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The Six Steps to Losing Weight

Step 1: 400-500 calories
Step 2: 800 calories
Step 3: 1000 calories
Step 4: 1200 calories
Step 5: 1500 calories
Step 6: Maintaining your Weight


Losing weight is probably the easiest part of the weight management process. Having chosen the day, look forward to it with pleasure. Try and stick to the chosen Immediate Rewards program and the menu.

Sole Source
On the Sole Source program, you will have three (or four if you are a man or above 5ft 8in) Immediate Rewards meals every day – and no other food! You should also drink plenty of water (We recommend at least eight glasses per day).

The first few days will be exciting, as you lose weight every day. It is highly motivating to continue. You will feel better and healthier than you have ever felt in your life because your body is receiving everything it needs.

You may feel hungry during the first three days, particularly during the evening. Either do something to keep your mind very occupied or go to bed early with a good book (or partner!). After a few days you will not feel hungry at all. Remember that if you do eat you will feel very hungry, because any extra food will stimulate your appetite. Make a commitment to lose weight and be determined!

First Weeks
After a few days you will not feel hungry at all. In fact, you feel wonderful. But losing weight can be frustrating and your Immediate Rewards Counselor can be a great help and may make the difference between success and failure. If you have any problems or want advice, it is part of the Counselor's job to help you.

You can indulge in all your normal activities but you don't overdo it. If you feel tired, then take a rest. You should weigh yourself every day at the same time, usually in the morning. You will be delighted with your progress and be very excited with it. This is the real motivation that makes you want to continue.

You may experience several days when you do not lose weight. Do not become discouraged. It is very likely that you are losing fat but retaining water; this is a process known as plateauing. You may be losing girth faster than weight, which is why we recommend that you use a tape measure to record your vital dimensions in addition to your weight.

Have faith in the diet because the weight-loss will restart once you lose the water you have been retaining.

Stabilization - The last few pounds
The higher-level Immediate Rewards programs - from 800 to 1500 cal - can be used for stabilization as well as weight loss. In stabilization, you will supplement Immediate Rewards meals with selected foods. This will help to ensure long-term weight maintenance, but will also prevent short-term weight regain. This stabilization builds towards the final level of energy intake required to achieve a long-term stable weight.

Stabilization should not be hurried. A minimum of a week should be spent on each Step – two weeks is better. The basic plan is to start stabilization on the step above that which was used to lose weight. For example, if you used the Sole Source program (Step 1) to lose weight, you should start stabilization with 'Add a Meal', then move to Step 2 – 800 calorie and so on. The longer you spend at this phase, the more successful you will be in achieving a long-term stable – and maintainable – weight.

If the recommendations are followed to the letter then you should continue to shed a little more weight during this period of stabilization. For this reason, there is no need to go below target weight to allow for rebound weight-gain as there will be none once weight loss has stopped.

Step 1: 400-500 calories
Step 2: 800 calories
Step 3: 1000 calories
Step 4: 1200 calories
Step 5: 1500 calories
Step 6: Maintaining your Weight