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The oily spotting continues. Healthbolt has the money quote on new diet drug Alli:
“You can also bet your bottom dollar that GSK will be running ads of fabulous looking people living skinny-happy lives on alli in a field of wheat somewhere. They sure as hell won’t be running ads about 16 year old girls, malnourished as-is because of eating disorders (and this is who’s buying over the counter diet pills) passing out in gym class because they have no vitamins in their body…”
There will also no doubt be a floppy-eared puppy somewhere in that field of wheat – though I’m betting on a field of buttercups and violets myself.
For further consideration: at best, this new wonder drug will yield you a 5-10 pound weight loss…after 6 months! And that’s if you diet. And if you exercise. And that number may not be right, anyway, because the study was so shoddy.
I could lose 5 pounds on a bet in a week and it would still be healthier and safer than the Alli method.
If you work out for just 30 minutes a day and simultaneously cut just 200 calories from your daily intake (we’re talking a soda or a latte or just one standard serving of carbs, Apples), you’ll lose 5-10 pounds in one month. Yes. ONE MONTH. And that’s without a drug.
It should never take six months to lose 5 pounds. It should take about two weeks, and you certainly don’t need a drug to do that.
Among things that will take off 5 pounds in far less time than Alli:
(bear in mind this study isn’t totally proven, but then neither is Alli’s)
Stretching in your chair
Rolling over one extra time in bed
Smiling at the mailman for once
Thinking about losing weight
Wondering if your friends are thinking about losing weight
Not thinking about losing weight
Remembering you need to put the clothes in the dryer
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