Are All About Weight plans classed as Very Low Calorie Diets (VLCD)?
No, All About Weight plans provide more than 800kcal per day and so they are classed as Low Calorie Diets (LCDs). By adding the approved foods at various stages, plus the allowance of half a pint of skimmed milk per day, the plans provide approximately 850kcal through to 1200kcal, depending on the plan and your food choices.
How should I use Meal replacement bars?
Meal replacement bars are an optional extra, use them to replace ONE of your daily Mealpacks. They are NOT a suitable replacement for your "Add A Meal", nor should they be used as a snack. They are a healthy, handy alternative for when you're on the go and can't prepare a Mealpack. To get the best results, use bars on an occasional rather than daily basis. Mealpacks and food are the foundation of your diet, and basing your plan on these will ensure that you make good progress towards your goals. There is a maximum of 1 Meal replacement bar allowed per day on all plans and we recommend that for best results you do not have one everyday.
Do I have to use a microwave to prepare hot Mealpacks?
No. Any soup or Food Mealpacks can be heated in a pan. The key is to do it very gently, stirring constantly to prevent burning. You will probably need to add a little more water than suggested on the packet.
Soups are best made up with cold water in a Blendi bottle or blender, before being heated in a pan.
If you do not have access to a hob or microwave, all Mealpacks can be prepared using hot water from a kettle, but the Food Mealpacks will not taste as good as if they were cooked, and some pasta may take a long time to rehydrate, such that the dish is cool by the time it is soft enough to eat. If you have to use this method, pour hot water over your Mealpack in a suitable bowl or mug, cover it and keep as warm as possible. It will take at least 15 minutes to rehydrate a Food Mealpack in this way.
Can I make up my Mealpacks in advance or do I need to consume them immediately?
Ideally all Mealpacks should be consumed within 20 minutes of preparation. This is mainly because the flavour of some of them can deteriorate if they are left for longer periods. Also, some of the vitamins gradually deteriorate after preparation. This is a slow process but it is speeded up by higher temperatures, light and exposure to the air, so it will happen more quickly in soups and food Mealpacks and if they are left uncovered and not chilled.
If you occasionally have to leave a Mealpack prepared for longer than 20 minutes there will be no significant impact on your nutrition, but if you do it regularly, you might not be getting the full 100% of your RDA of some vitamins, which you need for good health and weight loss. So it is good practice to consume your Mealpacks within 20 minutes of preparation whenever possible.
All Mealpacks carry a high risk of contamination from food spoilage microorganisms if they are left uncovered and not refrigerated. Any Mealpack left at room temperature for 8 hours should be thrown away. If they are placed in a sealed container in the fridge immediately after preparation (or as soon as they have cooled in the case of hot Mealpacks) they should be safe to consume within 24 hours.
In the case of the shakes, if these are made up and kept in a fridge, it will have little effect on their nutritional value, but the flavour may not be quite as good as when they are freshly made. The ideal method for the best flavour and texture is to mix your shake well and leave it in the fridge for 10 minutes with the lid on. Drink it within 20 minutes, shaking again just before you do.
Are your products suitable for vegetarians?
Yes, all our products are suitable for vegetarians.
Are all low calorie meal replacement diets the same?
No – All About Weight plans have the benefit of allowing you to add foods every day, unlike some other meal replacement programmes. We believe that food is vital to our health at all times, and the approved foods are chosen specifically to help you to lose weight.
Are the plans low GI or low GL?
Both! The plans use low Glycaemic Index foods in controlled portion sizes to give a low Glycaemic Load. This minimises your insulin response and has benefits for the control of blood sugar, management of diabetes and weight loss.
Do Mealpacks Comply with food regulations?
Mealpacks are manufactured in accordance with all current legislation and recommended guidelines as stated by EU Regulations on energy restricted diets, UK Guidelines, Food Standard Agency (FSA). Our plans also adhere and comply with the DEC 06 NICE guidelines.
Although I stick to my diet, my weight loss levels off from time to time - why?
This is known as ‘plateauing’ and is very natural. Plateaus can have any number of causes. For instance, it is normal for females to plateau before menstruation, but this is simply temporary fluid retention. Often, just a little snack here and there adds enough calories to sustain the body and eliminate further weight loss. An excess of diet fizzy drinks, can also cause plateauing in some people.
Can I give blood when following a plan?
You should not give blood when following the Rapid plan or Regular plans, and giving blood when on any energy restricted diet can make you feel dizzy and tired.
Do you have any group support?
We have a number of Consultant Mentors offering support including meetings. Unfortunately we do not currently have full UK coverage, so please contact Customer Services
stating your postcode, and we will tell you if there is a service in your area. If there are no consultant mentors local to you, you can enjoy the support of our experience and dedicated team of advisors based at head office. You can contact them by raising a ticket through your online account, or you can call customer services (See our “Contact us” page for details). If you have any issues relating to medical conditions including diabetes please contact Your Health
Can I choose any type and flavour of Mealpacks?
All Mealpacks are nutritionally equivalent and will give you 25% of your essential vitamins and minerals. You can choose any flavours but for the best results, have no more than 2 Food Mealpacks in one day. We recommend that you choose a variety of different types and both sweet and savoury flavours to suit your lifestyle and to keep your food interesting. People who have varied tastes tend to be more successful on the diet than those who only eat from a small range of the Mealpack choices available.
I am a Muslim, what do I do at Ramadan?
Ramadan occurs in the ninth month of the Muslim year. During daylight hours, rigid fasting is observed which means that the Mealpacks, Add a Meal and water will need to be consumed before sunrise and after sundown. During the time available, intake should be spread out as evenly as possible and you may need to rise a little earlier. It may be permissible to delay the fast for health reasons, or alternatively, commence your All About Weight plan after Eid.
Should I discuss my diet with my doctor?
We recommend that all clients inform their doctor that they are about to start a weight loss plan and that your diet will change. This is especially important if you are taking any prescribed medications, especially those for diabetes, blood pressure, or epilepsy, or diuretics (water tablets). It is important that your GP is aware of this because some medications may need to be altered.
Your doctor is not required to provide consent unless you have a gastric band or diabetes controlled with insulin. Your doctor is welcome to contact us if they have any concerns about your suitability for the plan. Enquires should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the metabolic rate?
The metabolic rate represents the amount of energy the body is burning, or the rate at which calories are used. Regardless of how you diet or how often, your metabolic rate is primarily determined by how much you weigh, and how much of this is muscle.
Why are women who are pregnant or breast-feeding not allowed to start a plan?
Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding can use All About Weight Mealpacks and snacks as a nutritional supplement, but not as their only form of nutrition. This is because pregnant and breastfeeding women need more nutrients than others and our plans are not designed to meet their requirements. Women who are overweight should try to lose weight before pregnancy and after breastfeeding. Restricting food intake in between these times could harm their baby.
Shouldn’t I be eating 3 meals per day?
An All About Weight plan is based on 4 meals per day. This may be Mealpacks or meals you make yourself from the approved food lists. A Mealpack contains calories, protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, just the same as regular food, and four Mealpacks will provide all your essential daily requirements.
Will I just put all the weight back on when I stop my plan?
If you go back to your old habits, with a high calorie intake, then yes you will – this is the same for any diet programme. The way you lose weight has nothing to do with how you put it back on. Weight regain is entirely due to your own behaviour. All About Weight has designed its plans to work in series so that you can progress through them from Rapid to Regular, 50/50 or D2 and finally New You for long term maintenance.
To get the best results and lasting weight loss, you should work through the plans in this way and get fully involved in the programme that will help you to change your eating behaviour and the way you think about food.
How much weight can I expect to lose?
We cannot guarantee or predict how much weight that we expect you to lose as this will vary greatly between individuals. Men, and taller and younger people lose weight faster. Your weight loss will depend on a variety of factors such as: your diet previous to starting a plan, your current weight and how physically active you are. In three month period, you will be able to make a big difference to your weight and also get your eating habits back in control.
As with any diet, on your first week expect a very good weight loss, this is when you are removing your carbohydrate stores (glycogen). don't be surprised if you lose 7lbs in your first week. After that the weekly weight loss can range between 1 and 5lb per week, depending on the plan you are following, and many other factors. Everyone is different, some will lose more, some will lose less, these are average figures taken from our database of what many clients have achieved. Look at our Success page to see some examples.
The rapid weight loss that you experience in week 1 and/or week 2 will not continue. Weight loss will slow considerably when you have lost your glycogen stores. This is the same on all diets. After the water is gone you will be burning fat, so don’t be disheartened by the smaller weight loss. This weight loss is far more significant to your health and long term weight management. Water moves in and out of the body quickly and this can cause rapid changes in body weight that bear little relation to fat burning. This is why it’s important not to get hung up on what the scales say. Other measures like waist circumference and improvements to how you feel are more important.
Will I lose the same amount of weight as on a total abstinence programme?
Yes you will, if you stick to the plan. This is possible because of the quality nutrition of the products and how the selected added foods work in combination with them. All About Weight does not believe total abstinence programmes to be a healthy way to lose weight. The scientific evidence shows that the same weight loss can be achieved on a low calorie diet (LCD) than a VLCD, with fewer side effects.
Are these diets safe?
Yes - there are now over 30 years of research and all over Europe every hospital obesity department uses meal replacements in a VLCD or LCD diet. Studies by the Committee on Medical Aspects of Health and Nutrition (COMA) in the UK and European Union have highlighted their success.
All About Weight plans are not VLCDs but the products are manufactured to the highest standards and meet all necessary regulations for foods used in energy restricted diets. Four Mealpacks plus half a pint of skimmed milk will provide approximately 100% of the RDA for all necessary vitamins and minerals, so you know that while you are losing weight, your nutrition is protected.
In addition to this, our plans have food added at various points to provide extra nutrition, so they are different to the conventional VLCDs and LCDs that often replace all food with meal replacements.
Can a person who has previously suffered from an eating disorder do the plans?
Eating disorders are complex and usually chronic, relapsing conditions that can have very serious health consequences. A restricted diet will induce chemical changes in the brain that could trigger a relapse. Therefore if you have suffered from an eating disorder in the last 10 years then All About Weight is not a suitable way for you to lose weight.
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