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camaswa
10-13-2011, 06:04 PM
What is your experience? I have noticed a lot of posters mention that they always keep it in their purses. So far I have not purchased any of the add-on stuff. Reviews?


mama4901
10-14-2011, 10:19 AM
I use it any time I am going out to eat. I believe in it!

JenB72
10-14-2011, 01:31 PM
Comparing the times I forget to use it and when I do, it definitely works. However, that doesn't mean you can go completely crazy with your food. It only works for a certain amount of fat & carbs.


patzi
10-14-2011, 01:33 PM
I used it anytime I go out.. When I reached maintenance, I used this supplement only. It does work.

Patzi

camaswa
10-14-2011, 06:42 PM
ok, I have resisted buying extra stuff but today I did buy this. If its is good enough for Patzi, its good enough for me. I posted in the Oct. thread about the dinner party I have to go to, so I wont repeat it here. But I will take this before I go and hope it helps. Thanks ladies.

bigdog
10-15-2011, 09:39 AM
ok, I have resisted buying extra stuff but today I did buy this. If its is good enough for Patzi, its good enough for me. I posted in the Oct. thread about the dinner party I have to go to, so I wont repeat it here. But I will take this before I go and hope it helps. Thanks ladies.

how much is it? if all of you say it works, then it must work! i believe you guys more than what the counselors at the center tell me :-)

PamBlue
10-16-2011, 01:45 AM
Does it work like Alli? So if I have Atlli, will it do the same thing?

InfiinityFreshman
10-16-2011, 05:54 PM
I have not heard of this fat blocker. What is the point of it?

naschlim
10-16-2011, 11:12 PM
I am wondering what this is as well? I did used the Big 3 supps for the first month but have not bought anymore yet. Do you think this works better than those 3 or in addition to them? I think I'll be heading into my center for an open house this week and want to know what to spend my $ on and what to pass on! Thanks:)
Nichole

Fluffy in Florida
10-17-2011, 04:14 PM
Does it work like Alli? So if I have Atlli, will it do the same thing?

I called and asked about this because at one point I had used Alli. It does not work like alli, it does not have a stimulant and will not create the nasty side effect. It will only aide in blocking some of the fat and carbs and is not meant to be taken on a regular basis. It is intended to be used on occasion so you don't go off program due to hidden fats/carbs like when you are out eating.

I had been contemplating getting this because I travel and hockey is starting (which means some nights of rushed meals and away games eating out). And I did NOT want something that would give the same reactions as Alli. This seems to be a good boost for not worrying about those hidden items you can't help when you still choose the best you can to stay OP.

Hope this helps, it's what I got from a counselor when I called. :)

They also said it was $30 and should last a while since it is not meant to be taken every day.

Tamikl
10-17-2011, 04:19 PM
I have been using it, also. I really don't know how you KNOW for certain that it works.:?: I do know that I have been directed not to take it more than 3 times per week.

Even though I don't know how to tell if it is for sure working, I still take it just in case it is working!! LOL

Tami

PamBlue
10-17-2011, 04:36 PM
I called and asked about this because at one point I had used Alli. It does not work like alli, it does not have a stimulant and will not create the nasty side effect. It will only aide in blocking some of the fat and carbs and is not meant to be taken on a regular basis. It is intended to be used on occasion so you don't go off program due to hidden fats/carbs like when you are out eating.

I had been contemplating getting this because I travel and hockey is starting (which means some nights of rushed meals and away games eating out). And I did NOT want something that would give the same reactions as Alli. This seems to be a good boost for not worrying about those hidden items you can't help when you still choose the best you can to stay OP.

Hope this helps, it's what I got from a counselor when I called. :)

They also said it was $30 and should last a while since it is not meant to be taken every day.


Thanks, Fluffy! I think they told me there are 45 pills in the bottle and you're not supposed to take more than that on the program.

Pam

dkmd27
10-17-2011, 10:39 PM
the point of it is that you take it if you're gonna cheat ..... and seriously, if you're going to eat off program, make that choice and just do it, then get back with the program the next meal. looking for a crutch or an easy way to not have consequences or accountability for choices will never lead to long-term success.... it's what got most of here in the first place, and yes, it is similar to Alli. Just my opinion, but seriously, the plan works if you follow it without any additional supplements (other than the HNS or equivalent). Own your choices and go forward.

Tamikl
10-18-2011, 11:38 AM
Well, Deb..you should have no problems with your weightloss journey. You seem to have your mindset about it all right where it needs to be. I can understand your words of wisdom, but following them is a bit harder when hit with temptation in real life situations. Guess not all of us are as strong mentally as you are.

I personally don't have the symptoms when I take the Fat/Carb blocker from MRC similar to those from the Alli diet. My understanding is that taking this blocks up to 300 calories worth of Fat/Carbs from a meal. You get 90 capsules in a bottle, and price is $30.

Tami

Fluffy in Florida
10-18-2011, 11:55 AM
I'm not so sure everybody uses it as a crutch or if they are going to cheat. I eat out and make very healthy choices but you can't always be certain of what your healthy choices are being cooked in even if you ask them to not do something. I can see if being used for that type of thing or if you have an engagement you have to be at and your choices are limited.
I choose not to cheat and have been sticking to the program and still struggle a bit with the weight coming off (it's how I am). I'm not going to use this as a crutch or an reason to eat off program, so I don't thing people should make assumptions about others doing so. Making comments like that could make a person using this for the right reasons feel even more bad and not help them any. At least that is how I took the post...just my opinion.

PamBlue
10-18-2011, 02:49 PM
The bad side effects from Alli only happened to me when I ate too much fat. So, I tried not to eat too much...or if I really splurged, I didn't take the Alli. :-) And since I'm pretty much constipated most of the time (sorry, TMI), Alli actually helped me.

dkmd27
10-19-2011, 02:59 AM
no judgment, just making a point .... and that is that this program doesn't have enough carbs and fat in it to block, so if you need a carb and fat blocker, you're eating off program (which is fine .... we can all choose to eat whatever we want).

I do understand the eating out part .... restaurants do use more fat in their foods, even when you're ordering healthy choices. But if you just hop right back on the next meal, that little bit of extra will flush out in a day or two without adding even more pills to your program.

my point was what we choose to eat or not eat is up to us ... it's a personal choice, and if you choose to spend even more money on yet another supplement, more power to you!! If you feel it helps you, great! My personal opinion is that it's not necessary .... when I choose to eat off program, I eat off program, then get right back on the next meal .... this is a difficult journey for all of us, we all struggle. Old habits are hard to break, and sometimes sneak back in.

I just hope that for those of you doing this for the first time, that you don't make my mistakes and have to be back here doing it again!! It's hard!! Gaining back the weight I lost was no one's fault but my own .... and it was all about accountability and personal decisions. I lost the weight and was happy as could be, and got lazy with tracking food and thinking I could eat whatever I wanted.

No offense was meant to anyone, just sharing my own thoughts.

Tamikl
10-19-2011, 11:54 AM
Hi Deb....I appreciate your note...I guess it isn't what we say, it is more likely the way we say it or how it comes across:) Each of us have good intentions...

We are all here to help eachother....and I personally appreciate this type of accountability. I need it. Thank you for being a part of our discussions. Like you, I don't want to do this journey all over again...ever!

Have a great day all!

Tami:sunny:

camaswa
10-19-2011, 04:06 PM
Yes, I see it like Deb: the carb/fat blocker doesn't give you permission to go eat whatever you want, but it's a little proactive measure you can take when you know that the food options may be out of your control. That is, if it actually works. I did break down and buy it, so I think I will take it when I eat out and not give it much more thought. I did look up that ingredient, (after i bought!) chitosan, and saw multiple things online suggesting it was not
effective. But I don't think it can hurt. And it doesn't work like Alli- that ingredient is called orlistsat and would have to be listed on the bottle. I think it would have to be FDA approved, too. I sure don't want to have to worry about THAT side effect!

One more thing, it's so true that the way we say something can make all the difference in how people interpret it. Some other boards I have read are full of people flaming each other and getting all self-righteous about this or that. We have different backgrounds and experiences, but we share the common pain that being overweight creates in our lives. And we are taking action to change.

bigdog
10-19-2011, 09:24 PM
Yes, I see it like Deb: the carb/fat blocker doesn't give you permission to go eat whatever you want, but it's a little proactive measure you can take when you know that the food options may be out of your control. That is, if it actually works. I did break down and buy it, so I think I will take it when I eat out and not give it much more thought. I did look up that ingredient, (after i bought!) chitosan, and saw multiple things online suggesting it was not
effective. But I don't think it can hurt. And it doesn't work like Alli- that ingredient is called orlistsat and would have to be listed on the bottle. I think it would have to be FDA approved, too. I sure don't want to have to worry about THAT side effect!

One more thing, it's so true that the way we say something can make all the difference in how people interpret it. Some other boards I have read are full of people flaming each other and getting all self-righteous about this or that. We have different backgrounds and experiences, but we share the common pain that being overweight creates in our lives. And we are taking action to change.

i love these boards and feel like i can speak honestly. and even appreciate when someone tells me ...hey, obviously you haven't been journaling..(guilty) or hey, you don't get a fruit w/ b-fast and what you may be telling me but not coming right out and saying -hey didnt you pay alot of money for this program so stop cheating and do it so you can be successful. LOL! that's how we help each other and i really appreciate all the help i can get! :-)

Tamikl
10-20-2011, 11:44 AM
I also appreciate the accountability...please just be real gentle with me, ladies. I am very sensitive to criticism..LOL

Also, staying 100% OP is the key. Life goes on sometimes, though, which can make it a challenge. But, we all know how to get there, just need to stay focused and DO IT!

Tami:kickbutt:

rachels77
10-26-2011, 01:53 PM
I agree - the board has been helpful. I do use the Fat/Carb blocker when I eat out. It's not that I planned to eat off-program, but you never know how the restaurants are preparing your dish and if it's compared in extra "left-over" oil that makes it way into your food. For example, I went to a hibachi-style Japanese restaurant and ate the meat and veggies that were OP, but wasn't sure about the oils in others' dishes, so I took the blocker and didn't experience a gain or anything... just fyi.

Suzanne 3FC
10-26-2011, 02:26 PM
The Mayo Clinic tested 'carb blockers' and found that the only thing they could do was slow the digestion of carbs, but they did not actually stop digestion or block them. Furthermore, the amount necessary to slow digestion was much much higher than actually contained in the pills. Extensive tests showed no effect on weight loss.

According to Dr Stephen Barrett, fat blockers only block about 1 gram of fat per day - if you take very high dosages of it (as much as 10 pills daily). At that rate it would take a full year to lose one pound of fat and cost a small fortune.

Most people who stick to their diets can have an occasional discretion without seeing an effect on the scale. If it was really due to the supplements, then the studies would have had a dramatically different result.

Supplements are not regulated and manufacturers are free to make claims and get away with them. The only thing they can't claim is something such as curing cancer or other disease. But they can say anything causes weight loss and they don't have to prove it. MRC and LAWL in particular have a reputation of sellingl a lot of weight loss products that don't work.

camaswa
10-26-2011, 04:58 PM
Oh, wow.thank you very much. I won't buy them again.

dkmd27
10-27-2011, 12:43 AM
Thanks for dropping in with your words of wisdom Suzanne!

bigdog
10-28-2011, 10:57 PM
The Mayo Clinic tested 'carb blockers' and found that the only thing they could do was slow the digestion of carbs, but they did not actually stop digestion or block them. Furthermore, the amount necessary to slow digestion was much much higher than actually contained in the pills. Extensive tests showed no effect on weight loss.

According to Dr Stephen Barrett, fat blockers only block about 1 gram of fat per day - if you take very high dosages of it (as much as 10 pills daily). At that rate it would take a full year to lose one pound of fat and cost a small fortune.

Most people who stick to their diets can have an occasional discretion without seeing an effect on the scale. If it was really due to the supplements, then the studies would have had a dramatically different result.

Supplements are not regulated and manufacturers are free to make claims and get away with them. The only thing they can't claim is something such as curing cancer or other disease. But they can say anything causes weight loss and they don't have to prove it. MRC and LAWL in particular have a reputation of sellingl a lot of weight loss products that don't work.

Thanks Suzanne for sharing that information w/ all of us. i think we felt like alot of the stuff they try to push on us was BS but very cool that we now have scientific evidence from Mayo Clinic . i love this website - thank you so much for starting it!! would not have been successful without all the help and suggestions from my fellow virtual MRC members online :-)

Tamikl
10-29-2011, 06:20 PM
Anything that sounds too good to be true, likely is ladies!! Dang it!! I was hoping these pills worked!!!!! LOL

Rocki
10-29-2011, 11:38 PM
I took the F&C blockers while on plan and never really noticed it helping. However, I've been taking these fat blockers from "The Slim Girl" and I can tell (on the scale) when I forget to take them. I'm not following a plan right now (starting Thursday after I get all my drinks delivered), and have been eating crap. I mean, really a lot of crap. I can't seem to stop myself. But, when I take the blockers I stay the same weight. When I don't, I creep up pretty quickly. I don't sell the stuff, but I ordered 6 bottles b/c I was on their "frequent shopper" plan. They have supplements and body wraps and stuff. I'm not really a big believer in most supplements, but these have worked for me.

BOBCAT9976
01-11-2012, 10:12 AM
I am glad to hear other people take the occassional meal off. My first consultant could not believe that I planned on going out to dinner with my husband occassionally. Needless to say, I axed her bc of her unrealistic expectations and lack of knowlegde regarding nutrition.

supermommyintx
02-10-2012, 03:32 PM
Hi Rocki! Can you message me where you found those fat blocker supplements you mention from The Slim Girl? I only found a "Box" set of materials but not blockers. Thank you in advance for your help!

Brand, spanking new to this forum so if I am off protocol, I humbly ask for a hall pass. ;) I did try to find a direct message icon but wasn't able to see one.

Also, I have had success with the MRC Carb/Fat Blockers in the past, and if anyone wants to sell theirs, please message me. Thanks much!

Ruthxxx
02-10-2012, 04:01 PM
You cannot send messages to others until you have been here for 20 days and have 20 posts.

Yodasmom
05-01-2013, 12:52 PM
I'm so glad I read this thread! I am having a girls night out at my favorite restaurant this weekend and was looking to see if anyone recommended a blocker/binder to help me through this one meal. It looks like I might just need to conserve through the beginning of the day and expand my work out the next day instead.

kgarcia
05-10-2013, 11:22 AM
I have the carb/fat blockers and I've only used them a couple times. Even when we eat out I try and make wise choices. I use them more when I am going somewhere that I have absolutely zero control over what I am served/eating. For example, this week my 15 yr old had a Jazz Band dinner where I had no choice in what was served. I took my fat/carb blocker and tried to do the best I could with what I had.