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A new weight loss supplement is reportedly selling out at Ulta beauty supply stores: Vysera-CLS.

Like many products in this category, it touts itself as containing "a revolutionary new compound that research has identified as being able to not only help consumers lose weight, but actually reshape their entire body, reducing waist size, hip size, thigh and buttock circumference, and belly bulge." Other information implies that the product has, or will soon have, the blessing of Dr. Oz (it does not, as of this writing) and that the product has clinical research to back up its claims. (Slim down for good with these 50 Ways To Lose 10 Pounds.)

None of this seems to be the case. Here's what we know:

There simply is no published clinical research that looks specifically at Vysera-CLS and its use for weight loss. (We looked. And the PR firm serving the company provided none to us, despite repeated requests.) The published research referred to online is a British Journal of Nutrition study that looked at one ingredient in Vysera-CLS, Phaseolus vulgaris, or white bean extract, a well-known carbohydrate blocker, in 12 volunteers. (On the product, it is listed as Phaseolus Compressus DC.) This study found that taking white bean extract before a meal reduced glucose, insulin, C-peptide and ghrelin and delayed a "rebound" of these appetite-stimulating biochemicals, to which the researchers attribute a "reduced desire to eat." It was not a long-term study and did not look at weight loss. (Men make weight-loss look so easy. Here are 7 habits you should steal from him.)

White bean extract contains compounds that inhibit an enzyme that breaks down carbohydrates in the intestines, so if you are eating a high-carbohydrate diet, it will indeed reduce the number of calories you absorb from carbohydrates, explains Prevention advisor and botanical medicine expert Kevin Spelman, PhD. (In most studies, the reduction in absorbed calories is about one-third of the amount eaten.)

In addition to the carbohydrate blocker, Vysera-CLS contains 17 ingredients, of which 12 are noteworthy for the following reasons:

  • Niacinamide (vitamin B3) and chromium picolinate can help to reduce insulin resistance, so they could be helpful at reducing glucose and insulin levels.
  • Cacao, milk thistle, schizonepeta, trimethylxanthine (the chemical name for caffeine) and cayenne (hot red pepper) can speed up metabolism a bit and help you burn calories.
  • Panax ginseng, lemon balm, velvet bean, passionflower, and cacao (same stuff as in chocolate) may help to reduce stress hormones, lessen carbohydrate cravings, and promote a sense of calm.

(Looking for quick weight loss solutions? Check out these 25 Ways To Flatten Your Belly.)

The bottom line:

The jury's out, since there's no research published specifically on this product yet. It contains some interesting ingredients, and "generally, it looks safe," Dr. Spelman says. If you're curious and have the weight to lose and the money to spend ($99.00 for a month's supply of two capsules a day) you may want to try it. But, Dr. Spelman says, "I would think that a healthy diet that includes lots of leafy greens, beans, other vegetables and even some fruit and meat would be just as effective at helping you reduce levels of these biochemical markers related to weight loss and actually lose weight." (You can help your body burn more calories by incorporating these 4 Foods That Speed Up Metabolism into your daily meals.)

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