Low Fat versus Some Fat

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Hi - I've just started taking Orlistat yesterday - so far, so good. I've been following a low fat, low calorie (around 1200 per day) for a while now but the weight isn't coming off, or it does but then creeps back on. So, at 18st 1 pound, I asked the doctor for help.

My question is I've heard conflicting information about adding in some extra fat as opposed to following a low fat plan - obviously if I'm sticking to a low fat diet, I should avoid the "orange oil" syndrome but I wondered if anyone had some advice?

Cheers, C

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    You don't need to add any extra fat. Just stick with the low fat diet and you won't see any oil side effects all my meals are low fat and it has worked for me.

    Good Luck

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    Excellent - that was what I thought plus it helps your brain to re-educate so hopefully you will continue to make healthy food choices.

    @Britneyspears - hope you don't mind me asking some questions, how heavy were you when you started? And where are you at now? I'm scared to weigh myself as it's early days for me but I feel slimmer - weird wink

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    Hi @Mamarock i was 19.5 stone as of Jan 13th 2013 that's when i started the tablets and was a size 24 i am now a 12-14 and am 12 and a bit stone getting weighed again on Monday i will post when i know i'm going by my last weigh in 4 weeks ago. I felt slimmer after a few days aswell i guess it was the bloat going! so glad i started these.i personally don't weigh myself at home i would obsess too much so i get it done at the doctors.

    What about you what's your weight and your goal weight mine is between 9.5/10 stone I have posted on various posts across this forum with tips etc

    Good Luck and let me know how you get on smile x

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    Hiya - WOW I hope you are very proud of yourself, that is amazing. *****FANTASTIC****** smile

    My current weight (when I was weighed at doctors last week) is 18 stone 1 pound. I went to ask for some diet guidance and advice like that and she was so supportive and helpful and asked if I wanted to try Orlistat - she explained the socially embarrassing side effects, which I was OK with as I've been following low fat eating for a while. So, I said yes. I felt really good that I had the strength to ask for help and even better when the help I received was so good.

    My goal weight (I"m 5ft 6) would be around the same as yours, if I could actually get to under 10 stone I would feel absolutely brilliant, but I'd be happy to just start seeing a downward movement in what I weigh and start feeling better you know.

    I have a 5 year old son, so if I have dropped some weight by the Summer it would be great to have the energy to run around with him.

    Thank you so much for the advice xxx

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    Good morning, thanks for your comments. I would like to put some low carb diet that i use.


    Option 1:

    7 Egg White Omelet – allow 2 yolks only

    1 cup veges eg. Mushrooms/capsicums

    2 Plain Corn Thins (as alternative to bread)

    Option 2:

    1 cup Oats (cooked 2 cups) – (place ½ cup water in oats then cook in microwave or eat cold

    (alternative is special K flakes or plain muesli with no dried fruit)

    1 heaped tablespoon Natural Pineapple or 2 Kiwi fruit or ½ cup frozen berries


    Option 1:

    3 hard-boiled eggs

    A large green leaf salad of your choice

    2 Tablespoons of low carb commercial or homemade dressing

    Optional: Sprinkle with Spicy Sweet Pecans

    Option 2:

    200g Cooked Lean Meat: chicken breast, Fish of any kind, Rump Steak, Eggs (10 egg white) (230g raw)

    1 full cup greens (coleslaw, herbslaw packs at supermarkets, frozen vege is fine)

    Tablespoon of lite oil dressing (Italian, french or olive oil)

    1 full cup Basmati Rice (1 cup raw = 1.5 cup cooked). Or medium sweet potato (fist size)

    Afternoon Snack

    Option 1:

    1 oz string cheese

    Option 2:

    20 Plain Nuts = cashews/almonds or walnuts (inside palm size)


    Option 1:

    6 Egg Omlette with 6 slices smoked salmon with salad on side

    Option 2:

    200g Grilled Chicken

    2 full cup greens (coleslaw packs as mentioned)

    2 Tablespoon Lite Cottage Cheese - OPTIONAL


    Option 1:

    8-10 strawberries, dipped in

    ¼ cup sugar-free chocolate sauce (ganache)

    Option 2:

    ½ cup of low sugar jell-o

    I hope it will be useful.

    Kind reagrds. Luis

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    Thanx Luis,

    That is pretty much what I have on my food plan.

    For my office lunch, I mix my raw veggies with a tub of bake beans. It's not so dry.

    (Not too sure of the fat content in the beans. I'll have to check when I next buy a pack)


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