F.A.Q.

Meal Replacement Plan (MRP)

Frequently Asked Questions

Meal Replacement Plan

Are there age limits for use of MRP foods?

NewWeigh Meal Replacements are nutrient enriched foods which can be used in adolescence. However we would always advise that dieting under the age of 18 should be carried out in conjunction with the G.P.  The G.P. may also recommend the involvement of a dietitian.

Can I get free samples of MRPs?

Your pharmacist may provide free samples under certain circumstances.

Can I breastfeed whilst on MRP?

Calorie restriction may reduce lactation and so your child would need to be weaned before commencing any diet method.

Will my pharmacy weigh me regularly, even if I am not buying any products?

Yes. Your pharmacy will actively encourage you to return for regular free weigh-ins. Supervision and advice from   the pharmacy is the ideal way to help manage your new lower weight.
 

Do I need to complete a medical questionnaire before using MRPs?

No. If you have a medical condition or you are taking prescription medication it always wise to consult with your pharmacist or G.P. before commencing any diet.

I am replacing 2 meals daily with MRPs, but what else do I eat?

The NewWeigh Meal Replacement Plan Booklet contains food tables with the healthy foods marked in green. These healthy foods should make up a substantial part of your diet.

Can coeliacs use MRP?

All products except the Bakewell Bar  are suitable for Coeliacs.   The Bakewell Bar may contain gluten.

Will I get all my nutrition whilst I am dieting?

Each MRP food is high in fibre, protein and 26 vitamins and minerals. They are an ideal way to lose or manage weight whilst ensuring you get good nutrition.

Can I drink alcohol on the MRP Plan?

Alcohol is high in calories and will make you hungry, often leading to grazing and loss of appetite control. It is better to avoid alcohol if you are dieting.

Can I use MRPs to get back into good eating habits after a holiday?

Yes. MRP foods are an ideal way to get back in control. Try using the Refeed week to kick start your good eating habits.

Can I use artificial sweeteners on MRP plan?

Yes. Artificial (low calorie/no calorie) sweeteners may be used as a useful alternative to high calorie sweeteners.

Are there any healthy snacks suitable with NewWeigh Meal Replacement Plan foods?

The aim is to eat only three times a day as every food intake causes an insulin response.  Regular snacking can cause cravings and make your appetite and weight harder to control.   Most people who successfully manage their weight long term do not snack. The recent fashion of eating small amounts frequently is disastrous for weight control.

If you are hungry or feel like a snack, try having a cup of tea/coffee or drinking some water.   Sometimes this makes the hunger go away. Remember your goal is to control your weight.

Keeping a food diary is also a good way to control snacking. Record the type and amount of food in the diary BEFORE eating it.   The very act of recording before eating can lead to you making the portion smaller or maybe deciding not to eat it at all!

If you wish to have a snack occasionally, try low glycaemic index (GI) foods in small portions.   Examples :

  • NewWeigh MRP Bakewell Bar or Shake
  • Low calorie soups
  • Sweet potatoes with skin
  • Figs and prunes
  • Vegetables
  • Beans
  • Minimally processed grains
  • Low-fat dairy foods e.g. low fat yoghurt, low fat cheese
  • Whole wheat pitta with tomatoes
  • Boiled egg
  • Small piece of meat, chicken or fish
  • Salad (no dressing)
  • Wholegrain crackers
  • Fruit*

*Most fruits are suitable if they are not the highly sweetened types e.g. banana, pear, granny smith type apples (leave skin on fruits where possible). Remember that quantity is still important, even though it is still fruit e.g. there can be a big difference in the size of bananas, so just have one small banana.

Sugary fruits (grapes/sweet oranges/sweet apples) should be avoided, as they can cause hunger.

Find a NewWeigh pharmacy near you for support and advice on your weight loss programme.

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