Weight Loss


Orlistat is the generic version of Xenical and is intended for people who are medically obese. It works by reducing the amount of fat absorbed into the body.

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Containing the active ingredient orlistat, Alli is a weight loss treatment that works by lowering the amount of fat absorbed into the body from food.

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Xenical (orlistat) can help to cut the amount of fat absorbed by the body by around a quarter. This treatment is intended for people who are medically obese.

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What is Obesity?

Obesity is a term used to describe the state of being very overweight. It is now a common condition in the UK, affecting around a quarter of adults. You are generally considered to be obese if you have a body mass index of 30 or above.

Being severely overweight can lead to problems like breathlessness and back pain, and it can result in low self-esteem. It also has the potential to reduce life expectancy and is associated with an increased risk of a range of diseases, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, raised cholesterol and certain types of cancer. Because of the dangers it poses, obesity is viewed as one of the leading public health concerns of modern times.

What causes obesity?

There are a number of risk factors that trigger weight gain. In most cases, it is caused by a combination of consuming too many calories and doing too little exercise. When the body takes in high amounts of energy from food and this is not burned off, the excess is stored as fat in the body. Some people also have a genetic predisposition to gain too much weight, and underlying medical problems like an underactive thyroid can make people more likely to be obese.

How to achieve weight loss

Weight loss is always associated with a change of lifestyle. Without developing new, healthier habits any weight we lose will inevitably be regained sooner or later. We need to incorporate physical exercise into our lives, even if this just means walking to work instead of getting a bus or taking the stairs instead of a lift. It’s also important to tweak our diets. There is no set rule that everyone should stick to when they are trying to lose weight, but most obese people are advised to cut their energy intake by around 600 calories per day. The most effective way to do this is to substitute fatty and sugary foods for healthier options, including plenty of vegetables. In addition, some individuals can aid their weight loss efforts by taking specialist medications.

How does weight loss treatment work?

Our range of weight loss treatments includes Orlistat, Alli and Xenical. All of these medicines contain the active ingredient orlistat, which acts as a lipase inhibitor and reduces the amount of fat your body absorbs from the foods you eat. It is important to be aware that these drugs work best when combined with diet and lifestyle changes. To find out more about your treatment options, take a look around our website. You can also contact our medical experts or speak to your GP if you have any additional queries.