Keys to Success
Planning your Healthy Weight for Life

Planning your Healthy Weight for Life Program

As with any journey, to get to a new destination you need to have a plan. You need to know where you are now, where you want to get to and how you are going to get there. Taking the time to plan a program for yourself is an important first step to long term success.

The Starting Line

Let's start with where are you now?
Do you know your BMI? or your risk of Type 2 Diabetes?
If not, take an assessment now.

The Destination

Do you know or has your doctor told you what your healthy weight goal should be? As a first step an enormous number of short and long term health benefits can be achieved with just a 5 - 10% weight loss. Once these initial goals are achieved, then other longer term goals can be set.

The Road Map

For any program to be successful in the long term, it needs to be wholistic in its approach and include the adoption of a number of new healthy habits in relation to

Healthy Eating - being aware of your energy intake and understanding that making changes to what you eat and drink and how much you eat and drink will help you to achieve a healthy weight. For some tools to assist you in your new healthy eating plan go to the Healthy Eating for Life page.

Physical Activity - recognising that sustainable physical activity habits are achieved by consistently and gradually building up to a level that is realistic and beneficial.  For some hints and tips on how to increase your activity over time go to the Activity for Life page.

Progress Tracking - recording your progress over the course of your program is essential to maintaining motivation and will help you recognise when milestones have been reached. For more information on how to track your progress go to the Measurements and Tracking your Progress page.

Good Habits - making changes to longstanding habits is an on-going process not a one-off event. For more information on the four stages of making change go to the Making Good Habits page.

Healthy Mind - having a positive attitude about your new lifestyle behaviours is essential for the success of any program. For strategies to help you stay on track go to the Healthy Mind page.

Tools that may help:-

Have you thought about what kind of strategy for weight loss and maintenance would work for you?

If you do need to actively manage your weight, KicStart™ VLCD meal replacements provide a very valuable tool that can be incorporated into a variety of structured weight management strategies, namely:-

  •  Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) Total Meal Replacement plans
  •  Phased Healthy Eating and Activity Weight Management Plans
  •  Weight Maintenance Plans

Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) Total Meal Replacement Plan

As KicStart™ VLCD has been formulated to strict medical standards it is appropriate to be used in a Very Low Calorie Diet total meal replacement strategy, strictly under the direct supervision of a healthcare professional such as a doctor, pharmacist or dietitian.

VLCDs provide a strictly limited amount of food energy for the body to use each day. As the amount of energy provided is less than the body needs, stored fat is broken down as a source of energy. The high quality protein provided by the VLCD helps preserve lean muscle mass while the stored fat is burned for energy. As the body burns this stored fat, weight loss occurs.

Read more about KicStart™ VLCD – total meal replacement

Phased Healthy Eating and Activity Weight Management Plan

Using KicStart™ VLCD as a partial meal replacement strategy in combination with a healthy eating and activity weight management plan is a clinically proven, simple and effective way of boosting your weight loss . It provides you with a short term "kick start" to your weight loss  which helps to boost your motivation, allowing you to give 100% of your attention to learning and practising your new healthy lifestyle skills.

Step 1
Replace 1 – 2 meals per day with a KicStart™ sachet. (eg replacing 2 meals daily for 6 wks, then replacing 1 meal daily for the next 6 wks)

Step 2
Eat sensible portions of healthy foods for your remaining meals.

Step 3
Introduce a program of increased physical activity or light exercise into your daily routine. By increasing daily physical activity you increase the amount of fat your body burns for energy, which assists in achieving your healthy weight goal more quickly.

To find out more about a completely structured 3 phase approach to a healthy eating and weight management plan go to the Healthy Weight for Life Program page.

Weight Maintenance Plan

A number of people find the freedom of having a KicStart™ sachet now and again to maintain a healthy weight gives them greater control over their eating plan. A KicStart™ shake for breakfast on rushed and busy mornings, or a shake or soup as a healthier alternative to a takeaway or drive-thru lunch can make the difference between maintaining a healthy weight or seeing your weight creep slowly above the healthy weight range.