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Fat Blockers

Fat absorbers bind to small amounts of fat, but they cost about $35 to block the amount of fat in a Big Mac; in larger quantities they cause terrible gas and diarrhea.

Most of the fat blocker products are derived from chitin, a polysaccharide found in the exoskeleton of shellfish such as shrimp, lobster, and or crabs. Many sellers claim that chitin causes weight loss by binding fats in the stomach and preventing them from being digested and absorbed. Some refer to it as a "fat magnet" or "fat trapper." Researchers at the University of California-Davis have demonstrated that chitin fat blocker products do not significantly block absorption of dietary fat (Obesity Research, Volume 11, 2003). At least three previously published studies have reached the same conclusion.

This study involved 15 men who consumed five meals per day for 12 days, with a total of about 25 grams of fat per meal. The amount of fat excreted during four days when they took fat-blocker capsules was then compared to the amount excreted during days without them. Taking 10 capsules of the product per day increased fecal fat excretion by only about one gram (a gram of fat is nine calories). This would have no significant effect on a person's weight. If you are serious about losing weight, save your money and try Intermittent Fasting.

Checked 4/10/17

May 10th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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