Alli is a diet supplement manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, a major pharmaceutical company. It is formulated to help dieters with their weight loss efforts. This pill has received FDA approval and is available over the counter, without a prescription from a doctor.
The pills are sold online at a number of different online and brick-and-mortar pharmacies, as well as at the official website, where the 60 capsule starter bottle cost $44.99 at the time of this review. According to that same site, Alli is an “anti-obesity wonder drug” and it claims to reach its maximum efficacy when it is taken along with a healthy well balanced diet and a regular daily exercise program.
The primary active ingredient in Alli weight loss pills is Orlistat (also known as Xenical), which is found in some prescription weight loss drugs. This pill works by decreasing up to a quarter of the body’s ability to absorb fat from the food that is eaten every day.
That said, there are some side effects associated with the use of a fat absorption blocking pill such as Alli. These can include loose stool, excessive flatulence, and vitamin deficiency. In order to minimize those effects, doctors will typically recommend that patients taking this pill will consume a diet that is lower in fat, and will take a daily multivitamin to avoid deficiencies of nutrients that are lost through the decrease in fat absorption.
The official website for Alli claims that the way it works is that the use of this supplement can change the process by which triglycerides are broken down by the body. One of the pancreatic enzymes responsible for the breakdown of fats so that they can be absorbed into the body is blocked. This stops the fat from being able to be absorbed.
Alli is designed for both obese women and men, as well as for people who are overweight to the point of being almost obese.
Many patients appreciate that this pill does not require a prescription because it means that they can make their purchase without having to make an appointment. That said, it does have FDA approval, which gives many customers a sense of security over the safety of the pill (when properly used) over the hundreds of products that do not have this approval. However, it is still recommended that you speak to your doctor before undertaking any weight loss effort to make sure that you will be making the most effective and healthiest choices for your medical needs and expectations.