Alli is a slimming pill that is not available to UK dieters over the counter at this stage, despite being heavily marketed and sold widely in America. Alli has been the subject of considerable press reports regarding its weight loss and slimming properties. GlaxoSmithKline, who market and sell Alli, have applied to European legislators for permission to sell the drug in the UK .
Alli is a lower-dosage pill based on Xenical (Orlistat) that is prescribed by doctors to help dieters lose weight. Alli has been approved by the American Food and Drug Administration. According to diet experts, Alli should be taken alongside a healthy, low calorie diet and regular exercise.
Alli works to block fat by reducing the level at which the body absorbs fat into the intestines. This therefore limits the amount of calories that body takes up. In order for Alli to be most effective, doctors reportedly advise dieters to consumer three healthy, light meals per day, and to steer clear of heavy meals that are high in fat.
Alli has a variety of side or treatment effects. These include problems with passing stools such as loose stools, regular bowel movement, greasy discharge and wind. These side effects are due to the indigestible fat that is not being broken down. The less fat the dieter eats, the less these die effects will manifest themselves, experts suggest.
Alli is not suitable for everyone, and the following people should avoid Alli:
- People with diabetes or thyroid disease
- People who take blood thinning medication
- People that do not suffer from a weight problem
- People that use cyclosporine
- People that have recently had surgery or organ treatment
- People that have problems absorbing some foods
For some people, Alli is reportedly a wonderful weight loss program, available over the counter. The active ingredient in Alli attaches to natural enzymes within the digestive system, blocking approximately 25 per cent of fat. Alli works only in the digestive tract, and the manufacturers claim that it will therefore not influence the heart or brain.
When Alli is supplied in capsule form, a range of instructions and guidelines should also be provided to help the dieter understand how best to use the pill to lose weight. This information should include support. GlaxoSmithKline claim that people using Alli can lose approximately 50 per cent more weight than if they simply dieted. However, to lose weight dieters need to stick closely to a reduced-calorie, low-fat diet, with regular physical activity. Alli apparently is effective within a two week period, with the majority of weight loss in the first six months.
Alli is an FDA approved weight loss product, backed up by clinical evidence. However, before seeking Alli UK dieters should take advice from a healthcare professional or dietitian to make sure that Alli suits their individual diet goals.