Advice Please!

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  1. Jgander

    Jgander Member

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    I am new to this site and looking for some advice please. I have just started taking Xenical and not sure if I am using it right?? would you mind giving me a typical days menu that you use just to give me an idea?? I read that if your meal doesn't contain any fat there is no point taking the tablet, would you agree with this????
    Any info would be most helpful, thanks!!
    Confused Jen !
     
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    Hello, and welcome :)
    The main rule to remember is that you should eat foods that contain no more than 5g of fat per 100g of food, and no more than 15g of fat in each meal.
    Each time you eat a meal (assuming you've taken your Xenical) a third of the fat in that meal will pass through your body and out in your stools, rather than being absorbed and used by your body in the normal way.
    So say if you ate a meal with 9g of fat in it, 3g would go straight through and 6g would be absorbed normally. You wouldn't get side effects because 3g is a small amount of fat to 'pass' amongst other bodily waste.
    So...say if you were naughty and ate a meal with 60g of fat in it, 20g would pass straight through (which is quite a lot) and this means that you'd be more likely to get the 'tango' effect (which can be anything from normal stools that are just a bit orange or oily, to the full Tango experience - sorry if that's too much information!!)
    Don't be worried by the horror stories though, as long as you stick to the rules, or as near to them as you can, you'll be fine.

    You're right in thinking that if you ate a meal without any fat in it (say a fruit salad) then there isn't any point taking the tablet as it has no fat to work on. Having said that, some people like to take their tablets regardless because it stops them from being tempted to snack on fatty foods between meals.

    As far as daily foods are concerned, I'd suggest having a nosey around the diary section - the link to mine is in my signature below.
    I'll also re-post something I wrote in response to another new member a few days ago (if I can find it) as they asked a similar question to you...

    Hope this helps a bit - and if you've got any other questions then ask away :D
     
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    Here's that other post I wrote a few days ago.... but don't forget that these are just my ideas, I'm sure you'll pick up lots more ideas from the other members here :)

     
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    Hi Jen, I just want to say hello and welcome and second everything that Alex has said, there is no more to add! Good luck

    KB x
     
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    Thanks so much Alex ,that is really great info!! For the first day taking them I was so afraid I was going to have the dreaded side effects you hear about, I hardly ate anything!!! that would keep the pounds off alright wouldn't it....scare you into not eating anything lol!!!

    Thanks again for your replies, very helpful,
    Jen
     
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    I would recommend avoid mayonnaise - at least the full fat stuff ;)
     
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    Redkoala Go on smile! =)

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    Welcome Jen x
     
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    Hi Jen & welcome.

    The only advice I can add is to keep a hand-written diary...preferably in the kitchen. And do your sums regarding fat before you start cooking.

    In the first week this helped me immensely when I was initially almost too scared to eat anything.
    And in subsequent weeks, when I was stuck for ideas I could look back and remember meals I'd enjoyed, that I knew were 'OK' for me to eat.

    There are a couple of brilliant recipe threads here in the Xenical section, I have found them invaluable for coming up with fresh, new ideas for tasty meals that my husband will enjoy too....I categorically refuse to cook seperate meals....I just give him larger portions ;) :D
     
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