Alli Weight Loss
Active Ingredient = Orlistat (Chemical)
Dosage = 1 Tablet per fatty meal
Pack Size = 42 Pills per bottle
Cost = From £19.85 per box
Guarantee = None
Common Misspellings = Ali, Ally, Allie, Allis
Available From = Online Pharmacy ChemistDirect
Alli weight loss pills overview
If you have been reading the UK newspapers or watching the news in the UK then you cannot fail to have heard of the Alli weight loss pill. Launched at the start of summer 2009, Alli has hit the shelves of high-street stores – picking up a lot of publicity (bad and good) at the same time.
Originally available only by prescription (under the name of Xenical), Alli has been rebranded and tweaked slightly so that anyone can benefit from Alli. The official line is that you should only buy it if you have a BMI of over 28 (you can check your body mass index with our BMI calculator), however as you can buy Alli online in truth it is available to anyone.
A BIG word of caution though, there are some very uncomfortable (and worryingly very common) side effects with Alli slimming tablets. Side effects of Alli include fatty smelly stools, urgency to get to the toilet (diarrhea), oily spotting on your underclothes, and excess wind.
For this reason we would not recommend Alli weight loss pills to you. There are simply better, more natural slimming tablets available without the uncomfortable side effects. However, because they are produced by smaller companies without big advertising budgets, you may not have heard of them. You can find out what we recommend for you in our slimming tablet reviews.
How does Alli work?
The active ingredient in Alli diet pills is called Orlistat (aka Xenical). Basically how it works is that when you have a meal that is high in fat, the active ingredient attaches itself to the fat in the food you consume.
This then allows it to pass through your body naturally – without being absorbed.
For this to work effectively you must be eating a high-fat meal when you take the tablet. If you miscalculate and the meal is not high enough in fat then you can and most probably will encounter some of the uncomfortable and embarrassing side effects.
These side effects can range from stomach cramps and excess flatulence through to the much more worrying – chronic diarrhea. It has been known for people on Alli not to make it to the toilet in time and experience a very embarrassing ‘brown trousers’ moment in public.
Of course, you can avoid these side-effects by careful management and only taking the tablet when you have had a high-fat meal. However, it is said to be very difficult to get it right everytime and far too easy to over-estimate how fatty a meal is.
Will Alli work for you?
For us, the side-effects make Alli diet pills a no go area.
Instead we much prefer Proactol diet pills which do exactly the same thing as Alli but without the side-effects.
This makes Proactol a much more appealling option for losing weight.
Ultimately Alli does work if your main cause of excess weight is that you eat too many fatty meals. However, it is not a complete weight loss solution as you will still need to go on a diet and exercise whilst using Alli.
It is reported that for every 2lb you lose from eating healthily and exercising, Alli will help you to lose a further 1lb. In other words it basically speeds up the rate of weight loss from the effort you put in to dieting and exercising.
To us this means it just is not worth the risk of the outrageous side-effects. If you have to make sure you are losing weight anyway and Alli just speeds up the loss, we would much prefer to lose weight slightly slower but keep control of our bowel movements!
Is Alli safe for you to use?
In essence yes, Alli is safe to use. It wouldn’t have been made available for sale on the high-street if this was not the case.
However, there are certain times when you should not take Alli weight loss pills.
Do NOT take Alli if:
- Your BMI is below 28 (click here to check)
- You wish to avoid uncomfortable side-effects
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding
- You are under the age of 18
- You have malabsorption syndrome (food not abosorbed properly)
- You have cholestasis
- You are taking any of the following; ciclosporin, acarbose, amiodarone, warfarin, or the contraceptive pill (Alli can interfere with these medications)
If you fall in to any of these categories then it is advised that you do not take Alli. Instead you should look for a personal recommendation by taking our slimming tablet quiz.
Alli Review Summary
However, what you should remember is that a large proportion of these features in newspapers and on TV have been paid for by GSK – the company who make and sell Alli weight loss pills.
The fact is that Alli does work but it has far too many bad side-effects to truly be considered as the number 1 weight loss tablet.
Quite simply, there are much better alternatives that can provide the same, if not better, results without any known side effects.
As we always say, the same pill never works for everyone so it is important to look at your own lifestyle and decide which slimming tablet is right for you. Ultimately if you are eating a diet that is high in fat the Alli might be the best choice for you.
However, if you do decide to give it a try then be prepared for the side effects which are all too commonly reported. If the side effects do not appeal to you but you do fit in to the category of eating high-fat meals then Proactol diet pills are the best alternative product available with no known side effects.
Alli, the fat blocking weight loss pill, is now classed as a prescription medicine and can only be dispatched from a pharmacy or online pharmacy.
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