Tribitor Launch at BarreCore, Moorgate
When invited to the launch of brand new product Tribitor, a food supplement "clinically proven" to reduce glucose and insulin spikes after high carb meals, thus reducing negative impacts from eating carb rich foods, I was skeptical. A firm believer that the key to maintaining a healthy weight is a balanced diet and exercise (not faddy supplements or diets!), the idea that you could consume a little supplement sachet then gorge out on white carbs seems crazy. Nonetheless, with the product being backed by leading nutritionist Kim Pearson and Harley St GP Specialist Dr Theodora Mantzourani, I was interested to see what they had to say....
|The studio entrance|
The event was held at the brand new BarreCore studio in Moorgate - which was lush! Shared with the DigMe Ride studio, the Moorgate premises are much bigger, brighter and spacious than the other Barrecore's dotted around London. Starting the morning with a signature BarreCore class, our instructor took us through a 45 minute workout designed to lift, sculpt and tone the entire body through a combination of bodyweight, light weight props and high repetitions, exhausting all major muscle groups. It may look easy but - let me assure you - glutes will be on fire!
|Innermost Protein Shake Bar - one of my fav protein brands!|
Following the intense burn, as we came out the studio to an array of delicious breakfood food, we were all desperate to dive straight in.... But not quite yet! First, we were handed a small cup of a fruity flavoured drink - yes, before we tucked into breakfast - it was Tribitor time!
As we sat down with our Tribitor drinks, it was time to get into the nitty gritty of what we were actually consuming. Harley St GP and Weight management specialist began to explain why it was worth waiting those 15 minutes for Tribitor to do it's thing before tucking into that delicious breakfast....
|But it looks sooooo good!|
So, you ask, what exactly is Tribitor, and how does it work? Basically, Tribitor is a health supplement that decreases a food's glycemic index (GI), the process of carbohydrate digestion and glucose absorption into the blood stream. Using three active ingredients - white bean, white mulberry and green coffee - Tribitor is designed to slow down the absorption of carbohydrates at three different stages:
- White bean, inhbiting amalyse, the enzyme which breaks down starch into sucrose, thus reducing the digestion of a starch into sugar
- White mulberry, inhibiting glucosidases, which breaks down sucrose into glucose, thus reducing the digestion of sugar
- Green coffee, inhibiting glucose absorption, thus inhibits the intestinal absorption of glucose, the main cause of abdominal obesity (including skinny fat syndrome!)
OK, so having been very skeptical initially of these 'magic' powders, with the science behind it making perfect sense, I was becoming more and more intrigued. In theory, it makes sense.... the question is, does it actually work?
|Dr Mantzourani presenting the product|
As Dr Mantzourani went on to answer my question, explaining the comprehensive clinical trials on laboratory rats that the product went through, immediately my skepticism came back through. Yes, it's all very well to produce significant positive findings when testing product on a rodent, but I, my friend, am not a rat. I am a human. And I would like to think my internal system is somewhat more advanced to that of a laboratory rat!
|Stabilising blood sugar also helps sugar cravings... maybe I do need some of this!!|
Ah, Dr Mantzourani had an answer to that. Unlike traditional supplements, which are completely unregulated in terms of laboratory testing, Tribitor has followed compliance under 'Good Clinical Practice', therefore has undergone the same testing procedures as medicinal drugs - meaning proven results on actual human beings. Following tests on 120 individuals, Tribitor was proven to reduce glucose and insulin spikes by up to 45% and 38% respectively, in turn reducing the GI of foods such as white bread, rice and noodles from 'high' to 'moderate' levels. Not only do multiple research studies confirm the benefits of low GI diets in reducing and controlling body weight, abdominal obesity and sugar cravings, but it also lowers risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, specifically for women.
The taste? Surprisingly inoffensive! Easy to consume, you simply empty one sachet of Tribitor into a glass of water (approx. 100-200 ml) and drink 15 minutes before a meal. After trying countless supplements drinks that I've literally have to throw down my throat in an attempt not to regurgitate the thick, gungey formulas, Tribitor was surprisingly light, refreshing... and actually quite tasty!
|Our Tribitor drinks|
So, what's my verdict?
Am I selling out to power of carb blockers and their ability to transform your body with very little effort?
Am I, however, impressed with Tribitor and it's scientifically proven findings?
Whilst I fully maintain the best and most sustainable way of maintaining a healthy body weight is with a balanced, naturally low GI diet and exercise, by lowering the impact of the occasionally sugary or carb heavy meal, Tribitor can certainly assist you in doing so.
|Time to dig in!|
Finally, it was time to eat!! And, for the first time ever, I actually felt satisfied after having an Acai bowl for breakfast..... OK Tribitor, you got me!
To find out more about Tribitor and how it may work for you visit http://www.tribitor.com/ . Would be very interested to hear your thoughts?!