It's promoted as being a "5 second water hack" and we are told that you can "effortlessly lose stubborn body fat"... but does Leptitox really work? Or is this just another scam weight-loss supplement that is going to get your hopes up for nothing?
After coming across the promotional material for this supplement I knew I had to write a review on it.
Why? Well, because the way it is promoted is misleading, and this is NOT the miracle cure it may seem to be. You'll see what I mean in this review, but let's first start off by going over the promotions and some of the lies.
The video presentation I watched for Leptitox was literally over an hour long (hard to sit through!). There was also a written version, but I didn't find this out until later.
In the presentation, the guy behind it all, Morgan Hurst, starts off talking about his wife, Grace, who was overweight and had tried everything. Eventually she came to the point of being suicidal, and this led Morgan to do everything in order to find a cure. Eventually he did, and supposedly this cure helped Grace lose 62 pounds of fat in just a few weeks...
We are told that claim that losing weight has "nothing to do with"...
He basically tells us that losing weight has nothing to do with anything except his new secret that he is selling... of course!
HOWEVER, I'm hesitant to trust everything that we are told... especially after finding out that some of what we are told are proven lies!
#1 - The Testimonials Are Fake!
If you watched the presentation then you might remember seeing testimonials from people who have supposedly tried Leptitox and lost all sorts of weight. However, these are likely fake.
I ran a reverse Google image search for the picture of "Diana" shown above and found that this photo was taken from other websites... and that the woman's name is actually "Lorie"..
The same goes for the others we are shown.
We are told that "James R" lost 34 pounds...
But I also looked up this image and found that the guy's name is actually "Greg Klapp"...
#2 - Claims His Presentation Might Get Shut Down
He also claims that the big companies in the weight-loss industry are not happy with his presentation, because it "could destroy their business model overnight", and that they might have it taken down at any moment.
I really don't think the large weight-loss companies are scared about Morgan and his supplement, which isn't even getting that great of reviews (more on this later).
#3 - He Went On Some Journey to the Ends of the Earth
He claims to have looked through old medical journals, visited universities, spoke to doctors, and eventually ended up in Malaysia where he was given a list of strange plants and herbs from a 50-something year old guy that had the secret.
Ya, I've also heard similar stories along these lines many times before. It definitely doesn't mean it's a scam, but it does raise my suspicions a bit more.
Anyways, let's begin the review to see if this product is as good as we are told, which isn't looking too optimistic at this point.
Leptitox (commonly misspelled as Lepitox) is an all-natural fat-loss supplement that is different from most others, with a focus on stopping leptin resistance, which I'll explain more in one of the following sections. It is comprised of 22 ingredients, many of which have been used in traditional medicines for ages.
It is hugely popular online right now, but (in my opinion) is far from being the miracle cure it is promoted as.
Morgan Hurst is the guy behind Leptitox. He is the guy who supposedly went to the ends of the earth to find this fat-loss method.
He doesn't have any relevant degrees. He just claims to be a regular guy. A 47-year old firefighter.
That said, he does claim to have had the help of a medical professional, Sonya Rhodes, medical researcher.
Update: Sonia Rhodes Might Not Exist!
I was just doing some extra research and you won't believe what I found.
In the video presentation for Leptitox we are told that the lady's name is "Sonia"...
BUT, in the written presentation her name is spelled "Sonya"...
So which is it?
With all the other lies we are told it's hard for me to trust this information now. But, I suppose it could be simple mistake.
Leptitox is focused on one main thing, stopping leptin resistance.
Leptin, aka the "fat hormone" (many other names too), basically tells the brain when it is time to speed up or slow down the metabolism. When levels of this hormone are high you're body is put in a higher metabolic state, burning more fat, and vice versa.
Leptin resistance is what you don't want if you are trying to lose weight. This is when the brain stops recognizing leptin's signals, which pretty much makes the hormone useless, at least to some extent.
We are told by Morgan Hurst that leptin resistance is mainly due to EDCs (endocrine-disrupting chemicals) entering your bloodstream and disrupting your brain from detecting leptin.
Research is still emerging in this area, but some reports I have come across have referred to EDCs as a "threat for human metabolism" [from Frontiers in Endocrinology] and they have been found to disrupt leptin sensors in mice.
Leptitox's goal is to protect the body from these harmful EDCs, and thus stop the potential harmful effects of leptin resistances, and ultimately help people lose more weight.
The formula consists of 22 ingredients. These include...
We are basically told that these ingredients are guaranteed to get the job done, but are they really?
Well, the truth is that scientific research proving their effectiveness, especially when it comes to protection from EDCs, is severely lacking and in some cases non-existent.
Many of the ingredients have some proven benefits and have been used in traditional medicines for centuries, but their said effectiveness for detoxification and protection from EDCs is flimsy.
It would be nice if there was a study proving Leptitox's formulation can help decrease leptin resistance, but we are left in the dark here.
Will they help? There are so many ingredients here that there is a good chance you will see some health benefits and could lose weight, just don't buy into this being the miracle-product it is promoted as being.
Before taking any supplement it is always recommended that you look into the possible side effects of the different ingredients. That said, this all-natural blend will likely have no negative side effects, although some are possible and cramping/diarrhea has been reported. The ingredients are nothing that no one has ever taken before, and they are included in very low amounts.
According to the Leptitox company themselves, "the only side effect is having to spend money on new tight-fitting sexy clothing, or cancel your gym membership"...
*If you are taking any medications then I'd recommend consulting with your doctor.
The cost varies greatly depending how many bottles you purchase.
With big discounts like this, it makes you wonder... how much profit they are actually making selling single bottles at $49 if they can bring the price down to $33 so easily??
This product is sold through Clickbank, and the good news about this is that they have a 60-day money-back guarantee on all the products sold on their platform.
In the refund policy it states that "if for any reason you're unsatisfied with your results, you can just return what you haven't used for a full, no questions asked refund".
And if you do buy Leptitox and it doesn't work, you can contact them to initiate the refund process with one of these options...
Their physical mailing address for returns is listed as:
37 Inverness Drive East, Suite 100
Englewood, CO 80112
The Bad News: The Leptitox company can still find ways to make it hard for customers to return purchases, which some people are complaining about (I'll go over this next).
Of course on the main website we are shown a bunch of good reviews from people who have supposedly had great weight-loss success with Leptitox. But I'm more interested in reviews published on 3rd party websites... which are often more reliable.
Reviews are mixed. Some people claim that it is "literally the best" and that it works as described...
However, there are also some reviews from people who claim that it absolutely does not work...
And there are even some people calling it a scam, most of whom are having trouble getting refunds...
I wouldn't call it a scam, but it's pretty obvious that the marketing behind this product is misleading, deceptive, and a bit on the shady side.
But it does have value and there is potential for it to work... just don't expect it to work as well as it is promoted as working.
As you know, there is no guarantee that Leptitox will help you lose weight and the science behind it is lacking. However, on the upside, it is a weight-loss supplement that tries attacks the problem from a different angle. So if you have tried all sorts of ways to lose weight without success, this could be worth a try.
But ultimately the decision is up to you. The good news is that there is a 60-day money back guarantee, as mentioned (although it may be hard to get).
If you do want to give it a try then you can buy Leptitox on the official website here.
It is not available in stores.
I hope you enjoyed this review and found it helpful. Please leave any comments/questions below 🙂
Is Keto T-911 really the amazing ketosis supplement that it is claimed to be?
Can it really help you lose weight, improve mental clarity, increase your energy, boost your mood and so on?
Or is this all a lie? Is it possible that Keto T-911 is a scam that you would be better off avoiding?
My guess is that you probably came across some promotional material for this supplement that made it sound like some miracle product... which sounded too good to be true. And now you, being the logical person that you are, decided to do a little extra research before possibly buying.
Luckily for you, in this review I'll be going over exactly what this supplement is, the ingredients it has and why they might not work like we are told, complaints about the product and the company behind it, and more.
Keto T-911, which used to be called Keto Trim 911 but for some reason they changed the name, is a supplement made by Phytage Labs that supplies your body with ketones to help induce a state of ketosis without actually having to change your diet or lifestyle.
Why Try to Get Into Ketosis?
While it is still a very new subject and the effects are not that well known, there are many said benefits to getting your body into ketosis.
... and more.
And there is also the benefit that so many people claim to experience which is having a steadier and overall better supply of energy, which can lead to an overall better life.
Why Take Supplements?
Achieving ketosis on your own is hard, very hard. In order to do it naturally you have to follow a strict diet of very little carbs and high amounts of fat, the reason being that your body will only start producing the needed ketones when it shifts from burning carbs as the main source of energy to burning fat.
Carbs are the first choice of energy by your body. So if you are eating carbs your body will use them up first, because it's an easier process. So what you have to do is simply not provide the carbs... and this way it is forced to burn fat for energy.
The idea behind ketone supplements is that they simply supply your body with ketones so that it can be in a state of ketosis without actually being forced to create ketones itself. So you can still eat all the breads and pastas you want to and still be in ketosis.
But I'll get more into whether or not this particular supplement is able to achieve these results in a bit. Let's first go over some of the backstory about how Keto T-911 came to be...
The sales pitch, as expected, starts off in one of the most ridiculous ways possible.
*Note: There may be different promotional materials out there. I came across both a video presentation and a written sales page
It starts off with a story about how the spokesman's 350 pound wife was unconscious and her swollen, rotting ankle was being chewed on by their dogs.
Apparently the guy's wife, who was once in good shape, started gaining weight and developed such a severe case of type 2 diabetes that she lost feeling in her feet.
However, I am hesitant to believe any of this story because it sounds a bit ridiculous and is similar to a lot of other stories I've heard from other scammy supplemement promotions.
*Note: I'm definitely not one to trust everything the medical establishment says or does, but I'm even less willing to trust a scammy promotion like this.
Ya, well don't believe a word of this. I was suspicious from the start so I decided to do a reverse Google image search for the pictures shown above and found that they are all over the internet.
The original photos are actually a different color... I'm guessing they changed the color to try to make it more difficult to look up and prove to be fake like I just did.
The original photo is on a bunch of different websites, mostly foreign websites...
The sales pitch is ridiculous, it is filled with misleading information and lies, but let's forget about all of this for a second and take a look at the ingredients and whether or not they have the potential to work... because when it comes down to it this is what matters most.
As you can see there are only 3 ingredients. Keto T-911 has an 800 mg blend of the following per serving...
You can see that each ingredient has Hydroxybutyrate in it.
What is Beta Hydroxybutyrate?
Beta Hydroxybutyrate, or BHB for short, is a type of ketone that is produced naturally by the body.
As you can see here, BHB is the only type of ketone found in this supplement. The mineral in front of Beta Hydroxybutyrate is different (magnesium, calcium, sodium), but the ketone is the same.
No matter what keto supplement you look at there is probably BHB. In fact, I have never seen any without it. There are 2 other forms of ketones that the body produces, but it is always BHB that is being sold in supplements. The reason for this is because BHB is is the most widely bio-available of the 3 different forms and it doesn't degrade so easily or rapidly, which makes it good for storing in supplements.
Proof That Ingesting BHB Works
Ketosis is the state our bodies enter when the level of ketones in our blood reaches a certain level. It makes perfect sense that ingesting ketones could lead to elevated blood ketone levels, doesn't it?
Well, this was the theory when ketone supplements were first being created and there is some proof that it works.
One heavily referenced study was published in Frontiers of Physiology in 2017. This study measured the blood ketone levels of 15 participants after consuming 12g or 24g of either ketone salts or ketone esters (I'll talk more about the difference between these 2 shortly). The results, simply put, were that ketone supplementation is a "practical, efficacious way to achieve ketosis".
There is an overall lack of evidence showing BHB supplementation's benefits, but this is to be expected in such a new field. After all, this whole ketosis as a health benefit thing is a rather new practice... or at least a rather new mainstream practice.
The Bottom Line:
The bottom line is that there is at least some evidence showing that they work and, what even might be better, is that there are a lot of people who take ketone supplements and swear by them... along with there being massive amounts of people following a natural ketogenic diet and claiming to have noticed all sorts of benefits.
But... these ingredients might not be quite as good as you think.
In the sales pitch they really hype up these 3 ingredients. They make it sound as if this is the only supplement on the market that contains these ingredients in such pure forms and that no other product out there is going to work nearly as good.
They even go as far as to say that "the absorption rate in your body is up to 97% higher than with other supplements"... but I have absolutely no idea where this statement comes from and what other supplements they are comparing it to--as far as I know this is just a fluffed up statement that really tells us nothing significant or important... and the sales pitch is full of these.
There are 2 different types of ketone supplements that you will find out there, ketone salts and ketone esters.
The difference isn't in the ketones themselves, but rather what they are attached to.
Ketone salts are exactly what they sound like... ketones bound to some type of salt, usually potassium, calcium, etc. In the case of Keto T-911, we have ketones bound to sodium, calcium, and magnesium.
While there is some limited evidence that has found ketone salts to be effective at elevating blood ketone levels and inducing ketosis, the evidence... as stated... is limited.
The possible problem with ketone salts is that they are not like anything naturally produced by the body. So the concern is that your body will not react to them as it would normally and they may not be effective.
Ketone esters on the other hand are identical to what your body produces naturally if you were to try to achieve ketosis without the aid of supplements. So there is no argument here... you are simply supplementing what your body is going to produce if you were to abide by the strict diet necessary to get your body into ketosis.
These are ketones, as you can imagine, that are attached to an ester group rather than a salt. The reason you don't see them too often included in supplements is because they are more expensive. Usually supplements that do have these kinds of ketones are in liquid form.
The entire dose for this supplement is 800mg, which includes a mixture of the 3 ingredients.
While there is some evidence that shows taking BHB supplements can put your body into a state of ketosis, there aren't any studies I can find that shows it can be done with such low doses... not even close to such low doses.
The quality of the ingredients can make all the difference in the world and unfortunately this is a concern when it comes to this particular supplement.
I'll talk more about this in a bit!
According to the company Keto T-911 is "safe as a daily multi-vitamin" but who knows how true this is.
Just about every keto supplement company will tell you this, but the truth is that ketone salts are not all that well studied and understood... especially when it comes to long-term effects.
That said, I don't want to scare you and there is no proof I have that they are harmful. But it is a point worth bringing up.
You have the choice to order 2 bottles at a price of $59.95/bottle, or you can order 4 bottles at a price of $49.95/bottle... either way it is pretty expensive.
On the checkout page they say that the "regular price for 1 bottle of Keto-T911 is $120", but who knows how true this is. And if it is true, well, then that sounds like the biggest ripoff ever.
They do sell this product with a 90 day money-back guarantee...
However, it seems to be a hassle if you want to get your money back.
I read over the Terms of Service and they make you go through the process of getting a RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) # and all of that before being able to return it.
This is a common step used by companies who, without saying it, want to make it as difficult as possible for customers to return their products so that they don't have to give out many refunds.
With a C level rating with the BBB, not being accredited, and less than a 3 out of 5 star rating on SiteJabber, it seems reasonable and fitting that I have quite a few number of complaints to go over.
Some of the complaints worth mentioning (some I've went over already) are as follows...
1) Low Dosages - As mentioned, the doses here are low... too low in my opinion. There isn't any good evidence I can find that such low doses will be able to put ones body into ketosis.
It's also worth mentioning that, to make matters worse, the amount of BHB supplementation needed to achieve ketosis will vary between people, with larger people needing to supplement more.
2) Misleading Sales-Pitch - The sales pitch leads one to believe that this is the absolute holy grail of keto supplements. It leads us to think that there is not a chance it WON'T work and that anyone who supplements this is pretty much guaranteed to lose weight, improve cognitive skills, etc... but much of what is told is misleading hype.
... and of course much of what is told is a lie. The entire background story is likely made up as I went over, there are unproven claims made, and let's not forget the fake images they show us.
3) Lack of Company Information - The company behind this product is called Phytage Labs, which I am somewhat familiar with because I've reviewed other supplements by them such as Gluco Type 2 and Internal 911.
But I'm not familiar with this place in a good way. Their other supplements are promoted in the same scammy ways and the company itself isn't one that I trust all that much.
The big problem I have here is that there is a severe lack of company information.
If you go to the phytagelaboratories.com website you will find an 'About Us' page but it doesn't really say much. It's just a bunch of fluff without talking about when the company started, who runs the company, or anything important really.
This brings me back to the question of whether or not the ingredients are good quality. If you don't know much about the company how can you trust that you are getting the best quality ingredients?
Ingredient quality can make all the difference and unfortunately this company doesn't give me any good reason to believe their supplements are as good as they say.
4) Difficulty With Returns - A good company makes it easy for customers to return items, whereas a bad company tries to use every trick in the book to make the process as difficult as possible. Phytage Labs seems to be making it more difficult than it should be, such as by making the customer go through the process of getting a RMA #.
When you have complaints like that shown below... it's not a good sign...
5) Spam - If you end up giving this place your email you will likely soon regret it. Your email inbox is pretty much guaranteed to be bombarded with email promotions.
I know this personally and I have also seen a few complaints from others about it.
6) Being Overcharged - The last complaint I want to go over here is that some people have been overcharged by the company. There are multiple people who have filed complaints with the BBB about this.
So is Keto-T911 a scam?
I definitely would NOT call this supplement a scam by any means. It is marketed in a deceptive and misleading fashion, but the supplement itself is no scam. And if we were to call it a scam then we would have to call just about every keto supplement a scam (well, some people actually do!).
That said, if you really do want to buy a keto supplement there are probably better and more trustworthy choices out there. But if you want to purchase KetoT-911 you can buy it on the official website here.
I hope you enjoyed this review and found it helpful. Please leave any comments or questions below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂
Keto Hack is promoted as an easy way to get into the state of ketosis without all the hard work, which can help you lose weight, stay focused, provide you with steady energy and is said to have a number of other health benefits.
But is this supplement really as good as they say? Or is Keto Hack a scam supplement you would be better of avoiding?
In this review I'll be going over all you need to know including the ingredients it has and whether or not they will work, side effects, complaints, pros v cons, and more.
But first I want to make clear that this review is for the Keto Hack supplement by Nutrition Hacks. The reason I say this is because there are more than one supplement called "Keto Hack", such as this one pictured here...
Many of them are pretty scammy and sold by completely unreputable companies. The 'Keto Hack' that I'm reviewing here is one of the better ones, although you will see that I still definitely have some complaints.
It provides a supply of BHB ketones so that you can simply put yourself into ketosis by supplementing these and don't have to worry about going on a stressful and long low-carb diet.
Ketosis Explained: Ketosis is a state that the body enters when there are not enough carbohydrates to use as energy and it must start burning fats, which causes the liver to produce ketones.
Burning fat as energy and being in ketosis is said to have many health benefits and people who have maintained this state say it is preferable due to the long amounts of steady energy provided.
BUT, getting into ketosis through good old fashion diet and exercise isn't very easy. It can take weeks of strict dieting to achieve the blood ketone levels necessary to officially be in the range of ketosis... which is why there are ketosis inducing supplements like Keto Hack here.
Some of the claims made about Keto Hack include that it can provide rapid results and kickstart ketosis by increasing ketones in the body, optimize performance so that you can get better workouts and have higher energy levels, and it is said to sharpen brain function.
While all of these claims are likely true for ketosis to some extent, it is important to know that there haven't been any studies proving these for Keto Hack in particular.
Below is the full label to Keto Hack...
And here is a closeup of the ingredients...
One of the claims is that Keto Hack contains a "unique blend of BHB and minerals to maintain constant ketosis".
However, I don't really see anything "unique" about this blend. I have looked at plenty of other keto supplements on the market and there isn't anything special here.
But of course they don't list the amounts of each ingredient... so I suppose the doses could be what makes this blend "unique" if this is indeed true.
The Keto Blend contains a 800mg mixture of the following...
Calcium BHB, Magnesium BHB, & Sodium BHB - These are all what you call "ketone salts", because they consist of a ketone (BHB) bound to a salt (calcium, magnesium and sodium).
There are also what you call 'ketone esters', but these are not as commonly included in supplements and are more expensive... although they do likely work better as I'll go over shortly.
Ingesting ketones elevates the ketone levels in the blood stream and inhibits the burning of carbohydrates for energy, which is exactly what you want to happen... so that fat is burned instead.
MCT Powder - MCT stands for Medium Chain Triglyceride, meaning this is a powder form of fats you will find naturally in things like coconut oil.
The idea behind including this ingredient is that MCTs can easily be converted into ketones by the body, and can help you stay in a keto state for longer periods of time.
Calcium Citrate - Calcium is a mineral that is important for strong bones, muscle contractions, is necessary for a lot of enzyme activity going on and more. Keto dieters often supplement calcium because the idea is that circulating ketone bodies make your blood more acidic, which causes the body to draw calcium from the bones to counter the effects.
To be honest, I'm a bit disappointed here. This supplement definitely has some potential but there are some downsides and complaints I have when it comes to the ingredients included here.
Limited Evidence - As discussed in a recent post about keto pills I wrote, the big concern with these ketone salts comes from them being an alien-like substance for the body. The body does not produce anything like them naturally and because of this they might not be used that efficiently.
There have been little studies performed on them to-date, most have been performed on 'ketone esters' which the body does produce, but I was able to find at least one study that found they likely decrease athletic performance in some cases... contrary to how they are often marketed (source: Medical News Today).
Can they lead to a state of ketosis where you have a steady surplus of energy and a clear mind? Some people swear they do... but there just isn't enough science backing up the claims yet.
Including MCTs Doesn't Make Much Sense - While MCTs can be beneficial, it doesn't seem they will be in this case.
As mentioned, MCTs can easily be converted into ketones by the body... BUT... this is when the body is going into ketosis naturally from being starved of carbohydrates.
Most people taking Keto Hack probably aren't going to be doing strict low-carb dieting to get into ketosis naturally, which is the whole point of taking this supplement in the first place. So this would mean that MCTs would be worthless from this point of view since most supplementers will still be consuming carbs and the body won't be producing its own ketones anyhow.
Amounts Unknown - All of these ingredients are listed as a "Keto Blend" that is 800mg per serving. But unfortunately we have no idea how much of each ingredient there is, and I really dislike this kind of thing.
We want the amounts of the BHB ingredients to be as high as possible, but there is no way for us to know this. Maybe the calcium citrate accounts for much of the 800mg blend, which would be a big waste of money.
That said, assuming that much of the blend consists of BHB, this would be right around what the 'standard' is for keto supplements.
However, it seems that a lot of studies that have shown BHB supplements can induce ketosis have used much higher dosages. For example, a 2017 study that concluded "exogenous ketone drinks are a practical, efficacious way to achieve ketosis" used daily doses of 12 - 24g of BHB ketones... a heck of a lot more than this and pretty much every other keto supplement.
As you can imagine, due to the fact that ketone salts are not produced by the body naturally, there are more reported side effects from people taking them.
These include things like nausea, diarrhea, stomach aches, etc. No very serious side effects have been reported however.
Just as the benefits of ketone salts are largely understudied, so are their side effects. There is still a lot of unknown here.
MCT oil is generally consumed without any problem, but some people experience an upset digestive system while taking this too. That said, the amount included in this supplement is likely very small and there is little chance it will give you any problems.
Overall the side effects don't seem to be anything to worry about.
The cost varies depending on the quantity that you purchase. You can choose to purchase either 1 bottle, 3 bottles, or 6 bottles (each bottle lasts for 1 month) and the prices are as follows:
And this is all with a discount as you can see here...
... but who knows if this discount is real or not. It could be that these are never sold at the 'full price' and it's all just a little marketing stunt.
The 6 bottle deal is obviously the best. You are getting each bottle for about $29 vs the $49 you would pay for just 1 bottle. That seems like a great deal, but it makes you wonder if they really need the price to be $49 per bottle in the first place.
It's nice to see that they do have a 90 day money back guarantee in place... or at least that is what they tell us.
Lack of Evidence - I don't like how any of the keto supplements are marketed. It seems that just about all of them are over-hyped and marketed with loosely proven claims.
Yes, ketone esters are pretty well proven... but the ketone salts that this supplement contains aren't the same thing.
Lack of Transparency - No dosages are provided... I just don't like when companies do this. I would rather see some transparency.
That said, I get why they do it... they don't want other companies copying their products.
Company Location - One thing you may want to be aware of is that the company is registered in the Barbados, which definitely doesn't mean there is anything suspicious going on, but it does raise some concerns.
There are some good signs however, such as how they have live phone support and provide an email address to get in contact with them.
*You can also get in contact with them via their Facebook page.
Seems Overpriced - To me the price seems like it could easily be lower. I get it that most places will offer a discount when you purchase higher quantities... but a $20 discount per bottle!!!?? If they are able to do this then the price is too high in the first place.
I don't consider Keto Hack a scam at all. If you were to consider this product a scam then you would have to consider half of the supplement market a scam.
While much of the said benefits aren't proven all that well, it still has potential and is actually a lot better than many of the other much more scammy keto supplements I've reviewed in the past.
Due to the lack of evidence backing these types of supplements I'm not going to be recommending Keto Hack.
However, you are more than welcome to give it a try and can order Keto Hack on the official website here.
If you are going to buy a ketone salt supplement like this, which consists of most keto supplements on the market, then this is one of the better and more trustworthy ones I've come across, although I still do have some complaints as mentioned.
Anyhow, I hope you enjoyed this review and found it helpful. Please leave any comments or questions below and I'll get back to you soon 🙂
Keto diet pills are being marketed like crazy, and unfortunately a lot of people are losing money over it.
Do they work at all? Is this whole thing a scam?
You asked and now I'm answering.
The question of this whole keto-craze and whether or not keto-inducing pills are a scam is something that needs to be address... after all, these are new types of products that are often marketed in ways that make them appear "too good to be true".
Of course everyone wants to take the easiest route possible, but actually achieving ketosis on your own can be quite a challenge. In order to do so you have to starve your body of carbs so that it has no choice but to use fat as a fuel source and to produce ketones.
Ketosis Explained: Ketosis is the state your body is in when ketone levels in the bloodstream are greater than 0.5mM.
In order to achieve this state naturally you have to cut carbs out of your diet, which forces your body to use fat for energy and causes it to produce ketones.
The said benefits of achieving this fat-burning state include...
... and more.
However, achieving this state is easier said than done and can take weeks of strict dieting to reach, which is a challenge that many people aren't up for.
Keto diet pills are designed to help put your body into a state of ketosis without all the work.
Ketones can be produced by your body or can come from external sources, like the pills we are talking about here. The ketones coming from pills are called exogenous while those produced by the body are endogenous.
What keto diet pills supposedly allow you to do is eat the same but still enjoy ketosis because you are elevating ketone levels in your blood by simply ingesting ketones. So this means you can still eat that pasta, or make your morning cup of coffee as sugary as possible.
The main ingredientsin these pills is BHB, or Beta-hydroxybutyrate..
..which is what helps induce a state of ketosis without you jumping on the treadmill, cutting out carbs, or doing anything differently in your daily life.
There are three different forms of ketones but BHB is what you find in most products, which is produced naturally by the body and is in the highest concentrations when ketosis is achieved naturally. Additionally, it is more stable which makes it a better choice for selling in supplements and it is best for energy production.
Acetoacetate and acetone are the two other ketones that your body produces from fatty acids when there aren't enough carbs to use for energy production, but BHB is the main one here.. BHB is the most abundant of the three, is the most used, and is the most stable, which is why this is a good choice for a supplement.
The two main types are ketone salts and ketone esters.
Ketone salts are ketones bound to a mineral, such as calcium, sodium or magnesium (usually sodium). They were the first to come to market but might not be all that effective because they are not bioidentical to anything produced naturally, which means your body might not use them as believed. They may be rejected or just not used as effeciently.
Ketone esters are ketone bodies bound to alcohol molecules (not alcohol like whiskey or beer). The good news about these ketones is that they are just like what your body makes naturally. So this means you can slip them into your diet and your body won't know the difference... and will use them.
Ketone Esters vs Ketone Salts
While science is still lacking in the area overall, ketone esters seem to be the much safer and more effective choice. As mentioned, they are identical to what your body produces naturally, so your body will use them without a hitch... and they won't cause and strange unwanted side-effect, which ketone salts might (side effects are not well known yet).
This is another type of ketone supplement that is claimed to be able to trigger the breakdown of fats inside cells better as well as help regulate the metabolism.
The reason they are called "raspberry" ketones is because they are a substance that occurs naturally in raspberries along with some other fruits in small amounts.
HOWEVER, the "raspberry ketones" you find in supplements is just a synthetic copycat, not the natural real thing.
Furthermore, raspberry ketones have nothing to do with ketogenic diets and there are no studies showing any weight-loss benefit for humans. Products with this synthetic ingredient in them are based on more hype than the 'normal' keto diet pills/supplements, which contain the ketone esters and salts mentioned above.
If you are willing to put forth the effort, naturally achieving ketosis is beneficial over ketosis induced by pills in a number of ways.
Besides providing no challenge and not requiring discipline that is much needed to help keep the weight off long-term (which you would get if you were to do this naturally), taking pills that put you into a state of ketosis don't last long.
Sure, they elevate ketone levels in the blood, but this is short-lived. There is no natural ketone production going on and because of this the levels of ketones in the blood won't remain very high for long.
In addition to this... It just isn't natural and the effects of this aren't all that well-known.
Naturally you have either one or the other: You either eat carbs and use them for energy or you starve your self of carbs and use fat and ketones for energy... but never can you naturally be eating a lot of carbs and be using fat for energy in a state of ketosis... it just doesn't happen.
Natural doesn't always mean good, but usually it does and pumping in ketones from an external source is something that definitely isn't natural.
When you are taking supplements like this the levels of ketone bodies in your blood are elevated, which helps suppress your appetite. This is obviously a good thing when it comes to weight-loss but the problem comes into play when you are done with the pills, which could cause you to feel hungrier than you did before starting your diet because of how it messes with your metabolism.
It isn't natural so can it really be that effective?
Well, I know I've been saying this a lot, but unfortunately there hasn't been all that much research in this area yet.
A Limited Number of Conflicting Studies
When you do research on this topic right now you will find very few studies, which is bad enough... and to make things worse their findings are often conflicting. Some say exogenous keto supplements work while others disagree.
Some say they work...
A 2017 study in Frontiers in Physiology measured the effects of supplementing ketone esters and ketone salts. In the study 15 participants consumed drinks that contained these ketones in doses of 12g or 24g and the findings were that they are a practical way to achieve ketosis, having elevated blood BHB levels a good amount... and also having lowered blood glucose levels along with free fatty acid and triglyceride concentrations.
Others have found them ineffective..
One really good study on DietDoctor.com that I was able to find took a group of people and tested out the effectiveness of 4 of the top keto diet supplements on the market.
In this study the supplements were tested against a placebo for their ability to increase:
A variety of different tests were performed such as blood tests to measure ketone levels, max push-up tests to measure physical performance, questionnaires, and so on.
The results? Not very impressive...
While there was some improvement in some areas, the placebo actually performed better in others!
And again, this was testing some of the more expensive and trusted keto-inducing supplements out there... not the scammy products that will likely perform even worse!
Now this doesn't go for every keto supplement out there, but one thing I have noticed is that many of them include very small doses of BHB... very small.
In the study mentioned above that actually showed supplementing ketone esters and ketone salts to be beneficial, the patients had large doses of 12g or 24 g while many of the supplements I have looked at contain LESS THAN 1g PER SERVING!
That is a huge difference.
The safety concerns mostly come from the ketone salt products out there, which are understudied and as mentioned the side effects aren't really all that well known.
Additionally there are safety concerns because many keto pill supplements are being sold by unreputable and unestablished brands, which I'll be going over now...
There are keto pill supplements out there that are manufactured by trusted companies. However, it seems that 90+ percent of them are made by no-name companies that have no reputation and can't be trusted all that much.
There is a long list of these products, but some that come to mind include:
... and a whole lot more.
Usually these supplements are marketed in an over-the-top ridiculous fashion, making them appear to be some sort of miracle product.
Here is an example in which you can claim a "free" bottle of Enhanced Keto...
Many of these supplements are marketed in similar ways and look almost identical, as you can see here...
.. and it is hard to say what exactly is going on.
Are they made by the same company? And if so, why is the company releasing new products under different names.
There are a number of supplements out there that are the same thing with the exception of their names being different, which just adds to the shady marketing behavior around these products.
Often times these similar products will have the same exact ingredients and dosages... shady operations to say the least.
One of the big points made in some of the marketing material surrounding such products is that they have been featured on the hit TV show Shark Tank. However, this is a complete lie and it has gotten to the point where Mark Cuban himself has felt the need to state this on Twitter...
So not only do these products likely not work as good as they are said to, but you also have to worry about unreputable brands selling you stuff that isn't what they claim it is.
You hear about it all the time... supplements being sold that have "filler" ingredients which don't do anything... this is what I worry about from products like this.
There is no doubt that getting your body to state of ketosis naturally is going to be much more beneficial for weight loss, not just because it will last longer but also because the work it takes to get to the final state will help you reach your goal--however--I understand that not everyone wants to put in the work and wait 3+ weeks to get to this state.
So are the pills worth buying? There are some people that claim they have had noticeable benefits from keto supplements but there are also a lot of people that claim to have noticed nothing... and the science backing these supplements is 'iffy' at best.
What it really comes down to is whether or not you are willing to spend some money on another weight loss supplement that might not work.
And of course you also have to remember that there is a good chance you will end up being more hungry than you were in the first place after you stop supplementing the pills--which will just lead to post weight-gain if you are not disciplined.
The bottom line is that there isn't much proof here and there are a lot of supplements out there from companies with no reputation that could be complete junk.
If you are going to buy the pills and give them a try, get something you can trust and be sure to check the amount of BHB in it first.
Drink some coffee or tea.. get some caffeine.
Did you know that a lot of keto diet pills actually contain caffeine?
This further clouds the effectiveness of such pills because we don't know how much benefit is coming from the caffeine vs coming from the induced state of ketosis... if anything.
That said, keto diet pills don't have much good proof as to their effectiveness and caffeine is a much cheaper option with an abundance of scientific evidence backing its use for dieting and weight loss... AND you don't have to worry about buying from some potential scam company because it is so abundant.
Welcome to my review of Lean Body Hacks. If you are looking for an unbiased review that isn't just promoting it trying to make money then you are in the right place.
Is Lean Body Hacks a scam like it very well seems it could be?
Or will this help you shed the pounds right off??--just like the mother who supposedly lost 79 pounds in 8 weeks without any exercise and without going on any crazy diet.
Unfortunately you are probably going to be disappointed. This is NOT the miracle product that it is promoted as being and in this review I'll be going over why--along with a bunch of lies they tell us.
Lean Body Hacks, in a nutshell, is an ebook that provides different hacks to losing weight--the main one being a "golden ratio" or spices and herbs that you can buy at your local grocery store.
Overall the marketing material behind this product is grossly misleading and this is definitely not something I am going to be promoting. Most people likely won't notice any real difference after doing these "hacks".
The story starts out with an overweight mother named Lisa overdosing on Tylenol and her daughter crying as she witnesses it all.
Apparently Lisa became very obese after having 2 kids and hurting herself after doing a high intensity workout, which left her crippled and led to more weight gain.
What put her over the edge and made her try to kill herself was when she came home and found her husband cheating on here with their neighbor.
I don't believe much of this story and for good reason.
First off, the spokesperson is supposedly a guy named Randy Smith, who is Lisa's son--and he's talking about how his dad cheated on her and broadcasting this story all over the internet.
Not exactly something you would expect from someone who is supposed to be a respectable ex-marine.
What we are told is that there is a multi-billion dollar scam going on that has been keeping people from meeting their weight loss goals.