The FDA has just approved alli, a generic version of GSK’s fat-blocking drug orlistat. It’s a half-dose version of the prescription known as Xenical. The company is adding statements about needing to eat a low-fat diet and take multivitamins, and they’re planning to offer a variety of online tools as well.
Anyone out there interested in trying it? There are digestive side effects, and it’s reported to increase weight loss by an additional 10%.
To tell the truth, it’s not something I’m all that interested in, but, as with everything to do with weight control, we have to figure out what’s right for ourselves.
In this world of weight loss surgery, foods and food-like substances that are purported to help us lose weight, various herbal preparations, endless advice, campaigns from many government and non-government agencies, internet and live support groups, weight loss contests, weight loss clubs and companies, television shows, podcasts, etc., medication is one more tool.
It would be irresponsible [and perhaps even hypocritical!] of me to say that alli isn’t a good idea for some people. Perhaps, as with everything, with responsible use, it’ll help some of us. Eating sensibly and exercising remain essential in order for this pill to work. It’s not magic, just like weight loss surgery isn’t magic.
From my perspective, there’s hope. While on the surface, obesity is a matter of excess calories in and too few calories burned, but there are many factors that affect a person’s ability to burn calories, and even more factors that affect a person’s food intake. Medical science is starting to realize this, and is finally getting away from obesity being a character flaw or personality defect.
It’s not a simple process, and there are many paths to success. And for that reason, we gotta keep trying. If something doesn’t work for you after giving it an honest shot, try a different strategy.