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Hi I have been taking orlistat for six months and have lost over 2 1/2 stone. I just thought it would be encouraging for others to know it does work. I even have had breaks for Xmas and other special occasions. At the beginning it does seem like hard work but you soon get used to it, it seems second nature now to look at the fat content on things! Good luck to anyone new or who is struggling x

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    Well done. I've been back on them 3 weeks and lost 12lb. My head wasn't in it last time round but need surgery so need to do it this time. X
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      Wow well done, that's great, I never lost that much so quickly! Yes I had to go on them for medical reasons too. Hope the surgery goes well x
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    Thanks Pimmsy, its great to know it works. May I ask, when you say you've had breaks, what do you mean by that? I've only just started them and in 9 days I GI on holiday to America for a week, following fats may be more difficult. I was just going to miss the ocassional tablet if I thought food was above my fat allowance. However, on reading the forum and the responses to my initial question I feel I should stop taking them the day before I travel and restart a day after I return. I will however censes four to eat low fat as far as possible.
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      Hi I stopped taking them 3 days before Xmas day and back on them 3 days after. I still kept to low fat and did not eat chocolate or nuts. I did have a very small piece of Xmas pud though! I also found I could drink vodka or Bacardi with diet drinks so I could still enjoy a night out. Have fun in America x
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      Thank you for this information. Would you normally avoid alcohol whilst taking the tablets? Well done on your weight loss
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    Hi Pimmsy.

    Could you tell me what fat content you look at and what % you stick to. My dr put me on these but i am unsure how low fat to try to stick to.

    I have been using a guide of 5% & under. Yet i have not lost any weight yet.

    Thanks in advance Nicole

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      Hi Nicole, I keep to under 5g of fat for any snack. I am a Savory person so salted popcorn is good, weight watchers crisps are ok too. If I wanted a chocolate fix I have soya milk products. I found it really hard at the beginning and stuck to salads and it was slow at the start to lose but you do get to used to it. Good luck x
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      Thats what i thought. I have been reading all the packets of things i buy i found i pretty much do that anyway. I still have not lost anything though. I feel like i must be still doing something wrong. I don't really snack but i do it would be fruit like grapes banana ect.

      I hope i get to your stage as my dr seems to think i will only lose a stone and i need to be more realistic as my goal was 3st loss atleast. Thanks again for confirming that for me. I appreciate it.

      Nicole :-)

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    Hi, thanks for letting us hear that good news, hard to not be discouraged at times. Feeling more positive this week anyway so shall beever away. Thank you.
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    Fantastic I have been on them 8 weeks now and although I have only lost about 8 pounds its defo making me look at the fat in what I am eating and I just hope that if its coming off slow it will stay off x
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    H there ive just taken my 1st tablet tonight its really encouraging to hear its working for you hopecit helpscme too!! :-)  ive got tummy ache and acid is this normal? Also i was not told in great detail what to eat daily and how much fat content daily  i could have any info is much appreciated, desperate for this to work xx
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      Hi Corinne, I think tummy ache may be quite normal for some but I haven't heard anyone talk about acid. I get quite windy at times but other than that everything is normal for me. Try to eat 3 square meals a day with no more than 15g fat in the whole meal, and preferably the 5g fat per 100g is the best (i.e no more than 5g of fat per 100g of whatever you are eating and no more than 15g per meal). It's quite hard and quite strict and you may find it takes a good few weeks before you start losing (as many have found) or it may drop off (as some have found). If you snack, stick to fruit, fat free yogurts, rice cakes with low fat philaelphia etc. Very much like a calorie/fat controlled diet of about 1400 calories a day (depending on what you need to lose). Some people are as little as 1200 calories per day but obviously the more you have to lose, the more calories you have to start with. I'm on 1400 a day as I have 5 stone to lose, and it isn't a lot. You just need to find some foods that you can have as snacks that are zero fat really as the meals are o.k to sort out I find. Waitrose do their own brand of low fat cup-a-soup and the chicken noodle is gorgeous so if you are really starving and must have something it's a good thing to have. The muller light big tubs of yoghurt are also lovely and although fat free they do have 99 calories so you need to be careful how many of those you eat. And I discovered today wholemeal pitta breads (the large ones) have 0.8 grams of fat per pitta so that is brilliant. I had mine with light philadelphia, marmite and salad, with the waitrose low fat cup-a-soup. Was a nice lunch, but am starving now so just about to tuck into some grapes. Good luck and any questions, please feel free to shout. P.S I have my first weigh in Thursday so bit nervous even though I think I've lost approx 10lbs (by my scales anwyay).
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