Carb blockers are everywhere out there, you’ll see them on the internet, on the TV, in your bus station, there are a lot of carb blockers advertisments. But can they be truly helpful in a weight loss plan? The shorter answer is YES, they can help you to lose weight.
Carb blockers are an extract of white kidney beans and they’ll actually block the enzyme amylase along your intestinal tract. By blocking or inhibiting the enzyme amylase you won’t absorb quite as much carbohydrate.
What Can Carb Blockers Do?
When you’re on a fairly low-carbohydrate diet, it can actually work fairly well, it can block about 1/3 of your carbohydrate intake. By doing that you’ve done a couple things:
- You’ve taking in less calories because you’re not absorbing some of those calories.
- You’ve taking in less carbohydrates, which can influence some hormones, especially insulin. If you can decrease your insulin levels its easy to lose weight, you can mobilize fat much easier.
- You’ve taking in “more fiber”.
When you take carb blockers you’re blocking some of the normally absorbed carbohydrates, and you’re transforming them into non-absorbed carbohydrates, which make it very similar to a fiber. So it can actually be helpful as almost as a fiber supplement as well. And you can get some of the benefits from a carb blocker that you would get from taking extra fiber.
So carb blockers not only may help you decrease your carbohydrate absorption and decrease your calorie absorption, but it may actually kind of increase your fiber absorption without physically taking in more fiber.
Carb Blockers Side Effects
There are also a few side effects when you’re taking carb blockers.
- you could get gas;
- stomach cramping;
If the marketed results of the carb blocker you want to try sounds too good to be true, then be skeptical and consult your dietician or your doctor first.