The weight loss pill
I haven't personally but I've heard some horror stories! Someone told me if I take it don't wear white pants because if you go over your fat grams or something like that you'll have anal leakage! That scared me away! But..if it's true I imagine you would lose a lot of weight fast, because with consequences like that it would definitely keep me in line!
I haven't tried it either, but have hear some stories as well. In addition to the "leakage", I've heard there is pretty bad weight gain once you go off the pills.
omg that is really scary! I will never try that.
after I heard about the "oily poo" there was no way in hell I was going to try it out. eeek. Just because it is approved by the FDA doesn't mean it is better, it just means it is the only diet pill that has spent the money and effort to get their product approved and lowered its effectiveness to meet the standards of the FDA
i've done at least 5 different types of diets since i got engaged. the best one so far for me is old school slimfast. i drink the low-carb one for breakfast and lunch and either kashi or fiberone bars as snacks than i make sure to have a protein rich dinner. i still eat whatever i crave though..which is what's keeping me from reaching my goal weight. i just love ice cream too much.
My Dad tried allie and lost 10 lbs right away ad then lost nothing after that. ANd yes if you eat to much fat u will have some gastro problems.
My friends mom swears by it. I think if you eat greasy food or stuff with lots of fat you';; go b/c what it does is flush out and not lot your body process fat.
I don't know how you feel about prescription appetite suppressants to get you kick-started but I took Phentermine along with exercise and reducing calories for about 2 months and lost 20 lbs. I have gone off the meds and my weight loss has slowed somewhat but I didn't gain anything back, I'm still loosing (knock on wood!).
It was the best thing I ever did - just enough to get me going and it didn't make me feel crazy or "drugged". It just made me not hungry enough to cut down my calories and get used to the amount of food we are supposed to eat in a day.
Just a thought from my experience with pills and weight loss. I have heard good and bad in regards to Alli - for all the reasons listed above, it worked, anal leakage, ect.
You're absolutely right - the healthiest way to go is not pills or surgery, it's good old fashioned diet and exercise! The problem for me was that I have struggled with an over-eating disorder for 10 years now and I needed the kick-start that the phentermine gave me. And trust me, if you haven't made up your mind that this is it, and you are committed to loosing the weight then you will gain it back - no matter what pill you take. It's still been a struggle but that helped out so much in the beggining that it was what I needed.
And, Kohler is also right about the risks, albeit overall the rates and risk are small, they are a reality. I've been a critical care nurse for the past 7 years, so I wasn't unrealistic about the risk you take when you go on any drug - and I don't want anyone here to think you don't need to see your doctor first and really weigh the pros and cons - I was desperate and I needed help that's the only reason I tried them.
It's been 2 months since I went off them and I am still loosing weight (at a healthier speed and a healthier way) but I'm not unrealistic - had I not made up my mind to make a lifestyle change I know I would have gained it all right back.
It's not for everyone and you have to be really, brutally honest with yourself before you make the decision to take any medication. Like I said, I had that talk with myself and with my FI before I even went for my initial consultation with the "fat" doctor :) And for me it really was the best decision I ever made (except for saying "yes" to FI!) and I did it for me. Just be brutally honest with yourself.
And none of these drugs are meant to be taken for any more than a few weeks - these are not something you should be on for 6 months.