Thursday, January 3, 2008

Pizza Anyone?

Day two on Weight Watchers and I'm not dead yet. I guess that's a good sign. I should start looking like a super model any day now. (Hey, whatever motivates you, right?)

So, I was reading your comments about different diets (or eating plans or whatever you want to call it) and I came across one that mentioned a product, a pill, called Alli. Have you guys heard of this? I was curious so I checked out their website and read the following statements. Seriously, word for word, these statements were on their official website.

What are treatment effects?
alli™ works by preventing the absorption of some of the fat you eat. The fat passes out of your body, so you may have bowel changes, known as "treatment effects". You may get:

gas with oily spotting
loose stools
more frequent stools that may be hard to control

The excess fat that passes out of your body is not harmful. In fact, you may recognize it as something that looks like the oil on top of a pizza. Eating a low-fat diet lowers the chance of these bowel changes. Limit fat intake in your meals to an average of 15 grams.

Start trimming fat from your diet now, even before you begin taking alli. Then pick a day to begin taking alli, such as a weekend day so you can stay close to home if you experience a "treatment effect". Make the timing work for you. If you're getting ready to travel or attend a social event, hold off on starting with alli until the event is over

You may feel an urgent need to go to the bathroom. Until you have a sense of any "treatment effects", it's probably a smart idea to wear dark pants, and bring a change of clothes with you to work

You may not usually get gassy, but it's a possibility when you take alli. The bathroom is really the best place to go when that happens

Can I have a show of hands of everyone who wants to take a pill that will make you poop uncontrollably and will make you have "oily gas" that looks like the grease on top of a pizza?!! I think that visual alone is enough to make me stop eating for good.

And tell me, if you have to eat a very low fat diet while using this pill to avoid an oily gassy crapathon, then why bother taking the pill at all? If you're eating a healthful lowfat diet, then you don't need some stupid pill. Just my opinion, but seriously who, who, WHO would purposely take a pill that would make everyday seem like you're getting ready for a colonoscopy? I think I'd rather stay fat and not have to bring a change of pants with me everywhere I went.


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March Hare said...

Think of WW not as a "diet" but as a change to a healthier lifestyle. My whole family eats better b/c of WW, not just me. More fruit, more veggies, better choices when eating out, more exercise. Several small changes can really add up!

And, no doubt, your DH could probably stand to eat better as well. :)

March Hare said...

BTW, another helpful weight loss website is Dottie's Weight Loss Zone ( She follows WW and has lists of points for a lot of foods, including commercial brands and restaurants. Just in case you don't have your points guide handy!

Unknown said...

I just joined WW too...we could be buddies.

justgottalaugh said...

If you have to be told that the bathroom is the best place ot go hen you are having "treatment effects" then maybe you should be taking some other type of pill. :)

Anonymous said...

I think I will stick with being fat and happy over skinny and poopy.

Anonymous said...

My husband takes fat blockers to lose weight, because he is EXTREMELY overweight, and it's not due to over-eating. The gas and loose stools happen mostly in the very beginning, and when you pay attention to what goes in, your body resolves the fat blockage better. He lost a lot of weight in the beginning, but refused to add exercise into the equation and then stopped taking the pills. Le sigh.

Resorting to a low-fat intake diet is all well and good, for people of ALL sizes. BUT, what this pill did for my husband was FORCE him to pay attention to what he was putting in his mouth, and watch fat content, or he'd pay for it dearly when he went to the bathroom. I'm trying to convince him to get back on the program.

miss r said...

Hilarious! I'm sure there are cheaper ways to get the same effects. Eating a pot of refried beans, perhaps?

Cyndi Hill said...

I hadn't laughed so hard in a long time. I then tried to read it to my husband and barely got through it. LOL

Anonymous said...

Okay I just had to tell you- I am soooo glad that my morning sickness went away about 2 weeks ago before reading your post about alli... (I'm 4 months pregnant)... because the dry heave I just got wouldn't have been so dry if that cruel and unusual, oh wait I mean lovely side effect of pregnancy wasn't gone.

Little E said...

hey i love your blog!!!!!! it is so cool how old is your oldest?!?!?!?! please just post a comment on my blog!!!!!

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