I found an interesting article written by Brad Linder, a Nutrition and Fitness Consultant based out of Dallas, TX. Brad earned a B.S in Health and Physical Education and a Master’s degree in Health, Kinesiology, and Sport Studies. He then earned his certification as a certified professional fitness trainer after completing his Master’s degree. The information he provides about the diet aid, Alli, is frightening. Just the other day I noticed displays that were basically empty in more than one store. It is of great concern to me. I wonder when people are going to realize there are no short cuts to a healthy life. Below are the excerpts about the problems with Alli…
The Problems of Alli First off let me state that taking the pill alone will do nothing for the fat that you already have stored. This means that if you have fat already you still have to get rid of it by using a lower caloric diet. That is what the full Alli plan is about, pill+diet program=fat loss. The diet plan is no different then all the other diet plans that are out there right now. Too low of calories and here low fat. The recommendations range from 1200-2000 calories a day depending of course if you are a man or woman. Most important though are the fat intake guidelines. You have a certain amount of fat to take in at given points and time. That isn’t really anything new and not eating too many fat calories isn’t going to stop you from going overboard on calories in general. Didn’t we learn anything about the low fat craze? What is new or more fun even is what happens if you go past those fat guidelines. If you take into much fat you get what is known as “Treatment Effects”.
What are “Treatment Effects”? The popular treatment effects that you may have already heard about already mostly have to do with your bowel movement. The simple and short reason is because your body cannot break down and digest fat, your body is going to put that fat on an express lane. Since fat is oil, when it gets to the final stop it is still in a liquid form. It becomes a great lubricant for the movement of stools you have stored already in the body. This could lead to leaking, wet gas, diarrhea, and a sudden event where you could at any moment “go”, without being in control. To add more fun to this, the moral of the story is, the more fat you have in your diet, the more likely this is to happen. This is actually part of their behavioral modification aspect of Alli. They teach you that if you eat too much fat, your punishment is an accident in your pants.What about the other side effects? Orlistat has been used for years now in a prescription capacity to treat obesity. Meaning that until now you could only get this ingredient by prescription from seeing a doctor. The good news is because Orlistat has been around already for a while I don’t have to wait for my logic to tell you what scientist has already gotten a chance to test.What they have found is quite interesting but apparently not interesting enough to reveal to the advisory board that is responsible for giving the okay to this being an over the counter product. Neal Benowitz, a professor of medicine and biopharmaceutical sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, had this to say about the results I am going to share with you. “This was not in any of the documents that we reviewed,” he commented about the aberrant crypt foci issue. “Unless it gets reported by the manufacturer or FDA, or someone brings it up who gives testimony, we may not know about this. So what was it that has been found out about this drug that would lead to this kind of hiding? What are the other side effects of Alli? What is the aberrant crypt foci issue? A study done shows significant increase in the incidence of aberrant crypt foci. These crypts are widely believed to be a precursor of colon cancer. This is also not a bias study done by a competing drug company either. The National Cancer Institute has done these works and they have established a healthy link between ACF and colon cancer. That is kind of a big problem to leave casually out of a report. Another scary problem that could exist is the chance of breast cancer. “In the seven randomized, controlled clinical trials, there were 10 cases of breast cancer in the treated groups with only one in the control groups. The relative risk of getting breast cancer while taking Orlistat (compared to placebo) was calculated several times by both FDA and the sponsor and found to vary between 4- and 7-fold, depending on the analysis.”That is some pretty startling results, so much so that it causes a FDA Medical Officer to take back his original approval. Let’s say that this wasn’t an issue or that you just don’t care about the cancer aspect of Alli. Do you care about your hair, nail growth, skin aging process, good cholesterol? Then Alli may not be for you. When you block fat from being absorbed in the body, you are blocking the valuable nutrients that fat can provide. We have already learned from study after study how valuable and important fats are for the basic needed function of the body. Since you have to take in a low fat amount (remember you don’t want to have an accident) as it is and of those fats a certain quantity of that intake is going to be blocked, in a day your percentage of fat from you diet is going to be too little to provide the best of basic function for your body. The negative effects of that will wage war from things ranging from your hair and skin to your HDL levels. To add one more insult to injury. Because you can’t absorb the fat and you don’t get all the calories from the fat you are taking in, you already low calorie diet, becomes even lower. Low calories diets as we have learned lead to weight re-gain, hormone dysfunction and unhappy bodies.
Does Alli’s Benefits Make Up for the Risk? As simple as I can put it, no. Give it a few years and you are going to see the local lawyer firm advertisements that go “Are you or a loved one suffering from the effects of taking the drug Orlistat?” When you see that pop up I hope you are smiling because you read this report and you decided that bowel movement diet therapy wasn’t for you. Not to mention it isn’t even easy. You still can’t eat well, can’t eat certain foods and on top of that have to worry about running to the bathroom in embarrassment. How this program got as far as it has in the first place is beyond me. One thing is for sure; its shelf life is short, both in consumer desire and in government allowance.