You have probably heard that a new over the counter diet pill has hit the store shelves. Alli, this new weight loss medication, has been flying off the shelves as people buy what they hope is the answer to their weight loss struggles. But don't get your hopes up too high; this isn't a magic bullet for weight loss and if you don't read the directions, things could get a little messy.
Alli is not an appetite suppressant so it won't help you feel less hungry. It is a fat blocker and a stronger version, Xenical, has been available through prescription for years. Alli works by blocking the absorption of fat in the gastrointestinal tract; therefore, its success is largely dependent on your adherence to a low fat diet. Eat too much fat and you'll be running to the bathroom. The pill's maker strongly encourages users to follow the entire Alli program, which includes a diet of equal parts fat, protein and carbohydrates (1/3 of each); and regular walking and toning exercises.
Alli does not promise to make weight loss effortless, but it when taken correctly it can make it easier. The pill should be taken with every meal and it prevents 25 percent of the fat you've eaten from being digested. You should be aware that if you eat more than 15 grams of fat at each meal you risk experiencing some embarrassing consequences.
Following the Alli Program can also you avoid suffering some of the pill's side effects. The pill's maker has been up front about the risk one takes if he or she eats too much fat while taking Alli. Side effects include gas with oily discharge, inability to control bowel movements, oily or fatty stools and oily spotting. In fact, the makers of Alli recommend wearing dark pants until you know how your body will react to the medication.
People who take Alli and follow the program are likely to lose 50 percent more weight than they would have with diet and exercise alone. This doesn't mean that the pounds will be falling off before your eyes but it can help you achieve a 15 pound weight loss instead of a 10 pound weight loss. And remember that even though the pill is over the counter, you should always talk to your physician before starting a weight loss program.
Published On: July 12, 2007