Fat blockers are normally taken in form of tablets or powders. The most common are made from a compound called chitosan, or other calcium-rich sources.
Many people would prefer to use natural products and Chitosan is a natural product. It is derived from of chitin which is a major component of the shells of crustaceans such as crab, shrimp, and crawfish. Chitosan is usually isolated from these sea creatures and purified to the desired quality.
When you take the chitosan it is assumed that it will hold on to the fat from your food as it undergoes mixing in the gut. Once the fat has combined with chitosan it cannot be absorbed into the body and is excreted. The amount of fat that can be eliminated before it is absorbed will depend on the amount of chitosan that you take.
Its not clear if the amount of chitosan that is normally taken in the diet is adequate to help a person to lose weight. You have to take large amounts of chitosan probably more than 15% of your diet being chitosan, for significant effect to be demonstrated in the absorption of fat.
It is thought that chitosancan absorb 6 to 10 times its own weight of fats. chitosan tends to have fewer and less serious side effects than appetite suppressants. You should still be on guard however, as even taking chitosan can have some unwanted consequences. This is more so considering that chitosan do not really affect the fat you have already stored.
If you are obese or overweight with a potbelly and are considering on how you could reduce the fat that has accommodated in your belly, fat chitosan help. But it will not remove the fat that you have already stored.
It will work only if you are eating foods that have a lot of fat. They also won't prevent you from weight gain if you are overeating carbohydrates. As you may probably know excess carbohydrates will be converted to glycogen and then to fats. without a commitment to reduce the amounts of both carbohydrates and fats in your diet fat blockers may not be a solution to increased body weight and belly fat.
You may experience stomach discomfort, diarrhea, and inability to absorb many important fat-soluble vitamins and other nutrients. Chitosan may also interfere with the effectiveness of certain fat-soluble drugs and vitamins such as vitamins A, D, E, F and K well as fat-soluble medications, which include birth control pills and estrogen. If you take the chitosanyou must take fat-soluble vitamins. These vitamins should not be taken along with the fat blockers.
Because of the way that chitosan work in the digestive tract, it can sometimes cause cramping, diarrhea and gas. If you are taking other medications please consult wth your pharmacist before you take chitosan.
In our opinion chitosan should be used occasionally such as on weekend overindulgences and not as a lifestyle as they may give you a wrong impression that you dont have to worry of what and how much you eat.
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