Alli is a weight loss supplement that has been widely advertised on television and in magazines. Some of the commercials go so far as to say that Alli “can help you lose 50% more weight than you would with diet and exercise alone.”
Sounds pretty good doesn’t it?
Alli (aka Orlistat) is one of the most widely known weight loss pills today. It’s marketed as the easy solution for losing those stubborn pounds and keeping them off permanently when used in conjunction with a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Our question is whether or not Alli can help you gain an edge on your weight loss or if this product is all hype.
How Does Alli Work?
As with so many other diet pills, Alli is engineered to decrease the absorption of fat in the intestines, meaning that you can eat your favorite foods without completely blowing your calorie count for the day.
Alli achieves this effect by inhibiting the enzyme Lipase, which can help break down dietary fat into smaller components (which are then either broken down for energy or turned into fat). In theory, the undigested fats will be too big to be absorbed, so they’ll pass harmlessly through the digestive tract until it is eliminated through bowel movements.
You can take Alli alongside your favorite meals (up to 3 times a day).
Although such a technique is definitely an effective tool for weight loss, consumers should be aware that this magic bullet cannot compensate for poor food choices. Alli manufacturers recommend that you eat no more than 15 grams of fat with each meal, otherwise, you may be in for some extremely unpleasant side effects.
These effects include increased and sudden flatulence, oily anal discharge, loose stools or diarrhea, more frequent bowel movements and hard-to-control bowel movements.
These are not typical side effects for a weight loss supplement, and they could prove especially embarrassing due to their sporadic nature. This product would also be a terrible choice for anyone with gastrointestinal issues or problems absorbing foods.
Additionally, keep in mind that because Alli is designed to block food from being absorbed, it can also block essential nutrients as well. Be certain to supplement your diet with additional vitamins to ensure that you don’t suffer from vitamin deficiencies.
What Else You Should Know
In 2009, the FDA decided to investigate Orlistat due to unusual reports of serious liver injury. Their research did not uncover any known cause and effect relationship between Alii and these rare cases, but just in case, Alli manufacturers warn consumers to discontinue use if they experience unusual side effects such as itching, loss of appetite, yellow eyes or skin, light-colored stool, or brown urine – all of which are symptoms of liver damage.
Alli is one of the most popular diet pills on the market because it definitely has the potential to work when used alongside a healthy diet and regular exercise. We applaud Alli manufacturers for encouraging healthy long-term practices and diet programs.
However, at this time we feel that the risks far outweigh the potential benefits of using Alli, and we cannot whole-heartedly recommend Alli to consumers.