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.
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.
Are All About Weight products suitable for people with coeliac disease?
All our products are made in facilities where gluten containing ingredients are used, so the manufacturers cannot guarantee that products do not contain such ingredients and have not been contaminated during production. This means that we cannot guarantee that any of our Mealpacks are gluten free. Therefore, if you have coeliac disease and you are very sensitive to gluten, then All About Weight Mealpacks may not be suitable for you.
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. We recommend that you choose a variety of different types and 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.
What is GP notification?
If you have answered yes to certain questions on the health screening form, All About Weight will send a letter to your GP telling them that you are about to start a weight loss plan and that your diet will change. It is important that your GP is aware of this because some medications may need to be altered. Your GP is not required to reply but they are invited to contact us if they have any concerns about your suitability for the plan.
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 the diet 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.
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.
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