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RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
9/26/12 2:34 P

I have a free carb blocker from SP.. it's called the Nutrition Tracker. The best way to block carbs is to not eat them. My tracker lets me know if I get over 40 g a day.

Your body turns food into glucose, but how fast depends on the macros. Carbs digest easier than fat or protein, so they are good for quick energy, say if you plan to run a 10K in an hour. The only problem with carbs is that we tend to overeat them, and the excess glucose is stored as body fat. Excess because your body can only use a minimal amount at one time. It is why 5-6 small meals are suggested.

Live Strong has an explanation of how glucose is stored as bodyfat ( triglyceride ):

Once glucose is inside the liver, glucose is phosphorylated into glucose-6-phosphate, or G6P. G6P is further metabolized into triglycerides, fatty acids, glycogen or energy. Glycogen is the form in which the body stores glucose. The liver can only store about 100 g of glucose in the form of glycogen. The muscles also store glycogen. Muscles can store approximately 500 g of glycogen. Because of the limited storage areas, any carbohydrates that are consumed beyond the storage capacity are converted to and stored as fat. There is practically no limit on how many calories the body can store as fat.

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So excess carbs are an issue, not all carbs, and the types are important also.

As far as carb blocker pills, I doubt you want to take a pill for the rest of your life, so why not just limit your carbs at each meal, and have carb snacks in between, and see if that works. Just avoid a high cabrb meal, and you will probably see favorable results, while maintaining a balance diet, if maybe a few less carbs overall.

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,690
9/26/12 2:23 P

I agree with everyone else--don't waste your money. Besides, why would you want to block carbs? Just eat within your Spark People limits for calories, carbs, protein, fats, etc. and you'll do great.

DMJAKES Posts: 1,635
9/26/12 2:01 P

You've already gotten the answer on the "magic pill" of Carb blocker.....but I'd also throw in there that Amway is yet another of the MLM (multi level marketing) or pyramid companies that make their $$ when sales reps recruit others into the program beneath them. If you want to order something from your friend, make it something you use every day for cleaning. Stick with Spark for weight loss and better health!!

CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (67,852)
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9/26/12 12:05 P

if you are going to buy something from Amway - stick with their skin care and shampoo... their ever lasting dish drops are ok too... carb blockers are a waste of money!

ps: I also have a friend who got roped into Amway, but I find that I actually did like the above mentioned products

9/26/12 10:57 A

I tried carb blockers... They made me go to the bathroom more, that was it. Didn't see any weight loss.
I also tried Amway... Good luck..

9/26/12 10:52 A

For what it's worth, I spent a lot of money on carb blockers when I was younger and wanted to lose some weight. Absolutely nothing happened. Except I spent money I didn't have.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,455
9/26/12 6:01 A

Go with your instinct. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. There's no reliable research to show products like this work. I'd recommend sticking with a healthy diet and regular exercise and avoiding these kinds of products. Your body and your wallet will thank you later :)

Coach Jen

ANNAERA SparkPoints: (0)
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9/26/12 4:01 A

So a friend of mine just got started in this company called "Amway" and suggested trying a supplement called Carb Blocker 2...but the claims sound kinda sketchy. If there were a supplement that could really block 500 carbs from being absorbed when you eat, wouldn't that be a little dangerous, given that all macronutrients eventually break down into the simple carb glucose? Can I get the sparkpeople nutrition majors to weigh in on this one? If it's true then it sounds useful, but it sounds a little "magic pill" to me...

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