LadyCallie- Glad to be able to help in any way possible. It sounds like you are very motivated for this and that is the biggest hurdle!
I whole heartedly agree with using the lean cuisines, those have been my lunches every day that I don't have a salad. As well as on occasion my dinner if I forgot to make dinner or made something for the family that is not lean enough for me.
I also eat alot of chicken, it is a miracle food for dieting lol. I have a couple recipes that I have listed on my spark page if you want to get an idea of what I normally eat.
As for soy milk, I can't say, I drink Hood calorie countdown non fat milk which is awesome IMHO.
When I first started on alli, I used the menus on their website and logged my food diligently. It was hard for me to get enough fiber and lower my salt enough but finally I managed. I need to get back on track more though because I have stopped losing. I am not gaining but would like to get more motivated again. I have never had the "horrors-story" treatment effects, just the looser stools that someone mentioned.
Leicca: That is a wonderful answer! You covered the pro's and con's and I can respect that. I am very much prepared to reduce the fat and calorie content. I am so sick of feeling run down, heavy, and over all sluggish. Plus if I am going to spend my money (I am quite cheap...) then I am going to squeeze as much out of it as I can!
What foods can you recommend that I eat? I was thinking lean cuisines (usually less than 10 grams of fat per meal) and 99% lean chicken breast salads. And cheerios!
Of course, I would eat more than that, but those were some ideas I had.
Is soy milk better than non fat milk? I am lactose intolerant...so yeah.
"Sometimes you just have to RUN before you WALK" - Iron Man
"Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card."
i took alli for 6 months and lost 68 pounds then stopped for about 4 months cuz i only lost 20 more pounds with out it but i kepts gaining and losing 10 or that 20 pounds and then i just didnt lose anything and stayed the same for what seems like forever! after that 4 months i got back on it and have been on it since then i did platue for about 5 months but thats over now and im back losing again!
i do eat healthy 1200 to 1500 calories a day i also eat low amounts of fat and sodium. i eat really healthy and exersize just about every day.
ive NEVER had any bad effects from alli and i really do think people who have them didnt change much from how they ate before i mainly use it to keep me on track with eating.
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LadyCallie - If you decide to go on Alli you are going to be taking a huge step to getting back control of your eating habits and your weight. That alone is a huge plus!
I have lost 30 lbs since June and have not felt this good in a couple years!
Alli does have some TE's (treatment effects) with it, as I am sure you have read.
If you go over your fat allowance be prepared for it.
Even with being on a low fat diet your stool will be a bit softer then normal. I thought it was only me, but I have talked to several people who have the same now. But it is nothing like the horror stories that you read about.
You have to have a certain amount of fat in your diet, we all do, even if not dieting, staying with the healthy fats is always the preferred method.
How much you lose is entirely up to your body and how much you exercise and cut back on calories. There are recommendations all over the net of how much is healthy to lose, I would recommend just not going crazy and cutting calories down to the triple digits.
Be reasonable, be responsible and remember that Alli should not be taken unless your serious about cutting down on your fat intake and exercising.
Too many people think that it is ok to continue with their bad eating habits and the Alli will just make it miraculously disappear. That is not going to happen.
Also remember, you will still plateau on occasion, even using Alli. Don't give up though that is just your body being stubborn!
I'll start by saying that I am not the Alli poster child. I started 3 weeks ago. The first week, I only took it once or twice a day because I was afraid of the effects. Last week I started taking it 3 times a day and found no significant effects other than what would be considered normal (in the toilet). I'm not experiencing any leakage, gassiness,etc. Thank goodness for that!
On the other hand, without changing my diet significantly and without exercising any differently than before, I have lost 2 pounds in 3 weeks. Now I know that I have to exercise more and watch my diet more carefully, but I really wanted to see how Alli would affect me first. Now that I have, I'm ready to incorporate the diet and exercise aspect into my life.
Again, I am not an Alli poster child, but that is my experience thus far.
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