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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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honey3030

I purchased Alli two weeks ago. The first week I did not take it seriously. I ate pizza & basically everything I was eating before but just less of it. I did have some oily stools but nothing to extreme. Then I started feeling like what is the point of taking these pills? I mean it only blocks %25 of the fat that we eat but we can only eat 15 grams of fat per meal! I thought how is this going to do anything for me? So as the second week unfolds I started really adhearing to the 15 gms. I lost two lbs so far without excercise. What Alli has taught in this short period of time is that certain foods you may think are healthy aren't. For the first 4 days of my second week I ate a salad for lunch, oatmeal for breakfast and a lean cusine for dinner. I purchased the salad at Target. The most delicious salad for only $4. It had no nutional information just the ingredients. But I figured what the hay it's a salad! I ate this for four days until on the last day I looked on-line to see what I was eating. This salad had 30g of fat! Can you believe that? Now when I purchase foods I am first looking at the labels to find out what is in there. Also buying low fat or no fat foods really don't taste like I thought they would. I purchased some non-fat yougart that tasted just like the regular one, but minus an addtional 70 calories. I love P&J sandwitches, but discovered that 2tbs of P is 15 grams of fat WHOA! Never knew why I was gaining weight now I know. Alli has taught to be conscience of labels. What I can & should be eating. It has taught me to care. I recommend this to anyone who is not only trying to lose weight, but also change their lifestlye.

posted Jan 17th, 2010 8:24 pm


akmiller1221

I've been on Alli for a week now...lost 3 lbs but I've gained 2 back in the last couple of days...I'm thinking it is because I haven't been drinking my water like I'm suppose to. No bad side-effects yet...

posted Jan 15th, 2010 9:42 am


Tiff

I staeted Alli on Sunday and haven't had any nasty side effects....am I doing anything wrong? I am staying in my fat grams and all. But saometimes I think that when I may have gone over ..it's on, but nothing happens.

posted Jan 14th, 2010 12:56 pm



j2010

Started Alli one week ago and have lost 5 pounds so far, hoping it keeps coming off quickly

posted Jan 13th, 2010 12:51 pm


GA-GA

I am starting Alli tomorrow.... will keep you posted.

posted Jan 9th, 2010 5:40 pm


kriss

what about glass or two of wine with dinner(when you are taking the pill)? will that gona do any harm....?

posted Jan 8th, 2010 11:52 pm



Tiffany RodgersAnsbach

I just bought the 30 day starter pack and am excited about seeing how it works.

posted Jan 7th, 2010 9:06 pm


stolos

i just started using alli for abt a week and im sticking to the calorie count.to ma surprise,ive gained about for lbs.A lil confused because im thinking the weight gain is due to me being on ma period.im kinda scared cus i dont wanna gain weight being on diet pill.on the other hand,i wanna complete d botlle and see how it works for me.im in great neeed of advice here

posted Dec 27th, 2009 3:27 am


carol

GI upset almost continous whether I eat or not. Gas !

posted Dec 17th, 2009 10:55 am


kris

It does not matter how much weight i loose on this if i crap myself! What man will want a woman who looks great but......craps herself? Does that really happen?

posted Dec 9th, 2009 9:41 pm


kris

I want to try this but it does not matter how much weight i loose if i crap my pants what good is it? What man wants a woman who looks good but craps herself? Is this really a common thing?

posted Dec 9th, 2009 9:39 pm


txphoenix

3 wks of Alli, 4lbs of weight loss.

posted Dec 1st, 2009 5:53 pm


eponine

I have been really trying to lose some weight in the last month. I did lose some, but its been a slow battle. I started taking alli last thursday, today is monday and I am seeing a very real difference. All my clothes are just hanging off me, I love it. I do indeed exercise, so there is that..
I did take it back in 2007 and it worked then too. Fortunately for me, no "treatment effects." .

posted Nov 16th, 2009 1:34 pm


Robin

I'm in my 4th week I have lost 7 lbs so far , it is slowly coming off, but is finally coming off. It does not seem like much but I can tell by the way my clothes are fitting better.I have ordered a second bottle and hope to have a total of 10 more pounds off by Xmas then I will set another goal. I'll keep everyone updated weekly

posted Oct 29th, 2009 1:07 am


Robin

2nd week on pill .I have lost 5 lbs. I eat what I want but watch the fat. When we go out I order just one item like a sandwich no fries. I love this pill. I have had no effects. I wonder what the people are eating that have the effects. Must be fried foods. For lunch I have lean cuisines, and for dinner I do not have seconds. I have not exercised more than 3 times, this is a great product as long as you monitor your intake you will not have effects.

posted Oct 15th, 2009 11:06 am


Trisha

Ive been reading up on Alli and people keep saying to keep your meals under 15g. but what can you eat that is under 15?

posted Oct 11th, 2009 3:48 am


enr713

WELL I HAVE BEEN ON THIS PRODUCT FOR OVER A WEEK AND PEOPLE ARE ALREADY NOTICING THAT I HAVE BEEN LOSING WEIGHT. I DONT GET TREATMENT EFFECTS SINCE I EAT HEALTHY AND I DONT EXERCISE. SO I RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT.

posted Oct 6th, 2009 10:54 pm


Jamie

You can have my pills for FREE! OMG...the side effects are horrible. I was fine the first few days until they kicked in. You cannot fart unless your on the pot! The oily, orange "stuff" that comes out stinks and you have to wipe forever so you get it off of you and not pull up your panties to soil them. I would rather be slightly overweight then go through this disgusting mess. NO THANKS!

posted Oct 6th, 2009 2:02 pm


Robin

I am on my 5th day of this pill.I am 5 foot 5 and weigh 216.5 I want to lose at least 40 lbs.I have not had any treatment affects, but have been pooping more, 2-3 times per day. This morning I weighed myself in at 214.7, so about 2 lbs. I am eating right and watching the fat , this is not as hard as I thought it would be. I do not feel like I am starving. I hop this product really helps me loose weight, I am tired of being big.

posted Oct 4th, 2009 12:24 am


jenbrensoph

I haven't taken this, and don't plan to, but I was interested in reading feedback on it. I certainly don't want to laugh at someone else's misfortune....BUTT, having said that--I haven't laughed SO HARD or been so grossed out since I found out that my father-in-law poops right next to the fairway when he's golfing because he doesn't want to waste time going to a BATHROOM. Kbrownie44--if you're not a comedian, you should be!! I was laughing so hard that my 14 year old daughter came out of her bedroom to see what could be so funny while sitting at the computer, alone, at 11:00bm...This is definitely a skit worth doing on SNL. Good luck all you guys...but I think I will try something else.

posted Oct 2nd, 2009 2:17 am



 

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