Testimonials

How did you first hear about Counterweight?
From the nurse at my GP surgery.

Was there anything different about Counterweight compared to any previous weight loss support you had been involved with?
Yes lots of differences, for a start it is a free service unlike all the other slimming clubs that I have been to in the past where they all charge weekly fees and tried to promote their own products etc and you where just one of a large group with no individual consultation. I felt the Counterweight programme was non judgmental, understanding with personal advice and help from the dietitian.

For you what were the key features of Counterweight which you felt were of most benefit?
The key feature that helped me the most was the individual consultation with the dietitian and the trial of the liquid (Cambridge) diet.

Are you in a position to share what your weight was at the start of the programme and what it is now? (further details of when you reached your lowest weight and what that was would also be helpful if you have experienced any degree of weight regain) When I started the programme I weighed 20 stone and 4 pound. My lowest weight is 12 stone 7 pound and I want to lose another stone to reach my goal. I have had some small weight gains always after returning from holidays as eat and drank too much while I was away. But it was so helpful knowing that I had an appointment with the dietitian and even when I had a gain she was never critical, but understanding and gave me encouragement and helpful advice.

Is there anything you would change about the Counterweight programme? Yes to maybe be more available and more publicised, I have had work colleagues who have asked if they could go on the counterweight programme but were told that their BMI was not high enough, I understand funding is probably an issue but it seems a shame that people cannot receive the support if they are already overweight but not overweight enough to meet the BMI criteria. Also I found that most people who have asked me how I lost weight have never heard of the counterweight programme and did not know it is available.

Do you have any further comments?
I would just like to say how much I appreciate the opportunity of going on the counterweight programme and the support and encouragement I received on this, losing the weight has really changed my life and I am determined to keep the weight off and eventually lose that last stone to reach my goal, my ongoing appointments with the dietitian really help me to stay focused.


Thank you Counterweight for making a middle aged woman feel like a young thing again.”
Alison, Glasgow 

Before starting the Counterweight Plus weight management programme, I weighed in at 14st 4lbs. Having gone through the programme for six weeks, I now weigh 12st 12lbs! Not only is my body lighter, but I feel livelier and so much more positive and confident.
My weight gain occurred over the past 10 years…lots of ‘good living’, too many curries, wine, sports mixtures, crisps etc. These were just small treats I deserved but as the years passed, these indulgencies grew a stomach that made me look pregnant…not a great look for a woman of 48!
I would never have considered an off the shelf weight loss plan but then I discovered Counterweight Plus, the programme endorsed and supported by specialist weight management advisers (state registered dietitians).
I considered the cost and realised, to my delight, that it worked out at £1.75 per meal a (shake and/or soup). So £50 per week spend, taking four soups and/or shakes each day, really was a gift. I used to pop to the shops regularly for a wee treat (a newspaper, 2 packets of crisps, 2 DIET drinks, two packets of sweets) costing approximately £4 per day/£20 per week, and that’s before I bought my breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Six weeks ago, I was so down about my weight. I really hated wearing the same white baggy, shapeless shirts to hide my large belly. I wanted to wear clothes that made me feel good. It was a downward spiral. I felt bad about my weight, then I would comfort eat, then really guilty. So I decided to take the plunge and approached Counterweight for help.
After speaking to my Counterweight specialist, I wasn’t at all apprehensive about starting the programme, I was excited. Finally, a highly respected programme proven to deliver results.
When I prepared my very first shake I gasped at the small amount that is 200ml and thought I might starve! I didn’t and I never even felt a real hunger throughout. I joked with friends that it was the belly-full of food that I had built up that was keeping me going…after all, I had been consuming large amount of foods daily. The quantity of the soups and shakes became unimportant, it was the quality, realising their nutritional value.
The first few days was like a cleansing process, really inspiring. Then after a week, the constipation set in and I wasn’t taking off the quarter or half pound every other day – I weight myself daily. Although I had been taking Fybogel, it wasn’t really working for me, and the medication I was on wasn’t helping – one of the side effects being constipation. I felt frustrated, cheated as I had been following the plan rigorously. I contacted the Counterweight specialist and she advised alternatives – Laxido prescribed by my GP and/or Ortisan, and in a few days I was back on track.
Going through Counterweight Plus is a fantastic learning experience, a tremendous confidence booster as it took me through a process of realising that it is me who is in control of what I eat. As advised by Counterweight, planning my food intake would be key to my success in losing weight and maintaining my weight loss.
Again, advice from Counterweight was that regular exercise would play a key role in my weight loss and maintenance plan. Weighing myself daily I found a great motivator and definitely inspired me to walk to the dentists instead of taking the car, go for a swim instead of watching yet another hour of TV. Of course, the Counterweight 3-stage manuals were always on hand to refer to – great sources of information.
I love the control I now have over my food intake, my new look, I’m now wearing dresses! And my self esteem has increased ten-fold.
Again, thank you Counterweight.

Type 2 Remission study: Counterweight Plus, Phil Steadman

Could you tell me about your connection to diabetes?

I've had diabetes for about 7 years. Diabetes has been in the family for many years. My Dad had diabetes and for the last few years of his life was on Insulin. As diabetes runs in families and I was at risk of developing it, I was regularly using dad’s test strips to check my blood sugar. I did consult my doctor and he thought that this was a good idea. This caught the diabetes right at the begining - just when it started to go a bit pear shaped. Over the last few years, it's got worse and worse. I have put a fair bit of weight on - during that time my Dad became very ill and we lost him to cancer in 2010. My mum had naturally become very depressed because of this loss and then she was killed in a road accident in 2011. Since Mums death we have had to sit through several court cases, with an Inquest still to come so it's been a very stressful time. While Dad was ill and Mum was depressed, I was spending a lot of time with them and not getting time to do much exercise - and I think it was stress eating as well if you know what I mean. On a couple of occasions I did have a go at getting my weight down and I did get it down a bit but then the doctor put my on some blood pressure tablets and they caused me to gain 12 pounds over 2 weeks - so that was quite disheartening as you can imagine.

How did you hear about the Counterweight Plus programme and what made you decide to take part in it?

My diabetes had got to the stage that the doctor was threatening me with GLP1 - the daily injection. My blood sugar had got out of control - some nights it would go up to 26, which is really not what you want. So that was really how the diabetes progressed. I read an article in the mail about the Counterweight programme in March last year and from that, I contacted Louise and the Counterweight team. On the day that I went to the doctors to be taught how to do the injections for GLP1 I said 'I'm going on a diet instead!' I showed the doctor the newspaper article. I said I'd actually talked to Louise who had been involved in studies with Glasgow University. I don't think my doctor and diabetic nurse were too keen when I said I was going on a liquid only diet but I put them in touch with Maria and Louise and I think they spoke to the Professor at Glasgow University as well. They then said 'OK then give it a go and see what happens. Since going on the diet they have been incredibly supportive.
I went on the 12-week liquid only Cambridge diet and Louise put me in touch with a dietician, Maria, who's based in Scotland. We were talking fortnightly on the phone and she was giving me a lot of support and I'd been in and out to see the diabetic nurse, and had a few phone calls with the doctors because my blood sugars started dropping as soon as I went on the diet. Before the diet I was on three tablets a day - metformin, sitagliptin and glipizide. Now I'm on half the dose of the metformin and I've been able to drop the other two completely. My blood sugar is actually under control. The last time I had my blood sugars done, it was 6.3 average.

What impact has the programme had on your life?

I'm now back to my normal self. The diabetes had progressed to such a stage that I was going home at night and just falling asleep on the sofa after supper and having to wake myself up to go to bed but that's not happening now, I'm full of beans! I've started cycling again which I used to do a lot of and so my son and myself belt around the army range, we do about an 8 and a half mile trip every 2 or 3 days. On the diet, I've lost 5 and a half stone. I started middle of May last year and I did the 12 weeks liquid only diet. Now I'm talking to Maria the dietician every month and she gives a lot of support. After I came off the liquid only diet I started gradually coming back onto food - having 3 shakes and a meal and then I gradually came back on food altogether. I've been on food for quite a while now, since September/October.
I got to the stage where I put so much weight on that it was such a daunting task but by doing the 12 week diet, I brought the weight down fast. I'd like to lose another stone or so but I'd like to do it slowly over the next few months, because there's not as much desperation now. I went from 22 stone to 16 and a half so that's really quite successful.
They told be that if I continue at this rate I might even be able to get off tablets altogether which would be excellent.

Did you expect the success you had when you started?

I didn't expect to get back this far. I was hoping I would get the diabetes back under control without the injections and I've done far more than that I think. Rather than being on all the tablets and being out of control and having to go onto GLP1, I've now knocked off all the tablets as well - I'm only on half of the metformin now.

How has it affected your life?

Well, in the evening now I can do things rather than just falling asleep. I quite enjoy cycling and I don't think I could have cycled with the extra weight. My knees were beginning to ache and I don't have any of that now. Basically everyone comments about how much weight I've lost which is quite good! It has made a big difference. I'm also down one blood pressure tablet.

Did your family notice the difference?

I can get out with the kids a lot more. When the weight was up it was getting to be a chore walking the dog at night but now we're back to normal.

Would you recommend it to anyone else?

Yes, definitely. It's not an easy programme. Going on to a liquid only diet, you have to have a lot of determination. But I was determined to do it. I proved it can be successful haven't I?
Over the last few years, I've had a really hard time and now I'm coming through this and it's great being able to cycle with Thomas again but he's overtaking over me now!

Do you think this study is a significant step forward in diabetes treatment?

I definitely do. Even if it just delays diabetes for several years, I'm going to get less of the side effects. My father suffered from many side effects. The diabetes did play havoc with his feet, his legs and his eyesight. His eyesight was very bad in the end.
I've had diabetes for about 7 years. Diabetes has been in the family for many years. My Dad had diabetes and for the last few years of his life was on Insulin. As diabetes runs in families and I was at risk of developing it, I was regularly using dad’s test strips to check my blood sugar. I did consult my doctor and he thought that this was a good idea. This caught the diabetes right at the begining - just when it started to go a bit pear shaped. Over the last few years, it's got worse and worse. I have put a fair bit of weight on - during that time my Dad became very ill and we lost him to cancer in 2010. My mum had naturally become very depressed because of this loss and then she was killed in a road accident in 2011. Since Mums death we have had to sit through several court cases, with an Inquest still to come so it's been a very stressful time. While Dad was ill and Mum was depressed, I was spending a lot of time with them and not getting time to do much exercise - and I think it was stress eating as well if you know what I mean. On a couple of occasions I did have a go at getting my weight down and I did get it down a bit but then the doctor put my on some blood pressure tablets and they caused me to gain 12 pounds over 2 weeks - so that was quite disheartening as you can imagine.

How did you hear about the Counterweight Plus programme and what made you decide to take part in it?

My diabetes had got to the stage that the doctor was threatening me with GLP1 - the daily injection. My blood sugar had got out of control - some nights it would go up to 26, which is really not what you want. So that was really how the diabetes progressed. I read an article in the mail about the Counterweight programme in March last year and from that, I contacted Louise and the Counterweight team. On the day that I went to the doctors to be taught how to do the injections for GLP1 I said 'I'm going on a diet instead!' I showed the doctor the newspaper article. I said I'd actually talked to Louise who had been involved in studies with Glasgow University. I don't think my doctor and diabetic nurse were too keen when I said I was going on a liquid only diet but I put them in touch with Maria and Louise and I think they spoke to the Professor at Glasgow University as well. They then said 'OK then give it a go and see what happens. Since going on the diet they have been incredibly supportive.
I went on the 12-week liquid only Cambridge diet and Louise put me in touch with a dietician, Maria, who's based in Scotland. We were talking fortnightly on the phone and she was giving me a lot of support and I'd been in and out to see the diabetic nurse, and had a few phone calls with the doctors because my blood sugars started dropping as soon as I went on the diet. Before the diet I was on three tablets a day - metformin, sitagliptin and glipizide. Now I'm on half the dose of the metformin and I've been able to drop the other two completely. My blood sugar is actually under control. The last time I had my blood sugars done, it was 6.3 average.

What impact has the programme had on your life?

I'm now back to my normal self. The diabetes had progressed to such a stage that I was going home at night and just falling asleep on the sofa after supper and having to wake myself up to go to bed but that's not happening now, I'm full of beans! I've started cycling again which I used to do a lot of and so my son and myself belt around the army range, we do about an 8 and a half mile trip every 2 or 3 days. On the diet, I've lost 5 and a half stone. I started middle of May last year and I did the 12 weeks liquid only diet. Now I'm talking to Maria the dietician every month and she gives a lot of support. After I came off the liquid only diet I started gradually coming back onto food - having 3 shakes and a meal and then I gradually came back on food altogether. I've been on food for quite a while now, since September/October.
I got to the stage where I put so much weight on that it was such a daunting task but by doing the 12 week diet, I brought the weight down fast. I'd like to lose another stone or so but I'd like to do it slowly over the next few months, because there's not as much desperation now. I went from 22 stone to 16 and a half so that's really quite successful.
They told be that if I continue at this rate I might even be able to get off tablets altogether which would be excellent.

Did you expect the success you had when you started?

I didn't expect to get back this far. I was hoping I would get the diabetes back under control without the injections and I've done far more than that I think. Rather than being on all the tablets and being out of control and having to go onto GLP1, I've now knocked off all the tablets as well - I'm only on half of the metformin now.

How has it affected your life?

Well, in the evening now I can do things rather than just falling asleep. I quite enjoy cycling and I don't think I could have cycled with the extra weight. My knees were beginning to ache and I don't have any of that now. Basically everyone comments about how much weight I've lost which is quite good! It has made a big difference. I'm also down one blood pressure tablet.

Did your family notice the difference?

I can get out with the kids a lot more. When the weight was up it was getting to be a chore walking the dog at night but now we're back to normal.

Would you recommend it to anyone else?

Yes, definitely. It's not an easy programme. Going on to a liquid only diet, you have to have a lot of determination. But I was determined to do it. I proved it can be successful haven't I?
Over the last few years, I've had a really hard time and now I'm coming through this and it's great being able to cycle with Thomas again but he's overtaking over me now!

Do you think this study is a significant step forward in diabetes treatment?

I definitely do. Even if it just delays diabetes for several years, I'm going to get less of the side effects. My father suffered from many side effects. The diabetes did play havoc with his feet, his legs and his eyesight. His eyesight was very bad in the end.