The new weight loss drug, Alli (pronounced “ally”), may or may not be your friend. GlaxoSmith Kline, the manufacturer, is heavily promoting this over-the-counter drug, which recently won FDA approval. The drug works by preventing the body from absorbing 25 per cent of the fat you eat. When too much fat is consumed at any given meal, unpleasant side effects occur (oily, fluid bowel movements).
The manufacturer has gone to great lengths to surround Alli customers with support: an online personalized consulting program, information and education, computerized daily journaling tools, and even advice on food consumption and exercise.
Ironically enough, the recommended behavioral changes (eating smaller portions, reducing fat intake, exercising regularly, keeping track of food consumption and so on) naturally result in weight loss. And if people can make all of these changes, why would they need Alli? And if they can’t make these changes, aren’t the drug benefits marginal? And the side effects awful?
Yet for some of us, the drug may prove to be the little boost we need. To find out if the drug is right for you, go to http://www.myalli.com/whatisalli.aspx. I took the test and recommitted to working on fitness the old-fashioned (and less expensive) way. My program: I’m going to pay attention to what I eat and exercise regularly—amazingly enough, exactly what GlaxoSmith Klein recommends.
Dr. Edward Abramson has a great concept he introduces in his book, Body Intelligence. His ideas resonate with me because I believe that to get and stay fit, we must become world-class experts on our own bodies..
To acquire that expertise, we must become observant about our body's reactions and pay attention to our internal cues. A lot of my earlier education was spent increasing my I.Q., or abstract reasoning skills.
During these years, I lived in my head and ignored my body unless it was sick or injured. As I matured, I gave additional attention to becoming psychologically astute, particularly in my role as a human resources manager.
Now, with the help of Dr. Abramson's book, I'm focusing on a third kind of knowing: body intelligence. It is not enough to develop the intellectual or thinking skills, or to develop psychological or feeling skills. I also need to acquire a sense of "knowingness" about what my body is telling me. That, combined with other kinds of intelligence, will serve me in realizing my personal best self.
Summer salads are a big hit with me right now. My current favorite is incredibly simple: sliced local tomatoes and sliced sweet onion rings on a bed of lettuce with a trace of dressing.
I use lemon pepper on for seasoning. I'm also buying fruits in quantities and fixing fruit salad. I keep the dressing simple. a little lemon juice sweetened with Splenda and a teaspoon of vanilla. Having a large bowl of chilled prepared fruit anytime I need a snack is a real life-saver.