There’s an alli commercial that has been airing in Columbus for a couple of weeks that I find VERY annoying. The woman claims to be a pharmacist, talks about alli and says it encourages healthy eating because it blocks 25% of all fat eaten from being absorbed in the digestive system.
I am NOT a pharmacist, but I am a person who loves to eat. I have to admit if I knew that 25% of all fat I ate would not be absorbed, I’d want to be eating a lot more fat! My fantasy would be a lot of potato chips and dip or French fries in my life.
While writing this, I went the alli web site at http://www.myalli.com/default.aspx. It indicates that the unabsorbed fat goes straight through the body. In the toilet it may look like the oil on top of a pizza and eating too much fat can cause what they call “treatment effects”. Yuck!
On the plus side, the site indicates that the product does not affect the heart or brain so does not cause jitters. In addition, the company offers a strong online support system. (Most people are more successful with weight loss or an exercise program if they have a support system.) The site also recommends that users contact a registered dietitian.
On the negative side, it is still a diet pill. The “treatment effects” would be horrible. And the site says people who quit taking it probably will gain weight back. Does that mean taking it for life?
Those of you who know me know that I feel the best way to lose weight is to eat less and exercise more. The difficult thing is that in the United States foods that are not good for us taste fantastic and are very easy to get. Healthy, lower calorie foods are a little tougher to prepare and it takes a commitment.
Personally, I think I would rather do the extra work to eat healthy and burn more calories to avoid the “treatment effects”. Studies show that people who lose weight in this manner and who make lifestyle changes have a much better chance of keeping the weight off. And really, isn’t a healthier life style and keeping the weight off the ultimate goal? (164)