Monday, March 08, 2004

I started L. A. Weight Loss a week ago on the recommendation of several friends who've enjoyed great success there. With the Jet Start, I've lost 7.5 pounds, and look to (hopefully) lose 1-2 pounds a week from here on out.

The main observations and caveats from my friends hold true for me:

- You will lose weight. Period. And you won't be hungry. I've had trouble cramming in all the food required each day.

- Good news: This ain't Atkins! You get to have fruit every day, in fact, it's required, as are starches, carbs, and all veggies. The pre-fab supplements/snacks are actually extremely delicious too. I'd eat them if I *weren't* on the diet.

- This program is expensive. Not a deal-breaker for me, because I was ready for it, but the big-ticket items are sprung upon you with no warning and as "today-only" deals. I was presented today with a tab for supplements that had to be purchased upfront 'today only' for $800+. I just said "no" and you should have seen all the flurry and fluster in the back office.

- I was looking for a program that required accountability which takes its form here as a 3X/week weigh-in. However, trying to squeeze that into a lunch hour is difficult since each visit has taken 45 minutes or more not counting my travel time. There should be some kind of 'express' program for busy professionals.

- The program insists that alcohol consumption is verboten but I've managed to lose weight while still enjoying wine every evening -- as did each of the friends who recommended LAWL.

- Each time I visit, I talk to a different counselor. I'd prefer working with only one or two.

All that said, I'm planning to stick with the program for my initial 11 weeks, then I'll decide whether to spend the money for the additional weeks/weight-loss.