Full Dietspotlight Burn Review
Dietspotlight is a supplement review site not unlike Fat Burners Digest. The main differences between us and them are size, age, and now with the launch of Burn, impartiality. Since Dietspotlight have a long history of reviewing fat burners, we’re expecting great things here.
Dietspotlight Burn is marketed as an “advanced weight control formula”. It has only just been released onto the market. That’s why there aren’t many independent, professional Dietspotlight Burn reviews currently published online. We’re sure this product is going to get a lot of attention in the near future though.
So what is Dietspotlight Burn? What is is supposed to do?
According to Dietspotlight, Burn delivers a number of benefits to aid with cutting. These include:
- Blood sugar control
- Enhanced weight loss
- Enhanced fat metabolism
The manufacturers actually get more specific on the official merchant page. They go much further than most supplement manufacturers, actually putting numbers to the claims:
These are no doubt relating to specific studies. No product can even pretend to guarantee 11 pounds of weight loss for every user, and the “4 x more effective” claim needs to relate to a specific diet and exercise regimen, or else it’s meaningless.
Interestingly, on the official Dietspotlight Burn website, the makers claim that one of the ingredients in this stack has been shown to lead to waist circumference reduction! Obviously, this refers to fat loss and not an actual reduction in pelvic bone size, but it is still worth pointing out that waist fat is mentioned here specifically.
We don’t believe that it is possible to spot-reduce fat; you need to lower your overall body fat levels to lose fat in any given area. But that doesn’t mean these claims are wrong or purposefully misleading. It just means we need to take a close look at the detail here.
So, what are we waiting for?
Does Dietspotlight Burn work?
What is the formula like?
Is it safe?
Most important of all: is there anything better out there?
We’ll answer all of these questions and more below. If you get to the end of our Dietspotlight Burn review and you still have some questions, just post them in the comments section. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
Dietspotlight Burn Formula
Let’s take a look at the Dietspotlight Burn formula. This is the only way to really know if this product is going to deliver on the many promises made by the manufacturer.
Here is the Dietspotlight Burn formula as it appears on the bottle:
As you can see, this is a really simple, straightforward, stripped-down formula.
This is great to see. Too many manufacturers try to dazzle customers with a long list of exotic-sounding ingredients. Here the manufacturer has put their faith in just 4 ingredients.
Some of the ingredients in Burn can, however, seem unusual at first glance. That’s because they are listed under their branded names. This is common practice in the supplement industry today.
Let’s break each of these down and see how they are able to deliver enhanced fat loss and better weight control.
ChromeMate is simply a branded form of chromium. To be specific, it is chromium polynicotinate, and it is produced by InterHealth.
Chromium has some incredibly useful properties relating to weight control, muscle growth, and fat loss.
While there is some disagreement as to how chromium actually works, we believe the evidence points to it enhancing insulin’s action. Or to put it another way, it helps insulin do its job better.
This is why you are likely to find chromium in both fat burners and weight gain supplements; everyone can stand to benefit from having more efficient and effective blood sugar control.
Insulin also dictates how quickly nutrients are delivered to cells. This is why bodybuilders try to achieve an insulin spike immediately after training, and why people on a cut try to lower their insulin levels at various points throughout the day (so fat cells receive no energy to store).
Basically, no matter what your goal, chromium can prove useful.
Metatrim is another branded form of a simple plant-based extract blend.
This time, we have one flower extract and one fruit extract combined into a single blend. These extracts are sphaeranthus indicus and garcinia mangostana.
There is actually a pretty robust study backing up these claims.
Take a look at this trial published in The Journal of Medicinal Food in 2013. These researchers looked at how Meratrim affected weight loss in participants following a mild exercise regimen and an average diet.
The researchers concluded: “Our findings suggest that the herbal blend appears to be a well-tolerated and effective ingredient for weight management.”
Their findings suggest to us that this effect is due to adiponectin levels being affected. Adiponectin is a protein involved in glucose regulation and the breakdown of fatty acids. We aren’t certain that adiponectin is behind the observed effect, but it would make a lot of sense given their findings.
This clinical trial is shown on the Dietspotlight Burn official website on the Meratrim ingredients page.
It was also funded by the makers of Meratrim:
As far as we’re aware, this is the only evidence that these substances, as well as their conjoined blend, have any effect on weight loss, weight control, or fat reduction.
Green Tea Extract
Green tea extract is now found in almost every fat burning supplement. This is because we now know that it is safe, it is reliable, and it works.
Numerous clinical trials have found that green tea extract is able to trigger lipolysis and accelerate fat loss. The main driver behind this effect is a catechin called ECGC. This is found in great abundance in green tea and it is typically the target compound for green tea extract (the thing they are trying to concentrate in the extraction process).
Take this study for example. Here the researchers found that ECGC, by itself, was able to induce fat loss in overweight men: “EGCG alone has the potential to increase fat oxidation in men and may thereby contribute to the anti-obesity effects of green tea.”
Green tea extract also seems to work synergistically with caffeine. This study found that “Catechins or an epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)-caffeine mixture have a small positive effect on WL (weight loss) and WM (weight maintenance)”.
This brings us neatly onto the final ingredient in Dietspotlight Burn.
We all know what a potent performance enhancing drug caffeine can be when used correctly. Most of us use caffeine every single day to get more focused, more energized, and to fight off hunger cravings.
Most top-end fat burners contain some amount of caffeine.
Generally speaking, we do look for a high caffeine dosage in a comprehensive fat loss aid. While there are down sides to consuming large amounts of caffeine, when cutting, we generally recommend taking about 200-300mg spaced over the course of the day. This includes taking a dose of caffeine before your workout.
We recommend using slightly more caffeine while cutting because your energy levels will be severely depleted if you are in a caloric deficit. You will lack focus, concentration, and motivation. You will feel tired much sooner than usual.
Caffeine helps overcome all of this. It significantly reduces the perception of fatigue, and at relatively high quantities, it may have its own independent fat burning effect (via thermogenesis).
The 75mg in Burn is, in our opinion, a bad dosing decision.
It is not enough to really give you a boost throughout the day, but it is enough that it makes the product unsuitable for people with severe caffeine intolerance.
Our Thoughts On The Formula
All things considered, we think this formula has issues in some pretty big areas.
For one thing, the formula itself is simply too thin. With just 4 key ingredients, there aren’t enough bases covered here to really justify the premium price tag.
One of the main ingredients lacks substantial scientific backing. The only study showing that Meratrim works was sponsored by the company that produces it. We can’t find any independent data showing that either extract in Meratrim delivers significant fat loss.
The green tea extract could also be higher; much higher. Some top rated fat burners contain as much as 500mg of green tea extract.
The chromium serving is good, but chromium is more of a supporting ingredient. It modulates insulin, helping it to work better, but it does not make a noticeable difference to your training or food cravings, and it does not in and of itself trigger or accelerate lipolysis. It is not what we could call a ‘main ingredient’.
Finally, the caffeine dose is the worst of all worlds as far as we’re concerned; high enough to put off anyone who is highly sensitive to caffeine, but too low to deliver any real ‘punch’ in terms of enhanced performance or fat loss.
We have seen much worse formulas in our time, but we have also seen much better.
Dietspotlight Burn Side Effects
As far as side effects are concerned, Dietspotlight Burn looks pretty good.
There isn’t a single ingredient in here that gives us serious cause for concern.
Obviously, if you have a serious caffeine intolerance or if you are heavily affected by stimulants, then you may experience side effects.
But if that’s the case, you should avoid taking any products containing caffeine in any amount. The amount of caffeine found in Dietspotlight Burn is less than you will get from a large cup of black coffee, so if this hits you hard, almost any caffeine-containing foodstuff will.
That said, Meratrim is a pretty unusual ingredient. While it has clearly been used in at least one robust clinical trial, we don’t think it has been studied widely enough or with enough participants to really be considered definitely and completely safe. We don’t think it’s dangerous, not by any means, but you should exercise caution as more testing is needed here.
Overall, this looks to be a very safe formula for the vast majority of users. Side effects seem highly unlikely.
Dietspotlight Burn Review Conclusion
The main question that most people reading this Dietspotlight Burn review will want to know is; does it justify the enormous price-tag?
Does this product lead to more rapid fat loss, better muscle preservation, and better weight management than all of the other stacks out there?
The answer to that question is, in our opinion, no.
The Burn formula could be a whole lot better. Ideally, we’d like to see more caffeine (or none at all – ‘go hard or go home’). We’d also like to see a lot more green tea extract.
Perhaps when Meratrim receives more clinical attention, we’ll be able to get more excited about it. But since the only study available was paid for (with unlimited funding) by the manufacturers, we’ll remain a little skeptical.
For a premium product, we’d also like to see a few more ‘big hitter’ ingredients added into the mix: green coffee bean extract, chili powder, BioPerine, or some CLA powder to name just a few.
As it stands, the formula doesn’t cover enough ground for a premium-grade fat burner.