Is Alli a Replacement for Exercise?

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Alli, made by GlaxoSmithKline, released to the public in June 2007, is intended for overweight adults to be used in combination with a low calorie, low fat diet and exercise. According to Donald Hensrud M.D. a nutrition specialist, Alli works by decreasing the absorption of the excessive fat by the intestines, as a result promoting weight loss. This process reduces the number of calories one may absorb during meals by removing the fat through bowel movements. (Donald Hensrud)GlaxoSmithKline suggests that while taking Alli you should wear dark pants and stay near a restroom, common side effects include loose oily stool, increased flatulence, frequent unpredictable bowel movements, oily spotting, and gas with oily discharge. Is this really worth losing weight, possible accidents and embarrassment? (GlaxoSmithKline) From what I have read people that are overweight or obese will do just about anything to lose weight because they are already embarrassed.

Some obese people have reported that they do not go to professionals for help because they are embarrassed and uncomfortable. There are many diet supplements and diet drugs available for you to buy to aid with your weight loss, but with Alli you do not need a prescription and you can take the pill and exercise in the privacy of your own home, eliminating the embarrassment.

In recent research, Mayo clinic specialist discussed the potential effectiveness of Alli diet pills. Alli is an over the counter weight loss product, not an appetite suppressant, but a FDA Approved fat blocker. Alli is a diet add on, says George Blackburn M.D. PHD “You have to have a good lifestyle with diet and exercise”. With a sensible low fat diet and exercise you will lose fifty percent more weight with the use of Alli than you would with just diet and exercise alone; Instead of losing ten pounds, a person who takes Alli should lose fifteen pounds. (Mann)America Sports Data reports sixty three percent of America is overweight and thirty one percent are obese, and the U.S. Surgeon General reports that over three hundred thousand deaths per year are related to obesity, Should these numbers really be this high? Do we as human beings not care about our health? The way I see it we are lazy and would rather sit around and wait for some miracle drug to come along and make us all skinny and healthy. (Data)If you have ever tried to lose weight, you know the hurdles and disappointment when you show little or no signs of weight loss. Everyone that I know, including myself desires miracle results without having to put any effort into it, eating healthy and a little bit of exercise really is not too hard, but like me and I am sure many others if you diet and exercise and do not see any results quickly you kind of lose your ambition and eventually give up.

If you are overweight and ready to make a long term commitment, by long term commitment I mean indefinitely, to eating right while also becoming better educated about food, nutrition, and healthy eating, Alli may be worth a try. Some Alli users have reported that they have seen results in the first two weeks but the loss is gradual with some occasions of only one to two pounds per week. GlaxoSmithKline is even working with state insurers to get some of the cost covered by insurance. More positive things about Alli are that it does not affect your heart or brain; it only works in the digestive tract. If Alli really works to help people lose weight it can also help with heath problems related to obesity like heart conditions, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and mood and anxiety disorders. I feel that there will never be a drug to replace exercise and this Alli pill sounds like a joke and not worth the risks of even more embarrassment than you already get from being overweight or obese to get such little results.

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