I know everyone's all a twitter about the new OTC "diet" drug, Alli. Every overweight (and maybe some not so) person I know is at least thinking about it. Me included. I am still undecided and plan to follow a few others as they experience Alli before deciding for myself.

As one who already has digestive tract issues, I'm not really sure I want to introduce a drug that has "treatment effects":

  • gas with oily spotting
  • loose stools
  • more frequent stools that may be hard to control

Here's how they recommend "taking control" of the situation:

  • Start trimming fat from your diet now, even before you begin taking alli. Then pick a day to begin taking alli, such as a weekend day so you can stay close to home if you experience a treatment effect. Make the timing work for you. If you're getting ready to travel or attend a social event, hold off on starting with alli until the event is over
  • While no one likes experiencing treatment effects, they might help you think twice about eating questionable fat content. If you think of it like that, alli can act like a security guard for your late-night cravings
  • You can't "save fat grams" from lunch and "spend them" at dinner. Spread your daily fat gram allowance of 15 grams on average per meal over the whole day
  • You may feel an urgent need to go to the bathroom. Until you have a sense of any treatment effects, it's probably a smart idea to wear dark pants, and bring a change of clothes with you to work
  • You may not usually get gassy, but it's a possibility when you take alli. The bathroom is really the best place to go when that happens
  • You can use a food journal to recognize what foods can lead to treatment effects. For example, writing down what you eat may help you learn that marinara sauce is a better option than Alfredo sauce

Um, just how do you explain that change of clothes mid-day? Oops! Must've had too much fat at lunch!

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