All across America this weekend hope rises again for gravitationally challenged (overweight) people. Lined up at local Wal-Marts and pharmacies, my overweight brothers and sisters are inflated on more than cheap calories and gallons of diet pop, theyâ€™re counting on the FDA to have passed through its rigorous testing procedures, only a true miracle. Boy, are they in for a surprise.
Orlistat (Alli if youâ€™re a brand name shopper) may have passed clinical trials, and it may actually boost weight loss by preventing a certain amount of fat from being metabolized, but matter isnâ€™t destroyed, is it? All the fat we shove into our respective pie-holes is bound to come out somewhere. In the case of Orlistat users, that somewhere is the bowel.
When taken at the 120mg/3 times daily strength, Orlistat causes what Dr. Anoop Misra (director of the department of metabolic diseases for the Fortis Group hospitals) politely calls, â€œgastrointestinal problems such as oily fecal discharge, diarrhea and uncontrolled bowel movement.â€
These colorful side effects are intensified in patients who eat more fat, and the pill is also reported to block the absorption of such fat-soluble vitamins as A, D, E, and K.
I‘ll just be content with my well-earned beer belly or maybe try to walk a little more.