Your questions answered
If you have any questions about LighterLife you’ve come to the right place, it’s here you’ll find out more about the LighterLife programme.
We have answers to your most frequently asked questions, but if you need to know more please drop us a line using our contact form or give us a call, we’d love to hear from you.
Or find your nearest LighterLife Counsellor, who will be delighted to answer all of your questions.
Why should I try LighterLife?
LighterLife was developed by experts with many years' experience of working with people with weight issues. Our approach has helped hundreds of thousands of men and women.
Using proven techniques we’ll help you understand why you eat the way you do, giving you new ways to make better choices now and in the future.
We understand this takes practice and support, and that’s why we focus on long-term weight management, healthy eating and active living to help you sustain and balance your weight loss.
What will I eat and drink?
What you eat will depend on the individual advice you receive from your LighterLife Counsellor. We take into account lifestyle and physiological considerations and customise our weight loss programme to suit your needs.
Following this your LighterLife counsellor will advise about the quantity of Foodpacks you will need, and will also explain exactly what you can and can’t drink.
Can't I do a normal diet?
Of course you can, because it’s up to you how you live your life. But has a “normal” diet ever worked for you before?
We help people who aren’t satisfied with their “normal” – they’ve had enough and are craving change. LighterLife empowers them to change their lives and open up a world of possibilities.
On some days it might seem hard. But you don’t have to do it alone, we’re here to help because we know it takes courage to choose to change. But we also know you can do it.
Eating with my family?
Your family is probably the most important thing in your life. Family mealtimes are really special, and you don’t want to give them up. Here’s the good news, you won’t have to.
You’ll still be able to sit down with the family at mealtimes, join in the chatter and have delicious food. For example, LighterLife porridge at breakfast, soup at lunchtime and a delicious dish such as Pasta Carbonara in the evening.
I don’t think I can afford it
Have you thought about how much you spend on food just for you? You’d be surprised, in fact, you may be shocked. Oh, and don’t forget the little snacks and treats that aren’t part of the weekly shop. Or the drinks and takeaways. It all adds up.
In fact, many people who lose weight with LighterLife find they actually save money because they are spending less on food.
But in a way, that’s the wrong approach. Because LighterLife is more than just another figure in your household bills. It’s actually an investment in you.
Won’t I be hungry?
You’d think that you would be hungry but the body does a clever thing. When you are on the LighterLife programme your body raids the fat deposits, it knows there is something serious going on and that you’re not going to be getting the food you usually do. So, it simply stops you being hungry.
That means you can stick to the programme more easily. And while this is going on, you’ll be working in your group on re-educating your body and brain about what you’ll be eating in the future. The new you is just around the corner.
Dieting, socialising & friends
They’re your friends, right, and just want you to be happy? So why would they do anything to stop you being happy?
The truth is, if you took each of them to one side and explained how you felt about your body and what you want to achieve, they’d support you every step of the way.
That’s not to say social occasions are always easy: when there’s pressure to have an extra drink or a meal you don’t really need. We’ll help you discover strategies to cope, so that you still have the fun without having to eat the food.
How do I join LighterLife?
Simply enter your postcode to find your nearest LighterLife counsellor. Then enter your details and we will be in touch.
Type 2 diabetes
LighterLife may be suitable for you as long as your GP agrees to set up an appropriate management plan and monitor your medication regularly.
If you have an eating disorder or have had one in the past, please discuss with your GP or psychiatrist whether LighterLife may be a suitable way for you to lose weight.
Can I exercise on LighterLife?
Yes, an active lifestyle is really important for your health. Simply choose something you enjoy and do it regularly, such as walking, swimming, going to the gym or an exercise class.
If you're already enjoying an active lifestyle and are quite fit, just take it steady at first. If you're new to it, please speak to your GP, particularly if you have any medical conditions that could be affected by physical activity.
And did you know?
LighterLife Way abides by the ethical framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, as well as the guidelines for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, plus numerous other regulatory bodies.