Pharmachem Laboratories, Kearny, N.J., recently developed Phase 2 Carb Controller, a proprietary extract of the white bean. In the largest human study conducted to date, subjects taking the product lost an average of 7 lbs more than those on placebo after 12 weeks. In addition, 73.5% of the participants in the weight management phase successfully maintained their body weight after 24 weeks. Study results were published in Obesity, the official journal of The Obesity Society.

We also discovered other secondary efficacy parameters,” noted Barbara Grube, M.D., lead researcher. “For instance, after 12 weeks, the active group lost significantly more body fat mass and waist circumference compared to the placebo group. From this data, we conclude that the reduction in body weight was due to the loss of fat mass, instead of muscles. Improvement in body composition was also shown in the significant reduction in waist measurement in the active group compared to the placebo group.

According to the company, after 12 weeks, the active group also experienced a statistically significant decrease in their desire, as well as in their frequency and strength of food cravings for chocolates and other sweet foods.

These findings confirm that Phase 2 not only reduces the absorption of calories from carbohydrates, but also helps to reduce food cravings for sweet foods and chocolates,” said Mitch Skop, senior director of new product development at Pharmachem Laboratories. “This contributes greatly to the success of the weight loss regimen, as well as a happy and alert lifestyle.