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Has anyone tried Alli? If so, how did it work for you?

Posted by on Feb. 5, 2009 at 8:24 PM
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I am thinking about trying Alli, I still can't get the extra 15 ponds off that I gained from my last child. I exercise 5 days a week and eat well, I do eat bad sometimes on the weekends. I have been doing this for 2 years, I just can not get it off, I had my thyroid tested, it was a little low ( hypothyroid) the dr gave me meds 3 weeks ago, still no weight loss. I am desperate so I am wondering if anyone has tried this? It got very good reviews for weight loss, but sometimes has bad side effects.

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by on Feb. 5, 2009 at 8:26 PM

My husband and I have been on Alli for a month. Sometimes the side effects are pretty bad....not wanting to gross you out....but it really effects your bowel movements. We have both lost weight, and are really satisfied! The side effects are at their worst if you eat anything greasy.

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by on Feb. 5, 2009 at 8:28 PM

If you stick to a low fat diet, it really helps.

I don't have any side effects unless I eat something with lots of fat in it.

My problem is appetite control.  I have one week in the month when I'm not starving.  That's when I'm ovulating.  The other three weeks, especially the week of PMS, I'm grazing like a stoned elephant.

My doctor won't prescribe phentermine either.  GRRRR.

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by on Feb. 5, 2009 at 8:30 PM

 have you read the side effects to this drug???

by on Feb. 5, 2009 at 8:38 PM

Yeah, I've heard it messes with your BM's.... it's pretty gross.... I'd try something else.... but that's just me. 

by on Feb. 5, 2009 at 8:43 PM

i thought about trying it, but then i read about all the side effects and that it effects your, no thanks. i'll pass. there's GOT to be something else out there that works and doesn't cause anal leakage.

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by on Feb. 9, 2009 at 4:53 PM

You say it effects you bowls, does it make you go to the bathroom on yourself or just always have to go??

by on Feb. 9, 2009 at 5:06 PM

I have never tried it, but I did receive an informative email regarding it...

 Alli Side Effects In Layman's Terms
by Jeff Kay

Alli is a new over-the-counter weight-loss pill which, predictably enough, has proven to be a massive best-seller from the moment it became available. The drug, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, reportedly works by blocking the absorption of excess fats by the body. And folks are waddling, not walking, to their local drug stores for a chance to start on the Alli "program."

As is the case with most drugs, Alli comes with a risk of certain side effects. Or, as they're known on the company website, treatment effects.

A person is reportedly limited to 15 grams of fat per meal, and if they go over (or even if they don't), there's a significant chance they'll find themselves out behind a shopping center somewhere, crying and clutching a wad of horrifyingly soiled undergarments, searching for a place to ditch it.

As best as I can tell, anyway...

Since a lot of this stuff is couched in language that is technically truthful, but very carefully worded, I've taken it upon myself to go through the list of side (treatment) effects and warnings, and translate it all into layman's terms.

I'm no scientist or doctor, and don't pretend to have any special knowledge. I'm just a person who's fairly good with words and reading between the lines... The highlighted phrases below are direct quotes from the Alli website, with my translations in between.

Undigested fat cannot be absorbed and passes through the body naturally. The excess fat is not harmful. In fact, you may recognize it in the toilet as something that looks like the oil on top of a pizza.

Here the drug makers are trying to soothe the nerves of the skeptical fatty, by speaking their language. Pizza is something fatties understand, and a big part of the reason they’re interested in Alli to begin with. Pizza is good, pizza is reassuring… even when it’s flowing from your ass like molten lava.

The website mentions seeing the undigested fat in a toilet, but that’s clearly a best case scenario. You might also see it on the tops of your shoes, across the hood of a car, or way up the shower curtain, near the loops.

The fat passes out of your body, so you may have bowel changes, known as treatment effects.

Bowel changes. Notice how they phrase that? It means stuff will be happening the likes of which you could never have imagined. It’ll be like a daily Dean Koontz novel inside your underwear.

You may get:

gas with oily spotting

You’ll be farting Wesson oil straight through your Dockers…

loose stools

and having violent chipped beef explosions...

more frequent stools that may be hard to control

all the time, with a sphincter that can no longer be counted as a friend.

Eating a low-fat diet lowers the chance of these bowel changes. Limit fat intake in your meals to an average of 15 grams.

The McDonald’s Big Mac has 34 grams of fat, and the Burger King Whopper has 40. Eat either of these while taking Alli, and you’ll very likely be transformed into a diarrhea cannon.

Learning how to manage treatment effects is an important part of being successful with alli. Here's how to take control:

Start trimming fat from your diet now, even before you begin taking alli. Then pick a day to begin taking alli, such as a weekend day so you can stay close to home if you experience a treatment effect. Make the timing work for you. If you're getting ready to travel or attend a social event, hold off on starting with alli until the event is over

Blowing liquid feces down a row of bridesmaids, for instance, could be viewed negatively in certain circles. Further, an unexpected bout of the power-squirts while riding “The Bullet” at the county fair might not ingratiate you with your friends. Or anyone on the fairway. Or the folks in the parking lot walking to their cars.

While no one likes experiencing treatment effects, they might help you think twice about eating questionable fat content. If you think of it like that, alli can act like a security guard for your late-night cravings

You see, when you think about it, shitting yourself is actually a positive.

You can't "save fat grams" from lunch and "spend them" at dinner. Spread your daily fat gram allowance of 15 grams on average per meal over the whole day

Cheating can lead to embarrassment, tears, and the introduction of a frantically constructed toilet paper crack-wedge in the bathroom of an Applebee's. It’s simply not worth it.

You may feel an urgent need to go to the bathroom. Until you have a sense of any treatment effects, it's probably a smart idea to wear dark pants, and bring a change of clothes with you to work

Until you get the hang of it, you should probably take along a rolling suitcase full of brown clothes everywhere you go, while taking Alli. Luckily, however, turd-colored clothing is in this season; turd is the new vomit.

If co-workers ask about it, there is no shame in telling the truth. You might be surprised how understanding folks can be if you simply say, “I dress like this to conceal the poop that's constantly soaking through the seat of my pants.”

You may not usually get gassy, but it's a possibility when you take alli. The bathroom is really the best place to go when that happens

Showboating is not recommended.

You can use a food journal to recognize what foods can lead to treatment effects. For example, writing down what you eat may help you learn that marinara sauce is a better option than Alfredo sauce

In addition to a handcart full of extra pants designed to camouflage your anal leakage, it might also be a good idea to carry a schematic and information wheel, so you don't repeat past mistakes and have a treatment effect halfway up your back.

I hope this information has proven to be valuable


by on Feb. 9, 2009 at 5:07 PM

bump so I can come back later! (to read everyone else's stuff, I wanted to try it too)

by on Feb. 9, 2009 at 6:07 PM

LMAO at DawnJohnson's commentary. 

To the OP, I have never had side effects when I stick to low fat meals, other than some nausea.

If I eat something high in fat and take them, I will have gas, a positive on those nights when you don't feel like getting intimate with your hubby.  LOL

I have never shat myself.  But I am also a person who tends to not be able to go to the bathroom so maybe that is why.  For the ladies who are regular, Alli may literally be a crapshoot.

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by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 9:23 PM

 I have been on Alli since Feb 6th and have had no side effects, I keep to a low cal, low fat diet and I have been fine, no side effects. I have lost 2 pounds in about a week, I also exercise 5 days a week, but I did that before the Alli. So I would  say I really like this and it help you stay true to your diet, because if you dont you will have some bad side effects. It is a good incentive.

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