Calorease reviewCalorease is a non-prescription fat binder that has been designed to help users maintain a healthy weight without having to restrict themselves to a low-fat diet or add additional exercise to their lifestyle. The product’s packaging states that it is an “easy weight management aid” that “binds with fat from food to reduce up to 500 calories a day.”

The primary ingredient in Calorease is FBCx (Alpha cyclodextrin). FBCx is a naturally sourced soluble dietary fiber from corn. According to the manufacture, each serving size (2,000 mg of FBCx – 2 tablets) binds up to 18 grams (or 162 calories) of dietary fat.

According to the official product page, Calorease can bind and eliminate up to 9 times its weight in dietary fat. Clinical studies and trials conducted on FBCx have found that the grain-derived soluble fiber has shown to form a stable complex with dietary fat, which is resistant to normal liplytic hydrolysis by lipases. The result is the reduction in the absorption and bioavailability of dietary fat. At the time this review was written, the Calorease website backed up these claims with studies.

However, it should be noted that FBCx has been only clinically researched and not clinically proven to be effective for managing weight. More research needs to be conducted to determine just how effective this potential fat binder can be.

Calorease is meant to be taken as part of a reduced-calorie diet and with a regular exercise program. Users are instructed to take Calorease only when they consume meals containing fat. Users are to take two tablets with each fat-containing meal or before eating a fat-containing snack. They can take up to a total of 6 tablets per day (ex. 2 tablets each with breakfast, lunch and dinner).

One of the benefits of Calorease is that it is free of stimulants, so users do not need to worry about the risk of stimulant-related side effects that are a common problem with many OTC dietary supplements for weight loss. It is also gluten-free and contains no lactose, wheat, yeast, salt, sugar, egg, dairy, soy, sweeteners, preservatives, or artificial colors. It is vegetarian and vegan-friendly.

Finally, while this product does not contain stimulants, and although studies suggest it does not appear that the FBCx fiber-fat complex is accessible to the human gut flora (so it does not lead to gastrointestinal side effects that cause fat malabsoprtion), this does not mean that it is without side effects. The most common side effect of Calorease is gastrointestinal upset or flatulence. However, the official site says that this can be avoided by taking the product as recommended, with meals containing fat.

Furthermore, the manufacturer claims that because Calorease binds to the fat in foods, it is not digested by the enzymes in the small intestine, so messy side effects like explosive diarrhea or leakage are not a problem.

The bottom line is that, on the whole, this dietary supplement appears to be one of the better OTC fat binders on the weight loss market. Be that as it may, it would still be prudent to first consult with your doctor before trying Calorease.