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!