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Diet Pill Blocks Fat Absorption

Dear Dr. Dave and Dr. Dee,

I have tried dieting and have used diet pills, but to no avail. I see that there is a new diet pill on the market. Do you know if it works?


Tried everything

Dear Tried everything,

A nonprescription diet pill called Alli is the only weight loss pill to have FDA approval.

Basically, Alli helps weight loss by blocking fat digestion. However, only about a quarter of the fat that is eaten is not absorbed by the body. The pill must be used in conjunction with a low fat diet and exercise to see significant weight loss. In addition, if too much fat is included in your diet (more than 15 grams), some side effects or treatment effects might include loose stools, more frequent stools, and gas with oily spotting (

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Remember, there is no magic pill for losing weight. A healthy lifestyle of exercise, healthy foods, avoid excessive alcohol, and no smoking is the best way to lose weight and keep it off.