Frequently asked questions about XLS-Medical Fat Binder

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Written on10/01/2012

Frequently asked questions about XLS-Medical Fat Binder

These frequently asked questions and answers may help you decide if XLS-Medical could help you reach your weight loss goals.

1 How does XLS-Medical work?
XLS Medical Fat Binder reduces the absorption of dietary fat by interacting with the fat to form a viscous fat-fibre complex too large to pass through the wall of the small intestine.

This fat-fibre complex is eliminated naturally from the body in the stools, when you go to the toilet. You shouldn't notice any difference to your usual bowel movements, although you need to drink enough water to prevent becoming constipated.

XLS Medical Fat Binder is made from naturally derived cactus leaves which are gentle on your system and is a proven weight loss aid.

XLS Medical Fat Binder is suitable for adults over 18 years of age. The following groups of people should not take XLS-Medical Fat Binder.

Those who:

  • Are pregnant or likely to become pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Have a BMI of less than 18.5
  • Eat liver or liver products once a week, with other products containing retinol (as XLS-Medical also contains vitamin A as retinol)
  • Are at risk of osteoporosis (post-menopausal women and older people)

Please consult your healthcare professional before taking XLS-Medical if:

  • You have diabetes, as XLS-Medical Fat Binder supports the reduction of food cravings by balancing blood glucose levels. Patients with diabetes may have to adjust their daily treatment to avoid hypoglycaemic attacks
  • You use cholesterol-reducing medication
  • You have an existing medical condition
  • If you have kidney stones or kidney disease
  • You are taking any medicines

2 Does XLS-Medical have any side effects?
XLS Medical is made from naturally derived cactus leaves which are gentle on your system.

Being a certified Medical Device Class IIa and originating from an organic plant source, XLS-Medical is considered a well-tolerated product. As part of the certification process this product has passed several safety tests according to international standards for medical device safety.

However, it is not recommended to exceed more than six tablets per day. Furthermore, in accordance with Medical Device Directive 93/42/EEC, a rest period of three to five days is recommended after every 30 days of consumption of this Class IIa Medical Device product.

This product is rich in fibre, so some users may experience mild constipation if they don't also drink plenty of water. In very rare instances, some people may experience stomach pain or flatulence.

3 Is XLS-Medical safe?
Eleven million packs of XLS-Medical Fat Binder have been sold to date in Europe, with no reported safety issues. Because of the way XLS-Medical works, it does not interfere with the body's natural workings. In very rare instances, some people may experience stomach pain or flatulence, and possibly constipation if they don't drink plenty of water.

4 How much weight will I lose?
The NHS suggests that people should aim for sensible weight loss, which is between one and two pounds (0.5 to 1 kilogram) per week. It is also recommended that people monitor their body mass index (BMI) and aim to remain within the healthy range of BMI, which is between 18.5 and 24.9.

XLS-Medical is a proven weight loss aid. If you consume 500 calories a day fewer than the recommended intake, exercise and take XLS-Medical according to the instructions, you should find that, after 12 weeks, you will have lost significantly more weight than you would have done through dropping calories and increasing exercise alone. This was the result shown in a recent clinical trial under strictly controlled conditions and involving 125 healthy volunteers*.

If you are unsure, please consult your GP or pharmacist before embarking on any diet.

5 Is it suitable for children?
No. XLS-Medical is not suitable for children under 18 years of age. Children under the age of 18 who need to lose weight should refer to their GP for weight-loss advice.

6 How long can I take this product for?
XLS-Medical Fat Binder is a 12-week programme. It is recommended a rest period of between three and five days is taken after every 30 days of consumption, in accordance with the Medical Device Directive 93/42/EEC. XLS-Medical Fat Binder is a proven weight loss aid. By sticking to the programme it may help you lose more weight than if you simply eat a balanced diet and take some exercise.

7 Can I continue taking XLS-Medical Fat Binder?
You will continue to see the benefits if you take XLS-Medical Fat Binder beyond 12 weeks, and there is no issue in taking it longer. Not only can it help with continued weight loss, it also helps to maintain weight. However, it is recommended that a rest period of between three and five days is taken after every 30 days of consumption. This is in accordance with the Medical Device Directive 93/42/EEC.

8 What are the key ingredients of XLS-Medical?

The key ingredients are:

  • Litramine™
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E

XLS-Medical is one of the only weight loss aids to include these essential vitamins.

9 What is Litramine?
Litramine™ is a patented fibre complex made from dried leaves of prickly pear cactus, Opuntiaficusindica. It is rich in fibres both soluble and insoluble. Their optimised particle size and ratio are crucial for its fat-binding capacity. It is a light-green granulated powder which has both the taste and odour of cactus. Litramine™ is clinically-proven to bind dietary fats without affecting the way the body normally works.

10 What is the difference between XLS-Medical and other weight loss aids?
There are a wide range of weight loss aids available, ranging from herbal complexes through to licensed medicines.

XLS-Medical Fat Binder's weight loss capability has been proven in several clinical studies. It also has an excellent safety profile as it does not affect the way the body normally works. It is not absorbed through the intestine but has been proven to encapsulate the fat in the gut.

There are other cactus-derived fat binders available. However, the main ingredient in XLS-Medical is Litramine™, and the main ingredient in Litramine™ is NeOpuntia®. This is enriched with additional soluble fibre and subjected to a different mechanical process, giving it superior fat-binding properties** to other cactus-derived fat binders. This has been proven in a clinical study carried out under strict conditions and using healthy volunteers.

11 What is the recommended dosage and when should I take it?
If your goal is to lose weight, then the recommendation is to take two tablets after each meal. If it is a meal with a very high fat content, then you may take three XLS-Medical Fat Binder tablets. However, do not take more than six tablets each day.

If you have reached your goal weight and are taking XLS-Medical Fat Binder to prevent future weight gain, then the recommendation is to take one or two tablets after each meal. If a meal is very high in fat content then take three tablets, but do not exceed a total of six tablets per day.

12 Are there other products available with the same active ingredients?
No other products are available with the same formulation or Litramine™, which is our patented formulation.

13 What is a medical device?
A medical device aims to help the prevention, diagnosis, monitoring or treatment of diseases. Importantly, a medical device has to be registered so that it is regulated, which might offer extra peace of mind to anyone who uses it.

The key difference between a medicine and a medical device is that a medical device works alongside or with your body, while a medicine affects the chemistry of human cells.

A medical device usually works directly where your body needs help. Nowadays, medical devices are quite commonly used to help ease and treat many medical conditions.

14 Do you need a prescription to get XLS-Medical Fat Binder?
No. If your BMI is above 18.5, you can buy XLS-Medical Fat Binder without a doctor's prescription from Boots, both in store and online.

15 Is XLS-Medical Fat Binder suitable for people with food allergies?
While we believe that XLS-Medical will be suitable for people who suffer from food allergies, we recommend that anyone suffering from a food allergy consult their doctor before taking the product.

16 Can the tablet be broken or crushed into smaller pieces for people who have trouble swallowing?
No, it is not recommended. The tablets have a special way of releasing the ingredients to make it as effective as possible, and crushing them damages this process.

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* Weight loss (n=123) INQ/K/00310, Summary Report Study for Weight Loss and Waist Circumference Reduction, Grube, 2011 & INQ/K/00310, Full Report Study for Weight Loss and Waist Circumference Reduction, Grube, 2011

**Fat excretion (n=50)Source 5: INQ/K/00808, 2-Armed, Randomised, Double Blind, Placebo-Controlled Fat Excretion Study of LitramineTM,, Grube, 2008/9

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