"I had heard about the program and it seemed very sensible and realistic, unlike many diets I have tried or heard of. It seemed like a smart program that would be one that I could maintain for a long time and feel satisfied with what I was eating. I had also reached a point where I wanted to take control of my weight and not let it be something that stopped me from living my life the way I wanted. The first few days on the program were surprising and sometimes challenging, as I craved sugar a lot more than expected, but craved caffeine a lot less than I expected. Any struggles were worth it when I saw my results during my first check in. Shortly after I started Lite For Life, I moved to Hong Kong for work opportunities. Starting fresh in a new country helped me to make healthier food choices because everything was new and being in a new environment meant I didn't have old habits from home to break. Through this program I have also become aware of how much food was related to my emotions. It feels really good to be more in control of my relationship with food. I no longer let my emotions control the food I eat, or let the food I eat control my emotions. I feel like I've had great support through the distance program. I know that it's always just an email away or a phone call away, which feels great. Having someone to talk to makes me feel like I am not alone in my quest to make my life better." – Kathleen
"I was always one of those people that never had a weight problem. Then I turned 50 and the pounds just started adding on. Since I never had to diet before, I thought all I needed to do was cut back on food and exercise a little more, but when that didn't work I tried several different diet programs, all without the results I wanted, and my self esteem was at its lowest. A co-worker happened to mention that a friend of hers had recently had great success with Lite for Life. Since the Los Gatos office was just down the street from where I work, I decided to give it a try. Listening to Laurie explain the program, I knew right away that this was something that would work for me. The program is easy to follow, and the support of the counselors was inspiring. One of the best aspects of the program for me is the journals. In addition to keeping track of my daily eating habits, I use them to plan out my weekly meals, which is a real time saver. And, thanks to a Lite for Life referral, I have been working with a wonderful personal trainer at Los Gatos Health & Fitness. Not only have I lost over 25 pounds, but have reduced my body fat and gained muscle tone, and look and feel better than I ever have. Lite for Life is not just a diet for me, it's a new lifestyle." – DeLynn G.
"I knew I finally had to take control of my eating habits when I saw a photo of myself taken during a family reunion. I hardly recognized myself and I didn't like what I saw. It was time to make some changes. I had tried many diets before but somehow I found it too difficult to give up my biggest weakness, sweets. When I was told that the Lite for Life program would eliminate my cravings for sweets I decided to try the program. After the first week I immediately noticed that the sugar cravings were gone. A balanced diet along with the supplements helped me make better choices because I wasn't missing the cookies, the candy, and the cake. After two weeks on the program, I felt reenergized so I decided to join a gym. I felt great and I was starting to look like myself again. Week after week my weight continued to drop. Soon my friends started seeing a difference in my appearance and my level of energy. Shopping for clothes was again a joy and when I looked at myself in a mirror I was thrilled with my new appearance. Reaching my goal was so exciting but now I had to keep the weight off -- not a problem because Lite for Life gave me the tools to maintain my new size. Today exercise has become a part of my routine and I still follow the healthy lifestyle that I learned while following the Lite for Life program. Another family reunion is on the calendar and this time when it's time for the family photo I won't be standing in the back. " – Linda F.
"I was ordered by my doctor to seek help losing weight because I had high blood pressure and was in danger of developing type 2 diabetes. I had used various diets to lose weight on my own, but they were no longer working. I chose Lite for Life because the underlying philosophy involving blood sugar seemed reasonable, and also because the program does not dictate every meal or call for strict calorie counting.
I have been in the program for four months now and have lost fifty pounds. The key for me seems to be blood sugar regulation and accountability. The Lite for Life supplements and regular snacks have kept my eating in check - I lost those 50 pounds without even moving out of the "Preparation Phase"! And having to face Laurie every week has mostly prevented me from kidding myself that a day or two off of the program won't hurt.
No single weight loss program will work for everyone, but I recommend Lite for Life for anyone who is having trouble losing weight, or keeping it off. The program is based on solid science, the supplements are actually tasty(!), and the staff is delightful." – Richard E.
"Lite for life has helped me completely transform my lifestyle. In a little over 3 months, I have lost nearly 35 pounds and gained more energy and happiness. Laurie and Heather are wonderful counselors who are dedicated to helping you along the entire process. If you are dedicated to losing weight the healthy way, this is the place for you!" – Megan L.
"I knew Laurie Ward had a great reputation and the level of professionalism at Los Gatos Fitness is high, so I decided to give Lite For Life a shot. I've tried many other diets before, but learning about what to eat and when to eat made all the difference. I felt great on the program - full of energy - and if I followed the plan I was not hungry. I became very aware of my blood sugar fluctuations and metabolism. I will definitely be able to maintain these new habits. Having the program inside a health club, and linking the importance of nutrition and exercise, cannot be overstated. If you are a woman in the late 40's/50's and older, you must have this connection! The staff at Lite For Life is awesome; very professional and accommodating. I love having the option to purchase food there from the Lite Food Market. Thanks for everything!" – Anonymous
"I decided to try Lite For Life because my weight was interfering with my quality of life and I needed to make a change. After hearing a talk on blood sugar at a local service club, I felt the program would be a good fit for me. The most important factor, though, was the my wife was also interested in the program and wanted to give it a try.
I have tried numerous diets over the years and have had success, but was never able to maintain the weight loss. With the ongoing support of our counselors and a program that includes a long-term maintenance program, we've been really pleased.
I see Lite For Life as a lifestyle change more than a diet. The format works for us and we look forward to a weekly weigh in a short consult. Our counselors have been great at helping us through any rough spots with suggestions that make staying focused really easy.
I'm still currently on the program, but I have lost 50 pounds so far and feel great. I'm more in control of my food choices now and the optional Lite Food Market foods work well for me. The added energy and vitality is just wonderful." – Tim M.
"My husband heard about Lite For Life at a Lion's Club presentation and it sounded like a healthy approach to weight loss. After our initial consultation, we committed to a year program.
I'm borderline diabetic and needed to lose weight to keep myself from becoming a full-blown diabetic. I've tried many diets over the years, but always go back to eating too much. I feel like Lite For Life is manageable. I really missed the excess carbs at first, but now I'm more used to the program. I feel more energetic and have started the personal training program at Los Gatos Fitness, which I find invigorating.
The counselors are always able to answer my questions and are helpful and supportive. Together, my husband and I have made a lifestyle adjustment." – Nancy M.
"I was not happy with the mid-life weight gain and wanted to lose a few pounds. I didn't like having to buy new clothes every few months. I've never really dieted before, but wanted to give Lite For Life a try. The biggest change I made was eating breakfast daily and including more protein throughout the day. I feel great; rarely hungry and lots of energy. Even my husband is tagging along on the Lite For Life ride! I've enjoyed the support of the one-on-one counseling and the nutritional guidance." – Jenny G.
"The Los Gatos Lite For Life was in a very convenient location for me and is located inside a fitness club. I'd done Weight Watchers before but the one-on-one counseling was a big help for me. The counselors were very enthusiastic, encouraging, and helpful. I've reached my goal weight (a loss of 14 pounds) and feel great! I now watch my portions, read labels, and am aware of when, how much, and what I'm eating. I will follow the Lite For Life plan indefinitely!" – Anonymous (79 years young)
"I’d been trying different diets for the last few years without much success. I’d lose a few pounds and then gain them back – even with exercise I couldn’t seem to keep the weight off! After a doctor visit, I was told that I was "pre–diabetic." I was feeling desperate, but wasn’t sure what to do. I decided to try Lite for Life even though I wasn’t very optimistic because none of the other diets had worked for me. I’m excited to say this one IS working! I find the plan easy to follow and I feel satisfied after eating. I’m no longer constantly grazing and or craving sugary foods. After 10 weeks I’ve lost 17 pounds and 16 1/2 inches, have more energ, and my blood sugar levels are now in the normal range!" – Colleen
"I had been working with my personal trainer for about a year and a half. My fitness was borderline, but I wasn't focusing enough on my diet (after all, if there's anything better than a maple iced jelly doughnut for breakfast, it's three maple iced jelly doughnuts for breakfast) and my weight was actually increasing. I had heard about Lite For Life, so I met with Laurie and signed up. I started the program on a Wednesday and two days later I did the usual 2k row during my training. Normally I have to stop in the middle, exhausted, but this time I managed to complete the distance. Stabilizing my blood sugar has brought my weight down (approaching 30 pounds), but I've also noticed a big difference in my workouts. My latest fitness test results show great improvement in all areas, including my cardiovascular levels, which has never been a strong point for me. This is all due to the Lite for Life program and the excellent guidance of Laurie and the team. Thanks to all of you. " – Malcom S.
"I've always had the impression that weight loss programs would be difficult to adopt as they require too much time for counting and journaling, are too expensive, and are inflexible. Good thing I tried Lite for Life at Los Gatos Fitness because I was wrong! After a week of practice, the journaling and preparation became easy. I am actually saving money on food as I am buying less, and the food I am craving is simpler and cheaper. And the part of the program I appreciate the most is the flexibility which comes from the check-ins with Laurie and Kisa which allows for customization of the program to help me with my personal diet and health issues. Thanks!" – Rachel H.