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★☆☆☆☆

“Short term fix...long term problems!”

Written on: 27/07/2014

Yes, I lost 3 stone in 9 weeks....great at the time! Despite following all the guidelines, I suffered terrible stomach cramps, very dry skin, blurred vision, flaking nails.....and most traumatically for me...lost loads of hair! (My pride and joy) My hair has never recovered it's thickness and texture! This diet wreaked my metabolism. Had to eat like a mouse for several months, very slowly adding a little bit more in an attempt to get it back to a more normal balanced range. I lost some fat… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“inedible”

Written on: 29/06/2014 by MarcDavidson (1 review written)

I tried the lighterlife fast pasta carbonara purchased from superdrug, its was absolutely vile and inedible. I am the kind of girl that can usually force anything down no matter how disgusting, this was awful beyond my ability. The price is an absolute rip off and they are taking desperate for all they have, i live on child benefit as my income seperate from my husbands and i feel gutted spending what little i have on this. At least make sure something is fit for consumption before releasing it… Read Full Review

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“Can someone tell me Lighterlifes " cultural profile"? ”

Written on: 20/06/2014 by Luna381 (1 review written)

Went for a job interview as a Senior Admin. After 45 min of drilling into my experience, skills, personal life, education, work history, etc and my personal experience with health, sports and nutrition, their response was; capable to perform all the job requirements and duties....But "DOES NOT FIT OUR CULTURAL PROFILE" I thought I went for a job interview, not a Private Social Club Membership… Read Full Review

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Purespirit's Comment

Written on: 27/07/2014

Hi there,
I have experience of this company...and trust me, you had a lucky escape!
'Cultural profile' usually covers several elements like RELATIONSHIPS, COMMUNICATION SKILLS etc. In a nutshell...your personal approach and attitudes towards a broad scope of cultural considerations! Or, put yet another way......you see the World the way they do!!! You sound too much of an individual to have ever fitted in....haha! Good luck.

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“Horrible Taste and price!”

Written on: 01/05/2014 by Almeida179 (1 review written)

The vegetable soup and pasta carbonara are disgusting. Disgusting considering the price. Do not waste your money… Read Full Review

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Purespirit's Comment

Written on: 27/07/2014

Totally agree..processed, over priced crap!!!

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★★★★★

“Most amazing results and psychologically i'm over the moon”

Written on: 01/04/2014 by JusticePalmer269 (1 review written)

I've been on lighter life for 1 month now and lost 2 stone. I'm a 44 year old successful business owner with a very strong personality and a recently discovered underactive thyroid problem. This is the most amazing and best diet i have ever attempted. I wish i'd done it years ago. Yes everything they say is obvious ( to me it is as i'm very well educated and make it my business to find out about things) But it still works, if you work it! ( as they say in lots of 12 step programmes!) I was… Read Full Review

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“Tried it for a day! Psychologically damaging! ”

Written on: 19/01/2014 by Cinnamon2014 (1 review written)

This is the worst diet I've seen to date! Not being a fan of diets and knowing why I've put on weight (the usual bad meal timings due to studying commitments), I tried this after seeing a colleague lose weight on it! After a day of eating those disgusting meal supplements, I felt woozy, cold, clammy and experienced insomnia - symptoms I've never experienced whilst fasting for religious reasons. I instantly realised this diet was going to give me psychological issues I've never had. And as… Read Full Review

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Veebee41's Response to Cinnamon2014's Review

Written on: 02/03/2014

It sounds to me that you DO have deep seated issues, a lot of anger and judgement. If we could all be autonomous and disaplind we would all be slim and in control. The food industry wouldn't make so much money out of us. £10 per day for phycological guidance and all the food your body needs doesn't sound expensive to me.

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Willajohn's Response to Cinnamon2014's Review

Written on: 01/04/2014

I've been on lighter life for 1 month now and lost 2 stone. I'm a 44 year old successful business owner with a very strong personality and a recently discovered underactive thyroid problem. This is the most amazing and best diet i have ever attempted. I wish i'd done it years ago. Yes everything they say is obvious ( to me it is as i'm very well educated and make it my business to find out about things) But it still works if you work it! ( as they say in lots of 12 step programmes!) I was desperate, not massively fat (15 stone) but as i told my husband its this or a gastric band. This wins out every time. The ability to take a step back and reassess and re-evaluate one's relationship with food is fantastic, And i like the packs, maybe because i dont eat junk food or take aways I like the absolute parameters, but then i'm a person who, when i set my mind to it, it gets done. And £73 a week for 6 monhts for a lifetime of avoiding diabetes , heart disease, hip and knee replacement and looking like a wreck is worth it . Besides that would buy me 3 drinks at my local! Each to their own, but i can't recommend this highly enough.

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★★★★★

“If you're ready to loose the weight, it works. ”

Written on: 18/01/2014 by usernametaken (1 review written)

I found lighterlife easier than most diets; no calorie counting or meal planning helps keep things simple, and the speed of the weight loss makes it quicker than most diets which also helped me stick to it. The hard bit is challenging and working to change your attitude to food. Stick to it and you will learn so much about yourself and how you use food. Being overweight is not simply because you're greedy, it's the emotional and habitual side which causes a lot of peoplkw to over eat. Lighter… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Dangerous diet”

Written on: 13/01/2014

I went for an interview with Lighter Life as a potential counsellor. I came away feeling distraught at the lack of medical support on offer for such a drastic diet. I felt it was a very expensive plan which, after reading many reviews online doesn't seem to work for too many people. I did not take the job… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“Poor attitude”

Written on: 07/10/2013

I filled in the online application form and somebody from Lighterlife phoned me. Her telephone manner was poor and juvinile. Wanted to know why I wanted to go on a diet. Dah, what do most people who diet want to achieve, lose weight obviously. I was interested in attending the Thanet region which was on their website. Got a telephone call this morning to say it was unavailable, so why is it still on their website. Same woman, same limp attitude. Of course they have celebs on their diets… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“So far so good ”

Written on: 20/06/2013

I've only been on LL Total for one month and lost 30lb!!! It's as difficult as you make it. Yes you can be hungry and not all the food packs are to my taste but you get what you put in. Coupled with daily exercise you will get results. The meetings can be helpful but I often feel like I'm being spoken to like a child and a lot of the info repetitive. Expensive? How much would you normally spend a week on food and take always? It's a healthy lifestyle change worth every penny. Looking… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“IT WORKS”

Written on: 29/04/2013 by Paulajane (1 review written)

I have done lighter life lite and in 3 months lost nearly 2 stone the counselling was brilliant you don't talk about food just how to handle situations without turning to food. You get in life what you pay for i did the maintenance by buying the books off ebay and gradually introducing meals and lost more weight. Now I am happy I knw that I have to watch what I eat for life. It has cost me altogether about a £1000 but it is the best thing I have ever done. … Read Full Review

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Katiejamieloo's Response to Paulajane's Review

Written on: 03/05/2013

My friend is constantly doing lighterlife, but t costs her £70 + per wee, and she always put the weight back on, I have recommended this diet to her instead, no need for a counsellor, I have lost 7 lbs in a week and its gorgeous

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★★★★★

“Impressive counselling standards”

Written on: 20/02/2013 by LizShaikh (1 review written)

I recently applied for a job as a lighterlife counsellor and was very impressed by the Standard of training the counsellors receive. What Lighterlife offers you is the counselling to change your behaviours as well as your perceptions about food and weight loss. Whether the clients choose to embrace this is up to the individual. You will lose the weight on the program and if you chose to utilise the skills provided you will maintain the weight loss. I am a masters level counsellor and was… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“DOES WHAT IT SAYS IT WILL DO”

Written on: 11/01/2013 by samantha.davies (1 review written)

I have done this diet back in 2006, it was amazing to see the weight drop of. It is up to you no one forces you but it takes you away from the problem ie calories etc. You need determination and i think anyone who fails is either not yet ready or doesn't have the will power so will continue bouncing around the diets on offer. I am so pleased with lighter life and can not recommend it enough. I feel it has saved my sanity losing 1lb a week on other diets and supposed to be greatful,i dont… Read Full Review

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Soobazza's Response to samantha.davies's Review

Written on: 15/01/2013

Hi I have joined LL this week and have just completed my 2nd day with success, no cheating. It seems by the write-ups that maybe group leader charge different prices for the food packs, do you know if this is so? Also I read that there is a weekly fee of £15 - I was not informed of this and was not charged when I joined - how is your group run please?

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Sunnysam1122's reply to Soobazza's Comment

Written on: 16/01/2013

Hi, the food packs have different prices soups 1.80 and bars about 2.00 odd. The 15.00 isn't lighter life it goes to the councillor which I think is freelance. I hope this helps. Oh and well done xxx

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Cupcake501's reply to Soobazza's Comment

Written on: 25/01/2013

Hi, I also do lighterlife and the £15 is a fee charged if you stop to group, I presume this goes to your councillor. You then pay slightly less for your food packs so overall it works out cheaper to stop at group pay the £15 and buy your foodpacks all for around around £66 (inc group fee). I think it works out at between £72-£75 if you don't stop at group and just pop in to get weighed and buy the packs. However to make it cheaper for myself over the month and due to only being able to stop at group every couple of weeks I buy my months supply on the day I stop at group therefore I get the packs cheaper without having to go to group every week. Hope you understand this and it helps. x

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★☆☆☆☆

“Total scam”

Written on: 26/10/2012

I did Lighter Life a few years ago and lost 3½ stone. This was more due to being with a great group who all encouraged each other. The councellor was also doing the diet while instructing us, but cheated just about every week - and told us! Since then I put all the weight back on. I've just started the diet again. Paid the new £60 per month 'admin fee' as well as around £120 on two weeks' food packs. I was enrolled without presenting a medical form, but then told two weeks in that I… Read Full Review

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Bimsey01's Comment

Written on: 31/10/2012

£60 per month admin fee - Why - I dont pay an admin fee, I only pay for my packs!

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Imnotreallythisfat's Comment

Written on: 01/11/2012

I have never paid an admin fee, even when restarting after a break. You've been conned!

I've been on and off this diet several years. Trouble is, I know it works if I stick to it. So that tells me I can cheat today - and diet tomorrow. Maybe. I'm resistant to the psychology.

After a recent break, I find they've again changed one of my favourite L-L foods. Cranberry/raspberry bars now have a horrible salty and synthetic taste. Over the years lots of favourites have been stopped.

I'm told L-L change/stop the recipe of packs/bars for nutritional reasons. In which case, have I not been getting correct nutrition while on the old recipes? Or are there other reasons - cost cutting?

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★☆☆☆☆

“LL diet - awful”

Written on: 08/09/2012

Very overpriced nonsense. I don't need counselling, I know I was fat because I ate too much out of greed. I switched to exante and lost 5 stone in 3 months. At 100 pounds per month it was a LOT cheaper and I haven't put the weight back on because I have done plenty of research on my own about how to maintain a normal weight. We must stop waiting to be told what to do all the time by counsellors, GP's etc, responsibility for being fat is in our own hands. If you want to get the weight off… Read Full Review

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Becxcouch's Comment

Written on: 29/01/2013

I totally agree with this review! Although I had an excellent LL counsellor and a fab group (joined in 2009 and still meet regularly now as a group at each others houses), once I lost the weight (5 and 1/2 stone in 21 weeks with NO cheating) I knew exactly what I had to do to keep it off. I have gone up and down around two stone since coming off the packs at the beginning of 2010 but know what I have to do when I feel it needs dealing with and can't justify the price tag of LL now.

I have also gone on to EXANTE packs and just before Christmas I lost 22lbs in 5 weeks and am maintaining well. At just over £100 a month it's a no-brainier. The only downside is I don't like their bars and wish I could still get the LLnut fudge bars but you can't have everything!!

Would definitely recommend a ketogenic diet but they must be done responsibly.

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★★★★☆

“Great if you change your eating habits for good!”

Written on: 21/08/2012 by Becxcouch (1 review written)

I lost 5 1/2 stone on LL 4 years ago and was lucky to have a great, inspirational counsellor, which I think can makeor break it for some people. LL definitely worked for me but many people did that as soon ass they go back. To normal food they put all their weight back on. They then blame this on the diet! The simple fact is the calories in must not exceed the calories going out if you wish to maintain your weight. It is not the fault of the LL diet if you then go back to over eating, not… Read Full Review

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Becxcouch's Response to Becxcouch's Review

Written on: 21/08/2012

Sorry for the typos, this iPad has a mind of its own!

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★☆☆☆☆

“Demoralising.”

Written on: 05/08/2012

My sister and myself did this diet last year. I lost 2 and a half stone and my sister 4 and a half. I have put a stone back on and my sister all of it. It's a diet that makes you feel totally deprived and isolated. The counselling is a load of jumbo jumbo about adult state and child state. Nobody mentions hungry state which is what you are permenantly. It's like hunger is wrong and your made to feel guilty for it. I am at Slimming World now and losing weight steadily. I would never recommend… Read Full Review

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Tailz's Comment

Written on: 24/08/2012

I agree about most of the counseling stuff is bs but u just have to take away what u need from it. For me it's just about thinking positive eating a more balanced diet and learning to enjoy and want healthy food and to unhealthy food. Also do more excercise but just generally being more active. I think they are talking a load of junk on the psychology side, like what u say about the child state they have used bad analagies and poor psychology in my oppinion but no doubt that the diet is working and although I feel hungry some times iv worked out a routine that works for me which is a packet for breakfast and lunch then an afternoon meal like 5ish then a packet in the evening cos thats when I was snacking most. Also I drink as much tea as my dairy allowance will allow as well as water to fill me up any other time I feel hungry. It's been 2 weeks and iv lost 6kg hoping to loose almost 2st in just over 4 weeks. Obv it's difficult as yo have to control cravings but it's a good excercise in will power and I have not strayed yet although I do enjoy watching other ppl enjoying food I'd like to be eating lol,it's creeping out my bf but it's not for too long. I just miss the variety. But looking forward to fitting in to my new clothes iv bought as an incentive and push to do it as too late to get a refund so I have to make it and I WILL!! Good luck xxx

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★★★☆☆

“Im thinking of going back”

Written on: 27/07/2012 by ladybirdhouse (1 review written)

i lost nearly 9stone on ll a few years back, but 3stone has started creeping back on. Does anyone know the new prices as im aware its no longer £66… Read Full Review

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Shawaii's Response to ladybirdhouse's Review

Written on: 08/08/2012

I have just gone back with the belief that as I had done the whole program back in 2007, briefly returned in 2010, I woul dnot have to pay anymore for group sessions. WRONG. The website states collect your packs and free monthly counselling in the refresher section. I was not amused that I had to pay for group sessions I would not use. I was either going to pay for the sessions or the foodpacks were dearer?? Sessions £15 a week. Foodpacks vary from £1.80 for bars I think upward depending on what you have. This allegedly gives you choice on what you spend!! So you can choose to live on the £1.80 stuff (bars if I recall) or spend more. So either way the person got her money each week.
I have since been in communication with HQ about the misleading advertising and they have now put the onus back on the counsellor stating she can charge what she wants as they have three price brackets.
I lost 6 stone first time round. I know why I put half back on and don't need someone going over it all again. I think it's a disgrace that you are held to ransom and mislead in this way.
So at the moment I don't know if I will stay or go once the month is up. Personally I think any counsellor worth their weight (scuse pun) should attract more business by using their discression. If I don't need personal group meets, but doing the diet again will promote the place then doesn't need a rocket scientist to work out you gain in the long run.
To con peole and that is exactly what they are doing, by saying you pay for session stay or go (This just for return people) or you pay more for food packs which is the same money as staying is and must be a rip off. I am going to take it further and I hope they get their knuckle firmly wrapped.

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Becxcouch's Response to ladybirdhouse's Review

Written on: 21/08/2012

I did LL 4 yrs ago and lost 5 and 1/2 stone. I've kept most of it off but want to lose about 18lbs and have discovered an identical diet online called Exante. It is a third of the cost, you can buy the packs online and you don't have to go to classes. The packs taste fine (although the bars are a bit yuk) and you only have 3 packs a day instead of 4, although they are bigger and fill you up more.

I would recommend it if you are considering going back on this kind of diet!

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★★★☆☆

“Very little support from the Counsellor”

Written on: 08/07/2012

I joined Lighter Life Light and was impressed with the food and the fact that I could have one low carb low fat meal per day. Downside was I got no support from my counseelor as she did not have enough people on the Lite program and had no room on the regular meetings. When I stopped going I did not receive one phone call or e-mail to ask why. She was only interested in taking the money, weighing me me and giving me the bars, soup etc… Read Full Review

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“Not for me !”

Written on: 24/06/2012

I knew lighter light was expensive when I started but thought it would be worth it to lose the weight. I started off ok but found the drinks very sweet and oddly, left a salty taste in my mouth. I continued for the week and lost 5lb. The second week I just craved something to eat. Not particularly junk food, but vegetables and fruit. I felt I needed to eat something and finally gave in. I wasnt impressed with the councellor at all, considering we had to pay £15 each session, I wondered… Read Full Review

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