Alli Review

by The Diet Critic on April 16, 2020

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Alli is a weight loss supplement that is geared toward helping people with fat loss. It is both developed and manufactured by the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline. It claims to have FDA approval and is widely available as a non-prescription pill.

A Quick Look at the Ingredients and Orlistat

The ingredients in Alli are as follows:

  • Orlistat
  • FD&C Blue 2
  • Edible Ink
  • Gelatin, Iron Oxide
  • Microcrystalline cellulose
  • Povidone
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Sodium starch glycolate
  • Talc
  • Titanium Dioxide

Alli’s main active ingredient is Orlistat (also known by the brand name Xenical). Orlistat is a diet drug typically sold as an FDA-approved prescription diet medication for the treatment of obesity.

Orlistat functions by decreasing the body’s ability to absorb fat and is thus known as a fat blocker.

The website explains that the effect of Alli is achieved as it obstructs a pancreatic enzyme that changes the way triglycerides are broken down within the body so that fat will not be absorbed.

That said, the major difference between non-prescription Alli and prescription Xenical is that Alli contains far less Orlistat per serving (60 mg) compared to the 120 mg in Xenical. As such, it is important to note that Alli is not an obesity treatment. This over the counter (OTC) weight loss aid is meant to be taken by overweight adults (with a BMI of 25 or above) who are otherwise healthy. Also, as in the case with prescription Orlistat, this OTC weight management aid is meant to be used in conjunction with a reduced-calorie low-fat diet.

How to Take It

Alli should be taken exactly as recommended or as directed by your healthcare provider. When this Alli review was written, the directions were as follows:

  • Take 1 capsule with every meal that contains fat. The pill should be taken one hour before a meal, during the meal or one hour after the meal.
  • Do not exceed 3 capsules in one day.
  • Take a multivitamin that contains fat-soluble vitamins (Vitamins A, D, E, K & beta carotene) 1 time per day, at bedtime. The reason is that Alli may lower the body’s ability to absorb essential fat soluble vitamins.

For optimal benefits, it is important to take Alli as directed and to take it consistently, so it is always a part of your meal routine.

Not Without Side Effects

In the case of Alli, the claim is that approximately 25 percent of consumed fat is blocked by taking this OTC diet pill. While this could be beneficial for an individual seeking to lose excess weight, you should know that unwanted side effects are possible when taking Alli.

The side effects commonly experienced from this process include (but are not necessarily limited to):

  • Bowel changes
  • Loose stool
  • Vitamin deficiency
  • Excessive gas

While most users who take this diet pill do experience gastrointestinal diet-related side effects when first taking it, due to how this fat blocker effects the body, these effects often decrease after the first few weeks of use, especially for those who take the pill as directed.

Also, the official site says that side effects are most likely to occur when a meal is consumed that contains more than 15 grams of fat.

Alli Pros

The advantages of Alli are:

  • Can help as a weight loss aid for overweight men and women – It is readily available to both men and women who are seeking assistance in overcoming their weight loss struggles.
  • No prescription required – It does not require a prescription from a doctor, making it much easier to obtain.
  • Contains an FDA-approved active ingredient – Unlike many other non-prescription weight loss pills, this one does have FDA approval.
  • Easy to find – Alli can be purchased either in drugstores across the country or online using the official website for the product – as well as several third party online pharmacies.

Alli Cons

On the other hand, Alli does have some drawbacks. For instance:

  • No real B&A photos – Although there are reviews from customers on the official site, it does not show before and after photos of people who have found success with Alli.
  • No full money-back guarantee – It’s nice that the manufacturer is confident that its product will work, but it should still offer a full money-back guarantee to ensure your satisfaction with the product.
  • Coupons but no free trials – You can save on Alli with coupons ($5 off any 1 Alli 60 ct starter pack or $10 off on any 1 Alli 120 ct refill pack). However, this is still disappointing to some as the manufacturer does not offer free trial samples to allow consumers to try the product and find out if it works for them, especially without a money-back guarantee.
  • Uncomfortable and embarrassing side effects – The common side effects of Alli can be rather uncomfortable digestive problems that some may also find embarrassing (e.g. loose stool, excessive gas, etc.). Vitamin deficiencies can also result in its use if proper actions to include additional fat-soluble vitamins and other nutrients in the diet are ignored.

Alli is a weight loss pill that is very easy to find in order to make a purchase as it is available both online and on store shelves. It varies in price depending on where you buy it, being as high as $49.99.

Finally, do keep in mind that while Alli is a nonprescription diet pill, it is still in your best interest to consult with your healthcare professional prior to using it to make sure it is safe for your current state of health and is the ideal option for your weight management goals.

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Jenny September 9, 2011 at 2:53 am

Alli is the best option for loss weight.

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Peggy October 1, 2011 at 5:57 am

This product keeps my energy levels high. If anyone looking for a gentle, safe and caffeine free weight loss product, this is the best option.

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