Is Alli Right for Me?
Is Alli Right for Me? If you’re overweight, and dieting and exercise haven’t worked for you, talk to your doctor about a weight management program that involves medication. But remember, you still must follow a healthy lifestyle that involves regular exercise and eating right.
To determine if you’re overweight, you can calculate your body mass index (BMI) using your height and weight information. A BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered a healthy weight. A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight.
How Do I Take Alli?
Alli comes in capsule form. It’s taken by mouth three times a day, either with a meal that contains a little bit of fat, or up to one hour afterward. If you eat a no-fat meal, your doctor may tell you to skip your dose. Never take more medicine than recommended.
It’s important to follow a low-calorie, low-fat diet while taking this medication. If you eat a lot of fatty foods, even just one high-fat meal like a greasy burger, you’re more likely to have uncomfortable digestive side effects. Choose lean cuts of meat and low-fat dairy products. In general, no more than 30% of your calories at each meal should come from fat.
You’ll also need to take a daily multivitamin that contains vitamins A, D, E, K, and beta carotene while on this drug. The drug’s fat-blocking properties also make it more difficult for your body to absorb these fat-soluble vitamins. Do not take vitamins and Alli at the same time of the day.