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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 our Lipotrim BMI calculator and BMI graphs to work out your BMI and remember both ourselves at Lipotrim and your local Lipotrim pharmacy are here to support you.

Click here to calculate your BMI

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.

Read more about Lipotrim by CLICKING HERE

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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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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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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 our Lipotrim BMI calculator and BMI graphs to work out your BMI and remember both ourselves at Lipotrim and your local Lipotrim pharmacy are here to support you.

Click here to calculate your BMI

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

Categories: Health, Lipotrim advice

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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.

Read more about Lipotrim by CLICKING 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Medical (1)

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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Re-feeding (3)

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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Side effects (1)

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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Weight maintenance (3)

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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