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I started taking Orlistat in May 2009 and was on it until January 2010.
I thought i would post about the whole experience as I know this would have helped to ease my mind when i first started taking them!
First of all I am 21 now (started the pills at 20yrs) and I am 5foot 2inches (and a bit lol). When I was first prescribed Orlistat by the GP I weighed 15stone 3pounds. I was a bit apprehensive at first, but I thought I would try them, but I didn't actually expect any weight loss.
I followed a low fat diet and did a moderate amount of excercise but I didn't go over the top. I started losing weight quickly, and in the first month I lost just over a stone! This weight loss carried on for the next few months at the same rate, by October 2009 I was 11 and a half stone!
I did have the dreaded toilet side effects when I had the occasional home made curry or sneaky KFC, but this only put me off eating the 'bad stuff' even more, meaning the weight kept coming off.
When I finished the pills I weighed 9stone 3lbs. Fantastic eh?
Well, problem is now, I have developed a bit of a eating 'problem'.
I had categorized food into BAD STUFF and GOOD STUFF for so long that it is hard to get out of this routine. Since the end of January I have lost yet more weight alone without the help of the blueys and now weigh 7st 12 lbs
Yes I lost alot of weight - FANTASTIC!
But now I can't stop and this could be a slipery spiral!
So just beware of the 'weight loss addiction' which probably doesn't happen to many people (depending on your personality in the first place)
I am seeing a dietian which will help but I wish I had taken things a bit slower now!
Good Luck x
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