CATALYST Review

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CATALYST is an amino acid dietary supplement produced by AdvoCare. The product appears to be marketed toward athletic men and women looking to preserve and repair muscle tissue. Catalyst promises to maintain muscle mass during exercise and weight management, and preserve energy during times of low caloric intake. This supplement is recommended to be taken along with another weight loss formula because of its potential ability to preserve “lean body mass”.

List of Ingredients

L-Glutamine, L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, L-Valine, L-Arginine, Betaine, Taurine, Gelatin, Rice Flour, Magnesium, and Stearate.

Product Features

Lean body mass is the mass of the body minus the fat (storage lipid). When caloric intake is reduced the body can lose lean body mass especially if the body is deprived of protein. Since body weight and overall health rely on the condition of our muscles it is important to keep up a steady intake of protein during a weight loss program that involves exercise. The importance of protein found in food and supplements comes from amino acids. However, protein rich foods like meat, fish, and eggs can contain too many calories and too much cholesterol. In order to maintain and repair muscles, essential and non-essential amino acids not found in these foods are needed. Non-essential amino acids (despite the name, they are necessary) cannot be produced without essential amino acids. The Leucine, Valine, and Isoleucine found in Catalyst are essential to the restoration of muscle and produce Arginine and Glutamine. Some clinical studies suggest that consumption of Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine (Branched Chain Amino Acids) during and after exercise can result in a reduction of muscle loss.

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Advantages

  • Betaine is suggested as a reducer of a potentially toxic amino acid (Hcy).

Disadvantages

  • Contains small amounts of its amino acids compared to other supplements.
  • Taurine has not been proven to boost energy levels.
  • Expensive compared to other products containing amino acids.
  • Only contains 3 of the 9 essential amino acids.
  • Must be combined with other weight loss programs in order to show results.
  • Produces no thermogenic effects.
  • No customer testimonials are available on the website.

Conclusion

The website for Catalyst suggests taking it along with an AdvoCare Spark Energy drink and one of their Metabolic Nutrition Systems (MNS). The combination of these three elements could possibly be beneficial through protein synthesis, an energy boost, and a complete supply of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. However, this combination would be expensive (approximately $100 a month) and lacks a thermogenic (fat burning) effect. Some of the most efficient weight loss supplements trigger thermogenesis and/or suppress the appetite. This product does neither and would only be effective when combined with exercise and a proper diet.

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30 User Reviews about CATALYST

  • 1
    Daisy

    I started Catalyst a week and a half ago. Changed my diet. Tons of water and I GAINED 7lbs!! WTF!?!

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    Karen Lewis

    I just started using the Herbal Cleanse and taking the catalyst 3x a day. On day 5, I woke up with a rash all over my face. I am not the type of person that usually has a reaction to anything so this is very odd to me. I don’t know if it is something in the cleanse or if I’m taking the catalyst too much. I have a co-worker who is taking other products as well but is only using the catalyst once a day. She has been on it for over two weeks now and the only side effect she has seen is that the top of her right hand has gotten extremely red and dry. Other than these side effects, I feel like the product is helping control my appetite and lose weight, I just wish I knew how to stop the side effects.

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    Almudena Di Gregorio

    i have purchased the cleansr catayst on the 15/12/14 and i still havent recieved my order,

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    Steve

    I don’t know how to take your review on catalyst but, as a 46 year old who loves to run and improve my performance tha advocare plan worked better than I thought it would. Recovery time at my age is somewhat slow but now I recover by the next day and have taken off 2 plus minutes on a 5k. Some of this is a good diet but recovery hasn’t ever been this good.

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    sharon

    Can I use it while i breastfeed

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    Ashley

    After having my 2nd child I put on 60 pounds. I started Advocare an lost all the weight, back to my old self, feel amazing!! For me it has done wonders!! I’ve had friends join an they like it. U have to exercise, eat good, just like anything else if u want results. I only have 1 spark a day an that seems to do the trick for me. Every body is different an can respond differently too. What works for one person may not work for the next!

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  • 7
    Drea

    Can taking catalyst cause fatty stool?

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  • 8
    Wanette

    I am taking Catalyst by itself and I feel great. I have only been on it for almost a month. I have not been on a scale yet, but I am excited to see what I have lost.

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  • 9
    Pamm

    I had been taking Catalyst and the Spark For Over a Month, & I Love That the Catalyst Helps You Not Be Sore If You Work Out, & I Love The Taste of The Mango Spark However My Complaint Is I Started Experiencing High Blood Pressure (never had a problem before) I am in my 40′s, My Main Complaint Was I developed Gastritis With The Spark, Excessive Stomach Acid. Worst Indigestion Ever. So Be Careful, Its Very Painful. I Wanted this program to work for me. There Is Just Too Much Caffeine In Their Products So I am going Elsewhere. More Natural….g

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    Stacy

    I was on meds for high blood pressure and took all he info and ingredient list of Advocare products to my dr. She said it was fine to take the products. I am now off my meds and have been on Advocare for 30 days. I was afraid the caffeine level was too high and would make my blood pressure rise, but it has no more than the diet coke I was drinking!

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    Sara

    Let me guess…you’re also an Advocare rep?

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    Steve

    What a crappy response – some products actually do what they are advertised to do. This is one of them

    Anonymous

    I’ve been taking a lot of advocare products for 4 years now. I would normally do a cleanse every 3 months or so. I always takes spark and catalyst. Had to stop taking Mns bc it was getting to pricey but before I would feel flushed and red most probably too much niacin. Any who is just developed gastritis. The worst feeling ever. I stopped taking everything until I got better. I decided to do my own research on my body and stop taking my Zantac and zegerid and went back eating healthy and taking my products. I started off just taking catalyst. 3 hours later the gastritis pain started and I was starting to feel so terrible.
    I’m realizing now that before in the past I would have similar symptoms but of he gastritis but it wasn’t bad at all. I just remember feeling hungry all the time and mild pain. Spark didn’t do anything to me taking it alone. So everytime I’ve taken the catalyst with or without my meds the terrible gastritis is what I would feel a couple to a few ours later.
    I’m very disappointed that my body particularly my stomach has developed into attaking itself. I have to constantly watch what to eat. It’s very sad and has made me feel very depressed. Also funny thing, I was a distributor for so long trying to get everyone and their grandmas to sign up and take the products. I really believed in to products. I know advocare tries to protect their reputation as best as they can but being with the company for 4 almost 5 years just saddens me that my stomach is turning against me.
    I’m only 29 years old and I’m a very healthy individual.
    Hope they will research their products and improve the products.
    Decided to leave the company as soon as I concluded my own research/ experiment on myself. Better to leave now and get rid of all of your team members then later hearing stories and lawsuits bc of this. I don’t want to be held responsible in any way. I’m already paying for it with my own aches and pain.

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  • 10
    gina

    what are the side effects of catalyst

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  • 11
    Candee

    I’ve been using Catalyst & Spark. I don’t have any complaints. Any weight loss success requires a healthy diet & exercise the catalyst & spark are there for assistance. Everything isn’t good for everyone but for me I love my catalyst, spark & thermoplus regardless of the price.

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    Roland Appassamy

    Hi Candee, please let me know if you did obtain any results

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  • 12
    Teresa

    Wrong it doesnt have to be combined with other products to see results. There are lots of testimonials.. Where did these people get their information. It is incorrect!

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  • 13
    Al

    Wife takes the above products and she has quit taking her blood pressure pills. Her blood pressure got back to normal.

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  • 14
    Sam Player

    Is it safe to take while taking blood pressure meds.

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    Anonymous

    my boss found that it is not safe while taking blood pressure meds she was taking the mns max 3 and the spark and catalyst and she had to stop because he blood pressure shot up to 163/99 she felt scared and almost like she was drunk. I would suggest if you have high blood pressure not to take these supplements.

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    Bruce

    I had the exact opposite experience, went from 140/100 to 123/70 in two months of using MNS3 and spark. Perhaps something else was going on with this person’s BP?

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    Stacy

    I am not completely off my blood pressure meds due to Advocare! I have been checking my blood pressure and it has not gotten too high!

    Your Name

    I agree my dr cut my bp meds in half so something else is happening!!!

    Jeff

    Always consult your primary doctor before starting any diet.My Mother has high blood pressure and the Doc said that Advocares BioRQ is safe to take or even look into Advocares BioTools

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  • 15
    Andrew

    I Spark and Catalyst before exercising consistantly. What I’ve found is that when I work out with Catalyst, I’m seldom sore the next day. I’ve seen myself go through a total transformation thanks largely to the effect of these products. I’ve tried other amino acid products and they don’t work near as well as Catalyst. The price tag may look steep, but you get what you pay for.

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  • 16
    Melvin Walker

    My name is Melvin Walker, I live in one of your housing project located at 10th and Juniper N.E. I would like to take part in the program to help me go back to work.

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  • 17
    William

    Is it safe to take Catlyst with a CLA dietary supplement?

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    no

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    Sarah

    I like it. I just want a cheaper alternative. Can someone give me another brand with close to the same blends of amino acids?

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    walrer

    Well I want to know if the person making the review has ever tried the product or just puts your opinion in were its not needed