Alli Weight Loss Products – Nutritionist’s Review

1 Apr

Alli weight loss products are getting a lot of press attention here in the UK, and popular shops are even stocking the products prominently with their promises of miraculous weight loss.

Given the attention this product is receiving, I wanted to review it and reveal the truth behind the hype.

Firstly, whenever any weight loss product promises quick and easy results, you should be wary.  Weight loss just doesn’t happen that way – and if it does, it’s not healthy for your body.

Secondly, when reviewing Alli products in particular, it’s revealed that they are actually just a low dose of a prescription drug (Orlistat) that has been available for over a decade under the brand name Xenical.

Orlistat blocks the action of lipase, the enzyme that digests fat in the intestine.

Trials have shown that when it’s taken in a 120mg dose (as is the case with Xenical), this stops around 30 percent of the fat you’ve eaten from being absorbed. When it’s taken in a 60mg dose (as is the case with Alli) it’s been shown to prevent around 25 percent of the fat eaten from being absorbed.

Xenical is only available by prescription, while Alli is available in shops and pharmacies.  It’s sale should only be provided alongside a consultation, but it appears this is not always the case.

The fact is that both Xenical and Alli will result in some weight loss.  However, they are weight loss aids, not miracle products.  In order to lose weight sensibly, you will need to reduce your calorie intake and increase your exercise.

It is also vital to remember that weight loss aids are only to be used by people aged 18 or over who are overweight.


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