Alli - Riverton,IL

Updated on September 18, 2009
K.O. asks from Chatham, IL
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Hi, I am wanting something to add to my diet and exercise to lose the last 10lbs from pregnancy. Has anyone used Alli? Just wondering if it works.

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It does work but the unpleasant side effects that they say will happen if you eat too much fat in a meal WILL happen! Even if I didn't go over the fat content in a meal, I still got the side effects sometimes so I quit using it.



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In a study that lasted 36 weeks, Alli made no significant difference in weight loss. All of the participants ate 1400 calories a day and took a multivitamin. Half of them took Alli. Both groups lost about the same amount of weight. Bummer.

You can do the same thing without the expensive drug. Alli blocks some of the fat you eat, lowering the calories you absorb and gives you bad gas and diarehha. Yes, you need to eat GOOD fats to burn fat

Aim to do intense circuit interval training twice per week T/Th and the other days do about 40-min of straigt cardio M/W/F keeping your heart rate under 140bpm; eat about 1500-1700kcal per day drink half of your body weight in ounces and you'll lose those 10lbs in 2m. Slow and steady wins the race, keep that in mind.

Good Luck,
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answers from Chicago on

Hi K.,

FYI...Not sure of the details; however, I heard in the news a few weeks ago that there has been a link to Alli and liver disease:

I am glad to hear that most other posts are not supporting taking a drug to help lose ten pounds...that is really very little to lose. :) Find a system like Weight Watchers that allows you to eat what you like and encourages a postive and maintainable approach. You can't take a drug forever!

Good luck! :)

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answers from Bloomington on

My friend and sister used Alli. They both reported that they had to wear a pad because they got anal leakage from using the product. I considered using it, until I heard that!



answers from Los Angeles on

I hear different feedback about Alli, some it works for and some it doesn't. You should go There is a system you can use eating all the foods you like.



answers from Chicago on

check with your doctor, especially if you are nursing. everything you eat, drink, or breath in goes to the baby when you are nursing.



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Only people with serious overweight issues should consider using these weight loss products. The side effects are not worth it. My suggestion is to add significant fiber to your diet, every meal if possible. Second, cut out drinks that are sugar-laden like soda pop. Instead, drink more water. Add to your exercise by walking more--park away from the door so you have to walk to get into the store, for example. Forego rich desserts and don't eat between meals. Try these changes for a month and see.




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K., I would stay away from Alli. If you notice the side effects it is pretty disgusting. It was sold under another name (which I do not know) and was then rebranded under the Alli name by the company that owns it now. Not good if you ask me. My husband and I have found an amazing program called Core 4, where you can lose weight without changing what you eat! My husband lost 15 pounds in a month and a half and has kept it off, I love it! Go to to check everything out. If you have any questions just shoot me an email at




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I was also interested in it when I couldn't shake the baby weight, so I researched it and read many (and I mean MANY) reviews that state that it works, but it works by training you not to eat any oily or greasy foods, because if you do you can't control your bowels. The fear of pooping my pants would definitely deter me! I'd say it's best for people who need to lose a lot of weight and have difficulty altering their diet by willpower. Since you only have a little bit to lose, it's probably not a good choice.
I second everything "M R" said - I am certified in group fitness, and she is correct. Pilates is my workout of choice - it helps you lose weight while streamlining your figure.
However, in my aforementioned effort to lose baby weight and didn't have the opportunity to work out as often as I needed to, I did use a diet pill, and what worked for me was SlimQuick Extreme. Though I didn't take as many pills as suggested - I only took two in the morning (their suggestion was 3 pills 2x a day - that made me jittery). It did work. It kept up my energy, and it didn't suppress my appetite so much that I didn't eat - I still ate as often as usual, I just didn't eat as much. I felt really good on it, and I would definitely use it again. But keep in mind, just like any diet aid, it only works if you eat right and exercise too. It's not a miracle pill - it just helps the weight loss along. I lost more using it than I did with diet & exercise alone. (I sound like a commercial!)
As for dieting, don't - if you need to change the way you eat, you have to do it permanently. Take a tip from Oprah Winfrey - she's the queen of dieting, and she's also the queen of yo-yo weight loss and gain. A perfect example of what not to do! Personally, I don't ever "deny" myself anything. I allow myself one sweet treat a week, and so that makes me really decide what's worth it. (I guess that's kind of like Weight Watcher's "points" system.) "If I eat these cookies today, I can't have the cake I know is going to be at the birthday party on Saturday." I can eat those cookies if I really want them, but do I really want to waste my week's one sweet on them? And usually the answer is no. I actually can go a couple of weeks without eating sweets this way, because I'll forget. Anyway, that's just my one trick.

Good luck in whatever you choose!


answers from Chicago on

i have never tried alli but i kno herbalelife works plus to save on some $ you can jus go to the store and get grapefurit juice not from concinrated it really works i tried it before and i felt like the extra weight was melting away! good luck



answers from Chicago on

I haven't tried Alli, but I have used Relacore in the past and that does work; drink a lot of water with it and you can really feel and see the difference. Also, it doesn't leave you feeling jittery. It works great on belly fat! :)

I don't know if they still carry Relacore; I stopped using it when I became pregnant.

Good luck!



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I used it after my second baby was born 7 months ago. It traps the oils and fats in foods and supposidly flushes it out of your system. Sounded great considering it was stimulant free and wouldn't make me feel all jittery or have my heart doing flipflops. And it did do what it said, trapped the oil. When you go #2, not to be gross but you did ask, you can see it floating in the water. So I thought this stuff must be working! After 180 pills of the stuff and 2 months later, I didn't notice a change at all. And honestly, I didn't really lose weight until AFTER I went off of it. I got a 2 bottle deal from Costco and gave the 2nd bottle to my friend. She used it all too and also didn't notice a difference. And as someone else pointed out, you don't want to be too far from a restroom. Let's just put it this way, everything that comes out of your bowel is oily, use your imagination. >: )



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I agree about Alli having some nasty side effects. I was able to shed my excess baby weight using a nutritionally based weight management system--it's guaranteed to work, has a money-back guarantee, and contains no harmful or controversial ingredients.



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This might not be the news you want to hear, but Alli (and every other gimmicky product under the sun) are not smart choices. Sure they *might* work - with Alli I think their 'guarantee' is that you'll lose 10% more weight (okay big deal, instead of losing 10 pounds you'll lose 11). The downside is these get-slim-quick promises are unrealistic, are not long-term solutions to weight management, and can cause more harm than good.

If you're already exercising, great, keep that up! If you've got a solid nutrition plan, that's a great start too. The best weight loss/management plan includes the following three components:

-Acknowledging the lifelong commitment to change: It took time to put on the weight, thus it takes time to take it off. Also, avoid band-aid approaches; the techniques you use must be adopted for life - do you really want to be taking Alli for life?
-Control energy intake: educate yourself as to what you should be putting into your body and stick with it. Watch portion sizes, refined sugars, and processed/junk foods.
-Daily exercise: include both cardio (to burn the fat) and strength training (to burn fat, tighten and tone muscles)

If you're having trouble losing the last 10 pounds you may want to include some strength training. You do not need a gym or a rigorous program; you can do exercises at home that use your own body weight (push-ups, squats, lunges, chair dips, crunches, supermans, leg lifts). Not only will you begin to add muscle (which, by the way, will burn more calories while your body is at rest), you may also notice that your body is getting more toned and your clothes fit better.

Take a look at your nutrition plan. Is it a good one or is it full of 'cheat items' at every meal. Sometimes the tiniest of tweaks can have amazing results.

Why waste your money on empty promises - our diet industry is a multi-billion dollar industry yet we are a country full of obese people. Clearly they are selling us garbage because it isn't working!

Good luck!

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