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January 08, 2008

New Challenge!

Its hard to believe that it has been another 3 months already.  But while I was up north, my old Body for Life challenge ran to its conclusion.  So last week I took it easy...partly because I like having a few days to a week between challenges...but mostly because I was sick as a dog.


I'm still not 100% yet, but I'm doing well enough to start my new challenge.  Chest muscle a bit sore from the new routine.  Went to the gym for treadmill today...still not 100%....but was able to do 45 minutes.  But I cut out the cool down stuff I normally do.

Talked to one of the women that runs the gym.  She's been using me as an example again..."See that guy there, he's lost a ton of weight with us".  That's so cool.  It will be even better when I'm thinner. 

Are you taking Alli?

While up north recently, my wonderful daughter, Bridget, asked me if I'd been taking Alli.  I had to confess that not only was I not taking it but I didn't even know what she was talking about.  She breathed a sigh of relief to find that I was not taking this new over-the-counter weight loss aid....then told me a little about it.  So when I got home, I had to do some research of mine own.  Apparently I've been living under a rock to not have heard about this sooner.


Alli is a supplement that affects the body's ability to absorb fat from the foods that we eat.  When food is digested, an enzyme known as Lipase breaks down fat into smaller components allowing the body to store them for later use.  What Alli does is disable Lipase so the fat doesn't get broken down and therefore can't not be stored...but instead passes out of the body.  Sounds good in theory...but let's look at the side effects:

  • Gas with an oily anal discharge
  • Loose stools or diarrhea
  • More frequent bowel movements
  • Hard to control bowel movements.

On top of this, studies have shown that a person taking Alli will, on average, only lose 6 or 7 pounds more per year than if they were to just diet and exercise.

My issue with this not-so-wonder-drug is that, like other weight loss gimmicks, is that even if it did live up to its promises, it doesn't really fix the problem.  I know I harp on this but lets do it one more time.

Let's say you are 50 pounds overweight...and some magic pill or procedure 'fixes' you and suddenly you are back to you ideal weight.  Did this fix the problem?  You might think so.  You aren't fat anymore and you have a new lease on life.

The truth is that the problem did NOT get fixed....only a symptom of the problem got fixed.  Being fat isn't the problem.  The problem is that you don't know how to feed yourself and keep your body in shape.  The weight gain is only a resultant symptom of the overall problem that you feed your body junk all the time.  That 50 pounds that vanished from you is likely to make a reappearance because you still haven't fixed the real problem.

If you want to fix the real problem, learn how to feed yourself and how to keep your body fit.  The weight loss will attend to itself.

Trust me on this.  It took me YEARS to figure this out.  But once I did, weight loss came immediately.

I give Alli a big thumbs down.  Do not put your money here...put it in a gym membership or a book on nutrition....or both.  

thumbsdown Sexy business woman in glasses also gives a thumbs down!

Bye Bye Fat-Head!

Everyone that knows me or has looked at any of my pictures on the website, knows that I like to keep my hair pretty short.  At most I'll let it get about about 1.5 - 2 inches long.  The bad thing about this type of haircut is that when you reach a certain weight, it really emphasizes how fat your head looks. 

Today I went in for my normal haircut and was pleased when I saw that I no longer had the fat-head look afterwards. 

Anyway, I suppose that's enough for this week.  You got your tip, your dog pic, and now you get your good-bye....



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad I made it into the blog!!! :) Keep up the good work!

January 11, 2008 at 6:14 PM  
Blogger Token Fat Guy said...

You've been in my blog before. You were in last weeks too.

January 12, 2008 at 12:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there. Laura from SP. I only recently saw ads for Alli but honestly it seems every drug out there intended to help with weight loss has those horrible side effects. Glad you posted the info tho. Good work, great dog pics, great attitude, blog etc.

January 28, 2008 at 2:11 AM  
Blogger Token Fat Guy said...

Thanks for the comment. But the big thanks goes to my daughter Bridget who brought Alli to my attention.

January 28, 2008 at 10:59 AM  

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