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Introduction

UK supplement and health-food superstore Holland & Barrett are no strangers to selling weight loss supplements. While they’re known for stocking external brands, they also have their own-brand range. Xtralean is their flagship fat burner.

In this Xtrealean review, we aim to explain to our readers exactly what they can and cannot expect from usage of this product.

Readers please note that statements on this page are fair comment based on observation. This content is produced on a matter of public interest. Statements on this page are our honest opinion.

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What Is Xtralean?

Xtralean is a fat burner produced by Holland and Barrett (Holland & Barrett Retail Limited).

One bottle of Xtralean costs around £31.99, contains 120 capsules and will last users 1 month based on the directions of consuming 4 capsules per day; It is available in stores at Holland & Barrett, and via the official Xtralean website.

As the name suggests, these are weight loss pills that are targeted towards those who are looking for assistance in becoming leaner. The formula powering Holland & Barrett describe Xtralean as a “weight management system” should should be “used in conjunction with a calorie-restricted diet and exercise regime”

Does Xtralean Work?

Well, it’s certainly not a miracle product that’s for sure. Xtralean isn’t exactly going to melt away your body fat or rid you of those nagging hunger cravings.. in fact the product will only really do one noticeable thing, boost your energy levels.

The product does contain useful ingredients for those who are willing to work for their weight loss results. Science says that Xtralean will elevate your energy levels, reduce the onset of fatigue, will help regulate blood sugar and will help your body process micronutrients.

With the above considered, users of this product will be in a decent position to shake off their excess body fat as long as they stick to a low calorie diet and exercise regularly.. Just don’t expect to see drastic changes by the end of one bottle.

The Pros & Cons Of Xtralean

Below we’ve listed everything we believe to be either a positive or negative:

The Pros

  • Boosts energy levels.
  • Reduces RPE.
  • Contributes towards normal macronutrient metabolism.

The Cons

  • Doesn’t contain ‘fat burning’ ingredients.
  • Probably will not suppress appetite levels.
  • Ingredients used inside this product are in quite small doses.
  • Potentially negative side effects.
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What Are The Xtralean Ingredients?

We have found the following Xtralean nutritional information via the Holland & Barrett website:

Each Capsule Contains: Caffeine Anyhydrous 115.9mg, Green Tea Extract 67.5mg, Ginger Extract 12.5mg, Guarana Extract 51.4mg, Maca Extract 100mg, Yerba Matte 81.18mg, N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine 0.5mg, L-Tyrosine 37mg and Chromium 20μg

Non-active ingredients: Anti-Caking Agents (Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide) and Capsule Shell (Gelatin).

Is Xtralean Suitable For Everyone?

This product is not suitable for vegetarians or vegans.

We advise any of our readers with the following conditions to avoid Xtralean – high blood pressure, heart problems, bleeding disorders, anxiety or other mental health disorders.

Do not take Xtralean if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. Discontinue usage two weeks prior to surgery.

Is Xtralean Safe?

Based on the ingredients used, we do not believe that Xtralean poses any sort of health risk to consumers; the formula is free from any banned or dangerous ingredients, and isn’t excessively dosed in stimulants.

What Are The Xtralean Side Effects?

We have compiled the following list of potential side effects for this product based on the ingredients used within the formula:

  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • Restlessness
  • Stomach irritation
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Increased heart rate
  • Diarrhea
  • Irritability
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Tremor
  • Heartburn
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion [1][2]

Note: these side effects are possible but may not be typical.

Are There Any Xtralean Reviews From Customers?

We have found the following Xtralean review testimonials via customers online:

Tablets arrived very quickly. I started taking them the following day as per instructions, I started with 1 tablet twice a day. Unfortunately as soon as the first week was up and I upped the dosage as the instructions told me to it started having stomach cramps and terrible headaches.

A far as dietary products go these are not the cheapest on the market.

However, saying that, when these are taken regularly AND coupled with healthy eating and some exercise as the directions suggest, they did work for me.

Please note that we cannot verify the authenticity of the reviews on the Holland & Barrett website.

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Our Final Verdict On Xtralean

To conclude our Xtralean review, it’s a bit of a mixed bag – there are things that we like about it and things that we aren’t too blown away by.

It’s not the worst product in the world but we personally feel that it’s really lacking in its formula – there is nothing groundbreaking inside, rather it’s just a cocktail of various stimulants in extremely small doses.

Kath Ross, PhD
Kath Ross, PhD
Health Editor & Fact Checker at DietProbe
Kathryn is a Ph.D Health Editor here at DietProbe. She specializes in diabetes and weight control research and in her spare time she's a professional cat lady and wine connoisseur!
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