Have just returned from a Lighter Life introduction session. It’s a radical weight loss programme – Clare put me onto it, where she has lost something like 30 pounds in four weeks. Combination of ‘nutrition packs’ and counselling, on the grounds that weight problems are more psychological than physical – “trying to lose weight by suppressing hunger is like dealing with alcoholism by drinking water”. You lose psychological dependency with food thanks to the life-saving nutrition packs and water.
Weight: 137.5 kg. Hight: 6′3″ – BMI: 38.
I… wasn’t impressed. The lady was herself rather obese (uh?) - larger than success story “Jackie” – and claimed to have helped write the original programme. But she was ignorant of even basic nutritional concepts (that I picked up from Atkins), contradicted herself (paraphrase: “diets that involve suppressing hunger always fail. Lighter Life food packs don’t trigger insulin, so you don’t get hungry and the weight melts off!”), made assumptions about me I didn’t like, tried outright bullshit (“let me explode the myth of ‘large frames’. I got my skeleton weighed [by some kind of weighing x-ray machine?!?] and it was 8 1/2 lbs, only 1/2 heavier than the really thin nurse. So that’s that myth exploded.” 2-step rebuttals on a postcard please.) and.. yuck.. went for the hard sell (stood by the door seeing me out going “it’ll pour off, you can get great new clothes for spring, you can go on the pull again!”, etc. What am I, a marketing demographic?)
And she insisted I had my clearance medical (only £30!) with her favourite doctor. And didn’t want to show me the video when I stated asking questions (which I’m going to do for £250 a month!) My back was well up.
So, yes. I know I can get a bit cynical and argumentative, and all, but err. Was not convinced, neither factually and emotionally; and I am reassured that with this re badged Slim-Fast, you have to be 110%. Came back & Lise pointed out that I’d be having counselling with her on a weekly basis. To be honest, if it wasn’t for people vouching for it, I’d have left a lot earlier.
Think I’ll look for another local person & try again. I am now inexplicably highly sarcastic and facetious tonight for no good reason.