Mental Health

Weightloss the Easy Way

Every year a new diet seems to come out that promises to solve all of your problems relating to weightloss. Millions of people worldwide jump onto the next new thing hoping it will solve all of their problems. Usually it doesn’t. The reason for this is commitment. It does not matter what weightloss program you embark on, without commitment and effort from you no diet in the world will work.

This is why I do not enjoy using the word diet. The word diet implies restrictions and we as humans do not like to have restrictions imposed on us. We are grown adults who have the right to make choices and live with them. It is for this reason that I believe the best way to lose weight is through healthy lifestyle changes. No restrictions needed. Food is plentiful and good and you can eat frequently as long as you are making educated choices that will serve your body and your weightloss goals well.

The FDA recently approved the weight loss medication xenical Orlistat for over the counter sales. Xenical has been available by prescription for several years and has been used by doctors in the United States to aid in weight loss programs. This medication works by blocking the intestinal absorption of the fat in food. If fat is not absorbed in the intestine it passes right out of the body in the stool. Since fat contains about twice the number of calories per portion as protein and carbohydrate, by using Xenical every day a person can expect to lose a substantial number of consumed calories, losing weight at about a pound or two per week.

What’s the downside of Xenical, you may wonder? Do you recall a few years back when a major company tried to market potato chips with a new kind of indigestible fat known as Olestra. The idea was that you could eat these potato chips guilt free because all the fat calories you get with regular chips pass right through you without being absorbed. This is the same principal as using Xenical then eating those regular potato chips. Why hasn’t this great idea worked out? Was it the taste, cost or texture of the product? No. It was the nasty side-effects of having all that undigested fat hit your colon. Soon after eating Olestra potato chips, diarrhea and “anal seepage” are the flip side of guilt free eating. Anal seepage occurs when liquid fat just runs out of your backside without your ability to stop it, except in your underwear. Try to image a vegetable oil enema.

Scientific studies show that using Xenical can help lower weight and cholesterol levels. In my opinion, these types of studies demonstrate just how unrealistic scientific studies can be. In my clinical practice the success rate of using Xenical may be as low as 1 in ten people. Almost everyone who tries it, even with careful counseling about the best ways to avoid the embarrassing side-effects, is unable to tolerate this medicine. I can only image the chaos about to occur in offices, buses, subways, airplanes, theaters around the country when undigested fat begins to hit the colon of first time Xenical users. I warn you not to stand in the way of these people as they head to the toilet!

With these cautions in mind we at metabolism.com wait to hear from our members about their thoughts and possibly even their personal experiences using Xenical or Olestra containing products. All I can say about the prospect of a country about to experiment with Xenical is….Wowza!