Fat Magnet Review
FatMagnet is a weight management product produced by Naturopathica. The company is based in New South Wales and is also responsible for marketing “Horny Goat Weed” libido-boosting tablets and the daily probiotic GastroHealth. The Naturopathica brand is a subsidiary of PharmaCare Laboratories, a company that is responsible for producing many other popular brands including FatBlaster, Sambucol, and Wart-Off; so customers who purchase Fat Magnet can be confident they are dealing with a respectable company.
Unlike many other weight management options, Naturopathica FatMagnet is not designed to speed up the metabolism, encourage fat burning, or suppress the appetite. It is a fat binder—pure and simple—nothing more.
Naturopathica FatMagnet Pros and Cons at a Glance
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What are Fat Binders & How do they Work?
Fat binding products usually contain one or more ingredients that possess two very distinct qualities
- They cannot be digested
- They have the ability to attract dietary fats and bind with them
Fat binders work at their best when taken some time before eating a meal (usually around 30 minutes). Once they reach the stomach they dissolve and are there waiting when the food arrives.
Although fat binders do not interfere with the digestion of other nutrients they attract dietary fats, bind with them on a molecular level and, because the fat binding ingredient cannot be digested, the bound fat cannot be digested either; so the resulting mass (fat binder + bound fat) is transported through the intestines and passed with the stool.
Fat is a high calorie food (1g fat = 9 cal) so it is easy to how the use of an effective fat binder can assist weight loss, and, given the working mechanism, it is also easy to see how FatMagnet received its name.
Fat Magnet Key Ingredients
- Chitosan (525mg): An ingredient extracted from the shells of lobsters, crabs, deep sea shrimp, and certain other aquatic crustaceans. A number of studies indicate chitosan offers potential as a fat binder, but other studies provide conflicting results so further study is probably warranted.
- Psyllium Husk (100mg): A high fibre ingredient derived from the seeds of the plantago ovate plant. Psyllium husk is known to be useful as a laxative. It also has a growing reputation as a fat binder, but scientific evidence is lacking.
- Ascorbic Acid (175mg): A form of vitamin C, ascorbic acid is a powerful antioxidant that offers many health benefits. Although the reason for its inclusion here is unclear a little extra vitamin C can only ever be beneficial.
Fat Magnet Customer Feedback
Customer feedback is hard to find and is not plentiful enough to provide an accurate indication of how well the formulation works, but a few average comments read:
Possible Fat Magnet Side Effects
The chitosan in Naturopathica FatMagnet is derived from shellfish, so it will not be suitable for anybody who is allergic to seafood. The other ingredients are unlikely to present issue, but the fat binding process can cause stools to become softer and greasier than normal; so some people find the use of fat binders unpleasant. More frequent visits to the rest room may also be required and people who eat a lot of extremely greasy foods may have to move pretty fast. Some fat binder users may also experience some degree of stomach discomfort.
Fat binders are probably an unsuitable option for pregnant women or women who are nursing a child. Anyone who has existing health problems or is taking medication should seek a doctor’s advice before using any brand of fat binding product.
Purchasing Options & Considerations
The Naturopathica website contains only very little information about the product so it is possible FatMagnet may be being phased out. It still appears to be available from a number of online stores though, including Pharmacy Direct and Chemist Warehouse. Prices can vary significantly. One site may offer 100 capsules for around AUD$ 21, another might be asking considerably more, but AUD$ 33 is about average and some stores also stock a 60 capsule option.
What Do We Recommend
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