In a world where there are thousands of diet pills and weight loss supplement manufacturers, all fighting to get their own fair share of the multi-billion dollar market, there are many products that claim to be more effective than their competitors. However, it appears that even this dramatic marketing approach is no longer enough, as one company, Clinico, have stated that their diet pill is just as effective as gastric band surgery (although considerably cheaper). They have even named their diet pill after the weight loss surgery.
Below we take an in-depth look at the Gastric Band Pill, to see if this supplement can actually aid weight loss, or if it is just another diet pill that is being over-hyped by pushy marketing.
Clinico have omitted all the important information that the customer needs in order to make up their mind and saying it contains natural herbal ingredients is simply not good enough. There are no ingredient quantities provided. We found it very difficult to locate an ingredients list (eventually finding it on a blurry photo of the bottle), and they vastly overstate the strength and effectiveness of the supplement. They claim that the product has no side effects, when research suggests that Hoodia, one of the main ingredients, causes side effects regularly.
For a list of side effects common to the included ingredients please see below.
A bottle of 90 gastric band pills costs £29.50. 180 capsules cost £38.00, and 270 capsules cost £46.00.
The company charge £5.00 for UK deliveries. International customers will need to contact the company for international shipping costs.
Clinico state that there is a money back guarantee, but provide no details about it at all. Again, we struggled to find instructions on how to return products, and to find a clear address for the company.
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As well as the Gastric Band Pill, you can buy the gastric band CD, described as “Mental Gastric Band” therapy which “commands your brain” not to feel hungry. If you buy the Gastric Band Pill, you receive the CD as a free gift.
There is absolutely no connection with this pill and gastric band surgery. As well as the Gastric Band Pill, you can buy the gastric band CD, described as “Mental Gastric Band” therapy which “commands your brain” not to feel hungry. If you buy the Gastric Band Pill, you receive the CD as a free gift.
There is absolutely no connection with this pill and gastric band surgery.
The manufacturers make some dramatic claims about the gastric band pill, many of which we disagree with:
This is a unique natural fat burner and appetite suppressant for the long term obese. It is designed to make weight loss simple and progressive. Buy it, try it, and then tell all your friends about it.
Dont be scared to try it. Its 100% herbal. No side effects and no danger of addiction. Some users have reported significant weight loss in as little as 3 days with this “ground breaking” herbal remedy. But use sensibly. If you lose weight too quickly reduce dosage.
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There are elements of this that are simply not true; a range of side effects can occur, as we detail below, and one of the ingredients, Hoodia, appears to cause side effects regularly! Just because a supplement is herbal, it does not mean that it has no side effects. After all, tobacco and opium (from poppy seeds) are also both ‘natural’ and ‘herbal’, and are well known for causing serious negative side effects and for having long term negative health implications. There is also lack of clear clinical evidence to support the idea that this supplement is a strong appetite suppressant, and the ingredients used are certainly not unique to this company or ‘ground breaking’, as all three ingredients are found incredibly commonly in diet pills!
Gastric Band Pill Concerns:
- Lack of a full ingredient profile – No amounts specified
- Lack of independent customer testimonials
- Lack of clinical references to support claims
The manufacturers also state that “Over 60,000 customers world wide have used the Gastric Band Pill to help reduce their weight.” However, we simply don’t believe this, as in 2013, when we first reviewed this supplement, the website claimed that over 100,000 customers had used the pill. This and lots of other little clues make us distrust Clinico, as they are lying and making up claims about their supplements in order to force a sale.
Gastric band surgery is an extreme solution to obesity. Doctors may prescribe it in some cases if a patient has a BMI over 40 but more usually, it is carried out as a cosmetic private cosmetic treatment. It is expensive and in the UK, gastric band surgery costs around £8,000. By contrast, the Gastric Band Pill is a diet pill that the manufacturers state would work as an appetite suppressant and costs as little £29.50.
Directions for use are not provided on the official website but hopefully will be detailed on the bottle’s label.
What Does Gastric Band Pill Claim To Do?
The manufacturers offer the following description of how The Gastric Band Diet pill can benefit consumers:
Visible results reported in as little as 3 days.
This is a unique natural fat burner and appetite suppressant for the long term obese. It is designed to make weight loss simple and progressive.
Its 100% herbal. No side effects and no danger of addiction. Some users have reported significant weight loss in as little as 3 days with this “ground breaking” herbal remedy. But use sensibly. If you lose weight too quickly reduce dosage*
The Gastric Band Pill is for slimmers in a hurry. A safe and pleasant way to help you lose weight without calorie control dieting and without hunger. You can test the Gastric Band Pill without risking a penny. Its sold with a cast iron money back pledge. This really could be a “life changer” for you*
*DISCLAIMER. Results can vary depending on your diet, fitness and other medical factors.
They then add that:
Unlike other weight loss methods there is no need to significantly change your life style. No need to count calories. No need to feel hunger. No need to give up the foods you love*
Above the manufacturers are trying to push sales of the product, by over-exaggerating how effective it is, but really, they are just setting customers up for disappointment. The ingredients used in the Gastric Band Pill just aren’t strong enough to counteract overeating, a lack of exercise and bad habits!
Does Gastric Band Pill Work?
When trying to establish whether a product will actually work, we look at the ingredients used, the quantities that they are used in, and also turn to customer reviews, to see how the product works in practice.
The Mayo Clinic have noted that The Federal Trade Commission has warned some diet pill companies not to make claims about the Hoodia Gordonii and its supposed attribute of appetite suppression. This is because there is a lack of conclusive clinical evidence to support these claims. One clinical trial, published by Unilever, actually found no positive benefits, no signs of weight loss or decreased appetite, and noted that participants experienced a variety of side effects. The study used 1100 mg of Hoodia per day, mixed into yoghurt, with the placebo group eating a yoghurt that had no added ingredients.
Generally, there is a lack of conclusive evidence suggesting that Hoodia suppresses the appetite in humans, and an increasing body of evidence to suggest that Hoodia does not aid weight loss at all.
The caffeine found in guarana and yerba mate could have a small effect upon the consumer’s metabolic rate, which leads to a small increase in calories burnt each day. However, it is unlikely to cause the dramatic weight loss the manufacturers claim, and as no ingredient quantities are listed, it is likely that small doses are used, making even small results unlikely.
What Are The Ingredients of Gastric Band Pill?
The manufacturers of the Gastric Band Pill claim that the supplement is an appetite suppressant; the name does not really relate to gastric band surgery in any way and is merely a marketing gimmick. The contents are not revealed on the website at all but looking at the picture of the label, we can see that it contains guarana, yerba mate and hoodia. The ingredient quantities are not provided either.
- Guarana: A berry that is naturally high in caffeine, it is often an ingredient in energy drinks and diet pills. Numerous studies have shown that caffeine boosts energy levels and alertness, as well as mildly boosting the metabolism. The effects shown in studies are small, and some studies are inconclusive.
- Yerba Mate: There is diverse clinical evidence to support the use of this plant for weight loss, as it stimulates the central nervous system and increases the metabolic rate. It is also a source of caffeine, and so should increase energy levels. Read our full investigation for more information.
- Hoodia: This plant extract was eaten traditionally in the South African bush to stave off hunger. There is almost no clinical evidence that actually proves that it works, and far more studies that show that the product is ineffective and unsafe, frequently causing a wide range of side effects.
Does Gastric Band Pill Have Any Side Effects?
Despite having only three ingredients, we have found that numerous side effects could potentially be caused by the Gastric Band Pill. However, it is impossible to establish the likelihood of any side effects occurring, as there are no ingredient quantities provided at all, not even the amount of a proprietary formula found in each pill or serving.
Guarana and Yerba Mate are both sources of naturally occurring caffeine, which can cause side effects such as headaches, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, heart palpitations, increased urination, dehydration, jitteriness, dizziness and insomnia.
In one study into Hoodia (which found that it did not suppress the appetite at all), participants reported a high number of side effects, which included headaches, nausea, vomiting, ‘odd skin sensations’, increased blood pressure and increases in heart rate. There were also signs of liver damage in some of the participants.
Of the 49 women in the trial, 25 took Hoodia whilst the remaining 24 participants took a placebo; these Hoodia taking participants reported 208 incidences of side effects over the course of the 15 day trial, suggesting that side effects are incredibly common.
Not suitable for anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding. Not suitable for anyone who is taking any medications. Not suitable for anyone who is sensitive to caffeine. Not suitable for anyone who has liver damage. Not suitable for anyone who has any heart related health problems, including but not limited to high blood pressure. Discontinue use and consult your doctor if any adverse reactions occur. Not intended for use by persons under the age of 18. Keep out of reach of children. Consult your doctor if you are unsure about the suitability of this diet pill for you before purchase.
Are There Any Customer Reviews For Gastric Band Pill?
We struggled to find customer reviews that were independent for this supplement. There are lots of reviews on the official website, but they are testimonials that have been selected to represent the product and show off just how great it is. Obviously the company is incredibly unlikely to publish any negative customer testimonials amongst these reviews, and so the selection is definitely biased. There is also a picture of a woman next to one of the case studies of a successful female dieter, suggesting that this is a picture of the woman in question. In reality, the picture is a stock photo that comes from a Russian stock photo sales website.
Some of our readers have posted their own reviews for Gastric Band Pill here at Diet Pills Watchdog:
Does not work…scam
I have taken these pills without any bad side effects. I found myself less hungry and only had small portions.I used them as a boost for a few weeks and then continued to diet without the pills….I would use them for short periods of time.
Does Gastric Band Pill Offer a Money-Back Guarantee?
The website states that there is a money back guarantee in the sales pitch (wedged between numerous unfounded claims) but they provide no details about how to get a refund or how long the guarantee is valid for.
We recommend contacting the company directly to arrange a refund, rather than just sending the package back to them.
Where Can I Buy Gastric Band Pill?
The Gastric Band Pill is only available direct from the official Clinico website. It is not sold by any reputable third party supplement retailers, is not available on the high street, and is not even sold on eBay or Amazon.
A bottle of 90 gastric band pills costs £29.50. 180 capsules cost £38.00, and 270 capsules cost £46.00.
The company charge £5.00 for UK deliveries. International customers will need to contact the company for international shipping costs. All orders come with a free “Mental Gastric Band” CD.
Gastric Band Pill Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is Gastric Band Pill?
Gastric Band Pill claims to be a unique natural fat burner and appetite suppressant designed to make weight loss fast and simple. The manufacturer affirms that its product is as effective as a gastric band surgery and will produce results within three days.
What are the side effects of Gastric Band Pill?
Gastric Band Pill can cause headaches, cardiac palpitations, dehydration, jitteriness, dizziness, insomnia, nausea, vomiting and elevated blood pressure.
What are the ingredients in Gastric Band Pill?
Gastric Band Pill contains only three ingredients: guarana, yerba mate and hoodia. The quantities of each ingredient are not provided.
Does Gastric Band Pill work?
The caffeine found in guarana and yerba mate could slightly increase the metabolic rate of users but dramatic weight loss is unlikely. There is a lack of scientific evidence concerning hoodia but one particular clinical trial found no benefits to it and noted that participants experienced a wide range of unpleasant side effects.
How much does Gastric Band Pill cost?
A bottle of 90 capsules costs £29.50, a bottle of 180 capsules costs £30.00 and a bottle of 270 costs £46.00. For UK deliveries, the company charges an extra £5.00; there is no information concerning international deliveries.
Who makes Gastric Band Pill?
Gastric Band Pill is manufactured by Clinico, a UK-based company.
How do I take Gastric Band Pill?
Take one capsule three times a day, at least 30 minutes before a meal.
Can I take Gastric Band Pill if I have a health condition?
Gastric Band Pill is not suitable for women who are pregnant or breast-feeding and for anyone suffering from heart disease, high blood pressure or liver damage. You might also want to avoid this supplement if you are sensitive to caffeine and stimulants. It is recommended to consult a healthcare practitioner before starting the treatment.
Does Gastric Band Pill have a money-back guarantee?
The manufacturer offers a money-back guarantee but provides no details on how long this guarantee is valid and how to get a refund.
How long has Gastric Band Pill been around?
Gastric Band Pill has been available for over 15 years.
Where can I buy Gastric Band Pill?
Gastric Band Pill is available online from the official Clinico website.
Can I buy Gastric Band Pill in stores?
No, it is only available online.
How do I contact Gastric Band Pill customer service?
You can contact Clinico via a contact form on their website or send a text to the number provided to get a call back.
Are there any Gastric Band Pill coupons?
No, but returning customers will get 5% off.
Are there any free samples of Gastric Band Pill?
We didn’t find any offer from free samples or free trial periods.