Cut the cravings

‘I’m bored’, ‘I deserve it’ – how often have you eaten something and then regretted it afterwards? Here are some simple steps you can take to avoid the temptation.

1. Pause for thought
Press the pause button and ask yourself: ‘what do I really need?’ Are you physically hungry? Have a quick think about what has been going on recently. Might the craving be about an emotional need?

2. LighterLife Savoury Broth
This low-calorie savoury drink is suitable for all LighterLife plans, low-fat cooking and great for friends and family. Comes in individual sachets, so easy to always have at hand.

3. LighterLife Drink Mix
Drinking water will keep you hydrated and combats hunger. Our Drink Mix is suitable for all plans and the whole family. Comes in St Clements, Fruits of the Forest, Sunrise Orange and Pink Grapefruit.

4. LighterLife Jelly
Our guilt-free Raspberry Flavoured Jelly is fat-free, sugar-free, high in protein and unlimited  on all plans. Have one made up in the fridge and use it with a Foodpack to make a trifle.

5. Change rooms
Even just a trip to the loo can be enough to put a little space between you and the thing that you’re craving.

6. Exercise
A few minutes of fairly strenuous exercise releases endorphins – so-called ‘feel-good’ hormones. Just a brisk walk can lift your mood and deal with the moment.


A quick guide to good carbs and bad carbs

At LighterLife, we apply what we know about food and hunger to help you manage your appetite and related cravings for the best possible results. You will learn about the right foods to keep you fuller for longer and prevent dramatic energy crashes.

When it comes to physical hunger, all foods are not equal. In particular, carbohydrates can have powerful effects on hunger. Understanding how carbs work can really help you manage your appetite and waistline.

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Too fat to run?

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Julie Creffield (centre) is on a mission to get one million overweight women running


Blogger and self-confessed ‘fatty’ Julie Creffield is on a mission to get one million overweight women running, whatever their size.

In 2003, weighing almost 20 stone, Julie was persuaded by a colleague to take part in a 3k fun run. She did no training before and thought she was going to die on the way around. Not only from the unusual strain she was putting on her body, but also from embarrassment when a little boy shouted ‘run, fatty, run’ at her as she went past.

Undeterred, the following day she signed up to the London Triathlon – a swim, cycle and running race, which she completed in a size XL wetsuit that just about fitted.

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Can you imagine celebrating 35 years by running 35 miles…?

Sarah Booker talks life-changing weight loss, in the wake of her 8 year LighterLife anniversary!

Start weight: 13st
Weight loss (while on the Total plan): 3st 8lbs
Current weight: 8st 8lbs

Sarah maybe a svelte ultra runner & triathlete now, but that wasn’t always the case. This LighterLife star opens up about her unhealthy past, revealing a previous life of unhealthy overeating. Continue reading

Chloe talks to LighterLife about change, marriage and glamping

Chloe started her LighterLife journey in August 2014 weighing just over 14 stone. She decided she drastically needed to change after feeling unable to look at pictures of herself, uploaded to Facebook, on a glamping holiday with friends.

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Chloe joined the LighterLife community on the Total plan, she booked into her first group Counselling session over the phone and ordered her Foodpacks there and then. Adding to Chloe’s motivation to start her weight loss journey immediately was her wedding! Continue reading

Lesley-Anne shares how LighterLife has made her feel like now, she can do anything!

When Lesley-Anne was mistaken for her husband’s mother during a holiday away with the in-laws, she finally got the encouragement she needed to address her weight and size. Two years on, Lesley-Anne has lost an incredible 4st 4lbs and is feeling, happy and healthy

No stranger to losing weight she’d tried many diets but none of them could help her keep the weight off.

“Over the years I gradually put on more and more weight. It was always a problem but I just couldn’t seem to do anything about it. I joined weight loss group after weight loss group and I would lose weight but I would just put it straight back on.” Continue reading