Can this supplement help the consumer with healthy and effective weight loss? Below we take an in-depth look at XLS Medical Max Strength.
We have mixed feelings about XLS Medical Max Strength.
The product is a certified medical device, which means that it should not interact with the body in any permanent way, and instead only acts upon the food eaten, allowing it to pass through the body undigested. This should be a guarantee of its safety; generally, it appears that there are no side effects that will have a significant impact upon the consumer’s health, but mild digestive side effects are seemingly common.
The customer reviews are incredibly mixed, and the product has seemingly a 50/50 chance of either aiding weight loss or causing side effects. It also seems that customers are likely to eat more while using XLS Medical supplements (not just this particular one), as they hugely overestimate the impact of the supplement; this can lead to weight gain!
The supplement is incredibly overpriced, with a month’s supply costing anywhere between £44 and £65 for UK customers, or around $65 for international customers.
Also, the clinical trial that studied Clavitanol is not published publicly, which is not only unusual, but also frustrating! We are only allowed to see the results that the company chooses to tell us, and we would have preferred to see more transparency around this and a full ingredients list that explained the mystery ingredient, Clavitanol. We are still none the wiser about what this is.
XLS Medical Max Strength is one of a number of weight loss supplements offered by Omega Pharma. While other products in the XLS Medical range block of the proper digestion of either fat or carbohydrates in the stomach, XLS Medical Max Strength supposedly blocks the digestion of both carbohydrates and fats, by interacting and blocking some of the digestive enzymes that break down fat and carbohydrates.
One problem we have found with all XLS Medical products is that some consumers end up eating more, as they are under the mistaken belief that XLS Medical will prevent the absorption of the additional calories; this means that often people lose no weight or even gain weight while using the supplement.
XLS Medical Max Strength is manufactured by Omega Pharma, and is part of the extensive XLS medical range.
While the product cannot be purchased from the official website, customers can contact the XLS Medical team with any queries they have about the product or their diet.
The official website contains lots of information about the best way to combine XLS Medical products with a balanced diet. There is also an XLS Medical app, which provides the consumer with free access to their 12-week plan, a food diary, and “gentle reminders” to aid their weight loss journey. Some of this information also appears to be included in a leaflet that comes with the supplement.
You are recommended to take two XLS-Medical tablets with liquid up to 30 minutes before your two main meals of the day.
Do not exceed more than four tablets a day.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day, as this will aid in digestion and keep you hydrated.
You can also safely continue using XLS-Medical after you have reached your target weight, for example before consuming a particularly calorie-rich meal, to help maintain your weight or to prevent excess weight gain.
The manufacturers of XLS Medical Max Strength have described the product as follows:
XLS-Medical Max Strength reduces calorie intake from the main nutrients: carbohydrates, sugar, and fat. It contains Clavitanol™, a patented natural complex which reduces the breakdown and absorption of these nutrients into calories. This results in reduced calorie intake which helps you to lose more weight than dieting and exercise alone. It´s clinically proven.In addition, the reduced absorption of dietary carbohydrates helps lower blood glucose and insulin levels, which helps in reducing food cravings and blood glucose management.
They add that:
XLS-Medical Max Strength is a certified medical device for effective weight management, when taken in combination with a balanced diet and regular physical activity. It has a well-established safety profile and tolerability.
“The active ingredient Clavitanol™ blocks some of the activity of various digestive enzymes. As a result some dietary carbohydrates, sugar and fat are left undigested as they are too large to be absorbed in the intestine, helping you lose weight fast as they are naturally passed through your system.”
When trying to establish whether a product will work, we look at the ingredients used, the quantities that they are used in, and also turn to customer reviews, to see how the product works in practice.
The product contains just one active ingredient; the manufacturers of the supplement and the patented active ingredient do not explain what this ingredient is beyond its name, Clavitanol. They do however quote an unpublished study that they funded, which appears to show that the product does increase the consumer’s rate of weight loss. The study used a very high-carb, low-protein diet, which may have factored heavily into the results.
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There is only one ingredient found in XLS Medical Max Strength, which is Clavitanol.
This ingredient is also known by the less-than-catchy name of IPQ-VV-102, but there is no actual information available to explain what Clavitanol is made from. It is also difficult to find information about the quantities used in this supplement, or how many capsules are supposed to be taken per day, or per dose.
We believe that consumers are instructed to take four capsules per day, split over two doses, before meals.
The manufacturers and sellers of XLS Medical Max Strength and Clavitanol are very keen for their potential customers to know that this supplement is well tolerated, with few or no side effects. However, as we read through the hundreds of negative reviews for this product, it became clear that some mild side effects are fairly common.
Customers could experience some of the following side effects:
XLS Medical Max Strength blocks some digestive enzymes in the stomach (alpha-amylase, alpha-glucosidase, and lipase), which should prevent the digestion of some food, therefore reducing the calorific value of the consumer’s food slightly. However, it could also reduce the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, and in the long term, deficiency is a possibility. It is also possible that this could affect the levels of these digestive enzymes in the stomach, which could lead to digestive problems (if used over a long period of time).
XLS Medical Max Strength has been reviewed hundreds of times on amazon.co.uk- but the opinions and ratings of customers are hugely split – out of 483 reviews, 159 are one star rated, and 140 are five-star rated, with the rest of the reviews split between 2, 3 and 4 stars fairly evenly. Here are a few of the negative reviews:
Not for me – felt totally bloated all the time, followed to a tee and lost nothing apart from my money – you live and learn!
Not recommended at all infact didn’t make a difference in my weight loss at all I lost the same as the month before with the same exercise and healthy food involved pretty much threw my money with these
Absolute rubbish didn’t lose any weight was crampy,bloated and constipated. Husband lost a stone without them in the month.
I have been taking these tablets for 3 months and have lost 27lb BUT recently I was woken in the night with terrible stomach cramps which were uncontrollable. After 2 hours I couldn’t stand anymore and a visit to A and E and large dose of morphine later it was decided that it was XLS causing the pain. Needless to say I won’t be taking anymore!!!!!
The negative customer reviews are split between consumers who saw no differences when taking the supplement, and those who experienced unpleasant digestive side effects. Below we have selected a few of the positive reviews, as the product does appear to work for some consumers.
Definitely works if you don’t fall into psychological trap of eating more because it won’t matter with the pills. Have to diet at the same time.
I have been taking these tablets for 8 weeks now in conjunction with healthy eating and exercise. I have lost exactly 2 stone in this time and feel that these tablets have contributed massively to this. Alongside the increased weight loss I have definitely felt less hungry than when I’ve dieted in the past.
I find these work well, both as an acceleration to weight loss and as an appetite suppressant. I agree they need to be part of a calorie controlled diet, but the weight loss is quite a bit faster with them than without. I suspect this is not true for everyone, but it has been noticeably true for me.
XLS Medical Max Strength does not come with a guarantee. Returns policies will vary between each third party retailer that sells the product.
We believe that it is incredibly important that manufacturers offer a money back guarantee; it shows confidence in their product and its effectiveness, and helps to protect the customer’s wallet should they experience unpleasant side effects while using a supplement. Considering that XLS Medical Max Strength is a “certified medical device for effective weight management” which is “clinically proven” to work, we are very surprised that there is no money-back guarantee on this product.
XLS Medical Max Strength is available primarily in the UK. International customers can buy it on Amazon, but delivery estimates are anywhere between three and five weeks!
On Amazon’s UK website, a packet of 40 tablets (a 10-day supply) costs £19.00 plus delivery charges (or free delivery if the customer has a Prime subscription). A packet of 120 tablets (1 month supply) costs £44.28 with free delivery.
On Amazon’s international website, a packet of 120 tablets costs $64.49, with free shipping. There is also a two-pack offer, which costs $129.85 with free shipping.
One bottle of 120 tablets (1 month’s supply) costs £63.74 when bought from Boots.com. It is also available in selected Boots stores across the UK. A three month supply (360 tablets) costs £154.99 at Boots.com. Shipping charges may also apply.
XLS-Medical Max Strength is a very expensive supplement, especially because consumers appear to need to take a large number of pills per dose. While amazon.co.uk offers a significant discount compared to Boots; it is still a very expensive weight loss supplement!
Overall, we dislike that the manufacturers are happy to make huge claims about the product’s potency, but will not fully publish the study that supposedly proves these claims, or provide any detailed information about what Clavitanol is.
The product is incredibly expensive, which could be justified if the product was incredibly effective. Unfortunately, the reviews suggest that at least 50% of consumers fail to lose significant amounts of weight with the supplement, or experience such unpleasant side effects that they are unable to use the supplement.
Overall, we do not recommend XLS Medical Max Strength to our readers.
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