Boots Pharmaceuticals stock a few weight loss supplements; we take a look at one of the most well known products.
Any UK consumers will undoubting knows of Boots and likely to be familiar with the products available from their Boots Pharmaceuticals range. With over 2,500 shops and popular online shop they have an extensive range of products that continues to grow. Boots is a well established and reputable retailer both online and on the UK high street.
We picked up a sample of Boots Fat Control tablets online and received delivery within 3 days costing an extra £2.95 (approximately $4.50). The box is reasonably small and displays the familiar “Boots” branding. Inside are 60 tablets in a blister pack, which should be unopened, if they are then do not take and get in touch with Boots.
Anyone looking for fast weight loss with this supplement will be disappointed as these tablets take some time to work! Boots suggest taking them for at least 6 months or until you have lost the desired amount of weight.
Boots recommend normally taking two to three tablets unless you’re eating a high fat diet, in which case take three to four after each meal. These tablets should be used with a healthy calorie controlled diet and exercise programme.
Boots Pharmaceuticals make essentially one claim with this supplement that Fat Control is….
Clinically proven to reduce the absorption of fat from your diet
It does this by reducing the amount of fat in your meal that is absorbed by the body, which then reduces calorie intake from fats. This means that if you’re in calorie deficient (eat less calories than your body needs) you will overtime lose weight.
As the name very well suggests, this supplement aims to control fat intake and these types of diet pills are collectively referred to as “fat binders or blockers”.
Typically fat binders feature ingredients that soak up the dietary fat that is waiting to be absorbed in the stomach. This action means the fat molecules become too large to be digested and is simply excreted next time you have a bowel movement.
Boots are a little evasive when it comes to revealing the main active ingredient, simply stating that it’s a patented fibre complex of organic plant source. Other diet pills that use a similar fibre complex that’s from a cactus plant called Opuntia ficus-indica (also known as prickly pear) or the patented version Litramine owned by the InQpharm group.
It’s very likely that Boots Fat Control tablets use the same fibre complex as these diet pills. So let’s take a look at this ingredient in more detail:
The great thing to note is that it does not contain any ingredient of animal origin and has no added artificial colourings, flavourings, preservatives or salt.
The only other ingredients are microcrystalline cellulose, calcium hydrogen phosphate dihydrate, silica and povidone magnesium stearate.
This supplement is aimed at those who regularly eat fatty meals and find it impossible or are unwilling to change their diet.
Although the benefit of fat binding or blocking diet pills is said to be reducing the constant worry of counting calories, ironically for best results you are recommended to follow a calorie-controlled diet!
We are somewhat Boots provide so little information on the ingredient used in their supplement. Instead we are making guesses (we’d like to think educated ones!) on the patented fibre complex used. The fact is it’s impossible to be 100% confident what is inside this supplement and how much!
There are no reported side effects whilst taking this supplement. That said, if you have any medical condition and any doubt if you can take this product you should speak to your doctor.
Caution: Avoid this supplement if you’re Body Mass Index (BMI) is under 18.5, you are suffering from kidney stones or other kidney problems, taking medicines for diabetes or high cholesterol, pregnant or breastfeeding.
There are no consumer reviews on the official Boots website; in fact we were unable to find any online reviews for Boots Fat Control tablets!
If, as we suspect, this supplement contains the “prickly pear” fibre complex then is a fair amount of research suggesting this can have significant weight loss benefits. Of course when we say “significant” we are referring to “statistically” as this is what the research uses to identify a meaningful change. In reality fat binders and blockers take time to work and are very much dependent on your diet. This is why Boots recommend taking this supplement for 6 months!
InQpharm the producers of Litramine have highlighted a number of studies proving the fat binding qualities of this fibre. These range from preventing absorption in the small intestines, increases in bowel waste to the effects of Litramine on feelings of satiety.
The fibres from Opuntia ficus-indica prevented the absorption of 28.3% (2.7g) of total fatty acids
Boots Fat Control may well help to reduce calorie intake from dietary fats but will take time, if at all. There are a number of fat binding diet pills on the market that could offer a more comprehensive, and certainly more transparent, solution to weight loss.
A number of other fat binders that use a similar, or even the same, patented fibre complex, such as Proactol Plus and XLS Medical, are certified as a Class IIa Medical Device. What does this mean? Well it simply means they have been assessed for safety and efficacy (basically effectiveness) under the European Medical Device Directive 93/42/EEC to be used as a weight management product.
As far as we can see, Boots Fat Control tablets have not given this status.
Fat Control tablets are available online from Boots Pharmaceuticals or in store via their high-street shops.
Each box contains 60 tablets and costs £24.99 (approximately $37.50). Be mindful that if you do take the 9 tablets then one box WILL NOT LAST one month!
Consumer Alert: Be aware that Boots recommend taking the supplement for at least 6 months or until your target weight loss has been reached.
There seems to be no money-back guarantee for any of Boots Pharmaceutical supplements.
Boots is one of the few respected retailers that are trusted amongst UK consumers. We like them too! Even still we failed to be inspired by Boots Fat Control tablets; they simply don’t look up to the job.
With our team struggling to find any consumer testimonials online, either positive or negative, it seems this product has failed to inspire consumers too. We would love to know how well this supplement sells; it’s unlikely to be Boots #1 weight loss selling brand!
With the potential for needing 2 boxes a month, these Fat Control tablets could well turn out quite expensive, especially if taking them for 6 months! Faced with no money-back guarantee we just don’t believe you are getting value for money with this supplement.
For these reasons we are going to reject Boots Fat Control.
If you’re looking for a fat binder in particular, we would recommend supplements that are certified as Class IIa Medical Device with no known side effects, such as Proactol Plus or XLS Medical Fat Binder.
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