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DOWNSIDE: If you like your steak, bacon, butter, and other high-fat fare, you?re going to have problems with this drug. Eating more than 30 percent of your calories, or roughly 15 grams of fat per meal, can trigger loose, oily stools, since the excess fat that is blocked from absorption is quickly excreted.

SHOULD YOU TAKE IT? Alli is intended for people who have a BMI of 27 or higher. Some doctors feel that Alli and Xenical are useful for people who eat out often and don?t have much control over the amount of fat they are served. However, if you want to lose 5 pounds to fit into your bikini, I suggest that you don?t take this drug. Normal- weight people who take Alli place themselves at an unnecessary risk of suffering side effects such as loss of bowel control and vitamin loss. So for the casual dieter, go back to the basics, push yourself away from the table, exercise, and change your lifestyle.

Excerpted from:
Diet Myths That Keep Us FatDiet Myths That Keep Us Fat by Nancy Snyderman, M.D. ? 2009, Crown.

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