Many children have had the unfortunate experience of wetting themselves in public. Whether caused by nerves or a full bladder, taunting on the playground is a surefire way for a child to learn the limitations of their tiny bladder (and perhaps to cut back on the liquids).
Now older, and assumingly more mature, why are many adults carrying around a second set of clothing in case they soil themselves in public? No, it isn’t old age or even a few too many burritos. The new reason for adult cases of faulty gastrointestinal function…alli, the new FDA approved OTC weight loss drug marketed by GlaxoSmithKline. Despite the side effects, these pills are flying off of the shelf.
…is that right? A pill that clearly states the side effects as, let us say, uncontrollable bowel movement is the new miracle cure. And for the low, low price of around 60 dollars for a 90 cap supply, you too can be reverted back to childhood while losing an extra few pounds. The alli side effects are a result of unabsorbed fat flowing out of the body, as the pill is designed to work by inhibiting a percentage of fat absorption. For the pill to work, the consumer must be willing to follow a strict low-fat diet. GlaxoSmithKline has also established a program to supplement the pill, providing instructions for a healthier diet and the introduction of regular exercise.
A healthy diet and regular exercise are what help you stay fit and even lose weight. This is the true weight loss plan. GlaxoSmithKline estimates that for every ten pounds you lose on your own, the introduction of alli will result in an additional five pounds of weight loss on top of that (50 percent increase). Is this really worth the risk? And how many consumers of the diet pill are in fact at the point that they are willing to dedicate themselves to a strict plan. There are no miracle cures. Everything takes hard work and dedication.
Weight loss is a consuming task. It’s difficult and requires a tremendous amount of will power. Many people have struggled throughout their lives with series medical conditions that only serve to exacerbate their weight problems. The purpose of diet and exercise is to create an optimum level of health. Look back to the FDA approved fenfluramine and phentermine, now popularly referred to in combination as fen-phen, both prescribed as appetite suppressants for short-term use. Both were approved at one time by the FDA. Only many years after their approval was the dangerous combination of the two drugs discovered. Fen phen resulted in heart valve disease for many users. And just recently, GlaxoSmithKline itself has suffered public scrutiny, not to mention lawsuits, for undisclosed research on their diabetes drug Avandia that creates a marked increase in risk of heart failure for those prescribed the drug.
Think healthy. Think responsibly. The introduction of prescription and even non-prescription drugs should be a last resort for dieters. Try the strict dedication to diet and exercise that GlaxoSmithKline recommends. Try the plan by itself, without the drug. Weight loss is a gradual process. It is a struggle, but it is also well worth it for your health. Save 60 dollars a month and invest in your long term health with nutritious eating and physical activity. If you need that little extra boost, invest in a nutritionist or a trainer. Both can provide all of the support you’ll need to lose the extra weight, hopefully without the GI problems.