Gold standard diet – Lipotrim Ireland the best diet?

Very Low Calorie Diets (VLCDs) are the Gold Standard for weight loss and Lipotrim Ireland is Arguably the VLCD Gold Standard.


"Gold standard”, according to Mosby's Medical Dictionary, is:

“an acknowledged measure of comparison of the superior effectiveness or value of a particular medication or other therapy as compared with that of other drugs or treatments.”

Gold standard diet - Lipotrim Ireland number 1 diet

Acknowledgement of Lipotrim Ireland

as the gold standard diet

A quick online search for Lipotrim throws up a plethora of results from many commercial diets who are directly referencing and comparing their diet to Lipotrim.

We are often hearing reports that diets, such as NewWeigh, are "Lipotrim re-branded" or "reformulated Lipotrim". This is untrue and potentially leaves many unsuspecting dieters to follow a diet that does not conform to the same high standards as Lipotrim Ireland.

Diet comparisons acknowledge Lipotrim Ireland as the gold standard diet

The acknowledgement and regular referencing of Lipotrim Ireland for any of these promotional purposes surely recognises Lipotrim Ireland as the Gold standard very low calorie diet.

Lipotrim Ireland has seen the rise of many diet competitors over the 30+ years since its inception in the UK. Most of these diets have disappeared, often as quickly as they arrived.  To date, most people’s attempts at weight management, have been considered relatively futile. Offering a credible diet programme that stands the test of time, it seems, is near impossible. But the longevity and success of Lipotrim Ireland demonstrates this is not quite true.

Diet programmes often change their formulation or dieting rules hoping to maintain the interest of dieters and therefore commercial viability. Their rules come and go, because ultimately the rules being applied are often flawed. An egg is still an egg irrespective of the decade it was laid. Forbidding a food today that was permitted last year implies that last year’s diet plan was not so successful.

Diet plans come and go.

Almost any diet can cause stored glycogen to be used in the first few days, often with impressive weight losses from dumping massive amount of bound water. You will have come across all the claims to lose “7 pounds of weight in a week”.  This is neither fat loss or permanent.  Overweight people want true weight loss, not confusion.

Superior Effectiveness of Lipotrim Ireland

Lipotrim, available in the UK and more recently Ireland, has proven to be safe and effective for over 30 years. Lipotrim really works.


Diet formulation

Reducing the amount of food and restricting food choices makes nutritional adequacy difficult or even impossible.  This can be extremely unhealthy.

The Lipotrim formulation is specifically designed to deliver the full amount of essential nutrition. This should be a fundamental requirement of any diet.

Lipotrim does so in the minimum number of calories. It is the Gold Standard.

Juicing - fruit smoothie as only food not a wise choice - Lipotrim gold standard diet

Trying to live only on an intake of a fruit juice smoothie or a yoghurt to lose weight might be very low in calories but is not a wise choice, due to not getting all the nutrients the body requires. Real weight loss has health consequences.

The designation Very Low Calorie Diet (or Very Low Energy Diet) is now defined by European Directives as a formula diet with a daily calorie intake below 800 calories.  There are strict nutrient requirements since the formulations are intended as the entire daily food intake.  They are therefore different from formulas intended as meal replacements which are intended to be supplemented with some additional foods. Totally nutrient complete for total food replacement, Lipotrim Ireland is once again the Gold Standard.

At around 425 to 570 calories per day (depending on gender), for those following the Lipotrim programme, the dieter will lose weight at the maximum safe rate of around a stone a month. With most diets having a much greater daily calorie intake of 800 calories or more, the rate of weight loss will be slower and most are not true VLCDs.

Any intake of calories above that required to deliver essential nutrients is unnecessary and fails to understand the biological role of excess weight. Body fat is a storage of calories for times when food is scarce eg famine. The entire function of a weight reduction diet is to restore body composition to normal physiological levels. This is best achieved by the formula composition of Lipotrim.

Diet regimen

Food abstinence empowers the dieter to gain control of eating behaviour whilst losing weight at the maximum safe rate.

Food abstinence for a dieter is as critical as cigarette abstinence to enable a smoker to quit.

Dieting is like stopping smoking - food abstinence works - Lipotrim gold standard diet

Why treat weight loss differently?

Unfortunately, total food abstinence is not possible because about 50 nutrients are an absolute necessity to maintain life and health. Since some of these nutrients supply calories, there is always a minimum calorie supply associated with delivering the proper supply of essential nutrients.

The choice of only a minimal variety of specially designed formula foods is the closest approximation of food abstinence we can safely get. Any additional flavours, meals or snacks beyond that allowed with Lipotrim will only serve to destabilise the benefits of abstinence, creating the potential for diet failure. VLCDs allowing any conventional food intake demonstrates ignorance of the required physiology needed for tackling deep-seated behavioural food issues.

Palate retraining and a complete re-evaluation of old, often ingrained food behaviours, are critical benefits that help establish a platform for long-term weight maintenance.

Value of Lipotrim Ireland

The Lipotrim diet programme is different, possibly unique.

Howard Foundation Research, the supplier of the Lipotrim protocols and formulas to the participating healthcare professionals, is run by Registered Nutritional Biochemist; Dr Stephen Kreitzman Ph.D, R.Nutr. and Valerie Beeson who are both much published research scientists. Their credentials, supporting the notion of Lipotrim as the Gold standard diet, are there to be seen.

The Greatly Added Value of Lipotrim Healthcare Professionals

Lipotrim is only available in Ireland through healthcare professionals, mainly pharmacists and GPs, fully trained in weight management. They are certified to have advanced understanding of the physiological and nutritional principles necessary to assist with safe weight loss and long-term weight management.

This network of dedicated healthcare professionals, independent of Lipotrim for their business stability, ensure the safe delivery of maximum rate weight losses. Patients carrying excess weight, from hypertensives to type 2 diabetics, must have healthcare supervision to ensure both safety and weight loss results. The Lipotrim programme incorporates this as standard, with direct weekly patient contact an essential part of the programme.

Why else do diets need to display the small print?

"You should consult your physician or other health care professional before starting this or any other weight loss program to determine if it is right for your needs."

Value of Lipotrim – Price

  • It is not difficult to throw some nutrients in a sachet and call it a diet.
  • It is easy to package a diet ready to gather dust on a supermarket shelf.
  • Easier still is to sell a diet exclusively online.


These actions may be cheaper and take less time to prefect, but does this offer value? What about safety?

It is often seen, whether in the world of business or even healthcare, the “Gold Standard” offers a premium service. Gold Standard gives value. The highest value is what the discerning customer looks for above all, not the lowest price.

Lipotrim is often compared on the basis of price per formula. Yes, there are cheaper diets out there, but as we have discussed, there are very important success and health-related reasons why Lipotrim is the Gold Standard.

What really sets Lipotrim far apart in terms of safety and efficacy is the role of a healthcare professionals giving direct time, support and monitoring of the weight losses programme.

Health and wellbeing are invaluable. Proven results are invaluable.  What price do you put on getting a safe, healthy weight loss?

Food costs money. Food costs money - Lipotrim is value for money diet


Carrying excess weight is a visible clue as to a person’s investment in calorie €s.

Lipotrim in Ireland, at RRP, works out at around €3 per meal. With no other outlay on food necessary, or even permitted, this makes Lipotrim competitive on price and value for money.

  • Euros can be shaved off the price of a diet but at what cost?
  • What is being compromised to save a few cents?
  • What corners are potentially being cut in ingredient quality?


Price is secondary in importance to the expertise guiding you whilst dieting. Frequent support of the dieter has been shown to be essential for successful weight management.  Dealing with weight loss without support is very rarely successful.

Regular one-to-one healthcare professional support as standard and their ability to liaise immediately with healthcare professionals such as GPs is unlikely to be available when purchasing a “faceless diet” with no pedigree or real evidence. Paid celebrity endorsements can be very misleading.



If Lipotrim Ireland is not the gold standard diet, what diet is?

It is possible to answer this question by truthfully answering the following:

  • Which diet is constantly being used as a comparison tool on other commercial diet websites?
  • Which diet contains full nutrition at the optimal 425 to 570 Calories per day?
  • Which diet upholds true food abstinence?
  • Which diet gives very predictable, maximum rate weight losses, and can prove it?
  • Which diet incorporates regular, direct healthcare professional contact as standard?
  • Which diet maintains value for money in a world of “facelessness”?

Lipotrim Ireland is proud to be the weight management Gold Standard for healthcare professionals and the public alike, as it has been for more than 30 years across the UK and more recently in Ireland.

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Who is tackling the spiralling levels of obesity in Ireland?

Obesity in Ireland is costly in many ways.

The Ireland Central Statistics Office (CSO) released, in January 2019, their Press Statement Ireland's Facts and Figures 2018 which shows:

“The share of people who were overweight or obese was 62% in 2017”


With the estimated population of Ireland in 2017 being 4,857,000 this means there are over 3 million people in Ireland who are currently overweight or obese.

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Obesity levels - who is taking responsibility? Temple Bar Lipotrim Ireland

How likely are these people to collectively lack the willpower and knowledge that eating less and exercising more will result in weight loss?

Are we that naïve to think a majority of the Ireland population are yet to hear this diet “revelation”?

Responsibility for tackling levels of obesity in Ireland

Responsibility for dealing with this almost universal weight problem must go beyond blame and shame dogma.

Responsibility is without doubt a critical piece of the obesity in Ireland jigsaw.

Without responsibility we simply cannot gain control of the many weight-related illnesses, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension and even some cancers.

Back in 2014 the reported:

“The annual cost of obesity is estimated at €1.13 billion, 35% of this - around €398 million - is in direct healthcare costs. The remaining €728 million are indirect costs in reduced productivity and absenteeism.”

Our healthcare services are continually reported to be under huge financial pressures, yet the levels of obesity seem to go unchecked.

Responsibility must lie mainly in the lap of the healthcare professionals. Healthcare needs to take weight management much more seriously than simply regurgitating the mantra “eat less and exercise more”. The expertise of all our healthcare professionals can and should be better utilised than the feeble, nagging role usually adopted.

There are answers, but dogma is not sufficient.

Political and healthcare leaders need to collectively back a more serious and responsible approach. It is dismaying to continually hear the usual half-promises and lack-lustre ideas when it comes to taking obesity seriously.

Much of the rhetoric is regurgitated from past speeches and at best is a sticking plaster.

  • Sugar tax!
  • Banning 2 for 1 “junk-food” offers!
  • More bariatric surgery!

Blame industry, blame television, blame certain foods, blame the victim. Perhaps things are getting worse because the messages are to blame.

Where is the money to tackle obesity?

What is the plan going forward?

Who is going to deliver it?

Will it work?

Let us consider a recent speech delivered by the UK Health and Social Care Secretary; Matt Hancock to the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) at the International Conference on Obesity on 14th January 2019.

His speech was illuminating, not just full of half-baked ideas. It offered much to discuss in the UK but since tackling obesity is a world-wide issue, it is also wholly relevant to tackling obesity in Ireland.

You can read the full speech transcript here:

Very early on in Matt Hancock’s speech the very essence of what is causing the rising levels of excess weight and obesity was laid bare:

“After all, as humans we are predisposed to eat more than we need, as our evolution has designed us to stock up in abundance for leaner times ahead.”

We ARE programmed to eat too much at times of plenty so that we are ready for the LEANER times.

Fat is our main storage site for the calories we might need when food is scarce. However, in these modern times of plenty there is rarely food scarcity. Even those without sufficient financial means to eat are usually supported by rightly valued food-banks and charities in an attempt to sustain an essential nutritional intake.

Should a diet have 2000 Calories?

What about 1000 Calories for weight loss? Many of us are confused about the role of calories.

The calorie answer is rather simple.

A stone of fat in our bodies has about 49,000 Calories available for our needs.

If we need to lose excess weight, the simple truth is we must use as many stored excess calories as possible. That is what they are there for.

Why add more calories?

We must have some additional calories each day from a source of essential nutrients, the essential amino acids, the essential fatty acids that are required. Nothing additional is needed. There are already plenty of calories in storage.

Naturally we store calories for the hard times when food is scarce.

BUT - These hard times generally do not exist in current times. To lose excess weight we MUST use up the stored excess of calories. So, eat less you may say.

If only eating less was easy. The drive to get food when it is restricted is one of our most powerful biological instincts.

Eating less also creates other problems.  The nutrients we need to stay healthy get harder and harder to obtain as we eat less. We need nutrients, all of them, to stay alive and healthy.

This is the paradox that confuses so many; we need to use up calories to lose weight yet must consume some calories to maintain nutritional health

What should be the take-home message on tackling obesity in Ireland?

What should be the message? - question mark

Fortunately, there are snippets of this speech which offer a different path to tackling obesity, when compared to most of its predecessors:

“So tackling obesity means tackling social, environmental, physical and psychological pressures, and giving people the capability they need to eat healthily.”


This sentence should have also finished with “and in the quantity we need as individuals to maintain a healthy body weight”

Eating healthily does not automatically result in weight maintenance at a healthy BMI.

It is possible to eat too much health food.

Matt Hancock, probably unwittingly, hopefully purposely, hints at an overriding concept to help tackle obesity when mentioning “physical and psychological pressures”.

Just as healthcare professionals routinely and successfully treat smokers and alcoholics, people carrying excess weight would greatly benefit from the acceptance of one word that is synonymous with treating addictive behaviours:


Getting as far away from the “substance of abuse” is widely adopted even outside of healthcare. Finance experts do not advise debt-laden individuals to “just cut back a little on spending” and “it’s ok to spend wildly once in a while”.

Abstinence is highly effective and often the best method of overcoming any abused substance, even food.

As already stated earlier, the urge to eat when calories are simply restricted is pre-programmed and enormous, This, coupled with the difficulty in formulating a daily, nutritionally complete intake of less-than-normal amounts of conventional food, raises the potential for malnutrition illness and ultimately diet failure.


Are we losing the fight against obesity in Ireland?

“we should redouble our efforts to act” assumes that our actions, so far, are far from acceptable.


Even the GPs themselves are struggling to achieve meaningful results as seen in this article from the UK “Pulse Today”:

“One in three GPs have offended patients by talking about their weight” (The Pulse)

The second half of Matt Hancock’s speech had a more blatantly positive take-home message.

“We’ll learn from anywhere…….I want us to keep learning from the latest evidence”


This important statement should be integrated into the national strategy to combat obesity, whether the UK or Ireland.

The efforts of pharmacies and their taking responsibility for the treating of obesity should be acknowledged.

Pharmacies across Ireland are offering the modestly priced, patient funded Lipotrim Programme, routinely and effectively tackling obesity and type 2 diabetes, all at no cost to the healthcare services. This must be taken seriously and widely recognised.

The evidence is there, with pharmacies logging valuable data for each and every patient. Importantly this anonymised data is fully auditable and available on request to any healthcare stakeholders, including the UK's Matt Hancock who “wants to learn”.

Maybe the statement “supporting healthier high streets” could also encompass the notion that pharmacy, with their healthcare expertise, high street location and accessibility has a vital part to play in delivering such weight management services.

Is ignorance or political agenda affecting our ability to tackle obesity levels?

Unfortunately, through many years of experience, these opportunities are often missed due to ignorance or political agenda. We deeply hope the pharmacy efforts, in tackling obesity using Very Low Calorie Diets (VLCD), are no longer batted away due to a “commercial” interest (ie not available free of charge from the healthcare service).

Patients funding their own essential nutrient intake using a VLCD, at prices equivalent to their approximate pre-diet expenditure on food or less, should be applauded especially since it costs the healthcare services nothing. The benefits of such predictable weight losses of about a stone a month, and the pharmacists’ availability for long-term weight management support will ultimately result in mammoth savings for the healthcare services.

Money pig - Pharmacy can help healthcare services make mammoth savings with Lipotrim Ireland

Pharmaceutical companies are some of the largest commercial companies in the world. Healthcare is not free; medical research is funded, and all healthcare professionals are paid from somewhere.

With the Ireland healthcare budget continually falling short, commercialism can no longer be used as an excuse to hold back valuable, effective treatment. Our health and political leaders should learn and listen? Not so yet it seems in the UK…

“We’re putting in a record £20.5 billion extra a year into the NHS”


Any similar additional funds added to the Ireland healthcare pot would obviously be welcomed but with rising obesity-related costs this will soon seem a tiny gesture. As way of example, a UK study reported that:

“the cost of treating diabetes complications (including kidney failure, nerve damage, stroke, blindness and amputation) is expected to almost double from £7.7 billion currently to £13.5 billion by 2035/36.



The figures for tackling diabetes in Ireland are likely to rise in proportion to those of the UK. There is room in our healthcare services for a much wider range of accepted options for tackling obesity, options that take a more serious approach and accept greater responsibility without “nannying”.

A nanny state approach to tackling obesity in Ireland?

Tackling obesity in Ireland Time for change

Matt Hancock makes it quite clear that he is “not a fan of nanny state interventions” and that individuals should take responsibility for their own health. The references to behavioural solutions are positive. The medicalization of obesity is neither working nor seemingly desired.

Interestingly, the take-home message from the Obesity Update 2019 was that medical outcomes of tackling obesity should only concentrate on the reduction of cardiovascular events and NOT concentrate on weight loss itself. It is beyond doubt that weight loss itself reduces all manner of health risks and outcomes, so this stance suggests a desire to limit the fight to only looking for the next blockbuster drug.  The motivation for this is suspicious.

Most people want to lose weight without potentially dangerous medicines, hence the popularity for slimming clubs. But are they working? With many 1000s of people using slimming clubs, apparently not!

Tackling obesity in Ireland

Public Action

sugar tax is punitive - pharmacy has more effective obesity in Ireland solution - Lipotrim

“Take alcohol….Let’s not punish the masses for perfectly healthy behaviour”


Is this, at last, a direct sway from the unnecessary and futile attempts to use taxation, product placement and advertising of foods in the vain attempt to curb excessive calorie intake?

The need for a “more serious intervention” in his alcohol analogy hits the bullseye.

Telling people to “eat less” ignores the notion of our powerful primeval drive to consume calories when foods are restricted.

He argues against a reclassification of obesity being a disease, but if we are to take it seriously and AVOID stigma then a disease-like state it surely is.

Even if obesity is not a disease, the consequences of obesity surely are.  The disease message would be correctly given.  It would also strengthen the reality of Obesity as a REAL problem with individuals needing REAL help. This would need a global acceptance that just eating less is not a viable option for treating many of our obese population. Not because it would not work, but because just eating less is rarely possible to implement.

Hancock’s nod to the emerging genetics market is prudent as it may well play a role in the future of obesity prevention and treatment but being genetically susceptible does not make obesity inevitable.

The issue of assigning a new definition for obesity was raised positively with:

“I understand the reasons why some have called for obesity to be reclassified as a disease. People rightly want to lessen the stigma and increase support for people with obesity”


Hoorahh for that!

The positivity was subsequently dashed with:

“But I think reclassifying obesity isn’t the way to do it…..I worry that calling obesity a disease, like cancer, risks being counter-productive and sending out the wrong message”


Are we worried that by taking obesity seriously we might have a non-drug result?

Obesity should be reclassified as a type of addiction, or at the very least its physiology recognised as similar to all other addictive behaviours, so healthcare providers are furnished with the legitimacy to take excess weight more seriously.

A newly defined viewpoint, coupled with a shared responsibility should enable the healthcare services to finally unshackle themselves from an “us and them” mentality when it comes to patient engagement, assigning a treatment regimen likely to result in true weight loss and sets aside any issues with the origin of remuneration.

Matt Hancock’s speech gave much to applaud and it is with hope that the mostly positive messages resonated in the Ireland powerhouses. Unfortunately, this bold speech will likely be confined to the fate of all the others, only maintaining the status-quo unless we speak up.

Pharmacists are healthcare professionals taking responsibility

Pharmacy is already making great strides into the prevention and treatment of obesity and type 2 diabetes (link to Obesity Update 2019). It is time the healthcare services as a whole truly listen to all parties, including pharmacy at the grass roots level.

Does it really matter where the money comes from when tackling obesity, the healthcare services or patients?

Are drug companies the only legitimate benefactors of the proceeds?

Pharmacy taking responsibility to tackle obesity in Ireland

Ultimately, obesity should be reclassified as a disease to ensure that a more serious approach is taken forthwith, but taking responsibility takes effort.

For now, let us shout loud and proud for pharmacy and celebrate the pharmacist’s responsible approach.

There is much to learn from their documented success in treating excess weight and consequently many of the disease sequelae.

health benefits by tackling obesity in Ireland
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Save the Ireland healthcare service? Pharmacy can.

The Ireland healthcare service is in turmoil.

It seems there isn’t a day that goes by without headlines reporting on a failing Ireland healthcare service. Recruitment issues and limited bed capacity in secondary care are once again taking the brunt of the anger.

Emily O’Conor in the Irish Times has written an impassioned article titled:

Emergency staff work hard enough – it’s the system that’s not working
Government needs to focus on recruitment and bed capacity to solve crisis

Healthcare services are stretched throughout the world, Ireland being no different. The systems in place just cannot cope with the demand. From consultants to the pharmacy counter assistant, work is being carried out each day and to the best of their ability even in the face of higher demands. The treatment of ill health is putting immense pressures on frontline staff, stretching the workforce to breaking point.


Ireland Healthcare service demand is immense

The demand for treating more complex medical conditions is forever rising as our knowledge and technology improves. The supply of money to fund such services is perpetually tight and the problems only seem to be worsening.

The first National Patient Experience Survey for Ireland took place in May 2017. The survey results did not paint a rosy picture; just over half of the respondents reported a very good overall experience.

If we all value our healthcare services and wish or expect a very good overall experience, we must do something to help relieve some of the pressure.

Taking more personal responsibility can truly help to lessen the demand on the Ireland healthcare service.

Let us all be more ambitious from consultants, GPs and pharmacists. From the public as a whole, we can all do more. Don’t settle for mediocrity!

Taking responsibility through maintaining a healthier lifestyle, will reduce the healthcare demand and save money. Lots of it.

Stop smoking advice is now thankfully embedded in our psyche. We are also generally aware of the need to reduce our intake of alcohol, fat and salt. Losing excess weight is just as critical.

It is troubling that weight loss advice given by healthcare professionals can be muddled and of poor quality. Often linked to the same addictive pathways as smoking, food is a vice that needs controlling effectively using proven scientific methods and not those found at the back of Sunday magazines.

It is a terrible shame that effective weight management is still not taken as seriously as stopping smoking when we know how strongly obesity is linked to ill health and especially type 2 diabetes.

Pharmacy is already offering an effective solution; Lipotrim.

The Lipotrim pharmacy weight management programme has been available throughout Ireland for many years without needing to re-brand or re-formulate.

Lipotrim works and the wealth of data collected proves it.

Interested pharmacies can open a Lipotrim account within hours.

Newly emerging weight management programmes, reporting to be Lipotrim or “Lipotrim re-branded” are false and are a mis-representation.

Lipotrim delivers predictable, healthy and rapid weight losses whilst addressing the critical issues that surround successful dieting, namely reduced hunger levels and maintaining nutritional completeness. Under the supervision of the pharmacist, any medical issues that arise, can be dealt with immediately and professionally, liaising with other healthcare professionals where necessary.

Lipotrim doesn’t cost the health service a penny since it is funded entirely by the patients themselves. In fact, the savings made through fewer patients suffering from type 2 diabetes (diabetic remission can occur within days), high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease as a consequence of losing weight could easily stretch to millions of Euros.

It is important to note that 60% of adults in Ireland are either overweight or obese. It is therefore statistically likely that many of you reading this; a healthcare professional, pharmacist, member of the public and your friends and family are all in a position to take up this call for change.

Lose weight and make your precious Ireland health service a much better place to go when you really need it.

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VLCDs compared – Lipotrim, NewWeigh & other VLCDs

At long last there is growing recognition of the medical value of Very Low Calorie Diets (VLCDs) and their approach to weight loss.  Pioneered in Ireland by Lipotrim, there are now other VLCD entrants attempting to capitalise on the experience, know-how and scientific expertise associated with the Lipotrim programme. 

Glossy packaging and excessive variety of some VLCDs should not be a substitute for an understanding that the composition of the diet formula is critical to a safe and effective outcome. 


Everyone, including healthcare professionals need to be aware.

Lipotrim vs other VLCDs including as NewWeigh, Nupo, Extante, etc.


Lipotrim has a long history and evidence of diet success in Ireland. With the emergence of other Very Low Calorie Diets in Ireland, most notably NewWeigh, many questions have arisen.

We are often asked on our Lipotrim helpline (Tel: 015255636):

“Is NewWeigh the same as Lipotrim?”

“What makes Lipotrim so much better than other diets?”.


The simple answer to the first question is NO.


Lipotrim is not NewWeigh

Lipotrim has NOT been re-branded nor re-formulated


The second frequently asked question takes a little more explanation…..

What is a VLCD?

A patient looking like asking a question about whether Lipotrim is the same as other VLCDs

The National Obesity Forum defines VLCDs as being:


“designed to completely replace usual food intake. By definition a diet is described as very low calorie if it provides less than 800 kcal per day.”


The concept of a very low calorie diet does not include any indication of composition and therefore safety or overall effectiveness. Diets often claim to be identical and deliver the same weight losses, yet a plain water fast could be considered a VLCD. It would not support life and health for very long and is therefore quite rightly strongly discouraged.

What is Lipotrim?


Firstly, it is important to highlight the brand awareness and long history the Lipotrim programme has established in Ireland.


Patients want “Lipotrim” because they trust the Lipotrim brand. They often have a positive past experience of diet success with Lipotrim. This alone is a very valuable asset and unique selling point if you are a pharmacy offering weight management support to your patients.

Lipotrim Ireland weight management programme

Lipotrim is a total food replacement VLCD programme. It is essentially a nutrient complete enteral feed.  A rate of weight loss, predictably around one stone per month is aided by the programme inducing a mild dietary ketosis over the duration of the weight loss phase. The inducing of ketosis is valuable and is now increasingly recognised as medically important for benefitting a number of serious medical conditions including Type 2 Diabetes.


Normal food consumption must be replaced by nutrient complete formula foods. During the first few days ketones are absent or at very low levels. It is after this initial utilization of blood glucose and the body’s glycogen stores that the predictable mild dietary ketosis becomes measurable, usually from day 3 or 4 onwards.  It is then that fat stores are used for energy and the real weight loss begins.


Prolonged dieting is made possible by the physiological conditions that favour the production of ketones. Ketosis is associated with the blunting of hunger levels and rapid weight loss whilst maintaining comfort. Ketones are likely to be lost by any deviation from the programme however small, and at any time. The result of any noncompliance can be an immediate reintroduction of glycogen reserves leading to a loss of ketones. A loss of ketones is often quickly followed by the patient deciding to cease dieting.


It can be said here that many VLCDs attempt to replicate this methodology, without really understanding it. It is not about shoving some vitamins into a sachet and blindly following advice from an unreliable authority.

How many calories do we actually need each day?


The calories we need are those we use.


If you are overweight, you are storing a massive excess of calories, just under 50,000 Calories for each excess stone of weight. The purpose of a diet is to use up these calories, not add many more.


The notion that there is some major need for an elevated calorie intake daily, is due to the recognition that consuming 1200 calories of normal un-supplemented foods is nutrient deficient and could cause illness.  Lipotrim is nutrient complete and therefore there is no need for large numbers of daily calories.


The permitted quantity of Lipotrim formulas contain around 450 calories for females and 600 calories for males per day. The value of calories is simply derived from the essential nutrients required for health, (essential protein and essential fats) making Lipotrim nutritionally complete at the minimum safe number of calories possible.


The purpose of a diet is for the body to use its excess stored caloriesfrom stored body fat.


Other VLCDs often contain as many as 800 calories per day and are missing the point.


There is no benefit to other diets with additional dietary calories.


It is concerning that diets containing unnecessary additional calories may even, depending on the source, cause considerable detriment.


The protein intake on the Lipotrim programme is 45g per day for females and 55.1g per day for males which are enough to support nutritional requirements.


Adding extra protein will not enhance ketosis nor improve the safety or rate of weight loss.


When we gain weight, we do not exclusively store fat. Weight gain also comprises extra skin and other tissues to support the excess body weight. A diet should be designed to restore normal body composition after weight loss. Excessive amounts of protein in a VLCD can lead to the retention of the excess loose skin etc which is quite undesirable.


Why would the body utilise the excess skin if there is a more readily available high protein intake?


We have already discussed any deviation from Lipotrim can cause a blunting of ketosis, leading to increased hunger, decreased comfort levels and risking diet failure. An 800 calorie VLCD, with additional nutrition (whether protein or fats) on top of the minimum required to maintain a healthy status, is therefore likely to also result in this ketone blunting effect.


There is evidence that increased levels of fats in the diet, even in the form of extra omega-3, can have a negative cardiovascular effect.


Body fat (stored as triglycerides) is converted to ketones and fatty acids each and every day when losing real weight with a VLCD. It is the ketones which fuel the body. Current research indicates that essential fatty acids are released preferentially into the blood stream therefore making additional fatty acids in the diet unnecessary and possibly dangerous.


Why is the pharmacy Lipotrim programme monitored only by healthcare professionals?


The medical world understands VLCDs should be delivered by suitably trained healthcare professionals and for a good reason:


Real weight loss is not benign. 


Weight loss affects many drugs and medical conditions.  When weight loss is real, a knowledgeable professional needs to be involved.


Lipotrim has the experience and long-term evidence necessary to fully support pharmacists and other healthcare professionals offering VLCDs.


Having worked in the weight management field for over 30 years, Lipotrim has amassed deep knowledge on the positive effect weight loss has on major medical conditions and diseases.


Patients and pharmacists alike can only benefit from the vast amount of data Lipotrim has accumulated over the decades. Newly emerging VLCDs do not have such credentials or evidence, especially those VLCDs operating without the direct supervision of a healthcare professional.


It is clear that Lipotrim is not the same as other VLCDs like NewWeigh, despite any claims to be Lipotrim rebranded.


Our opinion is that the Lipotrim programme offers patients the opportunity to lose weight as safely as possible using the direct expertise of a healthcare professional.

By offering Lipotrim, both the pharmacy and patient are ultimately supported fully by a leading authority on weight management.


Lipotrim Ireland pharmacy weight management programme - contact us - Lipotrim Maintenance Programme

By using Lipotrim’s nutrient complete formula with its essential nutritional composition, the levels of ketosis, hunger, comfort and rate of weight loss are optimized.

Alternative formulations are at best unwise.

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Lipotrim Ireland diet poem – NewWeigh is not Lipotrim

NewWeigh is NOT Lipotrim

Maintenance bars have NOT gone away

Lipotrim is here to stay

Not reformulated or using any other name

Ask for Lipotrim, other diets are not the same

Lipotrim is here, a diet fix

Call Ireland 01525563 6


If you have been told NewWeigh is the new Lipotrim please read this . Lipotrim is and always will be Lipotrim.

Lipotrim has not been reformulated nor re-named or re-branded. Please help us spread this message far and wide.

If you have any questions or concerns about Lipotrim, the programme or how to find a Lipotrim pharmacy in Ireland please call our helpline on 015255636 or use our Contact us page

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Type 2 diabetes remission with weight loss

Are you suffering from type 2 diabetes?

If you do suffer from type 2 diabetes, you are likely to be either overweight or obese. This means your Body Mass Index (BMI) will likely be above BMI 25 and if you are obese it will be above BMI 30. It is essential not only to the health of the individual, but also to the health of the nation, that we all live healthier lifestyles and above all stop smoking, reduce alcohol intake and lose any excess body weight.

Weight loss alone can force diabetes into remission. Please take the time to read our page on type 2 diabetes and how each of us, whether we are an individual who is overweight or a healthcare professional, pharmacist, nurse or doctor, can use the Lipotrim pharmacy weight management programme to improve health.

Read the article here:

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Lipotrim Delivery services Christmas & New Year 2017

One last thing. Christmas Deliveries….

Lipotrim Total food replacement orders (do not leave to the last minute):

Please call us to order by 3pm on 20th Dec 2017 to receive your order before 25th December. Orders placed before 3pm on 21st & 22nd Dec may not arrive until 27th or 28th Dec 2017.

Orders placed before 3pm on 27th & 28th Dec 2017 should arrive next day but this is not guaranteed.

Lipotrim maintenance formula & Caramel flavoured bar orders:

Please use our online shop to place your orders for the Maintenance formulas & Caramel flavoured bars.

Don’t forget to add any valid discount coupon codes (HINT: visit & follow our social media channels).

Orders will be sent by express delivery over the Christmas period when the shipping department is open.

Shipping closed 23/12/17 to 26/12/17 incl and 29/12/17 to 01/01/18 incl.

Normal Lipotrim delivery services will resume January 2nd 2018.

Thank you for your custom over 2017 and we at Lipotrim are looking forward to helping you, and many more people, lose weight and help maintain your weight using the Lipotrim pharmacy weight management programme in 2018.

Merry Christmas and have a very Happy New Year!!

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Christmas & New Year Delivery schedule 2017/18

Total food replacement orders:

Please do not leave to the last minute

Please call us on 01525 5636 by 3pm on 20th Dec 2017 to book your delivery and receive your order before 25th December.

Orders placed before 3pm on 21st & 22nd Dec may not arrive until 27th or 28th Dec 2017.

Orders placed before 3pm on 27th & 28th Dec 2017 should arrive next day but this is not guaranteed.

Lipotrim maintenance formula & Caramel flavoured bar orders:

Please use our online shop to place your orders for the Maintenance formulas & Caramel flavoured bars.

Orders will be sent by express delivery over the Christmas period when the shipping department is open.

Shipping closed 23/12/17 to 26/12/17 incl and 29/12/17 to 01/01/18 incl.

Normal Lipotrim ordering and delivery services will resume January 2nd 2018.

Merry Christmas from everyone at Lipotrim

Merry Christmas from Lipotrim. Revised delivery for your info

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Best way to lose weight. Most advice is Fake News

The best way to lose significant weight is by very low calorie diets (VLCDs). VLCDs have made many important contributions to the field of medicine through the prevention and treatment of obesity. They have repeatedly been shown to be as effective as bariatric surgery for weight loss and without the huge cost and serious risks any surgery brings. Another benefit is that VLCDs do not cause the addiction transfer, often seen after bariatric surgery.

VLCDs have a proven record for superior weight maintenance post weight loss when compared to traditional diet methods.

Excess body weight is reported daily to be one of the most pernicious factors causing serious diseases and death throughout the developed world. The rest of the world is catching up fast.

In Ireland alone, type 2 diabetes is taking around 10% of the entire healthcare budget. In England the percentage cost is similar, with the NHS said to be spending more than a million pounds an hour treating type 2 diabetes, a disease almost universally due to excess weight. Many of the diseases that spring to mind can at least be part attributed to lifestyle and weight issues.

Very low calorie diets are safe, very effective and well used by millions of people over many decades. Evidence on the successful treatment of type 2 diabetes, for example, using the VLCD-like “Skimmed milk treatment” can even be found dating back to 1871.

It has come to light that the bodies responsible for dictating the composition of VLCDs in the European Union are looking into the need to:

  1. Adding more linoleic acid (Omega-6) and linolenic acid (Omega-3) – essential fatty acids
  2. Increasing the amount of protein
  3. Increasing the calorie count

These “recommendations” are only at the discussion stage and HAVE NOT been incorporated into the current legislation covering VLCDs. Any “fake news” on this subject in the Republic of Ireland is just that.

What are the issues if the composition is changed?

The overall issue is the possible reclassification of all VLCDs. If these changes are made then the VLCDs will cease to exist simply from the composition change. Worryingly these changes will have an impact on the risk of harm.

Promoters of traditional dieting methods often brag about the 7 pounds of weight lost in the first week and are oblivious to this weight loss being almost entirely due to water loss. It is from stored glycogen and its associated water that accounts for the fantastic initial weight loss when dieting with almost no fat loss at all. Since very little fat has been lost, reintroduction of normal eating will just replace the lost glycogen and water.

True weight loss must include fat loss and it is a ketogenic very low calorie diet, such as Lipotrim, that can actually achieve real fat loss and significant weight losses. Dieters using a VLCD are releasing fat from their fat storage sites, so the last thing they need is an additional intake of dietary fat. There are a plethora of publications attesting to the fact that not only stored fat is released into the blood, as fatty acids, but there is a selective release of the very fatty acids being considered as a possible additional diet component. True weight loss occurs when the body is forced to draw on its reserve calories to fuel itself, and the release of these essential fatty acids follows this pattern.

Restrict calories and the body supplies calories.Restrict fat (through overall calorie intake) and the body supplies the essential fatty acids deemed essential for health.

The addition of extra Linoleic and Linolenic acids to a VLCD will not only add unnecessary calories, slowing the rate of weight loss, but alarmingly there is evidence that too high blood fatty acids can lead to arrhythmias.

Differential mobilization of fatty acids from adipose tissue’ William E. Connor,Z Don S. Lin, and Christine Colvis (1) is an excellent study with an extensive list of references.

To make matters even worse there is emerging evidence that Linoleic acid is highly obesogenic and diabetogenic.

These are precisely the wrong substances to add to a weight loss programme that already delivers proven safe weight loss.

What about extra protein?

The high protein diets are currently trendy but you have probably seen the horrific tabloid pictures showing the huge amount of excess skin left behind after a large weight loss with a high protein diet. The pictures are real!

The specially formulated VLCDs work against this problem of excessive loose skin.

Additional protein will just increase the risk of this unwanted and unnecessary outcome.

Skin after best way to lose weight

Too much protein in the diet has several undesired outcomes. Firstly, the body does not have the ability to store excess protein and converts any excess into carbohydrate. This is not very useful when dieting because any excess protein, when converted to carbohydrate, narrows the calorie gap, interferes with the ketosis that is blunting the hunger, slows the rate of weight loss even leading to dieting failure.

Excess dietary protein is the main cause of the leftover loose skin.  When you put on weight, you put fat into your fat cells, but your body has to account for a larger size body.  You put on extra skin, you need additional blood, your bones and muscles have to cope with additional weight and so on.  When you lose weight, you really want to restore your body to normal.  You need to let your body use the excess protein from resorbing the extra skin.  If you add extra dietary protein, there is no need for the body to resorb the extra skin, so it remains. 

A very unpleasant outcome. Adding extra protein is not the best way to lose weight.

So finally we get to the addition of extra calories as a possible option for the composition of VLCDs.

We have already mentioned in the first two points that the addition of extra fatty acids or protein will mean an addition of unwanted and unnecessary calories. Why on earth would a dieter want extra calories when the reason to lose weight is that extra calories are being carried around on the body day in day out.

Calories come from burning fuel, which in this case is food.

The best way to lose weight is to reduce the amount of fuel not increase it. The reason for eating is to get the essential nutrients to maintain health. The VLCDs in their current form already provide the essential nutrients.

With the evidence now showing essential fatty acids are released into the bloodstream when on a VLCD, any source of additional fuel, whether calories from fatty acids, protein or carbohydrate, is unwanted, foolish and possibly dangerous. 

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National obesity treatment programme

The National obesity treatment programme is born in response to Ireland having one of the highest rates of obesity in Europe. There is no sign of improvement in the near future and the resulting wave of chronic diseases caused by or made worse by obesity, such as heart disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes, will further burden the healthcare bill, which is already under great pressure.

Obesity in Ireland is costing the country

Costs for treating obesity in Ireland is currently estimated at €0.4 billion (Irish Heart Foundation Obesity Fact Sheet) and according to the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, this is far off the mark with four out of five of the over-50s in Ireland being either overweight or obese. The actual cost of treating the direct and indirect effects of obesity, according to the Department of Health is €1.13 Billion. 

The National Obesity treatment programme - a solution to Ireland's obesity levels?

Something obviously needs to be done, and calls have been made from The Irish Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism to introduce a national obesity treatment programme, as reported in RTE News.

There seems to be a collective governmental push across Europe to tackle the rising obesity levels by using a multidisciplinary national obesity treatment programme that includes a mixture of diet, exercise, weight loss medicine, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and surgery. If only there was some convincing evidence that any of these approaches was really effective. Most overweight people have already tried these treatments without much sustained benefit.

The UK is currently in the process of launching their own National Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) which aims to tackle the prevention and treatment of obesity related type 2 diabetes. The UK National obesity treatment programme may also be less than effective.

The similarities of the Ireland Department of Health's; National obesity treatment programme policy document, A Healthy Weight for Ireland, Obesity Policy and Action Plan 2016-2025 and the UK NDPP is stark. The claims made by obesity experts seem dubious yet again. They simply re-state the mantra of eat less and exercise more, blaming the overweight person for being gluttonous and lazy.

Ireland National obesity treatment programme background evidence - lipotrim

Professor Francis Finucane, Consultant in Obesity and Endocrinology, Galway University Hospital, said in the RTE article dedicated obesity treatment programmes help patients lose 10% or more body weight. This may occasionally be true, especially when the treatment includes bariatric surgery, but evidence for widespread treatment success this high is quite sparse.

The evidence used in developing the UK National Diabetes Prevention Programme demonstrated this is unlikely if lifestyle based interventions are used. Assessment of similar programmes from across the world showed an insignificant decrease in weight of 1.57% at 12 to 18 months when compared with "usual care". The effect on diabetes was also far less than you would expect. The claimed 26% reduction of diabetes incidence is questionable since results after surgery are not much higher.

Bariatric surgery, often hailed as the ultimate solution to obesity and type 2 diabetes, has a poor record when it comes to weight management success. The only surgical method that is reported to have reasonable benefit to diabetes appears to be bypass.

Effect of the definition of type II diabetes remission in the evaluation of bariatric surgery for metabolic disorders D. J. Pournaras et al.

British Journal of Surgery Volume 99Issue 1pages 100–103January 2012


1006 patients underwent surgery, of whom 209 had type II diabetes.

  • 72 of 209 (34·4%) patients had complete remission of diabetes.
  • 65 of 160 (40·6%) after gastric bypass,
  • 5 of 19 (26%) after sleeve gastrectomy
  • 2 of 30 (7%) after gastric banding

In this study of 209 type 2 diabetics who underwent bariatric surgery, only 34.4% had complete diabetic remission.

It concluded that "Focusing on improved glycaemic control rather than remission may better reflect the benefit of this type of surgery".

So yet again the focus of these national programmes seem to move quickly towards bariatric surgery, with obesity experts claiming a possible €56m saving in medication costs over the past ten years. The figures were based on doing a minimum of 400 operations a year on patients with obesity and difficult to control diabetes.

Where do we get the money and the surgeons to carry out the operations? With 1 million Irish adults being overweight or obese, this level of intervention will not make a dent in the obesity problem in Ireland even if were true.

Published in 2016 the obesity strategy for Ireland says there is no single action alone that will deal with the problem. Especially if they continue to ignore a treatment that has been proven to be effective.

The Lipotrim Ireland pharmacy weight management programme

It is apparent that the authorities are ignoring the efforts made by the pharmacies in Ireland over the last decade. The Lipotrim pharmacy weight management programme has been, and still remains, available throughout Ireland, as an evidence-based weight management programme. The results obtained from audit of Lipotrim pharmacies in Ireland demonstrate the high value the government should place on their pharmacy network.

Lipotrim Ireland audit - an evidence based weight management programme

Lipotrim Ireland audit - an evidence based weight management programme

The Lipotrim programme relies on the pharmacy network monitoring their patients in need of weight loss and weight management whilst the patient is on the Lipotrim programme. The multi-phase strategy covers the weight loss phase through to long term weight maintenance.

Being patient funded, the Lipotrim programme exists to improve the health of Ireland through the significant weight losses achieved, and all without cost to the state. Weight loss benefits the medical conditions usually related to obesity, meaning the Lipotrim programme has the ability to profoundly reduce the country's health bill.

These are exciting times for all of us, even though there has recently been a company passing off their new and untested programme as Lipotrim rebranded and reformulated. Neither claim is true. As the old statement goes "claims to my death have been greatly exaggerated".

Lipotrim Ireland is currently fine and well. 

And it turns out that some of the compositional claims of the new products may be insufficient to meet the standards of Irish Legislation.

What is the conclusion to the Ireland Obesity Treatment programme?

Remember surgery is a serious option, resulting in many long term health problems, and can be prone to failure like other weight loss methods.

The results to date, through traditional lifestyle advice, to help people lose weight are pitiful; hence the increasing obesity statistics.

Lipotrim however provides the option to lose weight rapidly, healthily and without a cost to the state. The programme incorporates lifestyle advice throughout and is especially effective once the weight has lost and needs to be maintained.

What can I do now?

If you are looking to lose weight please find your local pharmacy and enrol onto their Lipotrim programme, making sure it is really Lipotrim.

Your local pharmacy can quickly and easily add themselves to the network of Lipotrim pharmacies.

Contact Lipotrim via email or call the Lipotrim team using the local rate number 01525 5636.


What can I do as a pharmacist wanting to help tackle obesity in Ireland?

If you are connected to a pharmacy in Ireland, the National obesity treatment programme strategy is one that expects to support evidence based weight management services within the GP contract and primary care teams: Lipotrim provides this evidence.

Ireland National obesity treatment programme evidence statement - pharmacy

It is critical that pharmacy takes the opportunity to develop their weight management services and gain the recognition it deserves.

Pharmacy. Do not waste this opportunity to take part in helping Ireland stem, and hopefully reverse, the high levels of obesity with Lipotrim.

Contact Lipotrim today on 00353 (0) 1525 5636

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