Orlistat Newbie.....

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So went to my GP on Friday who gave me a prescription for Orlistat. I thought I'd do a little bit of research before I started taking them in relation to

diet etc... So I've a few questions to ask!! What length supply does your gp give you before they want to see you again (my 1st supply is 1 month)? Does the majority of you follow a WW/SW style diet? In between seeing your GP do you self weigh? And what about holidays? We generally eat in but in a 1 week hol we may eat out once, do you stop taking the tablets? Also the effects of alcohol? Thanks guys!!

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    Hello

    Yes you can drink apart from Baileys type drinks. Followed my own low fat diet. I only ever got 4 weeks supply at a time which was annoying seeing as i paid for them i know that some people get 3 months supply at a time. Never weighed myself would have drove myself insane if i did so just every 4 weeks at the Drs.Never ate out on them. I hve sent you my blog so if you search for the advice/tips part you will be clued up about them.

    How much do you have to lose?

    Good Luck

    Britney

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      Thanks for your blog, much appreciated! (You seem to be the matriarch of orlistat!!) I'm currently a size 20 / 17.5 stone ish. weight has just crept up & up, so I'd like to loose 3 - 4 stone, but time will tell & I'll see how I am at that! My BIGGEST problem is portion control! I need to get back into excercise, currently going through shift changes at work, so will be able to sort the excercise thing out then, but that's going to take another month or so! Thanks for your encouragement! xx
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      Hey no problem! and yes so i am told smile lol

      Fill up with extra fruit and veg and water. The 4 stone will come off in no time if you stick to it.

      Also the 5% is to come off you within 12 weeks so don't worry about getting it off in 4 weeks however i lost more than the 5% on my first weight in others do aswell and some don't but everyone is different. Don't worry about excercise for now just get your food sorted and you will be fine and let me know how you get on and good luck

      Britney

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      Hi britneyspears

      My gp told me it was 5% and that's why they only prescribe each month to make sure it's working. The controls of it are quite tight here.  When I reached 12 st they wouldn't give me it any more as they said I was fine for my age. I have started it again as my weight was creeping up due to hip and leg pain reducing my mobility.  Exercise is a key part of weight loss. Just walking is enough to incorporate into your life to make a big difference.  Drinking water is the biggest help. So often our bodies are thirsty and not hungry as we think. I don't do ready meals anymore and prepare everything from fresh which means you see exactly what you're eating and the small plate thing really works. All the best.

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    Just wanted to say even though it is on my blog- you have to eat as though you are on the tablets 2 days before you actually start them as there may be leftover fat in your system from meals 3 days before. You never stop taking them and if you did it can make you get off track but if you did you come off them 2/3 days before your going to eat something fatty then go back on them 2/3 days later really not worth it just stick to it and the weight will come off x
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    Hi, you only get one month at a time as your doctor has to weigh you. If you haven't lost 5 per cent in a month they may not issue you with more. I find it takes several weeks for it to kick in and to notice any weight loss. I use them because I'm hypothyroid and have mobility issues at the moment and I want to stay within average range for bmi. I lost two stone in total a year ago on this and I want to stay there. I don't follow weight watchers but just try to cut down portion sizes and eat sensibly. I don't think restricting food groups is a good idea. I changed my plate sizes to small and don't drink anything other than water.  I take a tablet every meal and try not to snack.  Hope this has been helpful.
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      Thanks Tanzi, portion control is my worst enemy & have been thinking of the "smaller" plate trick for a while! xx
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      It has really worked for my whole family, not just me. I think portion size and snacking is most peoples' problem and we now live in a rather easy world so we do much less. I really recommend walking too.  It would amaze you how incorporating a walk instead of being plonked in front of the telly can help.  I lost just over 2 stone in 6 months so it is possible. Stick with it and good luck.
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