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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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Laura

Ive just started the Alli plan and have just past week 1.
I have lost 2 lbs within this week with no ill side effects what so ever!
I have reduced my cal intake to 15g fat per meal or there round about, and excise on the wkends... I am pleased with the results.
Could somebody confirm to me if i am doing the right thing... i am am taking the Alli pill three times a day after my meals with a multi vitamin in the evening as recommended, but i would say my breakfast is more or less completely fat free ?(either fruit with w.w yogart, or eggs with 1 slice of w.w brown bread) Should i still be taking the pill ??
Laura :)

posted Apr 30th, 2009 8:12 am


rob

just wondering is this ok to take if u av a bmi of 25? i want to lose fat from my belly so thought id try it

posted Apr 22nd, 2009 1:51 pm


Michele

I have taken Alli 4 separate times. The first time I lost about 5 lbs. The last 3 times I had to stop because I developed flu symptoms with a fever...and I NEVER get sick! The first two times I thought it was a coincidence. The third time, I'm convinced it was because of the Alli. I think it depletes my body of nutrients needed to maintain a health immune system.

posted Apr 20th, 2009 1:18 pm


khelsey

i love it! ive only been on alli for a week and ive lost 6 pounds! it does work if you work at it! you still cant eat fatty foods! i love it!

posted Apr 18th, 2009 3:21 pm


Wend

I'd like to know if you can take it at the same time as coming off the pill? Obviously once pregnant you stop taking it but am wondering if it's quite safe while trying as it doesnt go into the bloodstream?

posted Apr 15th, 2009 7:00 am


Sommer

I have been on Alli for about a week now and have not experienced any of the so called treatment effects. I think the people that are experiencing these must be eating high fatty foods. Do not go over 15 grams of fat and your fine! Alli is deffinately helping me make smarter decisions about what I eat and is helping to curb my appitite. Just remember you still have to work out with this pill!

posted Apr 10th, 2009 4:33 pm


Hollie

I've been taking alli for about 7 weeks now. I try to eat right, snack every once in a while, drink over 64 oz water a day and exercise at least 3 times a week. And still nothing!! I will keep trying maybe it'll drop off sometime. At 5'4" and 185 lbs I have tried every diet trying not to suffer from too much caffeine which makes me sick to my stomach. I am tired of spending $. I bought Alli double starter pack at sams for $65 and got 300 pills. Not too bad. Starting on my second bottle today. I can admit if you do eat fatty foods you will suffer and have accidents. just try to eat right and you'll be ok.

posted Apr 7th, 2009 9:40 pm


CM358204

I started taking Alli last Thursday. I found it discounted on amazon.com. It has only been 6 days and I have already lost 4 lbs (5'7" went from 165 to 161). I know that whenever anyone goes on a diet they tend to see the most results within the first few weeks so I know I probably won't loose this much weight each week. The main thing which Alli does for me is help keep me motivated. This past week I have eaten healthier than I ever have before because I'm afraid of those nasty side effects we have all heard so much about. So far I have not had any side effects. I went out to lunch with some friends over the weekend and ordered a turkey wrap and ate only half because I thought that would be less than the fat gram target but later when I looked it up it was about 3 grams higher than what the target is but I still didn't have any side effects. Still, before going on Alli I definitely would have eaten the whole wrap just cause it tastes so good! Alli is helping me to make smarter decisions regarding my eating and helping me to stay motivated to work out so I can see the maximum results. The only thing I haven't changed was how much I drink on the weekends so I'm happy that I am still seeing results. I'll keep everyone posted to let you know how the results go in these next few weeks.

posted Apr 7th, 2009 5:48 pm


Nani

i have been taken alli for week now but i don`t lost nothing yet , i eat healthier, i am suffering from some gas and constipation ,,,, any one suffer from the same problem



posted Apr 7th, 2009 4:15 pm


Stacey

At age 25 and 5ft5 , weighing 198 pounds, I really needed to lose weight, But failed diets in the past......I thought I would give Alli a try......8 weeks later I now weigh 183 pounds thats a loss of 15 pounds :-)....I still have a long way to go but they are really working.

posted Apr 5th, 2009 8:03 pm


teresa

I'm not really overweight, but with Alli I can eat whatever I want and not gain any weight. I guess I'm lucky b/c I never experience any of the so-called treatment effects, so I can eat a lot of pizza, fries, junk food, etc., and not gain a pound!

posted Apr 2nd, 2009 7:43 pm


KARINAA

I ACTUALLY STARTED TAKIN ALLI....BUT STOPPED BECAUSE ALL DAY IT FELT LIKE I HAD AN UPSET STOMACH, JUST A SICK FEELING...NOW MY DR TOLD ME I WAS ACTUALLY TAKING IT WRONG, UR ONLY SUPPOSED TO TAKE THE PILLS WHEN U EAT A HIGH CALOIE MEAL, OR A MEAL THAT CONTAINS FAT....I WAS ACTUALLY TAKING IT, EATIN AN ENGLISH MUFFIN AND SOME JUICE, THEREFORE THATS WHY I WAS FEELIN SICK, THERES OBVIOUSLY NO FAT IN THAT LOL....SHE ADVISED ME ONLY TO TAKE IT IF I EAT, PASTA, CHEESE, POTATOES, ETC...THATS WHEN THEY WORK,,,,AND TO SAVE THE PILLS FOR WHEN U NEED THEM AT ANY GIVEN MEAL...WELL IM STARTING TOM,,,ILL POST BACK SOON!

posted Mar 26th, 2009 2:42 am


nancy o'donnell

Did not lose one pound

posted Mar 21st, 2009 2:08 pm


kaygirl

My on my second day of taking alli I went to Buffalo Wild wings and ate wings and french fries, the next night I was in the library when i started o feel real gassy and then the urge to poop, I went to the bathroom to find my underwear saturated in oil!! I did not take it for the rest of the week and had intentions to take it back.

Week 2 I decided to try it again but this time the right way with no fatty foods, and I am down 3 lbs!!! So it does work just dont give in to temptations like chicken wing and you will be fine!

posted Mar 21st, 2009 11:32 am


Jennifer

I have been on Alli for almost 6 weeks and losing weight on average1-2 per week (11 lb total so far). I watch and journal and plan all that I eat. Accidents can happen, (once in the beginning) but never EXPLOSIVE Diarrhea. I still eat what I like but only in moderation and smaller portions to satisfy my cravings. I exercise every so often but if I was more committed I think I would lose the weight even faster.

I see myself as a ticking time bomb when I am on ALLI and I really don't want to explode.

posted Mar 9th, 2009 12:04 am


Tammi

Just started Alli one week ago and I really love it! Like so many others say it makes you more aware of what you eat and motivates you to keep going. I have noticed my jeans are looser after one week and I cant wait to keep going!

posted Mar 6th, 2009 11:57 am


Kat

My dr just gave me a sample, and plan on starting it very soon. I am diabetic, and if you know anything about diabetics, the weight is the HARDEST thing to keep off, actually it just keeps going up, no matter what, expecially around the middle. Since August, I've really tried with exercising more, seeing a trainer also, and really really watching my diet. But even with all of this I only lost about 11-12 lbs, plus inches. So I talked with my dr about what I was going thru, and she suggested trying the Alli, gave me a sample, and I'm going to get started on it. Anyone out there that is diabetic and has tried this, let me know how it worked for you. I'll be back soon! Cross your fingers!!

posted Feb 14th, 2009 1:54 pm


Shelly

I have been on Alli for 2 weeks, I eat what I want and do 30 mins of walking every day. I already lost 9.5 lbs! I font have any side effects! I love alli! Yes it's a tad expensive but.. It's so worth it!

posted Feb 9th, 2009 5:14 pm


newuser

I just started using Alli and have not had any treatment effects, actually I am very constipated. I didnt read anything about this in the books. Also, not be be gross but when I do go it is in long lines. Is this normal?

posted Feb 9th, 2009 8:11 am


sgonzalez3084

Ive been taking alli for 4 weeks now
and i dont have any side affects at all. I can eat what ever and i still dont get any side affects. I take three a day with each meal. I lost a little weight. I can eat a pizza and noting happens. everybody else gets bad side affects.

posted Feb 5th, 2009 10:19 pm



 

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