(Closed) Anybody using or heard anything about Alli?

posted 9 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

OMG I tried it for about a day! You can eat barely anything without diarrhea (so tmi, but just to let you know). i bought it from wal-greens and returned it (i think they have a longer return policy).  when i was returning it the manager said a lot of people had been returning it for the same reason.  i hear that you can basically wait and keep trying foods to see what it reacts to etc but i just hated it.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Oh, well, FI’s sister used Alli for a bit. 

Good news: It works!

Bad news: She had to carry around an extra pair of underwear…and was constantly running to the bathroom.  Ultimately she wishes she had just bought laxitives, they’re cheaper!

Good luck and beware!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Alli basically makes it so that your body can’t store what fat you eat in the meal after you take one of the pills, which means that if you have a really fatty meal (say, cheese pizza!) it may, er, pass out of you quickly. 

That being said, it does speed up weight loss and keep you honest (provided you take the pills instead of skipping them if you cheat) but fundamentally eating right is up to you. I recommend starting with switching out bad eating habits for good ones – more whole grains, lean proteins, smaller meals more frequently, etc. – and see how you do on your own. 

Personally, I do better cooking at home because I know everything that goes into what I’m eating. I also love love love healthy options like tofu prepared lots of different ways. 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

I’ve heard TERRIBLE things about it. I had a friend that was about to take it, and I did research for her because it made me nervous… and it was not pretty.

 

Basically, not to mince words, but it basically makes you poop your pants. “Leakage” is a big side-effect. If you google it, there are tons of forums/people talking about it where they’d say they had to bring extra pants/underwear to work.

 

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080609070121AA4stqt

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19587389/

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/286101/hot_new_diet_pill_alli_causes_leakage.html

 

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I know someone who used it, and OMG – if you inadvertently eat too much fat it basically causes the excess fat to leak out of your rectum …

They actually have warnings to wear dark coloured pants and avoid sitting on light coloured furniture!?!?!

Not for me!!

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

Also, if you read it, the weight loss from alli is pretty minimal, and takes awhile. Just eat better and more low-sodium, and go to the gym. From all of the pics you’ve showed, you’re tiny and look great already. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

Yeah it’s really not supposed to have that much of a laxative effect – well, unless you eat fatty foods and you therefore get punished in the form of diarrhea.

I wouldn’t do it unless you’re at least 30 lbs overweight. It’s still a serious drug. If you’re only looking to lose a little bit, just adjust your diet and exercise!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I use it. I do not poop my pants. I have control over my bowels. If you make a blanket assumption that everyone who uses it will have leakage problems, you are making a mistake.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@Angela—Great post!  Thanks for contributing.  It’s great to know that Alli can work for some people. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

It can be a great resource for people who are willing to use it as directed. It will not help you lose that small amount of weight, however.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

The thing is, if you eat something with a high fat content, a larger amount of fat will be excreted. I am conscious of that and I moniter my fat intake. I have lost around 20 lbs using a combination of Atkins (first) and Alli (doing that now).

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