Let’s talk about Alli – for sh*ts n’ giggles…

Came across an ad earlier for the weight loss supplement Alli and the lady said something to the effect that she loved food too much to stop eating.

This comment struck me as odd. After my month long vegan experiment, you know – eating the right stuff – I found that it actually helps me lose weight to eat well… as long as it’s the good stuff.

I love food. And I love the food I’ve been eating. There’s been no diet or deprivation here. I’ve simply changed one food for the other, and been rewarded by my body altering itself to what it should be. (13 pounds gone in less than a month – not too shabby…)

She went on to say that the miracle pill simply blocked a portion of the fat that she ate to help her lose weight.

My thought… eat less fat. (It’s not that hard.)

Here’s the dirty little secret you won’t see on those Alli ads unless you hit pause and read the fine print. There’s no eating a Big Mac and getting those 29 fat grams cut down by half. Alli is not a program where you can still eat those foods you love in the quantities you used to because if you dare try… you’re going to face some rather interesting consequences.

Here, my lovelies, are the actual side effects of the Alli weight loss supplement:

Based on information submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in order for Alli to be approved, the following side effects were commonly reported in clinical studies:

* Abdominal pain (stomach pain) — in up to 20.1 percent of people
* Fecal urgency (an urgent but controlled need to have a bowel movement) — up to 18.8 percent
* Gas — up to 18.6 percent
* Oily spotting (uncontrolled anal oil seepage) — up to 17.7 percent
* Gas with a small amount of oil or stool — up to 17.2 percent
* Fatty or oily stool — up to 17.2 percent
* Diarrhea — up to 11.9 percent
* Oily evacuation (bowel movements of just oil, without stool) — up to 11.6 percent
* Sinus infection — up to 10.6 percent
* Soft stool — up to 10.1 percent.

Other common side effects of Alli (occurring in 3 to 10 percent of people) included:

* Increased frequency of bowel movements
* Uncontrolled, spontaneous bowel movements (known as fecal incontinence)
* Back pain.

Anal seepage, oily evacuation and fecal incontinence….

I dunno bout you but I feel sexier already.

And what causes these problems?

“Many of these problems that affect the digestive tract can be avoided or reduced by decreasing the amount of fat in your diet. Because Alli decreases the absorption of fat, more fat stays in the digestive tract, causing many of the bothersome (and sometimes embarrassing) side effects. You are more likely to experience these side effects if you eat too much fat.”

So that means you’re still going to have to ditch the foods you “love” if those same foods do not love you back. And unfortunately, the average American diet complete with weekly trips to Mickey Ds will have to have a major overhaul even with magic pills.

Here’s an idea. Instead of spending money on these supplements ($50 or thereabouts a packet), just go load up on healthy food like produce and fresh foods. Your body doesn’t have to block any fat if you decide not to eat it, folks. Learn to eat in moderation and curb your own unhealthy behavior with nothing more than your conviction to do so.

It’ll save you money AND build your self esteem to know how amazing you can be all on your own – no pills required. I know it goes against the great American tradition of have anything you want right when you want it without any effort on your part to do so… but I promise you that it really is possible AND way more rewarding.

You want an alli? Become your own.


9 thoughts on “Let’s talk about Alli – for sh*ts n’ giggles…

  1. I agree. That’s pretty gross. I’m trying to figure out if a vegan diet is right for me right now. It’s expensive and hard for me. I don’t have an HEB or Central Market within close proximity of my apartment, so it’s been hard. I’m also feeling a bit deprived and have too many meat cravings. I really want to be as vegan as possible and won’t give up, just don’t know what to do. What would you suggest?

  2. Decide what you want most. It really is about choice. It’s easier for me because I happen to love a lot of veggies – whereas Steven (who is primarily meat and potato) would not likely take this journey with me. It sucks, especially when I fear so much for his health and his dying prematurely because of his diet.

    But he’s decided that eating the foods he loves is more important than putting the right stuff into his body.

    It’s a choice we all have to make.

    But having said that, there are ways to make a carnivorous diet healthier, but it still requires ditching the desires for the bad stuff and self control and deciding what’s right over what’s easier.

    I preach this now but if I lose my job in a month I’ll definitely be thrust into some interesting quandaries. It may be more expensive now but if it’ll save me health related expenses later maybe that’s the trade off.

  3. And by doing the healthier carnivorous diets I can tell you they’re just as expensive. Especially if you get away from the processed stuff (which ultimately I think it’s best we all do) and eat more fresh food and cook more.

    WHICH btw, is cost effective because a diet where you primarily eat out is way more expensive in the long run.

  4. Yeah, I don’t like very many vegetables, but compared to Steven I do. haha
    That’s one reason I want to try more vegetables and fruits again to see if I like them. I’m still not brave enough to try fungus, I mean portobellos.

    I don’t make much money per month, and even with not going out and having a significant commute two days of the work week, I still struggle. I don’t want to be unhealthy, but I also don’t want to be homeless. I’ve given up cheese and milk except for a couple of times when I caved in to cravings, eliminated processed sugar, and quit drinking soda.

    I did like tofu when I tried it, and those black bean burgers were good, too, but I don’t want to limit myself to things, either. I want to do what’s right, but it’s not easy in the meat capital of the country. The nearest Whole Foods is 40 minutes away and the nearest Central Market is 20 minutes/several miles away from me. It’s near the church I attend on occasion, though so maybe going to Central Market will give me incentive to go to church more often.lol

  5. That’s true!

    Well Steven doesn’t know it but he’s going to be coming along on this journey as well. I may not totally convert him but he’s going to be going flexitarian at least in the coming months.

    My plan of attack is to find those vegan meals that will appeal to all my family and doing those a couple of times a week to start.

    My hope is that I can tempt him with a steak dinner once a month to get him to eat better.

    Hard to do when he doesn’t like fruit, vegetables or even legumes or nuts.

    But taste buds can be trained, and it’s time for his to grow up.

    (as I say that I won’t likely be eating beets any time too soon…)

  6. We should enjoy our food but it shouldn’t be a form of entertainment. It’s a fuel – like breathing or sleeping – and should be treated as such.

  7. OK I feel like the least picky eater in the world compared to Steven.LOL I agree with him about nuts–do not like them at all. Hate the texture and always have, but I do like legumes. I just need to find creative ways to prepare the veggies I do like. Also, when I say I like them, what I mean is that I like them enough to eat but don’t crave them (with the exception of bell peppers). I’m working on it, though. I just wish I could be where you are.

    Maybe I’m just expecting too much of myself too fast. I tend to do that in every area of my life.

  8. I’ve been following through on my plans to eat healthier and LOSE WEIGHT. I started about 3 weeks ago and have lost just over 10lbs so far. It really DOES make a difference in how you feel. I watched Oprah’s show last week about the food documentary – it’s enough to make you sick just thinking of the things people are mindlessly shoving into their faces. For the most part, a stroll around the perimiter of the grocery store gets you 99% of what you need – produce, meat, dairy, etc… The aisles are just full of crap. Good advice from the show: Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. A 7-word mantra: “Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much.”


  9. That is a good mantra. I think we as a culture need to be more mindful about everything that is important – and fueling our bodies is definitely one of those things. I was watching a commercial earlier for that $5 box at Taco Bell and just looking at it now wasn’t even tempting. All I could think is how much fat and calories they were and that they weren’t worth it. But used to be if I was in a hurry that’d be the first thing I would grab… the most food for the least amount of money.

    I just paid heavily for it in other ways. Now I have to undo the damage done, but thankfully I’ve been able to see big results to these big changes.

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