Suggested by BPI Sports RoxyLean‘s formula design, there are two ways to lose weight:
- Urination – releasing water faster than you drink it.
- Dehydration – not drinking water at all.
Except BPI Sports likely doesn’t want you to take the second route, given that their supplement provides the first option, with an extra heavy dose of caffeine to keep you feeling good through the dehydrating process.
If you’re wondering whether or not this is unhealthy, worry no more: it is unhealthy.
Most bodybuilders only require rapid water loss prior to a show to make their veins extra poppy and their muscles extra ripped, so let’s see if RoxyLean at least qualifies as a pre-show supplement in this RoxyLean review.
About BPI Sports RoxyLean
Manufactured by BPI Sports, RoxyLean is a Medi-Biological Weight Loss and Energy supplement that perhaps need to clarify what it means by “weight” and “energy.” A quick glance reveals the weight is primarily water and the energy is caffeine. Hm.. Formula notes:
- ROXYLEAN Blend (Proprietary): With exception to the B vitamins (Thiamine + Niacin), RoxyLean stashes its seven ingredients in a dosage masking prop blend.
- Caffeine on Caffeine: The CAFFEINE WARNING suggests RoxyLean’s caffeine content averages out to 3 coffee cups’ worth of caffeinated energy.
- Water Loss: Technically, water loss is weight loss, right? At least, so long as you can fight to urge to drink water – and who needs water anyway??
BPI Sports RoxyLean Supplement Facts
|Serving Size: 1 Capsule|
Servings Per Container: 60
|Ingredients||Amount Per Serving|
|Thiamin (Vitamin B1, as thiamin HCl and thiamin disulfide)||185 mg (12,333% DV)|
|Niacin (as nicotinic acid)||30 mg (150% DV)|
|ROXYLEAN™ Blend (Proprietary)||510 mg|
|Caffeine (as caffeine anhydrous), Lemon (Citrus limon) (whole), Adhatoda (Adhatoda vasica) extract (leaf), Yohimbe (Pausinystalia yohimbe) extract (bark), Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) (root), White willow (Salix alba) extract (root) (providing Salicin), Chinese skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) (root), Rauwolfia (Rauwolfia serpentina) (root/rhizome)|
|Other Ingredients: |
Gelatin, microcrystalline cellulose, stearic acid, magnesium stearate, silica, Capsicum annuum (fruit), titanium dioxide, FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Red No. 3, FD&C Red No. 40 and FD&C Yellow No. 6.
Take one (1) capsule daily, in the morning on an empty stomach before food. Due to the extreme strength of this product DO NOT EXCEED more than one (1) capsule per day.
BPI Sports RoxyLean is so unique of a fat burner supplement that the research on these ingredients has yet to catch up with them.
Thus, begging the question: Why did RoxyLean choose these ingredients?
Granted, not all ingredients here lack research, but many of the herbs seem chosen on the anecdotal suggestion that they work for fat burning or weight loss. But before we jump into the meat of this formula, let’s check out the vitamins:
- Thiamine – a water-soluble B vitamin used throughout the body for basic metabolic purposes and healthy energy levels.
- Niacin – ditto for niacin; except beware taking too much niacin, as excess niacin intake actually stimulates appetite.
Not a bad duo. Not entirely essential to the goal of fat burning but not bad for the metabolism either, especially while exercising. Now, having gotten that out of the way…
ROXYLEAN Proprietary Blend
RoxyLean took the proprietary route with this blend. Bummer. Here’s what we can gather on it: 510 mg overall split seven ways amounts to a less than 100 mg average per ingredient: 72.9 mg per ingredient. Considering that the first ingredient is caffeine, which will likely take upwards of 100 mg to 200 mg alone, things aren’t looking too great for the efficacy of this blend. Either way, here it is:
Caffeine (as caffeine anhydrous) – Ever heard of this stuff? It’s a natural stimulant drug, commonly sourced from coffee, yet provided here simply as “caffeine anhydrous” – i.e., synthesized caffeine powder. Not the most sophisticated ingredient, but it gets the job done, effectively earning the #2 spot on our BIG List of Fat Burners.
Lemon (Citrus limon) – Hm… Lemon. Not lemon extract but simply …lemon. There’s a myth going around that lemon burns abdominal fat. While this isn’t true, lemon juice may help increase your metabolism. Although, lemon powder is likely a different story, a tragic story: an I-took-it-and-it-didn’t-work story.
Adhatoda Extract – Grown in Sri Lanka, Nepal, and India, Adhatoda may open breathing pathways for better oxygen intake, potentially improving exercise performance.
Yohimbe Extract – Often used as an aphrodisiac, Yohimbe may also support fat loss by “freeing up” epinephrine and norepinephrine, the body’s pro-energy, pro-metabolic hormones. Yohimbe also speeds heart rate, so proceed with caution.
Goldenseal – Berberine, an alkaloid sourced from Goldenseal, has been associated with improved insulin sensitivity and fat formation. However, this Goldenseal ingredient, similar to the lemon, is just plain powder, not a bioactive extract.
White Willow Extract – Traditionally used for the treatment of pain and inflammation, white willow possesses an anti-inflammatory chemical (salicin) similar to aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid). Many believe White Willow extends the effects of weight loss supplements, but that just seems to be something manufacturers say when they sell or review this ingredient.
Chinese Skullcap – Plain powder again. Scutellaria baicalensis is typically used for cardiovascular and cognitive health, with some weak evidence of weight management benefits due to its potent flavonoids.
Rauwolfia – Often found in performance enhancing supplements, Rauwolfia appears useful in regulating blood pressure and flow. Not too sure why it’s marketed as a weight loss ingredient.
Fat loss is one way to lose weight. Dehydration is another.
BPI Sports RoxyLean seems to take the latter pathway, delivering highly diuretic ingredients – caffeine, goldenseal, and Citrus limon – rather than the bona fide fat burners known in 2017: e.g., green tea extract. As such, RoxyLean may reduce bloating and appetite, lending a more ripped physique, but it isn’t exactly the healthiest form of fat loss.
And the customer reviews seem to share this sentiment, e.g.:
“This made me feel horrible. It hurt my stomach – I had to hurry up and eat peanut butter. Then I had no motivation to work out. I felt like I was in an awful mood. I drank bottles of water within 2 hrs, so I wasnt dehydrated.” – 3/10 review on Bodybuilding.com.
“I followed the instructions and took before breakfast and started freaking tf out when my skin started turning red in my elbows, face and arms and my elbows were burning. I thought I was having an allergic reaction and started losing my ****.” – 3/10 review on Bodybuilding.com.
The “allergic reaction” was likely a result of RoxyLean’s niacin content, which leads us to suspect there’s too much niacin in this formula, which, as we previously mentioned, may be counterproductive to fat burning.
Plus, there’s the proprietary status on the blend and the blend’s low overall dosage. Altogether, BPI Sports RoxyLean reads like a supplement not designed to genuinely burn fat but to dehydrate you to the point that you may interpret this new sudden leanness as “weight loss,” then to load you with enough feel-good caffeine to not question whether or not the supplement is actually good for you.
BPI Sports RoxyLean Benefits
The RoxyLean benefits advertised by BPI Sports include:
- Weight Loss – “increase your metabolic rate, for better results.”
- Appetite Support – “curb your appetite… for better appetite control.”
- Nonstop Energy – “provide sustained energy release…”
- Focus & Well-Being – “helps enhance mood, increase focus…”
Ignoring the hyperbole (“Nonstop Energy”), these advertised benefits partially check out. The ultimate goal of weight loss may occur here, be the weight water or fat, but the energy only lasts as long as caffeine and Yohimbe allow. Also, “well-being” doesn’t seem to be a concern at all with this supplement and its formulators, but it will help you focus and feel good …for a bit.
Who Takes It?
Pre-Show Bodybuilders. Rather than taking this supplement every day for a long period of time, RoxyLean seems better used for bodybuilders who have a show coming up, entering the dehydration stage of their bodybuilding prep.
Any Side Effects?
A few side effects have been reported: Nausea, stomach ache, “niacin flush,” headache, lack of motivation, etc. These side effects may be due to the niacin (for the allergy-like skin flush) as well as the caffeine and yohimbine. Most side effects reported fall in the range of drink some water and wait an hour or so for the symptoms to pass, so nothing more serious than acute discomfort has been observed with RoxyLean.
CAFFEINE WARNING: The Bodybuilding.com listing of RoxyLean notes a “CAFFEINE WARNING”, which states that “this product contains approximately as much caffeine as three cups of coffee.” An average cup carries 95 mg caffeine per 8 oz cup, so we’re looking at a hefty amount of caffeine here.
BPI Sports RoxyLean Review Summary
- Energy – The most reported positive of this formula: Feel-good energy.
- Unique – Very few formulas carry these dehydrating ingredients.
- Affordable – Won’t break the bank to buy this supplement.
- Caffeine Overload – Read the fine print, run the math: Lots of caffeine here.
- Proprietary – RoxyLean hides its individual dosages under a catch-all blend.
- Side Effects – Dehydration, stomach aches, niacin flush. Not a long-term supp.
Pricing and Where to Buy
- 1 Bottle (1 month): $25.99
- Available online and in retail stores
Depending on where you buy, the BPI Sports RoxyLean price fluctuates anywhere from $14.99 to $39.99. GNC holds the most expensive RoxyLean pricing, whereas Amazon sells at a slightly discounted price.
Final Word on BPI Sports RoxyLean
BPI Sports RoxyLean is a solid caffeine supplement with major dehydration potential, but we wouldn’t categorize it as a legitimate fat burner. Granted, fat may burn with all that energy flowing through your body, but why not order caffeine anhydrous in cheap bulk instead? RoxyLean seems to take advantage of its proprietary status to sell a glorified caffeine pill, masking weight loss with water loss. Not a true health supplement.