Alli is a popular over the counter supplement for one reason and one reason only. It uses a formerly prescription based ingredient that they claim will give you the first FDA approved over the counter supplement to hit the market for weight loss. They talk about helping you to meet your weight loss goals, losing 50% more than on your own. They say that it is only for those who are serious and ready to really commit to losing weight. But in some ways, that is just an excuse, or at least it could be.
Now there is one previous reference for this. There were many people who used fen-phen, half of which was a popular prescription known as Phentermine. Now plenty of people learned that there is a reason why prescriptions are controlled. Phentermine is an amphetamine based ingredient, and fen-phen caused many deaths and various other serious side effects that have actually been associated with Phentermine alone. But for some reason, Phentermine has not been banned, because it is a prescription. The question is, what makes us really think that a prescription then is safe?
What are the ingredients?
Orlistat-orlistat is a prescription grade fat blocker. It has been used in both prescription Xenical and over the counter Alli to promote weight loss. Unfortunately, it comes with quite a few potentially embarrassing side effects such as severe and sudden diarrhea for example, and it does not differentiate between good and bad fats, good you need to actually lose weight. Study participants typically lose about 5-10% of body weight in the space of a year, which is small.
Alli is just another waste of time and money. It has one ingredient, and frankly speaking, the clinical studies seem to show that Alli actually promotes less weight loss rather than more. There are some potentially serious and embarrassing side effects, and frankly they focus on the idea that FDA approved means safe when obviously we have seen plenty of examples of why that’s not true.