Choosing to lose weight with the help of a weight loss aid can be a bit overwhelming. With so many different products on the market, how do you know which is right for you?
Weight Loss Meal Replacements
Almased Powder – Almased Powder is dissolved in water to create a meal replacement drink. The powder contains proteins from soya and yogurt, as well as other nutrients and enzymes. Almased aims to increase metabolism, and give a feeling of fullness, helping you to burn fat and not muscle mass.
Almased is gluten free and is suitable for vegetarians. It shouldn’t be used as a complete meal replacement but should be used alongside a balanced diet and plenty of fluids.
SlimFast – SlimFast is one of the best known meal replacement options. It’s available as ready made shakes, shake mixes, snacks and meals. With SlimFast is a calorie-controlled diet plan. You follow a 3-2-1 plan of three snacks, two shakes or meal bars and one balanced meal every day. This approach is great for those who like more variety in a meal replacement plan.
Optifast – Optifast is a range of shakes, bars and soups. The meal replacements are nutritionally complete and low in calories. Optifast is a 26 week diet program, beginning with full meal replacement. To be eligible for Optifast, you must have a BMI of over 23. You can calculate your BMI with this calculator. Optifast is not suitable for those with cerebral or cardiovascular disease.
Weight Loss Supplements
Alli Capsules – Alli capsules contain the active ingredient orlistat. Orlistat inhibits the enzyme pancreatic lipase. This enzyme is responsible for the breakdown of fat, so fat leaves the body undigested.
Alli is suitable for those with a BMI of 28 and above. You can calculate your BMI with this calculator. Patients taking any medication should speak with their Doctor or a pharmacist before taking Alli. Some side effects are common with Alli, such as nausea, flatulence and diarrhoea.
XLS Medical Fat Binder – XLS Medical Fat Binder tablets contain the active ingredient Litramine, which is derived from the dried leaves of cacti. This ingredient binds on to dietary fat, causing fat to be excreted from the body.
These tablets are suitable for patients with a BMI of 18.5 or more. You can calculate your BMI with this calculator. XLS Medical Fat Binders don’t interact with medication, but could affect their absorption. It is advised to take any medicines 1 to 2 hours apart from the Fat Binder.
Any weight loss aid is designed to work alongside a healthy diet and exercise regime. Consult your Doctor or a pharmacist before starting any plan.