According to XLS Medical their Direct Powder Sticks can help the user lose up to three times as much weight as would be achievable by dieting alone.
The sticks (actually a stick-shaped sachet of powder) are designed to work as a fat binder, and fat binders that work can provide very impressive weight losses.
Other selling points include:
- Binds up to 28% of dietary fat
- Suppresses the appetite
- Reduces Cholesterol
XLS Medical are responsible for several other diet products including XLS Medical Fat Binder, Appetite Control and Carb Reducer
XLS as a brand has a good reputation and can be found in many leading health stores including Holland and Barrett, Boots and Supedrug
Claims Made V Possible Benefits
Fat binders are made from ingredients that have two distinctive characteristics:
- They cannot be digested by the human digestive system
- They have the ability to absorb and “bind” dietary fats
Fat is a high calorie food and people who eat too much fatty food generally pay the price by piling on the pounds. Whenever an effective fat binder is consumed alongside foods that contain fat (cheese, red meat, crisps etc.) the fat binder attracts the fat from the food and bonds with it to form a gelatinous mass, making the fat as impervious to the digestive enzymes as the fat binder itself.
The presence of such a mass in the stomach often creates a feeling of fullness that suppresses the appetite. In due course, however, the mass makes its way through the intestines and is finally passed as stool. Because cholesterol is also a fatty compound it is also susceptible to the fat binding process, so a good fat binder, when used alongside a healthy diet, can help ensure a good cholesterol level as well as contribute to weight loss.
Who Makes XLS Medical Direct Powder Sticks?
XLS Medical Direct Powder Sticks is just one of several fat binding supplements manufactured by the leading European company Omega Pharma. As well as the XLS Medical brand, the company also owns Predicta (pregnancy test), Solpadine (pain killer), and around 2,000 other brands, many of which are household names.
What are the Ingredients used in XLS Medical Direct Powder Sticks?
The active ingredient is Litramine.
Litramine is a trademarked ingredient produced by InQpharm. It contains Prickly Pear (opuntia ficus-indica), an ingredient famed for its fat binding abilities, along with a soluble fibre that can lower cholesterol levels and improve cardiovascular health.
Several studies have been conducted on, and are highly supportive of, Litramine’s fat binding abilities.
In 2013, Obesity published the results of a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study conducted on 125 obese adults. The figures recorded after 12 weeks make interesting reading
- Mean body weight change from baseline was 3.8 ± 1.8 kg in Litramine vs. 1.4 ± 2.6 kg in placebo (P < 0.001)
- More Litramine subjects lost at least 5% of their initial body weight compared to the placebo group (P = 0.027).
- When compared with the placebo group, the Litramine group also showed significantly greater reduction in BMI, body fat composition, and waist circumference.
- Litramine was well tolerated and no adverse reactions were reported.
The researchers concluded Litramine is “effective in promoting weight loss”.
How to use XLS Medical Direct Powder Sticks
Once stick is taken three times per day and it is recommended the sticks be taken just after a meal has been eaten. No water is required, the sachet is just torn open and poured into the mouth, where it mixes with the natural juices it finds there and can be swallowed easily.
Supplementation can be continued for one month or longer, depending on personal needs.
A minority of users complain about the taste, and others state they had increased bowel movements, but overall customer feedback is very good
Some sample comments read:
Side Effects & Health Issues
Side effects are unlikely, but pregnant or nursing mothers are advised to seek medical advice before taking any kind of weight loss-providing supplement. Anyone who has any existing health issues ore concerns about their health should also consult a doctor prior to taking supplements or commencing a weight loss regimen.
Where to Buy XLS Medical Direct Powder Sticks
Anyone looking to buy XLS Medical Direct Powder Sticks will probably need to look no further than their nearest branch of Boots or Superdrug, or other favoured pharmacy. Prices tend to be around the £40 mark, but a few suppliers charge much more and, in general, buying online is a good way to save a few extra pennies for a rainy day.
Although XLS Medical has a good reputation it does not rank as one of our top or recommended products.