Further to FDA's approval on the latest diet pill under the brand name Alli, there has been much excitement in people who are keen to bring down their weight. Alli has been given the status of over the counter (OTC) drug in the U.S.
This drug is said to block the absorption of fat by the body. Uncontrolled bowel movement and loose stools are reported to be the side effects of Alli.
In the Indian scenario, there are many drugs and alternate remedies to bring down one's weight. Drugs under the brand name of Obego or Obestat are said to be targeting parts of brain which is responsible for hunger. But this could have serious contra indications like high blood pressure and pulse rate.
In the ayurvedic segment, many of the formulations are not clinically tested. According to Dr Gulhati, the editor of MIMS, such drugs are illegal as they will not be passed by the government unless they are prescribed by the classical books. The combination of right kind of food and exercise alone would help in bringing down one's weight.