alli promises that for every 2 pounds you lose through diet and exercise, it can help you lose 1 pound more. It is a fat blocker that has been designed to prevent a quarter (25%) of the fat you eat from being absorbed into your body. What makes alli particularly unique is it is an FDA approved non-prescription weight loss aid.
The formula contains the drug orlistat, with each capsule containing 60mg. This is a far smaller dose than the prescription version of orlistat (commonly known by its brand name Xenical), which contains 120mg per dose. This is double the dose of alli.
Orlistat works by decreasing the amount of dietary fat absorbed in your intestines. More specifically, it inhibits the work of lipase. When it is taken with a meal containing fat, 25% of the fat you eat is not broken down and is eliminated through bowel movements.
alli is meant for overweight adults who are aged 18 or older and is meant to be used in conjunction with a low-fat and reduced calorie diet. alli is recommended for individuals who want to lose 5% to 10% of their body weight and who are committed to sticking to a well-balanced diet. It is important for those who take it to follow a well-balanced diet and to also exercise if they want to achieve measurable weight loss.
To obtain the maximum benefits of alli, users are instructed to eat 3 well-balanced meals and 1 snack per day. They should take one capsule with each meal containing 15 grams of fat and they should not exceed 3 capsules per day.
Even though it contains a lower dose of orlistat compared to the prescription version, alli is not without side effects. The most common are gastrointestinal side effects, which are related to undigested fat passing through your system. These include: abdominal discomfort or pain, oily discharge from anus, oily stools, gas with oily anal discharge, more frequent bowel movements, and bowel movements that are urgent or hard to control. Headache, back pain and upper respiratory infection are also potential side effects. If you experience any side effects that are a cause for concern, contact your doctor or pharmacist right away.
You should avoid taking alli if you have diabetes, thyroid disorder, irregular heartbeat, seizures, cardiovascular disease, are at a healthy weight, have problems absorbing food, are pregnant or breast feeding, are taking cyclosporine or have had an organ transplant.
Although alli does not require a doctor’s prescription, it would be in your best interest to consult with your medical practitioner prior to taking this product to make sure it is the right and safe fit for your lifestyle and your weight loss goals.