Carb blockers are a small supplement category that takes advantage of the popular low carb approach to dieting. They work by blocking excess carbs. This means the body won’t store them as fat.
What’s In Carb Blockers?
Most Carb Blockers contain an extract of Phaseolus Vulgaris. This is the botanical name for the kidney bean. White kidney bean is the most common ingredient. Carb Blcokers also inlcude other ingredients. These are chromium, vanadium, and fenugreek.
The idea behind carb blockers is that they will prevent the enzyme alpha-amylase from binding with starchy carbohydrates. This includes potatoes, pasta, and grains, to name a few. This enzyme is in the saliva. It breaks down the carbohydrates into smaller molecules. By preventing the binding process, the carbohydrate will pass through the body. They pass through the digestive tract and are eliminated. Most products claim to prevent 30 and 45 grams of carbohydrates from being absorbed.
- Prevent the absorption of carbohydrates thereby helping with fat loss
Carb blockers work by limiting the absorption of carbohydrates in your diet. They do this by “blocking” the breakdown of carbohydrates into energy. What happens if carbohydrates are broken down into glucose? If they are not used by the body as energy, they are stored as fat. What if you eat more carbohydrates then your body requires? They will be stored as fat. Carb blockers prevent excess fat storage. They do this by preventing the absorption and breakdown of some of the carbohydrates in a meal.
Actually, this is an area that needs to be better understood. This is because the average dieter has no idea of the role carbohydrates play in the body. In fact, that’s one reason we have the obesity epidemic we have today. People do not understand the function of food. The average person sees food as a source of enjoyment. Many foods have been “developed” to fill that role but that is not the fundamental purpose. Each type of food – be it protein, carbohydrates or fats – serve a definite role in the daily functioning of the body.
The primary function of carbohydrates is to provide fuel or energy to the body. What happens when the energy needs of the body are met? The body stores excess carbs as fat. Now, take a look at the foods offered to the general public. I’m talking about processed food overloaded with sugar, fat, and overall calories. It’s no wonder people are over-weight. The average bodybuilder or fitness enthusiast understands this – or should understand it! This means that they are in control of the calories they eat. Meals fulfill a specific purpose at a specific time.
Does that mean carb blockers are of no use to that type of person? No, because they can be helpful for anyone trying to lean out. Maybe you are a competition bodybuilder getting ready for a show. Or, maybe you just want to look good on the beach. These are both good reasons. In fact, some people will use them specifically on “cheat” days. By doing this, you can eat a lot of carbs. Yet, they won’t be stored by the body.
Most of the products are combinations of white kidney beans and a few supporting nutrients. Of course, some add in a number of other nutrients. This includes a caffeine source, antioxidant blends, and so on. What if fat loss is the goal? I would suggest a caffeine source as that can boost the metabolism. This helps promote faster fat loss. I would recommend adding some other effective products to your program. This includes a fat blocker and thyroid support product for the best results.
Timing is always before meals, primarily meals that contain a large number of carbohydrates. Follow label directions regarding dosage. Read the label carefully before buying and using it.