New Diet Pill Alli?

Updated on February 21, 2008
A.K. asks from Saint Paul, MN
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Has anyone tried the diet pill "alli" that is FDA approved? I'm curious as to how it makes you feel and if there are side effects? I love to work out and eat fairly decent, but just want a little boost to get me going and see results a bit faster.

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Thank you for all the responses! I think I will do the slow and steady route and stick to working out and eating the best that I can. Thanks again for your thoughts.

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M.L.

answers from Minneapolis on

If you don't mind spontanious butt-pee, go for it (They tell you to wear dark colored pants while taking it for this reason).

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E.S.

answers from Sioux City on

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C.V.

answers from Sioux Falls on

Yes I tried it, don't have lots to lose but thought I would see if it worked...I had constipation for a week only used it 2 days then the "loose stools" they talk about hits...what a night mare. I tried it again, same thing so don't think it works for people with less then the recommended weight so save your money if you are not grossly over weight.

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N.E.

answers from Des Moines on

I am using it and haven't really had any of the bad side effects. I was already eating a pretty low fat diet, so I wanted to try Alli to help out. If you are not already doing so, I would recommend trying to eat low fat for a week or so before you start, so you get used to that, before taking the pills. I think that some people that have had the side effects are drastically changing thier diet along with taking the pills and I think it sends thier system in to "shock". As far as weight loss, I haven't weighed myself in a while, so I can't really say yet if it is helping me lose wieght, but my clothes are fitting better, which I would rather have anyway.

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M.S.

answers from Milwaukee on

Alli doesn't do anything for energy...what it does it cause major diaharea if you eat a meal with too much fat. It says it makes the fat pass through, I am not sure about all that...it passes everything through quickly!

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M.H.

answers from Dubuque on

If you already eat a low fat diet then the "alli" pill really won't do anything for you. From my understanding it is designed to train you to eat a lower fat diet. When you eat a lot of fat you will be running to the bathroom frequently. "alli" pulls out the fat in your diet and it flushes right through your system. My sister was on it and was already eating fairly well and she saw no change. I think it is going to be different for each person depending on your lifestyle. Your best bet is to stick to exercising and eating healthy.

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L.G.

answers from Minneapolis on

After reading most responses, I feel like I've stepped back into the 90's with all this low fat talk. Doesn't anyone realize that the low fat craze is bad for you? It makes you gain weight! And as far as appetite suppressants, I say eat all you want! Just make sure it's from WHOLE grains, vegetables, and all the good stuff that God put on this green earth to sustain us. Saturated fat? Your body NEEDS it! Yeah, that's the kind you get on meat. Nuts have fat too, but once roasted, it's not good for you. Eat them raw. (I love raw cashews.) Besides, a SLOW weight loss is a more PERMANENT weight loss. Lose weight too fast and your body thinks it's starving, so it holds onto every little bit of nutrition you give it and stores it as fat. So eat, eat, eat!!!! By the way, my husband and I have discovered that if we eat healthy foods and take a multivitamin (or in your case, you may as well stay on a prenatal...check out New Chapter's Perfect Prenatal for a whole food option that you can take on an empty stomach), we aren't as hungry for junk. Furthermore, any junk food you do eat makes you crave more. If you change your eating habits for one day, you'll already notice a difference. (I know, you said you eat fairly well, so it's not really directed at you...it's just in general.) Even though this diet has gotten some criticism, I know that it works (if you have the strength to follow through). The book is called Food Combining Works by Lee Dubelle. Super interesting. Then there's the Maker's Diet by Jordan Rubin (and I know he's received a lot of flack too) and if you check out Dr. Mercola's website www.mercola.com you'll find that he promotes eating for your metabolic type (protein, carb, or a mixture of both). Two things they all have in common: they do not promote a low fat diet and they do not trust the FDA! Personally, if something's FDA approved, I stay away from it. (If you want the scoop on the FDA, check out www.naturalnews.com or read any of Kevin Trudeau's books....he's also labeled a quack by mainstream media.) There are precious few people out there that DON'T listen to what the mainstream tells us. It's those precious few people who are on the right track to health (in my opinion, of course). Sorry if this one comes on a little strong, but at the very least I hope it causes you to think.

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C.F.

answers from Milwaukee on

I used to take it years ago when it was prescribed and called Xenical. I am on it now as Alli. You have to be really carefull about fat intake otherwise you will have the runs. That means limiting cheese and other fatty foods. I am also on nutrisystem right now so I haven't had the unpleasantness that goes along with it. If you go to the Alli site right now you can get a $15.00 coupon towards your first purchase. I bought my first pills on ebay to try them out. I don't get the jitteryness I used to get with prescribed phentermine. So far so good. I am down 12lbs in 2 weeks working with nutrisystem.

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A.W.

answers from Minneapolis on

Be careful because if you haven't research it many of those "diet" pill are depleating you of nutrients in your body which drains your energy. With my experience changing the foods I eat with working out has gotten me to lose my weight I carried around from having kids. There are other natural appetite suppressants out there.
A.

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D.M.

answers from Sioux Falls on

Hi A.,

My neighbor tried this product and had to stop because she had a lot of cramping & aching in her stomach.

D. :-)

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J.N.

answers from Green Bay on

Hi!

I too am a mom of three -- 18, 15 and 6! -- I am not over-over weight, but could stand to lose 15# or so. I decided to give Alli a try. I honestly found that it didn't have any side effects OTHER THAN when you eat foods high in fat.
Let me put it to you in the most polite, non-gross way I can: The "guide" that comes with the starter kit advises you "take a change of clothing with you" if you intend to use while you are out of your home. Alli is a fat-blocker and prevents or lessens fat from absorbing in your body. This is NOT pleasant when you use the restroom, and THAT is as descriptive as I'm going to be. It isn't pleasant, and I'm not fully convinced that it has been of any good to me.
Over the past three weeks I've joined a "Biggest Loser" weight loss group and have lost 4.5# -- this has been in combination with cutting my 4-a-day Mt Dew habit, incorporating 2 liters of water and of course, exercising.
I wish you the very best with your weight-loss efforts, but would suggest you look further into Alli.

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C.W.

answers from Janesville-Beloit on

I took the following from the Alli website. It describes some of the embarrassing side effects of Alli. The whole "customer may not have full control of their bowels at all times."
thing would wig me out.

"Oily stools. As the Alli weight loss pill reduces the production of an enzyme in the intestine, which converts fatty dietary elements into fatty acids, some fat from digested food may not be processed. As a result the body will find a way to release basic fat content from the body, usually excreted naturally. Due to the nature of the left over substances, stools can often appear oily and emit an unfortunate odour.

Flatulence. Another means by which the body has been known to release unwanted waste is by flatulence. While this is a totally natural and harmless release, it can prove potentially embarrassing and uncomfortable as the customer may not have full control of their bowels at all times."

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D.F.

answers from Lincoln on

I'm actually taking it right now. I have such an issue with constipation that it is actually perfect for me. Two birds--one stone (lose weight and ease constipation). I'm waiting to weigh myself, so I can't tell you how much I've lost. I'm working out regularly and eating lower fat--so I have high hopes!

K.L.

answers from Milwaukee on

a friend of mine is currently using alli. and so far she is doing good on it and the only side affect which is in the direction is to watch your fat intake. if you don't watch the fat intake she has told me it's not a pretty sight especially if you are in public. you can let loose without knowing it(in other words you can poop yourself)!! but for the most part she likes it and has been on it for a month now and has lost about 10 pounds!!!

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T.V.

answers from Minneapolis on

Hi A. K,

Wow, you are really a busy Mom! I have had 3 children of which my first 2 were 11 months and 2 days apart. That was tough, like having twins. I too remember how tiring it was, but,they have since grown up. It's really great that you are taking the time to workout and take care of yourself. Your precious children need a healthy and happy mom.
I read about your question concerning the product called Alli. I must admit that I don't know anything about that particular product, but I am taking some totally organic products that are really great and do work. You said that you love to work out and need a boost. I work out everyday also. I can honestly say that this is the best nutraceutical and cellular ready product that I have ever taken and I've tried nearly everything that is out there in the marketplace. The Pure Protein powder has all of your vitamins and minerals in already and the synergistic way that it is formulated, will transform your body like nothing that I've ever tried before! Seriously, I was shocked to see the transformation of my body within a month, truley! They also have a fruit and a vegetable drink, called GreensNow and FirstFruits. Each has 13 organic fruits and veggies with Marine Complex, your probiotics, digestive enzymes, fiber, kelp as well as your antioxidants, etc.. And also, an organic weight loss product called Pure Control that tastes like chocolate chai. It gives me the boost in energy and the focus and clarity also, that we all need and is awesome tasting. Oh yes, they also have one more called Body Shot. Tastes wonderful. The great thing about all of these products is that they are great for the whole family, even your children.
To let you know a little about me,so you don't think that I'm some flake. I am 62, have had 2 angioplasties, a triple bypass, DO NOT take any aspirin or meds of any kind and am 21 years post open heart surgery. I feel half my age. These are the products that I take and believe me I have done my research out of necessity. Meds make me physically sick and these awesome products feed every one of my cells every day. Here is my website so you can check them out, www.drorganics.com/9409558. If you have any questions for me please email me at [email protected]____.com.

Sincerely,
TV

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K.B.

answers from Appleton on

I would be really carefull with this, have you ever heard of a diet pill that works without any side efffcts?? If so I think everyone would be taking it...not worth the risk.

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M.R.

answers from Eau Claire on

Hello there, my name is M.. I am currently taking the diet pill Alli. I just started taking it on Valentine's Day. This is how it works.You take it with each meal that contains fat. You only take it three times a day. You also need to take a multi-vitamin at bedtime. The only side effect that I have had is diahrrea if I eat too much fat at mealtimes. These are called treatment effects.
The only thing is that it is very expensive.[ $50 for a starter kit and $60 for a refill pack]. I hope that this helps you some.

A Little About Me: I am happily married to a wonderful man. Also I am a SAHM of 2 boys ages 3 and 1.

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M.D.

answers from Omaha on

I've hear the problem with that type of weight loss pill is that as soon as you get off of it the weight comes back. It's not safe to use year round either, so it's not a real win win situation.

I am using a fat burning energy drink to help give me a boost. It's a botanically based product you can order online. If you're interested, email me at [email protected]____.com luck!

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J.M.

answers from Minneapolis on

I took Alli and it worked very well the only reason I went off it is because we are tight on money and can't afford it at the moment I lost 15 pounds in a month and a half.
I did not have any of the side affects because I watched my fat intake.
J.

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P.M.

answers from Milwaukee on

What I've heard about Alli is that is works in conjunction (like all diet pills) with exercise and good diet. On the downside, it helps eliminate excess fats from your body. The downside of this is that generally that's thru diarrhea or loose bowels. If you have ever eaten too much of anything with Olestra (fake fat) or even Sorbitol (another sugar substitute), it has pretty much the same effect.

If you're already eating well and exercising, as hard as it is, I wouldn't do a diet pill. Remember whatever weight you put on didn't go on overnight and it won't come off overnight. Statistics show that successful, long term weight loss comes from slow steady loss.

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L.J.

answers from La Crosse on

I was on this but as a stronger form as a prescription. It worked o.k as long as you don't tell yourself that you don't have to watch what you eat now. The worst side effect is a (excuse the graphics)"greasy stool." Another wards, don't laugh to hard or sneeze, you may have to change clothes. If you eat right and work out, don't waste your $ on this for a boost. It doesn't give you energy. Try different work out routines etc.

L.

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T.D.

answers from Omaha on

Hi there. The one thing I heard about this diet pill "Alli" was from a pharmacist that I met at Omaha Bootcamp. She said that she heard people were having issues with their bowels while taking this and that she would not recommend it to anyone. Not sure if this helps at all, but I thought I would share what I heard from a pharmacist.

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R.

answers from Minneapolis on

I was curious about Alli too so I googled it and found this website www.ConsumerPriceWatch.net/Alli
It provided A LOT of info on all the diet pills and rated the top 10. Check it out.

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S.T.

answers from Appleton on

My Father was on that pill a couple of years ago. (Back when it was prescription only) Here is what I know about it:

You take the medecine and it absorbs fat instead of letting your body absorb it. If you eat a very fatty meal, you could (and probably will) have greasy discharge when you pass gas. There will also be "messiness" with your bowel movements when you eat a very fatty meal. Those are the only 2 side affects of the drug. There is nothing dangerous about it that I know of. If you stick with a decent diet and exercise, Alli should help you lose weight faster than if you were using diet and exercise alone.

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