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Side Effects of Hydroxycut Max

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Brian Willett began writing in 2005. He has been published in the "Buffalo News," the "Daytona Times" and "Natural Muscle Magazine." Willett also writes for and He is an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer and earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of North Carolina.
Side Effects of Hydroxycut Max
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Although losing weight without the aid of dietary supplements is possible, you may choose to use diet pills to help make up for an imperfect diet or to accelerate your progress. Dietary supplements such as Hydroxycut Max contain ingredients intended to stimulate thermogenesis, or the burning of calories. Unfortunately, the same ingredients that may help you lose weight and burn fat may also have potentially dangerous side effects. You should carefully research all of the ingredients in Hydroxycut Max before using it, and consult a doctor to decide if any supplements are right for you.

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One of the main ingredients in Hydroxycut Max is Coenzyme Q10, also known as CoQ10. According to the Mayo Clinic, Coenzyme Q10 may have a number of different effects on your body, including reducing blood sugar levels and blood pressure, as well as altering thyroid hormones. These actions of Coenzyme Q10 may lead to dizziness, light sensitivity and fatigue, explains the Mayo Clinic. The Mayo Clinic notes that side effects are usually mild and brief, but your experience may differ. In addition, the Mayo Clinic explains that vigorous exercise is discouraged when using Coenzyme Q10.

Loss Of Appetite

Although Hydroxycut Max, as with most diet pills, does intend to have some appetite suppressing effects, reducing your appetite too much can be dangerous. This may cause you to eat too few calories to support your daily activity and exercise. Hydroxycut Max contains several ingredients that may suppress appetite, such as the stimulant caffeine. In addition, Hydroxycut Max contains ginseng, which the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health explain may cause a loss of appetite. The organizations also note that ginseng may cause skin rashes or spots.


Sleeplessness, or insomnia, is another potential side effect of Hydroxycut Max. This is partly due to the inclusion of caffeine, so you may want to limit Hydroxycut Max use to the morning or early afternoon. However, caffeine is not the only insomnia-inducing ingredient. The Mayo Clinic explains that the glutamine included in Hydroxycut Max may also produce sleeplessness, although this side effect is not very common.

In addition, the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health explain that ginseng use may also cause insomnia, and suggests ginseng may have additional side effects when combined with caffeine or other stimulants. Lastly, the Mayo Clinc explains Coenzyme Q10 has the potential to cause insomnia as well.

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