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[color=green:e79ae8c822][/color:e79ae8c822]Well I start my Orlistat tablets tomorrow.. nervous? yes! I am 21 and juggle work, college and homelife. I read that I have to drink at least 2 litres of water otherwise i will become constipated? is this true?

I have a rare heart condition and i need to sort my weight out otherwise my life will be a struggle with childbirth, getting up hills and may end up with a stroke as my doctor has told me.

I love all of the support on here smile it motivates everyone :D

Does anyone have any websites for recipes for me to look at as I love cooking but get rather confused with measurements on the back of products in ASDA (allthough the colour wheel is very good).

LydiaClaire

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    hello and welcome lydiaclair,im new to this aswell did you know your only allowed 30g of fat in one day? ive been checking the fat content on foods where possible on packets,but i find home cooked food a struggle to keep tabs on. i break the fat up over the day 5g breakfast 10g lunch 15g dinner. thats just what ive learned on this forum. there's loads of good threads for help sorry i dont know any recipes yet but im sure someone will be on soon with some. G x
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    i personally found that i was better swapping my lunch and dinner so have 15g for lunch and 10g for dinner so that i had less to burn later on as my body slowed down - anyone else found that?
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    that sounds like a good idea! smile should we be looking closely at calories too? I think some products aren't that acurate with how much fat are in them, such as a tin of baked beans (0.6grams of fat). xx[color=green:97d69d80ca][/color:97d69d80ca]
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    I stuggled iwth preparing meals from scratch before I started this so I have been living pretty much on ready meals. I do trust what it says on the packets and cans as most of them makes sense for what's in them. I haven't been counting the calories as such but I do look and anything with too much I give a miss, especially some of the snacks or desserts.

    I'm going to try to start making fresh meals as can't live on ready meals for life. Of the fresh foods I have bought, like chicken or prawns, they still have the nutrional details on the pack. I'm also goong to start looking things up on the internet and make a list of the fat content of foods that I would buy lose, not packaged.

    I have seen advice on here to stick to 1400 to 1500 calories a day. This ties in with the first few weeks on Rosemary Conely, which did work for me whilst I did it, I just didn't stick to it after a while.

    Good luck, I'm sure you'll do great smile

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    I originally trained in catering, so I rarely use ready meals. There are a couple of things you can do with your meals. When I first started doing this 2 months ago, I bought a fat spray from Lakeland. It works well and it's refillable, so after the initial outlay it's not expensive. I can even fry eggs with it if I wanted to, although I would usually poach them.

    The second thing is, look for Rosemary Conley recipes. The diet is based on low fat with a basic idea of less than 5g of fat per 100g so most of her recipes will be really good with these tablets. You don't have to miss out on everything. I still have sausage and mash with the family, it's just that mine are low fat sausages and the mash I take some out for me before I add butter for the family.

    Watch out for the low fat snacks - my downfall :oops: If you don't limit your calories as well, you won't lose weight very easily. The two things go together. Good luck smile

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    oh dear i havent counted calories just fat content,although main meal is cooked from scratch wouldn't know how many calories was in it. i made bolognaise last night left the spaggetti to the bloke was lush resisted putting cheese on top thought i was really good. BUT this morning i was making toast for the granbairn opened the butter to find fork marks,his words were oh i only used a tiny bit,grrr why the hell add butter to spaggetti, when its going to be covered with sauce. i could strangle him. so ill be running to loo everytime i need to pump for next few days haha G x
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    Most of us have meals we regularly eat, so once you've worked out the fat and calories the first time, keep a note of it in a book and you won't have to go through the pain of working it all out again.

    I bought a pocket size calorie/fat guide, but be careful, if you're cooking from scratch get one that uses values per 100g, not per portion. It's never going to be exact, but you can get close to the right amounts.

    Nothing is easy is it? But I keep on plodding on. :?

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    hiya so its trial and error lol its still only my first week but i have a feeling ill be learning fast.ill have a look about for calorie/fat counter sounds like a handy gadget to have.

    have you been on the tablets long tummie? G x

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    I've been on the tablets for about 10 weeks. To me, it's not the fat the tablets are gettting rid of, it's the fear of the side effects that actually makes me stick to the diet for about the first time in my life. I'm lower now than I have been for about 6 years. My weight has gradually gone up over the years - from being a chunky child who played sports, to a 53 year old mother with arthritic knees.

    This forum has been so good for info and support though. It's nice to know we are not alone and in order to have the tablets we've all got a lot to lose, so we all know what it's like. I've had very few side effects, but I'm terrified if I deviate they will be nasty and I have no intention of doing that.

    Hang in there. I know what it's like. I work full time and got my degree part-time in the evenings 7 years ago wilst my daughter was taking GCSE's at the same time. It's hard, but worth it. Good luck

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    Tummie I think you have knocked it on the head!- it is the fear of the side effects rather than the actual fat burning. It's crazy to me that im now looking at how much fat is in bread. That probably now has to go out the window since im calorie counting too though!

    My doctor told me no sauces full stop and no frying when i saw her 2 days ago. It was awful as i love chinese food sad as that equals frying mostly.

    yesterday was good for me. i love reading everyone elses experiences as you can relate! I have joined the gym also and start next week. Hopefully Zumba will kick my butt into shape as workouts online are starting to get boring.

    I am going to look online today for some meal ideas.

    LydiaClaire x

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    All my doctor said to me was don't eat things like bacon and sausages. I've learnt so much more about what you should and shouldn't do from the experiences on here. Without this I would have been stuffed (and probably living in the loo :oops: )

    As for sauces I know some people have said that some of the ready made cooking sauces are low in fat and calories. Plus I have stir fried some vegetables myself using a very small amount of frylite and herbs.

    I've ust had a WW chicken balti for lunch which ws 5.2g of fat and 372 calories and it was lovely. I also had a WW sweet and sour chicked the other day and had no affects.

    I'm getting the steamer going for the first time in a long time tonight. Leeks, carrots, broccoli and courgettes with Sainsburys BGTY cotage pie. Yummy.

    I could still do with some recipies though so if you find a good website pass it on please.

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    oops just added a link probably not allowed. type in google low \"fat recipes easy\" there's a site which tells you loads of recipes including low fat muffins yum only 5g fat so one for breaky lol G x
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