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What is Alli?

Alli is an over-the-counter diet pill that contains the same fat-absorption blocking drug found in prescription Xenical, only in a smaller dose.  Alli is a diet pill that you take 3 times per day before each meal.  The pill causes your body to block up to one-thrid of your normal fat absorbtion to reduce total calories your body absorbs; which in turn has unpleasant side effects (read more below).

While Alli a more popular diet pill on the market; likely this has much to do with GlaxoSmithKline, the makers of Alli, spending $150 million into advertising  just to launch the diet pill.  We’re not sure how much more they have spent on marketing since the launch.  Obvisouly, massive marking can create hype and result in a making a product more popular, but that does not make it better than other good products in the market.   The Alli product may be somewhat hyped as dieters lose as much as one pound per month. When you take the side effects and price into consideration (read more below), and the fact that there is NO MONEY BACK GUARANTEE, it’s simply does not seem like the ideal diet aide.

Alli Unpleasant Side Effects

Alli side effects include uncontrollable diarrhea, gas with oily spotting and stomach cramps.  Did you know that Alli goes as far as suggesting that you bring an extra pair of pants to work (make sure they’re dark)?  Are these the sort of ideal side effects for any diet aide? Clearly not.

Alli Ingredient Highlights

Alli contains 60mg of Orlistat. Orlistat is a prescription drug with even more adverse side effects than Alli.   Alli contains Orlistat with is the same active ingredient that is found in Xenical.  Alli is a new formulation, made by GlaxoSmithKline, which is produced at a lower dose and has been approved by the FDA for over-the-counter sales. GlaxoSmithKline has put a lot of money into a major marketing campaign timed with Alii’s debut, mid-June 2007.   There are also books about alli that have already been published. For example, “The alli Diet Plan” by Caroline Apovian M.D.  Alli (Orlistat) is derived from lipstatin. Lipstatin is a strong but natural drug which binds and blocks lipase (an enzyme made by your pancreas). The result is that you body is unable to process all of the fat that you eat. The fat passes through you when you go the bathroom instead of being added to your body.

Xenical was developed as an anti-obesity drug. But, now we have alli which is available over the counter, so now anyone can take it (you don’t have to be obese or have a serious weight problem anymore).  Changing your diet and exercise is no required to lose weight while taking alli, though it very likely would help. You can do all three. But, the beauty of alli is that you don’t have to change your lifestyle to lose weight. Just take  Alli with each meal, three times a day, and you should see a difference.

Some people have side-effects from Alli, namely lose stools, especially if you have a very fatty meal. Also, because the fats pass through your body, there’s some chance that you’ll lose some important nutrients. Taking a multi-vitamin along with Alli should help compensate for that unlikely possibility.

Alli diet product complaints

Our research revealed online complaints at the ripoffreport:

10/22/2008 11:04:37 PM Alli Weight Loss Pills ALLI WEBSTIE BLOCKS USERS! Philadelphia Pennsylvania*Consumer Comment ..

We also found complaints at the complaintboard:

Posted: 2009-04-14 by    Diana Walsh  
Hearth problem

Company information: Alli
Glen Allen, Virginia
United States
Phone: 804-270-4257

I got Alli pills to lose weight and after 3 days I got costocondritis. I got medical bills that I can not afford to pay. I stop Alli and I got better, but I still having big medical bills.

Our research revealed additional unfavorable online consumer feedback that largerly found consumers complaining about uncomforable oily bowl resulting in staining.

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One Response to “Alli”

Comment from lauren
Time July 13, 2009 at 2:18 PM

I tried alli and while I lost a pound after a month, it became a problem in terms of very uncomfortable gas and stomach aches and having to go much more often. The smell was just unbearable. They really should make those side effects more visible and in larger type in their advertisements!