June 19, 2012
Hello everyone. I am writing this blog to do a serious documentation of my progress with this new diet I started this week, it is called the Roca Labs Mini-Gastric Bypass no Surgery diet.
I am writing this blog for two reasons. I want to keep track of my weight loss progress and I also want to get some of the money I used to pay for this product back. The company is so convinced that you will lose weight, that after you lose around 20 pounds or so they will give you half of your money back if you send them a video blog review.
Let me tell you about me first. I am a mom of two, close to my 50’s and I work full time. I used to be skinny before my first child and never had to worry about lose weight. I gained some weight but it wasn’t too bad since my initial weight was very low , but after my second child my weight gain was huge and I have tried all types of diet pills you can imagine, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, so many to name. I got really discouraged after spending money, time and energy with so many scam products out there that I decided to stop trying.
The reason why I decided to try another weight loss product again is very simple. This roca labs diet is totally different than every other diet pills I have tried. If it is a scam, I will most certainly find out with my own experience. The concept is very simple, the product will help you lose weight by making you feel full and slowly reduce your stomach size, and it is not a pill, it is an actually powder that you must mix with liquids and drink.
But the question is, will the product actually do what it claims? I will find out soon I hope. I read so many good things and so many bad things about this gastric bypass no surgery product that I could not form an opinion. A scam, a miracle? I was so confused. With two kids and being a single mom I do not have money to waste, so $400 for me it is a lot of money. I contacted the company and requested a list of ingredients so I could talk to Dr. Chan first. He has been my physician for over 20 years so I do trust him. He said he had heard about the roca labs no surgery thing and it looked pretty interesting to him, so the choice to give it a chance was mine. Chan told me that in the worst case, at least all the fiber in the product would help me keep regular and I would consume enough fibers for my recommended daily intake.
I purchased the product over the phone sometime last week, I think it was Tuesday or Wednesday. Customer service was not bad, but I had to leave a voice message for them to call me back, which was pretty fast, they called me back in less than 5 minutes, which was great, because a lot of weight loss products, diet pills, Smooth Diet, etc…I purchased in the past did not give you the option to talk to a live person, I had to do all the process over the phone with an automated system. So yes, I would prefer if they had answered right away, but it could be worst based on my past experiences.
I received the box last Friday with 1 large bag of powder, 1 bag called anti-craving ( I still have to contact the company to find out what is that), a shaker, 3 different measuring spoons and a canister to store the powder. The instructions say that I should take the diet 5 times a week and stop for 2, so that is why I waited until Monday to start, because I want to take the break on the weekend. I like this idea of eat fine during 2 days, it will motivate me to lose weight.
The powder looked bad, a greenish not very appealing color. I tend to gag easily, even with diet pills, so I was already feeling a little disgusted with the diet before even taking the mixture. I mixed the powder with grape juice and waited a few minutes. It got thick like a jello and I started eating. I gagged. I couldn’t do it…omg, I panicked started picturing 4 $100 dollar bills flying out of the window, and all I could think of was to write all over the internet the big scam that “Roca Labs” turned out to be. I know, not very rational but I panicked for a minute there.
A few minutes later when I was more calm I called Roca Labs and got the infamous voice message again. Twenty minutes later and no call back so I went online to their live chat. I spoke with an actual nurse, and she told me that I could try to drink it since I am so sensitive. The difference is that I would have to wait a little longer for the effect to happen. I had problems even with diet pills, it has always been difficult for me to swallow them, but I am willing to do anything to lose weight, I even considered the gastric bypass surgery but my insurance won’t cover because I do not have a lot of weight to lose according to them. I need to lose around 100 pounds which is a lot to me.
So this week I took the diet product 3 times. I have had bad diarrhea since, but according to the nurse that is normal because my body must adjust to the fiber, which makes sense to me. I must say that so far I am not impressed, but not disappointed with the company. I did not lose weigh despite the diarrhea but I will be patient since I just started the weight loss powder.
Customer service not bad, you can talk to an actual person;
You have the option to drink the powder with water if you can’t stand the consistency;
Nurses available 24/7.
You can’t reach a live person right away;
Nurses available only on live chat not on phone;
Price (although it covers a 4 month supply);
Powder color and consistency ( if you decide not to drink it right away).
I will update this blog once a week or more if something out of the ordinary happens. So far all I can tell you is that I am on the fence. I will find out what is up with this Roca Labs weight loss product and let you know if it is a scam or if does actually work (based on my own experience only).