Orlistol is a non-prescription weight loss aid that has been designed to mimic the results of the popular diet drug Xenical, which contains the weight loss medication orlistat. A dietary supplement formulated by Nutratech, Orlistol works to control calories by inhibiting the absorption of carbs and fats, so that they can’t be broken down and absorbed by the body. Instead, they remain undigested and are eliminated through the body as waste.
Orlistol’s formula, which supposedly blocks the absorption of fats and carbs, is composed of the following ingredients: Chitosan, Phaseolus Vulgaris, Apple Cider Vinegar Powder, Garcinia Cambogia Extract, G. Sylvestre, Aloe Vera Extract, California Buckthorn.
Combined, these ingredients made up the dietary supplement’s proprietary formula, when this Orlistol review was written. There are 725 mg of the proprietary formula per 1 capsule serving. The directions are to take 1 – 2 capsules prior to meals, with a minimum of 8 ounces of water. One (1) capsule should be taken for meals under 500 calories and 2 for meals over 500 calories. You should not exceed more than 4 capsules per day.
On the official Orlistol product page, Nutratech claims that Orlistol’s “proprietary blend of legal over the counter ingredients, have been scientifically shown to provide many of the same benefits of this medication and result in fast and ongoing fat loss through a variety of factors.”
While this is certainly a bold and compelling statement, the fact remains that Nutratech has not backed it up with any solid scientific fact or proof. No studies for the ingredients within the formula are cited on the official product page. What’s more, by conducting a little research on these ingredients, what you’ll find is that none of them have been proven to result in measureable fat loss.
Yes, there are popular claims about many of these ingredients. For instance, pahseolus vulgris, more commonly known as white kidney bean, is believed to block carbs by blocking an enzyme in the body from digesting starches (carbs) and transforming them into sugar. Likewise, garcinia cambogia is believed to help block the body’s natural ability to make fat and may also help reduce appetite, while both G. Sylvestre and apple cider vinegar may assist in regulating blood sugar to help control cravings.
Again, as impressive as this might sound, evidence regarding the efficacy of these ingredients in relation to weight loss is lacking and more scientific study needs to be conducted to determine their true benefits.
If you would like to take Orlistol, it would be wise to first consult with your healthcare practitioner. This is especially important if you are pregnant, nursing, have a medical condition or are currently taking medications or other herbs to treat a health problem.