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Alli diet pills

Orlistat is the active ingredient of alli

In 2007, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved over-the-counter sale of the diet pill alli for use by overweight adults in conjunction with a reduced-calorie, low-fat diet. The FDA also recommended that exercise should be part of the program. The alli diet pill is a reduced strength version of the prescription weight loss drug Xenical, also known by the generic name orlistat. GlaxoSmithKline, the marketer, claims that "alli helps people lose 50 percent more weight than with diet alone".

Alli is a lipase inhibitor that works by partially blocking the breakdown and absorption of fat in the intestines. This means that it also inhibits the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, such vitamins A, D, E, and K. One supplement tablet containing these vitamins should be taken daily, at bedtime, when using alli. The primary side effects, or treatment effects, of alli are oily, loose stools with excessive flatulence due to unabsorbed fats reaching the large intestine. Fecal incontinence and frequent or urgent bowel movements are also common.

Although alli appears to be safe for long-term use, most of the weight loss occurs within the first six months of using the drug, and the majority of users regain weight when they discontinue using alli. The reason for regaining weight is that users depend on the pills and do not learn to reduce their calories sufficiently to maintain a lower body weight. To lose weight and keep it off permanently, it is necessary to eat smaller portions while maintaining proper nutrition.

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