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Posted by: Dean | 2011/11/01

Xenical / Orlistat

I would like to know if this is effective on existing fat with in the body? i already follow a low fat diet and train regular and have lost about 15kg over a year period. I am now trying to reduce gut fat and love handles. Would this medication improve these areas?
Thanks in advance

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Dear Dean
Congratulations for losing those 15 kg - you are a ***star***! Xenical or orlistat is a medication that prevents the uptake of fat from the diet and thus lowers your energy intake (you save 37 kJ for every gram of fat that you do not ingest). However, orlistat does not "break down" existing fat in the body. The only way to achieve this is to reduce your energy intake and increase your energy expenditure as you are already doing. If your diet is already very low in fat and energy-reduced (about 9200 kJ/day for an adult man), then using an additional fat-reducing product would probably not be necessary. If you are at a gym, ask your trainer to work out a programme that targets the abdominal fat and the love handles (more sit-ups, etc).
Best regards
DietDoc

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2011/11/01

Dear Dean
Congratulations for losing those 15 kg - you are a ***star***! Xenical or orlistat is a medication that prevents the uptake of fat from the diet and thus lowers your energy intake (you save 37 kJ for every gram of fat that you do not ingest). However, orlistat does not "break down" existing fat in the body. The only way to achieve this is to reduce your energy intake and increase your energy expenditure as you are already doing. If your diet is already very low in fat and energy-reduced (about 9200 kJ/day for an adult man), then using an additional fat-reducing product would probably not be necessary. If you are at a gym, ask your trainer to work out a programme that targets the abdominal fat and the love handles (more sit-ups, etc).
Best regards
DietDoc

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