LL---> CD? :( any suggestions?

Discussion in 'Lighter Life Forum' started by zadra, 12 March 2008 Social URL.

  1. zadra

    zadra Full Member

    hello guys, this is something i posted on cambridge forum earlier, was wondering if any of you had any suggestions:


    I wasn't quite sure which forum to ask about this, guess I'll give it a go here.

    I am currently on my 4th week on Lighter Life diet and I love it, I like group meetings and all the support etc. However being a struggling student (also international/EU one which makes things harder as I can't get student loan) I made some calculations and.. I might not be able to afford it. It is my last year and graduation is in 2-3 months, i simply can't get a job as I spend all days slaving away at university >.<

    I definately don't wanna give up on VLCD, so I am thinking about options... one of the would be going on CD. Have any of you swapped? Is it any harder? I would definately miss group counselling , nonetheless.. can't argue with my bank account :(

    I would love to hear from you, ANY suggestions and advice is welcome..:(
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  3. Deb G

    Deb G Silver Member

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    Dancing has swapped - but I think she is swapping back to do RTM once she's lost the weight she wants to lose. Its certainly cheaper to do CD, but PERSONALLY I have found the counselling invaluable and (being on RTM Week 3) I think RTM is essential to re-educating yourself for life.

    Have a chat with Dancing though......I'm sure she'd be happy to help!
  4. Frejja

    Frejja Silver Member

    Hi Zadra
    I did 11 weeks LL then changed to CD for the last 9 weeks. I made the move for more variety in foodpacks as I couldn't stomach the old LL bars. As I'm tall I paid £50 pw for cambridge so not much cheaper. I moved direct from one to the other and so didn't come out of ketosis. I thought LL was great altho our counselling wasn't really too good. CD deffo doesn't have the same level of support. However, I was at the end of the counselling part of LL anyway so was ready to change over.

    Feel free to ask me any questions you have...and good luck with whatever you decide!
  5. Dancing

    Dancing Gold Member

    Hi there, Deb is right, I'd be happy to help in any way I can. Ask anything you like.

    I did my 100 days with LL first. While I think the counselling is important, I don't think the counselling sessions I was a part of were any use to me due to the messing around I had with my group and the way the groups were run. But if you are in a group with an excellent LLC and really getting something from the sessions I recommend staying with LL until the end of Foundation at least.

    If not, then you have nothing to lose by moving to CC before your 100 days are up. It is worth hunting around for a good CDC too - as some will just sell you packs and that is it while others are outstanding in the support and one to one counselling they provide. If you decide to switch, I recommend you post on the CD forum, asking people if they can recommend a CD in your area - nothing beats a recommendation.

    I have been considering whether or not I move up the plans on CD once I get to my goal or whether I switch back to LL as the RtM seems so well structured and vital. I was as close as you can get to deciding on LL RtM and then got feedback from people on CD re. how moving up the plans has helped them. It seems that as long as you have the right attitude and do the plans as outlined, it will work as well as RtM in terms of making you aware of your trigger foods, teaching you portion sizes and types of foods, and just generally building on your understanding of your relationship with food.

    Both diets are great - at the end of the day the quality of both come down to the counsellor level... you get pooor ones on both diets. and there are some truely brilliant ones on CD which mean you wouldn't be missing out on anything others get on LL

    The other vital ingredient apart from the counsellor, is yourself. Your attitude will be the determining factor. Regardless of which plan you do and how good your counsellor is, unless you are committed to getting the weight off and, more importantly, keeping it off you will have a very rocky road.

    good luck

    oh, and re the cost. On average it is approx £38 per week if you are under 5ft8inches (CDs can charge what they like). I pay £46 as I'm tall and need four packs per day rather than the standard 3packs you get on CD. Even at that rate, I'm saving £20 per week
    Last edited: 12 March 2008
  6. zadra

    zadra Full Member

    thanks for the replies guys! Personally I would much rather to stay on LL for the counselling as it's actually fun.

    Frejja: how do you mean when you say you paid £50pw coz you are tall? o_O
  7. zadra

    zadra Full Member

    Dancing :thank you for detailed information <3
    For some reason I really enjoy my Ll group, even thought the things they say are not exactly new to me. I am pretty sure I would stick to diet even without counsellor at all, but that is not the point. I thought it over,and I think I will at least finish off foundation (one lady who is few weeks ahead got a ball and exercise dvd with the funny guy, i want it! lol) and then see how I am with finances. Like I said, the decision is up to my bank account really lol
    Thank you for all the help though guys, you are the best
  8. Dancing

    Dancing Gold Member

    added a note to the bottom of my post re. height/pack costs.

    good you have reached a decision.
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