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An aid but not a miracle drug.
Member Name: kama0529
Date: 15/05/11, updated on 15/05/11 (675 review reads)
Advantages: Researched based. Safe. Increases awareness. Fuller for longer. No side effects. An aid to dieting.
Disadvantages: Expensive. Difficult to ascertain effectiveness. Large tablets. Not available on prescription.
Setting the Scene:
When I initially started my diet, I had good results for the first two months or so (I lost 2 stone) and then I found that I reached a plateau and the weight wasn't budging anymore. I was dieting sensibly and with medical supervision - but I have to say that I was starting to get a little frustrated that no more weight seemed to be coming off. I spoke to my doctor about the possibility of being prescribed Alli (a drug with stops you absorbing fat) but I didn't like the list of potential and likely side effects and so I decided to try one of the more gentle and natural products available that claim to cut down on fat absorption.
The first time I bought Lipobind, I got it from Boots (online) for £20.49 for 60 tablets, and then the second time I bought it I bought it from Amazon for £17.99 for the same number of tablets. As you can see they are expensive - with the cheapest option netting at 30p per tablet - and as a meal can need up to 3 tablets, it can work out as a very expensive option. I've found, on average, that I've been going through 6 tablets a day - which is £1.80 a day, and it doesn't take a genius to work out that at that rate i go through 1 box every 10 days (which is a massive £53.97 a month!). Although this does work out to cost a lot, I would be willing to pay this if spending £50 a month netted results. I spend that amount for my gym membership per month and I have to confess to not going regularly enough to make it worth while - and so if I could get the same results by spending this on diet pills then I would be more than willing.
I think it is worth mentioning that I was very sceptical about diet pills - always have been - but with the recent success of Alli, I thought it was worth a try - and the science of it made sense to me. We know there are natural products which can bind to fat and this is what these tablets claim to do. These tablets contain Litramine which is a fibre complex which is a proven fat binder and has been approved as safe and effective for use by the Medical Device Directive. By binding to the fat in the food you eat, the Litramine stops up to 27% of fat from being absorbed by the dietary system - and hence you take in less calories which is necessary in order to loose weight (and boy do I need to loose weight!). It does advise that you do not take these tablets if your BMI is less than 18.5 (definitely not me!) and if you have any existing medical condition you should consult your doctor before commencing them. It also recommends that you take a 5 day break from taking these tablets every 30 days - which I have adhered to.
There are instructions that come with the box that tell you to take 1 tablet with low fat meals (0 - 3g per 100g), 2 tablets with medium fat meals (4 - 19g per 100g) and 3 tablets with high fat meals (more than 20g per 100g). It is recommended that not more than 9 tablets per day are taken. As I said, I generally averaged about 6 tablets because I was trying to cut down on my fat intake as well.
Taking the tablets:
The tablets come in foil backed pill packets - and as I said, there are 60 per box. These tablets are quite large and I think if you're a person that struggles taking tablets then I think these may especially be a challenge as you have to take so many so often. They also don't taste particularly great, but as long as you swallow them down with plenty of water its not to bad. Although following this programme does mean that you need to take a lot of tablets, I like the fact that the number of tablets needed is dependent on the food that I eat. If I have a very low fat meal then I have to only take one - which encourages me to only have a low fat meal!
Do they work?:
Its difficult to say that they definitely work because all I can go on is the fact that I lost weight when taking these tablets, but that I was also on a calorie controlled diet where I was cutting down on my fat intake. However, as I said, I had reached a plateau where the weight wasn't coming off any more for me and once I started taking Lipobind the weight starting coming off again. Coincidence? Perhaps. But my reckoning was that they certainly were not going to hinder the weight loss and they did make me more aware of the amount of fat I was consuming per meal. The fact that I had to check the fat quantities of ingredients to see how many Lipobind I needed to take helped to educate me as well. In the first month I lost a further 15 pounds, and then in the second month I lost a further 9 pounds - which I was very happy with. I don't think this weight loss was down entirely to the Lipobind, but I do believe that it helped and supported the work I was doing.
Lipobind is also reported to reduce food cravings and this I can categorically say was my experience. Lipobind contains a polysacchiride that swells in water and traps food and this slows down digestion which means that blood sugar levels are more stable (rapid decreases in blood sugar are known to produce cravings). In addition to this, the fibres also form a gel which slows down the rate at which food leaves the stomach and increases the volume and bulk of food in the small intestine which makes you feel fuller for longer. I was concerned that this may make me feel heavy and bloated, but actually this wasn't the case at all and I just felt satiated without being uncomfortable or bloated. I would estimate that it took me about 50% longer to feel hungry again - and so this also helped me to cut down on the amount of food I ate over the course of the day.....infact I didn't feel the need to snack at all.
Is there a negative?
The main negative is undoubtedly the cost - which is unquestionably high. You can't get these on prescription and so you either have to be willing to pay out or you won't be able to get them. And so yes, it did hurt my pocket! However, I didn't really have side effects to speak of. I did notice that I needed to go to the toilet more often (three times a day as opposed to once a day), but I didn't suffer with diarrhoea or stomach cramps or trapped wind - or anything else that I was worried I may suffer from.
I was also worried that I might start putting on weight once I stopped taking Lipobind - and this hasn't been the case at all. I have not taken it for four weeks as I am allowing my body to adjust to the weight I have already lost before starting up again. So far, four weeks after I stopped taking the Lipobind, I haven't put any weight back on again.....yippee!!
Lipobind is certainly not a miracle drug where you can eat whatever the hell you want and loose weight.....I don't think that that's the intention of these tablets at all. However, I do believe they are a tool for the serious dieter and the results I've had have been good. As I've said in my review, it's quite hard to assess the effectiveness of the lipo-binding properties of the drug because I was restricting my fat intake already, but I can absolutely say that it helped me to become more educated about the fat content in different foods, as well as helping me to feel fuller for longer. I know that it's expensive and not everyone is going to be able to afford it, and I think that if this is going to spread you financially then it probably isn't worth taking them but instead just try limiting your fat intake yourself. However, if buying Lipobind isn't going to seriously compromise you then I would recommend that you go for it because it certainly isn't going to hurt.
Summary: Recommended for serious dieters who can afford it.
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