Zenical Information - UK

How does Zenical work?

If you eat an excessive amount of fat or calories, the excess is stored as fat by the body, resulting in weight gain. When you eat fat, your body breaks it down into its simplest components so that it can be digested. Unlike other weight-loss drugs you may have heard about that act in the brain or central nervous system to suppress appetite or to speed up metabolism, Zenical works in your digestive system to block about one-third of the fat in the food you eat from being digested. Enzymes in your digestive system, called lipases, help digest (or break down) fat. When taken with meals, Zenical attaches to the lipases and blocks them from breaking down some of the fat you have eaten. The undigested fat cannot be absorbed and is eliminated in your bowel movements. By working this way, Zenical helps block about one-third of the fat in the foods you eat from being absorbed by your body.

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Have you tried dieting, exercise and support groups, but found they never seem to work? Did you lose weight only to quickly gain it back? Your doctor will want to know these things before prescribing a medicine, to make sure that you've considered your options seriously and that your request for Zenical isn't a hasty one. Zenical is a prescription medication, not a magic pill that simply melts pounds away. The nice part about the Zenical program is that it doesn't involve a complicated diet. In fact, the reduced-calorie diet with no more than 30% calories from fat is the same one recommended by the American Heart Association for all Americans. Keeping to a diet with no more than 30% calories from fat can be challenging for some people, especially if you enjoy things like fried foods and ice cream. If you can stay on the recommended diet, you will be on your way to achieving your weight-loss goals! Zenical may be right for you if you have a Body Mass Index of 30 or greater, or have a BMI of 27 or greater and have other risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease or diabetes. Click here to calculate your BMI and find out if you might be a candidate for Zenical. It is very important to talk to your doctor if you're considering using Zenical as part of a weight-loss program. Click here for information and materials that you can print out and take to your next doctor visit.