Firstly, lets just celebrate the fact that men and dieting is no longer considered an oxymoron. For decades weight loss has been strictly targeted at women which made one wonder if in fact men suffered from weight issues.
Cancer Research UK however revealed in 2009 that a study conducted by Men's Health Forum concluded that a staggering 1 in 2 men in the UK are overweight. This statistic is echoed in the US, a country with the worst obesity record currently on the planet.
Still, it's refreshing that a market appears to be opening for men able to express their concerns over their weight and make the those very first initial but important steps.
Men however do focus very differently from women when it comes to losing weight with the initial term "dieting" not extremely popular amongst male circles. "Dieting" implies femininity, so men adopt the term "working out", as this appears much more positive and life changing.
As opposed to seeking a curvier butt or shapelier behind, men go for transferring body fat into body mass with the aim of eradicating that belly flab and chiseling out firmer, stronger features.
As a means of speeding up this physical transformation, men often opt for fat or carb blockers in combo with a work out plan. However, many men query over whether both a fat and carb blocker will indeed increase rapid weight loss.
To define how a fat blocker works, Xenical is probably the best example. Sold over the counter in the form of Alli, Xenical restricts the break down of fatty acid in the intestine, manufacturers argue by up to 27%.
It's clear that Alli can potentially help individuals on fatty diets, but for those consuming lots of carbs, Xenical is essentially useless.
If you are on a high fat diet though, due to this prescription drug blocking certain enzymes from breaking down, it unfortunately restricts the absorption of Vitamins A, B, E and K so taking multi-vits are advised.
Alli also offers considerably discomforting side affects if you are on a high fat diet including bloating and diarrhea so restricting your fat intake to avoid these side affects kind of defeats the object.
Carb blockers on the other hand have yet to receive the C.E seal of approval from the F.D.A and doctors are extremely dubious if these pills actually work.
These supplements extract their main ingredient from (phaseolamin) found in the white kidney bean which interferes with your starch digesting enzymes within the intestine. Unfortunately, carb blockers deliver the similar effects as eating lots of beans, hence bloating plus your gastric system contains far too many enzymes that one pill can block so weight loss prospects are slim.
The important point to remember is that the body requires the 3 major macro-nutrients to function at its healthiest, fat, carbs and protein. By attempting to block 2 of the major 3 is simply not physically worthwhile.
To stand the best chance at shredding weight using men's weight loss pills would be to workout and use a natural fat "burner" at the same time.