Are you someone who has a challenge fighting off that carb craving? Do you feel like the one big thing holding you back from losing the last little bit of excess weight are all those carbs you consumed in one day? If so, you’re not alone. Americans consume way too many carbohydrates on average, and unfortunately, carbs come in many forms: Bread, pasta, sugary sweets, and starches are all examples. Excess carb consumption is a big contributor to America’s overweight problem. If you’re someone who has a hard time cutting out carbs, then I’m here to tell you some really good news! I recently stumbled upon research by UCLA supporting a breakthrough carb-blocking supplement that has stirred a lot of buzz around town. It’s called White Kidney Bean Extract.
What is it and how does it work?
White Kidney Bean Extract, or Phaseolus vulgaris is a alpha-amylase carbohydrate blocker that works by inhibiting the enzyme alpha-amylase (which digest starches) after it is secreted into the intestines. In simple terms, this extract actually helps the body in stopping carbs break down into sugars. It is suggested to be taken on a empty stomach 30 minutes to an hour before eating a carbohydrate rich meal. The starches that are consumed will do one of two things – they will either be left undigested in the gut or the amount in which is digested is dramatically reduced, depending on how much you ate. This does not give you permission to eat a whole pizza or three cupcakes in one sitting, but it does give you a little less worry in the back of your head that you might feel after eating carbs.
Possible Side Effects
You will still need to eat a balanced diet- this isn’t a long lasting weight loss solution. Since the body isn’t properly digesting carbohydrates, White Kidney Bean Extract might cause a few gastrointestinal issues like excess gas, cramps, diarrhea and possibly heartburn. Ketosis can also take place. Ketosis is a metabolic disorder characterized by an accumulation of chemicals known as ketones, which are produced by the body as a byproduct of burning fat. High levels of ketones in the body can cause excessive excretion of sodium and water. You are essentially putting your body on a low carb diet, artificially, which can make you feel tired and/or moody. The effects only last as long as you decide to take it. Once stopped, weight gain could be expected, unless you adjusted some healthy lifestyle changes along the way (hint: a good thing).
Overall, I have heard a lot of positive feedback on White Kidney Bean, but making sure you get an adequate amount of exercise, sleep, water and nutritious food should always be your main goal. As usual, consult with a physician before making any sudden diet changes and/or before starting any new supplements.