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XLS Medical Carb Blocker review

XLS Medical Carb Blocker

XLS Medical Carb Blocker review

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Weight Loss Effects
Suppresses Appetite
Increases Energy
Value for Money
Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

XLS Medical Carb Blocker is a diet supplement that is geared at individuals who are trying to lose weight but who find it very difficult to be able to keep their intake of foods that are high in carbohydrates under control. This includes people who want to be able to eat pasta, rice, bread, potatoes, and other high carb foods in larger quantities.

This product is made in Europe. At the time of the writing of this review, a supply for one month would cost a dieter £51.51, which is quite pricey, particularly when compared with other products that contain similar ingredients within their formulations. Though there is some clinical evidence to support the claims that are made by the product’s manufacturers, they are very limited, which makes it difficult to justify such a high price tag.

The manufacturer, Omega Pharma, is based in Belgium. This company is a large one and it boasts a very positive reputation. It is also a very well known company after having its Quickstep pro cycling team competing within the Tour de France, including the celebrity cyclist, Mark Cavendish.

Each bottle contains 60 capsules, which lasts a startlingly small amount of time, 10 days, as the product needs to be taken at a rate of six capsules per day. The claims made about XLS Medical Carb Blocker – which is the newest product in the XLS lineup at the time of this review – are that it will help to shrink the body’s ability to absorb carbs, effectively negating some of their calories as they will pass through (and out of) the body with the rest of its waste.

The product is based on a patented ingredient called Phaselite, which is a derivative of the common bean called phaseolus vulgaris. This is a natural bean fiber which is manufactured by InQpharm, which is another pharmaceutical company. The substance is available only to the pharmaceutical industry and is the only active ingredient in XLS Medical Carb Blocker.

The manufacturer claims that it reduces the activity of the enzyme called alpha-amylase, which is responsible for metabolizing carbohydrates. Without as much of the enzyme, fewer carbs are absorbed by the body.

It should be noted that the official website does not reveal the amount of the substance within each pill and does not show that studies have proven that this amount is adequate to lead to any measurable amount of weight loss. In fact, the evidence that the substance works, at all, is very limited.

Thermo-Cuts Extreme Reviews

Thermo-Cuts Extreme

Thermo-Cuts Extreme Reviews

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Weight Loss Effects
Suppresses Appetite
Increases Energy
Value for Money
Rating: 1.0/5 (1 vote cast)

Thermo-Cuts Extreme is the stronger version of the Optimum Nutrition drug called Thermo Cuts. This drug has a very similar (long) list of ingredients to its cousin, but also includes hydroxycitric acid (HCA) as an ingredient. Not only are many reviewers already claiming that this drug is simply another ineffective product, but it is also being compared to other drugs containing HCA which are being suspected of causing the side effects that have led the FDA to speak out against several different diet drugs.

In May of 2009, the FDA released a statement that recommended that all users of Hydroxycut diet products should stop using them right away as they have a risk of liver-related side effects that can be anywhere from mild to life-threatening. Though Thermo-Cuts Extreme is not made by Hydroxycut (which recalled every one of their products), it does include the ingredient HCA which is suspected to be the culprit behind the many undesirable side effects that had been seen in the Hydroxycut products. These side effects include jaundice, light colored stools, brown urine, itching, weakness, stomach pain, vomiting, loss of appetite, unusual fatigue, and other liver-related issues.

Aside from HCA, Thermo-Cuts Extreme also includes Chromium (which show only conflicting clinical trial results), Garcinia Cambogia Extract (the source of the HCA), NeOptuna Extract, Caffeine Anhydrous (which is a fancy word for caffeine, a stimulant which can boost energy, though it does often lead to stimulant-related side effects such as sleeplessness, headaches, and jitters), Phase 2 Brand White Kidney Bean Extract (which can help with weight loss, but only in high concentrations, which is unlikely within the Thermo-Cuts Extreme formula),Green Tea Extract (which is also effective in very high doses that are unlikely within this pill), Promilin, Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA, which can contribute to weight loss when taken in high doses, but not in the lower doses of Thermo-Cuts Extreme), L-Carnitine, Grapefruit Peel Extract, Bioperine (which helps the body to absorb nutrients from food but has never been shown to help with weight loss), and Vanadyl Sulfate.

Though it may look like an inexpensive product at $25.99 (at the time of this review) per 200 capsules, as you are required to take as many as twelve of those capsules every day, a single bottle will last only 16 days, requiring two bottles (and 400 capsules!) per month. This is neither inexpensive nor realistic considering that the ingredients do not show promise for being very effective at assisting with weight loss.

Carb Intercept Sprinkles

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Weight Loss Effects
Suppresses Appetite
Increases Energy
Value for Money
Rating: 3.3/5 (2 votes cast)

Natrol Carb Intercept Sprinkles seem like a method of losing weight that is much more fun than taking pills or fad diets. The real question to ask, then, is whether or not this product is actually safe and effective enough to make it worthwhile. Instead of popping pills, the concept behind the Natrol Carb Intercept Sprinkles is that you place them right onto the food you’ll be consuming to help manage the number of carbohydrates that are actually absorbed by your body. They are conveniently packaged so that they can travel anywhere with you, at home, at work, in a restaurant, or even on vacation when you go away from home.

Though the concept may seem appealing at first glance, there have been some customer reviews that have shown a downside to using a product that has to be sprinkled on food. The first complaint is that it doesn’t feel as medically sound and has a more “fad”-like association. Many customers also complained that while it seemed to be a good idea, whenever they were in public, it was embarrassing to shake the Natrol Carb Intercept Sprinkles all over their food. Though it is not the most subtle and discrete way of dieting, the up side is that people who struggle to swallow capsules find these easier to take.

Though the entire ingredient list was not available at the time of this review, the key ingredient in Natrol Carb Intercept Sprinkles was listed as Phase 2 Carb Controller, which is also known as white kidney bean extract (also known as Phaseolus Vulgaris). This is an ingredient that is commonly used in over-the-counter weight loss supplements because there is some clinical evidence that in the right dosage, it may allow for some carb blocking effects.

Related to this supplement, several unpleasant and undesirable side effects have been noted, including gas, cramping in the stomach, and diarrhea.

In terms of the actual form of the supplement of a sprinkle instead of a capsule, there truly aren’t any medicinal benefits to one over the other except that it may be easier for some to swallow the sprinkles if they struggle to take pills. The main ingredient is very common and there don’t seem to be any benefits except perhaps psychological ones for one over the other.

In order to decide what weight loss plan is best for you, whether sprinkles, pills, or anything else for that matter, it is best to speak with your doctor to ensure that it will be safe for your unique health needs and expectations.