Does OTC diet pill Alli live up to its name?

The first and only over-the-counter product for weight loss approved by the Food and Drug Administration will be available Friday, June 15.

Orlistat, known by the brand name Alli, works by decreasing the amount of fat absorbed by the body. It is the OTC version of Xenical, a prescription weight loss pill. The good news: Orlistat has been tested and the prescription version has been used since 1999.

Last fall Dr. James Anderson, head of the UK College of Medicine Metabolic Research Group, and his colleagues examined the effects of OTC strength (60 mg) orlistat on mildly to moderately overweight individuals. The study was the first of its kind. Previously, the drug’s effects had only been studied in obese individuals. Study participants took either orlistat or a placebo three times daily with meals for 16 weeks. Results of that study showed those taking OTC-strength orlistat did lose more weight than those taking the placebo.

“Our research showed that people taking orlistat and following low-fat diets lost almost five percent of their initial body weight, about seven to15 pounds, over four months,” Anderson said. “While two to four pounds a month isn’t dramatic, steady weight loss of this amount can have major health benefits. For example, the reduction in LDL-cholesterol, the bad-guy cholesterol, of 10 percent can reduce risk of heart attack by 20 percent.”

Any successful dieter knows that long-term weight loss is about lifestyle changes not quick fixes. While taking Alli may help you lose weight, it won’t do all of the work for you. Anderson stresses a healthy diet and exercise plan are absolutely necessary to lose the weight and keep it off.

“This is the first over-the-counter medicine that has proven effectiveness. It is my hope that people will take one capsule before each regular meal, breakfast, lunch, and supper, and alter their fat and calorie intake,” Anderson said. “If they commit to exercise six days a week, most people can lose weight steadily. All of us are in this for the long haul and need to keep up healthy behaviors, not for days or weeks, but for months and years. Doing regular physical activity and making good food choices will help us be trimmer and give us more energy.”

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71 thoughts on “Does OTC diet pill Alli live up to its name?”

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  3. i takes about 10 days for alli to start working properly, after this any fatty foods you eat the greese goes straight through you like a porsche, iv used alli a few times and allways had good results, but when you stop taking the pills you put on weight fast its like your body stores the fat its missed but all in all alli is the only slimming aid that realy works.

  4. Its a good content but I think some slimming pills like uniquehoodia, phen375 are good some not, Its better if we do intake good diet, intensive exercise and fibre rich supplements that helps to elevate metabolism what you guys think?

  5. Thin persons eat the things they enjoy the moment they want, it’s one of the most frustrating things on the planet for over weight men and women to experience, the tiny blighter�s stuffing their face and not gaining an oz.

  6. I’m on my fifth day of Alli… I have eaten healthy ish all week but today I thought I would risk the chip shop – jumbo sausage & chips..which was very greasy and very fatty, (it tasted awful to be honest – not sure if this is something to do with the tablebs) BUT guess what, several hours has past since the fatty meal, plus a mars bar for pudding.. and.. shock horror, NO side affects.. Alli is just a mind game – no fat burning going on here ! Waste of money i’m afraid to say.

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  9. A lot of OTC diet pills are pure scam. Often just a bunch of dried up berries turned into a powder and mixed with caffeine. The important part is to look for a diet pill that is going to help with multiple aspects of weight off. Also, look for one that encourages exercise and dieting, not a miracle cure-all.

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  10. I am not really convinced yet. Have there been long term studies published so far?
    How exactly is fat blocked from being absorbed? What about essential fatty acids? Will they also be excluded from absorption?
    Thanks for sharing this info!

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  12. I thank the researchers for conducting a study on this pill. It gave hope to a lot of people. It’s good that all angles of health were considered which means it’s safe by all means. I actually have my own way of reducing body fats and it’s been working great on me for the past couple of months. I’m happy though that many overweight people were given a chance.

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