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has anyone done the "lighter life" thing?how does it work? does it work?

(14 Posts)
cutekids Wed 17-Sep-08 10:25:48

Do you have to absolutely starve yourself?

SheSellsSeashellsByTheSeashore Wed 17-Sep-08 10:32:02

i was thinking about starting it but couldnt find much info on it so ill be watching this thread.

RubySlippers Wed 17-Sep-08 10:33:26

DH's cousin has done it

she lost 6.5 stone IIRC in around 7 months

Kathyis6incheshigh Wed 17-Sep-08 10:36:08

I have a colleague at work who has been doing this. When I saw her in the summer she hadn't had anything normal to eat since last September!
She was doing incredibly well on it - I think what was good for her was the combination of the weekly support group with only eating their food. However she is a very determined person and was super-motivated (trying to lose weight in order to help her get pg before it's too late, I think) - it seemed to me like something that you would have to be 100% up for - it would not be for people who just fancied being a bit thinner.

fleacircus Wed 17-Sep-08 10:36:51

My cousin's done it, has shed lots of weight, but I think you do have to starve yourself. According to advert is very low cal for people with BMI of 30+. It's one of those diets where you eat space food sachets of powder for weeks on end.

ranting Wed 17-Sep-08 10:37:39

My SIL did it a few years ago, she has piled all the weight back on and then some more, so I wouldn't say it was a long term weight loss thing tbh.

RubySlippers Wed 17-Sep-08 10:39:08

FWIW, i don't think it is a long term solution because it doesn't re-train your eating habits

you have shakes and meal replacements

Snaf Wed 17-Sep-08 10:39:46

I have a friend who's doing it atm and has lost a lot over the last few months. However, it's pretty tough afaik and I can't see how it can be sustainable in the long run. Isn't it sachets/milkshakes etc?

ranting Wed 17-Sep-08 10:43:37

Yes, SIL had to have replacement meal things, stuff like cereal bars and shakes and I think there was soups too.

But she did say it was like virtually starving yourself and I think IIRC, you gradually build up the amount of real food you eat.

Like I say, she lost shed loads of weight but then within about a year, she gained it all again.

Snaf Wed 17-Sep-08 10:44:36

Good grief, have just looked at the website and you are allowed just over 500 calories per day for 14 weeks shock Sounds like hell to me - how can that be healthy?

RubySlippers Wed 17-Sep-08 10:46:40

i would collapse if i had just 500 calories per day

it can't be healthy

i think LL is fairly expensive too

NotBigNotClever Wed 17-Sep-08 10:54:31

I don't think they accept you on the programme unless you are at least 3 stone overweight. I have a friend who did this a couple of years ago and lost all the weight she wanted to lose (a lot), but she put it all back on plus some and is now even more dejected than she was before. She had to drink 4 litres of water a day in addition to the silly diet drinks. So you're going to the loo all the time. Would agree that it doesn't help anyone in retraining their eating habits. Also, how does anyone cope if they have to cater for their family whilst on this diet? Save your money and go to Weightwatchers instead is my advice.

NotBigNotClever Wed 17-Sep-08 10:58:03

Caveat: I haven't ever been to Weightwatchers, but it seems to work for lots of people. I favour the sort of systems found on - (although I had developed my own solutions before I came across that website); he has a lot of suggestions that are more real-life-friendly.

SallyLW Wed 17-Sep-08 12:28:01

Yep a close friend of mine did it. Lost about 2 and a half stones in a very short period of time and has put it all back on and more after she started to eat regularly again. Wouldnt recommend it. You have to have a will of iron to succeed. Id personally recommend Weightwatchers as although the results are slower you can eat what you want within reason and if you choose the healthy options you can eat more so it does retrain eating habits.

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