Orlistat - no loss

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I have been on Orlistat for 6 weeks now and I have not lost any weight at all.

Can this be because:

a) I am retaining water? and have swollen ankles every day

b) I am overweight and have swollen ankles

c) I am menopausal and weight gain is inevetable

c) My weekly takeaway curry for over 20 years has decided to stick around

Is anyone else getting nowhere with Orlistat. I am 52 and probably more sedentry than other people on the site. Maybe it only works on younger and more energetic people?

Can anyone help?

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    I am a very lardy 49 year old and it is working for me.

    Can you put your hand on your heart and say

    - I am eating 1200-1400 cals a day - weighed and added up properly

    - I am eating 25-30g of fat a day

    - I am eating no more than 15g of fat in any meal

    - I am walking/ Mr Motivatoring/ doing vigourous housework for 3 or 4 sweaty 30-40 minute sessions a week

    If the answer is no, then try a couple of weeks of sticking to the rules like glue - come on, you can do it for just 14 measly days - and see it it works if you throw yourself into it.

    Keep us informed?

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    I am 58, have swollen ankles due to water retention and lead a very sedentary life, due to arthritis.

    However, I have been taking Orlistat for just over 3 months and have lost almost 2 stone in that time.

    I try to keep most of my meals very low-fat, probably under the 15 grams allowed.

    I found at the start that writing EVERYTHING down that I ate and drank each day really helped me to focus.

    My biggest sin before was cheese, but I buy mini Babybel and allow myself one at the end of each day (I have supper instead of breakfast) so I don't feel I'm missing out completely.

    Stick at it, be honest with yourself as to what you are eating and I'm sure you'll get there.

    Good luck!

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    I'm 23 and on my second perscription... still to lose any weight! Was feeling really disheartened by it all so have had a week out to get my head back in the zone and am hitting it full force again from today... fingers crossed for some results this time round :roll:
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    Forgot to mention on Thyroid tablets and in full time work.
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