Orlistol is a dietary supplement from Nutratech, designed as a calorie control weight loss aid. If the name of this product sounds familiar, the reason is likely due to the fact that the name “Orlistol” closely resembles the name of prescription diet drug Orlistat. More than just a name resemblance, like orlistat, this dietary supplement is designed as a fat blocker. It also supposedly works to inhibit the body’s absorption of carbs.
With that in mind, however. Orlistol is a non-prescription formula and was created as an over-the-counter (OTC) alternative to orlistat, which some people know more commonly by its popular brand name, Xenical.
According to Nutratech, Orlistol has been “carefully researched and formulated to mimic the results of the popular prescription weight loss medication Orlistat.”
Its formula is made up of a proprietary blend of ingredients including: Chitosan, Phaseolus Vulgaris, Apple Cider Vinegar Powder, Garcinia Cambogia Extract, G. Sylvestre, Aloe Vera Extract, California Buckthorn.
The manufacturer claims that each of these ingredients are legal and have been scientifically shown to provide many of the same benefits of the prescription medication, which results in “fast and ongoing fat loss through a variety of factors.”
Even though these claims were made on the official Orlistol product page, when this review was written, no studies were listed on the site to back up the “scientifically shown” claim. That being said, research has been conducted on these ingredients.
Some studies have suggested that chitosan, which is extracted from the hard shells of crustaceans, such as shrimp, can limit the amount of fat absorbed by the body from the amount of food ingested. Phaseolus vulgaris, more commonly known as white kidney bean, is thought to help block starch (carbohydrates) by inhibiting an enzyme (amylase) from digesting starches and converting them into sugar.
Garcinia cambogia is also thought to help block the body’s ability to make fat and may also help suppress appetite. Apple cider vinegar and G. Sylvestre may help to control cravings by regulating blood sugar. Aloe Vera is thought to assist in slowing the absorption of sugar and may boost metabolism, while California buckthorn’s primary claim to fame is its natural laxative effects.
Even though these ingredients have been studied, none of them have been proven effective or safe for weight loss. This is extremely important to point out, because there is a very big difference between scientific research and proven scientific research.
There is no guarantee that taking Orlistol will lead to a reduction in weight or that it will curb appetite or prevent your body from absorbing fat or carbs in any real way that will lead to measurable weight loss. Furthermore, due to the fact that this product contains chitosan, anyone with a shellfish allergy should avoid taking it.
As for side effects, the most common that may occur include gastrointestinal upset (e.g. gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, etc.). Prior to taking Orlistol you should first speak with your healthcare provider.
When this review was written, a bottle of Orlistol could be purchased from Amazon for $39.99.