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Diet Pills

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 09:32

Reductil (sibutramine) is, as SG!!!!!!!! says, no longer available through official channels in the UK because the evidence suggested that it wasn't safe. 

Most folk who took it when it was prescribable either didn't find it at all effective or struggled to tolerate the appetite suppression. It's fairly predictable that people who are overweight because they enjoy their food aren't going to like the reality of taking a pill that makes them go off eating, however much the idea appeals in theory.

Orlistat is the only slimming pill still available on NHS prescription. At a pinch, it might provide a marginal benefit over diet alone in some people.

If you hang out in the wrong places, you can of course get all sorts of gubbins, from Tenuate Dospan to home-brewed Aicar. But it's not worth it.

Calling all Virgin London Marathon 2010 hopefuls

Posted: 16/11/2009 at 09:40

You have to choose The Evil Pixie. Unlike most of last year's crew of idlers and wastrels, at least you can be sure that she will TURN UP and FINISH. Even if she has a broken leg. You've seen her do it before, and had the picture of your homepage to prove it

high cholesterol!

Posted: 15/03/2009 at 20:05

My total cholesterol was 6.2mmol/l when I had it measured out of curiosity 15 years ago.

Since my overall cardiovascular risk is in the region of zero, I don't intend to have it measured again unless there's a medical reason to know the number.


Posted: 15/03/2009 at 20:02

Bad for your teeth, but a perfectly reasonable form in which to take sugar

It is not necessary to let it go flat, whatever anyone might suggest.

Running after skiing

Posted: 15/03/2009 at 19:51

When I went skiing a few years ago for the first time in 20 years, my calves hurt so much that I was in tears going up the drag-lift. A change of hire boots sorted the problem out, and I have my own boots now (I bought the identical model to the hire boots that HAD suited me) and don't get any problems.

As for running after skiing ... no, never had a problem, though I've also never felt that I've benefitted from a week skiing and doing some running at altitude.

Going skiing makes me realise why I keep doing that boring running thing. It's great to be able to ski all day without worrying about fatigue or aerobic fitness

adidas Silverstone Half-Marathon

Posted: 15/03/2009 at 19:30
HH, did you look anywhere other than the tarmac? There were whopping great mile-markers with clocks on them

adidas Silverstone Half-Marathon

Posted: 15/03/2009 at 18:23
My Garmin said 13.42 miles. I started a little way back, but tried to keep to an efficient line through the bendy bits.

high cholesterol!

Posted: 15/03/2009 at 18:04
NFS, do you have a family history of heart disease, stroke or type 2 diabetes?

What should I do?

Posted: 15/03/2009 at 18:02
Definitely run in the old shoes if they're still comfortable. 500 miles is just a number plucked out of the air and lots of us get a great deal more mileage than that out of your shoes - if you're not a big thunking over-pronating heel-striker, you may well find that you can safely wear shoes until they fall apart.

adidas Silverstone Half-Marathon

Posted: 15/03/2009 at 17:59
I thoroughly enjoyed being the 9mm pacer and had some fabulous company all the way round
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