Last updated on August 18th, 2016
XLS Medical Carb Blocker is part of the XL-S Medical range that includes Fat Binder and Appetite Reducer.
It has been created to help dieters tackle the problem of taking on too many carbohydrates (such as bread, white rice, pasta and cakes) on a regular basis.
According the manufacturers their product will help users reduce their waist circumference by 8 cm in 4 weeks.
Too good to be true, lets investigate.
XLS Medical Carb Blocker Review
XLS Medical Carb blocker is a weight loss product offered by Omega Pharma. This Belgian company was founded in 1987 and offers several lines of non-prescription weight loss supplements and aids (Including the very popular XLS Fat Blocker).
The Carb blocker appears in a line of complimentary products which includes a fat blocker and appetite suppressant. Like the name implies, the carb blocker is supposed to block the carbohydrates that users ingest.
The formula is reported to block the 2/3rds or 66% of calories derived from carbs like pasta, rice and bread. Furthermore, the product claims to reduce waist circumference by 8cm in four weeks.Since excess energy derived from carbohydrates is stored as fat in the body, there is a justified interest in reducing carb intake.
Additionally, since many individuals store excess fat in their midsection, the waist reduction claim is also worth looking into. For those who simply lack the will power to eat less carbs, a carb blocker may be a useful option.
What is XLS Medical Carb Blocker and how does it work?
Like other carb blockers (also called starch blockers) XLS Medical Carb Blocker is purported to work by blocking alpha-amylase, which digests carbohydrates. Instead of the carbohydrates being digested and absorbed by the body, they pass through the digestive system and are subsequently eliminated.
Literature for XLS Medical Carb Blocker sites a research study as proof of effectiveness. This study was published in the journal Obesity in 2013, and indeed seem to indicate that the key ingredient in this product is “safe and effective for weight loss and maintenance.”
In the randomized study, 123 volunteers took 3g of PhaseLite, and followed a calorie reduced diet containing 40% carbohydrates for 12 weeks.
In the end, those participants taking PhaseLite lost more weight than those who took a placebo. 49 participants continued taking PhaseLite for an additional 6 months and reported that it was effective in keeping the weight off.
In the United Stated, starch blockers are classified as supplements, meaning they are not evaluated for effectiveness by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In the United Kingdom, it is a certified Medical Device meaning it works with a user’s body rather than altering the cell chemistry to prevent, diagnose, monitor or treat diseases.
[info]The recommended dose is two tablets with water, three times per day. The web site says it can be taken for a month or more depending on individual weight loss targets.[/info]
The key ingredient listed in XLS Medical Carb blocker is PhaseLite. PhaseLite is “a highly concentrated proprietary and patented glycoprotein complex” developed by InQpharm.
It is sourced from non-GMO white kidney beans and is found in numerous carb blocking products. The website does not list how much of this key ingredient is contained in each tablet, or how much users will be consuming daily, so it is impossible to determine how the amount of PhaseLite in this product compares to the demonstrated effective amount in the referenced research study.
XLS Carb Blocker Side Effects
Consumers should always consult their healthcare professional before starting any dietary supplement.
This product is only recommended for use by people over 18 years of age. Consult a healthcare professional before using this product for children aged 12-18 years.
PhaseLite has been shown to lower blood glucose levels, therefore medications taken for diabetes might need to be adjusted so that hypoglycemia does not occur. Diabetics are especially warned to consult their healthcare professional before use and closely monitor blood sugar levels during use.
[warning]The manufacturer claims that this product is well tolerated and has no side effects. In reality, individual reactions will vary and some users of carb blockers in general have reported side effects. When undigested carbohydrates reach the large intestine, they ferment. This can cause bloating, gas, and diarrhea.[/warning]
Bottom Line… Is It Recommended
XLS Medical Carb blocker has the potential to aid in weight-loss and weight-loss maintenance by blocking the digestion of carbohydrates and the absorption of calories derived from carbohydrates.
There is at least one study that seems to support the effectiveness of the main ingredient and it is naturally derived, GMO-free and vegetarian safe. Like most of these supplements, though, a strong argument can also be for dietary changes and increased activity in order to achieve the same results.
The XLS medical website offers support and resources for those interested in long term, sensible weight loss, and isn’t just trying to sell the product, so that is a plus. On the other hand, a major online retailer offers 60 tablets, or a 10 day supply for around GBP 20. The recommended month’s supply will cost GBP 60. Consumers will have to decide for themselves if it is worth it.
Where To Buy, Stockists
Can be purchased from several stockists – our preference is authorised stockists Pharmacy2U
PhenQ is our recommended alternative over and above XLS Carb Blocker, based on the concept of using the heat for capsicum, PhenQ can help users burn excess calories and will also act as an appetite suppressant
Perhaps PhenQ’s biggest selling point is it’s ability to block or prevent a large portion of dietary fat from being digested and absorbed by your system