Full Dr. Emil MaxBurn Review
Dr. Emil supplements have burst onto the supplements scene. The brand only emerged a short while ago, but the range already looks quite extensive, and it is clearly doing good sales volume through Amazon. However, we’re always extremely skeptical of brands based around the personality of supposed “doctors”. Many shady companies have tried to use quacks to make their products seem more reliable, trustworthy, and potent. They usually turn out to be bogus doctors peddling bogus supplements.
Is MaxBurn one of these rip-offs?
Is it an effective fat burner?
The bottle describes MaxBurn as delivering “fat burner and appetite control”. If we look at the Dr. Emil website, we get a little more detail about what users can expect from this supplement:
- Increased “clean” energy
- Increased fat loss
- Better muscle retention
- Optimal results without side effects
The website makes a big deal out of Dr. Emil’s pedigree. But when we look at his background, we see that he only completed the first stage of a medical degree in the UK. So while he is licensed to practice medicine, he isn’t an MD, a qualified pharmacologist, or a qualified sports nutritionist. He does claim to have a degree in Sports & Exercise Science, but that doesn’t make someone an expert or qualified to give advice.
The website actually states some things that appear to be outright lies. It says “when he’s not saving lives in the ER”, which can’t possibly be true because he doesn’t appear to be resident at any hospital.
In our opinion, Dr. Emil’s pedigree counts for nothing.
Even if he was the most qualified, experienced sports nutritionist in the world, it still wouldn’t mean anything; you can be an industry leader and still make a terrible rip-off of a supplement!
What matters is the composition of the product itself; the ingredients, the doses, and the health risks.
Does the Dr. Emil MaxBurn formula live up to its promises?
Is this fat burner safe? What are the likely side effects?
Is there a better option for maximizing results during your next cut?
Find out by reading our full MaxBurn review below. We examine the formula in much greater detail before moving on to discuss the side effect risks. We’ll also evaluate the supplement’s value for money. Have you tried MaxBurn already? What did you think? Let us know in the comments section at the end!
Check out the MaxBurn ingredients list as it appears on the label:
That is NOT a good formula for a fat burner.
Not at all!
For all the stuff Dr. Emil has said about this supplement – “doctor-driven, science backed” – we really expected a lot more than this.
The Dr. Emil Nutrition website makes the following claim about the quality of its MaxBurn: “Bringing Dr. Emil’s unique knowledge as both a scientist & medical doctor (he’s also a professional athlete!), our blends are painstakingly formulated to provide superior results and are always backed by science”.
We don’t see that here at all.
Instead, we see totally bogus ingredients.
We see over-hyped, under-performing substances.
Worst of all, we see a cheap, generic proprietary blend.
In short, we see a very poor quality fat burner. It strikes us as a likely rip-off. We think it is highly unlikely that people are going to get very good results using MaxBurn. We think it is extremely unlikely that it will end up being worth the price tag.
Let’s go through these points in a little more detail.
Bogus Ingredients – SERIOUS ISSUE!
In our eyes the biggest problem with MaxBurn is the heavy reliance on ingredients that are either over-hyped, unproven, or outright duds!
For example, the ingredient with the largest serving size in MaxBurn is Raspberry Ketones.
We have explained several times over why we don’t have much faith in this supposedly incredible fat burner. As you’ll learn if you read our in-depth article, raspberry ketones are an out and out scam. They have never been shown to aid with fat loss in any way. There isn’t a single clinical study out there showing that people lose more fat while supplementing with raspberry ketones.
The reason they are found in so many supplements is two fold. First, they are cheap to buy in enormous quantities. Secondly, the word ketone – although it has nothing to do with human ketone bodies – means that they are easy to sell to confused but health conscious consumers.
We challenge anybody to show us a single robust clinical trial in which raspberry ketones did anything to help people lose fat, retain muscle, or perform better in the gym.
The second largest ingredient in MaxBurn – African Mango – is not much better than raspberry ketones in terms of effectiveness or reliability.
Many people claim that African Mango extract is a powerful appetite suppressant.
There is indeed some evidence for this. This study, for example, found that an African Mango extract was able to induce modest weight loss in middle aged men. The researchers noted: “Irvingia gabonensis induced a decrease in weight of 2.91 ± 1.48% (p < 0.0001) after two weeks and 5.6 ± 2.7% (p < 0,0001) after one month. Although the percentage of body fat was not significantly reduced with both placebo and IG, the waist circumference and hip circumference were significantly reduced by IG.”
However, this is probably the most promising study on African Mango’s effect on fat loss to date, and even here the results were meager: “body fat was not significantly reduced”.
As it stands, there are few other studies showing that African Mango aids with fat loss.
There are far better alternatives out there for controlling appetite, preventing over-eating, and even controlling blood sugar. Glucomannan, for example, has been extensively studied; far more so than African Mango. It has proven to be a powerful appetite control agent. It is more conducive to bodybuilding than stimulants, and it seems to help with blood sugar control much better than African Mango.
We expect fat burners to use the best possible ingredients. MaxBurn hasn’t done so.
Proprietary Blends Are A Rip-Off!
This one doesn’t really need much explaining.
Proprietary blends aren’t used by any of the biggest supplement brands today. They don’t need to use them. They know that nobody ‘steals’ other formulas; just because you know what’s in, say, Shred JYM, doesn’t mean you can recreate it yourself. There’s nothing secret about fat burner formulas, so again, there’s nothing to steal.
Instead, the major manufacturers use their formulas – individual ingredient doses and all – as major selling points. They want you to know how generous their servings are, so they put them on the bottle.
So, what are we to make of a supplement that doesn’t?
What should we think about a supplement that chooses to hide the serving sizes for a particular group of ingredients?
We can’t tell you what to think, but we know we’re DAMN suspicious of this sort of thing!
This is certainly true when the proprietary blend in question contains ingredients that could easily be used to ‘bulk out’ the formula.
For all we know, 90% of the MaxBurn proprietary blend could be made up of kelp, which is extremely cheap to buy and completely useless for enhancing fat loss.
It could be 90% grape seed extract – same story there.
We never use proprietary blends, and if you care at all about transparency or value for money, neither should you.
MaxBurn Side Effects – Is It Safe?
Proprietary blends are always problematic when it comes to health and safety. Side effects are always intimately linked to dosage. If we don’t know dosage, it’s difficult for us to accurately gauge the probability or severity of side effects, long-term health risks, and so on.
This problem becomes more serious when the proprietary blend contains potentially dangerous stimulants like caffeine anhydrous.
There could be as much as 399mg in the MaxBurn formula. There could just as easily be 3mg, but the fact that we don’t know either way means we really need to consider the worst case scenario.
399mg of caffeine anhydrous is a lot to consume in a single serving.
Products like Instant Knockout contain the same amounts, but it is supposed to be divided up into a few equal servings taken throughout the day (potentially with some two concentrated before training).
There is no such dosing protocol with MaxBurn.
Consuming more than 200mg of caffeine (about the same as 3 espressos) in a single shot is going to cause at least some side effects. It doesn’t matter who you are or what your tolerance levels are like. It’s going to have some negative physiological and psychological effects.
Common side effect include:
- Elevated heart beat
- Difficulty focusing
Long term effects can be even more serious – dependency, insomnia, and an elevated risk of heart attacks.
We really need to know exactly how much caffeine a product contains before we start using it.
Going into it blind is just too risky for us. It doesn’t allow us to properly control our total daily caffeine intake. If we knew for certain that there was 200mg per serving, we could plan our other caffeine intake accordingly. If we know that it contained 3mg, we could still use our caffeine-loaded pre-workout, for example.
But we don’t. That is a major problem!
We are not doctors. This isn’t medical advice. We don’t know you or your medical history. You need to talk to your regular doctor before using any fat burners. These products are not cures for obesity. They are designed for serious athletes who know what they’re doing. They work when combined with a disciplined diet and exercise protocol. If you experience any side effects, please discontinue use and seek medical attention asap.
We are not doctors.
This isn’t medical advice.
We don’t know you or your medical history. You need to talk to your regular doctor before using any fat burners.
These products are not cures for obesity. They are designed for serious athletes who know what they’re doing. They work when combined with a disciplined diet and exercise protocol. If you experience any side effects, please discontinue use and seek medical attention asap.
MaxBurn Review Summary – Is It Any Good?
This is a low quality fat burner.
The main ingredient is a complete rip-off. Raspberry ketones don’t do a damn thing for fat loss; they just sound like they will. Raspberry ketones have nothing to do with human ketone bodies. Nothing.
The next biggest ingredient is substandard. It is under-studied, and the results turned up by clinical trials have always been pretty disappointing. It would be better if Dr. Emil had used glucomannan.
Then we have the prop blend. This kind of speaks for itself. Dud ingredients, an unknown dose of caffeine anhydrous; this is just a non-starter for us!
Overall, Dr. Emil MaxBurn is a poor fat loss aid. If you want to maximize results during your next cutting phase, and you want to do so safely, then check out some of our top rated products.