Carb Control is the second weight management product by US based company, BikiniBOD.
The idea is simple enough: convert the carbs you eat to energy rather than fat. More energy for working out, running around after the kids, or just to feel more alive and alert.
The overlying message is tantalizing – “you can have your cake and eat it too.”
The homepage of the website depicts an unavoidably large image of a gorgeous woman holding up all sorts of donuts, topped off by a chocolate covered muffin. She’s about to kiss the pile of junk from the looks of it.
It’s saying you can eat all of this crap, and still be skinny…with Carb Control.
It’s not terribly responsible to put that message out there if we’re completely honest. What’s more, the ingredients in Carb Control are anti-diabetic in nature. Yes, they have been studied for their effects on blood sugar and liver glucose and how they can reduce one and use the other…but if you have a good diet and exercise, you don’t need to be worried about that.
Your insulin will look after itself if you don’t cram your face with donuts. Even if you do have the odd sugary delight, if you eat well generally and lead an active life, there is no need for anti-diabetes ingredients.
However, if you are stuck in a rut, obese and struggling to find a way out, perhaps it is a decent tool to help you out.
What definitely should NOT be the case is this notion of take this pill and you can eat garbage!!!
Carb Control in Detail
Carb Control is the sidekick product to BikiniBOD’s main supplement which is a weight loss and beauty formula in oral capsules.
One of the problems causing a pandemic of obesity in western countries is our love of sugary junk and fast foods. Despite people being well aware of the sugar trap, they continue to be lured back into its tasty embrace.
Donuts, chocolates, muffins, cakes, even bagels, white bread and crackers are made from the fastest carbohydrates available. White flour is just as bad as white sugar, and the body can’t handle an overload.
When insulin is released by your body, in response to the carbohydrate trigger, it tries as best it can to shuttle the sugars to useful parts of the body to be burned as fuel for energy.
Unfortunately, said insulin can become “resistant” if too much sugar enters the system, too quickly, too often. It starts to simply whip the sugar away into fat cells for storage, rather than trying to let the muscles have it for energy. Even more so when the muscles aren’t really being exercised regularly.
The upshot is often a rapid peak in blood sugar levels, followed by an equally rapid crash. Blood sugar is what the brain uses for its functioning and so when the crash happens, the brain puts the body in sleepy mode to preserve energy.
IF this situation isn’t addressed, it can lead to Type-II diabetes. It just so happens that Carb Control is formulated to combat the blood sugar peak following the consumption of food. And the ingredients have some promise too.
The following amounts are in 1 (one) capsule:
- Chromium – 100 mcg
Carb Control Proprietary Blend – 500 mg
- Berberine Hyrochloride
- Banaba Extract
- Gymnema Extract
- r-Alpha Lipoic Acid
The above formula is pretty much a collection of blood sugar reducing and blood sugar regulating compounds.
Taken 15 minutes before a meal (please follow the guidelines on the packaging) they might be able to reduce the initial impact of the sugar you consume by converting some to energy.
This may mean you have more energy from a meal rather than the slump that so often follows one.
NOTE: the issue we have here is that there really isn’t an incentive to change a fast, sugar filled diet if you believe you can take a pill to reduce both the diabetic effect and the weigh gain effect of junk food.
It’s far better from both aspects to follow a healthy nutrition and exercise plan. Choosing medium to low glycemic index foods will help keep you regulated with respect to energy levels and help to improve your insulin’s sensitivity.
Side Effects and Health Issues
The ingredients are getting some good results from scientific research but at higher levels than are included in this product. DO NOT however take more than the bottle says to.
Berberine, for all its health giving properties, can inhibit muscle growth somewhat and may augment a toxin’s damage to the body if taken after the toxin ingestion. Yes that includes alcohol.
So don’t drink alongside this product. Also, ask your doctor if it is suitable for you, especially if you are taking medication or have a medical condition of any kind.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women, stay clear of these kinds of supplements.
Is Carb Control Recommended?
We cannot recommend Carb Control because we don’t think it’s (a) dosed correctly, and (b) comes with a positive and responsible company message>
Forgive us for being old fashioned but you cannot have it all. Getting in better physical shape comes with some sacrifices, and donuts are probably number 1 on the list.
Find a product that works WITH your exercise and diet, from a company that encourages you to lead a healthy lifestyle all round.
You will be happier, fitter and healthier for it.