What am i doing wrong??

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Hi just a quick message wanting advise really.

I started taking Orlistat a week ago and have only lost 1lb :cry:

Trypical day for me is:

Breakfast: 2 slices granary bread with Flora lighter than light and apricot jam either toasted or plain so not alot of fat but still take tablet.

Lunch if i remember: 2 slices of bread with chicken tomato and lettuce and a fat free yoghart. still take tablet.

Dinner: low fat meal between 4.8g to 7.1g per 100g and a fat free yoghart.

In between if i am hungry i have a packet of snack a jacks banana or plum.

As my fat intake is not a great deal surly i should of lost more that 1lb in a week.

This is the most i have ever eaten as i work nights so normally only have one meal a day.

Any help would be great, many thanks

Elly

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    everyone loses at differing rates and it could be that you have lost cm's rather than lbs. don't get fixated on just losing of lbs as you will also need to lose the cm's.

    you state:

    Dinner: low fat meal between 4.8g to 7.1g per 100g and a fat free yoghart.

    how much are you actually having and how much fat do you think you are consuming over the day. You need to be hitting near the 25-30 to enable your body to remain healthy and have the energy to burn the fat off

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    I'm no expert but I don't think you're eating enough. If you don't eat a good balanced diet then your body goes into 'starvation mode' and your metabolism slows right down. Therefore weight loss will be low.

    Try eating 3 balanced meals a day and see if you can kick start your metabolism.

    But... don't beat yourself up, at least you lost weight.

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    I'm a week tomorrow. I don't think I've lost anything. I signed up here to see what other experiences were and I'm getting the impression it takes a while to 'get into the swing of things'. I'll probably give it a month that way it should have a chance and I should get more used to doing it. I've realised that foods I thought weren't too bad were probably not as good as I thought. Don't forget drinks too. Some fruit juices are quite high in calorie and alcoholic drinks can pile on the pounds. Next week I'm going to be much more careful and I'm going to knock the red wine on the head!
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    hi i dont worry to much about weight im concentrating on body fat, the key to losing fat is EXERCISE, find something thats just to tight and try to put it on every few days and you will feel great when it gradually starts to fit,muscell is heavier than fat so your weight is not as important as your fat content. if you try to eat plenty of fish and veg and fruit. if your eating carbs stick to good alternatives such as wholemeal or brown rice. walk as much as poss. once you get used to whole foods you need a lot less as they fill you up more because they are more nutricous than say a bic mac. one last thing drink plenty of water watch what drinks your having as most are high in sugar.. orlistat act only as a catalyst to you still have to exercise.diets dont work, life changes do!get the fat off and open new doors to your life
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    Thanks guys,

    I think it is a case of not eating enough, i think my daily intake of fat is less that 15g majority of that is a dinner time when i eat up to 7.1g as i am at the moment eating WW meals just to try and get in to the swing of things.

    Can you give me any pointers of what your daily eating/food intake is??

    Feel really silly asking but i have no clue really as to what i am doing.

    Thanks again

    Elly

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    Elly, I think the 'secret' is to not think of this as yet another diet, but a new way of eating that you can stick to for the rest of your life. Otherwise (if you're like me!) you'll just lose weight and then as soon as you slip back into your old eating habits it will pile back on, with a few extra stone for good measure!

    My nurse and consultant have been great. Their advice is to not deprive yourself of anything, just eat in smaller amounts and make small changes to your lifestyle - walking instead of driving etc.

    If you get a craving for something then don't make yourself miserable over it - have it, enjoy it, then get back on track.

    Remember, this has got to be a long-term solution, not a short-term fix.

    Best of luck - come here for encouragement. x

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