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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 7 of 19, 378 total comments)

Brenda

For those of you that said you didn't want to change your diet, of course you will have the oily, nasty discharge when you feel like you just have gas. You have to really watch your fat intake, or you will end up with brown pants. Alli really works. You have to stick to it and not give up. Just remember to watch your fat intake!

posted Jun 22nd, 2009 9:06 pm


Jill

Hi been taking it for nearlly a week and have lost 8 pounds. No side affects sticking to calories and grams of fat

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posted Jun 21st, 2009 10:52 am


fiona

I have just started taking it 2day I know that it is not a quick fix . I would like to loose at least 10lbs by 4th july as I have a party 2 go 2 and want to look my best. I know I can do it, I will do. The lady at the chemist was really helpful and said for me to come in every monday to check my diary and to get weighed. How great is that. I will let u guys know in a few days how its going.

posted Jun 15th, 2009 2:37 pm



MissCassie

For those of you who've had success it'd be nice if you gave a little more information, like your previous weight and height or BMI, just so readers can get an idea of the circumstances where there are positive results.

posted Jun 13th, 2009 5:45 pm


John72610

I am a 44 year old guy trying to loose a little weight to improve social life. First off I had gotten very bad gas from alli, and when I past the gas I would mess my undergarments with about a 1/2 cup of brownish oily discharge, and the smell was just awful, worse than normal gas. I had to learn that every time i needed to pass gas I had to sit on the toilet, or wear a womans sanitary napkin for protection. Also I notice that my rectum became very raw and irritated felt as if it was on fire most of the time. During the course of the the medications I was treated for several rashes, and infections in the private region, which is something I never had before. I also notice my food does not breakdown completely I can stare and my stool and identify everything I ate the night before in it. One perk was after I was on it for 6 month with a1200 calorie a day diet and exercising 5 days a week, I notice I lost a total of 6 pounds so about a pound a month, but I not sure it was worth all the other problem though.

posted Jun 6th, 2009 2:11 am


Braz

I have just started taking alli, two days ago. I am confiddent I will lose a little weight. I hate dieting, but I am willing to give it a try. Haven't startted it yet.I am not overweight. 5'3" and weight about 120 lbs. The side effects haven't been bad at all so far. Just one "visit" to the bathroom today and thats it. Good luck to all of you trying. Hope we can make it happen!!

posted Jun 6th, 2009 12:51 am


Jana

i lost some wight with alli but i had to have my gallbadder out too now that it is out can i take alli again

posted Jun 3rd, 2009 8:48 pm



Jasmine Lanez McLaurin

It works well, been taking it about 2.5 weeks and down 7 lbs.

posted May 27th, 2009 11:12 am


Jasmine

I have been taking alli for approx 2.5 weeks. I work out at least 4 or 5 times a week and have a reasonable diet; meaning I don't live on super low calories like 1200 and I don't eat carrots and water all day. With the help of alli my body has started responding much better to my workouts and keeps me honest as I am addicted to some things like french fries or chocolate...on alli I still eat french fries I just bake them instead of fry them.
My point is that alli IS NOT A MAGIC PILL, you have to mentally want to loose weight; buying this then continuing to do what you always did that got you fat in the first place...WILL KEEP YOU FAT AND FULL OF OILY FAT on alli! Bottom line you can eat sensibly with a small splurge here and there if you are committed to working out, sensible portions and a committed heart. Alli is great for helping the pounds come off in my case that just will not respond to working out.

posted May 27th, 2009 10:27 am


Mrsjmm

I took alli for about two months, I constantly had to run to the bathroom because I did not want to change my diet. My bowel movements were liquid and had a very horrible smell (worst than usual). Because it was liquid it got on my hands and i would have to wash my hands for at least ten minutes to removed that horrible smell. It is not safe to pass gas if you are not dieting properly because you will use it on yourself. I wore a pad at all times just in case. I did not notice that I had extra room in my pants until I got off of Alli and gained all the weight back and now those pants are hanging in my closest because I can no longer wear them.

posted May 24th, 2009 11:45 am


carol

alli has helped me a lot. I lost 30 pounds by taking 1 a day since mid January. The only thing is my hair has started to thin more than usual. I stopped taking alli to see if that helps. taking alli is the only change in my meds.

posted May 22nd, 2009 12:39 pm


Wally

I stopped gaining weight when I started taking it, which motivated me to improve my diet. I take Alli when I cant avoid eating fast food because there was no alternative. I cannot exercise that much because of an injury. So, this Alli together with a proper diet and light exercise as made me lose 2 pounds. That may not sound like much to most people but I have been gaining about 2 pounds per month since my injury, so Alli was able to compensate for it.

posted May 17th, 2009 4:47 am


sonja seldon

I've lost 30-35 lbs since mid January. To say the least I'm very pleased.

posted May 13th, 2009 2:28 am


Amanda

I'm not quite sure what to think yet, I took it for a week...thought I had to "fart" and pooed all over myself...lol Lesson learned!!!

posted May 12th, 2009 1:03 pm


michael

i would recommend without doubt ive lost 13 pound in 2 weeks stick to a low fat diet and you will get results but try to keep active you dont havre to join a gym, walk the dog walk to the shops.

posted May 10th, 2009 5:12 pm


buttbutts

I have taken for two weeks - and have NO side effects what so ever? I am concerned whether i am really taking it correctly?? as i even had a chinese and nothing happened - i managed to loose two pounds but thought it would much more.
Im not obese - and my BMI is only 25 does this matter??

posted May 10th, 2009 6:17 am


berlien

i like alli because it helps me can we oder it

posted May 9th, 2009 10:36 am


lisa

I LOVE IT!! I lost 65 lbs. with the help of Alli, it keeps you honest on what you eat, which i think is the best part.. I now think before I eat so not to have to run to the bathroom with guests around.

posted May 6th, 2009 6:52 pm


Julie

I tried Alli for a while and quickly realised the pills were not the quick fix that everyone wants! You are much better starting your diet with a Free profile at www.Diet-365.com and planning which one of the 22 diets that are on offer suit your lifestyle, I personally chose the wheat free diet plan and so far am I am seeing very positive results, get your Free profile like I did, I think its much better than relying on tablets to rule your life, after all its a lifestyle change needed if we are to lose weight, good luck!

posted May 4th, 2009 6:49 am


amee

i started taking alli yesterday, so far no bad side effects yet touch wood! i am sticking to no more than 1200 calories and no more than 12g of fat per meal. although i've only taken these for 2 days my mood has been pretty low is that normal? i have lost a 1lbs in these 2 days though which i think is pretty good :)

posted May 2nd, 2009 4:25 pm



 

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