Slimming tablets work in different ways. Some suppress diet and others increase metabolism. Some replace food and others make you feel like you have eaten lots. Orlistat is brand name of slimming tablets that work in quite a different way.
Unlike other slimming tablets, Orlistat acts on the digestion and in particular absorption stage of the process and interferes with it, with dramatic results being claimed.
Orlistat slimming tablets work by stopping some of your enzymes working on your food. They interfere with the lipase which usually attaches to the fat and breaks it down. This in turn reduces the amount of fat which the body breaks down, digests and absorbs. The makers say that a third of the fat you eat will simply pass undigested out the other end again!
Both sellers and users of Orlistat quote success stories, but emphasise that for best effect, the slimming tablets should not be relied upon unaided; for success. They must be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise regime. The point is that the Orlistat will enhance your other efforts and you should expect to lose about a third more weight over a given time.
Since these particular slimming tablets do not affect your metabolism or heart rate, they cannot work by themselves. You need to commit to the diet and exercise which your doctor prescribes and use the tablets as an additional tool.
Although often prescribed, Orlistat slimming tablets can be bought over the counter within certain guidelines. These relate to existing obesity, high body-mass index and general suitability. Certain people including the young, old and pregnant are not allowed to use Orlistat.
The major side-effects these slimming tablets produce are on the digestive system, particularly the last part, passing waste. As the fat comes straight out without being digested at all, it does alter the consistency of your stools and may produce strong smells and excess wind. These are reported to go after a while as the body settles down.
Another word of caution is also needed on the way the absorption of food is affected. In stopping the digestion of fat, the slimming tablets may also interfere with the absorption of other prescription drugs and medicines. Your doctor will need to know about these before prescribing Orlistat.
With no major side-effects and anecdotal evidence of assistance in weight-loss, Orlistat is one of the more remarkable slimming tablets.