Wednesday, August 8, 2007

A look at a Hot new Book - what's the "buzz" on the Alli Diet?

What is this "Alli" stuff and what is the "Alli" diet plan? Currently, the book is doing fairly well on Amazon, so dieters, readers and booksellers might want to know more about the whole Alli concept and why it is making news. I can write about this as someone who took the prescription strength form of this before it was approved for over the counter use. It worked quite well for me.

The non-prescription form is about 1/2 the strength of the prescription form, which has its advantages and disadvantages. Still, it can be a diet aid, although I wouldn't call it a miracle drug. It does happen to live up to its claims, however, and that is saying a lot in the often murky world of weight loss products.

First, the basic facts:
1. In spite of the tons of diet pills out there, this is FIRST FDA approved medication for dieters which was once "prescription only". It has a proven track record. It can help increase weight loss, although not dramatically for most people.

2. When used properly, it reduces fat absorption, unlike so many of the so-called "weight loss pills" that do nothing. The name of this medicine is really Orlistat and it DOES block fat from entering the body, reducing calories absorbed. You might have heard of it as Xenical as well.

3. It is currently one of the hottest new diet plans on the market so you should be informed about it, whether as a reader or seller. Odds are high that you know someone with a weight issue, a constant dieter or you sell books to people looking for weight loss tips.

What is the Alli Diet?

Basically, the diet is your typical low-fat diet and it would NOT work for Atkins diet types. Why? Because if you take in too much fat, Alli will cause you to have unpleasant side effects, some so unpleasant that people decide not to stay on the medicine. These effects include bloating, gas and intestinal upsets, including some bowel issues (I'll let your imagination fill in the blanks here).

The book itself is very informative and includes 12 weeks of meal plans, more than 200 recipes, many of which I tried and which are designed to reduce any side effects. I found most of them tasty and easy to prepare. There is a section on exercise and a three stage program for reaching your goal weight.

Here's the catch: if you want this to work, you can't just take a pill and expect the weight to melt off. Alli will NOT keep you from eating too much nor will it slap your hand if you reach for a bag of potato chips. The choices -and consequences - are still yours. Also, it does affect absorption of certain vitamins so you are requested to take a good all-purpose vitamin daily. It won't give you automatic willpower.

Still, if you are one of those people who'll feel a lost better with a 5 pound weight loss in a given week instead of a 2 pound loss, this could do the trick, all things being equal (eating well, exercising, etc).

So that's the basics, folks. As always, talk to your doctor about any possible interactions with meds you take and don't use this with blood thinners like Warfarin (as it notes on the package).

If you'd like to know more about it, please use the Amazon search button to find The Alli Diet or the Alli Starter kit at Amazon and read what other reviewers have said. Consider the pros and cons and make an informed decision.

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