Alli, the new over the counter medication, helps by reducing the amount of fat that the body absorbs from the food we eat. We all consume fat in our daily diet. In our digestive tract we have enzymes that help to digest the fat in our diet. Alli works by attaching to these enzymes in order to block them from breaking down some of the fat that has been eaten. The undigested fat cannot be absorbed by the body so it is eliminated naturally through the digestive tract in our bowel movements. Alli blocks ¼ of the fat in the food that you are eating from being digested.
It is important to know that Alli works only on the enzymes that break down fat. This means that carbohydrates and protein are not affected. Since the fat grams have twice as many calories as carbohydrates and protein, Alli is working on the worst offender of weight gain.
What did Alli originate from?
Alli, as an over the counter product originated from the prescription medication called Xenical (orlistat). Xenical has been used for years by many Lindora patients in order to enhance their weight loss and support their weight maintenance.
Can Alli be an effective compliment to my weight loss plan?
Alli is an effective complement to your weight loss program. The packaging states that for every 5lbs lost with a reduced calorie, low fat menu and exercise, Alli can help someone lose 2-3lbs more.
Initial Xenical research studies revealed that 69% of those on xenical plus a diet plan lost 3% or more of their body weight in 3 months as compared to the placebo group. Further research demonstrated that up to 5 times as many patients on xenical plus a diet plan were able to maintain a weight loss of = 10% of their body weight at 2 years versus those on a placebo and a diet plan.
Are there any side effects to be aware of?
Alli capsules work by preventing the absorption of some of the fat you eat. The fat passes out of your body so you may experience bowel changes:
• Gas with oily spotting
• Loose stools
• More frequent stools that may be difficult to control.
*Eating a diet that is low in fat lowers the chance of having these bowel changes.
Do not take Alli:
1. if you have had an organ transplant
2. if you are taking cyclosporine
3. if you have been diagnosed with problems absorbing food
Before taking any new supplement it is best to discuss your plan with your primary health care provider or your local pharmacist.