Do the weight loss benefits of Fat Blaster outweigh the reported user side effects?
What is Fat Blaster?
Winner of the Australian Journal of Pharmacy Award for The Best OTC (over-the-counter) health product, Fat Blaster is a dietary supplement.
It is used to promote weight-loss through boosting energy levels, raising stamina and suppressing the appetite when used in conjunction with a healthy diet and lifestyle.
What’s in the formula and how does it work?
Ingredients include Gurana, Psyllium Husks, Elemental Chromium and Vitamins B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B12 (Cyanacobalamin).
Fat Blaster claims to work by stimulating the process of thermogenesis within the body; this reaction is said to accelerate the metabolism leading to the burning of energy and fat and calories which would otherwise be stored in the body.
The inclusion of Guarana in the Fat Blaster product, a natural herbal Caffeine which has previously been linked to the thermogenic process, could provide the required metabolic stimulation to help encourage weight loss.
Psyllium Husks are recognised as a water-absorption ingredient which will help provide a feeling of “fullness” and satiety as it will slow down the gastric process and aid in the stabilisation of blood-sugar levels. This ingredient has also been linked to the potential to lower rates of cholesterol in the body.
Chromium is also included and is another method of appetite suppression, as it helps to maintain the levels of insulin in the body and regulate blood glucose.
What do the experts say?
Dr Alvin Ibarra trialled clinical studies on the key ingredient Svetol – used in the formulation of the Fat Blaster Max capsules. Svetol contains chlorogenic acid-bearing green coffee extract, this ingredient was used on participants in a double-blind placebo study.
At the conclusion of the trial Dr Ibarra claimed that those using Svetol had lost twice as much weight as those in the control placebo group.
However, this is in direct contrast to another trial conducted by the International Journal of
Obesity Related Disorders who gave participants 200mg of Svetol daily over 24 weeks; the findings reported that they lost no more weight than those taking placebo’s.
What do customers have to say?
Testimonials from satisfied users taken from the official website include comments from an individual who describes herself as a “yummy mummy” who lost 11kg and the gentleman who “transformed my blubber” with weight-loss of 20kg; perhaps most impressive is the user who stated that “my life has changed beyond my wildest dreams” since losing 26kgs whilst following a diet and exercise routine supported by Fat Blaster.
Rather less complementary comments can be found from other (non-affiliated) sources including one stating that after following 1,200 calories per day diet and taking the Fat Blaster supplements for 6 weeks the user had been forced to give up as the high Caffeine content in the capsules had led to severe nausea.
Other former users have also commented on the instances of severe headaches and migraine experienced when using the product; possibly the most disturbing statement is from someone who claimed that “after 4 weeks I thought I was going nuts. Had trouble coping with things and feelings of anger and despair”.
The manufacturers of Fat Blaster – Naturopathica (owned by CathMedia Pty Ltd) state on their website that customers can receive a full refund within 7 days of purchase if they are unhappy with the product; however they insist that packaging must be unopened and intact!
Dosage and Price
The recommended dosage of Fat Blaster is 1-2 capsules taken with water 3 times daily immediately prior to meals or exercise. The standard Fat Blaster capsules are available from $39.95 for 1 month supply of 60 capsules and the Fat Blaster Max from $49.95 for 60 capsules.
Is Fat Blaster worth buying?
Overall rating : (2.5)
There is some real conflicting information circulating about this product online, while the manufacturer claims its the best thing since sliced bread, some consumers have taken to forums and blogs to leave some fairly strong negative feedback.
Clinical evidence as to its effectiveness is also sketchy at best, with some reports that it can help user lose weight and others saying there is no evidence whatsoever.