(Closed) Anybody using or heard anything about Alli?

posted 11 years ago in Fitness
Post # 17
2271 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Man I tried it and didn’t care for it at all. And it can’t tell the difference between good and bad fat. Some fats are very healthy for you and actually help fight belly fat, like olive oil.

Post # 18
4566 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Yeah… I’ve heard nothing but terrible things about it! Butt leakage… isn’t cute!

Post # 19
1937 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Someone else asked about this the other day, so I copied my response…

I have not tried this product, however, I am working on my Doctor of Pharmacy degree, and this product is sold in some of the pharmacies I have been in.  

Basically, the medication causes you to REALLY think about what you are eating.  There are a lot of not-so-nice side effects that are associated with this medication, but they are much worse if you eat incorrectly (more than 15g of fat per meal) while on the medication.  Basically the medication prevents some of the fat from being absorbed in the intestines.  

Two important points to consider: there have been reports of serious liver injury with people taking this medication, and the FDA is currently running a safety review.  Second, on the prescription strength version (Xenical), people lost approximately 6 pounds more in one year than with diet and exercise alone.  It’s not a miracle drug by any means.  It’s really important to consider if the side effects you will experience (diarrhea, gas with oily spotting, etc) is worth the extra few pounds.

Here is an easy-to-read website about the product.  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/alli/WT00030

Hope that helps (and sorry if it’s TMI!).

Post # 20
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I don’t think that Alli would really help you if you only have a little bit of weight to lose.  I think the best way to work on the tummy pooch is regular counting calories and cardio exercise.

Post # 21
4381 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

@Lees- No problem! Even small diet changes for you (based on what you’ve said) could make a crazy difference. Up the fiber and lower the sodium, try to minimize the unhealthy stuff, and see how that works. Maybe also add in a morning or evening walk with your honey, that’s fun and some exercise.

@angela- Sorry, didn’t mean to offend. That’s just what everything I read said.

I’m still just such a big proponent of exercise and healthier eating for weight-loss. I’ve lost 45 lbs since August by doing that!

Post # 22
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I’ve also heard really horrible things about it and it sounds unsafe. In the way that laxatives force you to use the bathroom, I’ve heard you pretty much have no control when taking Alli and people have found themselves going in their clothes while sitting. Basically, diapers are required.

Post # 23
46 posts
  • Wedding: October 2010

I had the same issue – just wanting to flatten the tummy a bit pre-wedding (and slim the hips a tad!:)  My friend introduced me to Core 4 – and I love it!  I lost an inch in my waist and 8 pounds in the first 3 weeks. 🙂  Not to mention the energy it give me!  PM me if you want more info 🙂

Post # 24
1037 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - Carlouel Yacht Club

The best way to battle that little bit of pudge in your belly (right below the belly button? I’m assuming this is what you are talking about)…is to combine cardio with abs…doing crunches alone won’t get rid of that pooch. Even if it is doing a few 100 jumping jacks in your room to get your heart rate up, that will help, followed by some crunches. To target that particular area, do reverse crunches (where you bring your legs up to you instead of sitting up like a regular crunch)…when I do those I can really feel it in the area right below my belly button.

Post # 25
3249 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yea like everyone else said…I heard that it works however…your bowel movements are real oily and you frequently mess up your underwear and pants.

Post # 26
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Basically, not to mince words, but it basically makes you poop your pants.


@scissors, I just laughed, really loud. Your comment made me think of that Activia skit on SNL where Kristen Wiig, as Jamie Lee Curtis, just declares, “OOPS I POOPED MY PANTS!”

Post # 28
5976 posts
Bee Keeper

If you’re worried strictly about your abs, Tamilee Webb has AWESOME ab workouts! I only do her workouts for abs, b/c I’m not into the pilaties and breathing exercises. They just don’t work for me! I’m not sure if you have Comcast in your area, but in the ondemand section, they have exerciseTV, and she’s on there every month. I swear by her!

Post # 29
588 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - Philippe Park

Oh wow. I will most definitely not be trying Alli… EVER! Thats for the heads up! I’d rather lose weight the old fashioned way and not poo myself, LOL, gross.

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