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Are the Benefits of This Diet Pill Worth the Cost?

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The diet pill section of the pharmacy can seem like the Wild West, as most products are considered dietary supplements and therefore not subject to U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations. However, in June 2007, one drug became the first FDA-approved diet pill that is available without a prescription. Despite its high price tag, uncomfortable side effects, and small potential benefits, it has been flying off the shelves.

What is Alli?
Alli is a less-potent version of the prescription diet pill, Xenical (orlistat). At half the dosage of the prescription version, experts think that its potential for abuse and overall risk is low enough to be safe for over-the-counter use. You can expect to pay between $50 and $60 for a 30-day supply of Alli, which can be bought in supermarkets, drug stores, and online.

How Does Alli Work?
Put simply, Alli is a fat blocker. You take a pill with each meal. The main ingredient in the pill binds with the digestive enzymes that would normally break down fat from the meal that you consumed. Because Alli attaches to these enzymes, it prevents them from digesting about a quarter of the fat you just ate, allowing it to pass through the digestive system and out of the body, undigested and unabsorbed. Overall, fewer calories from dietary fat are stored as actual body fat.

Sounds easy, right? There’s more to it than that. Alli isn’t a magic weight loss pill, and its makers don’t claim that it is. They are adamant that daily exercise, a reduced-calorie diet, and a specific diet plan that limits the amount of fat you eat accompany the use of Alli. If you overeat on carbohydrates, protein and/or fat, you will not lose weight by taking Alli. If you eat more fat than is recommended in a single meal (15 grams or less), you’ll experience some pretty embarrassing and serious side effects (see Pros & Cons below), and still might not lose weight by taking Alli. Just like any old weight loss plan, it involves counting and cutting calories, reading food labels, limiting high-fat foods, and exercising regularly. It takes willpower, determination and consistency to see results.
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  • I never took the pill and never wanted too BUT it was Alli' website that I first used to learn good healthy information on making changes to learn to eat healthy. I used it pretty regularly never taking the meds until I found SP. I have know as long as I have wanted to lose weight that you have to change your eating habits but never did. Instead I used other methods for weight loss. it was after I made the commitment to myself in 2010 to actually learn how to change my eating habits and learn to live a healthier life that I learned it was NOT all about losing weight !!!!

    Thank you SP !!!! - 1/22/2014 7:02:24 PM
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  • Alli can be found at Wal~Mart for anyone looking.

    I took it several years ago and lost about 10 pounds. Our finances changed and I had to stop taking it. I didn't really have the side effects they warned about, except once when we were on vacation. We ate at a buffet and I had more fats in the foods than I usually ate… it got me then. I have always been like that though. If I eat too much fat, within an hour or two, I have diarrhea side effect… which is kind of nice if/when I am constipated. Sorry if that was TMI. - 8/4/2012 12:17:27 PM
  • TBERRY02
    I haven't seen Alli in any drug store nor department store. Is it really off the market? I can also swear by it. When you eat those high calorie food yiu can see the oil float on top of the water after you had a bobble - 6/8/2012 10:59:52 PM
  • Follow up: I'm still taking Alli intermittently and have not experienced horrible side effects. Alli is half the strength of the prescribed version. Being completely honest, I've doubled the dose before a meal a couple times and still not had side effects. I do not use Alli daily, 1 meal a week normally. I take it before a splurge meal, bday party, luncheon, etc. You can get a coupon from their website to help w/ the cost. I will continue to use as part of my strategy. - 2/24/2012 7:55:52 AM
  • I just purchased my Alli and after reading the reviews on this site and webmd I am encouraged. From what I gather from everyone it is a motivator. I know webmd stated that clinic studys stated a people on the pill lost 50% more. That's not a little bit of weight. That means for every 10lbs I lose I lose an extra 5lbs. I am a fat eater. Steaks, cheeseburgers, chicken wings, and pizza. I love meat. So this will help motivate me to put the Donatos down. I worked out for about 4 months last year and dieted and lost 8lbs. I got really discouraged at the 2lb a month weight loss when I was trying so hard. I am hoping this will give me the extra boost I need. Their meal plan also states I can eat more calories than before. I know I was worried that I may have went into starvation mode eating 1300 calories and going to kickboxing for 1hr a day 2xs a week. I can't wait to get my shipment on Weds.

    For me $40 is nothing. You get 60 pills. That's almost a month's worth. I spend more than that by myself when I got to the cheesecake factory and etc 3 -4xs a month. So I will actually save money because I won't be able to over indulge with a 28oz ribeye like I so love! lol - 1/21/2012 1:16:25 AM
  • I've been using Alli for several weeks now, I've never experienced any horrible side effects? When someone dares to eat high fat or fried foods with a pill that blocks the absorption of some fat are asking for trouble? Common sense and Alli are a nice team! Don't be scared of Alli, it could help many people get some weight off and begin a healthier lifestyle! - 9/30/2011 3:56:03 AM
  • hello.. i tried this pill bfore my wedding and i lose like 20 pounds in 3 months.. was WOW... no side effects or something. i ate some of Low fat diet but no at all.. sometimes i ate my pizza , cake . ..was nice!! and i would try it again..
    - 3/9/2011 9:29:43 AM
  • Thank you for this information about alli. I had seen this product advertised, but was not familiar with it. This article was very useful. - 9/24/2010 5:00:30 PM
  • my doctor wants me to try it; but after reading this I will stick with my original decision--the money isn't worth the trouble, I'll stick with sparkpeople and keep losing the sensible, although possibly slower than she likes, way!! - 9/2/2010 9:25:24 AM
  • I wouldn't use it just because those side effects are insane!! No thanks to uncontrollable diarrhea! - 7/28/2010 9:07:29 PM
  • Alli is effective if used appropriately. If you think of it as assistance towards doing the right thing anyway, and NOT a miracle pill, yeah its going to be great.

    Its worked well for me in the past when done correctly with NO side effects. Guess i'm just one of the lucky ones. - 7/7/2010 12:22:00 PM
  • I tried Alli. All it did for me was inspire me to record my food which lead me to this website which I love! - 4/21/2010 9:12:04 PM
  • Alli is merely another gimmick. Works great for the developers who are making BIG bucks off those depserate people out there. - 3/19/2010 2:26:02 PM

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