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My Alli Plan

Updated on September 1, 2016

Starter kit

Personal Story

Several years ago a friend and I went to BJs Wholesale Club where I saw the Alli starter kit. I had been hearing about the product but knew no one who had taken it, so I was a bit wary. However, having tried Atkins, South Beach, Weight Watchers, the lemonade diet, etc, I was willing to give one more product a try. The truth is, I was not happy with the way I looked at the time. Not because of low self-esteem (my friends will tell you it’s the opposite that worries them), but because I had gained weight from a size 10 to a size 16. Believe me, it’s unhealthy!

So, I went home, read all the materials in the starter kit, went online and registered for myalliplan: putting in basic information like my current weight, my goals, my age, etc. This is your personal profile. If you’re under 18 years of age, it won’t allow you to join. Same if you are under certain weight. Now, one thing I have found out about this plan: You have to be very honest. Sometimes we tend to hide our weight from our friends, or say we exercise when we don’t because we may not want to appear lazy. If you intend to make this work, you have to treat this as your best-kept secret and the online journal as your best friend. Only your best friend knows your secret. And in this case, won’t reveal it.

Alli capsules

So what is Alli?

The main ingredient in Alli is Orlistat. And you want to hear something funny? When I was a size 16 I went to a doctor who prescribed Xenical. You want to know the key ingredient in Xenical? Orlistat. However, the only guide I had for taking the Xenical tables (120 mg) was what was written on the bottle. I think it said, “Take one tablet with meals.” I went from a size 16 to a 20 and, I had “treatment effects.” So I stopped taking them. After that I tried the lemonade diet, a.k.a. the Beyonce Diet, and went back down to a size 16. But, I kept fluctuating and could not go below 180 lbs. Now I am a size 14, and losing a steady pound (sometimes two pounds) per week.

Why am I losing weight? Because the main ingredient, Orlistat, attaches itself to some of the natural enzymes in the digestive system. According to their website, this prevents the enzymes from “breaking down about a quarter of the fat [I] eat. Undigested fat cannot be absorbed and passes through the body naturally.” Note that it works only on the enzymes that break down fat. Not on the other enzymes that are necessary for our bodies. So, if the pill is preventing my body from absorbing some of the fat I eat, then it makes sense that I will lose weight, and I have. My goal is to lose 15 more pounds. Which reminds me: When you set your goal, if it is not realistic, the program will suggest a more realistic goal for you. I thought that was cute. And quite intuitive, as a matter of fact.

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How it works

The plan requires a weekly check in. You can choose any day. However, you should stick to whichever day you choose. Upon sign-up you are asked for your email address. If you miss check-in you will see in your email, a reminder or reminders for as long as it takes for you to check in. When you check in, you have to record your weight. Talk about pressure!

What I love about this program is the attention to detail. They have responses for every scenario. So, let’s say you were having a rough week and binged, and so you didn’t lose any weight for that week. When you record this information during check-in, you receive an immediate response geared to that scenario. It addresses you as though you had actually “told” someone about the rough week you had. Then it gives you steps to correct your mistakes, and encourages you not to make the same mistake twice. Neat, huh?

There are also online tools such as an action plan, a suggested meal plan for the upcoming week, a nutrition log, and “quick recovery tips.” There is also a “treatment effects” page with tips to prevent treatment effects. An example tip: “Remember that you can't 'save' fat grams from lunch and 'spend' them by splurging on a high-fat meal at dinner. That could cause treatment effects. Spread your daily fat gram allowance across your daily meals.” Another: “Use my journal to recognize what foods can lead to treatment effects. For example, writing it down may help you remember to put salsa on your baked potato instead of sour cream.” (Emphasis mine.)

So what’s this Treatment Effect?

Can you think of any pill that doesn’t have side effects? Now here’s the side effect of Alli: Treatment Effects. That’s the name they give to loose bowel movements and above-average frequency in bowel movements -- and spotting. Frankly, if your intake of fat is above the 15grams (recommended for me), it will be a lot more than spotting. How often does that happen? Hopefully, never, for you. If you eat right and stay within the recommended fat intake, you will have no treatment effects and only weight loss.

For the entire month that I have been on the plan, I have had only one treatment effect and that was due to the fact I went to friends for dinner and didn’t want to spoil the evening by watching what I ate. And even though I didn’t take a capsule (which I should have done), I had treatment effects.

What I love about Alli however is that it is safe. Which is one of the reasons it is the only FDA approved over-the-counter weight loss pill on the market. I was a bit impressed to see WebMD endorsing the use of Alli. Most pills have side effects such as dizziness, heart palpitations, drowsiness, etc. Not Alli. Alli’s side effects will cause embarrassment if you’re careless, but no medical condition.


You have to eat right and exercise to lose weight. That’s what the plan advocates. The only difference is, you don’t have to count points, drink cayenne pepper with maple juice, deprive yourself of carbohydrates, eat or don’t eat in phases, etc. The only thing you have to do is take a pill with your meal (some of you take a dozen for different things), and take a vitamin before going to bed (which you should be doing anyway).

Caveat: This is not an endorsement. This is my personal account of a product that works for me. It is the only plan that allowed me to eat whatever I want, whenever I want. As long as I did not eat more than a certain amount of fat (which we should never do anyway), nor eat more than the recommended number of daily calories based on my BMI (all health professionals endorse this idea). Your BMI is your Body Mass Index. It is calculated using your weight and height. Myalliplan may not work for you for whatever reason.

Update: Bear in mind I wrote this article here years ago. This is just an update. But I checked with their website to make sure that what I wrote is still accurate. I may have missed some things because company's change their policies periodically and I didn't check every page. Don't take what I say to be the 'gospel." Do your own due diligence. Having said that, to the best of my knowledge the information here is accurate. Oh, and I am no longer on the plan. Don't need it anymore!


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      Rusty Green 18 months ago

      HI Keisha, how has it been? Did you reach your target?

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      Rusty Green 18 months ago

      Thank you! Sorry for the late reply!

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      chriofvobd 4 years ago

      I love reading through a post that may make people feel. Additionally, thank you for enabling me personally to comment!

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      Rusty Green 5 years ago

      Hi Cyberchic,

      Sorry for the delay. I wrote this article a while back and since then I have been focusing on another aspect of my life. I don't know if you still require an answer to your question. But I will answer in case someone else has the same question: The reason you are not able to join is due to the website being for "U.S. residents only." Sorry for being the bearer of bad news. I do hope you find a weight-loss program suitable for your needs.

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      cyberchic 6 years ago

      I have been trying to join the my alli plan about a week now. Can someone please help me, I live in the Caribbean where there is no zip code and I could do with some support and advice about alli. Anyway I already bought a month suppy but I have not started to take them yet. email;

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      Robert Sendel 6 years ago

      what does URL mean? i am a new user just starting out on this plan. hoping for the best.

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      raeesa  7 years ago

      where can i buy alli from?

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      keisha 7 years ago

      well this is my first day on the alli and so far no treament effect yet but i too have been on yoyo diets im now 180 and need to loose 20 lbs so i will keep u posted wih me luck

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      gidtset 7 years ago

      Great post. Although I think I'll take the natural road.

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      Rusty Green 9 years ago

      Thanks for the compliments!

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      Anonymous 9 years ago

      Love the story... More indepth than some others I've read elsewhere on the web!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

      Interesting to hear about all this new weight loss plans.