Many studies have shown that weight loss leads to lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol levels, increased mobility and exercise capacity, improvements in blood sugar and insulin levels and a lower risk of cancer. If you are thinking of having a baby, losing weight is one of the best things you can do to increase your chances of getting pregnant. Furthermore, if you are a healthy weight when you are pregnant you have a lower risk of miscarriage and other complications.
The Weight to Go® diet is an extremely effective and safe method of weight loss for many individuals. There are, however, some people who will need to follow it with more caution or for whom it may not be suitable at all. For this reason we ask you to take note of our guidelines if any of the following apply to you:
If you have diabetes, you may find that by following the Weight to Go diet with its carefully planned nutritional balance, you will benefit from much better control of your diabetes. It is important, therefore, that you monitor your blood sugar levels closely as you will probably require lower dosages of insulin and/or drugs. If you are in any doubt over the changes to your medication, seek advice from your GP or diabetic nurse.
- Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
Weight loss may lead to a reduction in your blood pressure levels and may require lower dosages of your blood pressure medication. You should seek the advice of your GP as your weight loss progresses.
- Pregnancy / Breastfeeding
Due to the low calorie content of the Weight to Go diet, we do not advise that women follow our diet plan whilst pregnant or breast feeding. Once you have stopped breastfeeding, however, the Weight to Go diet is the perfect way to lose any unwanted pounds after your pregnancy.
- Blood thinners
If you are taking medication to thin the blood (e.g. warfarin) because of heart problems or blood clots, you may need to have the dosage adjusted. Accordingly you should inform the anticoagulant clinic or your GP about your weight loss programme.
Do not follow the Weight to Go diet if you are currently undergoing treatment for cancer.
- Bariatric Surgery Patients
Whether you are having / have had a gastric band, gastric bypass or gastric sleeve, every bariatric (weight loss surgery) patient needs to follow a carefully planned diet before and after surgery to aid recovery and to meet nutritional needs. In the pre-op period a low calorie diet reduces fat around the stomach and liver, making surgery safer. In the post-op period, the liquids only and pureed phases minimise complications and aid recovery. If you are considering weight loss surgery, we have created a Surgery Box which includes everything you need for the pre-op diet and the post-op liquids only and puree / soft solids phases.
Following the immediate post-op period, although you don't need to follow a strict diet, monitoring your calories and portion sizes makes it a lot easier to reach and stay at your target weight. Using some portion controlled meals after surgery helps you adjust to your new eating regime and takes away the hassle and uncertainty over counting calories and weighing ingredients. Some people find that a shake and cookie per day plus their own foods works for them, others like to follow a low calorie diet for 2 days per week and their own diet for the other 5. There may be times where you need more structure to get back on track or you'd like a weight loss boost. Simply slot Weight to Go meals into your daily menu in whatever way suits you. Read more on using Weight to Go pre and post bariatric surgery