Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Dieting With Pills Yields Positive Results

Dieting With Pills Yields Positive Results by Jim Mackey

Who could have predicted that we would spend billions of dollars each year on diet pills? Yes, billions. These tiny little capsules, powders, juices and patches, that we are so certain provide the absolute cure for a thin, slender body, rake in substantial amounts of money each year and have very little regulation. They are as varied as diets on the market and provide everything from fat burning and weight loss, to increased energy, sex drive, more youthful skin, metabolism boosters and appetite suppression

The most recent breakout on the diet pill scene is Alli. It's a first, as it's the only one available without a prescription stamped with an FDA approval. It's the lesser-dose sister of Xenical, a prescription diet pill that's only available from your doctor for obese individuals. Those taking Xenical, must have physician clearance and be committed to a diet low in calories and fat. Xenical and Alli both use the active ingredient Orlistat.

If you'll remember, Orlistat was the popular food additive in the 90s that was linked with serious bowel problems. The WOW! brand potato chips being the most popular of those products. Many diet pills have side effects, many due to the high doses of caffeine they contain, like racing heart, nausea and the jitters. Alli and Xenical have side effects like uncontrolled gas, urination and bowel movements. This is preventable when you stick to the recommended diet guidelines.

Alli and Xenical, unlike many diet pills, are not solely responsible for weight loss. Both require you stick to a low-fat, low-calorie diet. When you manage what you're eating, Alli and Xenical can help you shed about 50% more weight than when you're solely following a diet. How does that work? The active ingredient Orlistat makes it so that the body is not able to digest about a 25% of the fat you're eating. Blocking the absorption of these fats makes it possible to lose weight. And since you're already eating a low-fat diet, 75% that gets through is a much smaller number.

If you've ever visited a Web site for a diet pill, they usually look like giant tabloid advertisements and typically leave visitors with more questions than they do answers. The Alli site is quite different- once again sticking out as a clear leader in the diet pill industry. The Alli Web site offers journals, calorie counters, meal planners and grocery lists and a community to converse with other Alli users.

Alli seems to be the most reliable diet pill on the market. It's managed to stay fairly clear of the usual controversy and has the FDA approval, which none of its competitors can claim.With all of the yo-yo approvals for Ephedra and Ephedrine and the questionable "certified" Hoodia floating around- people should definitely question any supplement they're thinking about using

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