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.