Weight Loss in a Pill?
Now I’m sure it’s not the first time you’ve heard of a “magic” pill that can help you in your weight loss journey, and I’m willing to bet that it won’t be the last time you hear about it either. Many potions and pills have claimed to promote weight loss for decades, promising the stars and the moon with many offering nothing more than the weight loss of your pocket book. So do these “magic” pills actually work? One company who stands by their claims is Calorease, who states that you can “reduce up to 500 calories a day” using their supplement.
What makes Calorease different from many of their predecessors and counterparts is the use of a special, patented ingredient called FBCx. Discovered by two Wayne State University professors in Detroit, Michigan from the Department of Nutrition and Food Science and Department of Pathology, FBCx, also called alpha-cyclodextrin, has been shown to “bind with and remove up to 9 times its weight in dietary fat” in scientific research, unlike standard fibers which Calorease claim to “bind to fat at only a 1:1 ratio.” FBCx, the active ingredient in Calorease, is a naturally sourced fiber developed from grain with the power to bind to fat, preventing them from being absorbed into your body allowing it to be flushed out.
So, do these “magic” pills actually work? Considering the active ingredient in Calorease is a powerful fiber, in theory, it could. Here’s the deal, most Americans are not getting enough fiber in their diet to sustain a healthy life style. Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH,RD,LD, from WebMD states that the average adult only eats about 15 grams of fiber a day when in reality, “women need 25 grams of fiber per day, and men need 38 grams per day,” according to the Institute of Medicine. Harvard’s nutrition source describes fiber as a “type of carbohydrate that the body can’t digest,” so instead of being broken into sugar like other carbohydrates, it passes through the body helping to regulate blood sugar, helps lower bad cholesterol, lowers the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and helps to keep you regular and controls constipation.
Although the main ingredient in Calorease is “super fiber” FBCx, Calorease is not a stimulate, meaning that there should be no need to be too concerned about “messy side effects such as explosive diarrhea and anal leakage,” which are side-effects surprisingly common in the world of weight loss…Master Cleanse anyone? Calorease does not contain lactose, wheat, sugar, yeast, soy, salt, egg, dairy, as well as sweeteners, artificial colors or preservatives making it ideal for vegans and vegetarians. In order to remove up to 500 calories a day as Calorease claims, it is recommended to take two tablets with a meal containing at least 18-20 grams of fat during breakfast, lunch, and dinner, totaling 6 tablets each day. Although Calorease may not be as beneficial to those on strict, low fat diet plans, it can be taken on “cheat days,” when you plan on splurging on that German Chocolate cake, hitting up that buffet on your vacation, or even during the holiday season when cookies and other delectable treats are lurking around every corner.
Well…do these “magic” pills actually work? Even with bold proclamations of reducing 500 calories a day, up to 15,000 calories per month, with results as soon as 2-3 weeks, and even with Dr. Oz praising FBCx for its possible attributions to weight loss (although, raise your hands if you are still taking Green Coffee Bean extract after Dr. Oz sang its praises in 2012, then recently called to testify at a Senate hearing regarding the false advertising, altered research data, and the retracted statements of the two researchers paid to write the study?), Calorease is quick to point out that taking their supplement is “not a license to overeat, nor is it a magic bullet for quick weight loss.” It may be true that many Americans are not getting enough fiber in their diets, and with the “super fiber” FBCx as Caolorease’s active ingredient, it could help to maintain a healthy diet and aid in losing weight… along with drinking tons of water, getting lots of sleep, and some good ol’ fashion diet and exercise of course.
For more information on Calorease, visit their website at www.calorease.com or at your local GNC.
By Frederick Hill
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