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I'm 5'8 and have gone from 11st to 15 1/2 stone in the past 2-3 years. Pretty steep rise, after a combination of medicines and stopping exercising. My BMI is 34.
After asking for it a year ago and being told no, then asking for it a month ago and being told no, finally I was prescribed orlistat! It was a locum doctor, otherwise I wouldn't have got it! The doctor that previously refused me twice is old fashioned and tbh just weird, told me to lose weight before I could get it? to me, that's like saying to an addict, prove you're not an addict and we'll give you treatment for your addiction. BIZARRE.
Anyway I wanted to keep a diary of whether I lose any weight and of the side effects, because I've found it so interesting reading other people's experiences.
I started taking it on Friday 23rd Oct, I went out for dinner and had vegetarian moussaka, garlic bread and ice cream. No effect. Saturday, I decided to really test the water and had a takeaway of singapore fried rice, barbecue ribs, chips and curry sauce. Nothing. Then yesterday it really started. Cramping, loud farting, and doing a poo every time I go to the toilet. Today, Monday, is when I've started seeing all the oil.
I've started eating a high carbohydrate, low fat vegan diet, as reccomended to me by the very smart, well-read and professional locum doctor. Mainly the fat I'm getting today is from houmous, seeds and dark chocolate.
The cramps are fairly constant after a meal that has fat in it, for breakfast I had sugar free muesli and soy milk, and had no effects. For lunch I had rice cakes, dark chocolate, veg soup, bread with dairy free spread. And then more rice cakes. For dinner I'm actually excited to have the same wrap I had for lunch, falafel, houmous and lettuce. YUM.
My stomach is feeling flatter because of all the poos I'm doing, I'll weigh myself on Friday morning and see what the progress is after a week
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