PhenQ Weight Loss Supplement
A phentermine alternative for weight loss.
The company is not shady
Testimonials are not stock or stolen photos
Ingredients have scientifically proven benefits
Presence of moneyback guarantee
Most of the ingredients are not in their recommended dose
Is PhenQ weight loss supplement worth your time and money? In this review, you find out all you need to know about this supplement, who created it, and why you should or should not consider using it. So without wasting any more time, let’s begin!
PhenQ (short form of In-Phentermine-Q) was launched at around March 2015. It claims to be the supplement that can help you achieve the body size you desire. According to the owners, PhenQ has already helped ‘over 190,000 customers’ to achieve their weight loss goal. PhenQ is reportedly a phentermine alternative which combines ‘five powerful weight loss pills in one.’
Now before we go any further, let me address a big question I’m sure many of you will ask:
Do Weight Loss Pills/Supplements Work?
This is a tricky question but let me answer to the best of my ability.
Generally speaking, no weight loss pill works on its own without some form of diet modifications and physical exercise. So thinking that simply taking supplements like PhenQ will make you lose weight without ditching unhealthy foods and exercising is wrong. If you keep eating unhealthy foods and not doing any exercise, no amount of weight loss pills you consume will make you lose weight.
On the other hand, using a combination of weight loss supplements with good diet and exercise is one of the best ways of losing weight. Most genuine weight loss supplement manufacturers will tell you this. Look out for such manufacturers when searching for a supplement to add to your current routine.
Unfortunately, most weight loss supplement peddlers out there tell you that taking their supplement alone is enough for you to lose weight. Stay away from such supplements. They are most likely scams and that’s why I haven’t recommended any weight loss supplement until now.
Remember this rule of thumb: Supplements only enhance the function of your normal diet. They do not replace your diet!
Now back to the review.
What PhenQ Will Supposedly Do For You
According to the creators, PhenQ will help you:
- Burn stored fat and reveal your hidden dream body
- Suppress your appetite to eat less and cut calories
- Block fat production to stop weight gain
- Improve your mood and
- Boost energy levels for hassle-free weight loss
PhenQ reportedly achieves this feat via its unique combination of ingredients. We’ll discuss the ingredients in detail but first, let’s talk about the company behind this supplement, shall we?
Who’s the Company Behind PhenQ?
PhenQ is manufactured by Wolfson Berg Limited, a supplement manufacturing company headquartered in Cyprus. They are also registered and have offices in Germany and the United Kingdom.
According to their corporate website, Wolfson Berg is ‘a tight-knit team of entrepreneurs, marketers, nutritionists, engineers, designers and business explorers with a real passion for healthy living and e-commerce business.’ They claim that their products are made by ‘combining cutting-edge science and time-tested strategies from top athletes and medical professionals.’
Apart from PhenQ, Wolfson Berg owns other wellness and beauty brands. Some of them include Bauer, You Tonics, Phen24, etc.
So far, I haven’t seen any complaints of fraud or scammy tendencies from this company. Just the regular complaints any business faces. So from the look of things, it looks like we are dealing with a legit company for a change.
Now back to PhenQ. What are the ingredients?
Ingredients of PhenQ Supplement
PhenQ supplement has the following active ingredients:
1. a-Lacys Reset
a-Lacys Reset is the brand name of a patented blend of alpha lipoic acid, L-cysteine, and magnesium. According to the patent owners, a-Lacys Reset has been scientifically proven to ‘neutralize’ free radicals and rejuvenate the body, promote weight loss, and generally lead to a healthier you. Now there are tons of scientific evidence proving that these three substances do in fact work, but it’s important to note that PhenQ does not have the usual therapeutic dose. Normally, the dosage of L-cysteine is 500mg/day, Alpha Lipoic acid is at least 300mg/day, and magnesium is at least 360mg/day.
PhenQ contains 25mg of a-Lacys Reset. There’s no information about the dose of L-cysteine, magnesium, and alpha lipoic acid that constitutes this patented formula but it’s safe to assume that the amount is not up to therapeutic levels.
2. Capsimax Extract
This is a standalone weight loss supplement that contains the following substances:
- Capsicum Extract (8mg): This substance is actually capsaicin. Capsaicin is what gives red pepper its hot, spicy nature. Several studies have linked the hotness of capsaicin to weight loss but so far the evidence is not very convincing.
- Piperine Extract (3mg): Piperine is derived from black pepper. It aids in the absorption of nutrients and substances, especially bioflavonoids commonly used in supplements.
- Niacin (Vitamin B3 (4.5mg): This vitamin has been liked to lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels. However, whether or not this vitamin is important for weight loss is still up for debate. Regardless, niacin is involved in creating energy from food and is important for your digestive system, nervous system, and skin.
3. Caffeine Anhydrous
Caffeine is a well-known stimulant found in your coffee and popular fizzy drinks. Many studies have linked caffeine with weight loss due to its stimulating effects on the central nervous system. Caffeine Anhydrous is the type most commonly used in supplements.
PhenQ contains 145.2mg of caffeine per capsule, which is about twice the amount in 1 cup of coffee. A dose of 400mg of caffeine per day is generally considered safe for most adults though.
4. Chromium (as Chromium Picolinate)
Chromium is a mineral that has been shown to be beneficial in controlling blood sugar levels. So like PhenQ states, chromium can help curb your sugar and carb cravings. However, there is conflicting data on whether taking chromium results in weight loss.
Chromium picolinate is the form often used by medical professionals so it’s good that PhenQ has this form in their supplement. The only problem? PhenQ only contains 10mcg of chromium picolinate, which is 3 times smaller than the recommended dosage (35mcg) for men and two times smaller than the recommended dose for women (at least 20mcg).
Nopal (prickly pear cactus) is a type of cactus plant known for its high fiber and antioxidant content. According to PhenQ, Nopal will help you ‘gain more control over your hunger’ as well as provide your body with energy while flushing out excess fluid from your body tissues. PhenQ claims that the fluid flushing capability of Nopal leads to weight loss, but available scientific research says otherwise.
The recommended dosage of Nopal in supplements is at least 500mg per day PhenQ contains only 20mg. However, most dietitians recommend consuming the cactus directly for the best health benefits.
6. L-Carnitine Fumarate
L-Carnitine is a well-known amino acid-like chemical that is naturally produced by the body. It has been shown to help convert body fat into energy. L-Carnitine is very useful for treating patients with serious kidney disease and carnitine deficiency. When it comes to weight loss, however, there is insufficient evidence that it works. But at least 2g dose of L-carnitine was used in the studies which found that it works for weight loss. PhenQ only contains a paltry 150mg (0.15g).
So as you can see, PhenQ contains legit ingredients. But the problem is the dosage of all of them (except caffeine) is too small, and you may have to use PhenQ for a long time before you start seeing any results.
Having that in mind, let’s talk about pricing!
How Much Does PhenQ Cost?
A bottle of PhenQ costs $69.95. There are also two other pricing plans:
- 2-bottles + 1 ‘free’ at $139.90 (most popular)
- 3-bottle + 2 ‘free’ + bonus supplement called Advana Cleanse costing $189.95.
All these plans come with a ’60-day moneyback guarantee.’ So far I haven’t seen any complaints about PhenQ not honoring their refund policy. So first contact them for your refund and if something fishy happens, just file a credit card dispute with your bank.
Free shipping is available to those in the United Kingdom.
How to Use PhenQ?
Each bottle of PhenQ contains 60 capsules. PhenQ recommends taking 2 capsules daily in the morning and evening, meaning that a bottle will last for 30 days.
PhenQ says that you should take their supplement for at least 60 days for the best results. But remember that no weight loss supplement will work without diet and exercise. So it’s best to combine PhenQ with a healthy, balanced diet and physical exercise if you want it to work.
Are There Any Side Effects of Using PhenQ?
PhenQ claims that so far, there are no side effects of their supplement. But looking at the ingredient formulation, I’d say expect the familiar effects of caffeine.
Who Should Use PhenQ?
PhenQ is suitable for both men and women 18 years and older, as well as vegans. However, do NOT take PhenQ if you’re pregnant, lactating, taking antidepressants, or with the following conditions:
- Endocrine disorders
- Autoimmune disorders
- Prostate hypertrophy
- Liver and kidney disease
- Prostate cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Breast cancer
- The company behind the supplement is not shady
- Testimonials are not stock or stolen photos
- Contains ingredients with proven health benefits, including weight loss
- Presence of moneyback guarantee.
- Most of the ingredients are not in their recommended dose. This is the major flaw this supplement has. There’s no dispute that the ingredients work, but PhenQ doesn’t contain the therapeutic dose of practically all of them (except caffeine and maybe chromium picolinate). What this means is that you may have to use PhenQ for more than the recommended 60 days in large doses before you can start seeing results.
- Not Cheap. At $69.95 per bottle, PhenQ is not a cheap supplement. This fact becomes problematic especially when you consider the fact that most of the ingredients are not in their therapeutic dose and you may have to use this supplement for more than the recommended 60 days before you can see results.
Final Conclusion: You May Try PhenQ Supplement
In conclusion, PhenQ is NOT a scam and may help you in achieving your weight loss goals. However, you need to know that most of its ingredients are not in their therapeutic dose and just like other supplements, it will NOT work without diet and exercise. So go ahead and try it and get your money back if it doesn’t work for you.
However, if you decide NOT to use PhenQ, then check out my Whitelist for a list of weight loss programs I recommend. Don’t worry, I got you covered!
If you have used PhenQ, please share your feedback with us in the comments section below. Thank you!