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Welcome to WeighToLive


Healthcare professionals

Weigh to Live is an online weight management programme that supports safe weight loss for people with a body mass index (BMI) between 25 and 30 kg/m2.

Over a period of 12 weeks, Weigh to Live supports users by providing specific meal plans and nutritionally analysed recipes that are aligned with healthy eating guidelines. Weigh to Live allows users to track their weight over time, an approach that is associated with long term weight maintenance.

Who is Weigh to Live for?

Weigh to Live is a plan designed for adults (over the age of 18) who:

  • Have a BMI between 25 and 30kg/m2
  • Would like to lose 5 to 10% of their current weight over a 12-week period
  • Have no medical conditions
  • Have no special dietary requirements (vegetarians are catered for)
  • Are not pregnant or breastfeeding

Is Weigh to Live suitable for people with a BMI over 30 Kg/m2?

Weigh to live is not designed to be used by people who have a BMI over 30 without medical supervision.

Users with a BMI over 30 are advised to discuss the resource with their healthcare professional. If the healthcare professional decides that the resource is suitable and safe, users should follow the plan under the supervision of a healthcare professional and with any adjustments that they may be advised to make, such as increasing portions or adding extra snacks.

Is Weigh to Live suitable for people with medical conditions or dietary requirements?

Weigh to Live is not designed to be used by people with medical conditions or dietary requirements. Users with a medical condition or dietary requirement should speak with a healthcare professional about the programme. If the healthcare professional decides that the resource is suitable and safe, users should follow the plan under the supervision of a healthcare professional and with any adjustments that they may be advised to make.

How many calorie bands are available?

A calorie reduction of approximately 500 kcal a day can be associated with a safe and sustainable weight loss of about 1 pound a week. Menu plans have been developed to allow the following calorie intakes:

  • 1500 kcal
  • 1700 kcal
  • 2000 kcal

Recommended calories intakes are calculated using the user’s weight, height, age (18-50 or 50+) and gender.

Talking to patients about weight

The topic of weight can be a sensitive area for health professionals to raise. This conversation can be made easier by

  • Monitoring weight as a routine part of the consultation
  • Discussing weight with the help of a BMI chart
  • Encouraging patients to understand the benefits of 10% weight loss in terms of improving their health

Useful resources include:

ROI Health Service Executive (HSE) Making Every Contact Count

HSE Model of Care for the Management of Overweight and Obesity

HSE Living Well Programme

Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) Weight Management Treatment Algorithm for Adults

EASO Talking about weight: Guidance for GPs & Healthcare Professionals

Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (INDI)

NI Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidance on Obesity

British Dietetic Association (BDA)