Does Alli Work?

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Alli is a weight loss pill that prevents the absorption of 25 percent of the fat that is consumed, but it also blocks the absorption of good fats that are important for the body to function. Understand how Alli works to see if it is a smart weight loss method with helpful information from a nutrition consultant and clinical herbalist in this free video on alternative medicine.

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Hi my name is Charlotte Skiles. I am a nutrition consultant and clinical herbalist with Eat in Peace Wellness Consulting located in Austin, Texas. And right now I'm going to be talking about does Alli work? Alli is a weight loss program that's setup to involve a low-fat diet and a particular pill that is designed to prevent the absorption of fat that you eat into the body. I think that the general guideline is that it absorbs or prevents the absorption of about 25% or a quarter of the fat that you consume in your diet. So the question is does Alli work? And my answer would be no because it's based upon the assumption that fat makes us fat and fat does not make us fat. Inappropriate foods for a person's metabolism in an inappropriate amount is what makes us fat, not dietary fat. So in the sense that is the assumption that is coming from this particular line being offered, I feel that the diet does not work because the prevention of the absorption of fat is going to lead to nutritional deficiencies and is quite frankly an inappropriate means of weight loss. It's not getting to the root cause of the issue and it's not addressing the quality of the food and the appropriateness of the foods that are to be eaten by someone. So the idea that fat causes us to be fat is based on the fact that calorie wise, fat is the most dense form of caloric intakes, so for each gram of fat that you eat, you get 9 grams of calories. That's compared to carbohydrates and proteins that are 4 grams, or 4 calories per gram, OK? So the idea that calories in, calories out is also erroneous in this process. What are the qualities of the calories coming in and into what body are they going? For example, I know this about my body, I could start my day off with a bowl of Rice Krispies, OK let's say a bowl of cereal, with low-fat milk and some sort of cereal or 200 calories, OK? Or I could have a couple of eggs and a piece of bacon, 200 calories. I know this about my body, I'm going to have a very different day if I eat that eggs and bacon then if I eat the cereal. With the eggs and bacon I have a sustained source of energy in my body that keeps me satiated and stable throughout the day. If I ate the cereal, my blood sugar goes up and then crashes and I'm left without a lot of energy. Is that going to be true for you? I don't know, but that's the conversation that needs to be occurring here, not blocking fat from being absorbed because fat is useful for too many things in the body. Your nervous system needs fat to function appropriately, your heart's preferred form of fuel is saturated fat, that's now something that you hear very often in the media but that's the truth. And then you've also got the fact that fat satiates you, it tastes good, you eat it and you feel satisfied. It's impossible to eat too much fat because it makes you sick to your stomach, you'll get nauseas. So those are my thoughts on whether or not Alli works.

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