Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Will the Weight Loss Resources System Work For Me?

Can I use it on the go?

Yes! Weight Loss Resources has developed a mobile version of the web site that is designed to use on smaller screens. This means you can use your smartphone to add your food or exercise, weigh in or chat on the forums wherever you are. You don't even need to download an app – just go to on your chosen device and your experience will be tailored for you – you can find out more here.

Do I have to exercise?

No, you don't need to exercise regularly to lose weight by calorie counting. As long as what you eat is within your daily calorie allowance you will lose weight.

However, most people find it helpful to add in some activity or exercise as it earns you more calories to spend on your favourite foods and drinks. You can find out more about exercise and weight loss here.

Is alcohol allowed?

How you use your calories is up to you – so technically yes. Of course, we advise that you drink responsibly and with moderation.

Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram, so you might find that you don't want to use up your calories on alcoholic drinks which don't really have any nutritional value. If you do have the odd tipple the WLR database contains info for pretty much any alcoholic drink (including cocktails). Make sure you add it to your food diary so it doesn't scupper your weight loss efforts.

Will I be able to eat out and socialise?

Absolutely, yes! The beauty of counting calories is that you can eat anything, anywhere. You don't need to worry about going out or having to always choose the salad from the menu. You don't even need to let anyone else know that you're trying to lose weight.

The WLR database contains information for most eating out and fast food brands. If you're not sure or can't find an item just drop us a line and we'll get the information or give you tips and guidance as quickly as possible.

I cook for my partner or family regularly – how does this fit in?

With counting calories you eat normal foods. There are no shakes or pre packed diet meals. This means you can cook one meal for everyone. It's easy to stay within your calories by having a slightly smaller portion or not having some extras such as full fat mayonnaise etc.

Using WLR to calculate your home cooked recipes means you can all sit at the table, eating the same wholesome, comforting, everyday food you and your family are used to - and if you've made a few tweaks to make it healthier and lower calorie then everyone gets the benefit!

I'm a vegetarian or vegan, can I use WLR?

Yes of course! As long as you stay within your calorie allowance your daily menus can be made up of whatever foods you like.

We even give you a nutrition profile so you can see how much protein you're getting which can be particularly useful for vegetarians and vegans. We also have a wealth of articles, recipes and information to help you lose weight with a vegetarian or vegan diet.

I want to follow a low carb/high protein/high fibre diet or similar – can WLR help?

Although Weight Loss Resources doesn't advocate these types of diets the food diary does enable you to keep an eye on all macro-nutrient totals.

We generally advise a nutritional profile in line with the 'balance of good health' provided by medical professionals. As you fill in your food diary you can see how you are doing against this target profile. If you have been advised by a doctor or dietitian to alter this profile you can reflect this within the program by creating your own target nutrition profile.

What happens if I go over my daily calorie allowance?

First, don't panic! Your calories are spread over a week and if you go over you can compensate by eating a little fewer over the following days, or by doing some extra exercise or activity. You can see how your allowance is working over the course of the week in the Calories History report in your food diary. This makes it really easy to manage your calories.

Most of our successful members have found that if they know in advance they're going to want more calories for a particular reason; it's best to bank them first rather than try to claw them back. Either way you will still lose weight.

Will the program give me suggestions for what to eat?

Yes, if that's what you want. WLR is extremely flexible and you can use it to record your own food choices or you can use the extensive recipe database for low calorie meal suggestions. You can search the recipe database by the number of calories you have available or by ingredients you already have in the cupboard.

If you need more structured guidance we also offer daily menu suggestions or full integrated daily meal plans through our Planbot system. Find out more about the recipe database, the Planbot system or see sample suggested menu plans.

Can I track my inch loss as well as my weight loss?

Yes! The Goals & Results section of your account has the facility for you to enter measurements for your bust, waist, hips, thighs and arm measurements so you can see how your body is changing over time. This can be really motivational and adds to your experience, it's not just about the number on the scales!

You can also track your BMI and body fat %, with charts and reports to show how you're doing.

Does it matter how old I am?

No – as long as you're over 18 you can use the WLR system. The program will work out the right amount of calories you'll need to stick to in order to lose weight based on a number of factors, including your age.

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