Alli, the first and only FDA approved weight loss drug has been on the market for quite some time now, and is stirring quite the buzz. Most weight loss drugs, or pills, contain harmful chemicals that can have devastating effects on the body. But does Alli have any or the same side effects?
Alli works by inhibiting or preventing the body from absorbing fat from foods. Other drugs that are on the market work within the heart and brain, causing rapid heartbeat and jitteriness. Alli only works in the digestive system. It just simply blocks fat from entering the body.
Well what happens to the fat that is in the foods you are eating that is not being used by your body? Well, there is no place to go but out.
One of the side effects of using Alli is the effect is has on the bowel system. When the fat isn’t being absorbed by the body it is simply just passed through untouched, and therefore may cause Irritable Bowel Syndrome like symptom. You may have to go to the bathroom more and have less control. Your stool will be loose and may contain an oily like substance. Gas is another side effect. But with the gas comes oily spotting. So when you pass gas, some of the fat that isn’t absorbed may also pass at the same time.
Alli recommends if you don’t want to be embarrassed from the effects of the gas, that when you feel gas is going to pass, that you head for the bathroom to ensure that no mess happens. Of course, a recommendation like this can only tell you that it has happened.
Now the makers of Alli don’t refer to these side effects as side effects. They call them treatment effects. While most of may think that there isn’t much difference, there is.
When using Alli, you know that there is a possibility that these effects might happen. In a way, using Alli will help keep you honest. If you don’t want these effects to happen, you will simply have to monitor the amount of fat you are taking in so it doesn’t happen; the less fat you take in, the less fat that can come out. Alli recommends that you keep your fat intake to less than 15 grams per day, which in turn will decrease the frequency of the effects.
You might think that the effects of using Alli aren’t worth the frustration. But if you are truly committed to losing weight it might be worth it. Coupled with a good diet and exercise routine, it could truly help you. But until you have your fat intake under control and monitored, it is a good idea not to stray too far from the bathroom.
With anything you put in your body, there are the chances that something undesired will happen. The side effects of this “drug” are most likely well worth taking control of your life, and your health.