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Wynonna Judd Uses Alli Diet Pills — Should You?

Wynonna Judd has been struggling with her weight both in and out of the public eye. In 2003, she opened up to Oprah about how her cholesterol levels were putting her at risk for a heart attack, and three years later, she checked into a treatment center for food addiction. Wynonna will be turning 45 in May, and she recently opened up to People magazine about the changes she's making to become more healthy.

Wynonna is planning ahead for meals, cooking more at home, and taking walks with her children. She is also taking Alli over-the-counter diet pills to lose weight, and is even a spokesperson for the diet aid. These pills act as a fat blocker, preventing your body from absorbing a quarter of the fat you consume. To find out more about Alli and see if it's effective at losing weight,


Let me begin with the cautions found directly on the Alli website. It says that Alli can cause:

  • gas with oily spotting
  • loose stools
  • more frequent stools that may be hard to control

It also says that "You may feel an urgent need to go to the bathroom. Until you have a sense of any treatment effects, it's probably a smart idea to wear dark pants, and bring a change of clothes with you to work." Yikes! The website also says that if by dieting alone, you lose 10 pounds, you could lose up to 15 pounds if you diet and take Alli. Is five more pounds really worth it if it puts you at risk for repeatedly soiling your pants? I'd say no on that one. Not only that, but what happens when people use Alli, lose weight, and then go off those pills? They probably gain all the weight back.

If you're trying to lose weight for good, I'd avoid the diet pills. Eat a healthy diet with appropriate portion sizes, and exercise regularly. Not only will you melt away pounds and strengthen your body, but you'll become healthier, reduce your risk for heart problems and cancer, and will no doubt improve your quality and length of life.

In case you were curious, here's a commercial for Alli featuring Wynonna.


Mona21 Mona21 8 years
This blog Is very informative , I am really pleased to post my comment on this blog .
Mona21 Mona21 8 years
Can I buy these in the UK?
manishal manishal 8 years
wow! that is scary isn't it... its such a tempting and convinient option... but the hazards it has are innumerable... infact theres a lot more dmage that can be caused by diet pills... i came cross this list
JamieLeeFord JamieLeeFord 8 years
I was on Alli when it first came out from June 16th to Sept 1st and lost a total of 30 olbs. Yes, you can have accidents if don't FOLLOW the plan. You have to eat 15 grams of fat or less per meal. When you start the plan, start on the 15 grams or less per meal a week before starting the Alli, then you should not have any problems with it. It is a great product and has given me great results....but again I FOLLOWED what I was suppose to do, I didn't go eat burgers and fries, I had lean cuts of chicken and beef, and lots of veggies and fruits. As you go along you will find more and more foods you can eat while on Alli. Good luck to anyone who decides to do it, it changed my life!
kml032686 kml032686 8 years
I took alli for a couple of weeks, but stopped taking them because I graduated from college and when I moved back home my mom got concerned. I had almost no side effects and the booklet warns that the side effects are only a problem in you eat high fat meals. I think it did cause me to go to the bathroom more frequently, but nothing that was problematic or noticeable. I don't know about weight loss but before I started I already weighed 120 and was 5'4''. I don't think this is product that should be avoided by any means.
stalinfornever stalinfornever 8 years
I love how people talk down things they haven't tried. If proper diet, excercise and balance were easy everyone would be thin and gorgeous. First off, the side effects from this drug are often grossly over-stated. Yes, if you eat a very fatty diet there will be some anal leakage but wearing a sanitary napkin will easily prevent any accidents. But if you eat a balanced diet you will see minimal side effects. In no means do I see this drug as a long term fix but I think it's wonderful for dieters getting started and struggling to find their way. If I do something wrong it's apparent and unavoidable. If I binge out of frustrating it also doesn't kill what was otherwise a good week. And actually because of the 'security' of this pill I feel safer eating more calories. My diets usually fail because I heavily and unhealthily restrict but with the pill I feel I can comfortably eat 1400 calories without destroying my plan. You can mock things and be negative, but it's losing sight of the fact that sometimes people need a crutch to lean on and there's nothing wrong with that. People who want a magic pill are not going to get it from Alli and people using it with a balanced diet will get positive results. If you're maintaining a balanced diet, as all literature regarding Alli advises, going off Alli shouldn't cause a sudden weight gain though it might slow or stop weight loss depending on your diet. Personally, I've been on Xenical (prescription strength Alli) for two months now and it's the first time for me that I've hit two months in ANY diet where I haven't been miserable and itching to binge. The first week or so was slow going but since then I've fairly consistently lost a kilo a week.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Alli is like Antabuse for obese people. It makes the side effects of eating fat so bad that you don't want to eat it for fear that you'll have to suffer the consequences. In theory, I don't really see a huge problem with it. I'm pretty sure that if you take it and follow a lowfat diet, you won't crap your pants or have anal leakage. But if you take them and then go out for pizza, be prepared! The thing is, once you stop taking Alli and go back to your old eating habits, you'll stop losing weight. Plus, you can still not lose weight on a low fat diet...if you replace fat with carbs, you won't lose weight either.
Miss-Senorita Miss-Senorita 8 years
No loose bowels for me.
shiningeyes shiningeyes 8 years
I've used these pills before, but not effectively really... because I'm terrible at remembering to take pills. I don't think Alli is SO bad to be elliciting this kind of reaction. They give you a bunch of tools and info on your diet to help you with your diet and they do not bill themselves as being a "cure all" pill like other diet pills. I think they make it pretty clear that you need to have a healthy diet and maybe the pills will help you lose an additional pound or two to the seven or eight pounds you would lose otherwise. If you can get to your end goal and a healthier weight without any major health risk, then why not? I have not ONCE had a problem with those possible side effects though after taking those pills though. But yeah, I was careful and paid more attention to the fat content in the foods I ate. :) Diarrhea and loose stool has only ever been an issue for me after increasing fiber in my diet... and I doubt that's something everyone would be as quick to shoot down.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
One of the cons (or pros depending on how you look at it) of getting FDA approval is that you have to list every single side effect associated with your product. So while it has happened to SOME people (which is why it's listed), it won't necessarily happen for EVERYONE.
jueycruiser jueycruiser 8 years
i think the big reason these pills work is because they make you pay attention to the amount of fat you are actually eating, and are more to help you change your behavior. the crapping out oil thing only happens if you eat too much fat. for a beginner to healthy eating/weight loss its actually a good idea, i think. for more people who already know to read labels and pay attention to what they are eating, its just an easy way to crap yourself.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
I wouldn't use Alli. Basically it's a targeted enema that makes you expel fat. Who wants to lose weight via diarrhea? ugh.
greatscott200 greatscott200 8 years
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
The side effects for this one just make my stomach turn, and now whenever I hear someone say they're on Alli, that's all I can think about. Also, she doesn't look at all fit in that commercial so I'm not sure it's such a great incentive.
hex913 hex913 8 years
Honestly, after hearing about the effects associated with Alli I wrote it off, but after reading up on exactly what could cause the horrible side effects, I realized that I was in control of whether or not they would happen to me. I decided to give it a try and haven't had any problems yet. You just have to make sure that you don't eat more fat than is recommended and you'll be fine. It's really not as bad as they make it sound. It really forces you to think about what you're eating...if not....well, it wouldn't be pretty; which for me, is incentive not to eat out all the time.
tsp tsp 8 years
i agree with fitsugar and TADOW...a pill is not the answer for long term results. get someone to help you figure out how to eat a balanced, nutritional diet using portion control and figure out how to prioritize exercise. to each his own...if it works for some people, then great. but for me, even IF i was considering a pill to help with weight loss, the anal leakage thing would be a deal breaker. that's just nasty.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
superfoxml ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. ha.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I used this last year. I never had any leakage or poop problems at all and it did help me lose weight. They tell you to eat more veggies and fruits and to not eat too much fats. They also tell you to work out. It's all there. They aren't promoting this as a magic pill. It's just there to help a bit more. It's easy to state the negative, but it's obviously helped a lot of people, even if it is just helping them be mindful of what they eat. And as far as I'm concerned anything that helps is ok in my book
Fat blockers don't work if your problem is eating too much. It will work initially as pavlovian conditioning - if you eat a lot of fat and go to the bathroom a lot you'll eventually stop eating so much fat. But if you switch to eating a lot of carbs or protein, you'll still put on all the weight. Eat less and exercise more. It's hard, but it's the only thing that works.
sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
I don't believe in 'fat blockers'. What utter rubbish, and a clever way to pinch people's pennies.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
yeah, I have heard about the 'anal leakage' but I also heard that it was from not following a proper diet while on the pills. Which makes sense - if your taking fat blockers and eating lots of fatty foods, its gotta go somewhere...
superfoxml superfoxml 8 years
Yeah, with 'anal leakage' as a published side effect, I'm not sure why anyone uses this!
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