Amy Culver - The Queen of Lean
July 03, 2007    

New Weight Loss Drug

Food Tip: Spooning

Pizzelle Cookies

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NEWSNEWS: Weight Loss Pill

Well, you’ve all probably heard about the newest weight loss pill on the market – Alli (pronounced like ally – as in “friend”). It’s the first weight loss drug approved by the FDA. It is an over the counter version of Xenical. If this is news to you, you can check it out at:

Of course the possible side effects which they label “treatment effects” can be enough to put you off this particular weight loss solution. They include: “Gas with oily spotting; loose stools, and more frequent stools that may be hard to control.” Okay – one word – unpleasant!!!

Now, let’s look at the possible benefits. According to their website, Alli and your hard work can help increase your weight loss by 50%. I think the operative words here are “AND your hard work.” The drug works by causing your body to leave 25% of the fat you consume undigested. Thus the possible unpleasant “treatment effects.” They recommend that you take Alli 3 times per day with your main meals and that you consume no more than 15 grams of fat per meal. Increasing the fat intake increases the likelihood of “treatment effects.” Okay, so now we are looking at roughly 40 grams of fat intake per day. Fat has 9 calories per gram. If you leave 25% of your fat intake undigested, you avoid 10 grams or 90 calories per day. That increases your weight loss to about 1 extra pound per month (1 lb of fat = 3500 calories). Hmmmmm. Is one pound a month really worth taking any drug?

Some time ago, I sent the manufacturer an email with my calculations. I asked them how they got an 50% additional weight loss out of the equation. I have yet to receive a reply. 

I think there is no denying the placebo effect here. They tell you it’s not a “miracle drug” and that you have to eat less and exercise. I think this is the “and your hard work” part. My opinion – I think that the changes that you HAVE to make in order to avoid the “treatment effects” and be able follow the Alli plan will do far more to enhance your weight loss than would the drug itself.


Do you find cutting your portions to be less satisfying? Do those cute little 60 calorie Jell-o pudding cups disappear in two quick bites? Yes, we all know we’re supposed to slow down and savor our food, but sometimes it’s hard to remember in the heat of the moment. 

My trick? I use plastic spoons. They’re smaller than regular spoons and automatically force me to take smaller bites, thus making my food last longer. I know someone that even bought a couple of baby spoons for the same reason! Also, I find that the plastic spoons interfere less with the taste of the food than metal spoons do. This allows me to enjoy the flavors all the more.

CARROTSFOOD FIND: Pizzelle Italian Style Cookies

I am having so much fun with these tasty treats. At only about 25 calories each they are a wonderful guilt free snack. Imagine a light, crispy, waffle-like texture in a round crunchy cookie. They come in Chocolate, Vanilla, Maple, Lemon and Anise. I’ve tried all but the Lemon and that’s only because I haven’t seen ‘em yet. 

I buy mine from my local Sprout’s store, but according to their website: they are available at Costco stores all over the U.S. You can also order them online through their website. Give ‘em a try and let me know what you think!

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