Written on: 10/09/2011
I have to post this anonymously as I used to be a LL Counsellor. Dont do it! I did the diet myself and lost 3.5 stone. I put it all back on and then some! It IS doable in the weight loss phase, and the idea of the counselling is logically sound - but it just doesnt work! I had only a handful of clients who kept the weight off and they didnt have issues to start with.
My body is now so messed up its untrue. I had to have surgery to remove my gallbladder - there is a fair chance that this was caused by rapid weight loss - although it cant be proved, it is listed as a possible cause for the formation of gallstones.
Seriously, take a look at the size of some of the counsellors! If it doesnt work for us, how the heck is it gonna work for you.
The counsellors make pennies out of it - LL themselves make most of the money - I came out of the deal in debt. Counsellors have their premises inspected to ensure that they are not working from home etc - so if you are considering this as a business I would suggest you steer clear. Again, the lifespan of this as a personal business is very poor - I knew many counsellors who went bankrupt due to this. LL now suggest that people set up as LTD companies - that means they dont lose their houses when the business goes bust.
Of you must do a VLCD then why not check out the Cambridge Diet or any of the others out there - I wouldnt suggest you do one personally, but if you are going to then dont get sucked in to the LL version. You are made to feel a failure if you dont lose the weight and go through some quite intensive counselling sessions during the process. If the counsellor is doing their job properly then you will be challenged to examine why you overeat - this can be a difficult process to go through when you are in a group of 8-12 people. Do you want to air your dirty laundry in a room with 12 other people? How do you feel about crying in public? How do you feel about people knowing your "secrets".
Do yourself a favour - dont touch it with a bargepole!