‘Diet Pills’

Does Alli Work for Losing Weight?

Does Alli work for losing weight? I don’t know about you, but recently I’ve seen a lot of commercials for Alli, the weight loss diet aid. Alli works by reducing the amount of fat (and fat calories) that’s can be absorbed by the intestines. Fewer calories = weight loss.

But does Alli really work — does it really help people lose 50% more weight than a person would normally lose on a weight loss diet? It’s a valid question, given Alli’s side effects, which can be quite embarrassing.

Today, I have Ann Huz, who has put together some information about the question, “Does Alli work for losing weight?”. It’s information you need to know beforehand, if you are considering using Alli.

Does Alli Work for Losing Weight?

Alli is the OTC (over-the-counter) generic name for Orlistat which can also be obtained as a prescription in the form of Xenical.  You may remember some years ago it was the weight loss rage.  It works by means of a fat blocker that prevents your body from absorbing all or most of the fat contained in the foods you eat.  Alli claims in aiding weight loss has FDA backing, the only OTC diet pill approved by the FDA.

But one thing that the advertisements don’t point out well is that you can’t continue to eat fatty foods, or otherwise suffer some very unpleasant side effects.  Alli needs to be used with a low fat diet.

How Much Weight Can You Lose With Alli?

The actual amount of weight lost by using Alli really does vary.  For example, one study revealed that between 36% and 55% of participants experienced a 5% or more decrease in their body mass.  However, it wasn’t clear if that loss was fat (good) or muscle (bad).  Between 16% and 25%  of the participants achieved a 10% or greater decrease in body mass.  Well, so far so good, right?  Maybe.  Maybe not.

When the participants stopped using Alli, they regained an average of almost 1/3 of the weight that they lost.  However, that isn’t exactly news; far too many of us gain back some weight after going off a diet.

Alli Side Effects

The Alli side effects are very much worth noting.  And here’s the basic rule:  if you eat food with high fat content, undigested fat is going to be expelled from your body.  This can lead to loose stools and smelly flatulence.  Not to mention uncontrollable bowel movements!

It’s worth mentioning that these side effects are especially true in the earlier stages, when the body is not yet accustomed to Alli’s effects.  Even the manufacturer asks you to consider wearing dark pants, as well as bring extra clothes to work.  I’m also thinking that Depends wouldn’t be a bad idea in the beginning.  The good news is that the side effects can be minimized by eating meals that are low fat.

Sure, Alli does help to accelerate weight loss.  Still, there are no diet pills that will magically make you lose fat without any effort on your part.  You have to follow a sensible diet in order to lose weight.

Alli diet pills have been documented to work.  But only you can decide if it’s the right supplement for you.

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Alli, Weight Loss and You

OK, the FDA even agrees that Alli works.  But as Ann points out, it’s not a magic bullet.  And it’s not for everyone.  If you can’t control your fat intake (and I think the manufacturer says no more than 15 grams at any one meal), you will suffer the consequences.

You folks know that I don’t advocate using diet pills, but not because they don’t work (many in fact do).  I’m just leary of using diet supplements as a crutch for weight loss.  Now if you want to use a supplement that helps you when you are already following a sensible diet, that’s one thing.  That’s the way supplements are supposed to work.

What diet pills don’t do is let you continue to eat the way you normally do and still lose weight.  I don’t care what the commercials say.  As Ann pointed out, there are no magic bullets.  Just supplements that help when you already follow a sensible diet.

So, is Alli right for you?  It’s possible, especially if you already follow a low-fat diet.  Alli will help you lose extra in that case.  But it’s not for someone who doesn’t want to control the amount of fat they eat.

Caralluma Fimbriata: The Next Weight Loss Miracle?

Have you heard of caralluma fimbriata?  No, neither had I before today.  But when I just did hear about it, I was intrigued.  Could this be another hoodia gordonii, but better?

Now if you follow me here at this blog and on my website, you know that I’m not usually overly impressed with weight loss supplements.  Not because they don’t work, but because they prey upon people’s wish for a “magic bullet”.  A way to lose weight without eating less or exercising.

I do believe, however, that supplements and diet aids can be part of a sensible, healthy diet.  Hey, we can all use a little extra help now and again.  Just so long as the help doesn’t become a crutch, if you know what I mean.

OK, back to caralluma fimbriata.  I got some information from Barry Crewse, who had compiled some information about this fascinating new supplement.  Without any further ado, here’s Barry’s report.

Caralluma Fibriata and Weight Loss

Caralluma Fimbriata.  Almost no one has even heard of it and those who have may be asking just what the heck it is.  The first thought for most people is just another fad diet gimmick.  But is it?  Instead, could it be pure gold in the world of weight loss? Let’s find out.

Caralluma belongs to the cactus family and is known as a succulent. It grows wild in much of India and even as far north as Afghanistan and the surrounding areas.

For literally hundreds of years it has been eaten by the locals of the region as a vegetable and can be eaten both raw and cooked (no reports as to the taste, though).  The green follicles of the plant are usually boiled, salted and eaten.  It’s also very popular for making a variety of different kinds of chuntney and pickles.

Here’s Where Caralluma Gets Interesting

For generations, the local people found this vegetable seemed to contain certain properties when eaten. Not only did it act like an appetite suppressant but also seemed to quench thirst while boosting their energy levels.

Because of this it became wildly popular as both a “hunting and famine food” sustaining the people when food stuffs became scarce.

Of course, modern science has now caught up with all the benefits of caralluma fimbriata.  The arrival of this “new” succulent is just now becoming very popular for not only being able to suppress your appetite and boost your endurance but it also appears to lower blood sugar.

Clinical Studies, Starting Up

Clinical researchers are discovering that the extracts of Caralluma actually act on the hunger centers within the brain reducing the feeling of being hungry. Further more, these studies have found that appetite suppression takes place without any known disturbances in the natural function of the neurotransmitters within the brain itself. This is surprisingly different than most appetite suppressants on the market today.

Clinical studies are also finding that one main extract of Caralluma, pregnane glycoside, is not only very effective in controlling appetite, obesity and weight gain but also is appearing as a major player in lowering your BMI, body fat, blood glucose levels and blood pressure as well. Reductions in hip and waste circumferences were noted as well.

Benefits do not appear to stop there as an increase in lean body mass, capillary health improvement, memory function and hearing improvement and the lowering of joint inflammation are also some noted as major benefits. Further studies are also concluding that there appears to be enhancement in HDL/LDL ratio’s in the blood.

Caralluma fimbriata is completely natural and contains no artificial ingredients. This supplement doesn’t contain any type of chemicals or preservative which are widely known to possibly interfere with your own body’s weight loss / dieting processes.

As of this writing, there haven’t been any recorded instance of an reaction or toxicity in the extensive safety studies. The fact that it’s been eaten for centuries should be proof of it’s benefits and long term positive effects on the human body.

Caralluma is just now coming onto center stage of the dieting world and I am sure you will be hearing much more about this future giant. Not only do I expect it to overtake Hoodia, which appears to be less effective and more expensive but also most other weight supplements which seems to be only minimally effective.

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Finding Caralluma

I wanted to check a little more on it, but caralluma is kind of scarce at this point; I went looking and I found quite a bit of the cactus/succulent itself, but not a whole lot in the way of supplements.

Anyway, I did finally locate Caralluma Burn as a source for the caralluma fimbriata diet supplement.  So, if you’re curious, pop on over and take a look at the Caralluma Burn product.  You never know; maybe it would help you with the cravings.  But remember — supplements are just that — supplemental aids.  Not even Caralluma Burn is a miracle in a box!