I’m sure by now you are well aware that an FDA approved weight loss aid, named Alli has made its presence on the market . What you may not be aware of is the potential treatment effects. Here’s what you need to know about Xenical’s little brother, [tag-tec]Alli[/tag-tec] before you even consider purchasing this weight loss aid.
What is Alli?
Alli (pronounced ally) is the little 60mg brother of the 120mg Orlistat, better known as Xenical. Alli is an FDA approved over the counter weight loss aid that claims the user can lose up to 50% more weight than dieting alone. Alli is meant to be used in conjunction with a low calorie diet and exercise plan.
The innovate part of this weight loss drug is simply a custom tailed nutritional program that helps aid you in making the right food choices while taking the drug.
This is why it’s a weight loss aid and not a weight loss pill. In order for Alli to work its magic and for you to keep the weight off, you simply must change your diet and engage in some type of exercise program.
All is safe as the drug works in your digestive system and not in your heart or brain. So the jitters, racing heart and sleepless nights are a thing of the past with Alli, according to the manufacture.
How Does Alli Work?
Enzymes in your digestive system break down the foods you just ate. It breaks down the fats in those foods so they can be absorbed by the body. This is where Alli comes into play. Alli has an active ingredient in it that blocks around 25% of the fat from being absorbed. It prevents the enzymes from attaching to the fat and digesting them. Because they are undigested, the fat simply passes through your body undigested instead of turning into potential stored calories.
How Much Weight Could You Lose?
Many of the studies were done on the prescription strength, Xenical so it’s hard to tell for sure. The website literature makes a claim that on a reduced calorie, low fat diet, you can lose 50% more weight than diet and exercise alone. This means instead of 10 pounds, you would lose 15 pounds by using the [tag-tec]Alli[/tag-tec] program.
What About Side Effects?
Side effects is such a scary word and a deterrent to taking some drugs so the makers of Alli have kindly labeled such side effects as ‘treatment effects’ because they are related to how the product works. The main ‘treatment effect’ happens when you eat a meal with too much fat in it. If so much fat is blocked that your stool cannot absorb it, you might get some treatment effects.
These treatment effects might include:
- Gas with an oily discharge
- Loose stools or diarrhea
- More frequent bowel movements
- Hard-to-control bowel movements
- Excessive gas
This excess fat isn’t harmful as it passes thru your digestive system. The makers of Alli give a visual representation of the fat passing thru as something you might recognized like the oil on top of a pizza.
A stern warning comes from the makers of Alli and is listed on the official website.
“You may feel an urgent need to go to the bathroom. Until you have a sense of any treatment effects, it’s probably a smart idea to wear dark pants, and bring a change of clothes with you to work.”
A close second goes to the other official warning:
“You may not usually get gassy, but it’s a possibility when you take Alli. The bathroom is really the best place to go when that happens.”
One helpful suggestion was to use a food journal to track what foods cause these treatment effects. But really keeping a food journal is a good idea anyway as it’s going to be a necessity for the user to learn about good nutrition.
Of course all these treatment effects can be lessened if you stick to a reduced calorie diet that is lower in fat (average 15g of fat per meal).
One longer threads on Treatment Effects on the official [tag-tec]MyAlli[/tag-tec] message forum seemed to average 2-9 days without any effects IF the person stuck with a low fat diet plan and kept their fat intakes to under 15g as suggested.
How Long Do You Take Alli?
According to the official website at myalli.com, the average cycle was six months when people noticed the majority of the changes. At the current prices, you might expect to pay around $260 to get rid of about 3 extra pounds.
However, if you don’t change your nutrition and stat an exercise plan and stick to it, when you stop taking Alli, research has proven time and time again, you’ll gain the weight back and maybe more of it! This means many people will continue to take the drug and make this a monthly expense and live with the treatment effects or they will eventually quit and chock it up to another failed weight loss plan.
What’s the Plan?
You take Alli and enroll in an online support community. It’s far easier to lose weight with a support group and some type of custom nutritional plan. Taking Alli and making no modifications to your diet or physical exercise regime doesn’t work. If you lose any weight, it’s from the fat being blocked. That’s just a temporary change and will quickly dissipate once you stop taking Alli. During the time you take Alli, you simply must learn how to eat correctly, make dietary modifications and engage in physical activity.
It might seem like Alli is marketed as a eat whatever you want type of pill but it’s simply a weight loss aid. Without making nutritional changes, the results will vary and won’t last for long.
The MyAlli online plan is something you need to enroll in to help educate yourself about basic nutrition while taking Alli. It’s pretty clear that Alli isn’t a miracle pill but to be used at the same time in helping you make lifestyle changes.
As a side note, this little fact that GlaxoSmithKline is making it imperative you enroll for your education on nutrition makes this weight loss supplement a bit more unique than the thousands of pills with one page sales pages that merely want to sell you a fat burner without any support or emphasis on customer education.
At last check, the Alli message boards had over 32,000 registered members with an active support community.
What You Can Expect:
You can expect you’ll need to change your lifestyle. For most, this is the hardest part. In fact, this is the #1 reason why most people cannot keep the weight off in the long term. They use the weight loss pill as the method of permanent weight loss. In fact, that will serve nothing to keep the weight off. In this respect, it is much smarter to learn how to eat properly from the start and use that as your method of weight loss because in the long run that is the only thing that will work permanently.
An amusing description of Alli was that of a late night security guard that keeps you from your late night cravings. If you have a few treatment effects, you’ll be more aware of your eating habits and be able to change them as Alli is on duty and watching you. In fact, that just means you are going to have issues late at night when eating too much fat. There’s nothing like losing sleep because you snacked too hard last night and ended up on the toilet or worse yet, soiled your sheets.
Is Alli the Solution to the Obesity Epidemic?
Most responsible fitness professionals will be bashing this weight loss aid as they have done with every other weight loss supplement. Make no mistake, GlaxoSmithKline are marketing Alli as an FDA approved weight loss supplement that is meant to be used in conjunction with a healthy, reduced calorie, low fat diet that includes a sensible exercise plan. It’s meant to be a supplement to help speed along fat loss within the obese community.
But we all know that many people will use this as another dream pill in hopes it will burn off the fat with minimal side effects while they continue to eat the way they always have and continue their sedentary lifestyles.
A few need these pills for motivation, for the push past the plateau and they have said they owe their lives to such drugs like Xenical.
There ARE drugs that have helped many people-but unfortunately, the drug companies have abused this. Also, I WAS doing diet and exercise, but the scale failed to move. How many people is this true for. Then I went on prescription Xenical and lost 35 lbs. I also maintained it for almost a year, mostly while NOT taking the Xenical (I did have brief periods where I went back on it). I owe my life to that drug. However I’m still 25lbs overweight and that’s why I chose to continue my journey with Alli.
It’s quite easy to imagine that if the scale doesn’t budge in a week and you simply don’t know what else to do, a drug looks like a good alternative. But as with stubborn calves that won’t grow, have you really tried everything you can? Or have you just tried more of the same stuff (more cardio, less food, more exercise) until you simply are burnt out?
Those who lose the MOST weight and keep it off will have discovered the true secret to eating healthy and exercising and making a permanent lifestyle change.
Those who don’t, will probably experience temporary weight loss, some treatment effects and eventually stop taking Alli for various reasons. The weight will pile back on, their frustrations will mount and the next OTC weight loss supplement to come along will make another million plus dollars almost overnight.
Your money would be best spent with a $40 book and a solid commitment to making a lifestyle change. Once you have the knowledge of how to eat healthy, the proper portions, how to construct a low fat, reduced calorie diet, your potential for change is limitless. It’s important to understand that All is a supplement and that those who do not learn how to eat correctly and exercise during the time they take Alli, are marked for failure. Relying on any supplement as the foundation for your success is a mistake. Only an extreme small percentage will learn about nutrition and exercise if they supplement with Alli and continue to keep the weight off for years to come.
Many will use the drug as a crutch or the foundation of their program and will be forced to continue to take it or eventually stop taking it and scrambled around for the next quick fix.
Most are not concerned with the side effects but only if this pill will work. They will put up with some uncomfortable situations to obtain what they need quickly. Most have tried other things that have failed and so a new pill on the block is most welcome. It’s a fresh face, new promises and there’s the possibility this will work and be the only thing they need.
“I’m just willing to give it a try. There are side effects to a lot of things. I work in an office and I sit all day. There’s a bathroom right there. We’ve all worked together a long time. If you have to go, you have to go.” – Monique B, Santa Monica
The solution to the obesity epidemic is for people to understand basic nutrition. It’s not common sense. Many people eat unhealthy, gain an enormous amount of weight and are extremely confused at how to go about getting rid of it. Growing up in a Western society, the solution has always been a pill over healing naturally.
Fat blockers, while they appear to work, are not the solution to your weight loss needs. It’s costly and carries disgusting side effects. The real solution is to sit down, spend 2 hours educating yourself on basic nutrition and you’ll quickly see past the smoke and mirrors and not fall prey to another overhyped, overpriced, supplement that will not build you the body of your dreams.
I know Alli, the weight loss supplement, has it’s fans but I’m curious to know from them if they think it’s worth it and why making dietary changes and adding in activity was not a workable option? Maybe I just don’t get it.