definitely on the cheap end of the market, at just £9.99 for a week’s supply. This is likely to be because they are mass-produced and have the backing of one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world behind them.
Some customers have reported success, although it should be noted that such success often seems coupled by adopting healthy lifestyle and dietary habits, which may have been enough alone to guarantee weight-loss.
The severe reactions to these tablets reported by some mean its difficult to give this product any recommendation.
Alternatives to consider – Garcinia Cambogia
We always advise avoiding any supplement which contains synephrine (labelled as bitter orange in diet supplements), in our opinion there are safer and more effective natural ingredients which encourage a faster metabolism without harsh side effects.
One natural fat burner to consider is Garcinia Cambogia – a 100% natural plant extract which works to curb cravings and help you feel fuller, block carbohydrates from being stored as fat, and speed up the rate at which calories are burned by the body.
Garcinia has been so successful in recent months that many health stores run out of stock in just days of delivery. This success has been due to the famous Dr Oz endorsement, who named it as one of the best fat burners of all time.