Did Brazil ace Ronaldo use Xenical to shed additional pounds?
20th April 2011
Brazil legend Ronaldo once used the popular weight loss medication Xenical to shed extra pounds, according to his former coach and manager, Vanderlei Luxemburgo. The ex Real and Madrid ace, who announced his retirement from football on 14 February 2011, had been struggling to lose weight during the 1999 Copa America tournament due to his diagnosed hypothroidism. According the Luxemburgo, Ronaldo was prescribed Xenical to help his weight loss. "Ronaldo was already overweight, and we explored every possible way of making him drop some pounds. The doctor gave him medicine, Xenical, which was effective, but it also accelerated his bowel movements. So, in order to avoid any "incidents", the player had to wear diapers, which embarrassed him". Despite the embarrassment and possible discomfort suffered by Ronaldo, it did not prevent him from topping the tournament's scoring chart with 5 goals, and subsequently winning the "Golden Boot". The reports have yet to be confirmed by the player himself, however if the claim is true, the story highlights the essential need to also make necessary improvements to your diet whilst taking the drug and drastically cut down on your fatty food intake. If you do not then there is a very high chance you may suffer from loose, oily, fatty stools and increased flatulence.