Are Fat Binders The Best Type Of Diet Pills Around?

Recently fat binders have become increasingly popular, and are touted as being better than fat burners. But do Fat Binders work better than Fat burners? What are the differences?

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It seems that sometimes losing weight can be just about impossible for some people or you find that it’s really difficult to lose the last few pounds before your holiday.

Exercise and dieting are your best friends, but sometimes you just need that little bit extra to get you going and that is where the Fat Binders step in.

To find out all the ins and outs of taking a fat binder dieting pill read on and learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know.

What are Fat Binders?

In simple terms they are a weight loss supplement that decreases the amount of fat intake by binding with dietary fat that’s present in food. It can come in a tablet form, food or drink for ease of consumption. They are very different from a fat burner as they stop the fat being absorbed into the body.

They are supposed to bind around a quarter of the amount of fat that people consume. It will prevent saturated fats from being absorbed in the body, which will supposedly help to reduce body weight. Fat takes up a big proportion of our daily intake of calories.

How do they work?

They are normally taken before every meal, as that’s when they are most effective, but sometimes they can be taken after a meal.

Fat binders absorb water and form a viscous gel, which finds fat that is yet to be absorbed. It helps to reduce the absorption of glucose and suppresses appetite as the gel gives you a sense of fullness. Normally fat is broken down by pancreatic enzymes and are absorbed in the small intestine. They work almost instantly once in contact with food to bind the fat.

By binding the fat it forms fat fibre complexes. The unabsorbed fats leave the body through urine, as they are too large to be absorbed by the small intestines, as the enzymes can’t get to work on the larger chemical structures.

Will it help you to lose weight?

No diet pill will give you miraculous results, not even fat binders but it will help to reduce fat intake by as much as 30%. They are seen as being most effective if it is used alongside a healthy diet and regular exercise.

It all depends on the type of person who is taking it. Someone with more weight to lose will probably see better results than someone who has less as it’s been proven that the less weight you have to lose, the harder it is to get rid of the last pounds.

Clinical studies have taken place for individual products, such as one conducted for XLS Medical, to show the effects that can happen, which we will go into more detail further on in the investigation.

Are they safe?

They are touted as being a safe method of weight loss compared to some diet pills. They don’t affect how the body works so you are safe in that way and most of them are 100% natural. In fact, a lot of them don’t have side effects that are experienced by customers.

It all depends on what product you are taking, you should always look up reviews to see if anyone has had problems. It’s best to find independent reviews instead of ones on the official website as comments can sometimes be left out if they are negative towards the product.

Always make sure that all the ingredients are available for you to see so you know exactly what is going into your body. They should be safe as long as you follow the instructions given carefully.

What research has taken place?

Taking the product XLS-Medical, a clinical trial took place in 2010 with 123 volunteers who were classified as overweight or obese. They were given a diet plan that was 500 calories less than their daily calories needs per day and included 30% fat content.

One group was given a daily 3g dose of Litramine (which is the active ingredient in the product) and the other group was given a placebo. They all took 2 tablets, three times a day after meals for 12 weeks, but they didn’t know which group they were in.

The group who took Litramine lost 3x more weight than the dieters in the placebo group, with both groups eating less and keeping active. When they did the test again on 50 people for 24 weeks it still showed that the group taking Litramine lost the most weight and maintained it.

This shows that fat binders could possibly help you lose weight, but you must remember that the trial was tested on people who are overweight, which meant they had a lot of weight to lose. Someone with less weight to lose may be unlikely to see massive changes.

What side effects are there?

Most fat binders don’t have side effects as they use natural ingredients and are often free from chemicals, fillers and stimulants, which is what often causes side effects.

But there are some who say that it can have the following effects:

  • Indigestion
  • Diarrhoea
  • Flatulence

There is the possibility that it can stop the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and other nutrients that require fat to even be absorbed in the first place. This effect will be more noticeable after long-term use of the fat binder.

What are the best fat binders on the market?

There are two that are extremely popular with the public around the world and one fairly new one, which we have included in this investigation and previously reviewed.

XLS-Medical Fat Binder

It claims to be the “No.1 weight loss brand in Europe” and has helped lots of people lose weight. It is at lots of stores including Boots and Superdrug, as well as supermarket chains like Asda and Tesco. This in itself shows how popular it is.

They claim that it “is an important part of an overall weight management plan, it’s not a miracle pill.” The good thing about this fat binder is that it does have clinical evidence but it offers little information on the ingredients included. The website has an FAQ section where many questions are answered but some aren’t as detailed as we’d like.

There are a few testimonials on the site where people claim it has helped them to lose weight quickly and are boasting about the effects.

I have been taking XLS-Medical Fat Binder for 9 weeks and I have lost 15 lbs and 13 ½ inches all over! I feel healthier and fitter and looking forward to buying new outfits for my leaner body.

– Samantha, Cheshire

Source: XLS-Medical

We have reviewed this product in more detail here.


The second most well-known fat binder is alli which claims it can help maximize efforts to lose weight if you “just stick with a reduced-calorie, low-fat diet.” A plus to this product is that it is FDA approved as an over-the-counter weight loss aid. The active ingredient Orlistat has been the subject of over 100 clinical studies, something alli is proud to say.

They say that to succeed you need to:

  • Eat 3 well-balanced, reduced-calorie meals and 1 snack a day.
  • Stick to 15g of fat per meal.
  • Make sure no more than 30% of the calories of each meal you eat should come from fat.
  • Have no more than three capsules daily.
  • Take a daily multivitamin at bedtime when taking alli.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day.

We have reviewed this product in more detail here.

Pure Nature Fat Binder Pro+

This was formulated for maximum weight loss when taken as part of a weight loss regime, should not be taken as a substitute for a balanced and varied diet.

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans, it is free from gluten, nuts, yeast, salt, sugar, artificial colours, flavours and preservatives.

Pure Nature Fat Binder Pro+ is thought to do exactly what it says on the bottle, as well as including fat-soluble vitamins so the consumers don’t become deficient whilst using the product, which is a potential side effect of fat binders.

Reviews have been mainly positive on the actual site, but on amazon they are more mixed. The prices are different online depending on who you are buying from, but the general consensus is that it is relatively cheap for what you are getting.

We have reviewed this product in more detail here.


It seems that overall Fat Binders seem to do what the label says and they may be one of the safest types of diet pills out there as they don’t boast any side effects.

Customers are now turning to fat binders, just as much as fat burners, with well known brands on the shelves of drug stores. Always consult your GP before you start taking any diet pill and always use in accordance with a healthy lifestyle.

Disclaimer: Our reviews and investigations are based on extensive research from the information publicly available to us and consumers at the time of first publishing the post. Information is based on our personal opinion and whilst we endeavour to ensure information is up-to-date, manufacturers do from time to time change their products and future research may disagree with our findings. If you feel any of the information is inaccurate, please contact us and we will review the information provided.

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