Nuphedrine Review 2014: Side Effects & Ingredients
I should just refer you to my Miracleburn Review and call it done, but Nuphedrine has some things worth noting, so we’ll move forward.
On Nuphedrine’s website, they make a claim quite quickly (at the very top) stating that “Nuphedrine is the only pill to bring you both: Real Certified South African Hoodia & Patented Advantra-Z.”
Well. Their claim is wrong from the get-go, because Miracleburn makes the same claim — pretty much word for word.
Oh, and if I were them, I wouldn’t be proud of having Real Certified (isn’t that overkill, to say real and certified?) South African Hoodia.
There hasn’t been any research showing that Hoodia does what everyone says it does. There is also a plethora of companies out there that make the claim of having “real certified” hoodia and they don’t.
They simply show the same image of some customs form that’s supposed to make their potential customer think it’s real and certified. You can read about the whole thing on my Hoodia review.
Advantra-Z contains Synephrine, which has been touted as a replacement for Ephedra. It has potential side effects (most do), but I did find a study that showed its stimulative abilities. I wrote about in more in depth at the other Nuphedrine Review, Miracleburn.
For the life of me, I couldn’t find the supplement facts listed for Nuphedrine. I decided to call them and find out.
A machine answered immediately under the company “Looking Trim” (nice name). They had me press one to place a new order, which I did.
I figured as soon as I could talk to a real person, they could tell me where I could find the supplement facts.
I was on hold for a bit to some really pleasant piano music when the voice came back on and said all of their representatives were busy assisting other customers and that I could leave my name and number and a representative would call me to place my order or I could place an order through their secure website.
Bingo. If I were them, that’s what I’d want you to do too.
As a test, I did leave my name and number and I never received a call back. And I’m a hot lead! Why would they just ignore that? Because they want you to place the order online. It costs them much less that way.
But then you may ask, why do they go through the trouble of showing a toll-free number to call? To add perceived credibility. They know that most people won’t actually use the number to call and place their order, and of those that do, even fewer will leave their number. A classic gimmick.
So, until they call me back, I don’t even know what else is in Nuphedrine left to critique. The Advantra-Z is a stimulant supported by a single study that I could find, and the Hoodia is a load of garbage. So far, it’s not looking good.
I was going through the ordering process of Nuphedrine when I noticed they have a great upsell:
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If you want their upsell, you need only check the box that says, “YES, I accept my FREE SHIPPING, FREE doctor’s advice and FREE membership.”
Basically they’re selling you membership to the weight loss thing, it’s billed annually, but they break it down into a monthly amount for no good reason (you’ll see infomercials do this, where they’ll state in terms of how much per day the item is going to cost you — as if that makes any sense at all).
The cost is $59.04 and you’ll be charged that (but you do save a few dollars in shipping) for clicking that little checkbox.
Those kinds of sleight of hand maneuvers make me queasy for the consumer.
My favorite part about Nuphedrine though, is exactly what made Miraclburn one of my favorites: the Before & After photos!
Nuphedrine falls victim to Benford’s Law
I probably shouldn’t write about this, because these companies will read it and then learn about Benford’s law, and then manufacture their testimonial data so it looks like it complies (though if data is too close, that’s a statistical anomaly as well).
Benford’s Law, to take the liberty of quoting a favorite source of mine:
Benford’s law, also called the first-digit law, states that in lists of numbers from many real-life sources of data, the leading digit is 1 almost one third of the time, and larger numbers occur as the leading digit with less and less frequency as they grow in magnitude, to the point that 9 is the first digit less than one time in twenty.
This is based on the observation that real-world measurements are generally distributed logarithmically, thus the logarithm of a set of real-world measurements is generally distributed uniformly.
This counter-intuitive result applies to a wide variety of figures, including electricity bills, street addresses, stock prices, population numbers, death rates, lengths of rivers, physical and mathematical constants, and processes described by power laws (which are very common in nature).
Even more counter-intuitively, the result holds regardless of the base in which the numbers are expressed, although the exact proportions of course change.
So what does this have to do with Nuphedrine’s claims on their Before and After “case studies”?
I took the liberty of recording all of the weight lost and ran it through a Benford test on the last digit to see what would happen. I got the following result:
Benford Results for Nuphedrine
You don’t even have to see the full version to know there’s a serious problem. Benford’s law is used to catch accounting fraud (among other things) and usually you’d see maybe one red spike alerting the auditor to an anomaly that’s worth looking into.
But here…I mean this is a whole new story. Out of the ten digits possible, only three pass the test.
What does this mean? It means that the creator of the Nuphedrine website, in their attempt to be “random” didn’t realize that numbers aren’t as random as they first seem.
Benford tests on the before and after weights of these Nuphedrine “case studies” revealed similar results.
Oh, and another thing, the adult population shows many more people above 200 pounds in bodyweight, yet Nuphedrine only had one subject over 200 pounds — Four percent of their “random” subjects were over 200 pounds? If these numbers were real, it’d be much higher.
As if the numbers aren’t convincing (or, unconvincing) enough, let’s look at the actual photos. It’s Miracle Burn all over again.
And then, the saddest “real success story” for Nuphedrine is this poor little guy.
Poor Success Story
Come on little dude! You don’t need to lose weight when you weigh 159 pounds! You just need to lift a little. Your after photo looks like you’re completely starving. Will someone please get the boy a Snickers and keep the Nuphedrine Salesman away?
If they ever call me back and let me know what’s in Nuphedrine (besides their two ingredients making up their contradictory claim), I’ll update this review.
And if they didn’t have Hoodia in there as a flagship ingredient, that’d help them. Oh, and if they didn’t make up weight loss numbers for their success stories, that’d be a positive. Oh right, and using the same people for before and after photos would help too.
If they would just fix these glaring inconsistencies, then maybe I could give them a neutral rating. As it stands, this product, and the company are complete charlatans. Stay away.
You may want to consider a product such as Phen375 if you want something better.Nuphedrine Review 2014: Side Effects & Ingredients by Miriam Jones