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Save Yourself From Dieting No No’s

Moving into February do not lose motivation with your healthy eating New Year’s resolutions. Here’s 50 quick tips to help keep you going,  http://ten-pounds-down.fitsugar.com/50-Ways-Stay-Motivated-Weight-Loss-13289463.  I’m sure you can find one or two that work for you.
 
When you peel away the bells and whistles of any diet program, you must ask yourself, “What lifestyle is really going to work for me?”. Crazy diets do not work, http://fitbie.msn.com/lose-weight/tips/6-terrible-diet-strategies-skip/tip/3! I know these sound a little outrageous but I want you to keep these in mind when you’re watching T.V. and a commercial for a weight loss product appears. I will use Alli as an example for the millions of legal diet products on the market, that should NOT be sold. 
  
Taking Alli is not such a crazy consideration, or is it? It is convenient to pop a pill and expect that your fat will melt away but it does not come without a cost. 
  
When you take Alli, you block a natural job  (lipase, an enzyme, is blocked from doing its job of breaking down fat. It leaves the body undigested and absorbed, therefore reducing calories) that your body is supposed to do. This does not sound too bad but let me explain the consequence of tampering with mother nature.
 
Alli lowers the absorption of vitamins A, D, E and K and this is a  first step towards vitamin deficiency. Vitamins and minerals are vital to good health. Look at all the recent health benefits we now realize from vitamin D:
 
1. helps to promote strong bones by aiding the absorption of calcium
2.  it may help arm the immune system to defend against getting sick
3.  some research suggests it might play a role in assisting with weight loss. 
 
Here’s a list of more health benefits of vitamin D, that will be difficult to get if you choose to take any product that reduces the absorption of fat, http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/161618.php.
 
Add to that the embarrassment of uncontrollable gas, oily anal discharge, diarhhea…Disgusting  right, well not gross enough, it seems that over 40 million people ( I hope not together in the same general area.) have tried Alli. And yes there’s more side effects including more serious health consequences, http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/PostmarketDrugSafetyInformationforPatientsandProviders/ucm213038.htm. 
 but there is not enough cases that link Alli with liver failure (YET).
 
 
Top it off with the weight loss results estimated at 3-5 pounds over what naturally happens with diet alone.  WOW, all this for a few measly pounds-you got a winner!
 
So I know it’s hard to hear but there is NO MAGIC BULLET! Keep your New Years’ Resolution, eat well, get rest, exercise and do what it takes to turn bad choices into good lifelong habits.  Save yourself from any marketing gimmick that seems too good to be true!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by on January 31, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Alli and Xenical Safe? NOT!

Would someone PLEASE explain this to me?

In one sentence the alert says, “The most commonly reported adverse events described in the 32 reports of serious liver injury were jaundice, weakness, and abdominal pain.” The next thing I read, ” FDA is reviewing other data on suspected cases of liver injury submitted by the manufacturers of orlistat, FDA is not advising healthcare professionals to change their prescribing practices with orlistat. Consumers currently taking Xenical should continue to take it as prescribed and those using over-the-counter Alli should continue to use the product as directed.”

Are they kidding?

Here is the alert that was sent:

FDA notified healthcare professionals and patients that it is reviewing new safety information regarding reports of liver-related adverse events in patients taking orlistat. Orlistat is marketed in the United States as a prescription product, Xenical, and as an over-the-counter (OTC) product, Alli. Between 1999 and October 2008, 32 reports of serious liver injury, including 6 cases of liver failure, in patients using orlistat were submitted to FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System. The most commonly reported adverse events described in the 32 reports of serious liver injury were jaundice, weakness, and abdominal pain. FDA is reviewing other data on suspected cases of liver injury submitted by the manufacturers of orlistat, analysis of these data is ongoing and no definite association between liver injury and orlistat has been established at this time. FDA is not advising healthcare professionals to change their prescribing practices with orlistat. Consumers currently taking Xenical should continue to take it as prescribed and those using over-the-counter Alli should continue to use the product as directed.

FDA urges both healthcare professionals and consumers to report side effects from the use of orlistat (Alli and Xenical) to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program.

Read the complete summary of the FDA News Release, at:

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm180025.htm

 

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