September 30, 2016
At first glance, Thermo-Success looks like a great diet pill.
With pictures of perfectly sculpted abs and eye-catching phrases such as “promote body fat reduction,” Thermo-Success seems like the ideal solution for cutting those last few pounds.
But you should never base a diet pill on appearances alone.
I wanted to know if Thermo-Success could deliver reliable and safe results day in and day out. So, I did a little research on the ingredients and analyzed its true weight loss potential.
What’s Under the Lid?
Thermo-Success contains an interesting blend of popular fat burners with unique herbs from around the world. However, just because they’re popular or unique doesn’t guarantee they’re safe or effective. . .
Green Tea. Green tea is rich in catechins, polyphenols, and flavonoids which eliminate toxins and boost energy levels. It also contains caffeine for enhanced energy and decreased appetite.
One study showed green tea effectively improved body mass index, body weight, and resting energy expenditure in as little as 12 weeks. 
White Tea. White tea is made from the same plant as green tea: camellia sinensis. Unlike green tea, white tea undergoes less processing, keeping its antioxidant concentrations mostly intact.
Studies show white tea extract inhibits adipogenesis (formation of fat cells) and induces lipolytic activity (breakdown of fats into fatty acids). 
Evodia Rutaecarpa. Evodia is an alkaloid extract that decreases pain and inflammation.
Studies suggest Evodia provides capsaicin-like anti-obese activity by interacting with vanilloid receptors. However, further human trials still need to be conducted. 
Inositol Hexaphosphate. Inositol is much like a vitamin in that it balances certain chemicals in the body. It is traditionally used to control panic attacks and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Studies show inositol may improve various symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome, which includes weight gain and metabolic syndrome. But, there is not enough evidence to validate its effects on weight loss. 
Black Pepper. Black pepper increases the bioavailability of other nutrients, increasing their absorption and subsequent effectiveness. However, black pepper does not have a direct impact on weight loss.
White Willow. This ingredient contains an aspirin-like chemical known as salicin. It alleviates pain, headaches, and muscle soreness. While it may help you get back into the gym after an intense workout, white willow bark has not been studied enough to determine any weight loss potential.
Aspidosperma Quebracho-Blanco. This South American tree is commonly used for its yohimbe content.
Yohimbe may improve erectile dysfunction and promote weight loss. But, more research is needed to determine if aspidosperma is safe to use on a regular basis. 
DMAE. Deanol is involved in acetylcholine production, a chemical that helps nerve cells communicate. It is commonly used to treat attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and may improve mood and memory skills.
Although DMAE supplementation has been connected with weight loss (and insomnia), the ingredient has not been fully studied for this purpose. 
Inula Racemosa. This herb contains alantolactone, which enhances insulin sensitivity. Consequently, less food is stored as fat.
However, human trials need to be conducted to fully determine any weight loss benefits. 
Troxerutin. This flavonol is often used as a vasoprotective, protecting blood vessels from damage.
Animal studies suggest Troxerutin may reverse insulin resistance and reduce reactive oxygen species, but human trials need to be conducted to verify this effect. 
Cinidium Monnieri Extract. Many diet pill manufacturers praise cnidium for its abilities to improve sex drive, height performance, and increase energy. Yet, there is not enough information to know if cnidium is safe or effective.
Yohimbe. When used correctly, yohimbe increases energy levels and decreases body fat percentage without significantly altering muscle mass or body mass.
Researchers conclude “yohimbe supplementation appears to be suitable as a fat loss strategy.” 
Caffeine. Caffeine blocks adenosine receptors to increase energy levels and physical performance. Studies show caffeine increases speed and power output for as little as 60 seconds or as long as 2 hours. Scientists believe caffeine achieves this effect by creating a favorable intracellular ionic environment in active muscle. 
Xanthinol Nicotinate. Studies suggest xanthinol nicotinate (when combined with nicotinic acid) improves neuronal transmission, cell metabolism, and oxygen supply in the brain. 
While it may improve memory function, there is no evidence to suggest this ingredient promotes weight loss.
Codonopsis pilosula . More commonly known as the poor man’s ginseng, this herb is often used as an economical substitute for Panax ginseng, which increases physical performance.
Codonopsis may improve immunity and reduce inflammation, but it has not been thoroughly studied for weight loss.
These are just the ingredients listed on the site. There are several more listed on the ingredient label which are not backed with clinical research.
Should You Be Worried About Side Effects?
I’m always nervous when it comes to proprietary blends, especially when they contain unknown amounts of caffeine and yohimbe.
Caffeine increases mental and physical performance when used correctly. However, not everyone responds to caffeine in the same way.
Depending on your sensitivity, you may experience the following side effects:
• Dizziness and headaches
• Nausea and stomach upset
• Irregular or rapid heart rate
• Anxiety or mood swings
• Insomnia and restlessness
Caffeine is also known to interact with medications such as blood thinners and birth control, significantly increasing side effect risk.
Then there’s yohimbe.
Although yohimbe is legal in the US, many countries (such as Australia) prohibit yohimbe use due to its connection to seizures, heart attacks, hallucinations, strokes, and deaths.
Yohimbe is an effective aphrodisiac when used in small concentrations ranging from 15-30 mg. However, dosages higher than 100 mg can be fatal. Because Thermo-Success contains a proprietary blend, it is impossible to tell if the ingredients are in safe, effective concentrations.
Is Thermo-Success Easy to Use?
Usage instructions are not available on the official website. Consequently, I have to assume how to use Thermo-Success by the ingredient label.
There are 2 capsules per serving and 30 servings per bottle. Assuming each bottle lasts a full month, dieters should take 1-2 capsules per day (depending on ingredient tolerance).
Due to the high caffeine content, it’s best to avoid taking Thermo-Success within 5-6 hours of bedtime.
Additionally, Thermo-Success will work best when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise (as with any other diet pill).
Where to Buy Thermo-Success
Thermo-Success is available to buy at SupplementalSuccess.com for approximately $59.95 per bottle plus shipping and handling.
Currently, there is an offer where you buy any 2 products (such as Thermo-Success paired with Cerebral-Success), and $20 will be discounted from the product price. If you buy three, $40 will be discounted.
More About the Manufacturers
I can’t help but question the makers behind Thermo-Success. The site is littered with spelling and grammatical errors, the images (mostly stock photos) look tacky and poorly placed. The Supplemental Success logo is even cut off in the middle.
If the manufacturers couldn’t take the time to make a presentable website, why would the diet pill itself be any different? Sloppy sites make me wonder if the supplement contains imprecise and sloppy ingredient concentrations.
But that’s just aesthetic. . .
As for the manufacturers themselves, I’m surprised to find that Supplemental Success was founded by Trevor Hiltbrand, a recent graduate who majored in business, not nutrition.
He keeps a health blog on his site, and like the advertisements, it’s riddled with poor spelling and unusual word choices.
In an attempt to contact customer service about ingredient information, I received an ingredient label and this email response:
“If you are curious about a specific ingredient and how much there is in each capsule, I can try and find out for you. But the exact formula is not public knowledge… even to me.”
What kind of manufacturer doesn’t know what’s inside his own product? Clearly he hired someone else to make his supplements and he just advertises the end result, but it doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in the formula.
Should You Try Thermo-Success?
While a few of the ingredients are known to promote weight loss, I’m not convinced Thermo-Success will give you the weight loss success you’re looking for.
Many ingredients are not clinically proven to work while the concentrations are not disclosed on the site. The price is much too high for a questionable diet pill, and the manufacturers seem sketchy at best.
I don’t feel comfortable recommending Thermo-Success to anyone. Though it may work for you, I am certain there are safer, more effective, budget-friendly ways to lose weight.
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