Doctor Hilary Jones Answers your Questions about Weightloss…

November 23, 2011 - Dr Hilary Jones, Health & Nutrition

Did you miss out on our live web chat with Dr Hilary? We asked for your weightloss questions on our LighterLife Facebook or our LighterLife Twitter and Dr. Hilary was live online to provide his answers. Here are some of the questions that came up…

I’m 29 and have been doing LighterLife Total for just over a month now and have lost just over 2 stone, which I am over the moon about, but I do have concerns with what will happen when I complete this plan. What happens to the body when you introduce normal food?
You have burnt up much of the stored fat in your body and this would only come back if you return to your bad, old previous habits. If you exercise regularly your muscle strength will have been maintained and you will therefore be a lot healthier than you were before. As you say, an effective Management eating plan is absolutely vital in helping you to avoid the pitfalls that you have experienced before allowing the weight to come back. LighterLife Counsellors are absolutely on the ball about this and will guide you and help you to prevent this happening. It means a gradual introduction of healthy food which keeps you feeling full and satisfied, but which does not provide energy dense calories. This means high protein and low carbohydrate and fat. It’s do-able and is not nearly as hard as you think it might be.

I’m 40 years old and have had Polycistic Ovary Syndrome all my adult life and my weight has been a big issue since my early 20s. I’ve been on every diet including Weight Watchers and Slimming World and was losing 1/2lb a week if I was lucky. I started LighterLife 6 weeks ago – really nervous that again it wasn’t going to work for me and 6 weeks later I’m 32lb off. I can’t believe the results and am delighted that there’s something out there that works for me. Have you heard of any other ladies with pcos who have had success I’ve still about 5 stone to go?
Hi Julie, that’s fantastic news. It’s hard enough with Polysistic Ovarian Syndrome to lose weight as the altered hormone balance which exists in this condition are against you. There is a metabolic element in PCOS, which leads to insulin resistance so the characteristics of a VLCD are in fact ideal for you and I am not surprised by the success that you have had. Hopefully your Doctor is helping you with other elements of your condition but you must be feeling so much better physically and psychologically as a result of your efforts so far.
What is your experience with LighterLife?
I have many patients who have successfully and safely used LighterLife products. One of the greatest benefits is rapid weight loss which incentivizes them to maintain their weight loss and feel good about themselves

I can’t get motivated to try it plus its too expensive especially when you have other family members to feed.
So you feel terrible but don’t want to do anything about it? Why? I understand you need to feed the rest of the family but what about putting yourself first for a change? The money you spend on a VLCD would actually work out less than your normal food-shopping bill, which you will be saving on. It’s a kick-start and you would not need to be on it for long. Do you really not want to lose this two stone? January is a really good time to turn this around – come on you can do it!

What are his pointers for successful maintenance? Especially the transition to maintenance from abstinence on Total, which I am planning for.
Remember that the Total plan isn’t actually abstinence. You still get all your nutritional requirements. The key to successful maintenance is gradual introduction of high protein, low GI foods together with the food packs, so there is gradual transition to healthy, normal eating.
I always feel very weak and light headed when I start LighterLife. Bad headaches too. Is this normal?
It’s common to get headaches for the first few days, partly due to some dehydration and partly to withdrawal symptoms from reduced carbohydrates and caffeine intake. Drink water to satisfy your thirst and be reassured that these symptoms are actually a positive sign that you are forcing your body to adapt to the change you are making. It’s a good thing.

Is LighterLife really healthy?
Everything effective, which reduces weight in people who are overweight or obese and is safe has got to be healthy. The risks of obesity include coronary heart disease, strokes, diabetes, gall bladder disease, joint problems, poor self-esteem and lack of self-confidence and all the social issues which come with the condition. How can anything, which works rapidly to reduce weight, motivates people and gives then renewed hope and incentive to continue with their diet be not healthy?

I managed to stick with LighterLife and lost 25kg. However, the last push was elusive, mainly because of severe heartburn related nausea. On LighterLife, even omeprazole didn’t work. Any tips Dr Hilary?
Congratulations on your previous weight loss. Your history of acid reflux makes it even more important that you keep your weight down in the future as weight reduction is a vital part of treatment for hiatus hernia and other reflux related conditions.
Avoid any non-steroidal anti-inflamatory medication including aspirin and try an alginate preparation, which acts like a raft inside the stomach to prevent acid refluxing up into your gullet. The VLCD can be safely persevered with and you can prop the head of your bed up at night to counter your symptoms and add medication such as Pepcid-2 or Milk of Magnesia to your omeprazole tablets to help further.

Are all very low calorie diets safe?
Any very low calorie diet which provides all nutritional requirements and is backed by solid advice and Counselling is going to be effective and safe provided you follow the rules.
Clearly, some VLCDs have a better reputation than others and there may well be some on the market which have jumped on the bandwagon without the back up of a responsible organization so be careful and remember that cheap imitations of trusted brands may be cost in-effective or even unsafe.

If you missed the live chat and have a question for Dr Hilary, don’t panic – he’ll be back on line on December 13th. You can post your questions on our LighterLife Facebook wall or get in touch on LighterLife Twitter.

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