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It's been crazy times in Katdomville, but I wanted to stop in for a quick update.

My general practitioner -- you know, the one who has been gung-ho on me losing weight -- recommended (i.e. demanded) that I try out something called orlistat for weight loss. I was, as always, extremely skeptical on this point. He tends to steer me in weird directions, and I'm still of the opinion that his diagnosis of me being obese (which, by the way, he begrudgingly admitted that I'm just "overweight" now. Ha-HA!) is pretty silly. I was talking to one of his nurses and even she seemed skeptical about the obesity bit, but she said he's probably just trying to remedy my "overweightness" now, so that I won't resemble the Goodyear blimp when I'm 50 and my metabolism slows down. Fair enough, I suppose.

So I researched orlistat. Oh my. Horror stories flooded my interwebs. People who didn't follow the guidelines cited some serious gastrointestinal nastiness. Orlistat stops 1/4 of the fat you digest from being broken down by your regular digestive enzymes that allow the body absorb it. If you take in more than the daily recommended amount of fat... well, that oily result has to go somewhere.

Trumping my dubious doctor's potential Drug Co. kickbacks from prescription meds (something I've suspected since his random "do you want antidepressants?" moment when I hadn't mentioned a damn thing about being depressed), I went with the over-the-counter form, called Alli; I've been on it for a week and I've had no negative side effects. I'm losing weight. Still, as a statistical test, there are some other factors to consider. 1.) I'm working out regularly, and have been losing a minimum of 0.7lbs a week (according to the Wii), though this number has increased by 0.4 this week, despite my laxness about treadmill time early last week. 2.) My diet has changed significantly since I started taking the Alli, out of fear of "treatment effects," so it's difficult to determine what part of my weight loss is the orlistat and which part is overall diet change.

Do I feel that taking it has benefited by weight loss efforts? Absolutely. Where my willpower might have wavered when offered a delicious slice of chocolate drizzled cheesecake, the fear of loose bowels gives me that extra backup. Pit momentary food comfort against the possibility of a gastrointestinal nightmare, and I will always walk away from the cheesecake. This doesn't mean that tasty treats are dead to me -- I found some frozen fruit bars at Walmart that have 60 calories and zero fat, which is a nice treat on these long, hot summer days. If it's ice cream I'm jonesing for, Skinny Cow makes an ice cream sandwich that is 140 calories with only 1.5 grams of fat. While Skinny Cow makes other low-fat ice cream snacks, I prefer the sandwich style because there's no leeway with portion size.

I'm feeling a lot better, actually. Despite exercising regularly, I hadn't noticed any change in my energy levels from day to day until now. The difference hasn't been dramatic, but I'm feeling less lethargic and more motivated to get things done.

As far as the logbook goes, I think I'm giving it up for now. Classes started a couple weeks ago, and I've been slammed with work --it's enough for me to even squeeze in a workout, much less document the whole thing. I'm working on balancing out my schedule, so we'll see how it goes in the coming months.


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Jul. 4th, 2010 01:13 am (UTC)
Kat! I figured it out! Your doctor must have been raised by Chinese people! If you aren't bone-thin, you're fat. One of the girls, who, admittedly is little chunky (although it's mostly muscle 'cause she's a power lifter), was jokingly told by her host, 'Haha! You're so fat!' (They don't have any sort of faux-pas about saying things like that, but she told her about after she said that.)
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