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HYDROXCUT HARDCORE® ELITE is all-new and provides you with unrivaled thermogenic experience. With potent amounts of green coffee, yohimbine, coleus, L-theanine, theobromine and caffeine, this powerful formula delivers a one-of a-kind sensory experience and jacks up energy levels!

¹HYDROXCUT HARDCORE® ELITE contains a powerful super-thermogenic ingredient (caffeine anhydrous) that’s been shown to deliver a serious boost of extreme energy after just one dose!^ It’s a thermogenic with unrivaled intensity.

2 In one study, subjects taking the primary ingredient (green coffee extract [C. canephora robusta]) in HYDROXYCUT HARDCORE® ELITE 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. In a separate 8-week study, subjects using the same key ingredient lost an average of 3.7 lbs. versus subjects using a placebo, who lost an average of 1.25 lbs. Both groups followed a calorie-reduced diet and performed moderate exercise.^


  • Super-thermogenic^¹
  • Lose weight^2
  • Extreme energy^¹
  • 200mg green coffee, 100mg L-theanine, 56.3mg yohimbe and 100mg coleus forskolii per serving


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size  2 Capsules
Servings Per Container  50

Amount Per Serving     % DV

Caffeine  270 mg   **
Coleus extract (as Coleus forskohlii) (root)  250 mg   **
Green coffee extract (as C. canephora robusta) (seed) Supplying 45% chlorogenic acids  200 mg   **
L-Theanine  100 mg   **
Cocoa extract (as Theobroma cacao) (seed)  100 mg   **
Yohimbe extract (as Pausinystalia yohimbe) (bark)  56.3 mg   **

** Daily Value (DV) not established.
Other Ingredients
Gelatin Capsule (Gelatin, FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Red No. 40, Titanium Dioxide), Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide, Microcrystalline Cellulose
Label (click image to enlarge)

How To Use

To assess your tolerance, for the first day, take 1 capsule once daily. On days 2 and 3, take 2 capsules once daily. On day 4 and beyond, take 2 capsules twice daily, 30 to 60 minutes before your two largest meals (e.g., breakfast and lunch). Do not snack between meals. For best results, use for 60 days combined with diet and training. Do not take within 5 hours of bedtime. Do not exceed 4 capsules in a 24-hour period. Do not use for more than 8 weeks. Drink 10 glasses of water daily for general good health. Read the entire label before use and follow directions provided.
Not intended for use by persons under 18. Do not use if pregnant or nursing. Discontinue use and consult a medical doctor if you experience unusual symptoms. Discontinue use two weeks prior to surgery. Consult a medical doctor before use if you have been treated for, or diagnosed with or have a family history of any medical condition, or if you are using any prescription or over-the-counter drug(s), including blood thinners. This product should not be consumed by persons with cardiovascular disorders, anxiety or sleep disorders. One serving of this product contains up to as much caffeine as three cups of coffee. Caffeine sensitive individuals may experience the following symptoms, including (but not limited to) restlessness, nervousness, tremors, headaches, anxiety, palpitations, increased heart rate or difficulty sleeping. Do not combine with other sources of caffeine or stimulants. Consult a medical doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. Do not exceed recommended serving. Improper use of this product will not improve results and is not advised. Use only as directed. Do not use if packaging has been tampered with. Store in a cool, dry place (60°F to 80°F). KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
^This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Distributed by Iovate Health Sciences U.S.A. Inc. 1105 North Market Street, Suite 1330, Wilmington, DE 19801. Made in the U.S.A. from domestic and international ingredients. © 2012. For lot no. and expiry date: see bottle.


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Doesn’t keep me up all night
May 26, 2019
1 month ago
Great Product!
As a 50 year old athlete, I am always looking for a competitive edge and this Muscle Tech product delivers!
April 30, 2019
Awesome product. Really does work
March 13, 2019
3 months ago
Really didn’t do much for me.
January 31, 2019
5 months ago
Great compliment to my Nugenix
January 4, 2019
6 months ago
Love it, will be purchasing more of it!
December 22, 2018
7 months ago
I think it works
I haven't been on it long but it seems to be working.
September 25, 2018
9 months ago
August 24, 2018
10 months ago
Does work but not for everyone
I have used this product in the past with a proper diet and workout routine and in 5 months I went from 242lbs to 197lbs. In saying that I did do three weeks on it three weeks off it and the fat loss was doubled on it. I would of loss the weight anyways just this made it quicker.
It wont work if you drink more then 5 or 6 coffees a day or if you sit around and do nothing. I was doing two workouts a day 6 days a week.
I have started training for my first triathlon and I have started using this product to speed up the few extra pounds that I still have plus I found that it's great for endurance.
August 5, 2018
Shipping was satisfying thru GNC web page....but when I saw how less the amount was on Amazon I was very dissapointed...good product
July 13, 2018
1 year ago
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it says do not use for more than 8 weeks... what exactly does that mean? So if I go through the bottle, should I not purchase another and continue to use them? Sounds like a dumb question i know but i just need clarification
A shopper on Oct 29, 2014
BEST ANSWER: you don't want your metabolism to rely just on the pills when it comes to breaking down food and losing weight. a month gap between bottles should allow for your metabolism to readjust to what it feels like working without the aid of the supplement.
This is my very first time using this product, and I want to know, how can I use hydroxycut on non-trainning days, is it the same dose?
A shopper on Jan 11, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. First and foremost, since this is your first time using this product I presume you know that it is important to "work into it." In other words you may wish to work up in smaller doses that lead to taking 3 capsules at a time, twice per day for a total of 6 capsules per day. You will also want to drink plenty of water and keep your twice daily capsule intake at least 4 hours apart from each other while never taking Hydroxycut within 5 hours of bed time.
With all of that said, the answer is yes you can take the same dose on non-training days as you do on training days. The only difference is that on training days you want to take one of those doses about 30 minutes before a work out while otherwise each does should be taken 30-60 minutes before a meal.
One last bit of advice. While taking this product, listen to your own body. If you feel that Hydroxycut is giving you more energy than you need on non training days than go ahead and reduce the dose on those non training days. Even though there is no rule saying you should reduce the dose on non training days, there is no reason you cannot create some "slight" variance to accommodate your own body chemistry and your own schedule.
how many do you take a day?
A shopper on Mar 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The label states on Day 1: 1 capsule, once daily. Day 2 and 3: 2 capsules, once daily. Day 4 and after: 2 capsules, twice daily.
I recently started using this product and as everybody else i am trying to loss at less 10 pounds, my usual routine is running for about 40 minutes 4 to 5 times a week and 15 minutes of weight lifting after, is that enough to reach my goal? can you recommend how often and how long should i exercise to achieve what i want? thank you
A shopper on Oct 1, 2012
BEST ANSWER: Your exercise schedule is fine. As long as you have a balanced diet along with your exercise, you should be able to lose weight.
Can this be taken with Fish Oils?
A shopper on Jun 14, 2016
Regarding (Hydroxycut Hardcore® Elite by MuscleTech) could you pleas advice me what type of Gelatine used for this product?
A shopper on Aug 29, 2012
BEST ANSWER: Contains a gelatin capsule consisting of: gelatin, FD&C blue
no. 1, FD&C red no. 40, and titanium dioxide.
Is it safe to use this product for my early morning workout (5:30am) then eat breakfast after? Then follow up with my other dose before lunch around 12:00pm?
A shopper on Aug 16, 2012
BEST ANSWER: Yes it is safe, and effective, to take Hydroxycut Hardcore Elite in the manner you described.
i dont have normal workout routine, nut my job (construction) is extremely physical for long periods of time. Would this be a good supplement for me even if i don't have a normal workout routine?
A shopper on Jan 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I tried this item and I could not handle the amount of caffeine that is in this product. If you are a coffee drinker and can tolerate high doses of the caffeine, it works great. I have never been a coffee drinker and it had me moving at constantly and took a good deal of time to wear off.
after 8 weeks of using this product I'm suppose to stop my question is after 8 weeks can I get back on it? and if so how long do I have to wait to get back on hydroxycut?
A shopper on Aug 4, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Take it for 8 weeks, then give your body a 4-week rest before you start up again; this allows all of it to completely exit your system.
is safe for multivitamins and fish oil?
A shopper on Apr 1, 2016
Do the jitters and weird feelings go away as you get used to the product? I've been taking them for 2 days and feel a little funky.
Roy M on Aug 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes I would eat a lil something before taking them
can i use this product if i have asthma?
A shopper on Jul 7, 2013
BEST ANSWER: This product is not safe for those with asthma.
I started using Hydroxycut Hardcore Elite before the green coffee was implemented and it worked fine , I took only one pill and had energy for 4-5 hours whereas the new formula seems to give me energy about 2 hours after taking the pill and last for only 2 hours.
I need some advice as if anyone had experienced hair loss with the new formula since I recently noticed lots of hair loss and the only thing that changed in my life is the hydroxycut.
A shopper on Apr 16, 2013
BEST ANSWER: There are people that experience hair loss from this product. It is best to discontinue use of this product.
Can this be taken if you don't work out? I hardly have time left in the day to work out so I don't work out. Would it still be effective on weight loss?
A shopper on Feb 13, 2013
BEST ANSWER: This product is designed to be used in conjunction with a work out program.
Can anyone please tell me if the capsules are full of gel or full with powder? Because someone sold me one and I dont know if its a fake copy, thanks a lote
A shopper on Jan 6, 2013
BEST ANSWER: The capsules hardcore elite are full with powder. The only way to buy a legit product of hydroxycut is from your local hydroxycut dealer.
why cant you eat snacks with this product? or can you but not after dinner
A shopper on Aug 5, 2012
BEST ANSWER: This product is designed to help people lose weight by suppressing their appetite and stimulating their metabolism. For this reason Hydroxycut should be taken one hour before meals. With that said you can still snack sometimes but one of the benefits of this product is that you should experience fewer cravings for snacks. Also, when you snack you will want to stay away from caffeinated snacks for a while until you get to know your caffeine tolerance since Hydroxycut also contains caffeine. For example you could choose an apple or some fresh blueberries instead of a piece of chocolate.
Can I take it with nature bounty hair skin & nails?
Salmon on Jan 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you are able to take these two products together.
I don't have much of a work out routine like I once use to, so how well will this product work without a work out routine (for now til I get back into workin out) and is it better then the SST product ??????
A shopper on Mar 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I personally really like this product. If you're looking to lose weight, check your nutrition levels. Counting macros, for me, is the best way to do that. Exercise will help but you'll see more results with a regimental nutrition system. So a good nutrition plan plus this product is a sure way to see quick, healthy results. (Honestly, if you stick with a good nutrition/workout routine (emphasis on nutrition) you won't need this product.)
Can I still take vegan protein shake while taking these capsules? Can I take both at the same time? What advice can u give?
A shopper on Jan 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes both can be taken at the same time
Can this product be taken with CLA ?
A shopper on Aug 12, 2016
when is the best time to take it ? Also how many tablets per day should be taken?
A shopper on Jul 20, 2016
Exactly how many times a day are you supposed to eat while on this? i used to take Hydroxicut a long time ago and it was 3 meals a day with 3 capsules. so this is twice a day, is it two meals?
A shopper on Jun 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Im fair skinned and i used to get hot and cold chills with these, everybody is different, but I personally lost weight on hydroxicut as well, this one the bottle is still full. but ordered these online so didnt see anything about money back guaranteed.
is it safe for teens to use them?
A shopper on Oct 29, 2014
BEST ANSWER: No this product should not be used by anyone under 18 years of age.
Is it safe to use the first dose for my early morning workout (5:30am) then eat breakfast after (8:00am)? Then follow up with my other dose before lunch around 2:00pm?
A shopper on Jul 3, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, but make sure to take it 60 minutes before your meal.
Hi I just brought my first bottle of HHE , I am 44.Is it okay to take this capsule if I am looking to loose belly fat? Also in regards to the Dosage.I workout 5 days a week, should I be taking this before workout or after the Two largest meals in the day e.g.Breakfast and lunch
A shopper on Apr 23, 2014

I have used this product in 3 different cutting cycles (I am currently in my 3rd week using it this cycle). It really depends on how you feel about it.
I would always take one or two capsules as soon as I wake up and before lunch I take another one (I work out in the mornings so I take a pre-workout then too so I just take 3 pills a day). Hence I take them before my largest two meals, now if I did not take a pre-work out I would certainly want to take it before working out instead breakfast (just because it gives you energy and 30mins after you take it you notice you get warmer so you will sweat a lot more in this scenario).
In any case I am sure that combined with diet and training you will lose belly fat, just keep motivated!
Can I used hydroycut with a daily vitamin
A shopper on Dec 28, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Yes- you can,if taking prescriptions then it should be discussed with your doctor.
What is the best diet Hydroxycut or Ripped?
A shopper on Jun 18, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Each supplement is designed for use with varying diets, either one can be better depending on your eating habits.
I was wondering can I take this also with a pre workout supplement before the gym?
A shopper on Apr 8, 2013
BEST ANSWER: This product is designed to be taken before meals not before work outs.
Can i use this product as a pre-workout or i should really take it 30 Mins - 1h before meal 1 and 2?
A shopper on Apr 6, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Its best if you take it as suggested within 30 minutes before meal 1 and 2. Your body should fully metabolize it by the time of work out
I usually jog for my lunch break at work and after work I go to the gym. My question is can I take Hydroxycut Hardcore Elite 30 mins before my jog and then take it again 30 minutes before I go to the gym after work? I jog around noon and then go to gym around 5:30pm
A shopper on Mar 2, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you need to take two of these 30-60 minutes before your two largest meals, so the time you mention is fine. Just make sure you eat lunch and dinner afterwards.