Since the momentous day when Phen-Fen was taken off the market there really hasn't been a pill that helps you lose weight successfully. Trying to fill that void is Alli, a new diet drug that's become well-known because of its potentially embarrassing side effect -- very active bowels at inconvenient times. Erin Savage has been blogging about her use of Alli since July.
Nutritionist Dr. Nan Fuchs breaks down the consequences of taking pills to lose weight. Orlistant, the generic name for Alli and Xenical, blocks the absorption of fat. Some of the side effects are diarrhea and blockage of absorption of good fats (essential fatty acids.) Dr. Fuchs is the author of The Nutrition Detective and editor of Women's Health Letter.
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