Sarah’s Low Calorie Diet journey
Sarah, from North Central London, has been attending the NHS Low calorie diet programme with Xyla Health & Wellbeing and has seen some amazing changes since starting her journey. She has been happy to share with us some of her experiences and results.
What kind of lifestyle were you leading?
Before Lockdown my doctors mentioned that my blood sugar was raised and that I was in the-diabetic stage. After 6 months of staying home I was re-tested and informed that I was now diabetic. I hated myself for allowing this to happen and I knew I could have done something about it. I was prescribed Metformin, but I decided to do some research to ascertain whether there was any way of reversing this.
How did you hear about the NHS Low Calorie Diet Programme? What led you to join the programme and who referred you?
It was quite by accident that I was having a telephone conversation with a Locum doctor at my surgery where we were discussing my condition and I asked what was possible and said the government are sponsoring a programme to try and reverse Diabetes. Thank goodness I was eligible.
What was your experience on the programme so far?
The support is the best part of the programme. During stage 1 the support from the coordinators and the online forum with others doing the programme was great. We were all at different stages so the learning and motivation is what you need. I also completed the online courses and I think I’ve read the supporting booklet cover to cover at least twice. I look forward to completing the first 12 weeks and achieving my weight loss goals before moving on to the re-introduction of food.
How did the programme fit into their lives?
As I am based at home, I have been able to plan my day effectively so that my work day fits around my programme. My priority is my health and my company understands that, we are all supported to look after ourselves.
How has the programme improved your health life?
I feel great, both mentally and physically. For the first time in what has felt like years I am getting a good night sleep. I step on the scales and in six weeks my weight has reduced from 132.7kgs to 114.3kgs. I feel lighter on my feet I can see my real personality re-emerging and I feel less like I’m carrying the world on my shoulder. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and how I can live without medication.
Did you achieve the goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the programme? What advice would you give to a Service User who is just getting started?
My goal is to reduce my body weight by 40% and if I stick to the programme I know this achievable and maintainable. In terms of recommendation, I would say the online material is so useful, do the online courses as they inspire you to do additional research which helps you understand why you are doing what you are doing. Also, read the NHS Low Calorie Diet Programme Book. It really helps during those weak moments.
You can find out more about the NHS Low Calorie Diet here.