The Answer Isn’t In a Pill


I was going to let this newest weight loss pill go. Why add to the mishagas around something that, in my view, adds no value whatsoever to anyone engaged in healthy lifestyle change? Especially, if that change includes efforts towards managing weight. Well, here I go anyway.

Allie, is the first FDA approved weight loss drug available without a prescription. The drug is developed by GlaxoSmithKline. What does Allie actually do? Well, according to the FDA, for every 4 or 5 pounds someone might lose through diet and exercise, Alli might help them lose a couple more.

Alli is basically Orlistat or Xenical only in a much milder dose (60mg). Basically, the same properties hold true. Ingesting the drug prohibits a percentage of fat to be digested allowing it to pass through the intestine saving you a few calories here and there.

There are problems with Alli. Besides flatulence, embarrassing anal leakage and unexpected trips to the bathroom, is its allure for young consumers desperate to lose weight, who are less likely to educate themselves on what they’re ingesting. After all, if it’s sold in a pharmacy, it must work, right?  Isn’t using a drug like Alli or Xenical in some way a form of purging? I fear the use of this drug could easily be abused, especially by those who struggle with binge eating.

Here’s the kicker, according to the Wall Street Journal, the FDA has approved OTC use of Alli only for overweight adults when they combine use of the pill with a program that includes a reduced-calorie, low-fat diet and an exercise program.

Huh? And how are they going to police that? And if you are already being encouraged to follow a low fat diet (what’s low fat to some may be non-fat to others), what’s going to happen to the minimal amount of fat you’re putting in your body? We need healthy fats.

There are so many things wrong with this. Alli isn’t going to get to the root of any problem. It isn’t even a very effective weed killer. I hope we can all just step back for a moment, think about it and use a little common sense.

2 responses to “The Answer Isn’t In a Pill”

  1. Jacqueline Lofton says:

    Can you please tell me how to order this pill “Alli?”
    I am interested in purchasing them. Please send me any
    information or brochures about this pill.
    Thank you so much.

  2. Cindy says:

    Jacqueline, if you read the post above you’ll note that I am not in any way promoting the use of this drug. However, you should be able to purchase them in an drug store or pharmacy very soon. Call your local pharmacy and ask when they will be carrying them. I would certainly recommend checking with your doctor before taking any new medication such as Alli, even if it’s OTC.

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