Chitosan is simply a fat inhibitor
which is a safe way to lose that body
fat. It is taken from chitin, a polysaccharide found
in the exoskeletons of crustaceans. It is processed
by removing the shells from shellfish such as shrimp,
lobster, and crabs. The shells are then ground into
a pulverous powder. This powder is then deacetylated,
or basically stripped of specific chemical groups which
allow the compound to thus actively "soak up fats."
How Chitosan works?
Chitosan is a special fiber which is able to
"soak up" or absorb anywhere from six to ten
times its weight in fat and oils. In substance, it is
chemically similar to the plant fiber, cellulose. However,
Chitosan is able to significantly bind with fat molecules
and convert them into a form which the human body does
not absorb. It claims to affect the fat prior to it
reaching the stomach and thus the fat never has a chance
to be metabolized. It prevents the absorption and storage
of fat by converting into a gel which "traps"
the fat. In some sort, it creates a "grease ball"
from this excess fat, which is too large to be absorbed
by the body. It thus becomes an inert substance and
is excreted in the stool. Chitosan fiber is unlike other
fibers in that it carries a positive ionic charge. Since
lipids, fats, and bile acids all possess negative charges,
there is a chemical bond between the two and thus they
attract naturally to one another. This unique ability
is what makes Chitosan so remarkable. This amazingly
"too good to be true" ability is also what
causes suspicions to arise on the validity of these
Chitosan is a 100% natural and acts as a super fiber.
Thus, supplementing the diet with Chitosan, is part
of creating a cleansing process which is said to be
extremely vital to weight loss. The producers of Chitosan-based
products also try to claim that since a person taking
Chitosan continues to eat some sort of fats and is able
to continue eating these types of food, the body does
not crave such fattening foods nor is it starving or
feeling any added sense of hunger. By supplementing
Chitosan into one's diet, there is less fat that the
body accumulates. With less fat entering the body, the
body turns to previously stored body fat to burn up.
This shifts the energy source from your diet to your
stored body fat and results in a net reduction in that
fat - and in your weight.