Mens Health – Is it Safe to Mix Supplements That Block Fat and Carbs?
A common question among men’s health forums is whether taking a fat blocking pill accompanied with a carb blocking pill will pose any problems.
The common fat blocking pill being Xenical, Ed Treatment recently approved by the F.D.A in the form of Alli in the U.S as an over-the-counter men’s and women’s weight loss supplement appears one way to block fats but doctors generally don’t put much stock in it.
Studies revealed in 2008 that men who took Xenical for a year only lost on average only 13 pounds compared with a diet-only group that lost 6 pounds.
The problem here is that if you don’t eat much fat, there won’t be much in your intestine to block so you will gain little rewards, and if you eat a lot of fat then treatment effects such as bloating and diarrhea are common. The drug can also reduce the absorption of vital minerals and vitamins such as A, D, E and K, so taking a multi-vitamin as a precaution is strongly advised.
As far as Carb blockers go, the evidence that these supplements work is honestly slim. These supplements derive their main ingredient from an extract from (phaseolamin) found in the white kidney bean which interferes with your starch digesting enzymes within the intestine. Unfortunately your gastric system will contain a greater amount of enzymes than one pill can block so the results are minimal, plus carb blockers also deliver the same bloating side effects people get from eating beans.
If you want to take control of your carb intake the best way is to simply eat less carbs – it’s not rocket science!
By also replacing them with simple carbs such as white flour and refined sugar with beans, apples, berries and oats, these will deliver quality soluble fiber. It’s well known that soluble fiber slows the rise in blood sugar and insulin levels after a meal which provides a natural appetite suppressant reducing your hunger which is one essential way at tackling weight loss.
By taking both a fat and carb blocker you’re essentially interfering with two of the three most important macro-nutrients, protein being the third which basically defeats the object of eating.
So as far as tackling fat blocking, Xenical may deliver minimal results over the course of a year but doctors now suggest that a much more viable alternative are Acai based supplements that are 100% natural and offer an entire range of attributes including weight loss.
Harvested from the rain-forests of South America, Acai is argued to not only help supplement a carbohydrate diet but deliver anti-oxidant, cancer, cardiovascular health, inflammation, and phtochemical health benefits all essential for reducing hunger, burning fat, increasing longevity, reducing blood pressure and insulin levels along with a whole host of other attributes.