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      30.05.2013 23:21
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      Not a replacement for healthy food and exercise!

      When you've fallen into that cycle whereby you've put on way too much weight, and you haven't got the energy or motivation to get yourself back on track, something like Alli might seem like a good idea. My GP actually put me on these as my weight had shot up following a traumatic life event. Over the counter they are extremely expensive to buy (around £40 - £50 for a 28 day supply) but if your GP feels you need them then you can get them on prescription instead.

      The idea of this weight loss aid, is that you take one capsule with each meal to help prevent your body from absorbing about a third of the fat you eat. This is supposed to result in you losing three pounds for every two pounds you would have lost on a normal diet. However this only works if you actually manage to stick to a diet while taking them. And if you can manage to stick to a low fat diet, then they don't really do a whole lot of good - do they?!

      I found that initially I just continued to eat whatever I wanted knowing that these would stop me from putting on weight. I could eat a large bar of chocolate, take one of these, and know I'd only be absorbing about two thirds of the fat from it - bonus! So with that in mind I didn't exactly stick at a diet for starters.

      For seconds, when I did actually diet, that meant eating healthy low-fat foods. And if you're eating healthy low-fat foods already, what good are tablets that purely block fat intake?

      While dieting and taking these tablets I lost 4lbs in a month.

      While dieting after stopping taking these tablets I lost 4lbs in three weeks. I also had lots more energy, felt able to exercise and made much more of an effort to control what I ate.

      Can you see where I'm going with this?

      On top of that, while taking the tablets I developed extreme fatigue and two vitamin deficiencies (I had full bloods taken by my GP). There's nothing concrete to say that these tablets caused this but I can't help but wonder if they contributed - after all, they're designed to block fat from being absorbed, what's to say they don't inadvertently block other things from being absorbed while they're at it? Obviously this is purely speculation on my part, but I did feel almost immediately better after stopping taking these.

      The big known side effect of taking these is that passing undigested fat out of your digestive system can be rather messy. I won't go into details for those of you are sat here reading this while trying to enjoy a cup of tea, but I'm sure you understand what I'm hinting at.

      I really don't recommend these if you want or need to lose weight. I thought they sounded like a great idea when my GP first prescribed them but they didn't help me - they just made me lazy and blasé about watching what I ate. You don't need pills to lose weight - you need motivation and a good attitude, neither of which you will find on sale in the pharmacy.

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        26.05.2013 16:10
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        I've been on diets in the past and although I've got good willpower and do ok I do have the odd wobble where I just want to eat lots if junk and don't want to go back on my diet again. I decided to try these tablets as they had been well publicised and have been out or a few years. Since they were for sale in main shops and not just online I felt that these must do what they claim to do.

        I bought these from Boots. I had vouchers to use there and also a 10% off coupon so instead of paying £46 for the 89 tablet pack I paid under £3. To get these over the counter you are meant to be deemed suitable to take these and have a Bmi of over 28 and in good health (sounds a bit ironic in a way) anyway I wasn't asked any questions but to look at me I'm not exactly skinny. I have since heard that you can be prescribed this from your doctor so saving on this cost. Can't advise if that claim is totally true. More about this later as I spoke to my doctor about these.

        So what's the idea. You take 1 of these tablets 3 times a day after a meal. The idea is that these stop your body absorbing all the fat from your food. I religiously took these and followed them until the pack finished and I can't say I noticed a weight loss difference. Apparently you should expect to lose 50% more weight taking these tablets compared to if you just diet without taking these tablets but I still lost 2lb every week with or without these tablets.

        So after bringing this finding up with my doctor she advised the reason I didn't find any difference is that these tablets may help if you are eating high fat content in your meals but if you are eating low fat in your diet then there isn't that much fat to get rid if. Makes sense I guess.

        There has been a lot said about the side effects of these tablets and mostly about the stomach cramps and having the runs. This can be very true if you eat something high fat. It is unpleasant and would put you off eating bad - perhaps that us a good thing!

        Anyway I have finished the pack have lost over 3 stone but I don't credit these tablets with this. What I would say us that they kept me of the diet in the beginning as I wanted to follow the rules and not watch what I eat.

        Not for me I'm afraid.

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          01.04.2012 00:08
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          Worth considering, but go in with your eyes open.

          I have been using Alli for the past two months and my experience of using it has been very mixed. I have been on a diet FOREVER and while I've had some success, I was getting to that point where I just felt like I needed a bit of an extra helping hand. My pharmacist recommended Alli to me - and, as I said, I've been on it for the past two months. Alli is Orlistat 60mg - and it is the only weight loss drug that has been properly tested and licensed for use by the medical community. They are also available over the counter, although pharmacists seem particularly cautious to whom they give these tablets out to. You are supposed to have a BMI of over 28 and literally have no health problems for the pharmacist to be happy to hand it over. The claim is that Alli will help you to use 50% more weight on top of what you loose yourself - and so therefore if you loose 2 pounds yourself then Alli will help you to loose another pound on top of that.

          Alli are little blue capsules and the idea is that you take one tablet with each meal (up to 3 meals a day) and this will help you to not absorb fat in your diet. The claim is that Alli means that you do not absorb a quarter of all the fat you eat. Obviously if you are eating a meal without any fat in it then you would not need to take any pill. On average I would say that I take about 2 pills a day because I do try to have one fat free meal a day. However, while I have to absolutely agree that Alli has helped me loose weight, it is not without it's drawbacks - and the drawbacks really are related to the side-effects that this powerful drug can have on the body.

          The list of side effects that I was warned about before starting them didn't sound very enticing - and I was a bit anxious about starting them. And I have experienced side-effects, although luckily not as violently as some people have experienced them. The main side effect that I have experienced is stomach cramping which I usually get within 90 minutes of taking the tablet and it lasts about 45 minutes - and is quite unpleasant. Usually, once I've gone to the toilet then the cramping fades. There is no doubt that I've had diarrhoea, but luckily I've not had any of the anal leakage (ewwww) that some people have talked about - and I usually do have time to get to the toilet in plenty of time. I haven't had any nausea or headaches either, which other people have suffered from.

          Overall, these tablets DO work - but they are not without issues. I've found that if I eat less weight then the side-effects are less - and because of this I've become much more aware of fat content in food. If you want help to loose weight then Alli is definitely an option that you should consider - but you need to go into it with your eyes open.

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          13.04.2011 01:00
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          I lost over 2 stone

          I got Alli from my local sainsburys in october 2010 after reading up about it and seeing good reviews and results.
          I was 10 stone and a half and at 5'2 felt very uncomfortable. Although i'd bein trying for ages to lose a stone or two, nothing was working (so it seemed) except for calorie counting which i didn't have the motivation to do as at the time i was working 12 hour days, so i picked these up.

          They were £34.99 for 30 tablets which yes, was expensive, but personally i feel they're worth it. Alli is also available on prescription for people who are classed as obese.

          Alli also reduces blood pressure, and appears to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

          Instructions are included with your Alli tablets which are important to read. You will need to eat food low in fat for a week before you start the pills or the side effects won't be pretty!
          The basic guidelines in the instruction manual is to eat food low in fat and reduce your calories, exercise regulary and start to see results.

          I went from 10 stone 9 pounds to 8 stone 4 pounds in 3 months on these pills aswell as eating 1600 calories a day and exercising for 25mins minimum. I'm toned, confident and happier than back when i was overweight and these pills have definetly helped. The fact if you 'cheat' on your diet and eat some cake, you'll be on the toilet for half an hour certianly helps you decide if you should eat it or not!

          I never had the oily poo or anything but noticed they were softer, i know it sounds gross but at the end of the day if you eat alot of fat while you're on these the fat and oil will just pour out and it won't be pleasent, i've also read about people having accidents in public because of loss of control! This did put me off at first but i had no problems like that.

          The pills are chemical based (not herbal).
          Personally they were my savouir and i wouldn't of had the motivation without them!

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          23.02.2011 20:30
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          A weight loss product that

          Weight loss with just dieting has always been difficult for me - or more to the point unmotivating due to the slow speed and ever induring boring foods that I have to eat. Alli has changed my life over the past couple of years and I would recommend that you give it a try;

          Firstly on purchasing it over the counter I found that you have to complete a medical questionnaire - be honest and truthful when completing it especially if you have other conditions that you take medication for as you don't want them conflicting with Alli. A pharmacist will then probably have a chat with you and discuss the pros and cons for you. Please don't try and bypass this stage as it is important and I found it useful to actually have a pharmacist who knows about the product talking about the pros and cons, rather than just relying on an advert that is just trying to sell a product. You can of course buy these online though I don't know whether you still have to complete a questionnaire. There is a warning though that people with a normal BMI should NOT take these. The tablets are however not cheap but in my mind are worth it.

          Once you have the tablets which incidentally come in a pot with instructions and also a handy three tablet carry case (which I found very helpful to take to work and out during the day), if you are able, register on their website alli.co.uk as I think there are lots of useful tips and hints and also the opportunity to register your weight loss/gain so that you can see how you are doing on a regular basis. I also found the low fat recipes very useful and a far cry from the usual dietary foods. Then the important bit starts, follow the instructions of eating very low fat meals for one week before you start taking the Alli - if you don't, be warned!! The side effects are not pleasant and if it is your intention to bypass this, you may have very loose stools with very little warning and stomach pains - at least ensure you have plenty of Andrex (or similar) in store!

          In my opinion Alli are great as if you follow the instructions fully, and I found that there was a very quick weight loss from the word go for me. I know its not good news to lose weight quickly however it does give you the immediate encouragement to continue.

          Eat low fat, reduce calorific intake, and wait and see the results. Easier said than done? Start looking at food labels a bit more - I found it quite amazing how much fat there was in what I thought was a healthy chicken sandwich. I personally tried to stay below 7g of fat per 100g however the recommendation is a bit higher.

          I lost one and a half stones in about 6 weeks ready for my wedding nearly two years ago resulting in 4 alterations of my dress with my seamstress pleading with me two weeks before the wedding to stop taking the tablets as she didnt have time to make further alterations.

          Now I am taking them again as due to eating the wrong foods and failing to exercise again the weight has returned, but in two weeks I have lost eight pounds again . I won't take these for more than a couple of weeks more and I will keep exercising (even though its only walking and using my Wii Fit three times a week) and this will give me the basis to continue without the tablets.

          I think they are great for specific 'event' loss and as a motivational starter for a diet. They are of course chemical based and long term side effects obviously have been tested but my personal opinion is that its better to reduce food intake and watch the types of food you eat coupled with exercise. For me, I am using them as a kick start only, and with the lighter evenings coming the exercise will be easier when I can go out for bike rides, more walks and even perhaps swimming - I don't do aerobics or gym but anything has to help.

          Good luck - everyone that I have recommended them to personally have found them to be excellent - I hope you will too!

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          27.01.2011 12:59

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          You must really follow low fat diet alongside Alli, or it wont work

          Oh yes. Alli is my new best friend. Just in 10 days using it, I lost 5 kg (11 pounds)!!!! But if you think that Alli is a miracle pill, forget it. I also follow low carb diet. It's hard not to be able to have my bread, rice or potatoes, but definitelly worth it.
          So what is Alli?
          Alli is a diet pill that contains Orlistat - it blocks the absorption of some of the fat that you eat. The stronger pill which has Orlistat is a prescription drug called Xenical, but it is stronger than Alli and you have to be BMI 28 or more to have it prescribed by your GP. So for me, Alli was the answer. It supposed to give you some side effects, like gas or oily stools, but I experienced it only once after eating sausages. I don't want to immagine what must be happening when you eat something really high in fat :-D. Also if you have a meal that contains no fat, you can skip your tablet.
          If you search on google for Alli, you might find some bargains. I bought mine for £30 for 84 tablets, so do some shopping around. The box comes with little booklet which guides you and gives you hints on your diet habits and also a tablet holder which takes 3 tablets.
          It definitely was a great purchase I made and will be buying again.

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          30.08.2010 20:39
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          Will help lose the pounds, but need to be committed

          As you have probably guessed from my previous reviews, I do like to eat some calorie filled food. I'm not in anyway massively overweight, but due to my height (5ft 1), my BMI is over 28.

          I can't remember when I first heard about Alli... I was perhaps in Superdrug or somewhere and saw the massive Alli cut out display board and its promise for weight loss.

          I went home to 'google' what Alli was exactly, as you have to be checked by a pharmacist to see if you are eligible to use Alli (health conditions and a BMI of more than 28). They are also not the cheapest of products with 42 pills costing £21.99 on a good day (always offers on Alli Pills).

          Alli contains Orlistat which breaks down some of the fat you consume and preventing it from being absorbed in your body which can ultimately help you lose weight.

          Alli's slogan is 'for every 2lb you lose, with Alli you can lose 1lb more' and if you are committed to your diet this can work. I have lost weight with the help of Alli, and it's not like I'm on them constantly as I can't afford to be. However, I do feel that they make a big difference although you have to remember, they can only help so much.

          One of the disadvantages of Alli are their side effects. Fortunately I have not experienced any, but they do include oily deposits when you go to the toilet, wind, diarrhea and a whole load of other lovely symptoms!
          However, these symptoms only occur if you eat too much fat. According to the Alli plan, no more than 30% of your daily calories should come from fat, and basically if you eat more than this, you're gonna suffer!

          However, you have to play with Alli. To avoid the nasty side effects you would think 'well I just won't have any fat' - well you might as well flush your pills down the toilet. In a bid for Alli to work, they need some fat for it to work off (unfortunately they don't decide to attack the fat already in your body).

          Of course with all diets and diet products, you can't just rely on one thing to help you lose weight. Lower calorie consumption and exercise are required, but Alli can give you that extra boost. As Alli are quite expensive, I would only consider buying them if I were going to be serious about my diet.

          You can take up to 3 Alli tablets a day, but if you're eating a meal with little or no fat in it, you can miss out the tablet. If you have a reason coming up where you know a lot of fat will be in the meals, you can stop taking your Alli a few days before and you won't suffer any side effects.

          With this and the Wii-fit I have managed to lose a stone so far (excluding any weight fluctuations so possibly more!) and if you are desperate to lose weight this might be the trick. If you take them, the side effects are more than enough to deter you from reaching for that pizza!

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          08.07.2010 23:08
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          if it works for you then great

          Well I was really excited when my Alli arrived as I have done various diets, weight watchers etc and always done well. However, I had put a bit of weight on and with several occasions coming up I wanted an extra boost to help me lose the weight fast. Well I would have been better spending the cash on a gym for a month! I took the first tablet on my day off work and sat at home waiting for something to happen as I have read all the horror stories but nothing happened, great I thought. I continued to take the pills as on the directions, drank plenty water and ate healthy but I didnt lose a bit on weight not 1lb of a difference. Infact I had the opposite effect than others have on these tablets and couldnt go to the loo at all. I ended up binning them and just sticking to my healthy eating plan. I am aware though that they can work differently for everyone and I was curious so wanted to give it a go, maybe they just dont work for me. A waste of money, no results!!

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          08.07.2010 20:45
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          Really works, but must be used in conjunction with a healthier diet.

          I'm sure you will all have heard about Alli by now, either through the adverts, posters, articles, etc. It is the magical blue pill that helps you lose 50% more weight than you would without it. It is also the only medication of its kind that is available without a prescription. It works by stopping about a quarter of the fat in your meals being absorbed, the fat then passes straight through you, thus saving calories and unwanted weight gain.

          The pill appears to work on percentages rather than a total amount so if you eat a grilled chicken meal containing 16g fat you will pass 4g of fat. Likewise, if you eat a 80g KFC meal you will pass 20g of fat - imagine 20g of liquid fat, that's a lot to pass straight through you!

          Be careful people!


          I have always been a bit of a yo-yo dieter. Actually, I'll rephrase that - I have always put weight on, then lost it, then piled it on again, etc. I can't really call myself a dieter, as I can never stick to diets for more than 3 days at a time!
          I just tend to put on weight easily; I get fat in winter (I'm looking at you, Christmas!) and thin (well, thinner anyway!) in summer. When I lost my job and became a student last year I gradually gained weight and eventually reached my heaviest weight ever - not good. I'm not sure how much weight I put on, but it's at least two stone - and I wasn't particularly slim before!

          Knowing my previous track record for dieting, and my great lack of will power, I thought I could probably do with a helping hand, and Alli seemed perfect for this. I found out a friend who was on a diet was using Alli, she has lost over 3 stone so far.

          I had to try it!

          You can buy Alli at Boots (£49.95 for 84), Lloyds Pharmacy (£49.95 for 84), and various online pharmacies. As they were all selling exactly the same product I decided to save myself £20 and buy them online from Pharmacy First for £29.99.
          Alli comes in packs of 42 or 84; as you take 3 tablets a day this equates to a 2 week or 4 week supply.

          After reading the (extremely graphic!) horror stories online I was quite nervous about trying them so waited until a day when I was at home to try them, but after three days use, I hadn't experienced anything of that nature. I even wondered if I'd been sold fakes as I had never heard of Pharmacy First before. I continued... nothing.

          By day 5 I was considering sending them back and complaining when... oh dear! I knew I shouldn't have eaten that pizza the previous night. I'll try to spare you the graphic details, let's just put it like this - my 'number 2's' were now the same consistency as my 'number 1's', lol! I guess the pills just took a while to kick in.

          Imagine a pepperoni pizza fresh out of the oven (Mmmmm!), you know that bright orange oil you find on the top? Well that's what comes out of you. It's really odd to see, but strangely satisfying to know that it ended up in the toilet rather than on your body!

          After that I realised I'd better be a bit more careful! You are allowed between 1200 - 1800 calories and 12 - 19g of fat per meal depending on your height, weight and activity level, anything over that and you are at risk of 'side effects'. These include:
          Wind
          Oily spotting
          Sudden or more frequent bowel movements
          Soft stools
          Stomach pain


          I notice that even just reaching your maximum allowance can result in 'side effects', mainly wind. Also, quite worryingly, I experienced some of the more severe effects one day when I hadn't consumed much fat at all (thank god I was at home!!!). This may have been a delayed reaction, but I had been eating quite well for two days at that time, and you usually get side effects the same day (maybe next day if it was an evening meal).
          Luckily it only happened the once, but that episode worried me a little and now I am a little wary of taking it if I'm going somewhere important as I don't want to worry about 'accidents' the whole time!

          So, does it work?

          Yes! It does stop a quarter of the fat from being digested, you may be the type (as I am) to say you won't believe something until you see it - well I've seen it! Admittedly, a little more often then I'd have liked to!
          It is no miracle cure, but if you are serious about weight loss, and are desperate/silly enough to risk the nasty side effects then it is a great aid to this and will help you reach your target a little quicker.

          You could try and use it alone i.e without the healthier diet, it will save calories but you will feel terrible the whole time and probably won't dare leave the house so really isn't worth it - it also pays to mention that while it rids you of 25% of the fat, you are still eating 75% of it, so you will still gain weight if you overeat.

          Did it work for me?

          Yes, it's a work in progress. I lost 4lb in the first 6 days, I have been losing 1-2lbs a week since then. I did go through a lazy stage at one point thinking Alli can do the work for me and I'll still lose weight - didn't work. You have to put the effort in yourself and Alli will help, it can't do the work for you.

          so, I award Alli...

          5 stars for effectiveness
          -1 star for potential ickiness
          = a quite respectable... 4 stars!

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            25.06.2010 23:42
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            A pill that can help you loose weight if you put in the effort!

            Alli, the million dollar question, does it work?

            Well the answer to that is that it depends on the individual. Alli has become very widely available and you must consult advice from a professional before embarking on taking these pills.

            Where can you get Alli from?
            Alli is available form your local pharmacist and available from on-line. There are a few protocols to consider.

            Do you really need to take these pills to loose weight? or do you have the will power to go it alone?

            How over-weight are you? if its around a stone or two, are pills the best way for you to loose weight?

            If the answer to the above is yes then here you go.

            When you decide to buy Alli, from your local pharmacist they SHOULD (not guaranteed) weigh you and check your height to see if you meet the criteria for taking these pills.

            You will then be given a supply of pills starting with two weeks supply which cost me £33.50 (however I later found out that I can pick up the same amount for £20 on-line from Lloyd's pharmacy)

            When you come home and open the box containing the pills there will be a booklet with information on the pills

            A blue pill holder which you can use to put your pills in and take when your out/ at work and a plastic tub with the Alli pills.

            The pills are a blue colour and are capsules, they have the Alli logo on them. You will also find these funny plastic things in the tub among your pills, I guess they are there for some reason?

            You will take the pills three times a day after each meal.

            If the meals you eat are high in fat then you will notice that your stools consist of a oily substance ( a little like melted butter ;-()

            However these side effects can be helped if you consume meals with a a small quantity of fat.

            These pills do not remove your body fat, they stop a third of fat from your meals being digested, it is up to you to go on a healthy and sensible diet to loose weight. These pills will not automatically help you loose the weight.

            Theya re a good investment if taken correctly.

            The side effects will become intolerable if you eat a high fat diet whilst taking these pills, side effects consist of thinking you are releasing gas when in fact it is your stools (in the nicest possible way) very oily stools, the toilet will need to be cleaned more often and general adaptation issues as your stools will be loose and oily.

            Advantages, if used correctly you will loose weight!!! happy days!

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            30.03.2010 12:06
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            Worth a go, this may work for you, If prepared to lose weight slowly and are commited.

            Alli is a weight loss aid, apparently for every 1lb you lose with Alli you'll lose 2lbs more!

            Alli contains a drug called Orlistat, which helps prevent the absorption of fat from your meals.

            It is designed to combat obesity and is meant for people with a bmi (body mass index) of 28+.

            I had a baby a couple of months ago and am getting married at the end of the year so am desperately trying to lose weight. Over the years I have tried Weight Watchers, calorie counting and various diuretics but had seen Alli advertised and thought I would give it a try. I have now been using it for 1 month. I was 13st 2lb when I started and I am now 12st 9lb.

            I didn't realise you could get Alli online as the only places that sell it are pharmacies. I had to have a meeting with the Pharmacist who determines whether Alli would be suitable. She weighed me, measured my height, asked me about any other medication, my health and family history. This drug is also available via prescription in a stronger form and is called Xenical.

            Not only do you have to calorie count but also make sure you stay within your fat allowance per meal. You take Alli 3 times a day, at meal times. DO NOT TAKE ALLI IF YOU ARE HAVING A FAT FREE MEAL.

            I also got 2 booklets with the pills: Starter Guide & Meal Planner.

            Now the not so nice part - the fat which is being flushed through comes out when you go for a poo. It is bright orange, oily, stinks and makes one hell of a mess! If you stray from your recommended intake of calories and fat you will know about it. You may experience stomach cramps and the feeling that you need to go to the loo... NOW! Unfortunately, part of this side effect is that if you 'blow off' you may actually secrete this orange oil... thank god this hasn't happened to me (touch wood) but I have read that this is a common experience for those on it.

            I have lost approximately 7lbs in a month, which according to their statement would mean, I have lost just over 2lbs myself!! The thing is... how do we really know if it is the pills working, you have to completely change your diet and lifestyle. My weight plateaued a couple of weeks ago and it can be rather frustrating losing it so slowly. It worries you to go over your allowance incase you put on that 1lb you worked so hard to get off in the first place. You really need to increase exercise as well, I'm going to start walking everywhere.

            In my opinion it definately isn't a miracle fat buster and I'm not 100% convinced that it is doing much more than calorie counting and exercise alone couldn't do for me BUT I believe in giving things a go so will try it for another month at least and will update you with my finds.

            PLEASE NOTE: Alli isn't for everyone, especially if you have any stomach or bowel problems. It also states in the booklet that it can affect the contraceptive pill and to use precautions whilst on it.

            For more information visit their official website:
            www.alli.co.uk

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              15.07.2009 22:25
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              go to your GP - get double the strength cheaper, with support

              Alli has been branded the 'miracle' diet pill. This review aims to dispell that myth.

              The main ingredient of Alli is Orlistat. What this drug does, is disables some of the enzymes in your gut that absorb fat. Not all fat. And what goes in, must come out.

              Orlistat is available on prescription (currently £7.20 per perscription in England) under the name of Xenical. What needs to be stated, is that Alli is HALF the strength of Xenical. The drugs look the same - little blue bullets, but the difference is in the pennys you hand over, and the strength you receive.

              IF YOU HAVE A WEAK STOMACH - PLEASE STOP READING NOW. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED

              In the past, I have tried everything to lose weight. At my fattest, I was poring myself into a size 20 jeans - just. And tipped the scales at over 16 stone. well over.

              After my ex left, I changed my diet to incorporate more vegetables and less junk. I dropped a stone in about six weeks, and tipped the scales to fifteen and a half stone.

              For the next age, I tried everything. Slim Fast, Weight Watchers, The Soup Diet, Slimming World. Everything except the cabbage diet. I don't like cabbage much.

              January 2007 I bit the bullet and asked my doctor for help. He handed me a prescription. And a warning. If you eat too much fat, it will come out. And fast.

              Yes, I was put on Xenical (yes I know the review is on Alli, but bare with me) and lost two stone. And learnt a lot.

              What they mean by 'what comes in, goes out' took a new meaning. Everyones heard of projectile vomiting, but hands up those that have experienced projectile diahhorea? Just me then?

              While taking the orlistat based drug, you excrete more fat than normal. This makes your poop softer, which is great if you suffer with piles, and more regular. It also increases your wind production, if you get my meaning. And your fear factor.

              Do you remember having the runs? Remember the stomach cramps? And how scared you were to fart (sorry, pass wind) in case it wasn't alone? Fancy living like that almost permanently? Then don't take an Orlistat based drug and carry on eating fatty foods. This drug is not a miracle. It's an education.

              During my first bout on the drugs, I learnt very quickly the foods that I could eat without accidently farting orangey oil into my underwear and trousers (why is it, that your knickers are never enough to stop anything??)
              Yes it washes out, but no-one wants to carry a change of clothes to the work loos.

              There is one occasion that I am going to share with you. We were invited to a friends house for dinner during my drugs course. I purposely didn't take a pill with me, as I didn't know what would be served, or how it was cooked. The friend lived only ten minutes away. We left about two hours after dinner. Not even five minutes down the road, I was gripped with serious stomach cramps. I dare not pass wind, so I couldn't try that to relieve it. I drove home rather fast. As soon as I arrived through my front door, I had to leg it up the stairs for the bathroom. (I do have a downstairs loo, but I knew this was going to be nasty) I just made the toilet in time.
              The ferocity that the excrement exited my bottom, stung. The wind was loud and embarrassing. After I was sure that there was nothing left in my body to come out, I turned the shower on (then I realised the reason for the bidets in posh hotels!) to clean myself up. Then i had to tackle the mess in the bowl and the lingering aroma. Seriously not pleasent.

              After around six months, the drugs stopped working. This is because your body adapts to what you give it, and it gets 'used' to it. (that why you shouldn't have antibiotics for everything) So I stopped taking them.

              I maintained my weight for nearly 18 months. Oh I tried over things to get it to shift, and everything failed again. So last month I resorted to following my Health Care Advisor's advice, and started the pills again. Cross your fingers for me. Another two stone off would be brilliant!

              Things to note:

              Alli is available from your pharmacist, but you have to meet certain criteria. A BMI of 28 or more. No heart problems or diabeties. And must be monitored regularly to make sure it's not doing naughty stuff to your heart and blood pressure.

              Alli costs around £30 for a months supply (costed in Tesco today) although I've seen it as much as £50 online.

              Alli is HALF the strength of Xenical. Both contain Orlistat, both do the same thing.

              The drug in both is Orlistat.

              My thoughts:

              This seems to be the only things that works for me. It is not by any means a miracle drug. It has nasty and uncomfortable side effects.

              Try everything possible before resorting to taking any diet drug (there are others available to suppress appetite)

              But

              If you can honestly say, hand on heart, that you've tried everything and you follow a healthy life-style, and you haven't been put off by reading this far, go and see your GP. I promise you are not wasting their time. They may suggest other things to try. But they may agree that you need medical help.

              Not only will you get all the support you need, but it's cheaper. One prescription charge a month compared to £30 quid.

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