However, it can be difficult for the consumer to remove carbohydrates from their diet completely, especially as carb cravings can often lead to the diet derailing completely. Carb blocking diet pills have emerged as a supplementary aid for consumers who do not want to give up carbohydrates completely from their diet.
Absolute Nutrition have created C Block, their own carb blocking formula. Below we take an in-depth look at Absolute Nutrition C Block to see just how effective it really is at aiding weight loss.
Absolute Nutrition C Block is a weight loss aid that blocks the digestion of some complex carbohydrates in the stomach. When complex carbohydrates are digested, enzymes break each chain of molecules into individual glucose molecules, which are small enough to be absorbed into the blood stream, where they are transported to cells to be used as a source of energy or stored. By preventing this mechanism, at least partially, a meal therefore has less available calories that the body can use.
As we explain in more detail below, the higher the quantity of carbohydrates in any meal, the more likely it is that side effects will occur from the use of Absolute Nutrition C Block, making it a careful balancing act to use a carb blocking diet pill successfully. Absolute Nutrition state that C Block means that consumers can cheat occasionally on their low-carb diets with fewer repercussions, and without derailing their diet and weight loss.
Absolute Nutrition, the manufacturers of C Block, can be contacted using the information provided on their official website, ABS Nutrition.
The manufacturers state that ‘CBlock™ works best with these low glycemic index foods: pasta, potatoes, breads, pastry, rice, wheat, oats (oatmeal), wild rice, barley, buckwheat (kasha), rolls, muffins, sweet potatoes, peas, corn, beans and lentils.’ Consumers should consult a detailed Glycemic Index chart for guidance if they are going to make nutritional choices based upon a GI diet.
The GI ratings of food should not be the sole factor considered when following GI diet, as it is still possible to overeat with low GI foods- customers should also pay attention to nutritional value, portion size and calorie count.
For dietary support take 2 capsules 15 minutes before each meal with a full glass of water (8 oz.) Do not exceed 6 capsules per day.
Absolute Nutrition make the following statements about C Block:
CBlock™ may let you cheat a little so you can keep on dieting without jeopardizing your progress. CBlock™ is the original carb blocker that has been so helpful with low carb dieters for over eight years.
CBlock™ contains Trim Plex™, a laboratory tested extract of white kidney bean (phaseolus vularis).
CBlock™ is ephedra free, caffeine free, stimulant free and so easy to use. Whether you are already on a low carb diet or considering it, CBlock™ may help you achieve your goals. It’s great for low carb diets.
C Block is a carb blocking diet pill that should reduce the amount of complex carbohydrates digested and absorbed by the body, therefore reducing the calorie content of any meal that contains carbohydrates. Absolute Nutrition believe that it can be used to cheat on a low-carb diet without suffering the consequences.
The ingredients used in Absolute Nutrition C Block are listed below. The ingredient quantities are per serving of two capsules, which is the number of capsules taken before each starchy meal. Consumers are instructed to take a maximum of 6 capsules per day.
White Kidney bean extract can reduce the amount of complex carbohydrates that are digested by the body. Without being digested into much smaller glucose molecules, the complex carbohydrates cannot enter the bloodstream, and so pass through the bowels unprocessed.
This not only reduces the amount of calories processed from a meal that contains complex carbohydrates, but it also may reduce the intensity of a spike in blood sugar levels. Chromium and Vanadium may also reduce and regulate blood sugar levels.
By preventing spikes in blood sugar levels, which are followed by large drops as the body releases large amounts of insulin in response, consumers may have fewer food cravings and sudden energy crashes- both of which could derail a diet.
It is possible that whilst the body is getting used to the effects of the product, users may experience stomach pains, increased bowel movements and flatulence. Some users of carb blockers in general report severe gas and bloating throughout their use of the products. Discomfort and tenderness in the stomach is not uncommon.
The use of carb blockers may seriously reduce or limit the creation of alpha-amylase, the enzyme that breaks down carbohydrates in the stomach. Whilst this will aid weight loss in the short term, it may become unhealthy to continue this in the long term.
Some users report heartburn, as their body struggles to adapt to the imbalance of enzymes in the stomach. Consumers who eat large amounts of carbohydrates whilst using the diet pill may experience sudden diarrhoea following meals. This is because of the large amount of food that is being passed through the digestive tract without being fully digested.
It is also possible that carb-blockers may interfere with vitamin absorption. Whilst in the short term, this may not cause significant health problems, the use of carb blockers should not be long term.
Chromium may lower blood sugar levels, and so this product should not be used by diabetics, as it may interfere with their medication.
Not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women. This product will not be effective in combination with a diet containing no carbohydrates at all. Not suitable for those under the age of 18. Diabetics should consult their doctor before purchasing this product.
As Absolute Nutrition C Block is sold by a number of different online third party retailers, there are some customer reviews for this product, although they are spread over numerous different websites. We have collected a selection of them below:
Although slow – it does work. After using it for about 3 wks I have lost 4 lbs. No change in diet or excercise.
Side Effects – So far it has given me unexpected, liquid stools! I don’t know what else would cause that since I’m not doing anything else differently. Watch out! I’ll try eating even less carbs to see if that helps.
Great Product I would recommend this product to friends.
These are great to have on hand for those times when I may overdo it with carbohydrates & stay on track with my diet.
Take 1 or 2 right before a starchy meal & your set. I love this product!!
After a sudden illness, my blood glucose levels were elevated and I had to start monitoring. I purchased this to help keep my sugar levels even throughout the day. It appears to be working, as my levels are staying normal when I take a CBlock caplet before eating carbohydrates. Of course I’m also being very stringent by eating small portions and sticking to carbohydrates with a low glycemic index, so I’m not really testing CBlock to its fullest potential. Amazon’s price is the lowest I’ve found.
Looking at the ingredients list, it is possible that Absolute Nutrition C Block will aid some weight loss when combined with the right diet plan. It will not aid any weight loss when the consumer is on a completely carb free diet, or when used with a carb-free meal.
The higher the carb content of any individual meal, theoretically the more carbohydrates will be blocked from being digested and entering the blood stream. However, this also increases the chances of side effects occurring, as more unprocessed carbohydrates are passing through the bowels. Customers should always remember that the product will not block the absorption of all carbohydrates that are eaten.
One concern we have with Absolute Nutrition C Block and other carb blocking products is that it is easy to overestimate the effects that it has. Consumers who are cheating on their low carb diets regularly could still put on weight or stop losing weight even whilst using the product, especially if they eat because of the diet pill. The white kidney bean extract used in the product is only proven to block the digestion of some carbohydrates consumed. Sugar and simple carbohydrates are also not typically affected by the carb blocking ingredient.
Whilst there is clinical evidence to support the use of a white kidney bean extract to help to block the digestion of carbohydrates, the clinical studies use Phase 2, a patented brand of white kidney bean extract. Absolute Nutrition C Block uses a different brand of white kidney bean extract, called Trim Plex, which may work slightly differently to Phase 2. The effectiveness of Trim Plex has seemingly not been tested in clinical trials.
There are numerous online retailers that stock Absolute Nutrition C Block, including the manufacturer’s official website, ABS Nutrition.
At ABS Nutrition, a single bottle of Absolute Nutrition C Block costs $29.50 plus delivery charges.
Bodybuilding.com stocks the product as well, with a single bottle costing $17.28 plus delivery charges.
Drugstore.com sells Absolute Nutrition C Block for $17.99 per bottle plus delivery costs. They also have a reorder and save offer, where customers who sign up to the auto ship program save 10% off the retail price.
Amazon sells Absolute Nutrition C Block for $18.12 per single bottle, with free shipping. Although multiple bottles are charged at slightly different prices, it may not work out cheaper to do a multi-buy in this instance. For example, four bottles purchased separately would cost $72.48, but a four bottle order from amazon costs $73.35 with free shipping.
90 capsules per bottle may seem like a lot, but with consumers taking as many as 6 capsules per day, a single bottle may last as little as 15 days. Consumers should take their average or expected usage of the product, and how this may affect the long term cost of usage, into consideration when looking for a diet supplement. This product may be best used occasionally, before an occasional ‘cheat meal’ containing carbohydrates, when following a low carb diet for the majority of the time.
Absolute Nutrition offer a 30 day money back guarantee on products purchased directly from their official website.
The returns policies of other third party retailers may vary.
Carb blocking products are not going to be an ideal diet supplement for everyone. It is easy to overeat whilst using this type of product, as consumers often overestimate the effect of carb-blockers, and so may even gain weight whilst using this product.
As mentioned by some reviewers, eating too many carbohydrates whilst using Absolute Nutrition C Block can result in unpleasant side effects. On the other hand, consumers would not find any benefits to using the product alongside meals that contain no carbohydrates at all, or only simple carbohydrates and sugar. It can be a difficult balancing act to get right when using carbohydrate blocking products.
Absolute Nutrition C Block is fairly cheap when shopping around. There are numerous stores that stock this product, and so consumers should be able to find a significant discount compared to the RRP. Absolute Nutrition is covered by a money back guarantee when ordered from the manufacturer, but the product is more expensive when ordering direct from Absolute Nutrition’s official website.
With side effects being seemingly fairly common, and mixed customer reviews, we would not recommend Absolute Nutrition C Block to our readers.
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