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Embracing the new you: What happens after you lose weight?

July 15, 2013 - Psychology

86542621What sets LighterLife apart from all the other diets and weight loss plans is that it’s not just about losing weight. Yes, we’ll give you the tools to shed the pounds, but we’ll also offer much, much more. We’re committed to helping you keep the weight off so that you live a longer, healthier life.

Management is designed to support you when you’re putting your new plan for thinking, eating and living into practice, so that you have the tools to maintain your weight for good.

Why do management?
In Management you continue to explore your emotional relationship with food. In your LighterLife group you’ll have taken the time to think about the reasons why you’d been overeating and put on weight in the first place – your Management group meetings give you further insight and tools to do this. So that in the future, if you find yourself in a situation that you ‘think’ can be ‘fixed’ with food – for example if you think you’re bored, stressed or lonely – you’ll recognise these feelings and act in a different way.

In Phase One of Management you will also reintroduce a full range of conventional foods into your diet. Phase One helps you to create a healthy eating plan – offering not only a list of recommended foods, but also delicious recipe ideas and cooking tips. You’ll find out about the different food groups and be given portion advice and guidance on how to create balanced meals. Management will challenge your perceptions around food and yourself, and encourage you to experiment to see what works best for you. Unlike other weight loss plans, there are no hard and fast rules – no calorie counting, no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ foods – it’s about learning what works for you in order to live a lighter, healthier, balanced life, long term.

What happens when I reintroduce food?
On your LighterLife journey you will have lost weight by following our nutritionally balanced plan. Once you’ve reached your desired healthy weight, you reintroduce a full range of conventional food. In Phase One the reintroduction of food is done in a gradual way, which is tailored to suit your needs. The early stages of Management are vital. It’s really important to slowly reintroduce the specific foods you turned to in the past which contributed to your weight gain; to reflect on whether it’s emotional or physical hunger that’s leading you to reach for them now and to notice the effect they have on you physically and emotionally.

As you move through Management, the food combinations you introduce continue to be the best possible foundation for continuing to live your new, healthier life.

What about exercise?
In Phase One you will also receive an active lifestyle plan which you’ll build up stage by stage. This will inspire and give you ways to introduce more physical activity into your life – as well as giving you practical exercises that you can do on your own. Again, there are no rights or wrongs when it comes to how much exercise you decide to incorporate into your weekly routine; LighterLife helps to get you motivated. In your Management group, you’ll also explore some of the psychological barriers to exercise and how to challenge the crooked thoughts that can lead to exercise avoidance. Again, by promoting an active lifestyle, we’re giving you the tools to maintain your new, healthy weight.

For how long do I attend management groups?
Phase One lasts from eight to 24 weeks on LighterLife Total and four to 12 weeks on Lite, depending on how long you choose to spend in each of the stages. You’ll be supported by weekly Management meetings throughout.

When you complete Phase One you can continue to go along to meetings as often as you like.

You’re a member of Management for life and we’re there to support you every step of the way. At your meetings you continue to receive group support, have regular weight checks, and can refresh your weight management skills.

There are all sorts of plans available. Ask your LighterLife Counsellor for details of their Management schedule so you can start planning your ongoing support now.