Today we’re looking at a well-known product called Skald, from Beldt Labs.
Skald is one of the many hundreds of fat burner products in the supplement marketplace and has close ties with MMA and fight sports.
The company talks a good game with their marketing, and user reviews are generally strong. How do they stack up to other fat burners? Can Skald actually help you shed unwanted pounds? Keep reading our Skald review to see if the product lives up to expectations.
Skald is a fat burning supplement created by Beldt Labs. Incorporated in California in 2011, Beldt Labs designs and sells high-quality performance supplements for MMA Fighters and explosive action athletes. The company offers a range of products that include multivitamins, creatine supplements, and brain supplements.
Beldt Labs has a number of pro athletes in their camp, including the highly successful Stephan Bonnar—UFC Hall of Famer perhaps best known for his grueling brawl with Forest Griffin in April of 2005 to win the light heavyweight finals.
Ever since the launch of their first product, BELDT: Force Thermogenic, Beldt Labs has been firmly rooted in the fat burner market. With the latest evolution in their fat-burner product line, Skald claims to be the world’s very first fat burner with respiratory support.
Most fat burners work by targeting and supporting one or more mechanisms of fat loss, including increased fat metabolism or energy expenditure, limiting fat absorption, and reducing caloric intake through appetite suppression.
Skald tackles weight loss from a few important angles, each of which provides its own unique benefit.
On their product page, Skald mentions a few key benefits associated with the product:
- Fat Loss
- Increased Energy and Elevated Mood
- Respiratory Support
- Appetite Control
Let’s take a look at these benefits to better understand what users should expect from this supplement. We will assess the accuracy of these benefits towards the end of the review.
We all know that we can burn calories through exercise, but our body actually burns a considerable amount of calories by performing its basic day-to-day functions. The amount of calories you burn during this process is known as your basal metabolic rate. Skald is designed to help you lose weight by speeding up your basal metabolic rate. The result is that you will burn more calories every day, even if you are inactive.
Increased Energy and Elevated Mood
Skald contains ingredients that are designed to increase your energy and put you in a better mood. This is actually a critical component of a fat burner. When you go on a diet, you often feel irritable as your body adjusts to lower caloric intake. It can be difficult to adhere to a diet when you feel drained and unhappy.
Skald combats this issue by using ingredients that can boost your energy and elevate your mood.
Skald repeatedly speaks to the benefit of respiratory support that will allow you to push through and beyond your comfort zone, and therefore extend your workout and energy expenditure. The supplement aims to improve your respiration so you can push through more intense workouts without feeling drained.
The two ingredients seemingly at the heart of this benefit are Elecampane and Mullein—herbs that have been used in medicines to treat conditions such as asthma and bronchitis.
If you’ve ever paid attention to your caloric intake/output, you’ve probably noticed something that can be pretty demotivating. It’s a lot easier to consume calories than it is to burn calories. For example, you need to run for about 45 minutes to burn off a single slice of pizza. Eating a slice of pizza is easy; running for 45 minutes is not.
The best way to lose more weight is by eating less. Of course, this is easier said than done. Cravings sneak up and convince us to act against our better judgments.
Skald includes ingredients that are designed to help you take control of your appetite. These ingredients combat cravings and keep you feeling full so you don’t end up consuming more calories that will be difficult to burn.
Now that we know the potential benefits of Skald, let’s take a closer look at the ingredients to see if the supplement can actually do what it says it can.
We will take a look at each ingredient individually, but first, let’s cover a few general notes.
- Skald is produced in a GMP compliant facility, which assures proper design, monitoring, and control of manufacturing processes and facilities.
- Skald is made in the USA (this is a big plus as many supplements are made overseas where oversight may be lacking)
- Skald uses all-natural ingredients
It’s clear that Skald is committed to quality. The only thing we were disappointed with was the proprietary blend. Supplement companies can take two approaches to their ingredient label. They can list every exact ingredient and dosage or they can include a proprietary blend that shows the dosage of a combination of ingredients. A proprietary blend isn’t necessarily a red flag. Companies will often use these proprietary blends so competitors cannot steal their unique formulas. That said, it makes it difficult for us to review the dosage of each ingredient.
With that said, let’s take a closer look at each of the ingredients.
The full ingredient list can be found below.
|Serving Size: 1 Capsule
Servings per container: 60
|Amount Per Serving||% Daily Amount|
|Green Tea Leaf Extract||—||**|
|Synephrine (Bitter Orange Fruit Extract)||—||**|
|White Willow Bark Extract||—||**|
|Mullein (Verbascum Thapsus Leaf Powder)||—||**|
|Elecampane (Inula Helenium Root Powder)||—||**|
|Bioperine (Black Pepper Extract)||—||**|
** Daily Value Not Established
Other Ingredients: Rice Flour, Gelatin (capsule), Magnesium Stearate, Titanium Dioxide (color)
There’s a lot of overlap between fat burners and pre-workout products in that they both seek to stimulate energy production to boost performance and ultimately have you doing more work.
As a result, it’s not surprising to see caffeine in the ingredients list as it’s long been used to boost energy, reduce feelings of fatigue, and help improve mental focus. Caffeine may also serve as an appetite suppresant. This ingredient can be found in many fat burners and pre-workout supplements.
Each capsule contains 110mg of Caffeine Anhydrous—roughly the equivalent of one cup of regular coffee.
This is very reasonable for a fat burning supplement. Many other supplements overload their formulations with caffeine to give them a stimulant effect. Skald uses a reasonable amount of caffeine anhydrous that provides the necessary benefits without going overboard.
If you are ingesting other caffeinated drinks with Skald, you should be conscious of your overall caffeine consumption.
N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosone—or NALT—is a highly soluble form of the amino acid L-Tyrosine and is commonly found in nootropic formulations to help improve mood as a precursor to dopamine.
It has also been shown to help reduce stress during exposure to acute stressors—such as exercise.
Skald doesn’t contain the same amount of NALT that you would expect to find in a standalone nootropic or mood booster, but this ingredient is included in the formulation to boost your mood so you can avoid stress eating.
Green Tea Leaf Extract
Skald includes Green Tea Leaf Extract to help boost metabolism—a common wonder-ingredient in fat loss formulations.
In a fat burner context, Green Tea Extract contains a number of important molecules and the key one we care about is Epigallocatechin Gallate—or EGCG. There are quite a lot of studies on EGCG and this ingredient is present in the majority of all-natural fat burning supplements.
EGCG can boost your metabolism and help support your body’s ability to break down fat. This has been shown to be particularly effective when taken before exercising.
Green Tea Leaf extract also contains antioxidants that can be beneficial to your overall health.
Synephrine (Bitter Orange Fruit Extract)
Synephrine is an alkaloid of bitter orange and is frequently included in weight management products for it’s claimed effects of increasing basal metabolic rate and improving lipolysis—the breakdown of fats for energy.
Synephrine has a stimulant-like effect that can speed up your metabolism and help you burn additional calories every day.
It should be noted that synephrine is similar in structure to ephedrine, which is banned in the United States. Ephedrine was a popular fat-burning substance that was eventually banned due to health concerns. Synephrine is legal and considered to be a safer alternative to ephedrine. That said, synephrine can be found on some banned substance lists (i.e. NCAA) so if you are an athlete that competes in regulated associations, make sure you are aware of any banned substance lists before consuming this product.
White Willow Bark Extract
White Willow Bark Extract is often referred to as nature’s aspirin and has frequently been used in herbal remedies to help reduce swelling, joint and muscle pain associated with arthritis.
The combination of the Willow Bark, Synephrine and Caffeine is likely intended to create a thermogenic effect on the body by increasing blood flow to the muscles as well as increasing body temperature. Anecdotally, profuse sweating is frequently listed as commonplace in user-reviews.
White Willow Bark Extract is included to boost energy and help support fat burning.
Mullein (Verbascum Thapsus Leaf Powder)
Skald is touted as the world’s first fat burner with respiratory support and Mullein is one of the two ingredients likely at the heart of that claim.
Mullein has a long history in herbal medicine and is frequently used to treat a myriad of lung-based conditions such as coughs, hoarseness, TB, bronchitis etc. So it makes sense that there are properties of Mullein that could help to improve breathing and thus athletic performance.
Theobromine is a naturally occurring compound found in cacao plants and is largely responsible for giving dark chocolate its typical bitter taste.
Amongst the many reported benefits, Theobromine:
- Acts as a mild stimulant, increasing heart rate in a dose-dependant manner, not unlike caffeine.
- Lowers blood pressure when taken in higher doses of 250-1000mg.
- May help brain function improving performance on mental tasks.
Elecampane (Inula Helenium Root Powder)
Elecampane has a lot of history in herbal medicine and is the other ingredient that Skald includes under the banner of respiratory support.
However, while Elecampane appears to have historical merit in the treatment of lung-related conditions like asthma and bronchitis, there is still limited scientific research on this ingredient.
Bioperine (Black Pepper Extract)
The active ingredient here is Piperine—the common name for the patented BioPerine® named in the ingredients list.
A common ingredient in pre-workouts and fat loss products, Piperine has been shown to enhance the bioavailability (absorption) of other compounds. This is particularly relevant to the EGCG catechins found in Green Tea—another key ingredient included in Skald.
Dosage And How To Take Skald
Skald comes in the form of capsules that you take daily. Beldt Labs used to offer a powdered version of the supplement, but it was discontinued.
Here is how you take the supplement:
The standard dose is one capsule taken on an empty stomach 15-30 minutes before breakfast. After assessing your tolerance, you can increase this morning dose to two capsules if you need to.
An additional capsule can be taken 5-6 hours after the morning dose. That said, you shouldn’t take this supplement too close to your bedtime as it contains stimulating ingredients.
As a stimulant, all normal recommendations apply and Skald makes very clear on the packing:
- DO NOT exceed 2 capsules per dose.
- DO NOT exceed 3 capsules in 24 hours.
- DO NOT use Skald with any other stimulant-based products.
- Never to exceed the recommended dosage.
Skald also recommends cycling off the product for two full weeks after six weeks of use.
Claims vs. Reality
Whenever we review a supplement, we hold companies accountable for the claims they make in their marketing materials. This part of the review is intended to make sure companies don’t overstate benefits or make unrealistic claims.
So, how does Skald hold up in this area?
As mentioned earlier in the review, the company promotes the following benefits:
- Fat Loss
- Increased Energy and Elevated Mood
- Respiratory Support
- Appetite Control
We went through each of the ingredients and explained how they may contribute to each of the associated benefits.
Skald’s claims are in line with the actual benefits of using the product. The product uses all-natural ingredients that were carefully selected to create a formulation that offers a range of weight loss benefits.
Skald can help users burn fat, increase energy, and suppress appetite. Customer reviews support these claims as well, with some customers sharing before and after photos of their weight loss progress.
While every user will experience different results, the customer reviews are overwhelmingly positive. Here are a few benefits cited:
- Increased weight loss
- Improved/stabilized mood
- Improved appetite control
- Increased energy
- Improved focus
- Improved breathing during exercise
- And more
Based on customer reviews (and our own analysis), Skald is considered to be most effective when combined with proper exercise and diet. This is where we add our own disclaimer. Skald is intended to assist with weight loss and improve your exercise. It won’t do the work for you. Don’t expect to take a pill a day and start shedding pounds. While the supplement contains ingredients that will help you burn fat when you are inactive, you will get the best results if you commit to regular exercise and follow a healthy diet.
Who Is Skald Best For?
Skald targets and sells to the general fitness market, but their own Help Center goes on to say this about Beldt Supplements:
It would depend upon the user’s purpose. Our supplements have been specially designed for elite fighters (MMA, boxing, etc) and other high-intensity athletes. However, this does not mean other types of athletes cannot find similar benefits in using our products, only that it is entirely up to the discretion of the user to determine whether or not our supplements are right for their particular performance needs.
Based on our own review, we would say Skald is best for individuals who are looking for an all-natural supplement that can help them make the most of their current weight loss efforts. Skald is most effective when taken by individuals who exercise regularly and follow a healthy diet. If you are going to invest in a supplement like Skald, you should be committed to taking your weight loss seriously.
Customer reviews confirm this recommendation. Customers who took Skald while exercising regularly and following a healthy diet reported some impressive results. Some of these customers reported losing 10+ pounds in the first month of using Skald.
As with all stimulant–containing supplements, Skald is quick to advise that you consult with a certified medical professional before taking their supplements.
You should NOT be taking Skald if you are pregnant, nursing or have a known medical condition.
Skald Safety and Side Effects
Skald claims to contain no dangerous ingredients. They do state that exceeding the recommended dosages could lead to unwanted effects. This is true of most products, particularly those containing some form of stimulants (i.e. coffee).
Many customers have gone out of their way to commend the product on its lack of side effects (especially when compared to similar weight loss products).
Looking at the ingredients themselves, there are a couple worth drawing your attention to.
Caffeine – A full dose of Skald contains over 200mg of caffeine, and the maximum dose takes that number well over 300mg. And depending on your existing level of caffeine tolerance, caffeine can make some people feel anxious or agitated, and an excess of caffeine can lead to headaches and stomach upset.
Synephrine – A chemical cousin of ephedra, the Synephrine in Bitter Orange Extract has been linked to some potential side effects. According to WebMD, bitter orange is cited as LIKELY SAFE when taken in the amounts found in food POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken as a medical supplement for the purpose of weight loss. If you have issues with high blood pressure, you should definitely consult with your physician before using this product.
Side effects should be avoidable when the product is taken as recommended and cycled per the company’s recommendation.
Where to Buy + Costs
You can buy Skald directly on the Beldt Labs website for the best price. Each bottle contains 60 capsules which should last 30-60 days (depending on whether you take a capsule once or twice daily).
On the Skald website, the capsule costs are as follows:
- 1 Bottle Skald Capsules – $49 ($49/bottle)
- 3 Bottles Skald Capsules – $124.95 ($41.65/bottle – save 15%)
- 6 Bottles Skald Capsules – $235.2 ($39.20/bottle – save 20%)
An additional 10% can be saved by opting for the Subscribe & Save option, where the product is shipped automatically every 30 days. You will also get free shipping with the subscription option which saves you an additional $5.
Money Back Guarantee
Skald offers a 60-Day money back guarantee with their product. This guarantee applies whether you only tried one capsule or you used the entire bottle.
A quick review of the guarantee suggests there are no onerous hoops to jump through, and that you can simply contact Beldt within 60 days of receipt of your order to start the return process. Simply return the unused portion of your product (which may be just the bottle), send it to the company, and your refund will be processed.
We respect when companies offer a guarantee for two reasons. First, it limits the risk for customers. Many people may be hesitant to try a fat burning supplement. By offering a 60-day money-back guarantee, the company removes the financial risk for people who are on the fence. The guarantee also shows that the company really believes in its product. You only offer a money-back guarantee if you’re confident in your product.
Skald Review: Final Verdict
Skald can help you lose weight when combined with a proper exercise routine and a healthy diet.
The supplement helps support weight loss efforts in a few different ways.
- It can speed up your metabolism to help you burn more fat.
- It can give you more energy to help you power through workouts
- It can suppress your appetite so you eat less
- It can improve your mood and energy levels so you don’t “stress eat”
We have reviewed hundreds of supplements at Fitness Clone and Skald is our #1 rated fat burner. It is one of the few fat burners we’ve reviewed that tackles weight loss from all of these angles.
On top of that, customer reviews are very positive and the reported results are impressive.
If you are committed to burning fat and shedding unwanted pounds, Skald is a great product to assist you on your journey.