Below we take an in-depth look at ProLab Cuts 2 Gold to see whether it can aid weight loss, as claimed by the manufacturer.
ProLab Cuts 2 Gold is a weight loss supplement that promises to optimise fat metabolism so that fat can be broken down to be used for increased energy. The formula is described as stimulant free, and includes a selection of ‘water-balancing herbs’ to reduce bloating and reduce excess fluids.
ProLab are based in the USA in California. They can be contacted using the information provided on their official website. ProLab offer a range of supplements for optimising performance in the gym and aiding with weight management, as well as a range of protein supplements to help maximise muscle gains.
Take 1 tablet, three times daily, with a meal.
The manufacturers have described ProLab Cuts 2 Gold and its benefits below:
PROLAB® Cuts II® Gold is an ideal complement for anyone striving to achieve a lean, chiseled physique. Cuts II Gold addresses much more than helping the body utilize fat. This dynamic formula supports a full range of key factors that help dieters maintain their edge.
First, Cuts II Gold targets energy metabolism to help prime the body to burn fuel. Next, L-Carnitine helps to “shuttle” fats deep into cells – to the very “fat-burning factories” for incineration. At the very same time, the precision nutrient, Chromium Picolinate, helps optimize carbohydrate and fat metabolism – promoting efficient nutrient utilization. Finally, a blend of water-balancing herbs helps to reduce excess fluids that cause the dreaded, “smooth and bloated” look.
- Premium Lipotropic Formula
- Optimizes Fat Metabolism
- Stimulant Free Fat Loss Formula
- Helps Break Down Body Fat to Be Used for Energy
- Drives Efficient Carbohydrate Utilization
- Helps Reduce Excess Water
The ingredients used in ProLab Cuts 2 Gold are listed below. The product contains a proprietary formula and so not all of the individual ingredient quantities are listed. The doses that are provided are per serving of one tablet.
Proprietary Lipotropic Blend 292 mg
Many of the ingredients in the proprietary formula are diuretics and laxatives, including dandelion, uva-ursi and parsley leaf. Diuretics and laxatives do not affect fat mass at all, but temporarily remove water weight and waste matter from the body, which can give the impression of immediate weight loss. Dehydrated muscles also look leaner and tighter, making it a common tactic for bodybuilders to dehydrate before competing. However, diuretics and laxatives are not suitable for long term use and can cause a range of side effects, as we detail below.
L-Carnitine is an amino acid which are the constituent parts of muscles, and when used in high doses can help to maximise muscle gains in consumers who are undertaking muscle building exercises. In the doses found here, it may help to boost energy levels slightly and reduce fatigue. It is often touted as a fat burner, but the clinical evidence available suggests that it only works that way in the elderly.
Fucoxanthin appears to help induce fat loss when taken over a prolonged period of time. It appears to be absorbed better when combined with dietary fat, and so it is best taken with a meal.
Evodia is under-researched but appears to potentially act as a thermogenic weight loss aid, helping the body to burn additional calories by increasing the amount of heat produced by the body.
There are numerous ingredients used in ProLabs Cuts 2 Gold that are known to cause a variety of side effects. The product also uses some ingredients that are incredibly under-researched such as Evodia, and so the full list of potential side effects for these ingredients is unknown.
Uva Ursi and dandelion are both laxative and diuretic ingredients. Diuretics can cause increased urination. Their use can also lead to dehydration which causes other side effects, including headaches. Severe dehydration is very dangerous, and so consumers should ensure that they drink plenty of water whilst taking this product. Laxatives can interfere with the absorption of the contraceptive pill, as well as the absorption of other medications and vitamin supplements. Consumers should consult their doctor if they have any concerns about using this product in conjunction with the contraceptive pill.
Using laxatives can lead to both dehydration and a deficiency of electrolytes, which can both lead onto more serious side effects, especially if not dealt with properly. Calcium, chlorine, magnesium, phosphate, potassium, and sodium are all obtained from fluids, supplements, and foods, but increasing fluid output can decrease their levels in the body- even sweating due to exercise can significantly lower electrolyte levels. Side effects of low levels of electrolytes include muscle cramps, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, trembling, muscle weakness, and stiff or aching joints. In the most severe cases, more serious symptoms can occur, such as low blood pressure, tachycardia (rapid heart rate), sunken eyes, confusion or loss of consciousness for even a brief moment, and poor skin elasticity. If any of these occur, a medical professional should be consulted immediately.
Regular and long term use of laxatives can also lead to dependency upon them, as the bowel’s muscles become weaker over time. Check out our article on the dangers of using laxatives for weight loss for more information.
Evodia is under-researched, but appears to slow down blood clotting, and so should not be taken in the two weeks before surgery, or whilst recovering from surgery.
Some people can be allergic to parsley, and so obviously anyone suffering from a parsley allergy should not take this supplement.
L-Carnitine can cause a range of side effects, including nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, heartburn, diarrhoea, and seizures. It can also cause the urine, breath, and sweat to have a “fishy” odour.
Not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Not suitable for those under the age of 18. Not suitable for anyone who is taking any medications, whether over the counter or prescription. Not suitable for anyone who is sensitive to stimulants. Laxatives can affect the absorption of the contraceptive pill and other medications and therefore affect their effectiveness. Stop using this supplement at least two weeks before any scheduled surgery. Not suitable for anyone with a history of seizures. Consult your doctor if you are unsure about the suitability of this or any other supplement before purchase.
There are some customer reviews for this product on amazon and bodybuilding.com, two websites where the product is sold.
Love this product, help me to make my goals!
I love using this because the first thing it does for me is to deal with constipation issues. Then in a few days my belly goes down. With exercise I lost the weight that I wanted to loose. I also recommend that anyone using such an effective weight loss should use Amino Acids or muscle shakes to feed your muscles because when the fat is going down, if your muscles are weak you will feel weak. The ingredients in these pills are natural and good for men as well. I will be buying more. Maybe they should also bottle Amino Acids.
Many years ago I used Prolab CUTS II and was very impressed with the results. The old formula was about 3 servings per day of 3-4 horse-sized pills–but it worked. This formula, one little pill, 3 times per day, and minimal to zero results. At least I didn’t notice any side effects!
This was NOT the product I took by the same name. I figured I had ‘em in my possession so I took them as instructed. I didnt notice any difference. Except for the new found ACNE. NO.
I would rather buy over the counter water pills that help me debloat. I didn’t notice a difference with these.
Works pretty good but it caused my left eye to twitch every time I took it after a 20 mins bothered me a lot.
Some customers who took this product did notice side effects, whilst others report noticing no results or weight loss at all. The customers who reported positive results often mentioned combining the use of this product with a calorie controlled diet and regular exercise, and it appears to primarily reduce bloating, rather than contribute to significant fat mass loss.
The quantities of the individual ingredients used are not disclosed by the manufacturer, making it difficult to establish whether the ingredients are used in effective doses or not. However, out of the ingredients used, only Evodia and Fucoxanthin appear to be linked with aiding fat loss, and these two ingredients only have support from a limited number of studies.
Most of the other ingredients are ‘water-balancing herbs’ which is another description of natural diuretic and laxative plants. These do not contribute to actual fat loss in any way, but could temporarily give the impression of weight loss as the consumer will lose water weight. They can be useful for relieving bloating, but bloating is better treated merely by drinking more water (as the body retains water in an attempt to prevent dehydration).
Fucoxanthin needs to be taken over a prolonged period of time to see any results, but laxatives and diuretics should not be used for the long term, as consumers can become dependent upon laxatives to maintain a pattern of regular bowel movements, and both types of ingredient can cause unpleasant and even dangerous side effects.
Overall, we are not convinced that ProLab Cuts 2 Gold will aid significant weight loss.
ProLab Cuts 2 Gold can be purchased from the manufacturer’s official website. A bottle of 90 tablets costs $26.99 plus delivery charges, while a bottle containing 240 tablets costs $59.99 plus delivery charges.
The product is also available from bodybuilding.com. A bottle of 90 tablets costs $13.78 plus delivery charges, and at the time of writing was available on a buy one get one free offer. A bottle of 240 tablets costs $38.53 plus delivery charges.
ProLab Cuts 2 Gold is sold on amazon with a bottle of 90 capsules costing $18.58 with free shipping. There are numerous suppliers who sell this product through amazon, and so pricing could change.
Consumers are instructed to take a total of three capsules per day, and so a bottle of 90 capsules will last for 30 days, while a bottle of 240 capsules will last for 90 days.
It appears that there is no money-back guarantee offered by the manufacturer. We could not locate a returns policy on their official website.
However, bodybuilding.com, one of the third party retailers that also sells the product, offer a comprehensive returns policy on items purchased from them. Where a refund is not available they typically offer an exchange or store credit.
Overall, we are not impressed by ProLab Cuts 2 Gold at all.
The product mostly consists of diuretic and laxative ingredients and so should not be used for a prolonged period of time. These diuretic and laxative ingredients, dandelion and uva ursi, do not contribute to actual, long term, weight loss, but remove water weight and waste matter from the body, creating the illusion of weight loss.
ProLab Cuts 2 Gold could help consumers with bloating issues, but these are also easily remedied by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. The ‘water-balancing herbs’ are most likely targeted at bodybuilders who want to look as lean, tight and ripped as possible for a competition; diuretics dehydrate the cells in the body, including muscle cells, which can make the skin look tighter and cause muscles to look more defined.
There are only two ingredients that could potentially boost thermogenesis and aid weight loss, and even these are only supported by a limited number of clinical trials.
The product is not covered by a money-back guarantee, although one retailer who sells the product, bodybuilding.com, do offer a comprehensive returns policy that should satisfy most customers.
The product is relatively cheap, but as we believe it to be a relatively ineffective fat burner and metabolism booster, it could still be considered a waste of money.
We do not recommend ProLab Cuts 2 Gold to our readers.
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.