Consumers instead are turning to over the counter versions. But, are they effective weight loss aids?
One option is Fat Binder Pro+, which is manufactured by Pure Nature. Below we take an in-depth look to see if Pure Nature Fat Binder Pro+ is a viable and effective weight loss aid or not.
Pure Nature Fat Binder Pro+ theoretically does exactly what it says on the bottle; the main ingredient, Prickly Pear, is thought to bind with fat molecules in the stomach, preventing some fat from being digested as it passes through the body. As this could interfere with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, Pure Nature, the manufacturers, have also included a selection of fat-soluble vitamins, so that consumers will not become deficient in any of these vitamins whilst using the product.
The manufacturers state that the product is made in the UK, to ‘certified standards’. The product is also suitable for vegetarians and vegans, and is free from gluten, nuts, yeast, salt, sugar, artificial colours, flavours and preservatives.
Directions for use are as follows: Take two capsules with water before breakfast, lunch and evening meal or as directed by a health advisor. Do not exceed 6 capsules per day.
The manufacturers of Pure Nature Fat Binder Pro+ states that it works in the following way:
This formula works two ways firstly by binding fat molecules to form a fat-fibre complex too large to be absorbed by the intestine and then releasing fat-soluble vitamins into the body replenishing the body with vitamins A, D and E.
They add that clinical:
Trials have shown that these plant sources can bind dietary fats in your stomach and help you lose weight faster than dieting alone.
The ingredients list below includes the ingredient quantities provided per serving of 2 capsules. Consumers should take a total of three servings per day, one before each meal.
Vitamin E Acetate 50% RDA, 6000mcg
Vitamin A, Acetate 27% RDA 2000mcg
Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) 4000% RDA200mcg
Vitamins A, D and E are all fat soluble vitamins; prickly pear binds with fats in the stomach, and so could reduce the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. By adding in extra fat soluble vitamins, consumers of this product are less likely to become deficient in vitamins A, D3 and E.
Prickly Pear, when prepared correctly, stabilises blood sugar levels by lowering them significantly; this was not studied over long term use. This could have benefits for dieters, as maintaining relatively stable blood sugar levels is important for avoiding sugar rushes and sugar crashes, a cycle which leads to cravings that can easily derail a diet.
One preliminary study found that participants who consumed 3000 mg of prickly pear per day had much higher levels of fat in their stools, indicating that the prickly pear was binding with fat in the stomach; this could lead to weight loss theoretically, but the study was short term, with a small sample of people. It is also unclear how much fat could be bound by the ingredient, and how much of an impact this could have upon weight loss. Further study is needed.
A daily serving of Pure Nature Fat Binder Pro+ (6 capsules), contains 2700 mg of Prickly Pear; although this is not quite as much as was used in the clinical trial, it is still a huge quantity, and so is quite likely to bind fat in the stomach still.
Flaxseed oil powder can be used to treat constipation, and so will likely increase the frequency of bowel movements. Flaxseed also has a number of other benefits, thanks to its omega-3 content.
Prickly pear cactus can cause some side effects including mild diarrhoea, nausea, increased amount and frequency of stool, bloating, and headache. It can significantly lower blood sugar levels, and so should not be consumed by people with diabetes. As Prickly Pear appears to bind some fat in the stomach, it may affect the absorption rate of some fat soluble vitamins.
Flaxseed oil is used to treat constipation, and so can cause increased bowel movements. It can also cause loose stools and diarrhoea, but mostly when taking in larger doses than are found in Pure Nature Fat Binder Pro+. They can also cause bloating, gas, abdominal pain, stomachache, and nausea. It should always be taken with plenty of water to minimise the chances of constipation developing.
Do NOT exceed the stated dose.
NOT intended for use by persons under the age of 18.
Always consult your GP before taking nutritional supplements especially if you are taking medication or have an existing medical condition.
NOT suitable for pregnant or lactating women.
Keep out of reach of children. You should not take supplements as a substitute for a varied balanced diet.
There are numerous reviews that have been left by customers on both amazon and Be Beautiful Online, where the product is sold. On Be Beautiful online the customer reviews are entirely positive, with no negative reviews.
Over the moon with this. I had been wanting to try a similar product but it was too expensive so when a friend recommended this instead I couldn’t wait to try it. Such a great price for a weight loss supplement that actually works! I lost 4lbs in my first week which I am very pleased with. Very happy with my purchase.
I am happy with this fat binder pro even though I have only been using it for a short period of time. I am satisfied that it is helping me control my eating habits and I have already seen a small shift downwards on the scales which I am pleased with.
This does exactly what it says it will and it really does work! I have lost 8lbs in just two and a half weeks and I am over the moon. Those 8lbs have made such a difference to how I feel. I am genuinely excited to see how much more weight I can lose using this and following a diet plan.
There are far more customer reviews on amazon, and the feedback is more mixed. Below are some of the negative reviews that customers have left.
I am not convinced that these work and i have not been losing weight, however i have been eating salads and fresh fruit everyday.
You take 2 of these with meals 3 times a day so this pot will only last you 10 days, if i had been aware of this at point of purchase i would not of bought them at all as i thought it was a one a day thing.
I received a note with my delivery asking for 5 stars and they will send me some more free , what I found with these we’re I lost 1lb and then nothing … They made me break out bad my face was so spotty and I was getting sever stomach cramps , stopped taking them and now I’m fine. I’ll keep my extra lbs and you can keep your free bottle. Not worth the money just eat healthier and excersize more
The product was very disappointing, I experienced no positive results when taking them. They did not curb my appetite nor did I lose weight.
It is clear that the company that is selling the product through amazon is offering customers more tablets for free in exchange for a five star review; whilst this type of offer is not uncommon, it does raise the question of whether all of the five star reviews are accurate.
It is possible that customers who really disliked the product, and therefore do not want any more of the product, free or otherwise, are less likely to take advantage of this offer, and may even be motivated to post their own opinions to provide a more balanced set of opinions.
Some of the customers who posted negative reviews also mentioned details about their diet plan – the product is a fat binder, and so consumers who do not eat any fat in their diet will not benefit from the use of this product. The ideal balance is to eat a low calorie diet that contains some fats, originating from meat sources, with the majority of calories still coming from fruits and vegetables, as well as protein.
Prickly Pear could stabilise blood sugar levels and could bind some dietary fat in the stomach. Research is still preliminary and so there is no information detailing how effective this could be at aiding long term weight loss. Flaxseed acts as a bulk-forming laxative, and so will increase the frequency of bowel movements. This may cause the impression of weight loss, but ultimately will not contribute to long term weight loss goals.
The rest of the ingredients are fat soluble vitamins, which are included to counteract the potential deficiency caused by prickly pear binding fat in the stomach.
Pure Nature Fat Binder Pro+ is available from numerous online retailers.
Be Beautiful Online sell three sizes of the product; a bottle of 60 capsules costs £8.75, whilst a bottle of 120 capsules costs £15.99, and a bottle of 180 capsules costs £26.46. All orders from Be Beautiful Online come with free UK delivery.
From Amazon, a bottle of 60 capsules costs £8.95 with free shipping. A bottle of 120 capsules costs £15.99 with free UK delivery. Through amazon, a bottle of 180 capsules costs £23.49, again with free delivery.
Health Supplement Shop is another online retailer that stocks Pure Nature Fat Binder Pro+, but it is a more expensive stockist than the ones listed above. A bottle of 60 capsules costs £22.99, with free UK delivery.
Not all sellers of this product offer a money-back guarantee, but fortunately the cheapest supplier, Be Beautiful Online, state that they have a ‘no quibble money back guarantee’.
We feel that it is very important to note that this product, and any other fat binding diet supplement, will only work if there is dietary fat to bind. The product works in the stomach and intestines, and so the fat referred to in the name is dietary, not fat mass in the body. This may explain why some of the customers who reviewed the product were very disappointed with the lack of results, despite them ‘sticking to a strict diet plan’.
The available clinical evidence suggests that the main active ingredient in Pure Nature Fat Binder Pro+ could bind fat, preventing it from being digested, but there is no clinical evidence to suggest just how effective this might be, especially compared to other fat binding products and ingredients.
Be Beautiful Online, who offer the lowest prices for this product, also offer a money-back guarantee. Customers should consider just how long a bottle will last before ordering this product; a 60 capsule bottle will only last for 10 days of use if taken according to the directions. This is still relatively good value for money for a diet pill, but customers may be surprised that overall the cost of using this supplement is not as low as they would originally have thought.
Overall, it seems that this product may work to aid weight loss, but until there is more clinical evidence to show just how effective Prickly Pear is, we cannot recommend Pure Nature Fat Binder Pro+ to our readers.
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.