Is Alli REALLY your ally in weight loss?

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Alli is the very popular over-the-counter weight loss pill. It is a lower dose of the drug orlistat also sold at a higher dose in prescription form (Xenical).

Millions are trying it and some are having great success. Is it right for you?

As your health hound, I had to check it out when I heard some bristling news about liver damage. Let’s sniff it out!

Pros

Cons

Alli will help you lose more weight than diet and exercise alone. The Mayo Clinic reports it will help you lose 3-5 pounds more per year, assuming you are following healthy diet and exercise plan… which should result in an 8 pound per year loss. There aren’t a lot of studies on the efficacy of Alli. Most of the studies are on the efficacy of Xenical (prescription… twice the strength). The numbers to the left are based on results from Xenical studies, and then reduced to match the strength of Alli.
Easy to get… no prescription necessary. No problems with this… Who doesn’t want convenience? It’s hard enough to set your mind to something… but BE CERTAIN to read the directions and warning labels and talk with your doctor first.
Alli can help you change the way you eat and make your diet healthier (Wynona says so!) Possibly. This is a bit confusing… keep reading. And it can seriously give you, “the runs”.
Alli is NOT a harmful stimulant and is totally safe… But… uh-oh… some lawyers are stirring the pot* claiming that Xenical (also orlistat but twice the strength of Alli) has caused liver damage.The FDA is investigating Xenical… but NOT Alli… Time will tell… read below for things to watch for just in case.

 

Alli… The Good, the not so good and the Awkward…

Alli works by blocking lipase, which is the enzyme responsible for breaking down fat. When the fat isn’t broken down, it merely continues on down the digestive tract until it is excreted. No fat digested… no weight gained (at least not from consuming fat).

All of that fat you’re consuming and not absorbing? Yup.. you will become well acquainted with your bathroom. You can also end up having (awkward moment approaching) anal leakage! DOHHHH!

Yes, Could Keep You Familiar with the Toilet…

BUT, this is not necessarily bad news. Um, yeah, okay, anal leakage is always bad news!

WAIT! Does Alli get rid of good fat too? Yup. And fat soluble vitamins. You’ll need to supplement your diet with vitamins A, D & E (at a separate time from taking Alli). Possibly, you should also use a krill or fish oil supplement, so you take in fats that lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol.

Oops… I almost forgot. If you do try it and experience any of the following symptoms, seek medical attention (possible liver problems, but remember, the reports were on the stronger dosage of orlistat, not Alli): weakness or fatigue, fever, jaundice, brown urine, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, light-colored stool, itching, loss of appetite.

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Look, Alli works for some, so you know what? Give it a try if you’d like. Check with your doctor first. It may interact with some meds, and if you have health conditions, it may worsen them. If it just doesn’t seem like the right thing for you…

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4 COMMENTS

  1. i tried alli and exeercised to but didn’t see any results, yes you do get aquainted with the restroom. the only good thing i noticed was that after battling years with GERD (acid reflux) and making tumes and maalox a part of my daily meal 🙂 then moving on to taking the regularly prescribed prilosec and even nexium—- while on alli I didn’t take any of the above OR ANYTHING ELSE for my reflux- and not once after years did i have a reflux issue in the months i took Alli. but i stopped taking it due to the liver reports dont want to take any chances.

  2. im taking alli and havent seen any result just weight gain im gonna finish the bottle to see what happenes if not im gonna try something else.

  3. I have been on Alli for a month now with no results. I have changed my diet to follow the meal plans in the books you get in the starter kit but still no results. I am exercising( walking 3 times a day)and I am not gaining any weight but DEFINITELY not loosing any either. I don’t know if I should buy another bottle and keep going or move on to the next thing. Honest HELP is desired!!!!!!

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