When you’re trying to lose weight, there are several supplements that claims to make the dieting easier. You have starch blockers (also known as carbohydrate blockers) and “fat burners” which are said to increase your metabolism and help you burn more fat. Common diet supplements include Green Coffee Bean Extract, Garcinia Cambogia and Raspberry ketone — all of which are no-prescription weight loss aids.
In this article we’ll take a closer look at a specific group of diet supplements, namely carbohydrate blockers.
What are starch blockers?
Carbohydrate blockers are made of white kidney beans, and. These have a natural chemical called amylase. This chemical helps you digest starch and complex carbohydrates. You can read more about White Kidney Bean Extract here.
Amylase inhibits carbs, and makes them pass through your body undigested. High amounts of carbohydrates are found in fast food, sugary drinks, pasta, bread and rice — so you can easily see how blocking the digestion of these can be beneficial in a diet perspective.
Some starch-blockers requires a prescription. Acarbose and Miglitol er two blockers that can be prescribed to people with type 2 diabetes.
Do they really work?
The research is mixed. I’ve read research papers saying they don’t work, and other papers saying they do work. From my experience, a lot of supplements work for some, and not for others — so the best way to find out, is to try it for yourself.
I can only speak for myself, but I have successfully used starch blockers as part of my diet (on vacations and in the holidays, where I tend to eat more unhealthy).
Some providers — including this US manufacturer — offers you a money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with the product. This is a good way to try the product for yourself — with no financial risks.
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