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Alli

The FDA's only over-the-counter diet pill.

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Warning: Alli Linked To Liver Damage

The anticipation for a new diet pill is over as the FDA recently approved Alli (pronounced Al-eye). It's the weight loss newcomer that is quickly finding its place on drug store shelves. Alli is the first FDA-approved diet pill available without a prescription. Alli is actually a low-dose version of Xenical, a prescription drug that successfully assists obese individuals losing weight. Xenical is taken under a doctor's care while following a low-calorie, low-fat diet. Alli has the same active ingredient (Orlistat), but in a much lower dosage, and is available without the prescription.

Alli can help you lose a few pounds more than just dieting and exercise alone. It works by suppressing the body's ability to absorb fat in the intestines. By reducing fat, you reduce calories. When the body is unable to absorb these fats they become undigested waste.

Alli works best when it is used in conjunction with a low-calorie, low-fat diet and a regular exercise program. But since sticking to a reduced-calorie diet is tough and since certain foods need to be avoided while using the diet pill, Alli has partnered with eDiets, a meal delivery service that delivers Alli-specific meals to your door every week.

While some may view Alli as a controversial solution to weight loss, the manufacturers of this product have gone to great lengths to offer a comprehensive program to its users in order to make weight loss as easy and approachable as possible.

Although studies on the amount of weight loss you can lose with Alli are limited, you can expect to lose three to five pounds more than just relying on diet and exercise alone.

PRO
  • May help to jump start a weight loss program
  • Comprehensive website that offers support, food journals, calorie counters, meal plans and shopping lists
  • Partnership with eDiets makes eating and meal planning simple and convenient
  • The only over-the-counter diet pill with FDA approval
  • Low-dose version of effective prescription diet pill
CON
  • Some think it shouldn’t be sold without a prescription
  • Not a long-term solution to weight loss
  • Uncomfortable side effects
  • Must be very careful to not exceed the maximum fat gram requirement with each meal
  • Weight loss affects are modest
  • Meal delivery services don't teach you how to consume and prepare your own calorie and portion-controlled meals
INGREDIENTS

Alli contains 60 mg of Orlistat.

ADMINISTRATION

Alli is a 60 mg tablet taken three times a day with meals that should not exceed 15 mg of fat.

DIET and EXERCISE

A low-fat and low-calorie diet must be followed while taking Alli. Since the success of Alli depends so largely on what you eat, how much you eat and when you eat, you have two choices for designing the most effective meal plan for your weight loss needs:

  • You could consult with your physician or a registered dietitian to design a well-laid out diet and exercise plan.
  • You could sign up for Alli's partner eDiets, a meal delivery service that creates special Alli-approved meals and delivers them to your door each week.

With the eDiets plan, you eat three meals a day plus snack and desserts. Menus can be personalized to reflect your tastes and preferences and you also have access to a registered dietitian, an online community of other Alli dieters and fitness and exercise support.

Since the fat content of each meal must be closely monitored while using Alli (no more than 15 mg each day), eDiets special Alli-approved meals meet these requirements so that your risk of side effects is kept to a minimum.

The eDiets menu includes a wide variety of delicious meals, including:

  • Maple Apple Oatmeal
  • Denver Style Potato Skillet with Turkey Ham
  • Rosemary Pork with Brown Rice
  • Oven Roasted Turkey with Savory Sweet Potatoes and Mixed Garden Vegetables
  • Blackened Chicken served with Seasoned Spicy Brown Rice
  • Peach Cobbler
  • Sugar-free Pudding

Irrespective of which meal plan you follow, since Alli inhibits the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, it is important to take a daily supplement that includes Vitamins A, D and E.

In addition, for the best results, a regular exercise program should also be followed that includes 30 minutes of exercise on most days of the week. If you decide to sign-up with eDiets meal delivery service, you have access to a live fitness trainer to help you customize an exercise plan to compliment your weight loss needs.

CONCLUSION

Many people have seen positive results with Alli. However, those considering taking Alli should note that side effects can include gas, and uncontrolled urination and bowel movements, especially when not following the guidelines prescribed by Alli.

Alli is not a magic pill to lose weight, but its special partnership with eDiets, a meal delivery service, makes eating and meal planning simple and convenient.

Do keep in mind that the effects of taking Alli in comparison to just dieting and exercising alone are just the difference of a few pounds. It is necessary that you consult with your medical practitioner before taking Alli.

Common Misspellings

Alle, Ally, Alli Diet, Alli Pill, Alli Diet Pill, Allu, alli.com


Related Diets: eDiets, Advantra-Z, Contrave, Hydroxycut, Orlistat, Xenical


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(Page 13 of 19, 378 total comments)

titi

I had thought about bying Alli, but as I read all the stories, I got scared. One day I finally did it. I've been on it for 3 weeks. I have not yet had a side affect and have lost 2 lbs a week. I am also on a very low fat diet and jog 3 miles 3x a week.

posted Jul 11th, 2008 3:26 pm


William

Kim, I've been doing the weight watcher meals, and the recipes in the alli cook books, and the weight is coming off for me

posted Jul 5th, 2008 10:06 am


kim

hi guys, ive been taking xenical for 2 days now and have used the toilet once and it seemed normal. im worried about how much fat im eating as i really dont have a clue . ive bought this drug in a foriegn country as i cant see a doctor here .. i was wondering if anyone could help me find a low fat diet plan that will work with xenical as i cant find anything on the net. Im so desperate to loose weight im 93 kg at 5.4 and its really getting me down . Thank you :)

posted Jul 4th, 2008 9:13 am


Kimberly

I havent seen any one mention that Alli does help people who have problems with being regular. My weight came from not being able to go. Laxatives are out of the question and high fiber diet just made it worse for me. I started Alli YES to help lose weight but it has done more than that for me. I havn't been regular since I was a baby. Alli helps me to go EVERY day with out straning. I guess the fat helps lube up my digestive track making it WAY easier to go. I lost 15 lbs with Alli. I do watch what I eat and do alot of house work to act as my excersice. When I don't take Alli I am back to NOT being able to go at all or very little. It's nice to have something that doesn't HARM your digestive track. I hope they never stop making it. As far as side effects just make sure you DON'T eat those foods that cause nasty leakage. Simple as that.

posted Jul 1st, 2008 7:54 am


DEB

June 30, 200b, I am planning to statrt this Diet, are there any new updates?

posted Jun 30th, 2008 9:56 am


Alexis

i dont know i just started this Alli crap and i didnt think the first few days anything was gonna happen 2 me and WHOA it just hit me, AND my undergarmets.....i was so upset and still am... i just stopped taking it now.....if you can handle wearing diapers and locking yourself indoors all day then go for Alli but otherwise this is just not for me......i am absolutely disgusted!!

posted Jun 29th, 2008 5:50 pm


joyce

alli seems to work, but i do watch fat intake . lost 5 pounds in 2 weeks. i have forgotten to take pill and then took after i ate. does alli still work the same way then ???

posted Jun 29th, 2008 5:47 pm


Dominique

I've been taking Alli for 3 days now and I haven't seen any weight loss yet( I do feel less bloated). I exercise 3-4 times a week- every week. My problem was I just eat food that's really, really bad for me. Although, I haven't seen any weight loss yet, I do like the pill. In 3 days, I've learned that even food that I thought was reasonably good for me.... is actually not- And the dreaded TE's are proof. That oily discharge is no joke. But I'm learning how to eat better. Even if you take Alli just to help you learn what to eat and what not to eat, I believe it's worth it.

posted Jun 27th, 2008 8:10 am


lalalala

I've been on alli for 2 weeks and i have lost 6lbs! before using alli i lost 11 lbs so ive lost a total of 17lbs. I like alli because the treatment affects scare me away from eating fatty foods. I have had some treatment affects, but they were not bad at all. I go to the gym for an hour-an hour and a half 6 days a week and i eat around 1300 calories a day. Im loving it, i just hope it keeps working!

posted Jun 27th, 2008 8:10 am


New Yorker

I've been pretty amazed by the varying degrees of comments that have been posted within the past few weeks. Convinced that this product might actually work, despite "Be Smart's" commentary (that half the comments are false and produced by the company itself), I found that the product does supress my hunger. Not drastically loosing much weight (and not exercising either) I don't get the "nasty" side affects that others have. I've been taking it for almost a week and have felt a little light (headed) but taking a multivitamin in highly suggested. I rarely do eat greasy foods, and have not had the side affects people claim to have. So far, the product is really knew, but I will come back and share my success or probable failure. I am 5'5 and between 148-150lbs and am trying to get down to 125-130. I've tried the exercise, yet I've never kept any of the weight I lost off because that would mean my whole life diet would change, which it hasnt. Thus, I'm going to continue to give alli a try in hopes that I will loose the weight and keep it off, but there is always the question or statement that there isn't a pill that can fix this challenging issue...

posted Jun 26th, 2008 8:29 am


Be Smart

You guys do Know that half these comments are FAKE and are posted by the actual company itself to make there prouduct look good. Duh.

posted Jun 24th, 2008 10:10 am


Erika

I have been taking alli for about 5 days now, and i believe ive lost about 3 pounds.I find myself to eat less fattening foods in order to avoid the unpleasent side effects which only happen when i cheat and eat something greasy or high in fat other than that i have not had much side effects. As for the weight loss feel my eating habits have helped that and im hoping its the pill as well. Ive tried alot of other weight loss pills and nothing has worked so im hoping on this one.Id say im going to give it a month and see if i see some good results to judge .

posted Jun 23rd, 2008 10:03 am


William

Is anyone buying the Alli cookbooks? because there are alot of places where you can go out to eat, and they give you meals that you can order, and still stay within your guidelines

posted Jun 23rd, 2008 10:03 am


William

I've been on Alli since Feb, and I have lost over 45 lbs. To date I never had any of the side effects.

posted Jun 21st, 2008 7:55 am


Tinda

I've tried ALLI for about mnth 1/2 it seemed to work alittle i lost about 8-10lbs. but the side effects are gross.Dont mess around and eat small fries when your on the go with the kids,wooh, the oily discharge that you have, that's just gas! Let's say when taking ALLI on the road or out to eat, bring your baby wipes!!! To clean that oil spill!!! but it works....

posted Jun 19th, 2008 4:34 pm


Kelly

I took Alli for about 6 weeks and lost a total of 10 pounds. The weight comes off slow but remember the slower you lose weight the more likely you are to keep it off. I also recommend keeping a journal of what you eat. That way when you stop taking the Alli after you have reached your goal you can keep your diet in check and prevent weight gain afterwards. Don't get discouraged. Alli is a great aide in weight loss but don't forget to exercise and reward yourself for the weight loss don't give all the credit to the Alli.

posted Jun 19th, 2008 9:38 am


Trying Alli

Tonia..Hi. Was wondering.. have u been excersing too..along with taking the pill?...Just curious.

posted Jun 16th, 2008 9:08 am


Tonia

Been on alli 10 days and so far lost 14 pounds. So far no treatment effects. I am happy as can be with the pill. I do stay within the calorie and fat guidelines alli tells ya.

posted Jun 13th, 2008 9:34 am


Trying Alli

6-11-08 Heard about Alli and thought I'd give it a try.. today is my second day on it and so far so good..been eating a low fat diet and no bad treatment effects yet...just been urinating a little more than usual..will keep you all posted....

posted Jun 11th, 2008 7:04 pm


Chris

Photochick....I take a pill right before I eat. I only had side effects once. It was from eating movie theatre popcorn....omg it was crazy. The best way I can describe the oil side affect is to picture folding a piece of pizza in half, and that orange oil that drips off the pizza that is exactly what comes out of you. It is like pure fat.

posted Jun 9th, 2008 9:48 am



 

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