What is DNP (2, 4 Dinitrophenol) and How Does it Induce Weight Loss

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Imagine that every action you take burns away 11 – 33% more energy than you would typically burn on your own. The number of calories you would burn away would be staggering. That’s the power of DNP.

Here’s how it works.


DNP lowers the rate that cellular mitochondria are able to produce ATP or the body’s primary usable energy source. This effect is known as uncoupling of oxidative phosphorylation.

The process of converting glucose from food into usable energy, or ATP, is known as cellular respiration. During the final phase, where the majority of ATP is produced, DNP interferes with the production by preventing the absorption of phosphate molecules into the mitochondria. This forces the body to work harder, all the while producing less.

DNP promotes the leakage of H+ ions from the mitochondria, resulting in an increase of heat. This shift in the proton electrochemical gradient, along with the inefficient production of ATP results in rapid consumption of calories.

Let’s look at an example to demystify this process. Let’s say you eat a lunch that consists of 1,000 calories. With DNP at work in your system, your body will be unable to use these calories as energy. Instead, it will be expelled from your body in the form of heat.  

You’ll often hear stories of people “burning up” from using DNP. Those who are unprepared for this sudden influx of heat will often panic, assuming that they may have overdosed. This is just an unfortunate side effect of taking DNP.

It has been suggested that a zero-carbohydrate diet will greatly reduce this feeling of overheating. However, this has not been confirmed by official sources. It has also been suggested that the more carbs you ingest while DNP is active in your system, the more heat you will experience as energy is released from your body. This information is also unconfirmed.

Regardless, you should experience a significant loss of weight in a relatively short amount of time. There have been many reports of fast results a week or two after taking DNP.

History of 2, 4 Dinitrophenol

2,4 Dinitrophenol was first used by the French in the manufacturing process of munitions during the First World War. Soon after, it was discovered that DNP was a multifaceted chemical that had a number of uses that included: herbicide, dye, wood preserver, and as a photographic developer.

It wasn’t until 1933 that Maurice Tainter discovered that consumption of DNP resulted in significant weight loss in humans. After this revelation, DNP was marketed as a safe non-prescription over-the-counter weight loss medication.

At the time, scientists didn’t have an in-depth understanding of DNP and its effects when ingested. What was known was that DNP caused a significant increase in the basal metabolic rate. Clinical studies reported weight loss of 1.5 kg per week “without significant side effects.”

Further studies revealed that only a small dosage of DNP was needed to fall within a therapeutic range. An overdose, however, was discovered to be hazardous. The study also noted that there was a baseline metabolic increase of 11% per 100 mg ingested. This means DNP users would require 11% more calories than average to maintain a consistent weight.

Regardless, information about DNP was still severely lacking in those days, and reports of significant side effects and deaths due to both unintentional and intentional overdoses led to the chemical being labeled as “not fit for human consumption” by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938.

From this point onward, DNP was no longer offered as a medical prescription. Decades later, it would come back into prominence when a physician named Dr. Bachynsky began processing industrial DNP into tablets that he began to sell under the name “Mitcal” from his private weight loss clinic in Texas.

Unfortunately, Dr. Bachynsky would further sully the reputation of DNP through his actions. Court proceedings revealed that he treated more than 14,000 patients; many of whom reported adverse side effects that included sweating, shortness of breath, and fever. A single fatality in 1984 was reported due to the use of “Mitcal.”

Dr. Bachynsky was jailed in 2008 for fraud, but the damage had already been done. A new warning was issued that DNP was “not fit for human consumption,” further shaping perceptions that DNP was to be avoided at all costs.

DNP currently exists in a grey area in the law. 2,4 Dinitrophenol is illegal for human consumption. However, you can legally possess DNP. As such, it’s important to note Zeus DNP does not sell DNP for human consumption. We merely encapsulate our DNP for the sake of premeasurement.

Regular 2, 4 dinitrophenol is an igniting and therefore dangerous to ship. Our DNP is chemically stable and certified to be safe to transport. This keeps our mail systems safe. Other vendors do not ship a variant of DNP that is safe to transport. This increases the chances of your package being seized.

Choose wisely- regular DNP is illegal to ship unless they follow DOT Hazmat regulations (they don’t, its to costly to ship that way).

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