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So, I was still debating if I should try using that Alli diet pill. I think I'm gonna ask my doctor when I have an appointment on the 15th(because maybe he'll have some super speed up your metabolism hardcore pill to give me instead) because I'm not so sure it'll work for me.

From what I read, it works by blocking about 25& of the fat you eat in a day from being absorbed. I was shocked to see it let you eat 15g of fat per meal. Who does that???

Then, I thought--maybe I do eat that much fat in a day (although I doubted it--yes, I am one of those freakos who doesn't like fried foods that much, doesn't like greasy foods, prefers fat free ice cream.) I figure, if the pill is designed to make you lose weight by blocking your fat intake, and I'm not taking in that much fat to begin with....well, it wouldn't work for me, right?

So here's what I've had/plan to have for today. And this is a typical days worth of eating for me. I'm not conciously choosing low fat foods because I'm recording it. It's just a typical day of eating for me--for example, I eat the same breakfast every day.

2 egg whites scrambled(yeah, I don't like regular eggs): 0 grams
2 pieces whole grain double protein toast, no butter: 3 grams (1.5 per slice)
Breakfast total:3 grams

Smart Ones Fettucini Alfredo w/broccoli: 3.5 grams
Small red delicious apple: 1.0 grams
Jello Sugar Free Pudding Pack Rice Pudding Creme Brulee: 2 grams
Lunch total: 6.5 grams

1/2 container fat free yogurt: 0 grams
Chips Ahoy 100 calorie snack pack: 3.0 grams
Smart Food popcorn snack pack: 2 grams
Keebler 100 calorie fudge grams snack pack: 3.5 grams
Snack total: 8.5 grams

1 Perdue Perfect Portions boneless skinless chicken breast: 1.5 grams
1 cup broccoli: 0.5 grams
3 oz Dole Very Veggie Salad: 0 grams
2 tablespoons Kraft Fat Free Catalina dressing: 0 grams
2 tsp Kraft Parmesen Cheese grated: 1.5 grams
Dinner total

1 Weight Watchers Giant Fudge Ice Cream bar: 1 gram
Dessert total: 1 gram

Daily total: 22.5 grams of fat

Now, the snacks are consumed throughout the day, not all at once. But looking at that--and like I said, it's pretty typical for me--there's not a whole lot of meals where I consume even half of the 15 grams Alli is touting as healthy. Hell, I am just a handful over that for the whole day!

So....I dunno. I'm gonna try to keep logging it for the next couple of weeks (in addition to the regular WW logging) and let my doctor figure it out. Cause I've been gaining recently at a monster clip(I mean, 6lbs in one week? I know a lot of that was water because my right calf, foot, and ankle was about double the size of my left one) but it's a little odd to gain that much in one week without binging (which I have not done.)

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Have you checked out SparkPeople? It has a nutrition tracker that I find very helpful, among many other resources. You can set custom goals regarding fat, carbs, protein, etc. :)

Ironically, you may not be eating enough fat. Basic guidelines are that you should shoot for around 30 grams a day. Extremely low-fat diets like Ornish say 10-15 grams, I think, but they're also very heavy on greens and non-processed foods.

And where the fat come from matters. Ideally, it should be "good" fat from fish (salmon, tuna), nuts, olive oil, flaxseed, etc.

Fat-free or low-fat processed foods tend to contain more sugar to compensate for the lack of fat--the fat holds the flavor, so when it's removed, you need to do something to make the food taste good, and so the manufacturers generally add salt or sugar, depending on what the food is. For that reason, you may want to look at calories as well as fat, although I didn't see anything on your list that looks high-cal. Also, I've seen studies that indicate that the body kind of doesn't know what to do with some of the processed low/no fat foods, so you may end up not getting as much of a benefit as you'd think.

If the body doesn't get enough fat, it thinks there's a famine and stores lots of fat to compensate. Bizarre, yes, but our bodies were generally engineered for a time when we had to face famine on a regular basis.

I agree with baileytc... you may see more success if you cut out processed foods and cut down/cut out the sugar-- even if you don't want to go low-carb, cutting down on the sugar and fructose should help a lot. It looks like a lot of your menu is mostly sweets. There's not a whole lot of vegetables. And processed food is full of hidden sugars, which is what makes them so incredibly addicting. It's super difficult to give them up, though, I know.

Also, to add what baileytc said about fat, fat will also help keep you satiated for longer, so if you eat meals with higher fat content, you may not feel the need to have so many snacks throughout the day. And many vitamins cannot be well absorbed unless they are accompanied by fat! It's a big reason vitamin instructions tell you to take with food, they assume you'll be consuming some fat in your meal.

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