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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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melissag87

i bought alli 2 days ago im going to start tomorrow..when it comes to diets i get obbssed with counting calories an i walk an run for 45 minutes a day..so i hope this works for me because i tried alomst everyything my goal is to lose 60 pounds by july so wish me luck =-)

posted Mar 9th, 2010 9:13 pm


leezette

Ive been wanting to get on a diet pill... and i have not yet chosen one.. i want my moneys worth?! is this really a great one.... and just reading all these comments about bowel movement, scary.. does it happen after you something to eat or just whenever?! also, lets say i get on this pill and 4 months from now, i want to stop taking it.. will my weight come back, obviously if i keep eating junk food, but what if i stop eating all that.. just little concerned?! also i see that some have lost 2lbs in a week some 5lbs in 2wks.. but how much inches have you lost?! im in a size 11 jeans and want to go down to a 7.. is this alli thing good enough... i know i also have to exercise and watch what i eat! ANY ADVICE wouold be GREATLY APPRECIATED!

posted Mar 9th, 2010 4:22 pm


Mommie of Three kiddos

I used Alli for 6 months while doing Weight Watchers. I walked 4 miles a day for 5-7 days a week. I was losing on average 3-6 pounds a week. Never had any TE mentioned in previous posts but then again I never went over 12g of Fat a meal. Works great if you are ready to lose weight and ready and committed to stick to a diet program.

Each person is different. One can only know if this is right for them if they try it themselves and follow the program as recommended. it may work for you but not for your friends. Best of luck for everyone :)

posted Mar 7th, 2010 4:07 pm


jAee

it was good

posted Mar 4th, 2010 2:39 pm


Grizzbailey

I have been on Alli for about three weeks and I have lost 10 pounds. I have not had any "treatment effects" that were described in the booklet or on the website.

If you restrict the oily food you consume and use non fat foods and non fat sprays, you will not have the side effects, at least that is what I have been doing. Also I have been staying well under the recommended fat intake percentage and keeping a diary of the foods that I eat each day, calories and fat percentage in each food are calculated and that also very helpful, in planning other meals.

posted Mar 3rd, 2010 12:49 pm


Renee Allen

I started taking alli today...I watched my intake today...I hope that I have good results...though I'm worried about going to the bathroom when I am out in public.

posted Feb 24th, 2010 8:09 pm


heidi

After one week on alli i started having pain on my right side and my stools turned white. yes pure white. no joke. I was told its a sign of liver damage so I stopped taking alli and was 100% normal in about 2 days

posted Feb 18th, 2010 9:58 pm


THEONE

I STARTED ALLI ON TUESDAY SO FAR NO SIDE EFFECTS THAT I CANT BARE. I TRY TO STAY IN MY 1800 CALORIE INTAKE WITH LOW FAT WILL CHECK BACK IN WHEN I FINISH MY 60 DAY SUPPLY.

posted Feb 17th, 2010 5:36 pm


Becky

I have been taking Alli for three weeks. I love it! No side effects if you change your way of eating. I have lost 16 pounds.

posted Feb 17th, 2010 11:22 am


Sam1104

This was a horrible month for me.
It is overall to expensive and not effective (for me anyway)
I stuck to a fairly low-fat diet, not too bad side-effects, but i noticed a real dip in my mood. I was more obsessed with food than ever, be it 'oh my god what am I going to eat that is going to fill me up but not make me need the toilet?' or just absolutely crazy craving for chocolate, crisps, everything. Never again!

posted Feb 15th, 2010 8:41 am


nightangel26

I love Alli so far. I've been on over 2 weeks and lost approx 10lbs... before I had been on a diet and lost about 5 lbs in a month exhausting myself with exercise. I exercise a little every day, more if I'm up to it and eat low cal. I've seen the "treatment effects" because I've binged... and when I go off plan boy do I!! and so we learn something. I will be getting another bottle though...overall including my own dieting I am 15lbs down...85 to go. (I'm about 235 now headed for my 3rd week of Alli)

posted Feb 13th, 2010 9:50 pm


barb jones

rubbish does not work waste of money

posted Feb 11th, 2010 12:55 pm


enough

Had to go to the ER. My pulse and blood pressure went through the roof after I was on Alli for about 2 weeks. My heart felt like it was going to explode!
I am 140 and wanted to drop 10 pounds. I lost 5 in 7 days but I started to have upper stomach pain. Never had the oil/orange discharge because I ate lo fat/lo calorie.
Read other blogs about this product before you put it in your body. And do your research.
My pulse still accelerates intermittently out of the blue and I am in good health (or at least I was prior to this).
I bought this at costco and thankfully got a full refund.
Proceed with caution people.

posted Feb 5th, 2010 12:31 am


jyothipras

now its been almost 2 weeks that I have been on alli still no results .Can anyone tell what to eat? I am a pure vegetarian.

posted Feb 1st, 2010 11:02 am


JJeanes

Ok. I have been taking it and have the orange greasy stool but I admit, I eat more than 15 grams of fat per meal, but mainly just at lunch. Will you lose more weight if u eat less fat I mean it seems to me that most of the fat is coming out anyways right. That is what the orange crap is, isn't it? Someone help me out here.

posted Jan 27th, 2010 1:53 pm


hmilbrett

I am starting Alli today, I am 22 and want to lose around 20 pounds for my wedding in July. I really hope this works, I am going to try and stick to the low calorie better healthy foods as I know its important. I will comment in a few days.

posted Jan 24th, 2010 12:49 pm


jyothipras

I have been taking Alli for 4 days now ...have been on perfect diet and excercising almost every day.I still did 'nt see any results yet...BTW I am 28 years old...

posted Jan 21st, 2010 9:07 pm



Cindy Goodwater

I LOVE alli, it is exactly what I was needing because living a low fat way of life is good, but the loss was very slow and it's easy to lose interest. alli has changed my life and it has allowed me to really get the scale moving as long as I do my part. You DO NOT take this and then eat whatever you want, for those of you who still aren't getting really honest with yourself and "think" you can just take alli and not totally change how you view food, cook food, buy food and most importantly eat food then it isn't for you and nothing is until you really commit to changing EVERYTHING. It all starts in the brain and if your mind isn't ready to change then there is little hope no matter what you try. I am in my 3rd week of alli and it's amazing how good this little blue pill works for me, I am seeing the weight come off daily, yes daily. The good news is, I still eat the foods I love, I just have learned how to make them healthier for
me. Here is an example, could I really live without ever eating a brownie again as long as I live? yeah right!! now I can because I make them low fat and still lose weight. It's not about what you can't have, but more of taking the foods I love and making them better for me. This journey i am on is NOT a diet, but a total lifestyle change, in other words, I refuse to go back to how I used to view food and buy food and cook food. alli has been key to me "getting real" and staying on track. I didn't gain this weight over night so I will not lose it over night, it's a process and during this process, I must learn more about the "why's" so I won't repeat old patterns, if I do learn and really get honest with me, then I can be free from a life of complete misery due to being over weight, no body did "this" to me, I did it to myself. My advice to anyone wanting to try alli, is do not take it if you are like countless others who are wanting a quick fix. Rather do this with a commitment to change everything about you that has gotten where you are today.
This is a Journey to a better LIFE and when you really understand you are worth it and CAN do it, then your life will start to change. One more little piece of info is YOU DO NOT HAVE TO STARVE TO LOSE WEIGHT. It's all about eating and eating the right way. Good luck to everyone who is on this amazing journey of health and life. WE CAN DO IT AND WE WILL. GOD IS GOOD ALL OF THE TIME ;)

posted Jan 20th, 2010 1:44 pm


onlyme

I've been on Alli for 5 days now and have noticed that my pooch is going down! I haven't weighed myself but I can already tell my clothes is fitting better. At first I didn't read any of the pamphlets about bowel movement warnings. Sure enough one morning after a night of brewing gas all night I'm at my parents having coffee. Sitting on the couch I 'discretely' try to sneak out a silent one. OMG, so much oil comes out I make a 6 inch stain on the couch! How do I get up & go to the bathroom with my dad sitting there?!?! Luckily my mom notices the face of panic I have & saves me from the embarrassment. Just like several of the other people have left comments always go to the bathroom if you're going to pass gass. TRUST ME! After that experience everything is going smooth now. No pun intended!

posted Jan 20th, 2010 1:08 pm


Dinosauraus

You only get the treatment affects if you eat like crap. So if you get very severe effects it's your own fault. You will get slight side effects even if you dont eat like crap, but that's the pill working and it won't be that uncomfortable.

I personally hardely ever get severe side effects. I've never crapped my pants or had to rush to the bathroom. I have gone to the bathroom more and had to wash my underwear with a little extra detergent but that's it. Within the first week people noticed a difference in my weight and I'm not even that much overweight.

Ultimately this is a deterent pill. If you eat poorly it will punish you with side effects. If you eat well, it will reward you with extra weight loss. This is good for when you have to come off the pill in 6 months; that is, you will know how to eat healthy and it will be more of a habit for you. Just give it a serious try.

posted Jan 19th, 2010 4:31 pm



 

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