The point of working out is to look and feel better.
The primary means to that end is to lose excess fat and build a framework of lean muscles. This is particularly important for those looking to build a ripped physique by way of aggressive weight training.
Unfortunately, anyone who has ever tried to transform their out-of-condition body into one that would make Jack LaLanne proud knows that it’s easier said than done with legacy fat (and the production of new fat) being a particularly tough nut to crack. Enter Ripped Rooster by HUM Nutrition.
What is Ripped Rooster?
Ripped Rooster is a dietary supplement that claims to leverage thermogenic (1) abilities to help you burn through fat (literally) faster than you could ever do on your own. “Thermogenic” is a ten dollar word that predates Ripped Rooster and means “to produce heat by means of metabolic stimulation”.
Bodybuilders have been using thermogenics for years to increase their metabolic rate. The theory being that increasing the metabolism increases one’s ability to expend more energy during a workout thereby also increasing the amount of fat being burned.
Any bodybuilder who has spent 5 minutes talking to other bodybuilders is aware of ephedrine, which is known to produce similar effects, but also carries with it the threat of some pretty nasty side effects including cardiac arrhythmia, acne, nausea, insomnia, dizziness, tremors and more.
To their credit, HUM Nutrition bypass ephedrine and seeks the thermogenic response by way of safer ingredients.
How does it work?
As we said Ripped Rooster seeks to leverage the process of thermogenesis to help you burn through stubborn fat deposits and achieve the ripped physique you’re after. But if it doesn’t use ephedrine (or 1,000 mg of caffeine for that matter) then how exactly does it propose to do that?
A quick look at the label answers that question:
The first item you’ll notice there is Chromium. This might seem an odd thing to see on a supplement label but chromium has actually been a staple of the bodybuilder diet for some time. Chromium is known to help boost energy, build lean muscle and increase endurance. It also helps stabilize insulin levels in the blood.
Next up is something called 7-keto or as we like to call it 3-acetyl-7-oxo-dehydroepiandrosterone (say that 3 times fast). 7-Keto is a byproduct of DHEA but unlike its parent 7-keto is not converted by the body into a steroidal hormones such as androgen (testosterone) and estrogen.
7-keto is known for its ability to increase metabolism, promote weight loss and build muscle without the odious effects that are a common byproduct of steroids. Its inclusion then in Ripped Rooster makes perfect sense since HUM promotes their product as a safer way to achieve a ripped physique. So far so good.
The last of the major ingredients on the Ripped Rooster label is epigallocatechin gallate. Also known by its more marketable name, green tea extract. While most people have nothing against a nice cup of tea many will wonder what green tea has to do with getting ripped. It turns out that epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG for short has actually been shown to increase the metabolism and burn fat.
The Chinese have used it for centuries to treat everything from prostate conditions to obesity and there is some evidence it may also help in the treatment of high blood pressure, although such claims have been disputed (2). There is little dispute however about the ability of EGCG to increase metabolism which should, in theory, help burn fat. As such its inclusion in the Ripped Rooster ingredient list makes sense.
Ripped Rooster also boasts that it contains no sugar, wheat, corn, soy, dairy, preservatives, artificial colors or flavors and that it is vegan/vegetarian friendly.
So the main takeaway from reading the Ripped Rooster label is that the company has done their homework when it comes to formulating their supplement. And that it seems, at least on the surface, to have taken the high road when it comes to helping you burn fat and build those lean, ripped muscles you’re after.
What are the benefits of Ripped Rooster?
There are a number of potential benefits to using Ripped Rooster. Some of those benefits have to do with how it can help you burn fat and build the type of chiseled physique you’re after and some of those benefits have to do with how it won’t hurt you.
As we mentioned there is little doubt that the people behind Ripped Rooster have done their nutritional homework. All the major ingredients here have proven fat burning abilities and should indeed provide the thermogenic benefits touted in the marketing. From 7-keto to green tea extract and chromium they are all known to both bodybuilders and nutritional scientists as being safe and effective metabolism boosters and that’s a good thing.
The other noteworthy aspect of the items on the Ripped Rooster ingredient list is what they don’t do to you. Because 7-keto for instance is not metabolized into one of the steroidal hormones there’s no risk of it producing the side effects commonly associated with those compounds (3).
What are the side effects of Ripped Rooster?
Although the ingredients in Ripped Rooster are all considered to be more or less safe for human consumption, “safe” is a relative term. All, in fact, have some well documented side effects and we’ll get into those here.
Chromium is an essential mineral, but like many essential vitamins and minerals too much chromium may produce adverse side effects including:
- Low blood sugar (if taken with certain diabetes medications)
- Mood changes
- Kidney problems
- Liver damage
Most of these potential side effects are extremely rare, although if you are taking anti diabetes medications low blood sugar is a potential danger worth keeping your eye on. In addition, you should not take chromium if you already suffer from either kidney or liver disease.
There has not been enough clinical study of 7-keto itself to know if it produces any noteworthy side effects. However, because 7-keto is a byproduct of DHEA the potential side effects of its parent must be weighed when considering whether or not to take any supplement that includes 7-keto.
Acne, oily skin, excessive sweating and nasal congestion are some of the less egregious side effects of DHEA. Less common, but potentially more serious side effects include virilism in women (facial hair, baldness, deepening voice) and swollen breasts, loss of body hair and testicular wasting in men.
These side effects are the direct result of DHEA being a precursor of androgen and estrogen. Finally it is believed that DHEA may also increase the risk for developing hormone sensitive cancers such as ovarian or prostate cancer and may also lead to prostate enlargement.
Again, however, keep in mind these are the potential side effects of DHEA and not necessarily those of its offspring 7-keto. We provide them to you here simply because 7-keto has not yet undergone enough clinical analysis to state exactly what its potential side effects might be.
While known for its beneficial properties and used by practitioners of Chinese medicine for thousands of years (4) green tea extract is not without its potential side effects. Those include:
- Upset stomach
While more severe side effects are extremely rare they have been known to occur and anyone taking this supplement should be aware of them. They include:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Mood changes
- Liver problems
- Confusion and more…
Again, it is highly unlikely that you will experience any of the more severe potential side effects of green tea extract, but it’s important to know exactly what you are taking before you take it.
How do you take Ripped Rooster?
As is the case with most supplements taking Ripped Rooster is not complicated. HUM Nutrition recommend you take 2 capsules per day with food…That’s it.
What are the reviews saying?
Ripped Rooster is one of a dwindling number of products that is not available via amazon.com and as such the number and variety of actual user reviews is lacking to say the least. What reviews there are tend to be found on message boards and bodybuilding forums.
Most of those claiming to be actual users of the product laud its fat burning properties but are short on specifics regarding its ability to help produce a lean, ripped physique.
Professional review sites tend to focus on the ingredients and either applaud the focus on safe, effective, known quantities or bemoan the absence of the reviewer’s preferred ingredients. So, as you can likely surmise, the reviews aren’t saying much at this particular point in time simply because there aren’t many of them out there. And that is likely due to the company’s strategy of not offering Ripped Rooster for sale on amazon where it would probably attract far more attention.
Q: Is Ripped Rooster safe?
A: Going strictly by an analysis of the listed ingredients we would feel relatively safe using this product as constituted. However, the lack of clinical data on the product as well as the relative lack of user reviews reinforce the notion that, in spite of the fact that it seems to be made from proven ingredients, you should nonetheless be cautious when using Ripped Rooster and keep a watchful eye out for any side effects.
Q: Is Ripped Rooster effective?
A: Again, because user reviews for the product are few and far between it’s difficult to draw any definitive conclusions about its effectiveness. It seems as though it should be able to live up to the marketing, but the history of supplements is rife with examples of products that promised the moon and delivered little more than a charge on your credit card account. The fact is the jury is still out on whether Ripped Rooster is the real deal.
Q: Does Ripped Rooster contain GMOs?
A: Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs have been getting a lot of press lately as people have become increasingly concerned that these laboratory creations may pose a health risk. The scientific consensus is that GMOs pose no actual threat to humans (4).
At the same time however, you’re always going to find plenty of folks who are skeptical about any ‘official’ findings. And a there’s nothing wrong with some healthy skepticism. Fortunately, Ripped Rooster avoids the issue altogether by not including any GMOs in its formulation.
Q: Is Ripped Rooster made by a reputable company?
A: HUM certainly has a formidable marketing campaign behind them and their products seem professionally made and packaged. You’re unlikely to get a package from HUM that has broken containers, bottles with misapplied labels or supplements that are past their expiration date.
That being said, the company has not been around that long and it often can take some time to learn whether a business can truly be trusted or not. But as of this writing, we couldn’t find anything that indicates consumers have any particular trust issues with HUM.
Ripped Rooster is one of a new breed of supplements that attempts to put a healthier spin on fat burning and bodybuilding by sticking to ingredients with a proven track record of helping with both. As such we applaud their effort and the overall focus on reclaiming fitness in general, and bodybuilding in particular, from the steroid crowd.
However, the fact that HUM Nutrition keeps such a tight lid on the distribution of Ripped Rooster, and the fact that such tight control tends to suppress dialogue, are both reasons to approach Ripped Rooster with caution. While we don’t see any specific reason to be overly concerned discretion is always required when dealing with little-known products that have the potential to impact your health in any substantive way.
The bottom line is that, on paper (which is pretty much all we have to go on at this point), Ripped Rooster seems like it might be just what the doctor ordered as far as fat burning and muscle building is concerned. Just make sure you consult your doctor anyway before you go all-in on this product.
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