I've been on Xenical and am having pretty good outcomes with it. So far I have lost 30 lbs or so. I find that it helps to give me the extra "push" I need to stay away from off limits food like fried chicken, french fries. After experiencing the side effects of having french fries, I am not exactly in a hurry to repeat the experience again. It also does help you lose a little faster. I also belong to TOPS to keep my motivation high.
I find that many people are judgmental when it comes to being on Xenical for some reason. I've heard the shame on you for going on pills stuff. The same people though that have criticized me for resorting to unnatural means are probably women using pills for birth control.
How many of us can say that we do everything naturally anyways? hee
But I think everyone has to explore different options that may work for them and criticize the choices of others less. Yes we can do it naturally but for many of us, we can use the extra push to develop good eating habits. After all, it took me 30 years to develop such poor eating habits that it is going to take me a while to develop healthy ones.
Also, I had one girl say to me "you should use internal pushes and not external ones". To me, hey, I'm 30 years old, two hundred and something pounds. If I had such internal motivation, I wouldn't be overweight to begin with!!! hee
Lastly, my doctor recommended it, and I will take the advice of someone who knows my medical situation and my own personal problems. Not someone who is an outsider, critical and judgmental. Xenical works for me and it won't be something that I'll be on forever, but for now it is giving me some extra help that I personally need. It is helping me to change my lifestyle. Its not forever, but it is pretty significant to me right now.
For more information on Xenical, there are a couple of good mailing lists at www.egroups.com
Check them out. Also if you are in the USA -- try www.xenicare.com
or in Canada, call the 1-800 number on your package for some great freebies -- food journal, video, free workshops with a dietician. etc.
If you wish to email me personally: