XLS Medical is a group of diet pills that are available in numerous high street shops in the UK, including Tesco, Superdrug and Boots.
XLS Medical products primarily focus upon blocking the digestion of some groups of food in the stomach, which can help to aid weight loss.
XLS Medical Fat Binder, as the name suggests, binds with fat in the stomach to reduce the amount of fat digested, and comes as a pill or in sachets. XLS Medical Carb Blocker works to reduce the digestion of carbohydrates in the stomach. XLS Medical Max Strength reduces calorie intake from carbohydrates, sugar and fat by reducing their breakdown in the stomach. The company also offer an appetite reducer, which partially fills the stomach with a fibre that absorbs water and expands.
These products are herbal, non-prescription alternatives to the prescription medication Orlistat, which blocks some of the enzymes that digest fat in the stomach. As Orlistat is only available to a limited number of people, based upon their BMI and medical history, XLS Medical products are definitely an appealing alternative, especially as they can be easily purchased on the high street or even in supermarkets.
Online vs. The High Street
XLS Medical’s adverts in newspapers and magazines and on television, as well as their online marketing on their official website, heavily promote the fact that their products can be purchased on the high street. The list at the bottom of their official website includes Boots, Superdrug, Lloyds Pharmacy, Tesco, Asda and Holland & Barrett.
There are some advantages of being able to buy diet products such as XLS Medical from the High Street, but there can also be disadvantages. UK law on returns is more strictly controlled for products sold on the High Street than online, and so customers can get a refund more easily on unopened products, with most retailers offering a 30 day returns policy on unopened products. However, High Street retailers do not offer returns on open or used products, and offer no money back guarantees, unlike some online retailers. For example, bodybuilding.com stocks thousands of weight loss products, and has a comprehensive returns policy, offering an exchange or store credit if a direct return is unavailable.
We have found customer reviews online from people who have lost no weight using XLS Medical Fat Binder, but who then go on to state that they were following a fat free or very low fat diet plan whilst using the product. This highlights both the importance of researching a supplement before purchasing it, and the importance of trained staff being available to help answer any questions the consumer may have about products. Staff in supermarkets such as Asda and Tesco are far less likely to have any detailed knowledge about weight loss supplements, which is a clear downside of a weight loss supplement being available so widely. Holland and Barrett appear to have had more training about diet supplements in general, and, in our experience, the staff at shops such as Superdrug and Boots fall somewhere in the middle.
Another huge concern we have about XLS Medical trying to push customers towards purchasing from High Street shops is pricing. When researching XLS Medical, we were able to check the prices online very quickly, and by comparing numerous retailers, were able to find some significant discounts. Obviously this is slightly harder on the actual High Street or in a supermarket, unless you are willing to go into each shop individually. We also found that the online prices and prices in store were often different, even from the same shops. Boots.com proudly states that their 1/3 off selected XLS Medical products is an online exclusive. When ordering online, customers should also consider the delivery costs. We do not recommend adding extra purchases to a basket to get the tempting free delivery option, but if your purchase is over the limit, consider ordering online before paying petrol and car parking money to buy from a nearby shop.
Boots.com offers free delivery on orders of £45 or more, whilst Superdrug offers free delivery on orders over £10. However, anyone with a Superdrug Health and Beauty Card (which is free) can get free delivery on any order from the Superdrug website.
Smaller towns can also be a problem, as there may be less competition from other stores, or customers may live miles from the nearest shop that stocks XLS Medical or other diet pills. Smaller stores may also not stock the product (but could get it delivered to store), meaning a wasted trip, or numerous trips to get the product.
Purchasing online is not always cheaper, but it definitely is worth comparing prices before purchasing! By selling XLS Medical products in stores that are unlikely to have a large selection of diet pills and weight loss aids, the manufacturing company appear to be benefitting from impulse purchases and from consumer’s lack of awareness of other products. Fat Binders and Carb Blockers are not the only type of diet pills available; some customers may purchase these products even though a fat burner, metabolism booster or appetite suppressant may be more suited to their weight loss needs.
When selling a diet supplement on the high street, there is also less information available about the product; online the product is explained in more detail on the sales website, whereas in store the only information available may be the price and any information on the product’s label. Reading other customer’s reviews of the product (on sales websites such as amazon and bodybuilding.com, or on independent review websites) can help to see how good a product actually is, and can reveal whether side effects are common or not.
Remember to read our complete, in-depth reviews before making a final decision on what diet supplement to purchase. We have reviewed XLS Medical Fat Binder here, XLS Medical Max Strength here, XLS Medical Direct here, XLS Medical Appetite Reducer here and XLS Medical Carb Blocker here.
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.