We ask whether this product can be an effective way to reduce fat intake and really be just what you are looking for.
We started off by picking up a box of XLS Medical fat binder from our local Boots store, as its available exclusively in Boots. It’s a popular brand and it seems to have replaced the popular Alli in High Street Boots stores; even the staff seemed to recommend this brand.
The price we felt was a little steep at £64.99 (price is now £47.99) although you can collect 250 Boots points if you have a Boots store card!
The packaging is more medical looking than many of the more commercial looking fat binders on the market. Although it’s not clear from the advertising in-store, XLS Medical should be used as part of the “123 Hello Me” 12-week weight loss programme.
The 3 step programme is designed to ensure you eat sensibly, keep active and regularly take XLS-Medical. The official “123 Hello Me” website features legendary singer Mica Paris’s story of how she successfully used XLS Medical to lose 2 stones and drop 2 dress sizes, all in just 3 1/2 months.
As with many fat binders you can end up taking a LOT of tablets each day, XLS Medical is no different in that you take 1-3 tablets with liquid, immediately after each main meal. There are questions as to how effective fat binders can really be though and we look to address these concerns too!
XLS Medical claims to be a certified Medical Device product that contains a clinically proven ingredient and essential vitamins that can help you lose 3 times more weight than dieting alone!
XLS-Medical works by binding fats you eat and helps you feel fuller for longer
The supplement is “gentle on your system” and “starts working in just 3 days and you’ll notice a difference in 4 week”.
The official website (even the box itself!) contains little information on the ingredients used in this supplement.
So let’s take a look at in the ingredients:
XLS Medical is a supplement that contains no stimulants and just 100% natural ingredients that should cause no side effects. That said a number of consumers have not only reported side effects but weight loss was minimal if at all.
Although weight loss should be possible by taking XLS Medical it should be certainly be used with the “123 Hello Me” weight loss programme for best results. It’s worth bearing in mind that fat binders are NOT fast acting and weight loss will take time for them to work.
There seems to be no negative side effects with XLS Medical fat binders, although the manufacturer reports no side effects a number of consumers have reported loose stools or in contrast feeling constipated.
Caution: You are advised against taking XLS Medical if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of less than 18.5.
There are no consumer reviews on the official website or on the Boots website. There are some positive reports on Mumsnet that XLS Medical has worked. The feedback we have received from consumers though as been very mixed.
After extensive researching online we found no reports of XLS Medical scams or rip-offs.
The main ingredient Litramine has been extensively studied by the owners InQpharm. Two clinical studies, one in 2003 and more recently in 2007, are referenced by XLS Medical to show that Litramine reduces fat absorption by around 27%.
The results of the studies concluded that Litramine reduces dietary fat absorption through gastrointestinal fat binding and could lead to weight loss.
A study published in Advances in Therapy in 2007 has shown how the NeOpuntia (Litramine) ingredient in XLS Medical could also reduce bad cholesterol by 10% in 14 days and reduce metabolic syndrome by 39% within 42 days. More information about the nature of the clinical trial and the amount of NeOpuntia used is needed before this finding can be confirmed though!
An issue found with some fat binders is the removal of additional fat can reduce the amount of fat soluble vitamins. XLS Medical combats this by providing additional fat soluble A, D and E vitamins.
It would seem that clinical data is supportive of the weight loss claims made by XLS Medical and it could be possible to lose weight.
There are a few other top fat binder brands on the market alongside XLS Medical, these are Alli and Lipobind. All work in a similar way, are safe to take and have clinically proven ingredients backed by scientific trials.
The main difference comes down to the cost, reported side effects, money-back guarantee and any pre-requisite diet.
XLS Medical is not available directly from the manufacturer but from retailers Boots and Lloyds Pharmacy. Boots is the better known retailer and has established a good reputation in the UK for both prescription drugs and wide range of non-prescription supplements.
You can buy XLS Medical fat binder from £19.99 for 60 capsules, but this is enough for only 10 days supply. 1 month’s supply of XLS Medical contains 180 capsules and costs £47.99 available from Boots Online and in store.
XLS Medical used to be one of the most expensive fat binders on the market, but the recent price changes means its comparable to other leading fat binders. There is little doubt that XLS Medical may be effective at controlling your weight by reducing calories from fat when used as part of your diet.
There is a BIG BUT though…
XLS Medical has no money-back guarantee directly from the manufacturers but it is available by reliable and trusted retailers both online and on the UK High Street.
It was somewhat a tough decision but in the end we decided to reject XLS Medical. The ingredient amounts have been clinically proven to work, albeit very slowly, and it’s available from a trusted retailer, but consumer feedback we have received has been very mixed with reports of possible side effects.
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