Fat blocking drug seems like a hard way to lose weight

Alli is a over-the-counter drug available in the USA. It prevents the body from digesting fat in food. Sounds great right? The Guardian has a great article on the drawbacks as the drug approaches its release in Europe.


Alli – so called because its manufacturer says it requires an alliance of a low-fat diet and exercise to be effective – is a pill that is usually taken three times a day with each fat-containing meal. It works by blocking lipase, which breaks down fats in the gut, preventing your body from absorbing about a third of the fat you eat. And because you can’t absorb undigested fats, they pass straight through your body. It is this action that leads to Alli’s unpleasant side-effects.



The unpleasant side-effects include “uh oh, pizza oil on the back of my pants!!! Totally unexpected – no warning it was happening”. Ewwwww! Gross!

If you’re suppose to eat a low fat diet and do some exercise for the drug to be effective then why not just be a bit more patient and then you wont have to carry that change of underwear and trousers around with you or wear the recommended dark trousers.

Stuff like this is just broken…

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