Why You Should Think Twice Before Using Alli or Other Weight Loss Aids
When it comes to losing weight, we'd all love that quick fix: a pill, shake, heck, even surgery to ease our efforts.
Unfortunately, weight-loss aids -- even when approved by the
I think, though, that the real take-home message is that we can't assume that any weight-loss medication is risk free.
Those who are severely overweight might find that the weight-loss benefits of orlistat are greater than its risks, but those with just a few pounds to lose may want to think twice, given what may be a small possibility of liver damage. (Alli and Xenical already have some nasty side effects like diarrhea and fecal incontinence if used incorrectly.)
And unapproved drugs or weight-loss supplements should definitely be avoided altogether; those
herbal weight-loss concoctions sold on the Internet may have harmful prescription drugs hidden in them. As tempting as these products
may seem, they're certainly not worth the price of good health. One
In healthy users, they boost metabolism and burn calories at a faster rate, but at the price of heart palpitations and bulging eyes, mimicking an autoimmune condition called Graves' disease. While this doctor refuses to write such prescriptions, I have no doubt these actresses and models are finding other doctors who will.
On the flip side, I recently saw a photo in the September issue of Glamour depicting a full-figured model posed in a state of artful undress with her tummy sagging prominently.
She looked radiant and beautiful even with this figure flaw, and Glamour was rewarded with letters from women thanking them for depicting beauty that real women could aspire to. If you're already at a healthy weight but are looking to shed a few pounds with the help of drugs, perhaps plain old healthful eating and exercise--plus an acceptance of those small figure flaws -- are really the fix you need.
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