If you ask a pharmacist for safe over the counter diet pills, they are likely to recommend Alli. Alli is the non-prescription brand name for a drug called orlistat which is also sold on prescription under the name of Xenical. At the time of writing, Alli is the only over the counter weight loss pill that is approved by the FDA. There may be other safe over the counter diet pills but they are required to be sold as food supplements, not medicines.
Alli or Xenical?
As we have said, Alli and Xenical are both forms of the drug whose chemical name is orlistat. The main difference is that Xenical is a higher dose, and that’s why it’s only available on prescription. Xenical needs to be taken under medical supervision. So if you are looking for safe over the counter diet pills, Alli is an option but Xenical would require a visit to the doctor’s office.
How Does Alli Work?
Alli is a fat blocker that prevents the body from absorbing some of the fat that you eat. It attaches to certain enzymes in the digestive system to stop them working to digest the fat. This fat then passes through the body without being absorbed, so it’s as if you didn’t consume those calories.
When people first hear about Alli and how it works as a fat blocker, they often think: Finally – I can eat all I want and not lose weight! Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that.
First, it only blocks some of the fat we eat, not all of it. Second, even safe over the counter diet pills can have side effects. In the case of Alli, the most common problem is loose stools or diarrhea. This is easy to understand if you think about how Alli works.
Alli stops fat and oils from being digested. Fat and oil are lubricants – they’re slippery. So to put it very simply, you can imagine that when fat is not digested, it makes everything very greasy. All the waste slides through the digestive system very easily – resulting in possible embarrassment!
To avoid these embarrassing side effects it’s very important not to eat too much fat when you are taking orlistat, either Alli or Xenical. So you do have to restrict what you eat. In particular, you have to be sure not to eat too much fat. So it’s not suitable for use with high fat, low carb diets like the Atkins plan. It’s also not completely effortless: you do have to think about what you are eating.
On the positive side, the embarrassing effects of overeating fat while you are taking Alli means that it is much easier to stick to a low fat diet than if you didn’t take it. You cannot cheat or the results will be disgusting!
Of course you should talk to your doctor before taking any weight loss products, especially if you have any medical conditions. If you think you can handle the possibility of side effects and your doctor says to go ahead with safe over the counter diet pills, Alli might be a good choice.