Not so long ago, the US Food and Drug Administration (USDA) approved the first ever over the counter diet pill, cleverly named "alli" (pronounced like ally). Considering the huge, ever increasing problem with obesity in the United States and even Europe lately, it seems that this new anti-obesity miracle drug could not have been introduced at a more opportune time. However, if you are one who struggles with your weight, it may leave you wondering "Does Alli work?"

Approximately 65% of the American population is considered obese, and it is particularly troubling that more and more children are being included in this statistic. Obesity is fast approaching the top of the list as being the number one contributing factor in deadly diseases – heart disease, diabetes, etc. Simply put, many of these problems could be entirely prevented with a reduction in weight. But does the USDA putting such of drug within the reach of the general population really help or is it just a band-aid for what amounts to a severed artery? In order to address this issue, you must first examine what is currently known about this new weight loss pill.

Alli is, in reality, just a reduced strength version of a prescribed weight loss drug that is already currently on the market – Xenical, which is also known as Orlistat. In clinical studies conducted with Xenical, it was shown that when the weight loss pill is used in conjunction with a balanced diet and exercise program, that the average weight loss among participants was an impressive 12.4 pounds over the course of six months. It also helps that Xenical has quite an impressive safety record. With this being said, it seems that 'Alli' may really be helpful for those who struggle with obesity.

Within days of being released to the general public, it was difficult to find the drug on shelves of local pharmacies. With the success of Xenical, people rushed to purchase the over the counter version of the drug – Alli. Probably one of the most attractive aspects of Alli is that now people have access to a successful proven weight loss drug without having to endure an embarrassing visit to the doctor.

Thus, the short answer to the question posed, "Does Alli work?", is yes. However, before you rush to purchase you own bottle of Alli, there are things that should be weighed and considered. Alli works best when used in conjunction with a balanced diet and exercise, so it does require effort on your part and should not be considered a quick fix.

You should also carefully note that for those who insist on continuing a high fat diet without modification, there can be embarrassing side effects. Since the drug works to reduce the amount of fat absorbed by the body, those on high fat diets, may experience increased flatulence as well as rectal discharge.

If you are considering giving Alli a try, be sure that you are truly committed to losing weight and keeping it off permanently. Remember, there is no 'easy fix' for losing weight. If you keep these things in mind, then perhaps Alli really is your "ally".