Below we take an in-depth look at Meta Ignite Inferno, to see if this reformulation is effective at aiding weight loss, as claimed by the manufacturers.
GNC is one of the biggest supplement sellers in the USA. Whilst they sell many products manufactured by other companies, they have also launched a range of different supplements and weight loss products under their own range. One of the GNC branded thermogenic weight loss aids was called Meta Ignite, which has recently been replaced with a new formula, and has been renamed as GNC Meta Ignite.
The product is designed to work as both a daily weight loss supplement that will boost the metabolism, as well as to be used as a pre-workout supplement to boost energy levels and calorie burn throughout the consumer’s workout.
Whilst the original GNC Meta Ignite is no longer available from the GNC website, it is apparently still available from amazon, although this may only be for a limited time.
The manufacturers state that Meta Ignite Inferno is ‘proven to ignite calorie burning by 300%’. These claims are rather dramatic, with no clinical evidence offered on the product’s sales page. On the product label, here is the following disclaimer: ‘In a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled, cross-over study, 25 subjects exercised on a treadmill on two occasions.
On one occasion the subjects took the thermogenic trigger blend 60 minutes before exercise and on the second occasion they took a placebo. When the subjects took the thermogenic trigger blend, they burned 300% more calories before starting their exercise compared to the placebo group. The amount of calories burned was higher in the thermogenic trigger blend before, during and up to 1 hour after exercise when compared to the placebo.’
As a dietary supplement, take two rapid delivery capsules 30-45 minutes prior to training. On non-training days, take 2 capsules in the morning. For the ultimate body-shredding results, stack with GNC GenetixHD® Cyclo-Shred™. Do not take before bedtime.
The manufacturers make numerous claims about this new product. They describe Meta Ignite Inferno as an ‘Intense Neuro Metabolic Activator’, which works in following ways to aid weight loss:
This premium formula is now more explosive than ever working at the cellular level to impact 3 vital factors needed for the ultimate shredded physique: 300% more calorie-burning*, increased mental focus and intense energy. The clinically proven thermogenic blend boosts metabolism and drives calorie-burning over 3 hours.
The ingredients used in GNC Meta Ignite Inferno are provided below. The ingredient quantities provided are per daily serving of two capsules. Each bottle contains 30 servings.
Thermogenic Trigger Blend 243.34 mg
Neuro-Sharp Sensory Complex
Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract (24% Ginkgo Flavonglycosides = 28.8 mg) (6% Terpene Lactones = 7.2 mg) 120.00 mg: Appears to improve circulation, and may help to kill bacteria in the body that could cause infections, although it is used as an herbal remedy to treat a range of ailments.
Intensity Potentiator Matrix
Caffeine is known to mildly increase the body’s metabolic rate temporarily, as well as providing an increase to energy levels. However, its effects are still relatively mild. Capsimax is a branded cayenne pepper supplement that it designed to increase thermogenesis in the body, burning more calories in the process; whilst the relative clinical trials are promising, they were all performed by the manufacturers of this branded ingredient.
Bioperine may increase the uptake of some of the ingredients used in this diet pill, making them more effective for the same dosage, but it can also affect the absorption of other medications, leading to a risk of accidental overdose.
Ginger root may act as an appetite suppressant when drank as a tea, but it has not been tested for this property in other forms. It is also renowned for having other health benefits.
There are several ingredients used in this diet pill that will not directly aid weight loss, but may be useful to consumers who are exercising regularly, by delaying fatigue, helping to reduce inflammation, increasing energy levels, and improving blood circulation.
Resveratrol may have anti-oxidant benefits to general health, but there is no confirmed link between it and weight loss. The studies that have investigated Garcinia Cambogia have had mixed results, with one study finding that the placebo group lost more weight than the Garcinia cambogia taking group, demonstrating that it appears to be an unreliable ingredient at best.
Green tea may aid mild weight loss when taken in sufficient quantities, but its effects are still considered to be relatively small. The quantities used in this supplement are tiny compared to the amounts used in successful clinical trials.
There are numerous ingredients used in GNC Meta Ignite Inferno that could cause a variety of side effects.
Caffeine consumption can lead to headaches, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, heart palpitations, increased urination, dehydration, jitteriness, dizziness and insomnia.
Bioperine increases the absorption rate of many ingredients, including caffeine, and so may make the side effects of these ingredients more likely or worse. Consumers who are taking medication are also more at risk of overdose because of this higher absorption rate, and so should consult their doctor before taking any product that contains bioperine or pepper extracts.
Garcinia Cambogia can cause nausea, stomach cramps and headaches. Cayenne extracts such as capsimax could cause increased sweating, indigestion, stomach cramps and heart burn. However, the manufacturers of Capsimax claim that it has been designed to minimise the chances of side effects by being absorbed in the intestines, rather than being fully digested and absorbed in the stomach.
Do not use if pregnant, nursing or are allergic or contraindicated to aspirin. If you are taking aspirin or blood thinning or other medications, consult your healthcare professional before using this product. Discontinue use two weeks prior to surgery, or if upset stomach occurs. Not suitable for those under the age of 18.
This product has been relaunched recently as a new product. At the time of writing there were no available customer reviews or feedback for the updated formula, with only a few reviews for the original formula Meta Ignite which is largely no longer available.
Without any customer reviews to indicate what an average customer’s experience with the product may be, we can rely only upon the ingredients list and the clinical trial description provided on the products label.
The clinical study referenced on the bottle’s label is referred to very loosely in the company’s marketing of the product. It is claimed that Meta Ignite Inferno is ‘proven to ignite calorie burning by 300%’, although it appears that this is only at some point during the first hour of taking the product; 300% is a dramatic way of stating three times the number of calories burnt, but no total or average figure is provided, making it unclear how much this product could really contribute to weight loss.
There is also no information provided about how long the participants of the trial exercised for, making it difficult to establish just how long the product will affect fat burning and increase the metabolism for.
The ingredients list suggests that the product could increase the body’s metabolism and thermogenic output for a few hours following consumption of the product. Again, it is difficult to establish how much of a difference this could make to weight loss, although with long term use in conjunction with a calorie controlled diet and regular exercise, it is likely to increase the consumer’s rate of weight loss somewhat.
There are also ingredients used in this diet pill that could assist regular exercisers with their energy levels, as well as delaying fatigue and muscle pains or soreness. This could help consumers to push themselves further with exercise, allowing them to therefore burn more calories.
GNC Meta Ignite Inferno is available from the GNC website, and selected GNC stores. Prices in store may vary. Online a single bottle of 60 capsules, enough for 30 days of use, will cost $49.99 plus delivery. Customers who have a GNC membership card can purchase the product for the reduced price of $44.99 plus delivery.
GNC offer a 30-day money-back guarantee. The bottle states that customers should return the unused portion of the product to a GNC store with their receipt within the 30 day period, for either a refund or assistance in selecting a replacement product.
Overall, we believe that the amazing qualities of this product are overstated by GNC, by carefully selecting and manipulating the results of one small clinical study that has not been published. The product information does suggest that GNC Meta Ignite Inferno could aid some weight loss over time through increasing the metabolism, but customers who are expecting a 300% increase in calorie burn without reading the small print on the label are ultimately likely to be disappointed.
As the small print points out, the 300% increase in calorie burn lasts for less than an hour after taking the product, although the metabolism is increased for a few hours after consumption. The ingredients list also suggests that some side effects are possible.
As the product is fairly new, there are no customer reviews at this time. The price seems to be fairly steep, although this may be because it is a new product, and this could reduce over time. GNC do offer a 30 day money back guarantee, provided the customer remembers to keep the product receipt.
Overall, GNC Meta Ignite Inferno does not live up to the marketing pitch and claims made both on the sales website and product bottle, but it could be a potential option for a pre-workout supplement. Customers should remember to limit their expectations of this product, and not raise their hopes for a miracle fat burning weight loss supplement.
Whilst it is an ‘ok’ product, we cannot recommend GNC Meta Ignite Inferno, as it is overhyped by marketers.
Disclaimer: Our reviews and investigations are based on extensive research from the information publicly available to us and consumers at the time of first publishing the post. Information is based on our personal opinion and whilst we endeavour to ensure information is up-to-date, manufacturers do from time to time change their products and future research may disagree with our findings. If you feel any of the information is inaccurate, please contact us and we will review the information provided.