LA Weight Loss - Can I have my coffee creamer on Alli?

01-17-2009, 10:15 PM
So I went ahead and got a month's supply of Alli, to see if it will work for me. I was going through my cupboards, looking at the fat calories and figuring out what I could eat (which was pretty much most of the stuff I already had), when I came across my powdered sugar-free coffee creamer.

Since there's no sugar and therefore no carbs in it, most of the calories are from fat. There are 30 calories per tbsp and 25 of them are from fat (about 2.5 grams of fat).

I usually have about a tbsp or two per day, a couple of times a week.

This shouldn't make me sick, should it?
Is the rule of "30% of calories from fat or less" just to make sure you don't have too much fat in a day?

Thanks for reading/answering. I really don't want to have too many side effects if I can avoid it.
I really don't

RN BSN 2009
01-17-2009, 10:26 PM
Can you switch to a fat free or reduced fat version

Or maybe use milk to whiten?

RN BSN 2009
01-17-2009, 10:27 PM
I am pretty sure it's ok

I don't know if it would make a difference or not, but the %30 rule would probably apply to larger meals.

Try it out and see if it works for you

01-17-2009, 10:31 PM
The 30% calories from fat is your daily average of fat from cals.

As long as you eat around 15g of fat per meal + low-fat snacks it should balance out at the end of the day. I always find that I need to add more fat or protein to my diet by adding things like chicken, bologna, or cheese (low in carbs but high in fat and protein).

01-19-2009, 04:09 PM

01-20-2009, 09:33 PM
Yeah I've been on Alli for 50 days now and as long as I keep everything under 15 grams of fat per meal I have been alright you should be OK.

01-21-2009, 12:25 PM
I often have small quantities of higher fat food like peanut butter, olive oil cheese etc with no ill-effects. Its the total fat grams that really count.


01-21-2009, 01:34 PM
not sure which creamer you are using... but just because there is no sugar in something doesnt mean there arent any carbs at all. :) My mom made that mistake. I think switching to a fat free version would be your best bet, as well....especially if you are concentrating on fat calories. Good Luck :D

01-21-2009, 01:43 PM
im using alli myself. i gave up on the creamers because the fatcal/cal ratio. i use skim milk. if you like the flavored creamers it was recomended to me to use just a drop or two of vanilla extract, or a smidge of cinnamon, even maybe mint in your cup or pot.

01-25-2009, 12:30 AM
From (hardly a definitive source) the recommended amount of fat is between 20% and 35%. Less than 20%, and you risk inadequate vitamin E and fatty acids. More than 35% and you tend to get too much saturated fat (not the best thing for you), and it's harder to keep the calorie count down.

My understanding is that Alli reduces the amount of fat absorbed by your body, meaning that if you eat 1500 calories in a day, 30% of which are fat, and take Alli, you will actually be using 338 cal of the 450 cal of fat you consumed. This is equivalent to consuming 1388 cal, with 25% of that from fat and not using Alli.
(based on 25% figure from

The mayo clinic website states that the weight reduction is rather slight. With those figures, it seems hard to justify the cost and additional risks associated with Alli.

From your pictures, you're already doing great, I do not think you should go around messing with your digestive enzymes.