Frequently Asked Questions

Christmas (1)

The Lipotrim advice is…….. DON’T BREAK YOUR LIPOTRIM DIET FOR CHRISTMAS OR ANY OTHER HOLIDAY

It is important to note you are NOT being given permission to break your Lipotrim total food replacement diet. This advice applies to all holidays, religious or not, even Christmas.

If you choose to break your diet (and it really should be your choice), here are a few of the issues involved:

The Christmas season, as with many other holidays (religious or not) often presents a series of pressures to indulge in food and drink at considerably excessive levels. As a result, the weight regain consequences of a loss of control can be considerable.

Do you really want to prolong your diet on the formula for longer than necessary? Or even fail to reach your target?

Restarting the Lipotrim diet can be considerably more difficult than when you started Lipotrim for the first time. You have achieved a great deal and are now in danger of forgetting those difficult first few days. Remember it is you that has to be uncomfortable during the restart of the diet. Next time however, because of the success so far, your levels of determination, and possibly desperation, are likely to be much lower. This makes restarting much harder than you may be thinking.

If you plan to break the diet for Christmas, or any holiday, you must refeed appropriately.

 

Here are a few of the most important points to consider:

  1. Maintenance formula foods are designed to help you keep control while eating normal food. Have one or two Lipotrim maintenance formula foods daily during the tempting days of the holiday period.
  2. Try using two Lipotrim maintenance formulas each day plus a normal low fat, high protein meal for two weeks before attempting to restart. This should ease the transition back onto the Lipotrim Total Food Replacement Programme.
  3. Restart as soon as you can, making sure you don’t give into the temptation to delay “just another day”. Make sure you keep your regular appointments and never restart Lipotrim as a total replacement without seeking advice, even if you have a few leftover sachets.
  4. Alcohol blunts your resolve. Avoid excessive alcohol if at all possible.
  5. Keep in mind that the more sugars and high carbohydrate foods you eat, the more glycogen you will store, the more water weight you will regain and the harder the restart will be.
  6. It is very important to realise that the more fats and oils you eat, irrespective of the source of fat, the more real body fat you will have to take off after you restart your diet.
  7. Turkey and lean ham, for example, are high protein foods and may not make it quite as difficult to restart as high carbohydrate foods will. All foods will remind you what food tastes like and stimulate your desire to eat again, hence our advice to keep to the programme. Try to just eat some of the protein foods and ignore the fats and carbohydrates. Your capacity will not be very large after being on total food replacement for a prolonged period of time. You are likely to become very uncomfortable if you eat a very large meal.
  8. Christmas lunch prepared by following very low fat principles will have far fewer calories than the traditional counterpart. This applies to all meals, holidays or not.

Christmas will return again next year as will most holidays that could break your resolve. If you are able to reduce your weight, you stand a much greater chance of celebrating future Christmases and life events.

The choice is yours.  Make sure the choice really is yours.

No-one has the right to force you to eat or drink whether it is Christmas or not.

Contact Lipotrim today for more help and advice on 0800 413735 (UK) or 01525 5636 (ROI)

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Health (1)

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a useful measure to find out whether you are a healthy weight for your height or considered to be overweight or obese.

Your BMI is also useful to work out your ideal/target weight before you embark on a weight loss programme.

Use the BMI calculator below to work out your BMI and remember both ourselves at Lipotrim and your local Lipotrim pharmacy are here to support you.

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What does my BMI tell me?

  • If your BMI is less than 20 you are underweight for your height.
  • If your BMI is between 20 and 24.9 you’re an ideal weight for your height.
  • If your BMI is between 25 and 29.9 you’re overweight.
  • If your BMI is between 30 and 39.9 you’re obese.
  • If your BMI is over 40 you’re morbidly obese.

If you are overweight or obese click here to learn more about the:

Lipotrim Pharmacy Total Food Replacement Programme

Lipotrim Maintenance Programme

or call the Lipotrim UK helpline on FREEPHONE 0800 413 735

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holidays (1)

The Lipotrim advice is…….. DON’T BREAK YOUR LIPOTRIM DIET FOR CHRISTMAS OR ANY OTHER HOLIDAY

It is important to note you are NOT being given permission to break your Lipotrim total food replacement diet. This advice applies to all holidays, religious or not, even Christmas.

If you choose to break your diet (and it really should be your choice), here are a few of the issues involved:

The Christmas season, as with many other holidays (religious or not) often presents a series of pressures to indulge in food and drink at considerably excessive levels. As a result, the weight regain consequences of a loss of control can be considerable.

Do you really want to prolong your diet on the formula for longer than necessary? Or even fail to reach your target?

Restarting the Lipotrim diet can be considerably more difficult than when you started Lipotrim for the first time. You have achieved a great deal and are now in danger of forgetting those difficult first few days. Remember it is you that has to be uncomfortable during the restart of the diet. Next time however, because of the success so far, your levels of determination, and possibly desperation, are likely to be much lower. This makes restarting much harder than you may be thinking.

If you plan to break the diet for Christmas, or any holiday, you must refeed appropriately.

 

Here are a few of the most important points to consider:

  1. Maintenance formula foods are designed to help you keep control while eating normal food. Have one or two Lipotrim maintenance formula foods daily during the tempting days of the holiday period.
  2. Try using two Lipotrim maintenance formulas each day plus a normal low fat, high protein meal for two weeks before attempting to restart. This should ease the transition back onto the Lipotrim Total Food Replacement Programme.
  3. Restart as soon as you can, making sure you don’t give into the temptation to delay “just another day”. Make sure you keep your regular appointments and never restart Lipotrim as a total replacement without seeking advice, even if you have a few leftover sachets.
  4. Alcohol blunts your resolve. Avoid excessive alcohol if at all possible.
  5. Keep in mind that the more sugars and high carbohydrate foods you eat, the more glycogen you will store, the more water weight you will regain and the harder the restart will be.
  6. It is very important to realise that the more fats and oils you eat, irrespective of the source of fat, the more real body fat you will have to take off after you restart your diet.
  7. Turkey and lean ham, for example, are high protein foods and may not make it quite as difficult to restart as high carbohydrate foods will. All foods will remind you what food tastes like and stimulate your desire to eat again, hence our advice to keep to the programme. Try to just eat some of the protein foods and ignore the fats and carbohydrates. Your capacity will not be very large after being on total food replacement for a prolonged period of time. You are likely to become very uncomfortable if you eat a very large meal.
  8. Christmas lunch prepared by following very low fat principles will have far fewer calories than the traditional counterpart. This applies to all meals, holidays or not.

Christmas will return again next year as will most holidays that could break your resolve. If you are able to reduce your weight, you stand a much greater chance of celebrating future Christmases and life events.

The choice is yours.  Make sure the choice really is yours.

No-one has the right to force you to eat or drink whether it is Christmas or not.

Contact Lipotrim today for more help and advice on 0800 413735 (UK) or 01525 5636 (ROI)

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Ingredients (8)

No extra supplements are needed with Lipotrim.

Lipotrim is a nutrient complete formula food and therefore there is no requirement for extra supplementation with vitamins or minerals.

Other supplements purchased over the counter are also unnecessary and could break the ketosis, resulting in hunger, lethargy and potentially dieting failure.

Can I take prescribed supplements whilst on Lipotrim?

If you are taking any medication, including supplements prescribed by your GP or healthcare professional you must take them unless your pharmacist and GP recommends otherwise.

The Lipotrim team can help too – contact us or call FREEPHONE 0800 413735

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ARE THERE ENOUGH CALORIES IN A VLCD?

One of the most important features of the human body is the ability to store all but a few of our most essential nutrient needs. Fat is the major storage site for Calories.

In a seriously overweight individual, there are an enormous number of Calories in fat storage. The Calories stored in body fat reach astronomical numbers, about 49,000 Calories per stone.

The purpose of a diet is to reduce the number of stored fat Calories. The stored Calories are there to be used. Use them. The Calories you ate at lunch may never be used, and are certainly not used immediately.

In a person with large stores of fat Calories, there is really no lower limit to the number of Calories required in the diet, except for the Calories potentially supplied by the essential nutrients.

What do we need to eat?

We choose a variety of plants and animals in order to provide the 50 or so nutrients that are essential to keep us healthy. Unfortunately, the composition of any of these plants and animals are unique to them, so none of them, on their own, provide for all of our essential requirements. We have to eat a variety of foods in order to get enough of all the vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, essential fatty acids and even some carbohydrates for us to stay healthy.

The only choice for a single “food” that theoretically has all the nutrients that humans require is another human. Carrots make delicious eating, but they are carrots and not people. Fortunately, the foods we choose to eat are usually not other humans. Most modern societies frown on cannibalism.

When we eat enough variety of food choices we usually get the necessary nutrients. Pick enough of the wrong foods however, and even with a food excess there could still be nutrient deficiencies.

When we diet, it gets harder and harder to get enough of the essential nutrients as the amount of food is reduced. Eventually there comes a limit, when it is impossible to get enough of all essential nutrients, even with the ideal choices of foods. This limit happens to be 1200 Calories per day. Below 1200 Calories a day there is no combination of conventional foods that can provide enough of all our essential nutrients. Without enough of these nutrients, the body is compromised and, depending on which nutrients become lacking, there can be a wide variety of negative health consequences.

Losing weight is not benign.

An obese person has at least 3 stones of excess stored fat. This amounts to 147,000 Calories, enough to power most active women for at least 10 weeks. A dieter simply requires a complete source of nutrients, not another source of Calories.

Lipotrim, a modern Very Low Calorie, nutrient complete diet formula, provides all the essential nutrients in the necessary amounts to keep people healthy. The only reason the formulas have any Calories at all is because some of the nutrients, the amino acids, the fatty acids and the essential carbs all have caloric values. Of course, these must be provided, since they have other roles beside being a potential source of energy.

Lipotrim is a VLCD which provide dieters one of the healthiest and most nutritionally complete daily intakes possible.

Read more about Lipotrim….

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IS THERE ENOUGH PROTEIN IN LIPOTRIM, A VERY LOW CALORIE DIET?

The short answer is absolutely yes, Lipotrim contains enough protein.

The subject of protein relating to storage and skin, the two most important issues for dieters using VLCDs, is complex. Unlike most other nutrients, there is no actual storage site for excess protein and new muscle fibres are not produced after puberty.

Over the years, there have been many demands for increases in the amount of protein provided in VLCDs. Current versions of VLCD formulations may already be less than optimal due to the meddling of various committees, but it would certainly be very unwise to add any more protein.

Protein excess to requirements gets converted to sugar. Extra sugar can be stored either as glycogen or converted to fat, neither being desirable for a dieter. This is especially important for VLCDs since it can interfere with ketosis, causing the rate of weight loss to slow and increase hunger, sometimes enough to lead to dieting failure.

The second issue is more visible. When people get fat, there are more changes in the body than just putting extra fat into fat cells. A fatter body has more skin. It has more blood. The extra weight puts strain on bones and muscles and there are many metabolic changes.

Can you imagine what would happen if the only change when dieting would be to reduce the amount of fat stored in the fat cells? The most visible effect would be that the extra skin would still be there.  The unpleasant photos in many tabloid publications are true, but not necessary, because current VLCD formulations allow the body to resorb the excess skin. The body uses what it needs. Adding more protein will lead to more people being left with excess skin. Other consequences may not be quite as visible.

Read more about Lipotrim….

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DO VLCDs HAVE ENOUGH CARBOHYDRATE?

When the Atkins diet, a diet that seriously restricted carbohydrate levels became very popular, it caused a serious financial problem for the food industry, from bakers to farmers. The backlash against carbohydrate restriction was almost as strong as the previous demand for higher intakes of carbohydrates.

Fortunately, the demands for higher carbohydrates have been muted now that influential people have learned that dietary ketosis is not the same as the disease condition, ketoacidosis, and ketosis has many health benefits.

Ketosis is now being recognized as a valuable treatment for epilepsy (first reported around 500 BC) and accepted by modern medicine in the 1920’s, is increasingly being recognized as a potential cancer treatment and also a potential treatment for a number of neurological diseases from Parkinson’s to Alzheimer’s.

Ketosis is valuable for dieters. The conditions for ketosis are well recognized to be helpful in blunting hunger so that prolonged dieting is possible. Once ketosis is interfered with, even minimally, continued dieting is often very short lived. With ketosis, the dieters can remain comfortable for many weeks.

Ketosis is also very protective during weight loss.

All our cells use sugar as a fuel and the brain has a considerable need for sugar. When sugar is restricted, the brain has a problem. It needs sugar once the body’s glycogen reserves are depleted, so the body is quickly forced to convert proteins into sugar. Without ketosis there is a possible reduction in body protein when dieting through this need for conversion of body protein into sugar to fuel the brain. Over a prolonged dieting period this could be harmful.

Ketones, however, can replace sugar as the energy source for the brain. With a VLCD, the time period before ketosis is only a couple of days and the continued ketosis prevents the body protein from being lost.

This is a very important reason for continuous rather than interrupted dieting.

A number of people have been advocating various types of intermittent fasting. What this does is eliminate the metabolic benefits of ketosis and cause a dieter to re-start, with all its problems, very frequently.

Another reason ketones are so valuable is that ketones are produced from the fatty acids that are mobilized from fat as weight is lost. Some of hese fatty acids can be valuable as a source of essential fatty acids, which will be discussed later. Fatty acids, however, are unable to pass through the blood-brain barrier and directly provide energy for the brain. Ketones produced from the breakdown of the fatty acids, are small molecules and water soluble, so they can get into the brain and provide the necessary energy.

A build up of blood fatty acids can also become problematic as they are thought to induce heart arrhythmias. Converting excess fatty acids to ketones with  VLCDs is therefore protective.

Lipotrim is a ketogenic, nutrient complete VLCD, one of the best and safest ways to diet.

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ARE THERE ENOUGH ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS in a VLCD?

Body fat is analogous to a bank savings account. The normal currency supplying the daily energy needs of the body is sugar. Sugar, beyond the amount in the blood at any one time, is stored in a complex form as glycogen, a large molecule made up of lots of molecules of sugar. Glycogen is stored in the body attached to an amount of water that can be as much as 4 times its weight.

As a carbohydrate, every pound of glycogen is worth 1800 Calories, about a day’s supply of energy.

A diet that uses about 250 Calories a day less than the amount of Calories being used, will use up the 1800 glycogen Calories in a week. Using up the pound of glycogen can release its bound 4 pounds of water as well.  A large weight loss with a small calorie deficit, but no fat loss. Permanent weight loss must include fat loss, but losing 5 pounds of fat needs a deficit of 17,500 Calories.

Ketogenic Very Low Calorie diets can actually achieve real fat loss in a reasonable period of time and produce significant fat weight losses. There are many publications attesting to the fact that stored fat is released into the blood, as fatty acids. Current studies demonstrate that there is a selective release of the very fatty acids being considered as possibly being needed as additional ingredients to VLCD.

Since dieters using a VLCD are releasing fat from their fat storage sites into the blood stream, the last thing they need is an additional intake of dietary fat.

True weight loss occurs when the body is forced to draw on its reserve Calories to fuel itself, and also releases these essential fatty acids. Restrict Calories and the body supplies Calories and the essential fatty acids deemed beneficial for health. More dietary fat could increase the blood fatty acid levels which  could be dangerous and also slow weight loss.

Do not do it.

The addition of extra Linoleic and Linolenic acids to a VLCD will not only add unnecessary Calories, slowing the rate of weight loss, but alarmingly there is evidence that too high blood fatty acids can lead to arrhythmias.

To make matters even worse there is emerging evidence that Linoleic acid is highly obesogenic and diabetogenic. These are precisely the wrong substances to add to a weight loss programme that already delivers proven safe weight loss.

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ARE THERE ENOUGH NUTRIENTS IN LIPOTRIM (VITAMINS, MINERALS, TRACE ELEMENTS) A VLCD?

How much selenium did you eat yesterday?

Selenium is an essential nutrient. You can’t even find out how much you ate by looking at a food composition table. The amount in any food varies from almost none to too much depending on the composition of the soil the plant was grown in or the amount the animal ate from those plants.  Some animals get a disease known as “Blind Staggers” from eating plants thought to be too high in selenium.

There are around 50 substances that are required for human health. To be healthy we must have a number of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, essential amino acids and fatty acids, and some source of carbohydrate. How much time do you spend calculating your intake levels of each of these? My guess is that for most people it is zero. Yet it is extremely important and there is no vitamin supplement that contains all the necessary nutrients.

As the amount of food eaten is reduced, the opportunity to get a wide variety of nutrients goes down.  Many approaches to weight loss, from drugs to behaviour modification, try to suppress appetite so you will eat less.

But eat less of what?  All they appear to care about is Calories.

If you don’t get enough essential nutrients, you will be ill and possibly very ill. The nutrient complete Very Low Calorie Diets (VLCDs) have the correct amount of every nutrient you need.

Lipotrim is a VLCD which are one of the most nutritious foods you could eat, whether or not you are dieting.

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The Lipotrim carrier bag – Nutrients and how to make up the formula foods – Essential Lipotrim Information

Lipotrim legal packaging – The Lipotrim carrier bag

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Both of the Lipotrim programmes are suitable for vegetarians. They are not suitable for vegans.

In the Total food replacement programme, even the chicken flavoured soup contains NO chicken, just flavouring.

There are oats in the Total food replacement flapjacks and in the Maintenance bar. Although a majority of coeliac sufferers can consume oats without issue, it is necessary to warn of their inclusion.

For the Lipotrim ingredients list please visit:

If you have any concerns over the Lipotrim ingredients, or special dietary requirements, please feel free to contact the Lipotrim team

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Lipotrim has NOT changed its name to, or has any connection with any other weight management programme.
It has come to light that there may be some confusion about whether Lipotrim has been reformulated, rebranded or even exists any more. We would like to set the record straight:

Howard Foundation Research Ltd. (HFR) who own Lipotrim, comply with EU legislation and directives. Any claim that products of another brand or formulation are Lipotrim rebranded and reformulated is untrue. The Lipotrim VLCD products and its programme has been available exclusively to healthcare professionals for more than 30 years.

Lipotrim products have an extensive research history and record of safety and effectiveness. The results of an audit of the Lipotrim Ireland patients has demonstrated this.

HFR’s research has been recognized and commended by the research scientists of the EU SCOOP report on VLCD.

Lipotrim diet is still available throughout the UK, including Northern Ireland (check Lipotrim website) and is still be available in the Republic of Ireland to people who would prefer to choose Lipotrim as their Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD).

If you have any further questions or concerns please contact the Lipotrim team who will be more than happy to help.

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Lipotrim advice (18)

Lipotrim is a weight management programme offered only by healthcare professionals such as GPs and pharmacies.
The Lipotrim programme consists of three phases:

Phase 1 – Weight loss using the Lipotrim Total food replacement formula foods
Phase 2 – Refeeding
Phase 3 – Weight maintenance

Phase 1 – Total Food Replacement

In the first phase of Lipotrim the individual uses specially formulated, nutritionally complete foods supplied by the healthcare professional which are designed to deliver optimal nutrition in the minimum number of calories. Weight losses are predictable and in the region of 1 stone a month for women and 1.5 stone a month for men*. The individuals are allowed to consume water, black tea and black coffee only. The individual will be in a mild dietary ketosis for the duration of the weight loss phase, essentially for as long as weight loss is required, and it is the ketosis which allows the patient to experience a lack of hunger. They will be energetic, healthy and comfortable. The individual could be following this phase for quite a number of weeks and possibly months, depending on the weight loss need, and so it is important for full compliance. The healthcare professional will be directing, motivating and educating the individual throughout this time on a weekly basis.

Phase 2 – Refeeding

The refeeding phase of Lipotrim is critical. The individual has lost a considerable amount of weight quite quickly and when target weight has been reached it is then time to reintroduce conventional foods. This reintroduction is a week long and involves the slow move away from low calorie formula foods to a more conventional diet. Refeeding results in the weight being kept stable whilst food is reintroduced, the patient also has the opportunity to consume conventional food in a controlled manner. Any possible initial concerns over weight re-gain and loss of control after weight loss are addressed here.

 

Phase 3 – Weight maintenance

Weight maintenance is difficult for many people because it is over such a long time. The individual will have lost weight comfortably and quickly using the total food replacement Lipotrim foods but now they are expected to maintain their weight loss. The healthcare professional, especially pharmacies, will be in a position to offer long term weight management help and advice. This could be in the form of regular, scheduled weight checks with the option of using the Lipotrim weight maintenance formula foods. Using this offer of long term help is essential if there is to be truly long term weight maintenance.

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No extra supplements are needed with Lipotrim.

Lipotrim is a nutrient complete formula food and therefore there is no requirement for extra supplementation with vitamins or minerals.

Other supplements purchased over the counter are also unnecessary and could break the ketosis, resulting in hunger, lethargy and potentially dieting failure.

Can I take prescribed supplements whilst on Lipotrim?

If you are taking any medication, including supplements prescribed by your GP or healthcare professional you must take them unless your pharmacist and GP recommends otherwise.

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Lipotrim is a weight management programme only offered through healthcare professionals, namely pharmacists and GPs.

Howard Foundation Research (HFR), the company behind Lipotrim, are not legally allowed to set a retail price that participating healthcare professionals charge.

Therefore, the Lipotrim cost to patients may differ from that recommended by HFR depending on what price each participating healthcare professional wishes to charge.

Currently, as of July 2019, the recommended retail prices are:

  • Total Food Replacement for Females – £45 per week*
  • Total Food Replacement for Males – £60 per week*

It is essential to note that the cost of the Lipotrim programme includes the invaluable advice and expertise of your supporting pharmacy and overseeing pharmacist.

If you would like clarification, or have any questions or concerns relating to the recommended retail price for Lipotrim please contact us or call 0800 413 735

*The Lipotrim formulation for both females and males are the same, except owing to a higher nutritional requirement, males receive more formula than females, hence males are charged more per week.

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Body Mass Index (BMI) is a useful measure to find out whether you are a healthy weight for your height or considered to be overweight or obese.

Your BMI is also useful to work out your ideal/target weight before you embark on a weight loss programme.

Use the BMI calculator below to work out your BMI and remember both ourselves at Lipotrim and your local Lipotrim pharmacy are here to support you.

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What does my BMI tell me?

  • If your BMI is less than 20 you are underweight for your height.
  • If your BMI is between 20 and 24.9 you’re an ideal weight for your height.
  • If your BMI is between 25 and 29.9 you’re overweight.
  • If your BMI is between 30 and 39.9 you’re obese.
  • If your BMI is over 40 you’re morbidly obese.

If you are overweight or obese click here to learn more about the:

Lipotrim Pharmacy Total Food Replacement Programme

Lipotrim Maintenance Programme

or call the Lipotrim UK helpline on FREEPHONE 0800 413 735

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ARE THERE ENOUGH CALORIES IN A VLCD?

One of the most important features of the human body is the ability to store all but a few of our most essential nutrient needs. Fat is the major storage site for Calories.

In a seriously overweight individual, there are an enormous number of Calories in fat storage. The Calories stored in body fat reach astronomical numbers, about 49,000 Calories per stone.

The purpose of a diet is to reduce the number of stored fat Calories. The stored Calories are there to be used. Use them. The Calories you ate at lunch may never be used, and are certainly not used immediately.

In a person with large stores of fat Calories, there is really no lower limit to the number of Calories required in the diet, except for the Calories potentially supplied by the essential nutrients.

What do we need to eat?

We choose a variety of plants and animals in order to provide the 50 or so nutrients that are essential to keep us healthy. Unfortunately, the composition of any of these plants and animals are unique to them, so none of them, on their own, provide for all of our essential requirements. We have to eat a variety of foods in order to get enough of all the vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, essential fatty acids and even some carbohydrates for us to stay healthy.

The only choice for a single “food” that theoretically has all the nutrients that humans require is another human. Carrots make delicious eating, but they are carrots and not people. Fortunately, the foods we choose to eat are usually not other humans. Most modern societies frown on cannibalism.

When we eat enough variety of food choices we usually get the necessary nutrients. Pick enough of the wrong foods however, and even with a food excess there could still be nutrient deficiencies.

When we diet, it gets harder and harder to get enough of the essential nutrients as the amount of food is reduced. Eventually there comes a limit, when it is impossible to get enough of all essential nutrients, even with the ideal choices of foods. This limit happens to be 1200 Calories per day. Below 1200 Calories a day there is no combination of conventional foods that can provide enough of all our essential nutrients. Without enough of these nutrients, the body is compromised and, depending on which nutrients become lacking, there can be a wide variety of negative health consequences.

Losing weight is not benign.

An obese person has at least 3 stones of excess stored fat. This amounts to 147,000 Calories, enough to power most active women for at least 10 weeks. A dieter simply requires a complete source of nutrients, not another source of Calories.

Lipotrim, a modern Very Low Calorie, nutrient complete diet formula, provides all the essential nutrients in the necessary amounts to keep people healthy. The only reason the formulas have any Calories at all is because some of the nutrients, the amino acids, the fatty acids and the essential carbs all have caloric values. Of course, these must be provided, since they have other roles beside being a potential source of energy.

Lipotrim is a VLCD which provide dieters one of the healthiest and most nutritionally complete daily intakes possible.

Read more about Lipotrim….

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IS THERE ENOUGH PROTEIN IN LIPOTRIM, A VERY LOW CALORIE DIET?

The short answer is absolutely yes, Lipotrim contains enough protein.

The subject of protein relating to storage and skin, the two most important issues for dieters using VLCDs, is complex. Unlike most other nutrients, there is no actual storage site for excess protein and new muscle fibres are not produced after puberty.

Over the years, there have been many demands for increases in the amount of protein provided in VLCDs. Current versions of VLCD formulations may already be less than optimal due to the meddling of various committees, but it would certainly be very unwise to add any more protein.

Protein excess to requirements gets converted to sugar. Extra sugar can be stored either as glycogen or converted to fat, neither being desirable for a dieter. This is especially important for VLCDs since it can interfere with ketosis, causing the rate of weight loss to slow and increase hunger, sometimes enough to lead to dieting failure.

The second issue is more visible. When people get fat, there are more changes in the body than just putting extra fat into fat cells. A fatter body has more skin. It has more blood. The extra weight puts strain on bones and muscles and there are many metabolic changes.

Can you imagine what would happen if the only change when dieting would be to reduce the amount of fat stored in the fat cells? The most visible effect would be that the extra skin would still be there.  The unpleasant photos in many tabloid publications are true, but not necessary, because current VLCD formulations allow the body to resorb the excess skin. The body uses what it needs. Adding more protein will lead to more people being left with excess skin. Other consequences may not be quite as visible.

Read more about Lipotrim….

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DO VLCDs HAVE ENOUGH CARBOHYDRATE?

When the Atkins diet, a diet that seriously restricted carbohydrate levels became very popular, it caused a serious financial problem for the food industry, from bakers to farmers. The backlash against carbohydrate restriction was almost as strong as the previous demand for higher intakes of carbohydrates.

Fortunately, the demands for higher carbohydrates have been muted now that influential people have learned that dietary ketosis is not the same as the disease condition, ketoacidosis, and ketosis has many health benefits.

Ketosis is now being recognized as a valuable treatment for epilepsy (first reported around 500 BC) and accepted by modern medicine in the 1920’s, is increasingly being recognized as a potential cancer treatment and also a potential treatment for a number of neurological diseases from Parkinson’s to Alzheimer’s.

Ketosis is valuable for dieters. The conditions for ketosis are well recognized to be helpful in blunting hunger so that prolonged dieting is possible. Once ketosis is interfered with, even minimally, continued dieting is often very short lived. With ketosis, the dieters can remain comfortable for many weeks.

Ketosis is also very protective during weight loss.

All our cells use sugar as a fuel and the brain has a considerable need for sugar. When sugar is restricted, the brain has a problem. It needs sugar once the body’s glycogen reserves are depleted, so the body is quickly forced to convert proteins into sugar. Without ketosis there is a possible reduction in body protein when dieting through this need for conversion of body protein into sugar to fuel the brain. Over a prolonged dieting period this could be harmful.

Ketones, however, can replace sugar as the energy source for the brain. With a VLCD, the time period before ketosis is only a couple of days and the continued ketosis prevents the body protein from being lost.

This is a very important reason for continuous rather than interrupted dieting.

A number of people have been advocating various types of intermittent fasting. What this does is eliminate the metabolic benefits of ketosis and cause a dieter to re-start, with all its problems, very frequently.

Another reason ketones are so valuable is that ketones are produced from the fatty acids that are mobilized from fat as weight is lost. Some of hese fatty acids can be valuable as a source of essential fatty acids, which will be discussed later. Fatty acids, however, are unable to pass through the blood-brain barrier and directly provide energy for the brain. Ketones produced from the breakdown of the fatty acids, are small molecules and water soluble, so they can get into the brain and provide the necessary energy.

A build up of blood fatty acids can also become problematic as they are thought to induce heart arrhythmias. Converting excess fatty acids to ketones with  VLCDs is therefore protective.

Lipotrim is a ketogenic, nutrient complete VLCD, one of the best and safest ways to diet.

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IS THERE PUBLISHED EVIDENCE ON THE SAFETY AND EFFICACY OF VLCDs?

There is so much published evidence about the safety and efficacy of VLCDs that publishers reject new data on the basis that it is so well known that no one cares.

A proper search of the literature will bring up many hundreds of peer reviewed publications, but these can be made invisible if the correct criteria is not used in the search.

The search criteria often used is to limit the publications to those studied that are placebo controlled and double blind. Since it is not possible to offer study subjects a formula diet without them knowing what they are eating, there are none that turn up in the search.

Please visit our Lipotrim Publications Page to read more on the subject of Lipotrim and its safety and efficacy

A partial reference list containing hundreds of papers related to VLCDs is available upon request: Contact Lipotrim here

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DO VLCDs CAUSE TOO RAPID WEIGHT LOSS? DOES THE LOST WEIGHT RETURN RAPIDLY AND TO A LEVEL WORSE THAN BEFORE THE DIET?

Most dieters want to lose weight as fast as possible. The problem is that none of the traditional weight loss methods will result in a reasonable rate of weight loss. In defence, traditionalists created the myths that rapid weight loss leads to rapid weight regain and that rapid weight loss causes the loss of muscle.  Both statements are totally false.

One of the best studies of weight maintenance after weight loss was carried out by the Anderson group.

The claim about muscle loss is  ironic in that there is less loss of protein with a ketogenic VLCD than with traditional food diets. Claims about a loss of “lean body mass” were made because some people did not know enough science to understand that the first fuel used up on a diet is sugar and glycogen, as discussed earlier.  Glycogen and it’s attached water is classed in the category of lean body mass since it is not fat. There was absolutely no justification for calling this loss of glycogen and water a loss of protein from muscle. It isn’t.

The paradox comes from the fact that when sugar is depleted, without ketosis, the body has to convert some of its muscle protein into sugar in order to supply the needs of the brain. This is a loss of muscle that does not happen with the rapid weight losses seen with Lipotrim, a ketogenic VLCD.

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The rapid weight loss seen with the Lipotrim Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) can have a huge positive effect on many medical conditions from reducing cancer risk, to improving blood pressure (Hypertension) to forcing type 2 diabetes remission. Here are two of the main prevention and treatment benefits of rapid weight loss and Lipotrim.

HYPERTENSION

“Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing high blood pressure. In fact, your blood pressure rises as your body weight increases. Losing even 10 pounds can lower your blood pressure—and losing weight has the biggest effect on those who are overweight and already have hypertension.”

The relationship between body weight and blood pressure. – NCBI

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3070038

A recent assessment of over 200 people with high blood pressure pre-diet lost more than 5% of their pre-diet weight using a VLCD under the care of pharmacists.  On average, these people lost nearly 2 stones of weight. The weight losses ranged from a half stone to a massive 9 stone. At larger start weights a 5% weight loss equates to a much bigger downward shift in BMI when compared with lower start weights. For example a 5% loss for a 26 stone patient would be 1.3 stone weight loss compared with just over 0.5 stone weight loss for a 12 stone patient achieving 5% weight loss. Patients were excluded on health grounds if their pre-diet BMI was too low to continue weight loss for a minimum of 4 weeks dieting.

These pharmacies have made, and are continuing to make a considerable contribution to the health of their customers.

TYPE 2 DIABETES

Possibly an even greater medical benefit from VLCD is the effect on type 2 diabetes.

The media headlines are that “Tackling obesity head on can  REVERSE type 2 diabetes”

Obesity and type 2 diabetes are in the news again. This time it is the revelation that type 2 diabetes can be reversed through weight loss. Although known since the publications of Oxford Professor Arthur Scott Donkin in 1871, and a mass of publications since the introduction of modern VLCD, it is important that this effective treatment for this killer disease is becoming more widely known.  VLCDs could save the NHS the one million pounds an hour that they report spending in treating type 2 diabetes.

Please read our dedicated page on Type 2 diabetes and Lipotrim by clicking here

The list of medical problems either caused by or made worse by overweight and obesity is long.

Losing significant weight with VLCDs, under the supervision of healthcare professionals, is making an important contribution to the health of the nation.

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The Lipotrim Maintenance Programme will really help keep weight maintained after losing weight on the Total Food Replacement Programme.

You can use the maintenance formulas and caramel flavoured bars flexibly and for many weeks, months, even years after losing weight on Lipotrim.

Lipotrim maintenance formulas and bars can also help with less rapid, more flexible weight loss.

The programme should not be underestimated and is more than just another 2plus1 diet, where you have 2 meal replacements and a single traditional meal. There is real science behind the Lipotrim Maintenance formula foods. It is important to understand the issues surrounding weight maintenance, insulin, snacking and the glycaemic index of foods.

Please read our dedicated page on the Lipotrim Maintenance Programme here

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Yes there is written materials in the form of Lipotrim guidance literature.

View and download PDF copies from the Total Food Replacement page on the Lipotrim UK website.

We have written these comprehensive materials to support the dieting information given in the Patient Education Video and ultimately help you lose weight healthily and comfortably.

If you have any questions about the programme please Contact us because as the saying goes “Knowledge is key”.

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The short answer is that the rapid weight loss achieved with Lipotrim makes this type of diet an excellent option for type 2 diabetics.

Type 2 diabetes is a serious disease, taking a very large proportion of the national health budget,  yet is largely a preventable disease.

Certain risk factors make a person more susceptible to suffering from type 2 diabetes, like genetics and age which you cannot do anything about.

The risk factor, carrying excess body weight, is common to a majority of type 2 diabetics. Type 2 diabetes can often be prevented by leading a healthy lifestyle, keeping the body within a normal BMI range of 20 to 25 (this BMI range may be lower in certain populations). Type 2 diabetes can certainly be forced into remission by treating existing excess weight and obesity but is seldom seen owing to the failure of many traditional diets to achieve meaningful weight loss.

Please take the time to read “Stop the amputations – Type 2 diabetes cured by diet alone but is this revolutionary?”

Rapid weight loss, using the Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) Lipotrim, can often force the full remission of type 2 diabetes within days.

A type 2 diabetic would require the full co-operation of their GP. The pharmacy must liaise with the patient’s GP to explain the need to stop the diabetic medications on starting Phase 1 of the Lipotrim programme: Weightloss.

If the patient is using Insulin then the patient would be excluded from participating in the Lipotrim Programme and referred to their GP for help.

Once the GP and pharmacist are in agreement then on day 1 of the diet phase the patient would stop taking their diabetic medication with their blood glucose levels falling into the normal range within the first week, without he need for medication. It should be noted that the continuation of diabetic medication, or the cessation of medication without the consent of the GP, would be outside of the programme and prohibited.

The type 2 diabetic would carry on through the weight loss phase for the length of time required to lose the desired amount of excess weight, preferably down to a healthy BMI. Once this has been achieved, the patient would re-introduce traditional foods using the predetermined “Refeeding” menu.

The response to such a significant weight loss could be the full remission of the type 2 diabetes. This is NOT a cure. Diabetes can not be cured but forced into “silence”. This remission must be confirmed with the co-ordination of the GP and pharmacist and a lifelong weight maintenance strategy be followed.

The increased insulin sensitivity and decreased insulin resistance brought about by the loss of weight is likely to keep the type 2 diabetes at bay unless the weight is regained.

Please read our dedicated page on Type 2 Diabetes by clicking here.

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Converting body weight from stone and pounds, the old metric system, to metric in KGs is not as easy as it may seem.

To help with converting body weight please use these weight conversion charts:

Kilos to stones body weight conversion chart

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Asking if “Lipotrim will work for me?” is a very important question.

The clamour about individualising diets, citing how each person reacts differently to foods and drinks to the next person, makes this question all the more important to understand.

This article is a great example. It has tried to explain why diets don’t work through research using identical twins (please take the time to read it):

Even identical twins don’t react the same way to the same foods — which is why most diet advice doesn’t work

 

But is this really why most diets don’t work?

Firstly do medicines work if prescribed but not taken appropriately through non-compliance?

How about non-compliance and individual attitude or preference towards diets? This is going to have an impact on (perceived) effectiveness.

  • Do identical twins view the world the same?
  • Dress the same?
  • Drink identical drinks?

Identical twins are still individuals and yes will respond to foods slightly differently, just as there is variance across the whole population.

When it comes to weight loss, if you restrict the number of calories to just that required to maintain optimum nutrition intake you have a Very Low Calorie Diet.

Lipotrim achieves this at around 500 Calories per day.

Within a normal distribution curve a 500 calorie daily intake of full nutrition WILL WORK for everyone so long as the individual considers it, then starts it, then carries it through to reach their desired target weight.

We like to be individuals but making dieting individualised can seem like an over-complication of a simple premise.

Will Lipotrim work for you?

YES, but make sure you get the pharmacy support regularly (at least weekly) and work hard at sticking to the diet fully.

We are here to support you too: FREEPHONE 0800 413 735

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Lipotrim re-feeding is the controlled re-introduction of conventional foods after losing weight successfully with the Lipotrim Total Food Replacement Programme.

In this audio you will understand why you must follow the Lipotrim re-feeding menu fully and correctly. There also follows a comprehensive look at the principles behind weight maintenance and the strategies to ensure you stand the best chance of maintaining your weight-loss.

If you liked what you heard in this audio on re-feeding after the Lipotrim Total Food Replacement Programme you should also read the information on the Lipotrim Maintenance Programme.

Lipotrim maintenance formulas and bars can be purchased through our participating pharmacies or via our online Lipotrim shop.

 

The Lipotrim Re-feeding Patient Literature

Patient Paperwork 3 of 3: Lipotrim Pharmacy Refeeding Information

 

Please click on this link (below) to download the full Lipotrim Re-feeding literature:

Lipotrim Pharmacy re-feeding information

 

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Exercise is recommended for all the usual reasons.

It is important to limit the levels of exercise in the first week of the Total Food Replacement Programme due to glycogen and water shifts. We want you to concentrate on following the programme and to maintain your comfort levels. Exercise can then be carried on after the first week or so of dieting as desired.

It is essential to hydrate PRIOR to exertion.

Many people are overweight or obese because they are limited in their mobility. Obesity itself can limit mobility.

Exercise is not required for weight loss to occur but is beneficial for “toning-up” and benefits overall health, the heart, lungs, blood sugar control.

Please take note of the true impact of exercise on weight loss. The effect is very small since it takes approximately 35 miles of exercise to use up the 3500 kcal necessary to lose a single 1lb of fat.

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The Lipotrim advice is…….. DON’T BREAK YOUR LIPOTRIM DIET FOR CHRISTMAS OR ANY OTHER HOLIDAY

It is important to note you are NOT being given permission to break your Lipotrim total food replacement diet. This advice applies to all holidays, religious or not, even Christmas.

If you choose to break your diet (and it really should be your choice), here are a few of the issues involved:

The Christmas season, as with many other holidays (religious or not) often presents a series of pressures to indulge in food and drink at considerably excessive levels. As a result, the weight regain consequences of a loss of control can be considerable.

Do you really want to prolong your diet on the formula for longer than necessary? Or even fail to reach your target?

Restarting the Lipotrim diet can be considerably more difficult than when you started Lipotrim for the first time. You have achieved a great deal and are now in danger of forgetting those difficult first few days. Remember it is you that has to be uncomfortable during the restart of the diet. Next time however, because of the success so far, your levels of determination, and possibly desperation, are likely to be much lower. This makes restarting much harder than you may be thinking.

If you plan to break the diet for Christmas, or any holiday, you must refeed appropriately.

 

Here are a few of the most important points to consider:

  1. Maintenance formula foods are designed to help you keep control while eating normal food. Have one or two Lipotrim maintenance formula foods daily during the tempting days of the holiday period.
  2. Try using two Lipotrim maintenance formulas each day plus a normal low fat, high protein meal for two weeks before attempting to restart. This should ease the transition back onto the Lipotrim Total Food Replacement Programme.
  3. Restart as soon as you can, making sure you don’t give into the temptation to delay “just another day”. Make sure you keep your regular appointments and never restart Lipotrim as a total replacement without seeking advice, even if you have a few leftover sachets.
  4. Alcohol blunts your resolve. Avoid excessive alcohol if at all possible.
  5. Keep in mind that the more sugars and high carbohydrate foods you eat, the more glycogen you will store, the more water weight you will regain and the harder the restart will be.
  6. It is very important to realise that the more fats and oils you eat, irrespective of the source of fat, the more real body fat you will have to take off after you restart your diet.
  7. Turkey and lean ham, for example, are high protein foods and may not make it quite as difficult to restart as high carbohydrate foods will. All foods will remind you what food tastes like and stimulate your desire to eat again, hence our advice to keep to the programme. Try to just eat some of the protein foods and ignore the fats and carbohydrates. Your capacity will not be very large after being on total food replacement for a prolonged period of time. You are likely to become very uncomfortable if you eat a very large meal.
  8. Christmas lunch prepared by following very low fat principles will have far fewer calories than the traditional counterpart. This applies to all meals, holidays or not.

Christmas will return again next year as will most holidays that could break your resolve. If you are able to reduce your weight, you stand a much greater chance of celebrating future Christmases and life events.

The choice is yours.  Make sure the choice really is yours.

No-one has the right to force you to eat or drink whether it is Christmas or not.

Contact Lipotrim today for more help and advice on 0800 413735 (UK) or 01525 5636 (ROI)

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Lipotrim is a weight management programme offered only by healthcare professionals such as GPs and pharmacies.
The Lipotrim programme consists of three phases:

Phase 1 – Weight loss using the Lipotrim Total food replacement formula foods
Phase 2 – Refeeding
Phase 3 – Weight maintenance

Phase 1 – Total Food Replacement

In the first phase of Lipotrim the individual uses specially formulated, nutritionally complete foods supplied by the healthcare professional which are designed to deliver optimal nutrition in the minimum number of calories. Weight losses are predictable and in the region of 1 stone a month for women and 1.5 stone a month for men*. The individuals are allowed to consume water, black tea and black coffee only. The individual will be in a mild dietary ketosis for the duration of the weight loss phase, essentially for as long as weight loss is required, and it is the ketosis which allows the patient to experience a lack of hunger. They will be energetic, healthy and comfortable. The individual could be following this phase for quite a number of weeks and possibly months, depending on the weight loss need, and so it is important for full compliance. The healthcare professional will be directing, motivating and educating the individual throughout this time on a weekly basis.

Phase 2 – Refeeding

The refeeding phase of Lipotrim is critical. The individual has lost a considerable amount of weight quite quickly and when target weight has been reached it is then time to reintroduce conventional foods. This reintroduction is a week long and involves the slow move away from low calorie formula foods to a more conventional diet. Refeeding results in the weight being kept stable whilst food is reintroduced, the patient also has the opportunity to consume conventional food in a controlled manner. Any possible initial concerns over weight re-gain and loss of control after weight loss are addressed here.

 

Phase 3 – Weight maintenance

Weight maintenance is difficult for many people because it is over such a long time. The individual will have lost weight comfortably and quickly using the total food replacement Lipotrim foods but now they are expected to maintain their weight loss. The healthcare professional, especially pharmacies, will be in a position to offer long term weight management help and advice. This could be in the form of regular, scheduled weight checks with the option of using the Lipotrim weight maintenance formula foods. Using this offer of long term help is essential if there is to be truly long term weight maintenance.

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No extra supplements are needed with Lipotrim.

Lipotrim is a nutrient complete formula food and therefore there is no requirement for extra supplementation with vitamins or minerals.

Other supplements purchased over the counter are also unnecessary and could break the ketosis, resulting in hunger, lethargy and potentially dieting failure.

Can I take prescribed supplements whilst on Lipotrim?

If you are taking any medication, including supplements prescribed by your GP or healthcare professional you must take them unless your pharmacist and GP recommends otherwise.

The Lipotrim team can help too – contact us or call FREEPHONE 0800 413735

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Lipotrim is a weight management programme only offered through healthcare professionals, namely pharmacists and GPs.

Howard Foundation Research (HFR), the company behind Lipotrim, are not legally allowed to set a retail price that participating healthcare professionals charge.

Therefore, the Lipotrim cost to patients may differ from that recommended by HFR depending on what price each participating healthcare professional wishes to charge.

Currently, as of July 2019, the recommended retail prices are:

  • Total Food Replacement for Females – £45 per week*
  • Total Food Replacement for Males – £60 per week*

It is essential to note that the cost of the Lipotrim programme includes the invaluable advice and expertise of your supporting pharmacy and overseeing pharmacist.

If you would like clarification, or have any questions or concerns relating to the recommended retail price for Lipotrim please contact us or call 0800 413 735

*The Lipotrim formulation for both females and males are the same, except owing to a higher nutritional requirement, males receive more formula than females, hence males are charged more per week.

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ARE THERE ENOUGH CALORIES IN A VLCD?

One of the most important features of the human body is the ability to store all but a few of our most essential nutrient needs. Fat is the major storage site for Calories.

In a seriously overweight individual, there are an enormous number of Calories in fat storage. The Calories stored in body fat reach astronomical numbers, about 49,000 Calories per stone.

The purpose of a diet is to reduce the number of stored fat Calories. The stored Calories are there to be used. Use them. The Calories you ate at lunch may never be used, and are certainly not used immediately.

In a person with large stores of fat Calories, there is really no lower limit to the number of Calories required in the diet, except for the Calories potentially supplied by the essential nutrients.

What do we need to eat?

We choose a variety of plants and animals in order to provide the 50 or so nutrients that are essential to keep us healthy. Unfortunately, the composition of any of these plants and animals are unique to them, so none of them, on their own, provide for all of our essential requirements. We have to eat a variety of foods in order to get enough of all the vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, essential fatty acids and even some carbohydrates for us to stay healthy.

The only choice for a single “food” that theoretically has all the nutrients that humans require is another human. Carrots make delicious eating, but they are carrots and not people. Fortunately, the foods we choose to eat are usually not other humans. Most modern societies frown on cannibalism.

When we eat enough variety of food choices we usually get the necessary nutrients. Pick enough of the wrong foods however, and even with a food excess there could still be nutrient deficiencies.

When we diet, it gets harder and harder to get enough of the essential nutrients as the amount of food is reduced. Eventually there comes a limit, when it is impossible to get enough of all essential nutrients, even with the ideal choices of foods. This limit happens to be 1200 Calories per day. Below 1200 Calories a day there is no combination of conventional foods that can provide enough of all our essential nutrients. Without enough of these nutrients, the body is compromised and, depending on which nutrients become lacking, there can be a wide variety of negative health consequences.

Losing weight is not benign.

An obese person has at least 3 stones of excess stored fat. This amounts to 147,000 Calories, enough to power most active women for at least 10 weeks. A dieter simply requires a complete source of nutrients, not another source of Calories.

Lipotrim, a modern Very Low Calorie, nutrient complete diet formula, provides all the essential nutrients in the necessary amounts to keep people healthy. The only reason the formulas have any Calories at all is because some of the nutrients, the amino acids, the fatty acids and the essential carbs all have caloric values. Of course, these must be provided, since they have other roles beside being a potential source of energy.

Lipotrim is a VLCD which provide dieters one of the healthiest and most nutritionally complete daily intakes possible.

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IS THERE ENOUGH PROTEIN IN LIPOTRIM, A VERY LOW CALORIE DIET?

The short answer is absolutely yes, Lipotrim contains enough protein.

The subject of protein relating to storage and skin, the two most important issues for dieters using VLCDs, is complex. Unlike most other nutrients, there is no actual storage site for excess protein and new muscle fibres are not produced after puberty.

Over the years, there have been many demands for increases in the amount of protein provided in VLCDs. Current versions of VLCD formulations may already be less than optimal due to the meddling of various committees, but it would certainly be very unwise to add any more protein.

Protein excess to requirements gets converted to sugar. Extra sugar can be stored either as glycogen or converted to fat, neither being desirable for a dieter. This is especially important for VLCDs since it can interfere with ketosis, causing the rate of weight loss to slow and increase hunger, sometimes enough to lead to dieting failure.

The second issue is more visible. When people get fat, there are more changes in the body than just putting extra fat into fat cells. A fatter body has more skin. It has more blood. The extra weight puts strain on bones and muscles and there are many metabolic changes.

Can you imagine what would happen if the only change when dieting would be to reduce the amount of fat stored in the fat cells? The most visible effect would be that the extra skin would still be there.  The unpleasant photos in many tabloid publications are true, but not necessary, because current VLCD formulations allow the body to resorb the excess skin. The body uses what it needs. Adding more protein will lead to more people being left with excess skin. Other consequences may not be quite as visible.

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DO VLCDs HAVE ENOUGH CARBOHYDRATE?

When the Atkins diet, a diet that seriously restricted carbohydrate levels became very popular, it caused a serious financial problem for the food industry, from bakers to farmers. The backlash against carbohydrate restriction was almost as strong as the previous demand for higher intakes of carbohydrates.

Fortunately, the demands for higher carbohydrates have been muted now that influential people have learned that dietary ketosis is not the same as the disease condition, ketoacidosis, and ketosis has many health benefits.

Ketosis is now being recognized as a valuable treatment for epilepsy (first reported around 500 BC) and accepted by modern medicine in the 1920’s, is increasingly being recognized as a potential cancer treatment and also a potential treatment for a number of neurological diseases from Parkinson’s to Alzheimer’s.

Ketosis is valuable for dieters. The conditions for ketosis are well recognized to be helpful in blunting hunger so that prolonged dieting is possible. Once ketosis is interfered with, even minimally, continued dieting is often very short lived. With ketosis, the dieters can remain comfortable for many weeks.

Ketosis is also very protective during weight loss.

All our cells use sugar as a fuel and the brain has a considerable need for sugar. When sugar is restricted, the brain has a problem. It needs sugar once the body’s glycogen reserves are depleted, so the body is quickly forced to convert proteins into sugar. Without ketosis there is a possible reduction in body protein when dieting through this need for conversion of body protein into sugar to fuel the brain. Over a prolonged dieting period this could be harmful.

Ketones, however, can replace sugar as the energy source for the brain. With a VLCD, the time period before ketosis is only a couple of days and the continued ketosis prevents the body protein from being lost.

This is a very important reason for continuous rather than interrupted dieting.

A number of people have been advocating various types of intermittent fasting. What this does is eliminate the metabolic benefits of ketosis and cause a dieter to re-start, with all its problems, very frequently.

Another reason ketones are so valuable is that ketones are produced from the fatty acids that are mobilized from fat as weight is lost. Some of hese fatty acids can be valuable as a source of essential fatty acids, which will be discussed later. Fatty acids, however, are unable to pass through the blood-brain barrier and directly provide energy for the brain. Ketones produced from the breakdown of the fatty acids, are small molecules and water soluble, so they can get into the brain and provide the necessary energy.

A build up of blood fatty acids can also become problematic as they are thought to induce heart arrhythmias. Converting excess fatty acids to ketones with  VLCDs is therefore protective.

Lipotrim is a ketogenic, nutrient complete VLCD, one of the best and safest ways to diet.

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ARE THERE ENOUGH ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS in a VLCD?

Body fat is analogous to a bank savings account. The normal currency supplying the daily energy needs of the body is sugar. Sugar, beyond the amount in the blood at any one time, is stored in a complex form as glycogen, a large molecule made up of lots of molecules of sugar. Glycogen is stored in the body attached to an amount of water that can be as much as 4 times its weight.

As a carbohydrate, every pound of glycogen is worth 1800 Calories, about a day’s supply of energy.

A diet that uses about 250 Calories a day less than the amount of Calories being used, will use up the 1800 glycogen Calories in a week. Using up the pound of glycogen can release its bound 4 pounds of water as well.  A large weight loss with a small calorie deficit, but no fat loss. Permanent weight loss must include fat loss, but losing 5 pounds of fat needs a deficit of 17,500 Calories.

Ketogenic Very Low Calorie diets can actually achieve real fat loss in a reasonable period of time and produce significant fat weight losses. There are many publications attesting to the fact that stored fat is released into the blood, as fatty acids. Current studies demonstrate that there is a selective release of the very fatty acids being considered as possibly being needed as additional ingredients to VLCD.

Since dieters using a VLCD are releasing fat from their fat storage sites into the blood stream, the last thing they need is an additional intake of dietary fat.

True weight loss occurs when the body is forced to draw on its reserve Calories to fuel itself, and also releases these essential fatty acids. Restrict Calories and the body supplies Calories and the essential fatty acids deemed beneficial for health. More dietary fat could increase the blood fatty acid levels which  could be dangerous and also slow weight loss.

Do not do it.

The addition of extra Linoleic and Linolenic acids to a VLCD will not only add unnecessary Calories, slowing the rate of weight loss, but alarmingly there is evidence that too high blood fatty acids can lead to arrhythmias.

To make matters even worse there is emerging evidence that Linoleic acid is highly obesogenic and diabetogenic. These are precisely the wrong substances to add to a weight loss programme that already delivers proven safe weight loss.

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ARE THERE ENOUGH NUTRIENTS IN LIPOTRIM (VITAMINS, MINERALS, TRACE ELEMENTS) A VLCD?

How much selenium did you eat yesterday?

Selenium is an essential nutrient. You can’t even find out how much you ate by looking at a food composition table. The amount in any food varies from almost none to too much depending on the composition of the soil the plant was grown in or the amount the animal ate from those plants.  Some animals get a disease known as “Blind Staggers” from eating plants thought to be too high in selenium.

There are around 50 substances that are required for human health. To be healthy we must have a number of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, essential amino acids and fatty acids, and some source of carbohydrate. How much time do you spend calculating your intake levels of each of these? My guess is that for most people it is zero. Yet it is extremely important and there is no vitamin supplement that contains all the necessary nutrients.

As the amount of food eaten is reduced, the opportunity to get a wide variety of nutrients goes down.  Many approaches to weight loss, from drugs to behaviour modification, try to suppress appetite so you will eat less.

But eat less of what?  All they appear to care about is Calories.

If you don’t get enough essential nutrients, you will be ill and possibly very ill. The nutrient complete Very Low Calorie Diets (VLCDs) have the correct amount of every nutrient you need.

Lipotrim is a VLCD which are one of the most nutritious foods you could eat, whether or not you are dieting.

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The Lipotrim carrier bag – Nutrients and how to make up the formula foods – Essential Lipotrim Information

Lipotrim legal packaging – The Lipotrim carrier bag

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The Lipotrim Maintenance Programme will really help keep weight maintained after losing weight on the Total Food Replacement Programme.

You can use the maintenance formulas and caramel flavoured bars flexibly and for many weeks, months, even years after losing weight on Lipotrim.

Lipotrim maintenance formulas and bars can also help with less rapid, more flexible weight loss.

The programme should not be underestimated and is more than just another 2plus1 diet, where you have 2 meal replacements and a single traditional meal. There is real science behind the Lipotrim Maintenance formula foods. It is important to understand the issues surrounding weight maintenance, insulin, snacking and the glycaemic index of foods.

Please read our dedicated page on the Lipotrim Maintenance Programme here

Need more advice or support? Please contact us or call FREEPHONE 0800 413735

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Yes there is written materials in the form of Lipotrim guidance literature.

View and download PDF copies from the Total Food Replacement page on the Lipotrim UK website.

We have written these comprehensive materials to support the dieting information given in the Patient Education Video and ultimately help you lose weight healthily and comfortably.

If you have any questions about the programme please Contact us because as the saying goes “Knowledge is key”.

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Both of the Lipotrim programmes are suitable for vegetarians. They are not suitable for vegans.

In the Total food replacement programme, even the chicken flavoured soup contains NO chicken, just flavouring.

There are oats in the Total food replacement flapjacks and in the Maintenance bar. Although a majority of coeliac sufferers can consume oats without issue, it is necessary to warn of their inclusion.

For the Lipotrim ingredients list please visit:

If you have any concerns over the Lipotrim ingredients, or special dietary requirements, please feel free to contact the Lipotrim team

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Lipotrim has NOT changed its name to, or has any connection with any other weight management programme.
It has come to light that there may be some confusion about whether Lipotrim has been reformulated, rebranded or even exists any more. We would like to set the record straight:

Howard Foundation Research Ltd. (HFR) who own Lipotrim, comply with EU legislation and directives. Any claim that products of another brand or formulation are Lipotrim rebranded and reformulated is untrue. The Lipotrim VLCD products and its programme has been available exclusively to healthcare professionals for more than 30 years.

Lipotrim products have an extensive research history and record of safety and effectiveness. The results of an audit of the Lipotrim Ireland patients has demonstrated this.

HFR’s research has been recognized and commended by the research scientists of the EU SCOOP report on VLCD.

Lipotrim diet is still available throughout the UK, including Northern Ireland (check Lipotrim website) and is still be available in the Republic of Ireland to people who would prefer to choose Lipotrim as their Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD).

If you have any further questions or concerns please contact the Lipotrim team who will be more than happy to help.

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Lipotrim results (8)

DO VLCDs CAUSE TOO RAPID WEIGHT LOSS? DOES THE LOST WEIGHT RETURN RAPIDLY AND TO A LEVEL WORSE THAN BEFORE THE DIET?

Most dieters want to lose weight as fast as possible. The problem is that none of the traditional weight loss methods will result in a reasonable rate of weight loss. In defence, traditionalists created the myths that rapid weight loss leads to rapid weight regain and that rapid weight loss causes the loss of muscle.  Both statements are totally false.

One of the best studies of weight maintenance after weight loss was carried out by the Anderson group.

The claim about muscle loss is  ironic in that there is less loss of protein with a ketogenic VLCD than with traditional food diets. Claims about a loss of “lean body mass” were made because some people did not know enough science to understand that the first fuel used up on a diet is sugar and glycogen, as discussed earlier.  Glycogen and it’s attached water is classed in the category of lean body mass since it is not fat. There was absolutely no justification for calling this loss of glycogen and water a loss of protein from muscle. It isn’t.

The paradox comes from the fact that when sugar is depleted, without ketosis, the body has to convert some of its muscle protein into sugar in order to supply the needs of the brain. This is a loss of muscle that does not happen with the rapid weight losses seen with Lipotrim, a ketogenic VLCD.

Read more about Lipotrim…

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The short answer is that the rapid weight loss achieved with Lipotrim makes this type of diet an excellent option for type 2 diabetics.

Type 2 diabetes is a serious disease, taking a very large proportion of the national health budget,  yet is largely a preventable disease.

Certain risk factors make a person more susceptible to suffering from type 2 diabetes, like genetics and age which you cannot do anything about.

The risk factor, carrying excess body weight, is common to a majority of type 2 diabetics. Type 2 diabetes can often be prevented by leading a healthy lifestyle, keeping the body within a normal BMI range of 20 to 25 (this BMI range may be lower in certain populations). Type 2 diabetes can certainly be forced into remission by treating existing excess weight and obesity but is seldom seen owing to the failure of many traditional diets to achieve meaningful weight loss.

Please take the time to read “Stop the amputations – Type 2 diabetes cured by diet alone but is this revolutionary?”

Rapid weight loss, using the Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) Lipotrim, can often force the full remission of type 2 diabetes within days.

A type 2 diabetic would require the full co-operation of their GP. The pharmacy must liaise with the patient’s GP to explain the need to stop the diabetic medications on starting Phase 1 of the Lipotrim programme: Weightloss.

If the patient is using Insulin then the patient would be excluded from participating in the Lipotrim Programme and referred to their GP for help.

Once the GP and pharmacist are in agreement then on day 1 of the diet phase the patient would stop taking their diabetic medication with their blood glucose levels falling into the normal range within the first week, without he need for medication. It should be noted that the continuation of diabetic medication, or the cessation of medication without the consent of the GP, would be outside of the programme and prohibited.

The type 2 diabetic would carry on through the weight loss phase for the length of time required to lose the desired amount of excess weight, preferably down to a healthy BMI. Once this has been achieved, the patient would re-introduce traditional foods using the predetermined “Refeeding” menu.

The response to such a significant weight loss could be the full remission of the type 2 diabetes. This is NOT a cure. Diabetes can not be cured but forced into “silence”. This remission must be confirmed with the co-ordination of the GP and pharmacist and a lifelong weight maintenance strategy be followed.

The increased insulin sensitivity and decreased insulin resistance brought about by the loss of weight is likely to keep the type 2 diabetes at bay unless the weight is regained.

Please read our dedicated page on Type 2 Diabetes by clicking here.

Want more detailed published information on type 2 diabetes and Lipotrim? CLICK HERE

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Converting body weight from stone and pounds, the old metric system, to metric in KGs is not as easy as it may seem.

To help with converting body weight please use these weight conversion charts:

Kilos to stones body weight conversion chart

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Asking if “Lipotrim will work for me?” is a very important question.

The clamour about individualising diets, citing how each person reacts differently to foods and drinks to the next person, makes this question all the more important to understand.

This article is a great example. It has tried to explain why diets don’t work through research using identical twins (please take the time to read it):

Even identical twins don’t react the same way to the same foods — which is why most diet advice doesn’t work

 

But is this really why most diets don’t work?

Firstly do medicines work if prescribed but not taken appropriately through non-compliance?

How about non-compliance and individual attitude or preference towards diets? This is going to have an impact on (perceived) effectiveness.

  • Do identical twins view the world the same?
  • Dress the same?
  • Drink identical drinks?

Identical twins are still individuals and yes will respond to foods slightly differently, just as there is variance across the whole population.

When it comes to weight loss, if you restrict the number of calories to just that required to maintain optimum nutrition intake you have a Very Low Calorie Diet.

Lipotrim achieves this at around 500 Calories per day.

Within a normal distribution curve a 500 calorie daily intake of full nutrition WILL WORK for everyone so long as the individual considers it, then starts it, then carries it through to reach their desired target weight.

We like to be individuals but making dieting individualised can seem like an over-complication of a simple premise.

Will Lipotrim work for you?

YES, but make sure you get the pharmacy support regularly (at least weekly) and work hard at sticking to the diet fully.

We are here to support you too: FREEPHONE 0800 413 735

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Lipotrim re-feeding is the controlled re-introduction of conventional foods after losing weight successfully with the Lipotrim Total Food Replacement Programme.

In this audio you will understand why you must follow the Lipotrim re-feeding menu fully and correctly. There also follows a comprehensive look at the principles behind weight maintenance and the strategies to ensure you stand the best chance of maintaining your weight-loss.

If you liked what you heard in this audio on re-feeding after the Lipotrim Total Food Replacement Programme you should also read the information on the Lipotrim Maintenance Programme.

Lipotrim maintenance formulas and bars can be purchased through our participating pharmacies or via our online Lipotrim shop.

 

The Lipotrim Re-feeding Patient Literature

Patient Paperwork 3 of 3: Lipotrim Pharmacy Refeeding Information

 

Please click on this link (below) to download the full Lipotrim Re-feeding literature:

Lipotrim Pharmacy re-feeding information

 

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Exercise is recommended for all the usual reasons.

It is important to limit the levels of exercise in the first week of the Total Food Replacement Programme due to glycogen and water shifts. We want you to concentrate on following the programme and to maintain your comfort levels. Exercise can then be carried on after the first week or so of dieting as desired.

It is essential to hydrate PRIOR to exertion.

Many people are overweight or obese because they are limited in their mobility. Obesity itself can limit mobility.

Exercise is not required for weight loss to occur but is beneficial for “toning-up” and benefits overall health, the heart, lungs, blood sugar control.

Please take note of the true impact of exercise on weight loss. The effect is very small since it takes approximately 35 miles of exercise to use up the 3500 kcal necessary to lose a single 1lb of fat.

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Lipotrim Total Food Replacement Programme

(available only through pharmacies & healthcare professionals)

The rate of weight loss is steady and predictable. It is impossible for people who are complying with the diet not to lose weight. The body needs about 800 Calories just to keep the body temperature up.

In the first week the average weight loss is 7lbs, but can be considerably higher for some individuals. This first week is mainly comprised of large fluid losses from the utilization of body glycogen and dumping of oedema fluid.

In the subsequent weeks you can expect to lose in the region of:

  • men can expect to lose 3lb to 5lb of weight per week, which over the long term equates to a 1.5 stone weight loss per month
  • women can expect to lose 2lb to 4lb of weight per week, which over the long term equates to 1 stone weight loss per month

 

Lipotrim Maintenance Programme

(available through healthcare professionals and via the Lipotrim online shop)

The Lipotrim Maintenance Programme uses a combination of formula foods and conventional foods. It can be possible to lose in the region of 1lb to 2lb per week but the natural fluctuation of calorie intake on this programme can result in varying rates of weight loss.

The programme is also used to help maintain a steady weight.

Please contact us or your Lipotrim pharmacy for help and advice on how best to use the maintenance programme.

  • I wish you would use metric. It is a lot of work trying to work it all out. Please start using metric instead of imperial as your primary measurements as we are a metric country.

    • Thank you for the feedback. The majority of patients still request weight in Stone and Pounds which is why this unit of measure is mainly used in our literature. As a direct response to your request we will attempt to add more metric measurements in our literature whilst keeping the imperial units as standard. To further help we will be adding a new FAQ urgently with full conversion charts for weights, including pounds for those using that measure too.

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    The Lipotrim advice is…….. DON’T BREAK YOUR LIPOTRIM DIET FOR CHRISTMAS OR ANY OTHER HOLIDAY

    It is important to note you are NOT being given permission to break your Lipotrim total food replacement diet. This advice applies to all holidays, religious or not, even Christmas.

    If you choose to break your diet (and it really should be your choice), here are a few of the issues involved:

    The Christmas season, as with many other holidays (religious or not) often presents a series of pressures to indulge in food and drink at considerably excessive levels. As a result, the weight regain consequences of a loss of control can be considerable.

    Do you really want to prolong your diet on the formula for longer than necessary? Or even fail to reach your target?

    Restarting the Lipotrim diet can be considerably more difficult than when you started Lipotrim for the first time. You have achieved a great deal and are now in danger of forgetting those difficult first few days. Remember it is you that has to be uncomfortable during the restart of the diet. Next time however, because of the success so far, your levels of determination, and possibly desperation, are likely to be much lower. This makes restarting much harder than you may be thinking.

    If you plan to break the diet for Christmas, or any holiday, you must refeed appropriately.

     

    Here are a few of the most important points to consider:

    1. Maintenance formula foods are designed to help you keep control while eating normal food. Have one or two Lipotrim maintenance formula foods daily during the tempting days of the holiday period.
    2. Try using two Lipotrim maintenance formulas each day plus a normal low fat, high protein meal for two weeks before attempting to restart. This should ease the transition back onto the Lipotrim Total Food Replacement Programme.
    3. Restart as soon as you can, making sure you don’t give into the temptation to delay “just another day”. Make sure you keep your regular appointments and never restart Lipotrim as a total replacement without seeking advice, even if you have a few leftover sachets.
    4. Alcohol blunts your resolve. Avoid excessive alcohol if at all possible.
    5. Keep in mind that the more sugars and high carbohydrate foods you eat, the more glycogen you will store, the more water weight you will regain and the harder the restart will be.
    6. It is very important to realise that the more fats and oils you eat, irrespective of the source of fat, the more real body fat you will have to take off after you restart your diet.
    7. Turkey and lean ham, for example, are high protein foods and may not make it quite as difficult to restart as high carbohydrate foods will. All foods will remind you what food tastes like and stimulate your desire to eat again, hence our advice to keep to the programme. Try to just eat some of the protein foods and ignore the fats and carbohydrates. Your capacity will not be very large after being on total food replacement for a prolonged period of time. You are likely to become very uncomfortable if you eat a very large meal.
    8. Christmas lunch prepared by following very low fat principles will have far fewer calories than the traditional counterpart. This applies to all meals, holidays or not.

    Christmas will return again next year as will most holidays that could break your resolve. If you are able to reduce your weight, you stand a much greater chance of celebrating future Christmases and life events.

    The choice is yours.  Make sure the choice really is yours.

    No-one has the right to force you to eat or drink whether it is Christmas or not.

    Contact Lipotrim today for more help and advice on 0800 413735 (UK) or 01525 5636 (ROI)

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    IS THERE PUBLISHED EVIDENCE ON THE SAFETY AND EFFICACY OF VLCDs?

    There is so much published evidence about the safety and efficacy of VLCDs that publishers reject new data on the basis that it is so well known that no one cares.

    A proper search of the literature will bring up many hundreds of peer reviewed publications, but these can be made invisible if the correct criteria is not used in the search.

    The search criteria often used is to limit the publications to those studied that are placebo controlled and double blind. Since it is not possible to offer study subjects a formula diet without them knowing what they are eating, there are none that turn up in the search.

    Please visit our Lipotrim Publications Page to read more on the subject of Lipotrim and its safety and efficacy

    A partial reference list containing hundreds of papers related to VLCDs is available upon request: Contact Lipotrim here

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    The rapid weight loss seen with the Lipotrim Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) can have a huge positive effect on many medical conditions from reducing cancer risk, to improving blood pressure (Hypertension) to forcing type 2 diabetes remission. Here are two of the main prevention and treatment benefits of rapid weight loss and Lipotrim.

    HYPERTENSION

    “Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing high blood pressure. In fact, your blood pressure rises as your body weight increases. Losing even 10 pounds can lower your blood pressure—and losing weight has the biggest effect on those who are overweight and already have hypertension.”

    The relationship between body weight and blood pressure. – NCBI

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3070038

    A recent assessment of over 200 people with high blood pressure pre-diet lost more than 5% of their pre-diet weight using a VLCD under the care of pharmacists.  On average, these people lost nearly 2 stones of weight. The weight losses ranged from a half stone to a massive 9 stone. At larger start weights a 5% weight loss equates to a much bigger downward shift in BMI when compared with lower start weights. For example a 5% loss for a 26 stone patient would be 1.3 stone weight loss compared with just over 0.5 stone weight loss for a 12 stone patient achieving 5% weight loss. Patients were excluded on health grounds if their pre-diet BMI was too low to continue weight loss for a minimum of 4 weeks dieting.

    These pharmacies have made, and are continuing to make a considerable contribution to the health of their customers.

    TYPE 2 DIABETES

    Possibly an even greater medical benefit from VLCD is the effect on type 2 diabetes.

    The media headlines are that “Tackling obesity head on can  REVERSE type 2 diabetes”

    Obesity and type 2 diabetes are in the news again. This time it is the revelation that type 2 diabetes can be reversed through weight loss. Although known since the publications of Oxford Professor Arthur Scott Donkin in 1871, and a mass of publications since the introduction of modern VLCD, it is important that this effective treatment for this killer disease is becoming more widely known.  VLCDs could save the NHS the one million pounds an hour that they report spending in treating type 2 diabetes.

    Please read our dedicated page on Type 2 diabetes and Lipotrim by clicking here

    The list of medical problems either caused by or made worse by overweight and obesity is long.

    Losing significant weight with VLCDs, under the supervision of healthcare professionals, is making an important contribution to the health of the nation.

    Read more about Lipotrim and how it helps medical conditions…

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    Yes there is written materials in the form of Lipotrim guidance literature.

    View and download PDF copies from the Total Food Replacement page on the Lipotrim UK website.

    We have written these comprehensive materials to support the dieting information given in the Patient Education Video and ultimately help you lose weight healthily and comfortably.

    If you have any questions about the programme please Contact us because as the saying goes “Knowledge is key”.

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    The short answer is that the rapid weight loss achieved with Lipotrim makes this type of diet an excellent option for type 2 diabetics.

    Type 2 diabetes is a serious disease, taking a very large proportion of the national health budget,  yet is largely a preventable disease.

    Certain risk factors make a person more susceptible to suffering from type 2 diabetes, like genetics and age which you cannot do anything about.

    The risk factor, carrying excess body weight, is common to a majority of type 2 diabetics. Type 2 diabetes can often be prevented by leading a healthy lifestyle, keeping the body within a normal BMI range of 20 to 25 (this BMI range may be lower in certain populations). Type 2 diabetes can certainly be forced into remission by treating existing excess weight and obesity but is seldom seen owing to the failure of many traditional diets to achieve meaningful weight loss.

    Please take the time to read “Stop the amputations – Type 2 diabetes cured by diet alone but is this revolutionary?”

    Rapid weight loss, using the Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) Lipotrim, can often force the full remission of type 2 diabetes within days.

    A type 2 diabetic would require the full co-operation of their GP. The pharmacy must liaise with the patient’s GP to explain the need to stop the diabetic medications on starting Phase 1 of the Lipotrim programme: Weightloss.

    If the patient is using Insulin then the patient would be excluded from participating in the Lipotrim Programme and referred to their GP for help.

    Once the GP and pharmacist are in agreement then on day 1 of the diet phase the patient would stop taking their diabetic medication with their blood glucose levels falling into the normal range within the first week, without he need for medication. It should be noted that the continuation of diabetic medication, or the cessation of medication without the consent of the GP, would be outside of the programme and prohibited.

    The type 2 diabetic would carry on through the weight loss phase for the length of time required to lose the desired amount of excess weight, preferably down to a healthy BMI. Once this has been achieved, the patient would re-introduce traditional foods using the predetermined “Refeeding” menu.

    The response to such a significant weight loss could be the full remission of the type 2 diabetes. This is NOT a cure. Diabetes can not be cured but forced into “silence”. This remission must be confirmed with the co-ordination of the GP and pharmacist and a lifelong weight maintenance strategy be followed.

    The increased insulin sensitivity and decreased insulin resistance brought about by the loss of weight is likely to keep the type 2 diabetes at bay unless the weight is regained.

    Please read our dedicated page on Type 2 Diabetes by clicking here.

    Want more detailed published information on type 2 diabetes and Lipotrim? CLICK HERE

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    Re-feeding (5)

    Lipotrim is a weight management programme offered only by healthcare professionals such as GPs and pharmacies.
    The Lipotrim programme consists of three phases:

    Phase 1 – Weight loss using the Lipotrim Total food replacement formula foods
    Phase 2 – Refeeding
    Phase 3 – Weight maintenance

    Phase 1 – Total Food Replacement

    In the first phase of Lipotrim the individual uses specially formulated, nutritionally complete foods supplied by the healthcare professional which are designed to deliver optimal nutrition in the minimum number of calories. Weight losses are predictable and in the region of 1 stone a month for women and 1.5 stone a month for men*. The individuals are allowed to consume water, black tea and black coffee only. The individual will be in a mild dietary ketosis for the duration of the weight loss phase, essentially for as long as weight loss is required, and it is the ketosis which allows the patient to experience a lack of hunger. They will be energetic, healthy and comfortable. The individual could be following this phase for quite a number of weeks and possibly months, depending on the weight loss need, and so it is important for full compliance. The healthcare professional will be directing, motivating and educating the individual throughout this time on a weekly basis.

    Phase 2 – Refeeding

    The refeeding phase of Lipotrim is critical. The individual has lost a considerable amount of weight quite quickly and when target weight has been reached it is then time to reintroduce conventional foods. This reintroduction is a week long and involves the slow move away from low calorie formula foods to a more conventional diet. Refeeding results in the weight being kept stable whilst food is reintroduced, the patient also has the opportunity to consume conventional food in a controlled manner. Any possible initial concerns over weight re-gain and loss of control after weight loss are addressed here.

     

    Phase 3 – Weight maintenance

    Weight maintenance is difficult for many people because it is over such a long time. The individual will have lost weight comfortably and quickly using the total food replacement Lipotrim foods but now they are expected to maintain their weight loss. The healthcare professional, especially pharmacies, will be in a position to offer long term weight management help and advice. This could be in the form of regular, scheduled weight checks with the option of using the Lipotrim weight maintenance formula foods. Using this offer of long term help is essential if there is to be truly long term weight maintenance.

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    DO VLCDs CAUSE TOO RAPID WEIGHT LOSS? DOES THE LOST WEIGHT RETURN RAPIDLY AND TO A LEVEL WORSE THAN BEFORE THE DIET?

    Most dieters want to lose weight as fast as possible. The problem is that none of the traditional weight loss methods will result in a reasonable rate of weight loss. In defence, traditionalists created the myths that rapid weight loss leads to rapid weight regain and that rapid weight loss causes the loss of muscle.  Both statements are totally false.

    One of the best studies of weight maintenance after weight loss was carried out by the Anderson group.

    The claim about muscle loss is  ironic in that there is less loss of protein with a ketogenic VLCD than with traditional food diets. Claims about a loss of “lean body mass” were made because some people did not know enough science to understand that the first fuel used up on a diet is sugar and glycogen, as discussed earlier.  Glycogen and it’s attached water is classed in the category of lean body mass since it is not fat. There was absolutely no justification for calling this loss of glycogen and water a loss of protein from muscle. It isn’t.

    The paradox comes from the fact that when sugar is depleted, without ketosis, the body has to convert some of its muscle protein into sugar in order to supply the needs of the brain. This is a loss of muscle that does not happen with the rapid weight losses seen with Lipotrim, a ketogenic VLCD.

    Read more about Lipotrim…

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    The Lipotrim Maintenance Programme will really help keep weight maintained after losing weight on the Total Food Replacement Programme.

    You can use the maintenance formulas and caramel flavoured bars flexibly and for many weeks, months, even years after losing weight on Lipotrim.

    Lipotrim maintenance formulas and bars can also help with less rapid, more flexible weight loss.

    The programme should not be underestimated and is more than just another 2plus1 diet, where you have 2 meal replacements and a single traditional meal. There is real science behind the Lipotrim Maintenance formula foods. It is important to understand the issues surrounding weight maintenance, insulin, snacking and the glycaemic index of foods.

    Please read our dedicated page on the Lipotrim Maintenance Programme here

    Need more advice or support? Please contact us or call FREEPHONE 0800 413735

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    Yes there is written materials in the form of Lipotrim guidance literature.

    View and download PDF copies from the Total Food Replacement page on the Lipotrim UK website.

    We have written these comprehensive materials to support the dieting information given in the Patient Education Video and ultimately help you lose weight healthily and comfortably.

    If you have any questions about the programme please Contact us because as the saying goes “Knowledge is key”.

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    Lipotrim re-feeding is the controlled re-introduction of conventional foods after losing weight successfully with the Lipotrim Total Food Replacement Programme.

    In this audio you will understand why you must follow the Lipotrim re-feeding menu fully and correctly. There also follows a comprehensive look at the principles behind weight maintenance and the strategies to ensure you stand the best chance of maintaining your weight-loss.

    If you liked what you heard in this audio on re-feeding after the Lipotrim Total Food Replacement Programme you should also read the information on the Lipotrim Maintenance Programme.

    Lipotrim maintenance formulas and bars can be purchased through our participating pharmacies or via our online Lipotrim shop.

     

    The Lipotrim Re-feeding Patient Literature

    Patient Paperwork 3 of 3: Lipotrim Pharmacy Refeeding Information

     

    Please click on this link (below) to download the full Lipotrim Re-feeding literature:

    Lipotrim Pharmacy re-feeding information

     

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    Side effects (5)

    IS THERE PUBLISHED EVIDENCE ON THE SAFETY AND EFFICACY OF VLCDs?

    There is so much published evidence about the safety and efficacy of VLCDs that publishers reject new data on the basis that it is so well known that no one cares.

    A proper search of the literature will bring up many hundreds of peer reviewed publications, but these can be made invisible if the correct criteria is not used in the search.

    The search criteria often used is to limit the publications to those studied that are placebo controlled and double blind. Since it is not possible to offer study subjects a formula diet without them knowing what they are eating, there are none that turn up in the search.

    Please visit our Lipotrim Publications Page to read more on the subject of Lipotrim and its safety and efficacy

    A partial reference list containing hundreds of papers related to VLCDs is available upon request: Contact Lipotrim here

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    The rapid weight loss seen with the Lipotrim Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) can have a huge positive effect on many medical conditions from reducing cancer risk, to improving blood pressure (Hypertension) to forcing type 2 diabetes remission. Here are two of the main prevention and treatment benefits of rapid weight loss and Lipotrim.

    HYPERTENSION

    “Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing high blood pressure. In fact, your blood pressure rises as your body weight increases. Losing even 10 pounds can lower your blood pressure—and losing weight has the biggest effect on those who are overweight and already have hypertension.”

    The relationship between body weight and blood pressure. – NCBI

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3070038

    A recent assessment of over 200 people with high blood pressure pre-diet lost more than 5% of their pre-diet weight using a VLCD under the care of pharmacists.  On average, these people lost nearly 2 stones of weight. The weight losses ranged from a half stone to a massive 9 stone. At larger start weights a 5% weight loss equates to a much bigger downward shift in BMI when compared with lower start weights. For example a 5% loss for a 26 stone patient would be 1.3 stone weight loss compared with just over 0.5 stone weight loss for a 12 stone patient achieving 5% weight loss. Patients were excluded on health grounds if their pre-diet BMI was too low to continue weight loss for a minimum of 4 weeks dieting.

    These pharmacies have made, and are continuing to make a considerable contribution to the health of their customers.

    TYPE 2 DIABETES

    Possibly an even greater medical benefit from VLCD is the effect on type 2 diabetes.

    The media headlines are that “Tackling obesity head on can  REVERSE type 2 diabetes”

    Obesity and type 2 diabetes are in the news again. This time it is the revelation that type 2 diabetes can be reversed through weight loss. Although known since the publications of Oxford Professor Arthur Scott Donkin in 1871, and a mass of publications since the introduction of modern VLCD, it is important that this effective treatment for this killer disease is becoming more widely known.  VLCDs could save the NHS the one million pounds an hour that they report spending in treating type 2 diabetes.

    Please read our dedicated page on Type 2 diabetes and Lipotrim by clicking here

    The list of medical problems either caused by or made worse by overweight and obesity is long.

    Losing significant weight with VLCDs, under the supervision of healthcare professionals, is making an important contribution to the health of the nation.

    Read more about Lipotrim and how it helps medical conditions…

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    Yes there is written materials in the form of Lipotrim guidance literature.

    View and download PDF copies from the Total Food Replacement page on the Lipotrim UK website.

    We have written these comprehensive materials to support the dieting information given in the Patient Education Video and ultimately help you lose weight healthily and comfortably.

    If you have any questions about the programme please Contact us because as the saying goes “Knowledge is key”.

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    Lipotrim works and when you successfully lose weight you may feel colder than when pre-diet.

    Feeling colder than expected is a natural body reaction to any calorie restriction (ie any weight loss diet). When you restrict calories you reduce the amount of heat produced, your metabolic rate, by a small amount. In addition as fat is lost through successful weight loss so is your natural insulating layer.

    The best way to warm up is to drink hot fluids (Note: Water, black tea and black coffee is only allowed on the Lipotrim Total Food Replacement Programme).

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    There is unlikely to be much loose skin after Lipotrim use.

    The body is restored to normal composition after weight loss. Younger patients will restore their normal skin tone more quickly than older patients.

    Age and collagen depletion are the main factors involved and no special action is required.

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    Weight maintenance (5)

    Lipotrim is a weight management programme offered only by healthcare professionals such as GPs and pharmacies.
    The Lipotrim programme consists of three phases:

    Phase 1 – Weight loss using the Lipotrim Total food replacement formula foods
    Phase 2 – Refeeding
    Phase 3 – Weight maintenance

    Phase 1 – Total Food Replacement

    In the first phase of Lipotrim the individual uses specially formulated, nutritionally complete foods supplied by the healthcare professional which are designed to deliver optimal nutrition in the minimum number of calories. Weight losses are predictable and in the region of 1 stone a month for women and 1.5 stone a month for men*. The individuals are allowed to consume water, black tea and black coffee only. The individual will be in a mild dietary ketosis for the duration of the weight loss phase, essentially for as long as weight loss is required, and it is the ketosis which allows the patient to experience a lack of hunger. They will be energetic, healthy and comfortable. The individual could be following this phase for quite a number of weeks and possibly months, depending on the weight loss need, and so it is important for full compliance. The healthcare professional will be directing, motivating and educating the individual throughout this time on a weekly basis.

    Phase 2 – Refeeding

    The refeeding phase of Lipotrim is critical. The individual has lost a considerable amount of weight quite quickly and when target weight has been reached it is then time to reintroduce conventional foods. This reintroduction is a week long and involves the slow move away from low calorie formula foods to a more conventional diet. Refeeding results in the weight being kept stable whilst food is reintroduced, the patient also has the opportunity to consume conventional food in a controlled manner. Any possible initial concerns over weight re-gain and loss of control after weight loss are addressed here.

     

    Phase 3 – Weight maintenance

    Weight maintenance is difficult for many people because it is over such a long time. The individual will have lost weight comfortably and quickly using the total food replacement Lipotrim foods but now they are expected to maintain their weight loss. The healthcare professional, especially pharmacies, will be in a position to offer long term weight management help and advice. This could be in the form of regular, scheduled weight checks with the option of using the Lipotrim weight maintenance formula foods. Using this offer of long term help is essential if there is to be truly long term weight maintenance.

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    DO VLCDs CAUSE TOO RAPID WEIGHT LOSS? DOES THE LOST WEIGHT RETURN RAPIDLY AND TO A LEVEL WORSE THAN BEFORE THE DIET?

    Most dieters want to lose weight as fast as possible. The problem is that none of the traditional weight loss methods will result in a reasonable rate of weight loss. In defence, traditionalists created the myths that rapid weight loss leads to rapid weight regain and that rapid weight loss causes the loss of muscle.  Both statements are totally false.

    One of the best studies of weight maintenance after weight loss was carried out by the Anderson group.

    The claim about muscle loss is  ironic in that there is less loss of protein with a ketogenic VLCD than with traditional food diets. Claims about a loss of “lean body mass” were made because some people did not know enough science to understand that the first fuel used up on a diet is sugar and glycogen, as discussed earlier.  Glycogen and it’s attached water is classed in the category of lean body mass since it is not fat. There was absolutely no justification for calling this loss of glycogen and water a loss of protein from muscle. It isn’t.

    The paradox comes from the fact that when sugar is depleted, without ketosis, the body has to convert some of its muscle protein into sugar in order to supply the needs of the brain. This is a loss of muscle that does not happen with the rapid weight losses seen with Lipotrim, a ketogenic VLCD.

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    The Lipotrim Maintenance Programme will really help keep weight maintained after losing weight on the Total Food Replacement Programme.

    You can use the maintenance formulas and caramel flavoured bars flexibly and for many weeks, months, even years after losing weight on Lipotrim.

    Lipotrim maintenance formulas and bars can also help with less rapid, more flexible weight loss.

    The programme should not be underestimated and is more than just another 2plus1 diet, where you have 2 meal replacements and a single traditional meal. There is real science behind the Lipotrim Maintenance formula foods. It is important to understand the issues surrounding weight maintenance, insulin, snacking and the glycaemic index of foods.

    Please read our dedicated page on the Lipotrim Maintenance Programme here

    Need more advice or support? Please contact us or call FREEPHONE 0800 413735

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    Yes there is written materials in the form of Lipotrim guidance literature.

    View and download PDF copies from the Total Food Replacement page on the Lipotrim UK website.

    We have written these comprehensive materials to support the dieting information given in the Patient Education Video and ultimately help you lose weight healthily and comfortably.

    If you have any questions about the programme please Contact us because as the saying goes “Knowledge is key”.

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    Lipotrim re-feeding is the controlled re-introduction of conventional foods after losing weight successfully with the Lipotrim Total Food Replacement Programme.

    In this audio you will understand why you must follow the Lipotrim re-feeding menu fully and correctly. There also follows a comprehensive look at the principles behind weight maintenance and the strategies to ensure you stand the best chance of maintaining your weight-loss.

    If you liked what you heard in this audio on re-feeding after the Lipotrim Total Food Replacement Programme you should also read the information on the Lipotrim Maintenance Programme.

    Lipotrim maintenance formulas and bars can be purchased through our participating pharmacies or via our online Lipotrim shop.

     

    The Lipotrim Re-feeding Patient Literature

    Patient Paperwork 3 of 3: Lipotrim Pharmacy Refeeding Information

     

    Please click on this link (below) to download the full Lipotrim Re-feeding literature:

    Lipotrim Pharmacy re-feeding information

     

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