LA Weight Loss - Do La Lites cause slow weight loss?

07-03-2007, 05:01 PM
My sister ( same size as me) and I are both doing LAWL and I am on red w/lites and she is on red w/ no lites since she is allergic to gluten. My sis asked what she would get instead of the lites and the COD said "nothing, you will have enough calories without them." And the counselor secretly told her that she could lose her job over saying this but " people who don't eat the la lites are more successful!"

I was thinking about this and back in March when I freaked and quit I was so frustrated because I had not lost anything for a whole month. I was exercising 8 hrs per week and the COD's told me they could not change my plan to any les food cause of my exercise. I wonder if I would have dropped down to just one lite per day ( and mark down 2) if that would have made the difference.

I have been back at LAWL for a week and lost 1.6 lbs. It will be interesting to see how soon I hit that plateau again. I just might drop to 1 bar a day and see if that helps.

Has anyone else ever pondered those lites? I do love them cause they are like a candybar to me, but they are so full of sugar. hmmh.........

07-03-2007, 05:04 PM
I am sure that you could potentially lose more because you would be cutting calories.

The Lites are the only thing that keeps me going. I love them so much! I can't possibly give them up!! LA Lites keep me sane.

07-03-2007, 05:33 PM
That is odd that your sister wasn't given more food. Everyone I know that opts not to do the lites is a put on a plan with more food. I tried the plan w/out lites in the beginning, and I was moved from Gold w/Lites to Purple w/o Lites. I quickly decided that I liked the plan better with the Lites. I personally did not see a difference in how quickly I lost weight w/ or w/o the Lites. I am currently on stabilization, and I'm still eating 2 Lites per day.

Suzanne 3FC
07-03-2007, 05:53 PM
I've never been on LAWL, but I have talked with counselors a few times over the years because of this website. I was also told by an LAWL counselor that members are more successful without the bars, but they were not allowed to tell them.

07-03-2007, 07:36 PM
I don't think I would make it without my Lites! It's like having a candy bar twice a day! I've averaged 4 pounds per week so far - I know it's because I have so much to lose, but I really wouldn't want to lose more than that per week.

07-03-2007, 08:22 PM
I tried the all-food plan for the first half or so of my program, and then switched to lites, and I'm VERY glad I did. I didn't really notice a difference in how fast I lost, but I did find it much easier to follow the plan with the lites to look forward to every day! And it kept me away from the REALLY bad chocolate bars... the kind with 200+ calories, that have minimal protein, don't fill you up, and just leave you wanting more! I know they don't work for everyone, but for me, the lites were a very worthwhile investment.

07-03-2007, 09:21 PM
I agree... I really like the lites! I have absolutely no sweet cravings by having them twice a day. I think I'm more likely to stick to a plan that doesn't leaving me craving something than one that makes me feel like I'm being deprived. I don't even miss sweetener in my coffee.

07-04-2007, 09:53 AM
If this were the case then why (when they were offering the money-back guarantee) would they guarantee 2 lb weight loss with the bars and the bars only.

07-04-2007, 01:20 PM
buffystar - That's one of the many ways they talk you into buying the bars. As long as you're eating those, coming the required number of days per week, and pretty much following the plan, you can take as many weeks as it takes to lose the weight. Of course, this is only for the centers that have the guarantee. Many don't offer that anymore.

07-04-2007, 04:05 PM
wendy, did you lose all of your weight in the amount of time they said you would? I am on my last 10 lbs and its so hard! Congrats on reaching your goal! That must feel so amazing. That is one reason why I joined LAWL, I know the plan is something I can do for the rest of my life cause I am not hungry. La lites or not, I don't care if the weight is lost slowly cause I feel so good.

I am excited to stay the course and do maintenance!

07-04-2007, 06:53 PM
i don't buy the lites, but use luna bars instead since they pretty much match up to the lite bars. i love the lunas becaues they are so much more healthy and less sugar than the LAWL bars. but my times before on LAWL i did do the bars and they did keep me on track because of my sweet tooth and there may or may not be a little bit of truth in the fact that not eating the bars helps you lose more and quicker, but i guess for some people, they need that sweet treat to keep them from cheating otherwise.

07-04-2007, 09:00 PM
I really love the lites and they help me stay on track. I don't think they slow down my weightloss at all.

07-10-2007, 03:21 PM
I would like the option to eat regular food when I don't want something sweet. If you get more food when not doing L.A. Lites, what kind of food is it? Can someone tell me what the food exchange is per L.A. Lite?

07-10-2007, 03:43 PM
If you don't do the lites, you would move up one color plan.

07-10-2007, 03:55 PM
I have been with LAWl since Oct 2006 and I have lost a total of 60 lbs so far with 18 more to go, and I have done it without the lites. I opted not to buy them and they have me on the purple plan w/o lites I would be on gold if I was doing the lites. I have averaged over 2 lbs loss each week sometimes a little less some weeks sometimes a little more.
Just my 2 cents


07-11-2007, 02:00 PM
I would like the option to eat regular food when I don't want something sweet. If you get more food when not doing L.A. Lites, what kind of food is it? Can someone tell me what the food exchange is per L.A. Lite?

I am on purple now.
Currently I get: 2 proteins, 4 Veggies, 3 Fruits, 2 Starches, 1 Dairy, 1 Fat and 2 LA Lites.

What changes on the gold plan? Do my proteins and fruits increase? I can't find a gold menu plan online. Will they give me one if I ask for it?

07-11-2007, 02:30 PM
Does anybody use the Gold Plan with Lites some days and the Purple Plan w/o Lites on another? I was wondering if you could do that because sometimes I need to make an adjustment in case I over eat or forgot my lites and am away from the house. I am on Gold w/ lites.

07-11-2007, 02:33 PM

I think you would go up to Red and not down to gold if you dropped the lites on the purple plan.

07-11-2007, 02:44 PM
This is going to sound blunt, but I'm going to post it anyway.

I wouldn't recommend switching plans by the day. It could get confusing, and I would just think that you should do the program as written to get the best results. Fighting the program, making adjustments, and bending the rules is how a lot of people get frustrated and then claim the program doesn't work. If you invested the money in the program, then invest the personal commitment to see it through.

You can do the program with the lites or without. But you need to be honest with your counselors. You can't expect them to help you if you're not honest with what you are telling them. And you can't expect to get the best results if you aren't following the program. If you make the decision not to do the lites, don't worry that the program won't work, but be honest with your COD and tell them so they can adjust your program.

07-11-2007, 03:02 PM
I see your point Cassi about switching from day to day. I just thought it would be better to adjust to your circumstances if needed by dropping the lights. I will follow your advice and not flip/flop.:dancer:

07-11-2007, 03:25 PM
The whole post wasn't aimed at you, but rather just a general statement based on things that I've seen on the board. It's an overwhelming thing when you're new to the program and you're trying to balance what you are being told at the COD and then you see things here that aren't the same. I just wanted to point out that we all have suggestions to make, but you are paying your COD so you should make sure you are honest with them too. It's not wrong to question them, but sometimes reading all of the different posts on this board makes some people more skeptical than they need to be and then they don't trust their COD, which is a recipe for failure.

Thanks for letting me vent...

07-11-2007, 09:38 PM
I am currently on GOLD w/2 lites. The lites are too expensive for me. I have about 3 boxes left and I am not going to buy any more. I have been on the plan for about a month. If I switch to LUNA Bars, how do it tell them at the COD or do I? I would not want them every day, just for an occasional sweet. But, I don't want to mess up my menu plan. Suggestions?