If you’re making an effort to lose weight, you’re more than likely watching your carbohydrate intake. This can be difficult to do. It seems like carbs are some of the most popular foods you’ll find in the pantry, on the dinner table, and at restaurants. It’s no surprise then that a lot of people look into carb blocking supplements.
The 411 on Carb Blockers
Carb blockers were first introduced in the 1980s and have recently made their way back into the supplement scene. Most carb blockers are made from white kidney.
The claim behind carb blockers is that they inhibit the chemical Amylase. Amylase is the natural chemical that helps digest carbohydrates. When Amylase is inhibited, the carbohydrates that you eat pass through your body undigested.
While there are some prescription carb blockers available through a physician, they are typically prescribed to people with Type II diabetes who need help controlling their blood sugar levels.
When it comes to over the counter carb blockers, there are a few things that you want to understand before you use them.
First, the FDA has spoken out cautioning consumers about using carb blockers. While this doesn’t necessarily mean that they are bad for you, the FDA does suggest that there is little research that supports the claims behind these supplements.
Second, If you have Type II diabetes, you’ll DEFINITELY want to consult a doctor before using over the counter carb blockers. There are some ingredients that can cause negative interactions in diabetics. Speaking of ingredients, you’ll want to make sure you research all of the ingredients on the label before you start taking carb blockers.
If possible, try to find a natural carb blocker. Additionally, long term use of carb blockers may result in vitamin deficiency because they can interfere with your body’s ability to absorb certain nutrients.
Finally, it’s important to be aware of the side effect of carb blockers. Some of the side effect most commonly talked about are gas, upset stomach, cramping, and diarrhea. These side effects aren’t entirely surprising considering your body is passing the carbs out of your system undigested.
Do Carb Blockers Work?
There aren’t too many studies that back up the effectiveness of carb blockers, but I have personally tried them and noticed a difference in how much weight I would gain the day after a cheat day. When I used the carb blockers, it seemed like I was less affected by foods that would normally cause me to put on a some weight. That is my personal experience. I can’t say that experience will be the same or different for you.
If you’re interested in trying carb blockers so you can still enjoy the occasion starchy or sugary goodness, make sure you do your research first! Check ingredients, ask your doctor , and be aware of side effects. Who knows, you might find a solution to your long term struggle with weight gain from carbs.
Have you tried carb blockers?