0800 022 4524

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How much weight will I lose on your programmes?

Our programmes are designed to promote safe weight loss of between 0.5-1 kg (1-2lb) a week. Research shows that a loss of between 5-10% of your body weight has a positive effect on your health, for example, a reduction in risk of diabetes, lowering blood pressure and improving your cholesterol profile. We will work out what a 5% weight loss will be for you.

Will I be on a ‘diet’?

Our programmes are a lifestyle approach to weight management: they are not a quick fix or a fad diet. We support you in changing unhealthy habits for healthier ones and keeping these going for the long term. Our programmes encompass dietary, physical activity and behaviour change elements to help ensure your success.

Will my favourite foods be banned?

No food or drinks are banned. It’s all about the different types of food and drink you have and the portion (serving) sizes. Our programmes support you to eat a healthy well balanced diet to ensure that your nutritional needs are met. We use a method of portion sizes to help you keep track of how much to eat for weight loss.

I don’t want everybody to know my weight or be made to feel uncomfortable if I don’t lose weight.

We always weigh you discretely and will never say your weight out loud. We understand that there will be weeks when things don’t go to plan but we would encourage you to attend your programme anyway. We will never criticise or judge. If you have had a lapse you can talk things through with your weight management practitioner and discuss plans to get back on track.

Will I have to go to the gym or do exercise I don’t like?

Our programmes encourage you be more physically active in your daily life. This may be about spending less time sitting down, walking more or taking part in an organised activity. Everyone is different and we encourage you to set goals that are relevant and comfortable for you.

I’ve lost weight before but I don’t have the willpower this time.

Psychologists believe that willpower isn’t something you are born with or without, nor is it magical – it’s a skill. Our programmes help you to develop your self-control by thinking ahead, setting yourself achievable targets and planning your routine around them. Your confidence in your ability to change will grow and grow.

Isn’t healthy eating tasteless and expensive?

No, it doesn’t have to be. We will provide you with well-balanced, delicious and healthy meals without banning any of your favourite foods and drinks.

How much water should I drink each day?

Ideally, we should be drinking around two litres of liquid a day, which accounts to about eight glasses.

Aren’t carbohydrates fattening?

If we indulge in too many calories, whether these come from fat, protein or carbs, it will result in weight gain. Carbohydrates are a very important source of energy and nutrients. Bread and potatoes are some healthy examples of carbs which are also low in fat.

What healthy snacks can I have?

So many! We will provide you with a full diet plan, but snacks such as fruit and vegetables with dip, dried fruit, nuts, smoothies, yoghurt, seeds and rice cakes are naming but a few!

I don’t have breakfast. How can I get started?

Get into the habit of eating breakfast by having something you enjoy creating and eating. Wake up 10 minutes earlier if you need to. A good breakfast will stop you snacking throughout the day.

How can I easily get my 5 a day?

Add some fruit to your cereal or to yoghurt in the morning with a glass of fruit juice and you're two down! Smoothies are a good way to get a lot of fruit and veg in your diet, too. Add some crunch to your lunch with cucumber, tomato or carrot in your sandwiches, and ensure your dinner is packed with veg whether it’s piled on top of your pizza or in a delicious salad.

Are sweeteners safe?

All sweeteners used in the EU have undergone a safety assessment by the European Food Safety Authority before they can be put in any food or drink. The government's Committee on Toxicity has set what it calls an 'Acceptable Daily Intake', abbreviated as ADI. If you use sweeteners, use a variety to minimise the risk of exceeding the ADI.

 

 

I eat out a lot. How can I make healthier choices?

More and more restaurants are putting calories on their menus, so look out for them. Some good tips are to choose chicken or fish (not fried) instead of bacon, pies or sausages and go for vegetable based sauces rather than cheese or cream. 

Recipes

Want to know about healthy recipes? Click here to view some that we have put together for you.