Alli, the first FDA approved OTC diet aid has hit shelves, and is guaranteed to be a big hit. The new medication promises to enhance weight loss 50% more than dieting alone by preventing the body from digesting the fat on ingested food. The only problem is the leakage.
Some of the side affects reported by GlaxoSmithKline are "gas with oily spotting" and "more frequent stools that may be hard to control." Glaxo also says that it is just "the excess fat that passes out of your body and is not harmful. In fact, you may recognize it as something that looks like the oil on top of a pizza."
Allis side affects pale in comparison to recent diet pill side affects which have been shown to increase the risk of suicidal thoughts. Although I am not a big fan of pooping my pants, if I had to choose I would go with Alli. Joking aside, it is a much safer alternative than current appetite suppressants that have been shown to to cause both heart and kidney failure.
Many drugstores all over the nation are already selling out of the product. The drug is half the dosage of prescription strength orlistat, commonly known as Xenical. The drug is produced by GlaxoSmithKline.
According to MSNBC, The drugmaker hopes to stem the number of Alli dropouts by including with each $50 starter kit a weight-loss journal and a calorie and fat counter. In addition, the company is sponsoring an online behavioral support program. Dr. Vidhu Bansal, who led GlaxoSmithKline's Alli clinical trials, says that people who are looking for a quick fix shouldn't bother buying the drug: "People have to be committed to losing weight. They have to accept that they have to make a lifestyle change to get healthy.
So if you decide that you would like to purchase a diet aid to help you become healthier, I would take a look at Alli. Just remember to keep an extra pair of pants handy.