Been taking Orlistat since January - lost 5 stone

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Hello All,

I decided to start taking Orlistat in January this year - the day after boxing day infact. I'm mid thirties, male. Wanted to write this to help other users as I found it difficult at first to know what to eat and I wanted to let Y'all know what i did smile

Some History 

I was a Gym user and after a knee injury I started to put on weight, I went back to gym when I was able, but couldnt shift the weight, I saw no evidence of weight loss and started to get depressed.

My doctor suggested this tablet and I decided I would give it a shot in the new year.

My doctor gave me no leaflets or advice and told me to take a low fat diet, I went online but didnt find any guidance really, I was weighed today and worked out that its 5 stone loss, I'm 6ft 4 and was massive LOL, I still need to lose a stone so I'm still gonna be on this tablet

Here's my guidance for you guys - take it or leave it, just my experiance

I take 120mg, 3 x a day 

I basically just looked to Japan for cuisine inspiration, seeing as they are rather a healthy bunch

So I will eat Miso soup alot ! Miso is a magical paste, go search for 'what is Miso' its amazing stuff and has helped me alot

My main meals on orlistat for the first month was Miso and noodles, lots of different veg to make it different

I buy miso in jars from all sorts of supermarkets, its very savoury and salty, you can get a good meal out of it and feel full, basically a tablespoon in a bowl with hot water, then add some noodles, I use 'straight to wok' noodles they come in two packs, take one pack and half it - then add pak cho, sweetcorn, lambs lettice, add chilli, add what ever veg you want basically - fill that bowl right up, you can use mushrooms - anything ! - go experiment and make it good, get low-salt soy and chilli sauce (no fat) if you like it spicy - if you want to add a small amount of cooked chicken thats great too - no skin though, the chicken re hydrates in the bowl and you would be suprised some of the meals you can put together with miso and hot water !!

I did not eat anything in the way of chocolate or crisps or chips and all the normal bad stuff - you HAVE to have will power to go with this tablet, and I only ever paid attention to the fat content really, low FAT diet is the key. I did not excersise either as I was flat out at work, im sure excersise would of helped of course.

At first I did get the side effects - the 'cleansing' - terrible orange stuff lol when going to the toilet, and its not nice, but after a few weeks its all gone and your eating healthy. Think of it as getting rid of all the bad !! and think of it as a threat to what happens if you eat really fatty, greasy foods LOL

These side effects kept me in check, policed me when I was eating, in the second month I went out to a party and ate a burger, I didnt not take the tablets that day but I was still punished ! so once you start taking them - make a commitment a month at a time ! 

I experianced a bit of stomach pain in the first two months, stomach feeling bloated or hunger pains but this went after two months.

While your taking this tablet try and address what your gonna do to come off it, thats what Im doing, my doctor tells me that most people do lose the weight but alot put it back on after the course has ended - I need to change how I eat, i need to change my attitude towards food and think about salt, fat and sugar content !

Make sure you eat regular also - do not fast, in the last few months Ive missed meals and skipped dinners due to work and it doesnt help.

anyway, thats my experiance

Tablets, noodles and miso 


I wont lie, for one month I was eating sushi for breakfast LOL 

If you like sushi go get some - orlistat loves sushi ! one portion is so low fat smile 

Wrote this fast so apologies for spelling or grammer haha

Any way I wish you all Good luck if your taking them


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    Hi i have lost over 100lbs on these isnce jan 2013 - you can eat more things than just Miso and noodles!  I am nearly at the end of my journey and when i come off them i will still eat as i do now i will never go back to being fat and making unhealthy choices  well done on your weight loss x
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    Wow, well done !  Please correct me if I am wrong but I thought my Dr said if I was going to be below my fat allowance not to bother taking a tablet ?  I like many others have lost weight in the past and put on through SW and WW this time I know it has to be me looking at labels studying my food and planning meals PLUS I have decided as I lose the weight and drop a size to rid my wardrobe of the big clothes NOT to hang on to them my wardrobe ranges from small 14 to size 20, as soon as I feel uncomfortable I have to be answerable to myself to get back to eating correctly.  I realise you said you had an injury and that is totally different, we never know what is around the next corner - but you have got back through determination and keeping focused, a huge well done smile


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