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Hi every1,

im pretty new to Orlistat (2months) and im beginning to loose my faith in it. My dr's said that theres nothing wrong with my diet anyway (i eat roughly 1000cal a day), nothing wrong with my bloods and just that i have IBS.

Still im seeing no result. i have not lost anything! its getting me down as i read several posts where people have stated how much weight their loosing!

My mum seems to think that im just not \"big enough\"... im 19, 5'4 and 13 1/2 stone, BMI of 34 so im well into the obese category.

i also dont seem to be able to get rid of the side effects... im not eating fatty foods yet im having to wear pads 24/7 due to orange oil which stinks, i have really bad wind, headaches, stomach cramps, constipation- yet it follows through with diarroehea

I cant go on any of the other tabs either bcoz i was treated for clinical depression in the past

is it time for me to consider surgery?

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    Hi Honey,

    It sounds like you may be one of the few people that this drug may not suit!

    Sometimes people do not eat ENOUGH calories and even if you have a healthy diet, if you don't eat enough your body will grab what it can and store it instead of using it :shock: :!:

    I know it sounds silly but it's true, honest!

    I really think you should try all the options before even considering surgery :twisted: It is not a thing to go into lightly and you may find that you're not big enough to even be considered. But that's for you and your GP to discuss.

    I was referred by my GP to a group run by my local Primary Care Trust (so it should be available throughout the country) I attended for 12 wks and was given support and info on diet, they weighed me each week and we had a discussion. I found it really helpful, it was like weight watchers but I didn't have to pay :!: The main thing they did and I strongly recommend it, was give me a British Heart Foundation Booklet called So You Want To Lose Weight For Good! It sets it out in portions protein, carbs, fruit & veg, fats & oils etc and you even get 150 cals a day to treat yourself :!: I lost 2 1/2 stone using this method before I plateaued and the GP gave me the Orlistat. If you want to, you can get the booklet from the website give it a go. After all you've got nothing to lose but weight :!:

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    Hope this has helped you.

    TTFN Kal :wink:

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    Hi There

    I dont post as much as some of the others on here but i do take orlistat and have had all the side effects which made me feel awful so i can sympathise with you, i was also told by my gp that my diet wasent my problem as i didnt seem to overeat and to try taking the blueys twice a day instead of 3 times ,i even dropped down to 1 a day just with my main meal making sure the other 2 meals that day were non or very low fat. I was ready to give up taking them altogether as the side effects just didnt seem worth it but then i figured taking 1 or 2 a day with the meals that contain the most fat is better than taking none, I dropped 8 pounds in the first week then the side effects kicked in and i havent lost anything since and am now into my 9th week, HOWEVER the scales say i havent lost anymore weight but i now wear a medium polo shirt instead of a l/xl so im not sure whats going on with me. Drink plenty of water all day long and just take a bluey before a fatty meal.

    Hope this helps Alicat

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    thanks alicat, im glad to hear im not the only one struggling so much! ive actually been told to take 3 a day with meals and ive skipped a few tablets occassionally when ive not really eaten much or not eaten atal - hopefully if i stick to it eventually something will happen.. i tell u one thing im always hungry now!
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    I don`t think ur eating enough chick. 1000 cals a day is pretty low.

    Try a wee increase and see what happens.

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    Yeh i agree eat a little more and see if it works better for you.You may not be big enough for sugery.

    Good Luck anyway :D

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    I definitely think you need to increase your calories and make sure ther is some fat in your diet too. I was advised to make sure evey item I ate had 5g or less in 100g then you look at how much you eat per meal by adding up the fat content. Keep below 15g in total. Try eating a bit more and see what happens

    Good luck


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