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The Magic Pill

The weight loss and sports nutrition industry rakes in over $50 billion a year. Yet, people are getting fatter and fatter.

While there are some options that do work, the majority of “solutions” are not sustainable.

Let me give you an example:

Alli™ – The only FDA Approved Over the counter Weight Loss Drug

How it works?

The makers of Alli™ believe that to lose weight you must limit fat intake. Their solution is simple: Make a pill that blocks fat absorption and that’s exactly what they did.

Alli™ also known as Orlistat binds with fat in your digestive tract, thus, making the fat molecule too large to pass through the lining of the intestines to be absorbed.

Quick fact: Fat, like water, protein, vitamins and minerals is classified as an essential nutrient. In other words, it is needed in order for your body to function healthily.Essential fats play a pivotal role in the absorption of vitamins A, D, E & K, are a pre-cursor to hormone production. If too little fat is ingested immune system and brain function will be compromised.

The Rule to Remember: Mess with Mother Nature and there will be hell to pay.

The makers of Alli call this hell “treatment effects”.

(Not side effects because that sounds bad. I can hear the marketing team now, “Let’s call them treatment effects. Brilliant! No one will ever know.” Hahahahaah evil laugh) 😀

So this is what you can expect with Alli™

This information is on the box. (Seriously, I couldn’t make this up)

What are treatment effects?

“Alli™ works by preventing the absorption of some of the fat you eat. The fat passes out of your body, so you may have bowel changes, known as treatment effects. You may get:

  • gas with oily spotting
  • loose stools
  • more frequent stools that may be hard to control

What to expect

The excess fat that passes out of your body is not harmful. In fact, you may recognize it as something that looks like the oil on top of a pizza. Eating a low-fat diet lowers the chance of these bowel changes. Limit fat intake in your meals to an average of 15 grams.”

One more tip…

Just in case you can not read that clearly here’s what that says “You may feel an urgent need to go to the bathroom. Until you have a sense of any treatment effects, it’s probably a smart idea to wear dark pants, and bring a change of clothes with you to work.”Â

This is worth repeating…

“You may feel an urgent need to go to the bathroom, Until you have a sense of any treatment effects, it’s probably a smart idea to wear dark pants, and bring a change of clothes with you to work.”

Now who in their right mind wants to do this?

By the way, the Alli™ pills comes with a diet and exercise regimen.
So it leads to the question, how much does the supplement actually work?

This is just one of the possible options out there on the market.  I don’t blame the companies making them and I don’t blame the people who buy them. Blaming does not solve problems.  It’s a question of responsibility.

It is your responsibility to take care of your body. Do not leave your health and fitness and happiness in the hands of others. You must educate yourself. You must become a student of what really works. That is what you are doing right now and I commend you for investing the time to read this article.  Go ahead and pat yourself on the back you deserve it.

So what do you think?  Are the Side Effects Worth Even Trying It?

Before you answer that this was reported by the Associated Press.

“The Food and Drug Administration is investigating reports of liver damage in patients taking Alli, the only nonprescription weight loss drug approved by the agency.

Regulators said Monday they have received more than 30 reports of liver damage in patients taking Alli and Xenical, the prescription version of the drug. The reports, submitted between 1999 and October 2008, included 27 hospitalized patients and six who suffered liver failure.

Alli and Xenical are both marketed by British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline PLC, though Xenical is manufactured by Swiss firm Roche.” Source

So What Do You Think?

Would You Give Try It? Why or Why Not?

Have You Ever Tried It? How did it go?

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