ORLISTAT……..IS IT ACTUALLY GOOD?
This article was updated on the 16th pf November, 2020
Orlistat is a drug recommended for the obese to lose weight. It is even approved by the FDA. But does it actually wok? What are the side effects? Orlistat is a drug that makes you lose weight by inhibiting the enzymes in your digestive system, which normally digest fat. This makes about one third of the fat ingested to be blocked from being absorbed. The enzyme that Orlistat blocks is called Lipase. The fat which is not absorbed by your body is passed out as stool, thus when you are done in the toilet, you would see oil in your stool!!!
Orlistat has been proven to induce weight loss in people who take it. For those who combined Orlistat with diet and exercise, they achieved more weight loss.
However the thing behind this is that you still have to reduce your food intake, because Orlistat only prevents fats from being absorbed. Meaning that if you eat lots of carbs, they would be absorbed, but later converted to fats in the body, so your effort and money would have been wasted.
To use Orlistat, your recommended body stats should be as follows:
BMI of more than 30, you should be more than 18 years old
Side Effects of Orlistat:
-Staining of your underwear with oil
-Urgency (diarrhea like)
I passed by a pharmacy on the island, and the drug was here quite alright. Cost 15,000 naira for a pack of hundred tablets, which you have to take a tab 3 times daily.
So what do you think? Is Orlistat worth it? I would only go to the level of using Orlistat if my BMI ever rose above 30 anyway, not sure I want my underwear stained with oil! Still, i would always say that nothing beats eating healthy and working out regularly. They say for orlistat to work, you have to watch your food intake, calorie consumption and exercise.. So, I wonder, what is the use then? We better stick to eating right and working out then right?
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