Why Weigh-Less?

Our mission at Weigh-Less is for every valued Member to attain and maintain their ideal weight the healthy way. We have always regarded you, our Member, as the most important person in the organisation. As such, we place you and your specific needs at the centre of everything we do; from advising you on the best food choices for your unique lifestyle and personality profile, to putting in place a unique weight loss plan that truly is best for You.

On the day that you join, you will be screened according to your unique lifestyle – taking into account any medical concerns that you may have and the energy that you require from your food intake – and will be assigned a Formula indicating the Food Choices you should be making off the mark. You will receive a personalized Goal Weight assessment, and be assigned a healthy Goal Weight that will be divided into smaller more achievable Steps, together with your specific Weigh-Less Formula.

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Profiling

We are all different, individual, and no two people are the same. We all have different personalities, hobbies, energy levels, likes, dislikes, etc. Weigh-Less supports the embracing of your individuality, and for this reason we have designed an Eating Plan to best suit YOUR specific requirements and personality – no two Eating Plans will be exactly the same. On joining Weigh-Less you will be profiled according to your lifestyle factors indicated at enrolment, and be given an A, B, or C Profile. This is determined by your personality, lifestyle factors, health concerns, your goal timeframes, and the way you approach the food you eat.

You will be given Profile-specific coping strategies that can be found in your Profile Intervention Card that you received upon joining the Weigh-Less Programme. Your Profile also determines the Eating Plan that you will follow.

The Weigh-Less Formulae

The Formula that your Group Leader places you on will be determined by, among other things, your specific energy requirements. Losing weight is all about shifting your balance. Picture your body as a child’s see-saw, with ENERGY IN on the one side and ENERGY OUT on the other. Your energy in will be the foods you eat and the drinks you drink. Your energy out will be the way in which you expend energy throughout the day, like when you exercise or climb flights of stairs. To lose weight, one has to ensure that your ENERGY IN is less than your ENERGY OUT.

The Weigh-Less Eating Plan promotes weight loss through an energy controlled diet. However, this alone is not enough to ensure good lifelong health. For this reason, we promote weight loss the healthy way by ensuring that all Members not only eat a kilojoule-controlled diet, but rather a healthy, balanced, nutritionally sound kilojoule-controlled diet.

Your Formula is also decided based on dietary preferences and/or lifestyle factors. Weigh-Less has over 120 different Formula that meet our Members’ needs. We have Formulae for a variety of different preferences including, but not limited to, the below:

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Food Choices

Your Weigh-Less Formula includes foods from each of the major food groups, as depicted in the Weigh-Less Food pyramid. Your Weigh-Less Formula is your ‘recipe’ for successful weight management, and as such the Weigh-Less Food Groups are the ‘ingredients’ to your recipe. When following any recipe, it is important to use the correct ingredients in the specified amounts, otherwise your recipe will ‘flop’! So too, when following your Weigh-Less Formula, you must include all the specified ingredients

(Weigh-Less Food Groups) in the specified amounts.

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Your Food Lists

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Nutritionally speaking, there are no bad or junk foods. There are, however, bad eating patterns and habits. All foods allowed in the Weigh-Less Eating Plan are therefore defined in the Food List as either Good, Better, Best or Non-essential, so as to educate you on how to make appropriate food choices. The Best Choice foods are the most effective in weight management and health promotion, whilst Better and Good Food choices have less nutritional value respectively. Therefore, within each food group, you get foods with the most health-enhancing properties (classified as BEST CHOICE on Weigh-Less) and you get foods with the least health-enhancing properties (classified as GOOD CHOICE or NON-ESSENTIAL on Weigh-Less). The food pyramid also indicates the healthiest ‘Best Choice’ foods from each food group that you should be including in your Eating Plan. The tip of the pyramid indicates the foods with the least nutritional value, and these should be avoided were possible.

Food Symbols

Nutritionally speaking, there are no bad or junk foods. There are, however, bad eating patterns and habits. All foods allowed in the Weigh-Less Eating Plan are therefore defined in the Food List as either Good, Better, Best or Non-essential, so as to educate you on how to make appropriate food choices. The Best Choice foods are the most effective in weight management and health promotion, whilst Better and Good Food choices have less nutritional value respectively. Therefore, within each food group, you get foods with the most health-enhancing properties (classified as BEST CHOICE on Weigh-Less) and you get foods with the least health-enhancing properties (classified as GOOD CHOICE or NON-ESSENTIAL on Weigh-Less). The food pyramid also indicates the healthiest ‘Best Choice’ foods from each food group that you should be including in your Eating Plan. The tip of the pyramid indicates the foods with the least nutritional value, and these should be avoided were possible.

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Your Goal Weight

At your first Weigh-Less Group meeting, your Group Leader will assign you a Weigh-Less Goal Weight that is based on your personal criteria of age, gender, bone structure, height, current weight and lifestyle habits. Your Goal Weight will be flexible and realistic, and most importantly, within a medically accepted, healthy range.

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 Best for You Plan

An explanation of your Weigh-Less Best for You Plan will be given to you after your first weigh-in. Your Group Leader can repeat this explanation to you at any stage along your walk with Weigh-Less. You can expect to be contacted by your Group Leader after your first Group meeting; to make sure you are managing with your Plan, and to answer any questions you may have regarding your Weigh-Less experience. Important things to discuss with your Group Leader include: feeling hungry or very full on The Weigh-Less Best for You Plan, if there are certain foods that are unfamiliar to you or any foods you cannot eat, and if you require any assistance in understanding The Weigh-Less Best for You Plan.

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The Weigh-Less Steps

Your weight to lose  will be divided into 10 Steps, or milestones, each with a new lifestyle or dietary rule, depending on your Profile. At each Step your Group Leader will advise you of your new Step Rules. You are encouraged to attend your weekly Group meetings so that your Group Leader can monitor your weight loss progress and provide individualised advice along with a short, motivational talk to get you excited for the week to come. Let your Group Leader know what your week has been like and where it has been difficult to follow the Eating Plan, so that you can be given the necessary coping interventions should you need them. As a visual aid, your Group Leader will plot your weight journey on your Weigh-Less Step Chart. It is of utmost importance that you attend Group every week, not only to receive material and advice on weight loss, but also to hold yourself accountable. This is what you can expect from each Step:

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Our support to you

Weigh-Less ensures that you have all the emotional, physical, and psychological support you need to attain and maintain your Goal Weight the healthy way.

  •  The In-Group experience is a unique feature that ensures you are surrounded by others who will share your weight loss experience with you.

  •  Motivational talks are designed to give you support in the form of conveying nutritional knowledge, as well as coping tips and guidelines.

  •  Your Group Leader is your main form of support and mentorship – look to them for advice and guidance.

  • Get connected! Our website, www.weighless.co.za, hosts an array of motivational success stories, delicious     Weigh-Less recipes, and health articles.

  • As a Weigh-Less Member, you get access to our Members Only Facebook group. Share your thoughts, ideas, recipes, and daily motivation with Members the nation over. Simply email your Member number to membersonly@weighless.co.za, request to join the group on Facebook, and we will do the rest!

  •  Intervention Cards, designed to offer additional information and support to Members with specific dietary requirements, or any changes in lifestyle and medical conditions. Your Group Leader will supply you with the relevant Intervention Card as you encounter these specific challenges.

  •  Added support in the form of in-Group monthly promotions, advice on how to make the weekend work, support and coping strategies should you be on holiday or not near your regular Group and additional weight loss tools and material through the various Weigh-Less media.

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"Our mission at Weigh-Less is for every member to attain and maintain Target Weight,

the healthy way

the Weigh-Less way."

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