My Cybertrim Experience
By Steve Hodas
Several people have expressed interest in the Cybergenics program.
This may answer some questions. About two months ago I decided to go on my a diet.
Over the past couple of years I'd gone from being definitely slim to definitely not. Within the
past year I'd gone from about 150 to 180 lbs (I'm 5'8"), from a 33" to a 36"
waist and my face was getting fat. I'd noticed ads for the Cybergenics Cybertrim product and
thought I'd give it a try. I bought it online and had fast shipping. Cybertrim is not their muscle-building product, but rather is strictly
intended for fat loss. For those of you who just want the short answer, I lost 17 lbs in six
weeks, going from 29% to 19% bodyfat. Details follow.
Cybertrim 6 Week Megafat Loss System consists of a sixty page booklet, four bottles of pills, a
cassette tape, a wall chart for keeping track of your progress, and a set of plastic
skin-fold calipers. You'll need an accomplice to take the skin-fold measurements. The
plan itself consists of the proverbial sensible-program-of-diet-and-excercise
augmented by the pills and detailed in the booklet. The booklet begins with a fairly
thorough explanation of body composition and a set of detailed instructions
on how to determine your lean body mass and fat percentage using caliper
measurements on your bicep, tricep, subscapular area, and superiliac crest. Tables
for translating the measurements into body-fat percentages are divided by gender
and age. You're advised to pay greater attention to body-fat reduction than weight
loss which is very good advice.
Following this is detailed discussion of dietary components and
behavior, explaining how and why to alter your diet in what seems to be a
very sensible manner. They reccommend cutting out caffeine, alcohol, and red meat. The booklet presents
several differnet sample days of menus, each of which distributes your
allotment of protein, vegetable, complex carb, and fruit somewhat differently to suit your preference.
I followed which was not at all difficult to adhere to, although after the second week I
was much less fastidious about watching my portion size than I should
Lastly, the booklet discusses excercise. Unlike their muscle-building program, the
Cybergenics fat-loss plan suggests a moderate and reasonable commitment to both aerobic
and anaerobic workouts. I settled on going to the gym four times per week. On each visit
I begin with 24 minutes on the Lifecycle, for an indicated ~200 calories, followed
by a slightly-serious free weight workout on either shoulders, chest/back, or arms.
I follow this with another 24 minute/200 calorie ride on the Lifecycle. I probably
don't need to tell you how good it feels to get aerobically fit for the
first time, and my strength has also improved considerably. I'm surprised
to find that I look forward to going to work out.
The cassette tape serves as a motivational introduction to the program,
and stresses the importance of changing behavior patterns to achieve
lasting results. Neither the booklet nor the tape make specific promises
Finally, there's the Cybertrim 'formula' itself, according to the booklet,
the formula consists of the following:
"Four special supplement formulas to help attack and maintain the highest
rate of fat loss possible:
essential growth blend consisting of vitamins, minerals and other essential growth
factors. This multi-nutrient formula is designed to help maintain total
nutrient balance and provide essential
biochemical factors for efficient
-Night-time formula contains the
amino acids Arginine, Lysine, and
Glycine which have all been shown to
increase the amount of growth hormone (a hormone needed to burn fat). Medium
Chain triglycerides are also provided to act as a catalyst for fat metabolism.
-The Lipotropic Complex contains a unique
combination of nutrients that are proven to improve the metabolism of fatty acids,
and thus, increase the rate of fat loss.
Citrus Fiber Complex has several actions on fat loss, including appetite control,
fat sequestering, and increased retention time of meals in the stomach, causing
a longer sensation of saity [sic].
Several components of this formula have
been clinically proven to significantly increase the rate of fat loss."
As I said, I lost 17 pounds over the six weeks, and went from 29% to 19%
body-fat. Here are the specifics, week by week.
Start W.1 W.2 W.3 W.4* W.5* W.6
Skin Fold, mm 80 56 48 38 36 36 36
Weight, lbs 182 178 176 172 169 166 165
% fat 28.8 24.2 22.4 19.7 19 19 19
Lean Mass, lbs 130 135 136.6 138 137 134 134
Body Fat, lbs 52 43 39.4 34 32 32 31
*Note: Something is clearly aberrant in the Week 4/5 measurements. It seems unlikely that the three pounds lost in that interval came from lean mass rather than fat. Probably the measurements were somehow messed up.
So there you have it. I'm pretty pleased with the results, especially considering how relatively painless it was. Overall, I found the plan to be reasonable, well-thought out, sensible, and even educational.
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