Originally Posted by davidm724
I agree with Boomer. At 16 you shouldn't be taking crap like Hydroxycut, and you have a lot of growing to do still, so the flabby pecs will probably go away eventually. Never depend on supplements. Adjust your diet and workout routine, and only use the supps to fill in the gaps. When you diet, you're usually missing out on vitamins, minerals, etc. So, I suggest you take a multivitamin as your only supplement. The rest depends on your diet/routine.
Good call on the green tea. My girlfriend drinks it all the time and I drink hers just to piss her off. I guess it was good for me.
first, as i think i've stated before in other posts- i do work in a supplement store and i know my supplements very well. if you are under 18 you aren't supposed to take hydroxycut (says so on the label) and retailers arent allowed to sell it to you.
The reasons are numerous but the biggest issue has to do with the caffeine levels. Caffeine is the active ingredient in hydroxycut and its largely what makes it work. Caffeine in large doses is an appetite suppressant and it chemically interferes with your thyroid glands to speed up your metabolism slightly.
the problem is that with such a large caffeine intake at such a young age (the 3 to 4 pills a day hydroxycuts program eventually requires is equal to roughly an 8 cup pot of coffee) you are exposing yourself to risks of high blood pressure, dysrhythmia, tachocardia and various kidney issues (in severe cases, e.g. hydroxycut while drinking caffeinated drinks- you run the risk of stroke due to elevated blood pressure).
you can also achieve the effects of hydroxycut through drinking a cup of tea 2-3 times a day and you wont have any of the health risks and you will gain the benefits of the natural antioxidants. I highly reccomend white tea or green tea. black tea has more sediments in it and isnt healthy for your kidneys (plus it will stain your teeth). just something to keep in mind.
sorry if this was excessively long or sounds preachy. not my intent. just dont want anyone to get hurt.