An introduction to alli weight loss aid

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An introduction to alli weight loss aid

As the UK's leading pharmacy-led health retailer, Boots aims to provide you with all the latest information about new healthcare products, such as the new alli chewable tablets.

Published March 2009

As the UK’s leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer, Boots aims to provide you with all the latest health news, as well as expert information and advice about new healthcare products, such as the new alli chewable tablets.

alli is a weight loss aid designed to help adults lose excess weight. alli (orlistat 27mg or 60mg) is the first pharmacy-only weight loss aid available. alli can now be introduced over-the-counter to overweight adults with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 28 or above.

Boots is pleased to hear that this weight loss aid is to be made available through pharmacies to help many people in the UK who may struggle with weight loss.  According to a recent study by Mintel, 40% of British adults are trying to lose weight. Many of these people will soon be able to use alli as a weight loss aid if they are overweight with a BMI of 28 or above.


How does alli work?

alli works by reducing the amount of fat from the food you eat being absorbed into the body.  You can prevent about a quarter of the fat consumed in any one meal from being absorbed when taking alli, so when added to a reduced calorie, lower-fat diet, alli can help you lose fifty per cent more weight than by dieting alone.

For example, for every 2lb of weight loss you achieve through healthy eating, alli could help you achieve a further 1lb weight loss. 

The active ingredient in alli is orlistat 27mg/60mg, which acts locally within the digestive system to prevent fat absorption.  There is minimal absorption of the active ingredient orlistat into the bloodstream.  Orlistat has been available on prescription for more than 10 years and its safety and efficacy is well documented through data from more than 100 clinical trials.

The recommended dose of alli is one 60mg capsule, or one 27mg chewable tablet, taken three times daily with meals containing the recommended amount of fat. Always read the label.  Find out more about how the alli weight loss aid works.


Is alli suitable for me?

alli is suitable for people who, in medical terms, are classed as moderately to severely overweight or obese. This means adults with a BMI of 28 or above; a person with a BMI of 25 or above is deemed 'overweight', whereas a person with a BMI of 30 or more is classed ‘obese’. 

alli is a weight loss aid for overweight adults of 18 or over.  If you think alli might be suitable for you, our guide ‘considering alli’ might be useful.  Alternatively, why not discuss alli with your Boots Pharmacist. 


alli as part of a weight loss programme

At Boots, we believe in supportive weight loss. The alli weight loss programme combines alli capsules or tablets with a wide range of resources to help you lose weight.

Speak to a Boots Pharmacist if you are planning on starting a diet or taking a weight loss product and we’ll be happy to offer you advice and support to help you on your weight loss journey to a healthier, slimmer, new you. 

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