By combining the “power of multiple weight loss supplements in just one pill,” PhenQ is a new slimming formula that’s designed to make losing weight straightforward and simple, while giving you better results than the competition.
According to the manufacturer, PhenQ accomplishes this by targeting your weight in 5 different ways: burning stored fat, suppressing your appetite, blocking fat production, and boosting mood and energy levels. All of this is achieved with only 7 different ingredients:
- α-Lacys Reset – Clinically proven to decrease body weight and body mass, as well as increase muscle mass (more about this shortly).
- Capsimax Powder – Contains a blend of capsicum, piperine, caffeine and niacin, which are claimed to increase thermogenesis and help you burn more fat.
- Calcium Carbonate – May help you maintain a steady weight.
- Chromium Picolinate – Could help decrease your sugar and carbohydrate cravings.
- Caffeine – Like most stimulants, caffeine can increase alertness and decrease fatigue.
- Nopal – A high-fiber cactus that may help you feel fuller and reduce your appetite.
- L-Carnitine Furmarate – Might help you turn fat into energy, while also combating tiredness.
In order to begin experiencing weight loss benefits with PhenQ, the manufacturer recommends taking one capsule with breakfast and another with lunch. In fact, PhenQ’s formulation is so effective that the company claims you’ll “never need to worry about your weight again.”
Whether you’re just beginning your weight loss journey or have been struggling for years, you already know that weight loss companies tend to overhype the real-world performance of their products. But is PhenQ just another hype-filled disappointment waiting to happen, or is it the real deal?
Before we get to that, let’s take a close look at the 2 most common words used on the PhenQ website; metabolism and thermogenesis.
What is Metabolism? How Does Thermogenesis Work?
Put simply, metabolism is the process by which your body coverts food into energy. The normal amount of calories you burn on a daily basis is known as your metabolic rate, which can be impacted by your body size and composition (the more muscle you have, the more calories you’ll burn), your gender, and your age (as we get older, our metabolism slows down, making it more difficult to lose weight).
Thermogenesis is a subset of metabolism, and references how many calories your body uses to digest, absorb, and transport the foods you eat. Thermogenesis is measured in heat, so the more heat your body produces, the more calories it’s thought to burn using reserve energy sources (e.g. stored fat).
Boosting your metabolism and thermogenesis can be accomplished through exercise, increasing protein intake, and more. But will PhenQ’s ingredients do the same? Let’s take a look.
Is PhenQ’s Ingredients Effective for Weight Loss?
In short, it’s iffy.
α-Lacys Reset is a proprietary ingredient formulated by Nutraceuticals International Group, which contains “a synergistic combination” of alpha-lipoic acid and cysteine that’s claimed to “help regenerate and restart cells based on mitochondrial activation.”
Although the PhenQ website claims that α-Lacys Reset has been clinically proven to provide a 7.24% reduction in body fat, a 3.44% decrease in body weight, and a 3.8% increase in muscle mass, they provide no references to back up this claim (despite providing several references for the supplement’s other ingredients).
Capsimax is another proprietary ingredient manufactured by OmniActive. The Capsimax website references a 2010 clinical study to back up their claims, although nothing in this study referenced weight loss or a change in body composition.
However, the website does reference a study (Ryan et al, 2009) showing that energy expenditure increased by 200 calories, and another (Lopez et al, 2013) indicating that Capsimax users “significantly decreased circumference and body fat percentage compared to placebo.” For these studies, no links are provided and the author information given was too general to find them elsewhere online.
With all of this said, there remains insufficient clinical evidence showing that calcium carbonate, chromium, caffeine, nopal cactus (prickly pear), or l-carnitine can reliably provide any of the benefits claimed by PhenQ’s manufacturer.
On top of this, there wasn’t a product label listed on the PhenQ website, so there’s no way to know how much of each ingredient the supplement contains, or whether or not this is enough to provide any benefits at all.
While PhenQ’s ingredients may not necessarily help, will they cause harm?
PhenQ Side Effects
Although their efficacy is in question, PhenQ’s ingredients should be well tolerated by most users.
With this said, the most common side effect is digestive upset, although the fibrous material in prickly pear can also lead to bloating and gassiness. Also, due to the caffeine content, users who are sensitive to stimulants might want to take extra precaution before using PhenQ.
Again, there’s no indication of how much of each ingredient is contained in PhenQ, or what kinds of side effects these dosages can cause.
Now that we’ve covered all the basics of PhenQ, let’s find out who makes the supplement.
Who Makes PhenQ?
PhenQ is manufactured by Bauer Group DMCC (also known as Bauer Nutrition), who makes dozens of flavor-of-the-day supplements including garcinia cambogia, raspberry ketone, forskolin, detoxification, and more. In other words, it appears the company specializes in using ingredients that have only the thinnest shred of clinical evidence showing they work, including PhenQ.
Unfortunately, the company wasn’t listed with the Better Business Bureau at the time of our research, and the only third-party information we found elsewhere online was created by affiliates.
PhenQ Pricing & Refund Policy
PhenQ is priced as follows:
- 1 Bottle (60 capsules): $69.95 plus $9.98 S&H
- 3 Bottles: $139.85
- 5 Bottles: $199.85
If you choose the 3 or 5-bottle option, you order will include free worldwide shipping.
Regardless of this which option you choose though, all PhenQ orders come with a 60-day refund policy, less S&H charges.
In order to request a refund, you’ll need to contact Bauer Nutrition’s customer service at +44 (0) 208 787 5981. Important note: This number is based out of the UK, so international charges may apply.
Is PhenQ Your Weight Loss Solution?
Although PhenQ claims to combine several popular weight loss supplements into one, if none of the underlying ingredients have been clinically shown to help you lose weight, what’s the point?
When it comes down to it, while PhenQ could reasonably provide you with a little extra weight loss boost, the reality is that the only tried-and-true method of losing weight and keeping it off is through regular exercise and eating a healthy diet. No matter what promises supplements manufacturers make, it really does come down to this.
Because of this, if you’ve been struggling to lose weight and keep it off, despite eating healthy and exercising regularly, we’d recommend speaking with your physician instead of ordering PhenQ.
5 out 7 people found this review helpful
Doesn't work for me
It did not work for me. It did the opposite effect. It got me even hungrier.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend