Now don't call my social worker. It's a joke, people! I'm just kidding. Geez.. lighten up. Oh and no offense to any actual crackheads out there who might be reading this.
(Gawd let's hope that's not the case.)
The truth is that I started taking a diet supplement. You've probably heard of it. It's called Alli* .
I was a little leery at first. I've heard the scary poopie stories circulating. And when I read on their website that you should stick close to home the first weekend you start it in case of... errr... "accidents" and that you should wear dark pants to work and maybe bring an extra pair in case of ....errrr... "leaking", I was like Hell No! I have enough poop issues of my own, thank you very much. I don't need any help with that.
But I have a friend who is taking it and lost over 40 pounds in like 3 months! (Hi Lee Ann) She told me all the good and bad about it. So I started to re-think it. Maybe I could try too?
The truth is that towards the end of the year I'd really lost control of my eating. I was constantly eating in response to my emotions. I'm sad.... how about I order pizza? I'm depressed... hmmm ice cream sounds good. I feel pretty good today... let's celebrate with a cake. You get the idea. I managed to put on about 20 pounds between Sept and Dec 31. Now that's in addition to the extra junk in the trunk I was already carrying, mind you.
I decided that I really needed something to put myself in check.
I seriously needed some consequences for bad eating. And if it'd help me lose weight faster than why not try it? So I did.
The pills work in your digestive tract to block the absorption of fat. They're not like other diet pills that make you feel wired, all jittery and shaky. I don't feel anything at all. They guarantee that you'll lose 50% more weight than you could on your own. Which means that if you could lose 10 lbs thru diet and exercise, then you'd lose 15 by also using the pills.
As long as you follow the program and don't go above your allowed amount of fat grams, you're not going to have poopie problems. I'm allowed 19 grams of fat per meal (including snacks so you need to adjust your numbers if you're a snacker) and 1800 calories a day. That's based on my current weight. It'll adjust down a bit once I lose some. I've only had two "incidents" so far and both were my own fault.
The first time was because I hit my 19 fat grams at dinner. Exactly. I'm usually under. Apparently, I was too close to the threshold cuz about 12 hours later I paid the price. Let's just say that things were ugly. And would've been uglier had I not been only 5 minutes from home. The second time was on Saturday. I had pizza for dinner. More than I should have. I was planning to eat the pizza so didn't take any pills after breakfast. I didn't have any emergency runs to the bathroom ... pun intended.... but I felt very crappy all day Sunday... again pun intended.
Anyway, the last four weeks have gone remarkably well. I love this stuff and plan to continue taking it until I get to my goal weight. Well, actually there are a few out-of-town weekends planned over the next 6 months that I plan to skip it. But the rest of the time I'll be good. This is exactly what I needed to convince me to eat right. I needed some dire consequences. Quite frankly, I'm terrified of pooping my pants in public. So that keeps me in check. LOL!
I highly recommend it for anyone trying to lose weight. BUT... you HAVE to be commited to a low fat diet plan or you'll pay dearly! This isn't something you can cheat with. Even though I skipped my lunch and dinner pill on the pizza day, there was still enough left in my system to give me a nice little stomach ache the next day.
But the stomach ache was a good lesson. Next time, I'll choose more wisely. That pizza won't look as yummy when I realize how bad it's gonna hurt. If I can do this, anyone can. So good luck in your weight loss quest and may the force be with you!