It’s been 2 years since I wrote my Lazy Girl’s Guide to Losing Weight and Keeping It Off blog post, and things have changed since I moved to Taiwan. Perhaps it’s my inability to resist all the good food, especially noodles; perhaps it’s the beers that I enjoy even more in such hot and humid weather; or perhaps it’s a natural part of ageing – whatever the reason, I’ve gone beyond my OMG weight, and have found it impossible to shift any of it.
So last weekend I bit the bullet and visited a fairly well-known weight loss clinic in Taipei, which prescribes appetite suppressants + calorie controlled diet for weight loss.
I secured an appointment with the weight loss clinic on Saturday afternoon, which involves firstly filling out forms with regards to my current health conditions and lifestyle (including dietary) habits.
After the forms I was taken to measure my weight, body fat %, blood pressure, and width of waist, arms, bum. They also took a blood sample which needs to be analysed and cleared for the diet.
I’m not going to reveal the measurements (at this point, at least), but this is what I look like now. I’m the most unhappy about my (tuck-shop lady) arms and (thunder) legs, which have always been my problem areas. The area that rings the alarm for me, is my tummy area – I’ve always had a relatively slim waist, and getting a gut is not normal.
The consultation was very quick, which was quite disappointing since I was hoping the doctor would explain to me the meaning of all the forms I filled in. The doctor placed me in the program which still requires me to control what I eat – which is to eat no carbs for breakfast and lunch (except for fruit), and small amount of non-greasy carbs for dinner.
This was quite surprising to me as I always thought carbs at night is a big no-no. But alas there was still not much explanation to that, and I was sent on my way with a prescription of 2 weeks worth of pills.
Another doctor (or pharmacist?) talked me through the bags of pills I was prescribed – they vary in dosage and combination for Day 1-3; Day 4-7 and Day 8-14.
I was advised to drink at least 3 litres of water during the program, and various methods to overcome the side-effects that may come with the pills. I’m glad the clinic is just around the corner from where I live, as it offers me a peace of mind should the pills deem unsuitable for me.
I was to wait for 2 business days for my blood test to return, so the clinic can give me the all-clear to go on the program.
And today, I got a phone call telling me I’m all good to go.
So tomorrow I shall begin on the program, and will document my progress on a weekly basis. Just to be clear, I’m no way condoning appetite suppressants as a good long-term way to loose weight, and am hoping to reach my goal weight of 48kg in 4 weeks time, after which I will try my best to maintain it for as long as I possibly can.
Wish me luck!
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