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I've heard that Alli is going to be released as a non-prescription form of Xenical (orlistat) in the month of June. I was wondering if anyone has any experience/success with using Xenical or if anyone is planning to try Alli. I'm debating. I don't want a crutch for weight loss -- I know that the only way to lose and keep it off is to do the hard work, but on the other hand, I've been plateaued for such a long time that I might consider a trying it to boost my efforts. (I eat about 1400 calories a day and exercise 4-5 days a week.) Any thoughts?


Mon. May 28, 4:05pm

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thanks for the link, it is very interesting. I hope some people on PT will try it and let us know if it actually works... In a related vein, I read an article in this week's Science News about how skinny people have bacteria in their intestines that aren't nearly as effective at digesting fat to a form that can be absorbed as the bacteria in fat people's intestines. In fact, in mice, switching bacteria from skinny mice to the spontaneously obese mice made the genetically obese mice lose weight - they did not absorb as much fat as before, actually, I think they stopped eating as much, too. So, the premise of this drug sounds like it may actually help some people. The little movie on the link you included did mention that if you eat more than 15 g of fat in one meal you will have a chance of having pretty bad digestive repercussions.... which may be a very strong incentive to stick to a low fat diet. Interesting stuff! However, I think I would only be inclined to spend the money if I was unsuccessful in my plan. The only sustainable way is to do the life style change (eat less and exercise more...). Before I tried the drug with a long plateau like yours, though, I would up the intensity of the exercise and add weight lifting if you don't have any joint problems. More muscle should increase you metabolism. Good luck! Pleae report back if you try it!

Monday, May 28, 2007, 5:14 PM

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My mother's boss (who, as it turns out, is a doctor) decided to give Xenical a try and had a hard time with it.

Apparently, he spent a lot of time in the bathroom getting rid of all those fats that didn't get absorbed.

Monday, May 28, 2007, 7:46 PM

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I started Alli last Saturday. I am already on Weight Watchers but even with following the program very carefully I am still losing less than 1/2 pound per week. i don't cheat, I have been a regular exerciser for more than 20 years, I drink lots of water and almost "zero" diet soft drinks, no meat, lo fat, watch my sodium. All the things that I'm supposed to do I am doing and it's like being stuck in quicksand! So I started Alli to see if that would "jumpstart" the weight loss. I'm sad to say I have seen zero results. In fact, based on my bathroom scale, i expect to be "up" when I weigh in tomorrow at WW. On the other hand, i have not had any of the terrible side effects that they warn you about. I am sure that is because I already eat a very clean low-fat diet.

Friday, June 22, 2007, 10:14 AM

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there are no shortcuts in life. this is a short term, not long term thing. You need to block the absorption of fat? start with your mouth and have some damn discipline.

Friday, June 22, 2007, 10:19 AM

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I am adding another comment. I am also the 6/22 10:14 blogger.

I was pleasantly surprised when I weighed in Saturday. I didn't feel that I had lost anything but in reality I was down 1.6 pounds when i weighed in. So I did see some weght loss and I have not had any bad effects. Maybe it just takes a little time to start seeing some results

As to the 6/22 10:19 blogger, there is no need to act like that. The people in this discussion are simply asking questions and sharing information. If you take the time to look, there are people here who do not lack discipline. they are eating right and exercising but seem to be "stuck" in their weight loss process. If you do any reading on the subject, you will see Alli does not promise a "quick fix". It is marketed to assist people and boost weight loss but it has to be done in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise. it's something new and there are people here who are interested in whether it works. If you don't want to use it, don't; but keep your negative comments to yourself.

Monday, June 25, 2007, 9:30 AM

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I've been on it for 3 mo and I am down 30 pounds w/exercise!

Thursday, August 16, 2007, 11:50 AM

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If Alli works for any of you, then I am very happy for you! However, when I got on the Alli website and began reading about the "treatment effects" I knew that I would much rather exercise more and cut my calories more than risk the inconvienence, discomfort and embarrassment Alli is likely to cause. What's interesting to me, also, is that the Alli site suggests that you eat a very low fat diet to avoid the effects. However, if you eat very low fat, Alli will have little fat to keep from absorbing... thus why the effects will not be noticed...and also why Alli will not be the cause of your weight loss, but just your low fat diet! That's a lot of money to spend to force yourself to eat better... I can do it on my own.

Again, nothing against people that use Alli and have good results. Its your body, your life and your weight loss journey so I encourage you to make educated decisions that are right for you and I won't judge them. But for me, Alli just seems like a poor choice.

Thursday, August 16, 2007, 8:31 PM

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