As more research is conducted into diet pill ingredients, and laws and regulations change, it is fairly common for diet pill manufacturers to reformulate and relaunch some of their product range occasionally.
Below we take an in-depth look at PHD Nutrition Lean Degree Maximum Strength, which has been reformulated to be stronger and more effective, according to the manufacturers.
PHD Nutrition Lean Degree Pros
- Numerous clinically proven ingredients
- Ingredient quantities provided
- Available at numerous retailers
PHD Nutrition Lean Degree Cons
- Contains large dose of stimulant ingredients
- Long list of restrictions for users
- No money-back guarantee
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PHD Nutrition Lean Degree Review
Lean Degree Maximum Strength is the reformulated version of Lean Degree, manufactured by PHD Nutrition. It contains various stimulants and fat burning ingredients, and is designed to increase the body’s metabolic rate.
Lean Degree Maximum Strength is described as suitable for:
- Men and women following a weight management nutritional plan.
- Serious athletes preparing for a body building or cover model competition
- Casual gym goers
- Athletes seeking energy during workouts
PHD Nutrition manufactures a range of supplements for athletes and those who want to support their regular exercise routine. They have classified their supplements into four groups; recovery, body sculpt, mass & strength, and performance. As a fat burner, Lean Degree Maximum Strength falls into the body sculpt category. PHD Nutrition can be contacted using the information provided on their official website.
How to Take PHD Nutrition Lean Degree
Directions for use are as follows: Use 2 servings of PhD Lean Degree ‘Maximum Strength’ daily (1 serving = 2 capsules). Use 1 serving upon waking and the second serving 30 minutes prior to exercise. Alternatively, use 1 serving in the morning and the second serving in the afternoon before 5pm. Due to the high caffeine content in Lean Degree® ‘Maximum Strength’, do not use after 5pm.
PHD Nutrition Lean Degree Concerns:
- No money back guarantee
- Contains large dose of stimulant ingredients
- Long list of restrictions for users
What Does PHD Nutrition Lean Degree Claim To Do?
The manufacturers list the following key benefits of PHD Nutrition Lean Degree:
- Potent day time Body Sculpt formulation
- High Caffeine content
- Contains Green Coffee Bean extract
- Also contains black pepper & cayenne pepper extracts
- Alpha Lipoic acid and green tea extract
The powerful combination of elite level ingredients within Lean Degree maximum strength ensures that that your progress is maximised, to help you achieve your cutting and body sculpting goals.
So What Is PHD Nutrition Lean Degree and What Are The Ingredients?
The ingredients used in PHD Nutrition Lean Degree are listed below. The company provide a full list of individual ingredient quantities, both per single capsule and per daily serving of four capsules on their website. We have listed the total quantity of each ingredient that is found in a total daily serving of four capsules.
- Bitter orange peel (Citrus Aurantium) (700 mg): Bitter orange peel has been proven to raise the metabolism and aid weight loss. However there are some concerns about its safety.
- Green tea extract (50% polyphenols) (500 mg): Green tea is high in a group of antioxidants called catechins. Studies have suggested that catechins and caffeine both increase energy expenditure by boosting the metabolism slightly for few hours.
- Caffeine anhydrous (400 mg): Numerous studies have shown that caffeine boosts energy levels and alertness, as well as mildly boosting the metabolism. The effects shown in studies are small, and some studies are inconclusive.
- L-Carnitine L-Tartrate (300 mg): One study found that supplementation of L-carnitine, L-tartrate reduced muscle tissue damage from exercise and sped up recovery time.
- L-Tyrosine (200 mg): Some people use L-Tyrosine as an appetite suppressant, but there is little clinical evidence that it is effective for this use. Large doses of tyrosine may be useful for increasing alertness, especially in people who are sleep deprived.
- DL-Phenylalanine (200 mg): This is the laboratory made version of an amino acid, which is used for treating depression, amongst other things. However, the research to suggest that this will effectively treat depression is outdated, with calls for more testing using updated research methods.
- Green coffee bean extract (19%) (120 mg): Contains caffeine. Whilst it was thought that this ingredient was a significant aid in weight loss, the relevant research has been discredited as it was fraudulent. Currently there is no evidence that it aids with weight loss more than any other source of caffeine. See our article for more details.
- Alpha lipoic acid (100 mg): Appears to suppress the appetite by inhibiting AMPK in the hypothalamus although little research has been conducted in humans at this point. This fatty acid also appears to boost fat burning slightly, although the effects are not as large as the noted suppression of appetite.
- Dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale) (50 mg): Primarily a diuretic and laxative.
- Bioperine® (Black Pepper extract) (8 mg): This patented Black pepper extract is used for increasing the bioavailability of nutritional compounds. In other words, it increases the amounts of nutrients that are absorbed into the body in the digestive tract. It may also increase the absorption of various drugs, which may lead to potential side effects.
- Cayenne pepper extract (0.40 mg): Capsaicin, which is found in Cayenne pepper, is thought by some to play a role in weight loss. Some studies suggest it could suppress the appetite mildly, whilst others suggest that the heat causes a thermogenic reaction in the body, burning more calories for a period of time. However, there are also studies that show cayenne has little or no effect upon weight loss attempts.
So What Does All This Mean?
There are numerous stimulants in this diet pill; there is a high daily dose of caffeine (400 mg), which the manufacturers warn consumers about. However, there is also a 700 mg dose of bitter orange present in Lean Degree, which is more likely to cause side effects than caffeine. Bioperine increases the absorption of the other ingredients in this diet pill, and so may make the effects of Lean Degree stronger. Both bitter orange and caffeine will increase the metabolism. Green tea is also known to be a predictable but mild weight loss aid, increasing thermogenesis in the body.
Cayenne provokes an increase in thermogenesis in the body, which may burn more calories. Green coffee bean has no current clinical support to suggest that it is a strong weight loss aid. Alpha Lipoic acid may act as an appetite suppressant. Lean Degree contains dandelion, which is a diuretic and laxative; this may aid temporary weight loss from increased urination and bowel movements, but has no impact upon fat mass in the body. With caffeine also being a diuretic it is important for consumers to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Does PHD Nutrition Lean Degree Have Any Side Effects?
There are several ingredients used in Lean Degree Maximum Strength that could cause a range of side effects.
Supplementing alpha-lipoic acid may cause an upset stomach, numbness or a tingly feeling, dizziness, tired feeling, headache, muscle cramps and a mild skin rash. Supplementing L-carnitine can cause nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, heartburn, diarrhoea, and seizures.
Side effects associated with the use of Bitter Orange include increased heart rate and increased blood pressure, heart palpitations, fainting, and even heart attack and stroke in healthy patients. The Mayo Clinic has recommended avoiding Bitter Orange because in their opinion, the risk of using the product is not worth the pay-off of some weight loss that could be achieved using other means. Consumers should remember that the effects of the stimulants found in Bitter Orange are enhanced when combined with caffeine.
Caffeine can lead to headaches, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, heart palpitations, increased urination, dehydration, jitteriness, dizziness and insomnia. Consumers should avoid other sources of caffeine such as tea, coffee, energy drinks and soft drinks whilst using PHD Nutrition Lean Degree, as the product contains a large amount of caffeine and other stimulants.
Green tea can cause constipation in some people. Cayenne can cause increased sweating, heartburn and stomach problems.
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.
Not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Not suitable for those under the age of 18. Not suitable for those with any heart related health issues, including high blood pressure. Consult your doctor if you are unsure about the suitability of this or any other diet pill. If you are under medical supervision, please consult your doctor before use. Discontinue use immediately and consult your doctor if adverse reactions occur. Not suitable for those who are taking prescription medication.
Any PHD Nutrition Lean Degree Reviews From Customers?
There are several customer reviews on the various websites which sell PHD Nutrition Lean Degree. Generally the customer comments are very positive, with only a few mediocre reviews.
These really seem to work for me (32 year old female, exercises 3-4 times per week), and I feel less bloated and more defined. Would obviously work more if I went to the gym daily!
I was worried about the high caffeine content, but they dont make me feel “rushy” or anything.
The original Lean Degree was out of date in terms of ingredients compared to the competitors products. However PHD are back with this and it is a superb product. Much stronger, much more alertness and energy first thing in the morning. Used for a month now and cycling off it soon, had no problems with it at all.
I ordered the max strength and found it to be not as good. I definitely didn’t lose weight as quickly as when using the previous ‘standard’ Lean Degree tabs and they caused some serious hunger pangs, so you might want a hunger suppressant to go with them. The capsules themselves are easy enough to swallow and use.
Not sure whether these actually made any difference, I took them as a replacement to my regular supplements and I was a bit disappointed if I am honest, I think they either work for you, or they do not. I think I will stick to my regular tablets in future.
So Does PHD Nutrition Lean Degree Work?
The customer comments are generally very positive, with only a few mediocre reviews. None of the reviewers appear to have experienced any side effects other than feeling warmer after taking the capsules, which is an expected effect of a thermogenic product.
The ingredients list is a mixture of different weight loss aids with varying purposes and clinical support. There is one moderately effective appetite suppressant, Alpha Lipoic acid, but the other supposed appetite suppressant, tyrosine, has no clinical support to show that it does actually suppress the appetite.
Green tea and cayenne both increase thermogenesis in the body, whilst caffeine and bitter orange will boost the metabolism by stimulating the central nervous system; these mechanisms all increase the number of calories burnt by the body throughout the day, and so should aid weight loss, provided the consumer is not eating an excessive number of calories. As with all diet pills, those who are following a calorie restricted diet whilst using this product will note the biggest increase in their rate of weight loss.
Where Can I Buy PHD Nutrition Lean Degree?
Lean Degree Maximum Strength is available from the manufacturer’s official website, PHD Nutrition, where it costs £29.99 plus delivery for a single bottle. Each bottle contains 100 capsules.
The product is also available at numerous third party online retailers. This usually benefits the customer as they compete for the lowest price, but customers should remember to double check the returns policies before ordering.
On the UK amazon website, Lean Degree Maximum Strength is sold by a number of different sellers, with the cheapest charging £14.94 per bottle with free delivery.
Monster supplements offer a single bottle of Lean Degree for £22.99, with free delivery. Monster Supplements also offer to beat the prices of other retailers if it is being sold cheaper elsewhere.
Super Mass charges €33.34 per bottle, and ships to Europe. Bodybuilding.com charges £25.73 per bottle.
Dolphin Fitness charge £22.99 for a single bottle but offer progressive discounts for bulk purchases.
What About A Guarantee
The manufacturers, PHD Nutrition, do not have a money back guarantee. They have a 14 day returns policy for unopened and unused items, starting from the day of delivery.
Fill out your reason(s) for return on your delivery note.
Enclose your delivery note with the item, detailing the reason for return, and package up securely; please use original packaging if possible.
Take your parcel to any Post Office or counter service.
Obtain a certificate of postage to ensure the parcel gets to us.
Returns policies may vary between third party retailers.
Lean Degree Maximum Strength has been generally well-received by customers since it has been reformulated, with only a few mediocre comments amongst numerous positive reviews. The ingredients list contains a lot of ingredients that have strong clinical support, suggesting that this product will aid weight loss and boost energy levels.
However, we are wary of the large quantity of bitter orange extract used in this product; the safety profile of bitter orange has been questioned by numerous medical professionals, and it can cause a range of serious and unpleasant side effects. Because of the presence of bitter orange and bioperine, anyone taking prescription medications or who has high blood pressure and other cardiac related ailments should avoid this product. The large quantity of caffeine also makes this product quite likely to cause some side effects. The presence of dandelion and caffeine together also poses the risk of dehydration if consumers are not careful, as they are both diuretics.
There is no money back guarantee offered by the manufacturers, nor by many of the third party retailers that sell this product. Customers who experience side effects, stopping them from using this product, or those who are dissatisfied with the product, are unlikely to be able to obtain a refund.
Overall, we would not recommend Lean Degree Maximum Strength to our readers. It is our belief that bitter orange is not as safe as many manufacturers claim, and that it should be avoided.
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