When researching diet pills like fat binders, it is important to understand any safety issues you could be putting yourself at risk of. I had my own concerns when researching fat binding diet pills.
Fat binders are a type of diet pill that stops some of the fat you eat from being absorbed in your digestive system. Because fat has a lot of calories in it, these supplements allow you to cut out many of the calories from your food intake.
Generally, they are well tolerated, have a good side effect profile, and very few bad side effects.
The problem is there are two types of fat binders:
- Natural – Usually made of Prickly Pear cactus or Chitosan that can be sourced from crustaceans or mushrooms. Can be purchased online or OTC in stores
- Synthetic – Typically containing the chemical Orlistat or requiring a prescription to obtain
In my opinion, and given the evidence out there one type is better than the other in terms of health risks and safety. I would choose a natural fat binder over a synthetic one because I wouldn’t want to end up with adverse effects.
When Fat Binders Turn Bad
You could run into health problems with fat binders if they are synthetic. It sounds counterintuitive but prescribed fat blockers like Orlistat can actually have much worse side effects than all-natural fat binders like Proactol XS.
Alli is a prescription fat binder that became available over the counter and contains the same ingredient as Xenical. It was taken off the market for a while due to concerns that it could cause liver damage.
Although it has now been reintroduced into the market, there are still fears that it can cause liver and kidney damage¹ and even organ failure.
On the less severe end of the side effect scale, people who took Orlistat (the key ingredient in Xenical and Alli) complained of oily stools, gas, and bloating.
When Fat Binders Are Good for You
The other type of fat binder is the all-natural fat binder, often containing a cactus extract or Chitosan as the key ingredient that gives it its fat blocking ability.
These are usually much better for your health in terms of side effects, and some even boast that they are side effect free, although I am always wary about such claims.
Proactol XS is my top-rated fat binder because the results of three clinical trials on its key ingredient, vegan Chitosan, showed it was safe and effective for causing sensible, steady, and sustained weight loss. The only side effect seen was safe and significant weight loss results.
To summarise, fat binders could be bad for you and cause unpleasant side effects if you choose the wrong one.
If you choose a side effect free, and an all-natural fat binder like Proactol XS you will not be putting your health at risk and instead could improve your health by getting the benefits of a healthy rate of weight loss.