Most times, doctors would recommend that if you are taking orlistat to help you lose weight you reduce your fat intake to about 30 percent of your total calorie intake, work on a weight loss diet and exercise more often. First, we would look at the effect of orlistat without exercise.
Orlistat Treatment Without Exercise
Orlistat is one of the most popular weight loss medicine in the market, and for the right reason too. Clinical reports tell us that some people can lose up to 10 percent or more of their body weight within six months with the help of orlistat.
A research article published by the department of psychology, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey showed that orlistat is the most popular drug among people who are working on losing weight, and also, the best results were recorded among individuals who used orlistat.
According to the research report, over a period of six months, the majority of the responders had reduced their BMI by taking orlistat. The mean weight loss reported by the University of Surrey was 4.09 kg (9.018 lb).
While taking orlistat treatment leads to remarkable weight loss, these figures can be further improved with the help of a good weight reducing diet and regular exercise.
Orlistat and Diet Vs Orlistat, Diet and Exercise
Past results and clinical tests have proven that orlistat and diet treatment works great, as people lose a considerable amount of weight. However, people who add exercise to orlistat – diet treatment not only lose more weight, they also tend to be healthier.
The department of endocrinology and metabolism, and the department of physiology, Firat University, Faculty of Medicine, Elazig, Turkey conducted a research, examining the effect of weight loss on individuals applying orlistat – diet and orlistat – diet and exercise treatment.
The research result showed that orlistat –diet treatment led to a significant decrease of total body weight 94.9±14.9 kg (basal) vs 91.6±13.5 kg (after 4 weeks) associated with small but significant decreases in body fat mass: 37.7±5.6 kg (basal) to 36.0±6.2 kg (4 weeks).
For orlistat –diet treatment with exercise treatment, a significant decrease in total body weight: 101.5±17.4 kg (basal) vs 96.3±17.3 kg (4 wk) associated with a significant decrease in body fat mass: 45.0±10.5 kg (basal) vs 40.9±9.8 kg (4 wk).
Extra Benefits with Exercise
According to the report of Firat University, individuals who perform short-term aerobic exercise training program along with their orlistat – diet treatment tend to show two important changes
- Individuals experience a relatively greater reduction in body fat mass
- Aerobic exercise improves the aerobic fitness and maximal work production capacities of individuals.
While the extra weight loss with exercise may not be miles apart from regular orlistat treatment, the benefits of exercise should not be overlooked. Asides from the report of Firat University, we know that people who exercise often tend to be happier, confident and have greater energy levels.
Clinical tests and studies have told us that on an average, patients who take orlistat along with a weight-reducing diet and exercise, cause more weight loss than a weight-reducing diet and exercise alone, or taking orlistat alone. So, if you are taking orlistat to help you with weight loss, if you can, you should exercise as often as possible.
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.