Popular Diets Reviewed: LA Weight Loss Program

Heather Reese Health Guide
  • While I’m not as familiar with the LA Weight Loss plan as other diets, I do know many people who have experienced success on the program. This program has been around since 1994 and has more than 400 centers nationwide that promise weight loss success with individualized counseling.

    The LA Weight Loss program plan includes three phases: weight loss, stabilize and maintenance. The length of the weight loss phase is estimated according to the amount of weight you want to lose, based on a weight loss of 2 pounds per week. The final two phases are standard lengths, the stabilization phase is six weeks and maintenance is 52 weeks. While you are participating in the program, you will visit the center weekly for individualized counseling sessions.
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    The Food
    The LA Weight Loss program is designed around your own food, and encourages a well-balanced diet that is rich in nutrients and includes all the food groups. The program teaches participants how to eat appropriate food portions using the exchange system for meal planning.

    While the program boasts that you are not required to eat pre-packaged foods, the plan does include two LA Lites soy protein bars per day. You will need to purchase those bars at an LA Weight Loss center.

    The program also provides guidelines for dining out, so you can stay on program while enjoying your favorite restaurants. It also includes cookbooks to help you prepare well-balanced, nutritious meals at home.

    Exercise
    The LA Weight Loss program also includes exercise recommendations. The program encourages participants to move get up and move more. You will receive a personalized exercise program, based on your own needs and limitations, from your counselor.

    Cost
    The LA Weight Loss program is comparable in price to other programs that don’t require the purchase of pre-packaged foods. However, with LA Weight Loss you pay up front instead of weekly like you do at Weight Watchers and other programs.

    My Thoughts
    Based on the exchange system, this program encourages a well-balanced diet. Because it does use the exchange system, you are more likely to eat foods from all the food groups than on other programs that leave food choice completely up to you.

    While the exchange system can be confusing to use when you eat combination foods, meeting with a counselor weekly will help you ensure that you are accurately estimating the number of exchanges in a dish.

    * Grade A.
    This is a well-balanced diet, with individualized plans. It also includes exercise recommendations, which are an vital component of any weight loss program.

    * Popular Diet Rating System

    A: This diet meets accepted standards for a healthy well-balanced diet. It recommends food from all food groups with an emphasis on healthy choices within each food group.
    B: This diet meets most accepted standards for a healthy well-balanced diet. It emphasizes healthy foods but does not include food from all food groups.
    C: This diet only meets some accepted standards for a healthy well-balanced diet. It does not differentiate between food choices in each food group and therefore does not emphasize healthy foods.
  • D: This diet does only meets one or two accepted standards for a healthy well-balanced diet.
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    F: This diet does not meet any accepted standards for a healthy well-balanced diet. It does not differentiate between healthy foods and unhealthy foods and/or does not meet caloric needs.
Published On: February 25, 2008