Fat contains the most calories from what you eat and this is the reason why to be a successful dieter you have to reduce your fat intake. Of course, it’s doable by just not eating foods rich in fat and by looking after what you eat in general but if that’s a problem for you have a look at fat blockers.
Fat blocking means that absorption of fat is blocked. This is the main and actually the only purpose of fat blockers. This way about 25% of ingested fat can be excreted naturally without its absorption. Mixing effects of fat blockers with already proven weight loss methods like exercising and low-fat diet can decrease your body weight easier than with dieting alone.
Fat blocking successfully is used to treat obesity and just to stay slim and probably the most popular product today is Orlistat. It is designed to treat obesity and it also is known under 2 trade names: Xenical – prescription drug and Alli – over the counter fat blocker manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline.
Both Alli and Xenical are almost the same except the Orlistat content in them. Over the counter Alli contains 60mg Orlistat blocking about 25% of ingested fat; Xenical is 120mg version available on prescriptions only and is blocking about 30% of fat. There are no serious and harmful side effects evidenced but manufacturers state that so called “treatment effects” may occur which also contributed in Orlistat’s popularity.
With “treatment effects” I mean gastrointestinal side effects which result in oily, loose stools, bowel movement and sometimes you might run to toilet. Looking for some evidence on these I found some embarrassing stories on the internet.
However, these side effects can be reduced or even avoided at all by following instructions and by having a low-fat diet. Manufactures always have been honest about these possible effects which is a big plus to them.
If you find it hard to reach your weight loss goals by yourself then fat blockers could be the right thing for you. Effectiveness of dieting with Alli can be by 50% higher that dieting alone.