Ripped Freak Fat Burner Review
Product Overview – What is Ripped Freak Fat Burner?
It doesn’t take a great deal of effort to find a good Ripped Freak fat burner review online.
Made by PharmaFreak, this product is one of the most popular and widely respected fat burners on the market today.
What’s surprising when you look at some of these reviews is that they are overwhelmingly positive. Even sites that seek to offer impartial advice, like this one, lavish Ripped Freak in praise.
Although reviews for Ripped Freak are everywhere, we thought that the popularity of the supplement demanded that we throw in our two cents as well.
Is this fat burner really all it’s cracked up to be? Does Ripped Freak get the praise is deserves in the reviews that abound on the internet? Can it really help you eviscerate fat while protecting your muscle mass? And is there anything better on the market?
Let’s take a closer look and try to answer these questions as best as we can. Here is our full Ripped Freak fat burner review!
Who Are PharmaFreak?
PharmaFreak are a bodybuilding supplement manufacturing company. They currently produce a wide range of products designed specifically for people who are serious bodybuilding or strength sport enthusiasts.
At the time of writing, their range includes a testosterone booster, a “superfood” greens supplement, a growth hormone stimulator, a vegan protein supplement, and the usual menagerie of weight gainers and pre-workouts.
So, it seems safe to say that this is no pop-up company. PharmaFreak clearly have a vested interest in promoting and maintaining a good reputation in the fitness community. We aren’t, therefore, expecting any nasty surprises from this fat burner.
The company is based in the US, but they produce supplements for shipping all around the world.
As far as we can tell, their formulations change depending on where you are in the world. I can’t find the different formulae on their website, but there seems to be a slightly different product available on uk.bodybuilding.com.
Ripped Freak Fat Burner Ingredients
Here’s the Ripped Freak fat burner ingredient label for the US version of the supplement, as shown on the PharmaFreak website:
As usual, the thing that jumps straight out at us is the use of proprietary blends.
WE HATE PROPRIETARY BLENDS!
As far as we are concerned, there is absolutely no excuse for a proprietary blend.
Many very successful manufacturers don’t feel the need to mask their formula specs. Nobody “steals” their formula, and they make plenty of money from their products despite everyone having access to their exact dosage information.
When certain manufacturers do resort to keeping their exact formula a secret, they therefore leave their customers in a worse position than they realistically need to.
Let us explain.
Why Are Proprietary Blends Bad?
Basically, when manufacturers use proprietary blends, customers lose the ability to do two very important things.
First, they lose the ability to make a rational purchasing decision based on their own personal experiences with certain ingredients.
If you know you don’t react well to caffeine doses above 150mg, but you know you react brilliantly to doses under that, then it’s important for you to know on which side of the line a given supplement falls.
The other reason is closely associated with the first. If you don’t know the exact dose sizes for each individual ingredient in a supplement, then you can’t learn from your experiences of using that product.
Say Ripped Freak doesn’t quite work well enough for you. It seems to give you a little more energy in the gym, but the fat is just not coming off as it should.
In that case, because you don’t know the serving sizes, you can’t decide what might need to be changed with your next supplement.
Worse still, if you react quite badly to Ripped Freak, you have no way of discerning what has caused the bad reaction!
Was it the caffeine? Well, that wouldn’t be likely if the stack contains only 10mg of caffeine, but very likely if it contains 350mg. Which it is, we have no way of knowing.
Ripped Freak Formula Review
So, on to the ingredients themselves.
Caffeine is always a great thing to have in a fat burner, especially if you use your fat burner as a pre-workout, as PharmaFreak suggest you do with Ripped Freak.
Caffeine helps reduce the perception of fatigue. It therefore helps you keep going for longer despite being low on actual fuel (i.e food). It is therefore useful throughout the day during a cut, but if you’ve ever tried to get a squat session done after eating 800 fewer calories that day, you’ll know the power it can have in the gym.
Green tea leaf extract is another great ingredient, because it should confer a hefty dose of ECGC; a special compound that has been shown to have a direct fat burning effect.
Green tea leaf extract should also contain a range of polyphenols and anti-oxidants, as well as theanine, which would help to reduce any adverse effects of caffeine consumption, should the mystery dose of caffeine in Ripped Freak turn out to be on the high side.
Green coffee bean extract, like green tea leaf extract, doesn’t just confer caffeine and anti-oxidants (although it does indeed provide both of these things).
No, it provides something much more exciting to people looking to shift that last little bit of belly fat before a competition: chlorogenic acid.
Chlorogenic acid is currently thought to help reduce body fat by blocking carb absorption. However, we think this is a mistake.
We think it is much more likely that chlorogenic acid simply blunts the body’s insulin response to carb consumption. So, if you are taking chlorogenic acid in some form, when you do eat carbs or protein (both of which cause insulin spikes), your body’s storage signal will be weakened.
This is crucial when you are on a low carb diet, as many of you will be, because your insulin reaction to carb consumption will be through the roof.
Olive leaf extract is a bit of a strange one.
As far as we are aware, the main benefits of olive leaf extract relate to cholesterol control and heart disease prevention.
While it does have a place in a supplement designed to help people manage the effects of being overweight, it doesn’t seem to have much to offer someone who is already in good shape, who knows how to diet, and who understands how to manage cholesterol levels, but who wants help getting rid of lingering fat.
Ripped Freak is a fat burner designed for serious bodybuilders; not a health supplement for obese people.
Ripped Freak Fat Burner Review Conclusion
Ripped Freak Hybrid Fat Burner is clearly quite a popular supplement. It therefore must be working for a lot of serious bodybuilders out there; there’s simply no arguing with that. The company could quite simply not have got as far as it has unless its products were of a high quality.
However, we simply can’t accept that it is a good idea to buy a supplement that only offers you proprietary blend information.
For the reasons explained above, it leaves the customer in a worse position than is necessary; we have never seen a manufacturer genuinely lose out because somebody stole their formulation. Everyone knows what ingredients make a good fat burner, and you just market what you think is the best blend to the best of your abilities.
So while this stuff might be a God-send to some of you out there, we would always recommend that people who have limited funds spend their money more wisely. That is, on a supplement that might even be more expensive, but one that allows you to make a decision before you buy, and one that allows you to learn from your experiences with that product.
If you opt for a fat burner that gives you clear dosage information for each ingredient on the label, then over time you can build up a picture of which ingredients work for you and which don’t. To a serious athlete, that is invaluable.