The terms “fat blocker” and “fat binder” are often used interchangeably, even by some so-called authority weight loss websites.
This is an unfortunate situation that only serves to spread further confusion about the subject and make it harder for dieters to make an informed decision when trying to decide on the best way to control their calorie intakes and lose weight.
This article will fill in the blanks end ensure the reader has the necessary knowledge before any purchase is made.
Fat Blockers & Fat Binders Are Not the Same
Fat is a high calorie food. Every gram of fat eaten provides the body with nine calories. This may not sound like much off the bat, but a gram of protein or carbohydrate provides just four calories. That's a big difference that is made all the more worrying by the fact that some foods contain hidden fats. However, it's pretty fair to say most people who eat a lot of fatty foods such as chips and Pizzas, or are overly generous with butter or margarine, are not totally ignorant of what they are doing. They know the fat is there, but fail to fully grasp the BIG difference it can make to their lives. Fat blockers and fat binders both offer protection against dietary fats, but they do it in different ways.
How Fat Blockers Work
Fat blockers generally contain ingredients that interfere with the normal function of the digestive enzymes that are required to break down fats and process them. This is achieved without any interference to the way other nutrients are digested. Fat blockers only prevent dietary fats from being digested. Because the fats are not digested in the normal way they do not release any of their calories. However, when they leave the body with the faeces they resulting stool is usually more sloppy and greasy than normal and the use of very powerful fat blockers, such as the prescription-only drug Orlistat (brand name Xenical) or its non-prescription counterpart Alli, may entail unpleasant consequences.
Greasy stools are a natural part of the fat blocking process, but if Orlistat users continue to eat large quantities of fatty food the danger of soiled underwear is an all too real possibility.
How Fat Binders Work
Fat binders contain ingredients the body is unable to digest. They are usually consumed just before meals and have the ability to attract dietary fats and bond with them, thereby making the captured fat indigestible as well. The trapped fat then passes through the intestines in a similar way to the fat blocked by fat blockers, but the fact that it has bonded with the fat binder means the stool will not be quite so greasy and there is less likelihood of unpleasant laundry situations. Chitosan and Prickly Pear are two of the most popular fat binders available, but other options do exist.
Are Fat Blockers Right for Me?
Fat blockers offer the most benefit to people who are struggling to lose weight due to their failure to control a love of greasy food. People who do not succumb to the temptation of chips and pizzas and other similar high fat foods are unlikely to see much benefit from the use of such products because their excess calories are coming from elsewhere (starches, sugars etc.).
Additional Fat Blocker Benefits
Due to the fact that they can cause a feeling of satiety, fat binders can further assist weight loss by providing appetite suppression. Fat blockers do not share this ability because they work in a different way. However, both supplement types may offer protection against cholesterol (also a fat),
Weight management can be achieved in a number of ways, but whereas fat burners and appetite suppressants can provide benefits to dieters of all types, fat blockers should never be seen as being a one-pill-suits-all dieting option. Many potential fat blocker users may find fat binders are a better alternative because they also offer appetite suppression and are generally less unpleasant to use. Fat blocker are certainly an option that can be taken advantage of by anyone who wishes to lose weight, but the fact that an option is available does not necessarily mean it is the best option.