Is it safe? Or is it simply a way of selling an overpriced diet drink? We find out.
- Appears to be safe
- Caffeine free
- Swiss chocolate flavour
- Expensive way of buying a high fibre diet drink
- No feedback or independent customer testimonials
- Lack of information about the ingredients
- Manufactured by Century Sciences California
- Comes with a free mixer container and weight loss tracker plan
- Contains a trademarked formula called Bariaxin
Bystrictin is a dietary compound powder that you add to a drink and use to replace one or two meals a day. It contains a trademarked formula, which is described as a revolutionary complex made up from a special formula of soluble fibres. This supposedly fills your stomach with a “blocking gel” that makes you feel so full you can’t eat and according to the advertising, will leave only 30% of available space for food. The idea is that you lose weight without effort.
Although the website markets Bystrictin as a safe alternative to gastric band surgery and promises the same weight loss effects, this diet supplement just looks like a fairly ordinary but overpriced slimming shake.
Bystrictin is hard to track down because it has not attracted any interest or feedback online. It is not on sale in the High Street, or from independent diet pill sites such as Evolution or similar and it is not stocked by Amazon.
Despite the dramatic website, which includes a lurid picture of a gastric band operation, thankfully Bystrictin is just a powder you add to water or milk in order to create a Swiss chocolate flavour diet drink. Bystrictin contains Bariaxin, which is described as a revolutionary product, but there is no information about the ingredients, although there is a reasonably high fibre content shown.
Bystrictin is manufactured and marketed by Century Sciences a very small company based in California. Bystrictin appears to be their only product.
On the website, Bystrictin is endorsed by Dr. Karen Vieira who has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Florida. She really is a doctor and has endorsed other diet supplements as well as Bystrictin, such as Capsiplex. This adds some credibility that is sadly tested due to the lack of evidence about the 11 clinical trials that the supplement is supposed to have undergone.
We would feel happier about Bystrictin if the clinical proof, ingredients and tests results were more transparent.
You can contact Bystrictin by phone and they have a customer support line.
- No customer feedback or independent reviews
- Misleading information about how the supplement actually works
- Lack of scientific evidence
What Does Bystrictin Claim To Do?
Bystrictin claims to contain a natural formula that creates an immediate gastric bypass effect. It does this by reducing available space in the stomach, apparently forcing you to eat 70% less and lose weight without surgery.
According to the advertising, “everyone” knows that with stomach stapling, you can lose a tremendous amount of weight effortlessly. It seems drastic to want a gastric bypass, which is a serious operation with numerous side effects, but looking at the two before and after pictures, results look impressive. However if you read the small print you will learn that one of the success stories is the co founder of the company and that results are not typical.
The high fibre content of the supplement is the active ingredient and Bariaxin the trademarked formula, does not contain any stimulants, fat blockers or diuretics.
According to the website the safe ingredients and effectiveness is:
why thousands of men and women are opting for the all-natural Gastric Fill Technology called Bystrictin
We have been unable to find anyone who has even taken this supplement so this statement is probably untrue.
What is Gastric Bypass Surgery?
Gastric bypass surgery is a medical operation sometimes used to treat morbid obesity classified as being when a patient has a BMI (body mass index) of over 40. It is not a quick fix solution to being overweight and is generally only recommended when you cannot lose the necessary amount of weight by dieting and lifestyle changes yourself. It is usually carried out for health reasons, although it can be available privately, as a cosmetic procedure.
During gastric by pass surgery, the surgeon will staple your stomach so that it forms a small pouch – the area where the food will go, and this is connected to the small intestine, bypassing the rest of your stomach. This means that you cannot physically eat too much because there is nowhere for the food to go.
It is not an easy process and certainly not effortless as described by Bystrictin. Following surgery, you have to keep to a liquid diet and follow a diet and exercise regime before and after treatment. It is painful and can lead to medical complications. A small percentage of patients die within 6 months following surgery.
A gastric bypass is not a safe cosmetic treatment. It is a serious complicated and painful medical operation that should only be undertaken if there are no other options available.
So What Is Bystrictin and What Are The Ingredients For Bystrictin?
Bystrictin is a powder that you add to water or milk in order to create a diet drink that you use to replace two meals a day. The aim is that you will not feel hungry because the high fibre content fills up your stomach space so you physically cannot eat.
Looking at the ingredients, it is hard to understand how this will work. We can see no evidence that the fibre content will create a gel in the stomach that will cause you to feel less hungry.
Bystrictin contains 110 calories per 28g serving. The exact ingredients are not specified and the salt content is high. Once you add milk, the calorie content will be doubled.
- Total Fat 3g (5% RDA)
- Cholesterol 5mg
- Sodium (salt) 120mg (9% RDA)
- Potassium 210mg (6%RDA)
- Total carbohydrates 11g (4% RDA)
- Dietary fibre 6g (24% RDA)
There are also a range of vitamins and minerals at around 30% of daily value including zinc, niacin vitamin D etc.
So What Does All This Mean?
Bystrictin is trading on a strange image of a gastric band operation but really has little to do with gastric fill technology as they call it. Drinking a fibre based shake is not the same as having surgery. This is a point in its favour but we still cannot see how it will work for weight loss. This supplement looks like a gimmick and is not transparent with ingredients or product information. Although the contents are broken down into dietary information, the ingredients are not named, so you really do not know what you may be drinking.
The claim that it can stop you eating 70% less than usual seems unlikely and has not been scientifically proven.
The recommended serving size of 28g has a calorie count of 110 and it seems likely the only way to make this drink palatable will be to add it to milk because the flavour is Swiss chocolate. This will bump up the calorie count to around 250 calories a serving and most people will struggle with drinking a Swiss chocolate flavour milk shake instead of eating a meal. It simply is not a healthy or satisfying alternative.
A point to remember is that you could eat real food and have a balanced diet for around the same daily calorie count of Bystrictin. You are advised to eat one proper meal a day while following the Bystrictin program so you may be tempted to over eat in compensation for the hunger and boredom of lasting all day on a glorified chocolate milk shake.
Diet drinks usually do not work. In some cases, they will cause weight gain because you will tend to snack and eat as well. You will probably get better weight loss effects by simply increasing your fibre intake and eating more beans and green vegetables. It will be healthier too.
Does Bystrictin Have Any Side Effects?
There is an obvious side effect to taking Bystrictin and that is flatulence. You may feel very bloated and uncomfortable and you will probably be spending a lot of time in the bathroom. You are advised that drinking plenty of water will help reduce flatulence, loose stools and diarrhoea.
Caution: You should avoid diet supplements if you are pregnant, breast-feeding or suffering from an existing medical condition.
Any Bystrictin Reviews From Customers?
There are no Bystrictin reviews from customers. Despite the claim that thousands of people have successfully lost weight by using this diet supplement, nobody is talking about it. There is no evidence and we were unable to find even one independent review.
So Does Bystrictin Work?
We think not. Bystrictin seems to be simply a high fibre diet drink that is marketed in a punchy and powerful way. Despite the claims that this supplement has been clinically tested 11 times, we can find no evidence of this happening and do not believe it. Most companies are eager to display clinical proof and provide details about how their products have performed in tests. This lack of evidence is very suspect.
Bystrictin is manufactured in a “FDA Compliant Facility” but has not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Where Can I Buy Bystrictin?
Bystrictin is available from the product website and is also stocked at one cosmetic surgery clinic in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. You can also find it via Facebook.
The starter deal costs $69.95 and comes with one canister containing 21 servings plus a blender bottle for mixing the drink and a free online weight tracker programme.
You are steered towards the Special VIP Offer, which comprises of 2 canisters containing 42 servings, plus the mixing bottle and tracker programme for $79.95.
Be warned the VIP offer is an auto renewal programme so you will be billed each month and sent fresh supplies of Bystrictin each month, until you cancel. In many cases, auto renewal programmes are not easy to get out of, so you may find yourself locked into a billing cycle for longer than you would like.
What About a Money Back Guarantee?
The company offer a 110% money back guarantee and offer to refund the full purchase price plus an added 10% as an added thank you for trying Bystrictin. This seems too good to be true so we advise you not to count on this happening.
There are no independent feedback or customer testimonials regarding the guarantee. In fairness, nobody has complained. However, they have not praised it either – surprising because it is a generous offer.
Bystrictin is essentially a high fibre diet drink supplement that has been marketed as an alternative to gastric bypass to appear more interesting. The claims that there are thousands of satisfied customers are unsubstantiated and there is no clinical evidence to prove that it works.
Drinking meal replacement supplements is not a healthy way to lose weight. All medical advice is to maintain a sensible diet and lose weight gradually by changing your eating habits. Replacing your meals with a chocolate shake is not good for health or morale. Eating a high fibre calorie controlled diet will provide the same weight loss results and save you money as well.
Bystrictin may work for some people but this is a very unconvincing supplement with a lack of information.