Shred Her MAX
- Caffeine dose will be effective if broken up into 2 equal servings
- Proprietary blends - always a rip-off
- Tiny serving and blend sizes
- Far too many stimulants
- Hordenine a real side effect worry, as is the large caffeine dose
- Raspberry ketones a total scam
Full Shred Her MAX Review
Most of you reading this will already be familiar with NLA For Her. This is one of the most popular bodybuilding supplement brands on the market. They have an extensive range of products covering every standard area of sports supplementation: protein powders, amino acids, multivitamins, and fat burners.
Their unique selling point is that they specialize in supplements for women. Now, our regular readers will know how skeptical we are of this concept. In our opinion, there’s no such thing as a “female only supplement”. We’ve reviewed many fat burners supposedly made “specially for women”, and they always turn out to be either the same as the “male” product but with pink packaging, or just garbage.
We’ve actually reviewed an NLA For Her product before; the original Shred Her. As you will see if you follow that link, we weren’t impressed!
But that doesn’t mean this product will be the same. We need to give it a fair chance.
So what is Shred Her MAX all about? What is it supposed to do that the original couldn’t?
As you can see from the bottle, this fat burner promises to do the following:
- Promote fat loss
- Boost energy levels
- Improve mood
- Suppress appetite
They are all exactly the kind of things we want to achieve with a fat burner.
Dieting is hard, and training while you diet is even harder. If a supplement can help keep us happy, motivated, and energized during a cut, then it is going to help us. After all, it is during a serious cut that you need your training to be most on-point. Chances are, you’re coming up to an important show, fight or meet. You need to make weight, but you need to be in top condition too. Being low on calories can kill our motivation and energy levels, which can in turn kill our training.
That’s where fat burners come in; they make up for the caloric deficit by powering you through your workouts and keeping you focused on your training.
If you’re anything like us, appetite control can actually be the biggest hurdle to a successful cut.
Any supplement that helps us avoid a Krispy Kreme binge is a big winner for us!
So, does NLA Shred Her MAX really work?
How dangerous is it? Will it cause side effects?
Is it worth the money? How does it compare to other fat burners being sold for a similar price?
We’ll answer all of these questions in our detailed Shred Her MAX review below. We kick off with a look under the hood of this popular fat burner. Do the ingredients have the backing of the latest scientific studies? Are the doses in the right ball park? Are they safe? At the end, we’ll tell you how we see this fat loss aid in comparison to the likes of Instant Knockout or Hourglass. Got questions? Post them in the comments!
Shred Her MAX Ingredients
We need to have a look at the formula to see what’s really going on here.
But first, let’s take a look at the original Shred Her formula so we can see how things have changed. Here is the original:
And here is the new Shred Her MAX formula:
That is still not a good formula – not by our standards at least.
NLA For Her have moved to go easier on the proprietary blend. They haven’t lumped everything together into a single blend with MAX like they did with the original Shred Her.
But they’re still using proprietary blends. That is never acceptable or excusable. In our opinion, it is just downright dishonest. Most good quality supplements today tell you exactly how each ingredient is dosed; there’s none of this “protecting our intellectual property” crap.
If some brands can do it and still make a killing, so can everyone.
The doses look low across the board here.
We see some bogus ingredients. One ingredient in the biggest blend does NOTHING for fat loss, and for all we know it could make up 90% of that blend.
We also see a stimulant we know to have a relatively high side effect risk profile.
Not a great formula overall then! We think you can get better value and better end results using dozens of other fat burners on the market right now.
What We Like…Sort Of
- Good serving of caffeine anhydrous
- Uses some good ingredients
The main upside to this fat burner is the fact that it provides an excellent serving of caffeine anhydrous.
Each 2 capsule serving provides a total of 200mg of caffeine anhydrous. Caffeine anhydrous is a dehydrated form of caffeine; it has had all the water molecules removed. It is therefore significantly more powerful than regular caffeine on a gram for gram basis.
Now, 200mg of caffeine is a lot for anybody to consume in a single sitting. It is about the equivalent of about 2 shots of espresso. So if you’ve ever had a double shot of espresso, 200mg of caffeine anhydrous is slightly more powerful than that!
However, we recommend spacing your fat burner intake out throughout the day. This is, in our opinion, the best way to see results.
Instead of taking one big hit of caffeine before training, it’s better to drip feed yourself caffeine throughout the day. That way, you get a nice, mellow energy kick at various points throughout your day; first thing in the morning, while you’re in work, while you train, etc.
The same is true for appetite suppressants, fat mobilizers, everything; multiple, smaller hits per day is better than a single big influx.
If you split the Shred Her MAX dose up into two equal servings, then you get 100mg of caffeine anhydrous. This will give you a significant energy kick without conferring extra calories. It will give you the motivation and energy you need to get through a grueling training session if you take it 30 minutes before you begin.
200mg of caffeine anhydrous, spaced throughout the day, is a great way to reduce fatigue and keep mental energy levels nice and high while you cut.
Although they are pretty much all thrown in with other ingredients in a prop blend (so we don’t know the serving sizes), Shred Her MAX does contain some excellent fat burning ingredients.
For instance, we see that it contains some Konjac Root. This is an excellent source of a dietary fiber called Glucomannan. As you’ll see if you follow that link, we absolutely LOVE glucomannan. It is one of the most effective, sustainable, and side-effect free appetite suppressants int he world.
It doesn’t artificially suppress your appetite like stimulants or synthetic diet drugs. Instead, it forms a thick paste in your stomach (it has traditionally been used as a soup thickener). This makes you feel fuller for longer after each meal, but leaves you feeling hungry again when it comes to the next scheduled meal time.
This is why it is perfect for bodybuilders. It lets you still eat like a normal person so you can get in all the nutrients you need to grow and train. But it suppresses snacking and binge eating – the two things most likely to kill your physique.
Unfortunately though, Shred Her MAX can’t possibly provide enough Glucomannan for you to really benefit from it. It is part of a prop blend that is only 16.5mg in size!
Most top quality fat burners will provide up to 2g of the stuff!
16.5mg is PATHETIC, and it isn’t even the Glucomannan serving. It’s the maximum possible serving!
This brings us nicely onto the “what we don’t like” section. It’s short, but sweet!
What We Don’t Like
- Proprietary blends
- Low doses – 40mg of green tea? Try 500!
- Junk ingredients
- Serious side effect concerns
There are A LOT of problems with Shred Her MAX. It’s actually hard for us to know where to begin.
We already explained why we hate proprietary blends above. Basically, there’s no good reason to use them. Lots of manufacturers don’t feel the need to use them; in fact, the best bodybuilding supplements on the market right now all show their full formulas on the packaging (as well as online). So when a brand does insist on using them, we have to wonder why?
What are they hiding?
But we aren’t going to spend too long dwelling on the prop blends here. We’ve made our point. It should be obvious to you anyway!
Prop blends aside, the main issue with Shred Her MAX is the use of bogus, over-hyped ingredients.
For example, one of the ingredients in the Advanced Fat Incinerating Matrix is Raspberry Ketones. Contrary to popular belief, raspberry ketones have no effect whatsoever on your body fat levels. They have no effect on your energy levels, your appetite, your ability to gain muscle, or your ability to burn fat.
In short, they do NOTHING.
They are widely used in the supplement industry purely because they are extremely cheap to buy in large amounts, and because they have “ketone” in their name. This makes it an easy sell – people see ketone, they think fat loss.
We wont get into the keto diet here; we think it’s total pseudoscience, but that will take a separate article to explain in full.
But that doesn’t even matter. Raspberry ketones have nothing to do with the ketone bodies found in your body. Raspberry ketones are the organic compounds that give raspberries their distinctive smell. They are completely unrelated to the ketone bodies your body uses for fuel.
Raspberry ketones serve no purpose in the human body, and supplementing with them has never been shown to have any effect on the body. You will never find a scientific study showing them as having serious effects. Blog posts, yes. Studies, no.
We have no idea how much of this crap is in the Advanced Fat Incinerating Matrix. For all we know, it could be 90% or more of the 518.75mg blend.
Shred Her MAX Side Effects – Is It Safe?
We have some serious side effect concerns about this fat burner.
For one thing, it is seriously overloaded with different stimulants, some of which are potentially very dangerous.
Each serving provides 200mg of concentrated caffeine anhydrous. That is a lot by itself, but certainly manageable if you divide up the dose into two equal servings and space them out throughout the day.
However, eve 100mg of caffeine anhydrous is going to cause some of you some side effects (just as a shot of espresso is going to cause side effects). This is especially true if you have a low tolerance for caffeine.
Common side effects of caffeine consumption (especially over 70mg) include:
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations
- Energy crashes
If you are planning on consuming all of your NLA For Her Shred Her MAX in a single serving, then these side effect risks are magnified many times over.
You should also carefully work out your existing caffeine consumption before you decide to add in any more through supplements. If you’re a heavy coffee drinker, or you use a pre-workout, then more caffeine may not be a good idea.
Acute caffeine overdose can be FATAL. You have been warned. Do your research carefully and talk to your doctor before adding caffeine supplements to your diet.
But that is just the caffeine anhydrous!
SHRED HER MAX CONTAINS EVEN MORE STIMULANTS!
We have 20mg of caffeine coming from green tea which we need to add on top of our 200mg of caffeine anhydrous.
Then we have Teacrine (a branded form of theacrine). This is an extremely weak stimulant compared to caffeine, but it still has stimulatory effects. Stacked with powerful caffeine anhydrous, it could easily tip you over the edge into stimulant overload!
Finally, and worst of all, we have Hordenine.
Hordenine is bad enough on its own. It is a nasty stimulant, typically found in cheap diet pills advertised on late-night TV.
Just some of the side effects associated with hordenine use include:
- Very rapid heart rate
- High blood pressure
- Kidney stones
- Loss of appetite
We don’t think there’s any need for anybody to use hordenine. Stacked with a lot of caffeine and some theacrine, we think side effects are pretty much inevitable.
As we said, do your research carefully, assess your existing caffeine intake, and talk to a qualified medical professional before you go ANYWHERE NEAR this stack.
It is absolutely vital that you keep the following in mind here: We’re just giving you our unqualified medical opinion based on our experience and research. Talk to a doctor before you take any of the supplements referenced on this site. Your unique medical history is important, as is your own diet, lifestyle, and circumstances. Talk to your doctor first.
It is absolutely vital that you keep the following in mind here:
We’re just giving you our unqualified medical opinion based on our experience and research. Talk to a doctor before you take any of the supplements referenced on this site. Your unique medical history is important, as is your own diet, lifestyle, and circumstances. Talk to your doctor first.
If you experience any side effects whatsoever while using this fat burner, discontinue use immediately and seek urgent medical attention. If possible, share your experiences in the comments section below so our other readers can learn from you!
Shred Her MAX Review Summary – Does It Work?
No. It really doesn’t look like it.
It contains an absolutely pathetic amount of glucomannan.
It uses proprietary blends to hide low serving sizes.
It contains multiple stimulants that cause side effects.
It’s an ultimately weak and over-priced fat burner.
If you’re serious about getting the best possible results from your next cut, don’t bother with this garbage. Use a potent, well balanced and safe fat burner designed by professionals, for professionals. Check out some of our top rated products to see what we mean.