PhenQ vs Skald: which one will boost your energy more, help you burn fat quicker, and feel leaner? We analyze these supplements’ formulas to see which one is more effective, safer, and better value overall.
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While neither PhenQ nor Skald make it onto our top list of the best weight loss products, Skald has the edge over PhenQ. The reason is that Skald uses more effective fat burning ingredients, boasts a healthier ingredient profile, and costs less than PhenQ ($59.00 vs $69.99). Despite this, Skald has quite a few issues with its formula that we will discuss below that make it fall behind the market-leading diet pills.
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PhenQ vs Skald – The Overview
PhenQ is a popular weight loss supplement made in the U.S. It’s claimed to be a unique fat burner pill in the sense that it doesn’t just target one aspect of weight loss (like some diet pills), but it helps you lose weight from 5 angles:
- Stimulates fat breakdown
- Suppresses appetite
- Inhibits fat production
- Promotes energy & metabolic speed
- Enhances mood
With 60 capsules per bottle, PhenQ’s recommended dosage is 2 capsules per day.
We’re talking about one of the most popular fat burner supplements on the market today, too. PhenQ has over 19000 customers according to its official website.
This makes us curious, is PhenQ as good as the marketing suggests? How does it compare to another popular weight loss pill: Skald? We’re about to find out real soon.
Skald, also known as Skald Oxydynamic Fat Scorcher, is a thermogenic supplement featuring ingredients like caffeine anhydrous, green tea extract, and black pepper fruit extract to name a few.
It is designed to naturally induce a spectrum of benefits to direct you towards successful weight loss.
With 110mg of caffeine anhydrous in the formula, Skald not only helps to boost your metabolic speed so you burn more calories per day, it also amps up your physical endurance and performance for your gym sessions.
Much like its competitor, Skald is a highly popular fat burner supplement, more so due to its safe and natural formula, which makes it a healthier alternative to some pharmaceutical drugs and other weight loss treatments.
The same question stands, though – does Skald really work? How does it compare to PhenQ?
We check their ingredients to find out.
PhenQ vs Skald – The Ingredients
Here are the ingredients in PhenQ:
- Calcium – 230mg
- Chromium – 80mcg
- L-Carnitine – 150mg
- Caffeine anhydrous – 100mg
- Nopal cactus fiber – 20mg
- Capsimax Plus Blend (containing caffeine, capsicum fruit extract, niacin, black pepper extract) – 50mg
- a-LACYS RESET (alpha-lipoic acid and L-cysteine) – 25mg
As shown on PhenQ’s label:
So, what is it about PhenQ’s formula that people have been raving about?
Truth be told, we don’t see anything to rave about here! PhenQ’s ingredient profile has some serious problems.
The formula only contains a handful of good ingredients; the rest are either unproven, ineffective, or potentially harmful. Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA – not to be confused with Alpha Linoleic Acid which is a completely different compound) has no use in a fat burner supplement. Not only that, ALA is known to cause major side effects in some people. It’s an ingredient to avoid, despite what some “experts” say.
Then there is Nopal cactus fiber. Also known as Prickly Pear cactus, this ingredient has the ability to swell in your stomach, causing you to feel fuller and not craving food. However, Prickly Pear fiber is far from the most effective fiber supplement for appetite suppression. Glucomannan (konjac root fiber) remains the best supplement for this purpose. Even if the cactus fiber was as good as Glucomannan, PhenQ only contains 20mg, which is a ridiculously small amount – not enough to provide any sort of appetite suppression whatsoever!
Another weak ingredient in PhenQ is l-carnitine. Despite what the online hype would suggest, most studies don’t actually support carnitine as something that is effective enough to produce significant weight loss. The “fat-burning” effect it has on mitochondria is actually true, but you will need much higher doses of carnitine than what’s found in PhenQ to have any result.
The only great ingredient in PhenQ, besides caffeine and chromium, is capsicum extract. Unfortunately, though, even with this ingredient there is a problem. PhenQ contains an unknown amount of capsicum extract in a proprietary blend with other ingredients which weighs 50mg in total. Even if capsicum was 49mg of that blend, it still wouldn’t be the optimal effective dose for weight loss – at least 100mg is needed to produce a noteworthy thermogenic effect.
Skald is one proprietary blend. It weighs 356mg and consists of the following ingredients;
- Caffeine (110mg)
- N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine (dosage unknown)
- Green Tea Extract (dosage unknown)
- Juniper Berry Extract (dosage unknown)
- White Willow Bark Extract (dosage unknown)
- Verbascum thapsus Leaf Powder (dosage unknown)
- Elecampane Root Powder (dosage unknown)
- BioPerine Black Pepper Extract (dosage unknown)
Skald’s formula is not without its flaws either. Apart from caffeine, you can’t tell the dosage of any ingredient in the formula; they are all mixed in a proprietary blend. You can only see the dosage of the blend in total.
This is an issue because there is no way to know if some ingredients are effectively and safely dosed.
That said, we are still able to assess some of the ingredient doses. The fact that the whole Skald blend weighs only 356mg tells us that green tea extract is underdosed.
Since caffeine is already taking up 110mg of the blend, that means only 246mg is left for the other ingredients. And what is the optimal dosage for green tea extract alone? Between 300-500mg if you want effective thermogenesis.
N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine, an otherwise solid focus enhancer and mental performance booster, is underdosed as well. It needs to be taken in doses of at least 250-500mg to work for most people.
The two positives in all of this are White Willow Bark and Verbascum Thapsus Leaf, which may curb your appetite slightly, along with producing minor fat-burning effects.
But we wouldn’t keep our hopes too high with Skald. This is a cheaply produced formula that, we’ll give them that, is marketed well, but it doesn’t deliver results worthy of the price that it’s asking.
PhenQ vs Skald – Side Effects
PhenQ is the more likely of the two to cause side effects due to the fact that it is using ALA, which is known to cause headaches, dizziness, and nausea, among others. There is also a risk from caffeine if you’re sensitive, and in this case, both Skald and PhenQ contain it. Skald also contains titanium dioxide which is a controversial filler shown to cause some long-term health issues.
We’ll give Skald the edge in this department however as it doesn’t contain ALA which poses a greater risk of adverse reactions.
Cost & Where to Buy?
You can buy PhenQ only through its official website (officially, that is) for the price of $69.95 per bottle (30-day supply). You’re covered with a 60-day money-back guarantee, so that’s some good news about PhenQ.
As for Skald, it costs $49.99 per bottle (60 servings) on GNC, or $59.99 on its official website, making it a better value between the two, but still far from the best value compared to other fat burner supplements on the market.
Between Skald and PhenQ, which one should you choose?
For the prices that are being charged, we say neither one.
Both have major flaws that make them not only weak and potentially ineffective at doing anything for weight loss, but also have ingredients known to cause side effects. Both are also not transparent due to containing proprietary blends – Skald more so.
At their price bracket, you can easily find healthier, safer, and more effective weight loss supplements on sale today.