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15 Jun 2004

fat blocker tablets?
HI There - I am 25 years old and struggle to maintain my weight , excercising 40 min 5 times a week and limiting calorie intake to about 1500 a day - have had blood checked for all the normal weightgain reasons - but I'm apparently as healthy as you can get.......I'd like to find out about the commercially available 'fat blocker' pills you can buy - whats your opinion on them? Do they do any harm? in moderate amounts ofcourse....
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Notsure
It depends what the pills contain. Some of these pills contain a substance called chitosan (an indigestible compound obtained from crustaceans) which may inhibit some fat uptake, BUT I doubt that the tablets contain sufficient to really make a difference. You will notice that these tablets are always sold together with a slimming diet and it is actually the diet that causes the weight loss. There is one tablet called Xenical which is a real fat trapper. You can only obtain it by medical prescription so you need to consult your dr for this product. It is used together with a very-low-fat diet and can assist in promoting weight loss, but it is expensive so you need to ask the dr to prescribe it as part of your chronic medication if you have a medical aid.
Good luck
DietDoc
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