Review: Calorease – Weight Management Aid

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Some of you already know that I have been on a health and weight loss journey. In the past few months, I’ve really cleaned up my eating, began getting serious about my workouts again, and I’ve even included a few supplements to help with performance and weight loss. One of the supplements I recently tried was a product called Calorease, which claims that it can reduce fat from the food you eat. I was very skeptical of a claim like this, so I decided to give it a try and see what happens.

The way Calorease works is explained like this:

“Humans cannot absorb fat without digesting it first. In the small intestine, a digestive enzyme called lipase processes fat droplets into smaller fragments called fatty acids. Fatty acids are absorbed through the digestive tract, and then reassembled within the body to form fat. When the FBCx in Calorease binds with and coats the fat droplets, they become resistant to digestion so that the fat is less likely to be absorbed. Instead, the bound FBCx and fat complex passes through the digestive tract and is eliminated as waste.”

Sounds interesting, but honestly, I am not a fan of taking pills to offset the “fatty foods” I eat. And I wasn’t sure what type of fat it would prevent from being absorbed. Was it the good fat from avocados, nuts, etc.? Or does prevent only the bad fat from foods like cakes, pies, etc.? Since I don’t typically eat the “junk fat” but I do eat fat from coconut oil, avocados and the like, I was a little unsure of what exactly the product would do.

Another requirement for Calorease to work, is that you need to be consistently taking these pills, up to six tablets a day. Again, this was a bit of a challenge for me to remember to take the pills and then to remember to bring them with me if I was going to eat away from home.

Overall, I can’t say that this was a good product for me. Since I am on my way to transitioning to a raw vegan diet, I find that I don’t really need a product like this to control my weight or to help me lose weight. And I am not a fan of a product that doesn’t seem to really help a person to make better food choices in the first place. I know losing weight is hard, but I truly believe that weight loss starts with a conscious decision to first get educated about our bodies and nutrition, and Calorease seemed to be more of a hindrance than a help. If someone has to rely on a pill to help them not absorb fat from the food they eat, then how does that support them in making better food choices in the future? And how does that change a person’s eating habits for the better? Why not just reduce the amount of fat you eat in the first place so you don’t need to take a pill?

I don’t know, I can’t really recommend this product as it goes against my beliefs about how food is really only one part of the total picture of health. Losing weight should not be a process that is dependent on taking pills to offset consuming a poor diet. I know no one is perfect, but sometimes making mistakes and learning from them is the best way to make a permanent change for the better.

Have you had any success with weight loss aids? Tell me your experience in the comments below.

Disclosure: A complimentary sample of this product was provided in exchange for an honest opinion and review.

Comments

  1. I’m not a fan of diet pills either. A lot of the short-term “tricks” people use don’t contribute to a lifestyle change. When I lost 30 lbs, I was on the South Beach Diet. I eliminated high carb foods and I felt good enough to exercise regularly.
    I know I need to make that change again soon….as I sit here in Starbucks sipping a high-sugar coffee drink :(
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  2. I personally, am totally against anything that claims to be a miracle type pill or quick fix. Also not a fan of restricted diets or any diet really. Why? Well, at some point the diet or pills will end and it will once again be up to you to eat healthy. A popular diet is to go on a low carb or no carb diet. This is not good at all because your body needs carbs for energy and fuel. About 50 percent of the average person’s diet should be carbs. I am trying out a pretty serious weight lifting program and even the trainer suggests 50 percent carbs! To get lean and mean! If you restrict yourself from something like carbs, your body only craves it more and you end up normally bingeing on them. There are tons of healthy carbs out there in fruits, whole grains, and veggies though. Carbs are something people shouldn’t be afraid of.

    A lot of people see getting healthy and fit as like a 30 to 90 day plan, but in reality it is only the beginning of what needs to be a life journey of healthy eating and exercise. So even if it takes longer to lose the weight, we need to be eating healthy food in healthy portions. Besides how you look on the outside, eating healthy and exercising will help reduce cancer and a gazillion other illnesses, plus give you so much energy.

    Can you tell I am passionate about this? :)
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  3. Thanks, Desiree, for your honest review! We at Calorease also recommend a healthy diet and exercise as the best weight management tools. However, I speak from personal experience when I say that the real world of daily food choices can often derail the most dedicated plans. In that situation, Calorease can be a valuable tool.

    You asked whether Calorease targets “good fats” or “bad fats”. Due to the molecular properties of active ingredient FBCx, it targets “bad fats” first. Highly saturated fats, including trans fats, are preferentially bound and eliminated by the FBCx fiber (see http://calorease.com/faqs#useanddosage, under “Does Calorease treat all fats equally?”).

    Two types of dieters can benefit from Calorease.
    The first is the Occasional Splurger (and I’ll count myself among them). We mean well, and achieve a respectable diet overall. But just today, a box of red velvet cupcakes showed up in the office, and…well, you know the rest. Doing the math, one cupcake is typically 180 calories, with 144 of those calories from 16 grams of fat (oh, that cream cheese frosting!) Taking 2 Calorease tablets can offset as many as 166 dietary fat calories total – and that can make a positive difference. Is it better to avoid the cupcake in the first place? Of course!

    Those who consume a normal, daily fat-containing diet can benefit from Calorease. While neither excessive nor indulgent, their diet may still include eggs or buttered toast with breakfast, and other fat sources from meals or snacks throughout the day. Taken as directed, Calorease can reduce up to 500 calories a day from the fat contained in such a diet.

    For anyone considering Calorease as a weight management tool, we recommend researching whether it’s right for their unique dietary profile. http://www.calorease.com contains quite a bit of useful information, including research and clinical trials.

    Calorease is not intended to be a “short term trick”, and we don’t claim to be a miracle type pill or quick fix. On the contrary, Calorease should be taken in conjunction with a healthy eating and exercise program, without the restrictions of a low-fat diet.

    Fats are an important component of one’s everyday dietary intake. We understand that dieting is a difficult process, and the most difficult part can be removing the food you love from your eating plan.

    Thanks again for your review!

  4. So did you take it for very long? did you lose weight? you never really stated you rexperience with Calorease, just your thoughts against it. Just wondering

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