One of the more popular weight loss supplements of the last few years is Alli, but what makes this product so popular?
Is Alli the miracle cure for weight loss, or is its popularity just down to the seemingly endless amount of TV coverage that it receives?
Not a day goes by where you will not see an advert for this product.
Lets look at Alli in more detail to see how it works and whether it can help with your weight issues.
What is Alli?
The main ingredient of Alli is Orlistat, which is also available at a much stronger dosage as Xenical.
Xenical is only available with a prescription so Alli is often the preferred option for those unable to get a prescription.
How does Alli work?
Alli is a form of lipase inhibitor, which means that it can stop the absorption of fat in the food that you eat.
Using Alli could reduce your fat intake by as much as 25%. With the unabsorbed fat safely removed through the normal methods.
There have been reports that Alli could help reduce visceral fat, which can in turn help to lessen the chance of you suffering from numerous, often life threatening chronic illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes.
How to take Alli?
As Alli is available as a capsule it is best that you take it 3 times a day, preferably with food or up to an hour before food.
It is recommended that you never take more than the suggested dosage, and if you have a fat free meal then you may want to skip a dose.
Potential Alli side effects?
Unfortunately Alli is not without its problems as there have been reports of side effects.
These potential side effects include loose stools, difficulty controlling your bowel movements and passing gas more often.
Although embarrassing these side effects will pass after a few weeks.
If you experience any changes to your menstrual cycle, experience any headaches, have difficulty breathing or if you experience severe stomach pain then you should contact your doctor immediately.
Who should avoid using Alli?
As Alli may potentially interact with certain forms of drug you may want to contact your doctor before use.
Some medications that interact include:
- Medicines given to you after an organ transplant
- A drug known as cyclosporine
- Diabetes medication
- Thyroid disease medication
- Other weight loss drugs
Is Alli the right choice for you?
Alli is effective at reducing the amount of fat you absorb, though the side effects may put a few people off.
If used alongside a healthy diet with regular exercise then Alli could give you that extra little bit of help you need to finally reach your weight loss goals.
Alli should not be used if you are not overweight or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Where to buy Alli?
You should be able to find Alli in your local Boots. However if you too are embarrassed then it is also available to buy online.