What's A Carb Blocker?
Patricia Zifferblatt | April 1, 2003

What's this I hear about new supplements called carb blockers?
Recently some exciting products have been introduced in the health food and supplement market that may help you achieve your weight goal more easily. Carb blockers help block the absorption of both sugars and starches in the diet. As tested at Better Life Unlimited and when taken as directed (up to 3 tablets at a meal), it may block up to 500 calories from carbohydrates!

Wow! How do I use them--do I take 3 tablets at every meal?
Let's figure this out together:
  1. When I do the math, 500 divided by 3 equals about 165. That means each tablet can block up to about 165 carbohydrate calories. For foods such as regular soft drinks or white sugar that contain only carbohydrate, just divide the total calories by 165 to get the number of carb blocker tablets you'll need.

    carbohydrate calories ÷ 165 = number of carb blocker tablets needed

  2. But that applies only to foods that contain nothing but carbohydrates, and most foods contain a variety of nutrients. So let's make it easier--since carbohydrates are listed on product labels in grams, it makes sense simply to look at grams. There are 4 calories in every gram of carbohydrate, so if each carb blocker tablet will block up to 165 calories from carbohydrates, let's divide 165 by 4 to get the number of carbohydrate grams blocked by each tablet. That works out to about 41 grams of carbohydrates per tablet (165/4), so

    carbohydrate grams ÷ 41 = number of carb blocker tablets needed

    To simplify even more, just divide the carb grams by 40--that will be easier to remember or to calculate in your head, and the result will be close enough.

  3. Now the only thing you need to know is how many carbohydrates--either in calories or in grams--you'll be eating at any given meal. Use the product label or the list at the bottom as a source for estimating the amounts, then simply take the appropriate number of carb blockers to get the results you want. Here's an example:

    A Burger King cheeseburger contains 30 grams of carbohydrates. How many carb blocker tablets should I take to block out the carbs in the burger?

    Easy--30 grams of carbohydrates divided by 40 equals 0.75; round up, and take 1 carb blocker tablet with that sandwich. (Actually what you should do is stop eating fast-food cheeseburgers, but that's not what you asked, is it?)
Sounds great! Is there a downside?
Just this--carb blockers are made from bean extracts, so they may give you gas. But don't take a digestive enzyme to counteract the gas, because that will cancel out the effect of the carb blocker--you've got to live with the gas if you want to block the carbs.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, does it make more sense now? We suggest you review the table of carbohydrate foods below and get out a calculator or a pen and paper and do some figuring for yourself, while keeping in mind that many fast or convenience foods have high amounts of fat, and that adds even more calories.
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