Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could just take a daily pill(s) and the weight starts melting off? That's what several of the diet pill manufacturers would like you to believe. Most of the pills either fill your digestive system with bulk fibers so you think you're full, suppress your appetite and therefore decrease the amount of food you eat, or they increase your metabolism by increasing your internal temperature. Do they work? Yes to a certain extent. Most have to be combined with a diet program to succeed. Can you burn fat fast with these pills. Again yes, but they work by blocking fat absorption rather than burning fat.
Another pill that has recently come on the market is Alli. It works by blocking your stomach and intestines from digesting about 20% of the fat you eat. You have to go on a low fat diet when you start taking Alli. In addition you can't eat more than 15 grams of fat at any one time. You can't save up your fat allotment for the day, or several days, in order to splurge. If you break either of these rules, you suffer 'treatment effects' which include unexpected diarrhea and stomach cramps. Alli actually recommends that you wear dark pants and bring a change of clothing with you for the first week of the program. And stay close to the bathroom. Alli claims that in scientific studies participants have lost 50% more when taking Alli then just staying on a low calorie, low fat diet.
The advantages include having a little help to get you started on your diet and losing weight a bit faster. The disadvantage includes the expense, and in the case of Alli, the treatment effects. Alli is not a diet program you can cheat on and then return to without suffering ill effects. Some participants have reported treatment effects for several weeks after they stopped the program. Others have said they get treatment effects even when they make sure their fat consumption is within limits.
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