Posted: 18-Feb-2012 07:42|
sorry to post this as I know not direct nursing, but thought I may pick the brains of my fellow PN's......
I am currently doing WW with little results (no will power, so simple as to ehy not working!!). However am considering Lighterlife for a quick weight loss, but am worried about weight gain afterwards and dont want shakes+soups to be my life. Any feedback would be fab.
Posted: 18-Feb-2012 09:07|
Not sure about Lighterlife but my colleague does Slimming World, seems to be good, she lost loads approx 18m ago and has kept it all off, and yet always seems to be eating!
Posted: 18-Feb-2012 10:31|
I would not recommend any VLCD, however they do work well for a quick fix. There are some forum members who have done VLCD with fab results, so they may be able to help. I have dabbled with low calorie diets via this type of company, I have used All about weight (excellent until changed all products and difficulty with supply), and now I am trying Exante (so far so good), which offer meal replacements but you can combine it with healthy eating. I prefer to have some "proper" food too, so my weight loss has been slow. Until Xmas, I found it easy to stick to as there is little planning to do. If I can get my head around it again I dont think there is anything wrong with soups/shakes for 2 meals a day for life and a healthy eve meal. I think it could work for me......if only I could curb my chocolate addiction! Good luck!
Posted: 18-Feb-2012 14:47|
relative has done Lighter Life and is now unable to come off it as every time she does, suprise suprise she puts weight back on. She has spent thousands of pounds and despite all the counselling you get whilst doing it, is unable to now go it alone. I really would not recommend it!!
Posted: 18-Feb-2012 14:49|
Two years ago I lost 1.5 stone on lighter life, my BP came down and I never felt so good. I have only put 4lbs on since and am happy at the weight I am now. It doesnt suit everyone but it was great for me. I had a headache for 2 days whilst giving up carbs but thta was expected.
Posted: 18-Feb-2012 14:57|
have lost over 10lbs with WW. you can eat almost anything, within reason, but at the end of the day it is eat less and move more!!
Posted: 18-Feb-2012 18:40|
Had a pt come in for BP monitoring while doing liter life. she lost loads of weight, came off BP meds. If you do the support sessions and not just the diet it can work even when you start eating again. Fellow nurse did the diet but not the support (too busy) and put a lot back on when started to eat.
I would love to give it a go but don't want my daughter thinking it is ok not to eat!!
Just a thought, my opinion, not fact or law.
Posted: 18-Feb-2012 21:33|
I lost 6 stone with lighter life about 5 yrs ago. Went down to a size 12 felt fantastic off BP meds etc. Since then I have put it all back on. I did engage fully in the program and went to all the sessions.I loved losing the weight and had no problem with the meal replacement. As soon as i started eating again i put the weight back on. As someone said to me if you always eat what you have always eaten you will always be the same. For me lighter life was not enough to teach me how to handle food. Also I now feel very guilty about the amount of money i wasted.I did enjoy being a normal size again if only for a short time.
Posted: 18-Feb-2012 23:00|
Neither.I feel that Diets make you think of food all the time. Try reading some books about how the dieting industry makes money from how we feel unhappy about ourselves. the day I stopped dieting ( 10 years ago) was the day I stopped being fat. Someone once told me that 10 stone of curves was better than 8 stone of nerves and I think that is true.Good luck Jasper. I hope you achieve what you desire
Posted: 19-Feb-2012 09:20|
We have a patient who did the Lighter Life diet, lost lots of weight and then promptly developed renal failure - just coincidence or a real risk to take into account???
Posted: 19-Feb-2012 15:55|
I paid around £2.50 for an Iphone app. It has a bar code scanner to make calorie counting relatively easy, it suggests how many calories I should aim for, taking any exercise into account and it charts my weight against an expected trajectory. Sorted!,
As practice nurses I think we are all well aware of what we should be eating; that's the easy bit. Recording what I eat helps keep me on the straight and narrow and I can build in the occasional sweet treat/glass of wine. It's very quick and easy to use so I don't find myself thinking about food all the time
I've lost around 1kg a week for the first 3 weeks and feeling very motivated, watch this space!
Posted: 19-Feb-2012 18:03|
as a heaalth professional i recommend WW often as I think it teaches peolle all about healthy eating over the months- The other one is scary and aLL ABOUT WEIGHT LOSS WHICHICH IS VERY HAR
Posted: 19-Feb-2012 18:16|
sorry no glasses and computer failure- lightlife doesnt educate people about healthy eating at least not long enough to impact on peoples life
and if you have to monitor bp every month, that says it all
But if you are asking not as a health proffessioanl, I would say, it helps some keep the weight off
Posted: 19-Feb-2012 23:17|
Think i have tried about 100 different diets! over the years, have lost weight/ put back on etc don't think any of them are sustainable- long term. its what works for you individually. when I am motivated to reduce fats/calories/portions, the one I find easiest is the '3 day a week diet' cut down to 1000- 1200 cals a day for 3 days a week, mix in some short bust 10-15 min cardio x2 weekly and eat what you want ( within reason) rest of the week. keeps my weight stable, and up the exercise if need to lose a inches! good luck with whatever you do x
Posted: 20-Feb-2012 09:27|
I have been on and off diets for my whole life, have done lighterlife too. look at the women who created this diet she is not slim, this diet is a quick fix that ruins your body, yes you lose weight, some people have lost their lives (no more weight probs then). 3 years ago i started serious exercise combined with healthy eating - weight stayed the same for 2 years (good but not good enough) losing weight and good health should be what we are aiming for - some of us will never be where we think we should be on the scales BUT if you can run/cycle several miles keep up in a gym class that says much more about your health. Anecdotally where I work the skinny people (who eat food I would never dream of eating) seem to be off sick more than us chunkies.
If weight watchers and s world were inherently successful why do people keep having to go back??
I now belong to a fitness and nutrition club, exercise 4-5 times per week, have lost 2 stone BUT can wear clothes that I wore when I weighed over a stone lighter. my measurements change more than the scales. I have muscles and tone (still some fat) AND best of all the first thing they did for me was to increase my overall calorie intake.
Sorry but it is not simply eat less move more. oh! that it was that simple.
right I'll get off my soap box now.
Posted: 20-Feb-2012 09:37|
Well said busby
Posted: 20-Feb-2012 14:46|
I totally agree, I do a lot of exercise which if I didnt I would be a couple of sizes bigger, and yes i think theres been a lot written recently about the benefits of exercise being more important than weight loss
Posted: 22-Feb-2012 11:31|
I do complementary therapies as well as nursing and some people who cannot lose weight have an undiagnosed food intolerance (affects around 25% population)so until they identify & remove the offending ingredient from their diet they will either be over or under weight. Can test for yourself in a number of ways:
keep a food diary for 2 weeks at least noting all items consumed & ANY symptoms - from itchiness to bloating to headaches, bowel change, joint problems & weight change. Longwinded as then have to back track & look for patterns 10/24/48/72 hours earlier as some changes may not show until 3-5 days after consumption.
weight gain overnight is a classic sign.
if able to sit down after eating - take pulse before meal and 20 mins then 1 hour afterwards - any increase of 10bpm suggests intolerance to something in the meal.
Books on allergies or clinical ecology available in libraries.
can also be determined by Vega testing, kinesiology, radionics or dowsing. Not by usual allergy tests as immunoglobulins not affected.
Posted: 22-Feb-2012 19:13|
I* understand that ligherlife has porblems of its own with a heavy risk of ketones etc in urine and is something we advise our patients against at our surgery. Most people go for weight watchers. A friend of mine told me her best friend tried lighter life and after 5 days, it made her feel so ill, had headaches, was freezing cold and had kidney pains.
Posted: 22-Feb-2012 20:58|
I am feeling hungry just reading this ....can't seem to manage without my biscuit at night and every spring I hope in vain that I loose weight before the summer hols...on the 2 day diet at the moment lost 4 pounds in 6 weeks, could do so much better if only more willpower and no chocs/wine in reach