Should I start? Advise please

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  1. miniwanabe

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    Hi guys, :wave_cry:

    I've been an observer on the boards for a few weeks...

    I would like to ask you advice…



    I am currenty 13st (the heaviest I have ever been) and 5ft 6 Making my BMI 29 which just about fits into the requirements for lighter life. It seems so great because it is pretty much guaranteed to work if u stick to it and its relatively fast. But there are a few things about it that worry me. The only other alternative I’m considering is hypnotism.



    I’ve got a few concerns that make me a little bit hesitant and would be very grateful if anyone could help me out with answers or opinions.



    1- Willpower

    Like most of you, I’ve tried loads of different diets in the past and have just not been able to stick to them for very long – the one time that I did – I gained all the weight back within 6 months

    How do you resist the temptation of food? Especially at social events.



    2- Post – Diet

    I’m also REALLY worried about regaining the weight having spend all that money and effort to loose it.

    And also, what happens if you stop the initial phase early? Will all the weight pile back on if you start to eat food again

    What happens if you fall off the wagon one day and eat food for the whole day? Will you have to start all over again.



    3- Timing

    100 days seems like a very long time (although In the grand scheme of things its not really that long) to have NO food whatsoever. Ideally I would like to start straight away but I’m going on a week long holiday in 2 weeks. Would it be better to start when I get back? But there will always be something happening that might seem to get in the way.



    4- Exersise

    I’m a relatively active person – I ride a bicycle to and from work most days and would like to be able to go to the gym 2-3 times a week to keep up a good muscle tone – but will this be compatible with the programme?



    5- Starvation Mode and Reduced Metabolism

    I’ve always heard things about your body going into starvation mode if you go on very low calorie diets and that your metabolism is significantly reduced in the long run – so that you will have to eat less calories to stay at the same weight? Is this also the case with lighter life? Or does the reintroducing food phase deal with this?



    6 – Hair Loss

    That totally freaks me out. Because I haven’t got much hair as it is… how common is this?



    Any help would be much appreciated
     
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  3. KerrieW

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    Good luck with whatever you go with. Sorry for any spelling mistakes, I'm ever so sleepy!

    Kerrie x
     
  4. Alibongo

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    Fantastic reply Kerrie.
    I can't add much to that, just a couple of things.

    With the food reintroduction, it is very important to go through RTM.
    You metabolism is lowered while in abstinence and the management program is designed to gradually raise it again as well reintroduce you to the world of food. You will find that your tastes totally change and healthy eating can be very enjoyable.
    If you went straight from abstinence to eating 'normally' again you would put weight back on as your metabolism would not be able to deal with the amount you are eating, you would also instantly put back on the glycogen rather than it happen gradually.
    You need to learn to eat again. Taking the weight off is actually the easy bit, you need to learn to take care of yourself and keep the weight off.

    Hair loss - basically what happens is the same as when you have a baby; your body only has enough to survive, not replenish hair loss, so you are likely to find that throughout abstinence you lose no hair at all, then when you start eating again, it starts to shed quite a bit at first, then back to normal, you do thin out but it does grow back.
     
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    Dear Miniwanabe,

    I can understand your concerns about LL, it is a huge step to take, but could ultimately be one towards a happier and healthier life. I have done LL and had similar questions to yours prior to starting - which I have answered:

    - Willpower

    Getting the weight off is the easy bit, what I would really emphasise is the need to address the route cause(s) of your over eating and look at them and deal with them, you'll need more will power for that than staying a VLCD believe me.

    How do you resist the temptation of food? Especially at social events?


    I have actually changed to allaboutw8 from LL where you can eat a meal a day from their guidelines of food and it has made it so much easier for me as I do not have to obcess about social events etc. Just try to keep you goal in mind.




    2- Post – Diet

    Take each day at a time..when you come off the packs you can introduce food slowly and see how much you need to eat to stay at the weight you wish to stay at. If you take a very organised and level headed approach to this you shall work this out, if you go back to stuffing your face and eating the srong foods you'll put weight back on.
    3- Timing

    Having done LL I would not recommend it. Allabout W8 is like LL but it allows you to eat one meal a day. I developed the starts of an eating disorder on LL during the 100 days. What I did was become so desperate for food I would chew food and spit it out..over and over again, yet when the scales continued to show that I was losing weight I did not think it relevant to tell my LL leader, also having no food whatsoever caused me to become very constipated.



    4- Exersise
    Any form of exercise is good for us at most points in our life whether on a VLCD or not.


    5- Starvation Mode and Reduced Metabolism

    The smaller the person the slower the metabolic rate as metabolism is proportionate to size - so if you are 10 stone your metabolic rate shall be relevant for your size, or if you are 20 it shall be relevant to that size etc.



    6 – Hair Loss

    I had the most beautiful full head of curly hair prior to starting LL and now I am left with a thin, lifeless mop. I would not advise doing the 100 no food as people who go on W8 and eat seem not to lose their hair. If you do do LL I would strongly suggest you take supplements for hair growth. They say on LL that your hair grows in cycles and its nothing to worry about, but the truth of the matter is the hairloss problem is much more serious than they make out - you only have to look at the woman who set up LL to realise that.

    I am being honest here, these are my opinions.

    I really hope that you find the courage to address your inner problems and start living your life for you. If you do this weight loss will be one of many positive effects in your life.

    Good luck and be strong.

    Mx
     
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    Can't add much more to Kerrie's post - hope all goes well with whichever diet you choose :)
     
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    Thank You!

    Thanks SO SO much for your responses.
    they were all very helpful

    I went to the LL information session today and it did answer some things.... but will deffinately loook into W8
     
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    Are you serious????? I know SOME hairloss is common but yours sounds really dramatic? How long ago did you do the 100 days? Has your hair never grown back???
     
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    Oh sorry to hijack your thread Miniwannabe - I hope you find the right weight loss path for you x
     
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    yes you should i am not brilliant at this diet and like you failed many but I am still here all be it struggling, whereas with others would of left the fold.

    Lost quite a lot and still very close to maintaining
     
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    Dont worry Twinny,

    That hairloss story sounds really scary. especially if it never grew back...

    Progressgirl, did it ever grow back?
    also, on the all about W8 programme what is thr counceling like compared to the LL counceling? I checked the website and there arent any councilers listed in my area so would it be worth doing the online version?
     
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    I personally feel that if you don't think you CAN do it, you probably need to more than most!

    The problems we have, that Lighter Life help with, is dealing wtih our relationship with food, and allowing us to deal with emotion and boredom etc without dealing with food.

    I can't wait to start eating healthily, and maintaining control of my weight and my life!

    The side effects don't affect everyone. Personally I've had a bit of hair loss (quite a bit really, it's frightening!) and dizzy spells. However, that all happened after the 100 days, and I think most of the nastier ones tend to kick in when you've been on the diet a while.

    Your BMI is much lower than mine was when I started, so I think you'd be on Route to Management a lot earlier than me! You've always got the option of going into management before you complete your weight loss if the symptoms are bad for you.

    Abstinance is a really powerful way of learning about food, recognising your triggers, learning to differentiate between emotional and physical hunger, and find other ways of treating yourself and relieving stress.
     
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    Hi don't know if you are aware of the cambridge diet, I also went along to a lighterlife meeting but I didn't realise that the cost was over £60 a week, I am on CD now and its costing me around £35 - £37 a week, depending if I am having tetra packs and bars.

    Have a look on the cambridge forum for ideas
     
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