Alli is the new hype in slimming! That’s a good thing, because the slimming season has started again! After all, summer is just around the corner and you can often lose some weight. A diet is then taken into consideration. Now dozens of diets have been devised in the past, but they still continue (think of the Sonja Bakker diet and the Alli pill). A few are discussed here. Important: Vitamin supplements are an essential addition to dieting.
Lose weight with Alli
Alli is not a diet, but is used in combination with a low-fat diet. Alli is a medicine that has the active substance orlistat . Orlistat is a substance that blocks enzymes so that they cannot digest fats in the stomach and intestines. If they are blocked, certain dietary fats are not digested. About a quarter of the ingested fat passes through the intestines undigested. The body therefore cannot use the fats as an energy source or convert them into fat tissue. This contributes to weight loss. But beware: just taking the pill to avoid gaining weight or even lose weight does not work completely. It is more of a dieting aid . After all, your body will then consume less fat, even less because of Alli, and will burn “excess” fatty tissue. Losing weight will then be easier. Alli 60 mg is available from most drugstores without a doctor’s prescription.
The Stillman Diet
Dr. Irwin Stillman’s rapid weight loss diet, often referred to as the water diet because those on this diet are required to drink eight glasses of water a day, is actually an all-protein program with no fats or carbohydrates.
It bans fruits and vegetables, dairy products and grains, and is said to burn about 275 more calories per day than a diet that has the same number of calories but still contains other elements such as carbohydrates and fats. So you don’t have to count calories, but you aren’t expected to stuff yourself either. The average weight loss appears to be between two and seven kilos per week.
Even Dr. Stillman recognized the need to take supplements when following one’s diet. He recommended a multivitamin-mineral tablet for anyone following this diet, and a high-strength multivitamin-mineral tablet for anyone following the diet who is over forty or eats very little food. Vitamin guru Earl Mindell thinks this is too little and advises, among other things, because drinking a lot of B vitamins, as well as C, are flushed out of the body more quickly, it is advisable to take a vitamin B complex (depot preparation).
Diet product from Dr. Atkins / Source: JeepersMedia, Flickr (CC BY-2.0)
The Atkins diet: carbohydrates
This diet completely ignores calorie counts and focuses entirely on carbohydrate restriction . But unlike other low-carb diets, Dr. Atkins calls for a complete elimination of carbohydrates at least in the first week. As a result, the body starts to emit ketones (very small carbon fragments that are a byproduct of incompletely burned fats) in quantities sufficient for significant weight loss.
Carbohydrates are the first fuels that the body uses to obtain energy and when the body is no longer supplied with carbohydrates, according to Dr. Atkins, the body starts to burn fats to provide the required amount of energy. There is much to be said for it and much to be said against it, but if you are on this diet, Dr. Atkins recommends a powerful vitamin supplement (vitamins, minerals and antioxidants).
This diet is very similar to the Weight-Watchers diet . This diet means, among other things, that no sugar is added to anything. However, the use of non-caloric sugar catchers is permitted.
The Scarsdale Diet
This even more rigorous fourteen-day diet, which can help you lose ten pounds of weight , was created by Dr. Herman Tarnower, who made it famous through his book The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet . It’s basically a variation on a low-calorie, low-fat, low-carb, high-protein diet. The difference between the Scarsdale diet and the Stillman and Atkins diet is that Dr. Tarnower formulated a precisely defined diet from which no deviation is allowed. In other words, you eat exactly what is on the diet for each meal every day. Nothing more and nothing less, at least not during the first fourteen days.
Because this diet takes all the responsibility off the shoulders of the dieter (all the person has to do is follow the instructions), this diet has been very popular and effective. Nowadays Sonja Bakker responds to this idea with her books and prescribed recipes.
As with all other diets, supplements are recommended due to the sudden reduction in food consumption.