The Alli diet has made believers of a great many people, but its side effects still scare some people away from trying the program at all. And that’s fine – not every program is a fit for every person. Weigh the pluses and minuses to see if Alli can work for you.
Alli uses a drug called Orlistat, which helps to absorb some of the fat in the foods you eat, before it can be absorbed into your body as fat. If you eat a healthy diet already, Alli will block some healthy fats like Vitamin D and omega fatty acids. If you don’t eat healthy, Alli will keep some of the fat you eat from being absorbed. Which means that if you have a healthy diet now, you may want to steer elsewhere, but if you eat a lot of things you shouldn’t, Alli might be able to help you.
An important part of most weight loss plans is exercise. Be sure that you continue to exercise even if you take Alli, because it may otherwise promote eating habits that aren’t healthy for you.
On the plus side, people have reported that after taking Alli, they can eat whatever they want. Some people lose as much as twenty pounds in a few months. They enjoy being able to eat “junk food” and not have it all add onto their body as fat. Most of them also eat some healthy foods too, of course. Some women in their fifties have even used Alli with success, and this is a hard time of life to be trying to lose weight.
The most serious negative effect as far as inconvenience goes, that Alli sometimes causes is sudden, unexpected and explosive diarrhea. You might want to carry a Depends or a maxi pad to slide into your pants – if you have enough time to even do that.
Some other users have reported that although they haven’t had serious side effects, they have experienced anal “leakage” (Alli’s term), and they always are aware of where the closest bathroom is, in case they need it.
If you already eat properly, you probably really don’t need Alli. It will pull off some of the healthy fat from the good foods you eat. If you take Alli and lose weight, many people report that they gain the weight right back if they go off the diet pills. Most people don’t want to think about taking Alli for the rest of their lives.
Some more successful Alli dieters have reported that after just a few weeks of taking Alli, they lost substantial belly fat, a lot of which was stress fat.
Alli doesn’t offer a money back guarantee from the company, but GNC.com will give you your money back if you’re not satisfied with Alli within 90 days.