Food, Diet and Fat Binders – All you need to know about XLS-Medical Max Strength

Last year I had the pleasure to trail XLS-Medical Max Strength. I know now not everyone is comfortable with fat binders or even knows what they are and what they do, so I asked some of you if there is something you would like to know to put your mind in ease. Thanks to Jodie Relf, an XLS-Medical dietician, I can today share with you the answers to all those questions which were bothering you… so here you go… all you need to know about XLS-Medical in one post.

I know now not everyone is comfortable with fat binders or even knows what they are and what they do, so I asked some of you if there is something you would like to know to put your mind in ease. Thanks to Jodie Relf, an XLS-Medical dietician, I can today share with you the answers to all those questions which were bothering you… so here you go… all you need to know about XLS-Medical in one post.

How do they work?

New XLS-Medical Max Strength is our most effective product yet. It is up to 33% more effective than XLS-Medical Fat Binder for weight loss so now you can reach your weight loss goal even faster*. It is the first product to reduce calorie intake from carbohydrates, sugar and fat, ideal for those that want to lose weight fast*. XLS-Medical Max Strength’s active ingredient is Clavitanol a patented organic plant based complex which reduces the break down and absorption of dietary carbohydrates, sugar and fat. The combined sugar blocker, fat blocker and carb blocker formula results in reduced calorie intake which helps you to lose more weight than dieting and exercise alone. In addition, XLS-Medical Max Strength lowers blood glucose and insulin levels, which helps in curbing food cravings and with blood glucose management.

Who should take them?

This product is recommended for adults over 18 years of age, unless you are pregnant or breastfeeding or have a BMI (Body Mass Index) below 18.5kg/m2. The use of this product by adolescents 12-18 years old should be supervised by healthcare professionals. If you are diabetic, or have hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients or have a medical condition, you should consult your healthcare professional.

There are several on the market how do I know which is best?

The XLS-Medical range has a variety of products; our website has a product selector tool that will help you choose the right product.

Are they regulated and tested?

XLS-Medical is the No.1 weight loss brand in Europe** and has helped thousands of dieters achieve their weight loss goals. XLS-Medical Max Strength is naturally derived from an organic plant source and is clinically proven. Because of the way XLS-Medical works, it does not interfere with the body’s natural workings and it’s gentle on your system and is very well tolerated. Because it’s certified as a Medical Devices Class IIb, it has passed rigorous safety tests according to international standards.

Can I take 2/4 to double the effect?

It is not recommend that you exceed the recommended dose of 4 tablets per day.

If I have a big greasy pizza do I need to take double dose to take all the fat away?

We would not recommend taking a double dose as you should not exceed 4 tablets per day.

Do I have to change my diet to take them?

We would always recommend in making healthy diet and lifestyle changes. If you struggle with adopting a healthy diet why not start by making small changes such as:
– Having smaller portions
– Cutting down on ‘white/refined carbohydrates’ and replacing them with brown rice, wholegrain breads, pastas and cereals, sweet potatoes, quinoa.
– Start preparing more meals from scratch instead of ready meals/take-out
– Swap unhealthy snacks for healthier options e.g. replace crisps with baked crisps, popcorn or rice cakes with low fat cheese/humus, have a bite size chocolate instead of a normal sized bar.

What sort of benefits can I expect to see?

You may benefit from a decrease in your weight, waist circumference and body fat percentage, as well as less cravings for sugary foods.

Are there any side effects?

XLS-Medical Max Strength is very well tolerated. Because it’s certified as a Medical Devices Class IIb, XLS-Medical Max Strength has passed rigorous safety tests according to international standards.
The active ingredient Clavitanol™ reduces the digestion of dietary carbohydrates, which may lead to flatulence (passing of gas) in some individuals during the first few days of consumption. This is not a cause for concern as it will dissipate as soon as the body adapts to the increased amount of undigested carbohydrates.

What if I miss a day because I’m distracted?

Obviously that’s not ideal; however you can just start again the next day. It can take a while to get in to the habit of taking the tablets 30 minutes before meals, here are a few things you could try to help remind you:
– Keep the small pill box in your hand bag so that it’s always with you when you’re out and about
– Keep the container somewhere obvious e.g. on top of your refrigerator.
– Stick a post-it to remind you somewhere you’ll see it e.g. on your desktop at work or close to the cutlery draw at home
– If you tend to have your meals at a similar time every day set a reminder on your phone for 20-30 minutes before your meal.

Are they expensive?

The tablets cost around £84.99 for one month’s supply (120 Tablets) – that’s around £2 per day which is what you may spend on your morning coffee. Look out for special deals as it is often on offer at Boots/Superdrug/Amazon.

Are they a golden ticket to pig out whenever I am bored or just want to eat junk food?

Definitely not – if you use them in this way you will more than likely end up consuming more calories than you previously did which means you will not lose weight. It is also important to start making healthy lifestyle changes to help achieve the full benefits.

How long do I have to take them before I would look good on the catwalk?

Your target should always be a healthy weight loss of around 2lbs per week, ensure that your end goal is also realistic and healthy, aim for a BMI of 18.5kg/m2 – 24.9kg/m2.

Do they cause any mood swings like some diet pills do?

Because XLS-Medical Max Strength is a medical device it works mechanically as opposed to pharmacologically – this means that it works alongside, or with your body without affecting the chemistry of the human cells and would therefore make mood swings unlikely.

If it takes all the sugars and fat away from the food what is the point in eating what’s left?

Food typically contains a mixture of macronutrients and micronutrients, such as carbohydrates, sugars, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals. XLS-Medical Max Strength works by reducing the breakdown of the carbohydrates, sugars and fats, and does not stop all nutrients being absorbed.

Can I take them to prevent me from becoming fat?

XLS-Medical Max Strength cannot prevent you from becoming fat if you are not maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Once you have reached your healthy weight goal, XLS-Medical Max Strength can be used in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle to help you maintain your weight. We know this can be especially troublesome it can be hard when you’re away on holiday or if you’re headed out for a meal that will be higher in calories than usual.

I hope this Q&A session provided you will the answers you were looking for, if not, leave me a comment and I am sure we can get it answered as well.

*vs dieting alone.
**Source: IMS Health, European report Weight loss category 14A, MAT June 2015

Eat more to weigh less

Eat more to weigh lessSounds weird right?

Well, I didn’t believe it either but I was proven wrong.

A few months ago I was asked to try new XLS Medical Max Strength, new and improved carbohydrates, sugar and fat binder. I was provided with the pills and the support of Jodie Relf, a weight management dietician. Weeks were passing by but my results were less than acceptable. After a few chats I was asked to keep a food diary… so I did…

As it ended up my diet was in general too low in calories, it had too much sugar in it (mostly from fruits) and it was missing vital food groups… as a result my metabolism was extremely slow. I was advised to up my food intake, change my eating times and add some ever so important proteins into my diet.

And you know what?

It worked!

Within a week my weigh started to drop, inches were disappearing and I felt so much better.

The moral of the story is… weight loss is not always about food reduction… in same cases yes for sure it might be the key factor but it is not a hard rule and sometimes, as in my case, you really need to eat more in order to weigh less.

Jodie explained to me why eating proteins in the morning is so important. A breakfast that is high in protein raises your brain’s tyrosine levels which in turn helps your brain to produce norepinephrine and dopamine, which are responsible for your energy levels and what makes you feel awake and alert.

I didn’t eat breakfast for years. Sometimes my first meal would be at 3 or 4pm, until that time I would function on a giant cup of latte. I tried to eat in the morning but as much as I wanted to, I simply could bring myself to having a proper breakfast, so I found a different solution… protein shakes mixed with matcha powder and chai seeds… believe it or not I have now almost stopped drinking coffee… I have so much energy after my morning meal that I no longer have a need for it. Now I will have an afternoon small black coffee as a treat and not as a necessity to stay awake in the morning.

I am astonished that such a small change can have such a huge impact on my overall wellbeing.

So if you are everything like I was just a few months ago: always in a hurry, skipping meals, running on coffee and eating fruit and more fruit thinking that this is good for you… stop… now…

Start your day with a high protein meal.

Drink a lot of water.

Watch your sugar and fat intake.

Try to maintain a regular eating schedule.

Snack smart if you must… use nuts, homemade energy bars or bliss balls.

And I promise you, within days you will feel the difference.

5 Top Tips on How To Pick & Stick to The Diet

5 Top Tips on How to Pick and Stick to the Dietwhat is dietWe all have diets, for better or worse but we do all have them.

The type of diet I want to talk about is the diet designed to lose weight, get fit and healthy; the type of diet most of us have thought about, talked about or event attempted to implement at some point; the type of diet which gives us headaches and sleepless nights as we aren’t able to follow through and keep to its requirements…

During the last 10 years I have put a lot of weight on which I struggle to shake off. I have to admit, I have thought about different diets, and yes I event attempted some but with no great success until now… so what changed? Well, I think I realised a few very important things and I would love to share my discovery with you in form of my Top Five Tips on how to pick and keep a diet.

Be Ready!

This is the key. You have to be ready. You have to decide that enough is enough and you have to desire the change.

So many of us start our diet for the wrong reasons and thus we simply can’t follow through with them. You have to be ready!

Unfortunately I don’t have a recipe as to how one becomes ready for a change. For me it happened in late spring after I received a set of pictures from the shoot we had done for one of the newspapers. It really hit me, “OMFG am I really so fat!.”

Until that moment I knew I am “bigger” but seeing myself in the mirror each day didn’t bother me so much… until I saw myself through someone else eyes… I didn’t like that view.

I was ready!

Visual your goals and know your weak points

Knowing what you want to achieve is extremely important. You have to have a clear vision as to what you want and why you want it, as well as an understanding of what is standing in the way to your goal. You need to face the fact and analyse your life and get to the bottom of your problem – are you an emotional eater, are you just overeating or are you simply having an unhealthy or unbalanced diet? Knowing where the problem lies is necessary, otherwise you can’t target it, which means you can’t fix it.

It’s harder than it seems to actually admit to our weak spots. For me it is cake. I love baking and I especially love eating cake but having half a loaf tin cake in an evening whilst watching TV isn’t really the best idea is it?

Pick what’s right for you and ask for help

Don’t follow after the masses. The fact that celebrity A is using diet B really doesn’t mean it will be good for you. Once you know where your problem lies and what are your weak points, you will be much more able to pick the diet which strikes at the heart of it.

There is no shame in asking for help. Even if you are super strong willed, you can’t do it by yourself. Talk to people, join or start a Facebook group, read about and learn how others have tackled any given problem.

Currently I am having double support; I am using:

  • XLS-Medical Max Strength which is a fat binder. Additionally a weekly consultation with a dietician to chat about my progress
  • Slimpod from Thinking Slimmer, which is designed to help deal with my sugar intake with the support of a Facebook group.

I have to admit at first it wasn’t easy to talk and write about my problems and concerns but it gets easier and it helps to know that you are not alone in your struggles.

Be kind to yourself and learn to trade

Setting rules and following them to the letter isn’t easy. I know it, you know it, we all know it. I hate rules and as long as I know that I can’t have something then inevitably it ends up that all I can think about is exactly that something and so I want it more than ever now… Well depending what type of diet you choose for yourself you may well have to learn to live with some restrictions in your life or learn how to trade. Think about it as a type of swapping game – trade a piece of cake for a longer walk; have a glass of beer or wine if this is what you fancy but then later on go and play with the kids in the garden… You have to learn how to allow yourself some of your guilty pleasures but you have to remember that everything has a price… learn to pay for your moments of indulgence with some other small sacrifice. Ying and Yang.

Think long term

Let’s be honest with ourselves, most “diets” simply don’t work, especially the “magic diet” types. Yes, they might help you shed a few pounds but not forever… once you stop and go back to your old habits the weight will creep back most likely with some additional lbs. This is why it is so important to think long term. Don’t think about a “diet” as a short term fix… think about it as a new beginning, as a start to a new you and a new chapter in your life’ think about it as a long term commitment which hopefully will be transformed over time into a new healthy lifestyle.

That’s it from me.

This is my guide and the stages I went through in my process of getting to the point in my life where I am now… I am ready for a change, I know what I want and with help of others I will achieve it. I am learning to deal with my personal “trading game” to find the right balance in swopping goodies for hard work afterword’s and I believe over time this new routine, which I am developing now, will stick and then stay forever.

Happy dieting everyone!

Beat the Late-Night Carbohydrate Blues

Beat the Late-Night Carbohydrate Blues

It’s 2am, you’ve got to be up in four and a half hours and you can’t sleep. You’ve been tossing and turning since midnight, running through conversation threads, future shopping expeditions and just how stupid the ending of Dexter was, trying to distract yourself from the pain in your stomach. It’s not working. And denying yourself is torture. You get up, put your slippers on in the dark, backwards (you don’t change them, why would you? It’s 2am, who cares? ) and go to the kitchen for your late night medication: lashings of cheese on buttered toast.

If you, like many people, suffer from the Late Night Carbohydrate Blues (the ‘official’ medical title) don’t worry, you are not alone. It is estimated that around 75 per cent of overweight people, and many perfectly slim looking folks, suffer from carbohydrate addiction (according to Drs Richard and Rachael Hellers, at least). Indeed, this has seen the development of scientifically proven carbohydrate blockers to help reduce the calories absorbed by carb and starch-rich foods like (deep breath): bread, bagels, buns, baked potatoes, pasta, pastries, pizza, pies, cake, cookies and chocolate.

Of course there are plenty of complex carbs that should be eaten as part of a balanced diet. Wholegrain foods, seeds, fresh fruit and vegetables are all great, but it’s rarely the desire to eat an apple that keeps you awake at 2am.

Here’s a stat about carb addiction that might send a shiver down your strung-out spine: according to a 2011 study, 94 per cent of rats who were allowed to choose mutually exclusively between sugar water and cocaine choose sugar.

So how do you knock carb addiction on the head forever? The simple answer is to just stop eating simple carbohydrates and, if your will power holds, you’ll be singing the blues no longer. Of course, having a slightly more detailed plan than that is probably advisable: the following steps could give you the tools you need to kick that carb addiction for good.

Steps like…

Eat the right breakfast

Breakfast kick-starts your metabolism in the morning and provides vital nutrients such as fibre, vitamins and iron. People who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight than those who skip breakfast. Avoid sugary cereals, white bread and sugary muffins that will cause a spike in your blood sugar levels. Instead, choose complex carbohydrates that release energy slowly such as porridge oats, low-sugar muesli and wholegrain or granary bread. Add mushrooms and tomatoes to granary toast for an even healthier start to the day!

Don’t forget about protein

Protein is pretty damn important. One of the biggest reasons people overeat is because of a lack of protein in their diet. Eating protein makes us feel full. So try and include, fresh fish, legumes, nuts, eggs or grains in some part of every meal. Your stomach (and hips) will thank you.

Eat the right foods often

Eat little and often. You’ve probably heard this quite a bit, but it’s the essence of a good diet. Three big meals a day is not the way to go. Aim to eat every 4 hours to keep your energy levels up and prevent snacking on unhelpful foods. Long gaps between meals can lead to you reaching for high-sugar and high-fat foods. Include plenty of protein and complex carbohydrates (as opposed to those pernicious simple ones) and you are on to a winner.

Make a plan

This one’s a little more open but it’s equally important. Don’t just jump headfirst into a new diet without having any kind of plan whatsoever. You’ll fail. Big time. Map out the foods you are going to eat beforehand and make sure they are available to you. The worst thing you can do is get hit by a food craving at 11.02am and the only sustenance available to you is the snack machine in the canteen. Buy your food in advance and make sure it’s good food. Do this and it will make it so much easier for to keep to your plan.

Post by Kevin Forde

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About the author:
Kevin Forde writes about things, some of which are funny, some which are serious and some which are unintentionally neither.
This has led him to write about all sorts of things, from sports and fitness-related topics to music and film. He currently works as a Content Strategist for ZenithOptimedia.

Sources:
http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0000698
http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/aging/senior-health-lifestyle/low-carb-diets-seniors2.htm

XLS Medical Fat Binder – Day 1

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Thanks to Spreaditfast and Pharmacy2u today I am starting my journey with XLS Medical Fat Binder.

I received two months supply of these tablets, so I will keep you updated on my progress.

Today is day 1.

I measured and weighed myself and promised to watch what I am eating. I was never great with diets, simply because I could never stick to any routine, but I like what XLS has to offer, so I hope to see some results.

So what is XLS Medical Fat Binder?

According to product details stated on the website:

XLS-medical fat binder is a scientifically proven innovative weight management product tailored to help you achieve your own desired weight loss with a healthy body mass index (BMI). With a healthy BMI you can overall improve your health and reduce the risk of any long term illness. XLS is designed to compliment your lifestyle to help you become a healthy eater and maintain your weight loss, as healthy eating is the foundation of weight management. With the help of XLS you will be able to reduce the absorption of calories from Fat and Carbohydrates and manage your appetite while you enjoy your meal and XLS can be taken discreetly so no one will know you are taking XLS.

XLS medial fat binder is made with the clinically proven fat binder, Litramine and essential fat soluble Vitamins. XLS is clinically proven to bind dietary fats before it replenishes the body with fat soluble Vitamins. XLS is an effect weight management tool that helps you to reduce more weight than dieting and exercise alone thus proving to be a successful aid to your weight loss. XLS does not have any nasty side effects as reported to happen with other slimming products.

XLS fat binder is a certified medical device product for the treatment and prevention of excess weight and general weight management. XLS uses Circadin technology to facilitate a sequential release of first Litramine and secondly fat soluble vitamins. Firstly the fibre complex Litramine binds readily with fat from food and becomes a large fat fibre complex. As the fat fibre complex is too large to be absorbed in the small intestine, it is eventually excreted from your body. After the fat binding phase, the essential fat soluble Vitamin A,D and E are released and absorbed in the body. This optimizes the availability of fat soluble vitamins for absorption by your body.

Directions:

Take 2-3 tablets with liquid immediately after each main meal. Do not exceed 6 tablets daily.

Ingredients:

Active Ingredient: Litramine, a Patented Fibre Complex of Organic Plant Source (Prickly Pear) Excipients: Microcrystalline Cellulose, Calcium Hydrogen Phosphate Dehydrate, Croscarmellose Sodium, Silicon Dioxide, Magnesium Stearate, Chlorophyllin

Other Ingredients: Vitamin A-Acetate (Retinol), Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) and Vitamin E-Acetate (Alpha-Tocopherol)

Wish me luck!

* Product was provided by Pharmacy2u via Spreaditfast free of charge for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own .

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