The XLS Medical brand is owned by Omega Pharma the company was founded over 25 years ago in Belgium and has since grown to be a major supplier of health and personal care products, and presently owns over 2,000 brands including Solpadine pain killers and Predictor home pregnancy tests. All of the products marketed under the XLS Medical brand name are designed to help support safe, natural weight loss.
XLS Medical Direct Powder Sticks are designed to work as a fat binder and are a little different from most other fat binders in that they are produced in powder form. Weight loss powders are not unheard of, but in most cases such powders are mixed with water and consumed as a drink. In this case the powder is supplied in stick-shaped sachets which are torn open and poured into the mouth, where they dissolve on the tongue and can be swallowed without any need for water or other liquids.
According to the marketing material, XLS Medical Direct Powder Sticks can bind up to 28% of dietary fat.
Other stated benefits include:
- Appetite suppression
- Cholesterol reduction
XLS Medical Direct Powder Sticks Pros & Cons
|· Produced by a reputable company
· Easy to find a supplier
· Contains a proven fat binder
· Side effects are unlikely
· Customer feedback is predominantly good
|· Can be expensive
· No guarantee
· May cause greasy stools
The XLS Medical Direct Powder Sticks Formulation
The main ingredient is a proprietary blend called Litramine. It’s a natural fibre complex sourced from a succulent plant called opuntia ficus-indica—often called Prickly Pear, due to its cactus-like appearance. Prickly Pear is high in vitamin c and is a popular food in certain areas of the world. Here in the west it is better known for its fat binding abilities.
Once consumed, fat binders have the power to attract dietary fats. The human digestive enzymes cannot digest fat binders, and the bound fat cannot be digested either, so it is carried through the intestines and passed with the stool. The presence of the fat binder and bound fat can also create a feeling of fullness that naturally supresses the appetite and, bearing in mind cholesterol is also a form of fat, the additional benefits provided should require no explanation.
The value of Litramine as a fat binder is fully supported by a study conducted in Germany. A total of 125 overweight volunteers were involved in the study (male and female) and the study was conducted over a period of 12 weeks. The weight losses logged from the Litramine-taking volunteers easily surpassed those of the placebo group.
|% of Body Fat Lost Placebo Group): 0.027%||% of Body Fat Lost (Litramine Group): 5%|
The researchers concluded: “Litramine IQP G-002AS is effective in promoting weight loss.”
Although water is not necessary when consuming the sticks, XLS Medical recommends drinking at least 2L of water each day.
A few customers report less than satisfactory results and complain about the taste, but most customers rate the product highly.
A few sample testimonials read:
Side Effects & Health Issues
A few customers complain about oily, greasy stools, but this is not a side effect, it is just the way fat binders work; and it is worth remembering any fat passed as stool would normally have been digested and contributed to weight gain.
One customer complains:
Pizzas are a high fat food and never a good choice for anyone who is trying to lose weight. People who eat a healthy diet will not have so much fat to block. XLS Medical Direct Powder Sticks are designed to work as a weight loss aid, not to provide a get out of jail free card for people who want to eat junk food without paying the consequences
Pregnant or nursing mothers should consult their GP before taking any form of dietary supplement. People who have existing health issues or are taking medications should also consult a doctor before using dietary supplement of any kind.*
Purchasing Options and Availability
XLS Medical Direct Powder Sticks can be purchased from many high street chemists and from larger supermarkets, but the price can be close to £50 for a 1-month supply. Online sources can often be cheaper so buying online may be the way to go. XLS Medical also produces a smaller 10-day trail pack, and cautious buyers may find this the best way to try out the sticks on the cheap.
Fat binding and fat blocking diet products share common similarities with fat blockers being the more effective in our opinion.
PhenQ is a fat binder that does rely on just the one mechanic of action but utilises a fat burning agent and an appetite suppressant. It believed by many to the best in its class.