I’ve gotten more than a couple of questions about my use of The alli Diet Plan and it seemed time to address the issue “publicly”, so to speak.
The first response some people have given me is, “Isn’t that a product? Not a diet?” The next response I’ve gotten is, “Aren’t those diet pills? There’s no way you are taking diet pills!”
To the first question the answer is, “sort of but not necessarily” and to the second question the answer is, “you’re right, I’m not.”
See, the book called The alli Diet Plan outlines a low-fat reduced calorie food plan and a progressive exercise plan in order to facilitate weight loss. The book is about 2/3 recipes that are easy to make and full of flavor while being low-fat and low-calorie.
You can also, if you choose, buy the alli diet pills in the drug store over the counter. They are an over the counter version of the prescription diet pill Xenical. Let me say very clearly, that I am not advocating that anyone take these pills. I am not taking these pills. The only one who can decide if you should take these pills is you in combination with your doctor. But again, I am not taking them.
The makers of the product claim that if you take the pills it will help you lose approximately 50% more weight than without the pills. That means that if you would have lost 10 pounds with the change in your diet and exercise routine than with the pills you’ll lose 15 pounds. Sounds great, right? But not to me.
I could go on and on about various people’s opinions and experiences on these types of pills and give pros and cons to all of it in order to be fair and balanced in my presentation. But that would take too long and get too boring so I’m not going to try to make any statements about the pills one way or another. What I will say is that I won’t buy milk that’s not organic and I refuse to eat refined sugar so I’m not going to take diet pills.
There is a very simple formula for weight loss. The total number of calories you take into your body each day has to be less than than the total number of calories your body burns each day. It’s really that simple. My problem has, in the past, been staying on a plan like that because the food I thought I had to eat to do it was boring, repetitive, not satisfying, left me feeling deprived and craving “non-diet” foods. What I like about the approach outlined in the alli book is two fold. First, there is nothing that’s taboo, it’s all about balance and moderation. The second is the recipes. Those recipes make it easy to have tasty and enjoyable food that’s good for me, the process is made simple and straightforward, and it’s showing me new ways to cook.
I like that I’m not just rehashing old attempts, I’m actually learning. I’m learning how to bake with less fat and fewer calories. I’m learning how little oil is actually required to saute onions. I’m learning that I can feel satisfied and lose weight while still getting to have dessert a few nights a week. I’m learning that going “off the wagon” for special occasions doesn’t have to send me off in a spiral of “cheating” because I can enjoy the meal. I’m learning that getting “back on the wagon” doesn’t mean deprivation it means eating food that is still enjoyable and will also facilitate weight loss. In short, I’m learning how to make eating with less fat and fewer calories a real lifestyle change rather than just something to do to lose weight just for now.
I like myself first. I focus on health second. I try to lose the extra weight third. I try to teach my kids to eat healthily by showing them that I eat healthily. Those four things need to work together. A healthy low-fat and low-calorie food plan works with all those goals. For me, diet pills don’t.