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Introduction

After a strong response to our last review, word and requests have come in to conduct a full, in-depth XLS Medical Max Strength review. On the surface there doesn’t seem to be any great difference between this product and their regular fat binder.. So, what’s the deal with this one?

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What Is XLS Medical Max Strength?

XLS Medical Max Strength is a weight loss pill produced by a company named Perrigo Company plc (trading as Perrigo). One pack costs between £20-30 and lasts for approximately one month; it can be purchased from the majority of health-food/supplement stores, as well as direct from the official XLS Medical Max Strength website.

XLS Medical Max Strength is what is known as a “medical device“, rather than a food supplement; this essentially means that the brand have presented sufficient evidence to the UK MHRA to prove that their product does exactly what they’re claiming.

The scientific angle is also promoted very strongly – XLS Medical Max Strength is marketed as a powerful, clinically-proven weight loss pill that works to reduce calorie absorption from ingested fats, carbohydrates and sugar. Users of the product are told they should expect to lose up to 33% more fat when compared to dieting alone.

The official website insists that in order for you to achieve the best results, you must already have implemented a healthy lifestyle with a calorie-restricted diet and regular exercise routine.

The exact wording states:

“Although XLS Medical Max Strength is an important part of an overall weight management plan and can help you reach your weight loss goal even faster*, however effective weight management requires long-term commitment to a healthy lifestyle.  Adopt a healthy lifestyle by eating the right foods and keeping active to give yourself the best chance of success. Take a look at a diet plan or exercise plan to kick start your weight loss journey.”

Unlike many other diet pills, users of XLS Medical Max Strength will need to take a serving prior to each meal in order to get the benefits of the formula.

Does XLS Medical Max Strength Work?

Based on our research into this product, we believe it can be useful however you need to approach using this product correctly in order to see results.

Essentially XLS Medical Max Strength is going to help you absorb less calories from your food, as it binds to dietary fat, carbohydrates and sugars which stops the body from being able to metabolize it. The less calories your body gets the faster you’ll lose weight.

Make no mistake, this product is by no means a “miracle weight loss pill”. As the quote from the official website suggests, you’re still going to need to go on a calorie-restricted diet. If you were planning to continue consuming more calories per day than your body needs, these pills more and likely will not deliver any tangible results.

It’s all well and good XLS requiring their users to stick to a diet and exercise regime, but people buy and use these products precisely because they can’t find the time to enact such a lifestyle, or they need a strong helping hand along the way.

The best way of looking at XLS Medical Max Strength is more of a “diet enhancing” pill, rather than a fat burner. The product itself is not going to independently burn your body fat, nor will it suppress your appetite or boost your metabolism.

The main proprietary blend inside XLS Medical Max Strength is called Clavitanol (also known as IQP-VV-102). This blend has undergone a clinical study which made the following conclusion:

“The individual ingredients in IQP-VV-102 have demonstrated promising effects in reducing sugar and starch digestion, which potentially leads to weight loss.”

The study was conducted in Germany on 117 people. The testing showed that when group A took the product for 12 weeks while dieting, they lost on average 3.29 kg. Whereas group B who were not given the product only lost 0.83 kg. It is from these results that the claim “lose 33% more weight” comes from.

If you do in fact re-shape your diet and lifestyle from top to bottom while taking the pills, you may see some positive results.  However, if you’re going to go through all that trouble of completely changing your lifestyle to include healthy food and regular gym time, you’ll probably find the weight comes off naturally.

The Pros & Cons Of XLS Medical Max Strength

Below is a list of all the things we believe could be viewed as either a positive or negative:

The Pros

  • Widely available in most stores.
  • Helpful for lowering your daily caloric intake.
  • Has a clinical study showing it is help towards weight loss in the context of an energy restricted diet.

The Cons

  • Product doesn’t independently burn fat or boost metabolism.
  • Lots of users have reported that the product was ineffective.
  • Lots of users claim they experienced negative side effects.
  • No money-back guarantee.
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What Are The XLS Medical Max Strength Ingredients?

XLS-Medical Max Strength only contains one ingredient – a proprietary blend named Clavitanol (also known as IQP-VV-102).

This blend is described as “a plant based complex which reduces the break down and absorption of dietary carbohydrates, sugar and fat”.

Is XLS Medical Max Strength Safe?

As this product is made by one of the most reputable pharmaceutical companies, we have no doubt that this product is completely safe for consumers, as long as it is used exactly as directed.

What Are The XLS Medical Max Strength Side Effects?

We have compiled the following list of potential side effects for this product.

  • Headaches
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Cramps
  • Nausea

Note: these side effects are possible but may not be the typical user experience.

Are There Any XLS Medical Reviews From Customers?

While the XLS website showcases a whole host of success stories, we found that the overall feedback on the product is less-than-perfect. Below we have found the following XLS Medical Max Strength review testimonials from customers online.
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“Work well, but I have to exceed dosage. Will trade again. Many thanks. John”

“Seem to work if you control your diet too I think you need a few courses of tablets”

“I don’t normally do reviews on here, but have to say that this product is a complete waste of money. I tried 2 packs, so was using these for a few weeks, alongside healthy eating, and daily gym/ swimming. To put into perspective, I burn a minimum of 1000 calories a day at the gym, and eat no more than 1500-2000 calories a day. I was hoping that these would give me a bit more of a boost, and help weight loss a bit more, but they did absolutely nothing. After stopping taking them, and continuing my daily regime, I’ve actually lost more weight.”

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Our Final Verdict On XLS Medical Max Strength

To finish off our XL -Medical Max Strength review, the product can help you lose weight but only if you actively stick to a calorie controlled diet and ideally an exercise regime.

It’s good to see the product has been clinically studied and that it has shown promising results, however users of XLS Medical Max Strength must be aware it’s not a miracle pill – it will still require willpower and determination.

You should also be aware that you’re going to need to take the pills right before your meals, which may be a little strange for some. Also, many consumers have reported negative side effects, primarily to do with digestive discomfort.

Kath Ross, PhD
Kath Ross, PhD
Health Editor & Fact Checker at DietProbe
Kathryn is a Ph.D Health Editor here at DietProbe. She specializes in diabetes and weight control research and in her spare time she's a professional cat lady and wine connoisseur!
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