Skald Oxydynamic Fat Scorcher is a weight loss supplement manufactured by a company called Beldt. The company claims that their product can improve energy and cause fat loss.
In this article we’ll review the ingredients in Skald based on medical research to give our take on if it’s likely to be effective and safe for inducing weight loss. We’ll also explain issues we have with the product's labeling.
The first ingredient in Skald is caffeine at a modest dosage of 110 milligrams (mg), which is slightly more than the amount in one cup of coffee.
While there is medical research suggesting that caffeine supplementation can cause weight loss, typically the dosage is higher than that in Skald, and the effect seems to be more significant at higher doses of caffeine.
A medical review published in the Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition journal analyzed data on caffeine and weight loss. The researchers found that caffeine intake is associated with weight loss in a dose-dependent manner, meaning higher doses (to a limit) are associated with increased weight loss.
Only 2 of the 13 clinical trials analyzed in the above-linked review had a dose as low as that in Skald. We'll consider this ingredient potentially effective, but if there is a weight loss effect from this low a caffeine dose, we would expect it to be very minor.
N-Acetyl-Tyrosine is the second ingredient in Skald, and it’s an amino acid. We can’t find any research suggesting this ingredient is effective for weight loss, and in fact we found the opposite. One animal study found that tyrosine caused increases to appetite.
The third ingredient is green tea leaf extract, and this is a popular ingredient in many weight loss formulations, such as ProbioSlim which we recently reviewed. As we discussed in greater detail in that review, we don’t recommend this ingredient, especially when the dosage isn’t published, because high levels of green tea extract have been associated with safety risks due to potential toxicity.
Green tea leaf extract does appear to be effective for short-term weight loss, but we don’t recommend it due to the safety concerns.
Juniper extract is the next ingredient listed, and we can’t find a single medial study testing this ingredient for weight loss. Skald doesn’t publish or cite any research on their product page related to this plant compound, so we’ll assume it's ineffective for weight loss.
White willow bark extract is the next listed ingredient, and again we can’t find one single medical trial suggesting this is an effective ingredient for weight loss. This botanical is typically used for pain, and its active chemical compound salicin was used in the initial Asprin formulation.
The next two ingredients, verbascum thapsus leaf powder and elecampane root powder, are also questionable for a weight loss formulation in our opinion. We can't locate any medical data suggesting efficacy for either ingredient.
The manufacturer website describes elecampane as "used since Jesus Christ walked the earth to relieve the symptoms of lung complaints." This statement confuses us, because Skald is a weight loss supplement, not a lung health supplement. This raises a red flag about the competency of the product's formulators.
The final ingredient is piperine, which is a chemical compound extracted from black pepper. We found one animal study suggesting this ingredient may be effective for weight loss, but the dose used in the study was significantly higher than the entire Skald proprietary (prop) blend dose. A 40 milligram per kilogram (mg/kg) dose was used in the study, which would be equivalent to a 3,200 mg dose for an average-weight man. The entire Skald blend is 356 mg, which is 10x less than what was found to be an effective dose of that one single ingredient in the animal study.
Skald also contains the additive ingredient titanium dioxide which has been banned in the European Union (E.U.) due to toxicity concerns. We recommend avoiding this ingredient.
Overall we consider this to be a very poorly-formulated product, and we don't recommend it. We do not believe that Skald is likely to be effective for weight loss.
We only consider one of the eight active ingredients in Skald to be potentially effective for weight loss at the included dosage.
Questionable Health Claims on Skald Website
Beldt's website contains many health claims about Skald that we consider questionable.
The manufacturer claims that users can "drop pounds of belly fat without hunger, without tiredness, without dangerous drugs..." with no proof or citation.
We don't understand how this brand could make specific health claims if the supplement has not been proven to cause those effects in a clinical trial, and we recommend that consumers avoid supplement companies making specific health claims without providing proof.
Our Clean Weight Loss Picks
There are food-based nutrients which have been shown in medical studies to be effective for weight loss.
Dietary fiber was shown in a medical review published in The Journal of Nutrition to cause 16 pounds of weight loss in 6 months when combined with moderate caloric restriction (750 calories per day below baseline).
Supergut Fiber Mix is our recommended fiber supplement, because it contains three different types of fiber powder and no questionable additive ingredients. Interested consumers can check out Supergut Fiber Mix at this link to the product page on the brand's official website, where it retails for under $2 per serving at a subscription rate.
MCT oil is quickly absorbed by the body and increases metabolic rate, which causes fat loss. A 2015 meta-study on MCT oil documented more than one pound of weight loss over 10 weeks. This equates to potential annualized weight loss of 6 pounds per year with less than one tablespoon's worth of MCT oil per day.
Bulletproof MCT Oil is our top MCT oil product, because the only ingredient is MCT oil derived from coconuts. There are no questionable additives. Interested consumers can check out Bulletproof MCT Oil at this link to the product page on the brand's official website, where it currently costs only $15.50 for over a month's worth of product.
Coffee is one of the few whole food ingredients associated with weight loss in clinical trials. A meta-analysis published in the Nutrients journal found that coffee intake was associated with reduced body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference.
VitaCup Organic Instant Coffee Sticks is our top coffee product for weight loss, due to its convenience. No preparation or machinery is needed. The sticks can be mixed into hot or cold water (or other beverages) and consumed. The only ingredient is organic instant coffee; no questionable additives.
Interested consumers can check out VitaCup Organic Instant Coffee Sticks at this link to the product page on the brand's official website, where they retail for $1 per serving at a subscription rate.
Skald Real User Reviews
Skald is sold on Amazon as well as through their manufacturer site, and we consider Amazon to be a good place for objective user reviews.
Skald's average Amazon rating is 3.5/5 stars which is one of the worst average Amazon ratings for a supplement we've reviewed on Illuminate Health.
The top positive review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named "B. Martin" who claims the product improved their energy and caused weight loss:
"losing at least 1/3 lb per day and I have energy at the end of each workout and throughout the day."
The top negative review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named "Glenda Simshauser" who claims the product caused them to gain weight:
"I was advised by a doctor to try this and it didn’t work. I gained weight in the time I was taking it. I didn’t start losing weight until after I finished it and cut a few other things out of my life like pop."
In our opinion, this is likely correlation and not causation. There are no ingredients in Skald likely to cause weight gain, and the supplement is non-caloric.