Hydroxycut Next Gen – More Energy, New Ingredients!

Hydroxycut Next Gen

The Next Gen is here! We discuss the ingredients below.

MuscleTech is at it again with another addition to its ever-growing Performance Series with a revamped thermogenic fat-burner, Hydroxycut Next Gen!

Hydroxycut has been well-regarded in the fat-burner industry since it’s debut nearly 20 years ago, and it’s not going away anytime soon with this latest iteration. MT plans to bring “extreme energy and mental focus” coupled with “advanced, scientifically tested weight loss.”

Let’s jump into the label and see what they have in store, but first, compare prices and latch on to some price drop updates through the PricePlow system below:

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Hydroxycut Hardcore Comparison:

Before we get into each of the ingredients in MT’s latest fat-burner, let’s just take a second to do a side by side viewing of the labels with its current thermogenic Hydroxycut Harcore Elite…

  • Left image: Old formula (Hardcore Elite)
  • Right image: New formula (Hardcore Next Gen)
Hydroxycut Hardcore Elite Ingredients

The Hydroxycut Hardcore Elite Ingredients (old formula)

Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen Ingredients

The Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen Ingredients (new formula)

As you can see MT is really making this the “Next Gen”-eration of high stimulant fat-burners. They’ve doubled the amount of Green Coffee extract and slightly increased the caffeine content while also swapping in some very new and interesting components.

This has the makings of one very potent product.

Let’s get into the individual ingredients and see what they can do!

Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen Ingredients

Now that we have the profile on this we can see how much metabolic mayhem is in store for those stubborn adipocytes!

  • Green Coffee Blend (400mg)

    Green Coffee Bean

    Unfortunately, Dr. Oz’s famous “Miracle Pill” episode was based off of falsified research that was retracted[8], but people still search for green coffee bean extract, so here it is. There are some benefits, just not as good as everyone hoped.

    MT may have tried to cover up this by calling it “a blend,” but really it’s nothing more than our not so dear friend…Green Coffee Bean extract (GCBE).As you know we’ve come across this ingredient before and are not really fans of it.This was probably included to help market the product to the Dr. Oz crowd.

    This supplement caught fire in 2014 and was proclaimed by the media and Dr. Oz as the next miracle weight loss ingredient. Countless products were made including this ingredient based off a now retracted study.[8]

    Various studies have been conducted with much higher dosages than seen in Hydroxycut Hardcore, and no weight loss was exhibited.[9]MT has claimed that they have 2 studies backing up GCBE’s effectiveness here, but we’ve yet to see those published for viewing…the jury is still out in our book.

    That’s not to say that GCBE is complete bunk, as it does show the capability to aid in lowering blood pressure. However, we’d generally prefer to see companies include effective ingredients in their formulas and not marketing ingredients that have since been shown to not work.

  • Caffeine Anhydrous (290mg)

    Hydroxycut Next Gen

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    The staple ingredient in just about any fat-burner or pre-workout, caffeine is front and center here. Hydroxycut Hardcore isn’t messing around by including 290mg of the stuff in a serving either!

    With over 19,000 studies on the ingredient, caffeine is one of the most researched supplements available and has been shown repeatedly to be effective for fat loss, focus, energy, and mood improvement.[10,11,12,13]

    We won’t waste any more space here explaining all the perks of caffeine, we’ll save that for some of the other lesser known ingredients.

  • Coleus Extract (100mg)

    Traditionally seen in Ayurvetic medicine, Coleus Forskohlii Extract (Forskolin) is an herb that has demonstrated the ability to increase cAMP (cyclic adenosine monophosphate) levels in the body’s cells.Why is this worth noting?

    Increasing cAMP creates similar benefits as exercise does in regards to activity of mitochondrial enzymes in the body.[3]This can lead to enhanced muscle protein synthesis in the body…a very beneficial thing to consider when on a cut!!!

    Additionally, Forskolin works synergistically with caffeine and seems to improve fat metabolism through the same cAMP mechanisms mentioned above.[4]

  • Blue Skullcap Extract (75mg)

    No, you’re not mistaken, that is the name of a real ingredient in this product. It’s also known as Scutellaria lateriflora, which is a member of the mint family of plant. Not only is “Blue Skullcap” easier to say, it’s also a much cooler sounding name!

    Anyway, this extract was traditionally used in herbal medicine for its ability to promote sleep and act as a mild-sedative. In clinical trials, Blue Skullcap Extract has been shown to be useful in reducing symptoms of anxiety.[14,15]

    Given how many stimulants are in this product, having an anti-anxiety component, will let you experience all of the powerful thermogenic effects Hydroxycut Hardcore has to offer without feeling cracked out of your mind.

  • Yohimbe Extract (40mg)

    Yohimbe is a naturally occurring alkaloid derived from the Pausinystalia yohimbe tree and the Rauwolfia Serpentina plant.Yohimbe’s numerous benefits include:

    • Enhanced Focus & Cognition[7]
    • Weight loss[5]
    • Appetite Suppression[6]

    The clinical dose for yohimbine is 0.2mg/kg of bodyweight, and we’ve got 40mg of yohimbe in 2 capsules. So the question is, how much yohimbine are they standardizing for here? We don’t know the answer to that, unfortunately.

    Either way, the dose seems pretty high, especially if you take it with the 290mg caffeine. Those that are sensitive to the “Y” should take note of this as Hydroxycut Hardcore isn’t messing around with the dosage here!

  • Ophiopogon Extract (25mg)


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    Also known as Dragon’s Beard, this extract comes from the root of the Ophiopogon japonicus tree.It is traditionally used in Chinese Medicine to treat inflammation and cardiovascular complications.[1]

    Why is this included in a potent fat-burner? Well, according to a 2013 study, a group of obese individuals orally supplemented with Ophiopogon Extract for 2 weeks resulting in weight loss and a decrease in the amount of adipose tissue (fat mass).[2]

  • Guayusa (20mg)

    Unless you have grown up in an Amazonian rain forest or have visited frequently, you probably haven’t heard of this ingredient. Guayusa leaf comes from the Ilex guayusa tree found in Ecuador, South America. A native tribe known as the Jivaro used to drink a tea made from its leaves as part of a morning ritual.

    Guayusa has less caffeine than coffee, but more than green tea so there is another stimulant component to Hydroxycut Hardcore.However, there is also a considerable amount of theanine contained in its leaves as well, which provide a very calming sensation and help smooth out the hit from caffeine.[16,17]

    This is worth noting, because the 100mg of straight l-theanine was removed from the previous Hydroxycut Hardcore formula, and it’s still great to have some to ease the charge of caffeine.

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Recommended Dosing

MT provides a ramp up schedule for dosing with Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen beginning with 1 cap 1x/day for days 1 & 2.

It proceeds to 2 caps 1x/day for days 3 & 4. Day 5 & 6 split the dose into 2 caps in the morning and 1 later on with a meal. Day 7 and on, it’s full steam ahead with 2 caps 2x/day both taken 30 to 60 minutes before your largest meals of the day.

If you have any hopes of sleeping with the amount of stims you’ll be consuming, avoid taking your last dose within 5 hours of bedtime.

Finally, they recommend to use for a maximum of 8 weeks and then cycle off accordingly.

Hydroxycut Next Gen Review

Per MuscleTech: “In one study, subjects taking the primary ingredient (green coffee extract) in HYDROXYCUT HARDCORE NEXT GEN for 60 days lost, on average, 10.95 lbs. versus the placebo group, which lost an average of 5.40 lbs. Both groups followed a low-calorie diet.”


Just in case you didn’t read all the details, MuscleTech has created one hell of a stim-bomb with their latest incarnation of Hydroxycut.It’s what their consumers have come to love and want.

They’ve loaded this beast up with every a ton of stimulant and fat-burners that have been known to aid weight loss efforts, with the possible exception of GCBE.

The nearly completely open, non-proprietary label is a big win here, and falls in line with MT’s typical open label policy. (The exception is how the yohimbe was standardized.)

Just be aware that the servings list are for 2 pills, so you’ll be consuming over 580mg of caffeine by day 7 on this product – that may be overkill for many consumers!! You may want to avoid all other stimulants if you value your sleep.

Overall, Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen does take a tried and true product and come up with some new twists. It shows great promise and stands to be the go-to name for effective fat-burners on the market.

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About the Author: Mike Roberto

Mike Roberto

Mike Roberto is a research scientist and water sports athlete who founded PricePlow. He is an n=1 diet experimenter with extensive experience in supplementation and dietary modification, whose personal expertise stems from several experiments done on himself while sharing lab tests.

Mike's goal is to bridge the gap between nutritional research scientists and non-academics who seek to better their health in a system that has catastrophically failed the public.

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