Test subjects have lost a significant amount of weight on Hydroxycut compared to subjects reliant on just exercise and diet. Hydroxycut is a dietary supplement that promotes weight loss by increasing the body's metabolism and decreasing hunger cravings. As of May 1, 2009, The Food and Drug Administration has admonished consumers to "immediately stop using Hydroxycut products" due to the number of serious liver injuries associated with it.
An eight week study was conducted by one group using Hydroxycut, along with changes in diet and exercise, and another group just using diet and exercise to lose weight. The studies found that the group using Hydroxycut lost up to 4.5 times more weight than the group that did not use it.
The FDA has received a report of 23 serious liver health issues involving Hydroxycut including jaundice, vomiting and even the need for liver replacement. One death has also been reported to the FDA. Seizures, cardiovascular disorders, kidney failure and muscle damage are also related to Hydroxycut. While the FDA states that those cases are rare, dealing with the product places an unnecessary risk in a weight-loss regimen. In 2003, Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon filed a lawsuit against Hydroxycut citing false claims, with an ensuing settlement of $100,000.