When I did LA Weight Loss program in 2008, I dropped 25 pounds in 3 months. It was awesome. I was sponsored by LA Weight Loss for Team Diabetes to do the program, and so my wife and I loved it.Over the years we’ve both gained weight and are looking to drop again. We really enjoyed LA Weight Loss and wanted to do it again. The company pulled out of Canada with its weight loss centers in a bit of a scandal and is now only found online at Costco. But when you look at the prices for some fruit juice and snack bars, it’s expensive.
So I wanted to see if my wife and I could muster up some will power and could do it on our own. I started to poke around the internet to try and discover if we could do LA Weight Loss for free.
After having done the program once already, we knew the principles. Balance your diet. Shrink your portions. Eat 5 times a day.
Really that’s all any diet should be. Amp up your intake of fruits and vegetables to give your body good carbs and natural fibre, cut down the processed foods and sugar, and shrink that big ass steak on your plate to something more reasonable.
Here are the plans my wife and I followed when on LA Weight Loss
2l of water, 3 protein, 4 vegetables, 3 fruits, 4 starches, 2 dairy, 2 fats
(+2 la lite bar snacks)
2l of water, 3 protein, 3 vegetables, 2 fruits, 3 starches, 2 dairy, 2 fats
(+2 la lite bar snacks)
It’s all about portion size. 3 – 4 oz of protein is a portion, the size of a deck of playing cards.
Cheese should be the size of a pack of Wrigley’s gum. Choose 7% milk fat options (Boursin cheese is AWESOME on a few low sodium Triscuits).
Choose skim milk over 2%. Buy Weight Watchers bread for thinner, smaller slices. Buy the bigger loaves and one slice is a portion, with Weight Watchers bread you can actually get a full sandwich of two slices for one portion.
Here’s one of my sample menus:
2 scrambled eggs with shredded cheese and toast with butter. Banana.
LA Lite + celery sticks
Tuna wrap with carrots, apple and latte.
LA Lite + yogurt
Grilled chicken with peas and steamed broccoli. Sliced peaches.
One of the things LA Weight Loss sells it’s members on is those LA Lites you see at snack time. You NEED to buy them in order to take advantage of their money back guarantee.
Many online forums have debated the appropriate substitute for LA Lite bars, and most agree on Luna Bars. You could also use Lara Bars, Balance Bars, Simpy Bars or Zone Bars, but some of those don’t balance out the calories and fat and protein that Luna does. You’re looking for a bar that’s around 150 calories and has at least 8 grams of protein.
Calories from Fat 45
Total Fat 4.5g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carb 24g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Nutz over chocolate
Calories from Fat: 40
Total Fat: 4.5g
Saturated Fat: 2.5g
Trans Fat ?
Total Carbohydrate: 24g
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Chocolate Peanut Butter
Calories from Fat: 60
Total Fat: 7g
Saturated Fat: 3g
Trans Fat ?
Total Carbohydrate: 20g
Dietary Fiber: 0g
The other thing LA Weight Loss wants you to do is a Take Off program for 2 days every two weeks. It’s basically 6oz of protein spread across 3 meals and unlimited green vegetables – plus the Take Off juice. Really it’s just a pineapple, orange, apricot blend. So simply substitute a litre of Five Alive juice that you drink throughout the day (along with your two litres of water)
Here’s a sample Take Off Menu:
8 egg whites scrambled with green peppers and green onions (that’s 1 cup of egg beaters)
Lettuce wraps with 1/2 can of tuna mixed with a splash of low fat italian dressing. Celery and cumbers.
2 oz of chicken breast stir fried with celery, broccoli, green pepper, green onion. Steam asparagus.
The best part about going through the LA Weight Loss program is that it taught my wife and I how to eat a balanced, sensible diet. Sticking to the program is not difficult and you’ll quickly realize you’re eating MORE than you were before, you’re just eating BETTER so your body sheds the pounds.
Balanced meals. Smaller portions. Lots of fruit and veg. Eat throughout the day. Drink a lot of water.
Follow those rules and toss in a couple of the substitutes mentioned above and you can rock your own LA Weight Loss program for free!