Developed using patented health technology, I-Remove is a scientifically tested, plant-based weight loss supplement that promises to increase the elimination of dietary fat by up to 28 percent, resulting in up to three times more weight loss than healthy eating alone.
Specifically, the company explains that I-Remove binds with fat ingested from food, forms complexes that are too large to be absorbed by the intestines, and thereby reduces fat-related calorie intake. Despite this effectiveness, we’re told it can improve the results of any diet and exercise plan, and partners well with every healthy eating plan.
And because it uses your body’s natural processes, the company claims it’s gentle on your system and won’t cause uncomfortable side effects. Just take two I-Remove tablets with liquid immediately after each of your three daily meals, and continue drinking water throughout the day for best results.
At a minimum, the company recommends that you continue taking the supplement for 30 days; but for best results, 12 weeks is optimal.
Is I-Remove the real deal? In other words, can you expect it to help you lose more weight than with diet and exercise? Will you find that it’s a valuable use of your money? Let’s start helping you find some answers by looking at the role of fat in the body.
What Is Dietary Fat?
In addition to carbohydrates and proteins, dietary fat is one of three macronutrients, which are nutrients the body needs in large amounts in order to function properly. In fact, Washington State University reports fat plays a big role in crucial processes like building up energy reserves, protecting vital organs, insulating the body, and transporting fat-soluble vitamins.
If we consume more calories (whether from dietary fat or any other macronutrient) than we expend throughout the day, though, this extra energy is stored for later use inside cells called adipocytes.
It’s obviously a smart idea to always have energy reserves on hand, but if this excess calorie consumption continues for too long, it can cause a person to become overweight. This, then, can lead to a litany of potential health concerns; everything from diabetes and heart disease to certain types of cancer and mental illness.
Outside of optimizing calorie intake/output through diet and exercise, though, specifically how does I-Remove reduce fat absorption, without changing what you eat?
I-Remove’s Litramine & Other Ingredients
Based on the supplement facts label posted on the I-Remove website, I-Remove contains the following ingredients:
- Total Carbohydrate 1g
- Dietary Fiber <1g
- Calcium 42 mg
- Sodium 10 mg
- Litramine Proprietary Complex 1,000 mg
- Cactus Powder (Opuntia ficus-indica) (Leaf)
- Gum Arabic
While calcium and sodium are essential nutrients, neither the Natural Medicines Database nor WebMD indicates that their supplementation can benefit weight loss in any way. They also listed Opuntia ficus-indica (prickly pear cactus) as possibly effective for addressing diabetes and hangover, but other benefits as insufficient evidence.
However, on the I-Remove website, InQpharm lists two pharmaceutical-grade clinical studies for its proprietary Litramine complex cactus powder (a third link was included, although it referenced a duplicate study):
- A 2012 study conducted on Litramine at the Practice for General Medicine in Berlin, Germany, which found that “More subjects lost at least 5% of their initial body weight compared to placebo.” Also, that participants given the ingredient experienced “significantly greater reduction in BMI, body fat composition, and waist circumference,” with “no adverse reactions reported.”
- A 2014 study indicating participants given Litramine experienced a mean increase of 15 percent in fecal fat excretion, although nothing was specifically mentioned related to weight or fat loss.
However, neither of these studies referenced that Litramine (or I-Remove, specifically) was up to nine times more effective than standard nopal cactus supplements, as reported on the supplement’s website.
Could the Litramine In I-Remove Cause Side Effects?
The I-Remove website indicates that less than two percent of participants in their clinical studies “reported having slight constipation, which can be prevented by drinking plenty of water.”
But they emphasize that it works best for overweight people who want to lose at least 10 pounds and who eat a reduced-calorie diet. Also, that you shouldn’t take more than six tablets per day.
Outside of this, WebMD and the Natural Medicines Database point out that in some instances (no specific dosages or circumstances noted), prickly pear cactus can cause mild digestive upset, frequent bowel movements, bloating, and headache.
How Much Does the I-Remove Fat Binder Cost?
I-Remove was only available on Amazon.com, Jet.com, LuckyVitamin.com, and LiveHealthyStore.com at the time of our research, priced between $66.49 and $80.35 for 180 tablets.
While the manufacturer provides a 30-day money back guarantee on their products, your refund policy will vary depending on the specific third-party retailer you choose.
If you have additional questions, the manufacturer’s customer service department can be reached at 888-345-1748 or email email@example.com.
Are There Any Customer Reviews For I-Remove Weight Loss Tablets?
We found 39 customer reviews on Amazon, who gave I-Remove an average rating of 3.4 stars. There, common compliments related to improved weight loss, while complaints frequently referenced no results.
From a company perspective, the supplement is manufactured by InQpharm North America, LLC, based out of Salt Lake City, UT, who, despite their global reach and time in business, wasn’t listed with the Better Business Bureau.
Are There Other Fat-Binding Supplements Like I-Remove?
Writing for MyProtein.com, Faye Reed reports that most fat binder supplements use chitosan/chitin (derived from the exoskeletons of crustaceans and some insects) as their active ingredient, which turns into a fat-attaching gel after being digested by the stomach.
But, while we encountered dozens of chitosan/chitin supplements, all were marketed toward health benefits other than binding to dietary fat and reducing fat absorption. To this point, we also didn’t encounter any other supplements advertised as fat binders during our research.
The only exception was bmiSMART’s Fat Binder, which contains the 1,000 mg Litramine complex found in I-Remove and is now advertised as the same product (and manufactured by the same company).
Just like when shopping for any other dietary supplement, though, it’s our experience that you’ll want to focus on manufacturer’s that provide the following:
- Clinical support for their claims
- Competitive pricing with realistic S&H fees
- At least 30-day refund policies, with no restocking fees
- A mostly positive online customer reputation (no company can satisfy everyone, so be sure to keep your expectations realistic)
So, should you go ahead and spend your hard-earned money on I-Remove?
Our Final Thoughts About I-Remove With Litramine
Overall, it appears that the Litramine cactus complex in I-Remove ticks a lot of the necessary boxes when choosing a quality dietary supplement. And frankly, although we’ve written about nearly 700 dietary supplements to date, this isn’t something that we get to write very often.
In other words, Litramine has several clinical studies indicating that it can reduce dietary fat absorption and increase weight loss in humans, when used as directed over the course of 12 weeks. Note: However, since everyone’s body is different, this doesn’t necessarily ensure you’ll achieve the 3X greater weight loss experienced by some of the study’s participants.
I-Remove also has mostly positive online feedback from customers. And while it certainly isn’t the least expensive supplement we’ve ever investigated, each retailer that sells it offers a fair (at least 30-day) refund policy, with realistic S&H charges and no restocking fees.
Given all of this, as consumers ourselves, it doesn’t appear that you have a lot to lose by giving I-Remove a try—except for perhaps a few dollars in return S&H, as well some of your time. Again, just be sure to consult with your doctor before placing an order.