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Lose Weight

Are you unhappy with your weight?

Being overweight can have a significant impact on your health. It can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke and Type 2 Diabetes. By reducing your weight to within a healthy range you can help protect your future health.


How can I lose weight?

Evidence shows that the best way to lose weight is to make long-term changes to diet and physical activity that result in a steady rate of weight loss. Aim to lose weight at around 0.5kg to 1kg a week (1lb to 2lb), until you achieve a healthy BMI.


It is very easy to take in more energy than we need. We generally eat larger portions. Our lives are busier, thus we eat more fast foods and ready made meals, which can be high in calories. We also do less physical activity.


BMIWeight Classification
Less than 18.5Under Weight
18.5 - 24.9Healthy Weight
25 - 29.9Over Weight
30 - 39.9Obese
40 or moreSeverely Obese

Being overweight (BMI above 25) can have a negative impact your health. If your BMI is above 30 your weight is putting your health at considerable risk.


If you are overweight or obese you can improve many areas of your health by reducing your weight.

For example, An obese adult is 3 times more likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes or high blood pressure than an adult who is of a healthy weight1. These risks can be reversed by reducing your weight to within the healthy range.


Please Note: BMI is not a suitable measure for everyone particularly when used in isolation. Waist measurements are often used with BMI to see where fat is being stored within the body.



Prevention of obesity

The best way to prevent obesity is to eat a healthy, balanced diet and perform regular exercise.


A healthy, balanced diet contains lots of fruit and vegetables, and unrefined carbohydrates such as wholemeal bread, pasta and rice. A diet that is high in fats will be high in calories. Foods high in fat can include fast foods, pastries, cakes and biscuits, cheese, cream and butter.


It is recommended that at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables should be eaten each day. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables to get a balanced intake of vitamins and minerals. Eat a rainbow of colours!


Develop a regular pattern of eating and cut down on snacks in between meals. Many processed snacks include high levels of fat and sugars. Examples of healthier snacks include dried and fresh fruit, low fat yoghurt and whole grain crackers. The more calories you eat, the more energy your body needs to use up in order to prevent excess energy being stored as body fat, so taking regular exercise is very important to help control body weight.


It is recommended that everyone do at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise on at least 5 days of the week. Examples of moderate exercise include brisk walking, cycling and swimming.


Alcohol is very high in calories. Drinking excess alcohol can be associated with weight gain. Drink alcohol only in moderation and keep to the guidelines for sensible drinking 14 units per week for women and 21 units per week for a man. (1 unit = half pint of beer or larger or a standard glass of wine).


Our Advice

There are a number of ways in which you can lose weight. Pop into your local Rowlands pharmacy now for more information on the options available to you.



Celebrity Slim...

On the award-winning Celebrity Slim programme, you can eat six times a day so that you’re never far from your next meal or snack. Each meal replacement contains:

This helps to keep your metabolism functioning healthily and more importantly gets you through your busy day.


If you want to lose weight but are worried about feeling hungry then don’t be. On the Celebrity Slim programme you can eat six times a day so that you’re never far from your next meal or snack. This helps to keep your metabolism functioning healthily and more importantly gets you through your busy day.




We call this the Celebrity Slim TRIM phase – designed to deliver long-term weight loss. It’s a flexible plan which you can easily follow at work and at home.


If you want to kick-start your weight loss and are happy to include regular exercise in your plan then take a look at the ACTIVE phase.


The Celebrity Slim ACTIVE Phase has been devised to closely control the overall daily Calorie and carbohydrate intake without the need for complicated Calorie counting. It is simple and easy to follow and when combined with exercise encourages the body to burn fat leading to accelerated weight loss.* Simply enjoy 3 x Celebrity Slim Active shakes spaced throughout the day, eat a healthy balanced meal and add 20-30 minutes of moderate exercise to your daily routine.




In terms of exercise, it is best to start at a manageable level and build up from there. Walking, swimming, cycling or even vigorous housework can all count as exercise. The main thing is to get ACTIVE!


We recommend using the ACTIVE Phase for short periods of 1 to 3 weeks, to kick-start your goals. Then, if you still have weight to lose, move to the TRIM Phase. Whilst on the TRIM Phase, you can continue to use ACTIVE products if you prefer or choose from the full range of shakes, soups and meal bars.


Disclaimer: * Healthy and effective weight loss when substituting two daily meals with meal replacement products from the Celebrity Slim energy restricted diet and exercise programme. Results may vary by individual


Success Stories...

Katie lost 3 stone with Celebrity Slim!

After having her second child, Katie had gone from a size 8 to a size 14.

It is very common for women to gain weight throughout pregnancy and Katie was no different, after having her second child Katie was determined to get back into her old size 8 wardrobe!


“I began the programme at the end of April and found that Celebrity Slim fitted in really well with my lifestyle, it was so convenient and being able to eat real food whilst feeding a family was perfect! I would recommend to anyone wanting to lose weight, and get back in their old jeans, to give Celebrity Slim a try; you will be shocked at how easy it is!”


“Not only did Celebrity Slim help me, it also made a huge difference to my mum, she stopped smoking after 36 years and gained about 3 stone. Once she started to see my weight loss with Celebrity Slim and then tasted the Fruit and Nut Breakfast bar she was hooked! She lost 5lbs in the 1st week, she was over the moon!”


“I really enjoy logging onto the Celebrity Slim UK & Ireland Facebook page, I find everyone so friendly. It is hard being new to any diet, but I found all the help and support I needed from other like-minded slimmers, the encouragement we give each other is really motivating. I love to help out and give advice to other slimmers who are new to Celebrity Slim, if I can loose the weight and keep it off, I'm sure anyone can!”



Karen went from a size 18 to a 10 with Celebrity Slim!

Karen Cross, from Preston, decided to start Celebrity Slim™ when her son started back at school following the summer holidays. Her first goal was to reach 11 stone.


Karen had tried various diets in the past and had lost weight but always found the weight crept back on. She explained; “With Celebrity Slim™ I was never grumpy, I loved the meal replacements and stuck to it. By April 2011 I weighed an amazing 10 stone! By February 2012 I was a consistent 9 stone 9lbs. I have gone from a size 18 to a size 10! I am keeping the weight off and for convenience, if I am in a rush, I still love the shakes for breakfast and vegetable soup or choc caramel bar for lunch.”


Since losing weight Karen now enjoys a much healthier lifestyle, she goes to the gym and takes at least two power walks each week. Karen said; “I have been overweight since I was a teenager and I've tried so many diets but nothing ever worked. There was something different about Celebrity Slim™. I have never focused on the intake of carbohydrates previously which had obviously been my downfall. I have learnt what balance of food groups is needed in order to maintain a healthy weight.”


Claire Fraser lost 4 stones in 6 months and gained confidence!

Claire Fraser from Long Eaton lost four stone in six months and has gone from a size 18 to a 14. Claire put on a lot of weight whilst she was pregnant and found it difficult to fit dieting into her busy daily routine looking after her young children. Claire explained her motivation:


“My fifth wedding anniversary was approaching and I decided that I wanted to get back to the same weight I was when I got married”.


Claire also noticed that after she had lost weight her fitness levels increased massively. Claire had always wanted to go running but she found she was out of breath too quickly. With her newfound vigour for exercise, Claire explained her proudest moment since losing weight


“I completed the race for life this year, something I never thought I could do before! I also took up burlesque dancing; I used to dance when I was younger but at my heaviest I never thought I'd ever have the confidence to get back into it”.


Jane has lost over 6 stone and she lost it for fashion!

Jane Hutchingson, from North Wales, started on the Celebrity Slim Programme during October 2011.


She said; “I knew I had gained a lot of weight over a period of about 18 months but didn't realise until I weighed myself that I was almost 16 stone. For my 5ft 5in frame this meant I was classed as severely obese.”


Jane runs a beauty parlour in North Wales and was inspired to lose weight when a client, who works for Rowlands Pharmacy, explained how she had lost five stone on the Celebrity Slim programme.

Jane said, “As the weight dropped off, I felt that I was able to incorporate exercise into my daily routine. I now weight 9 stone 8lbs, I am finally fit and healthy as well as a size 8-10, I love my new look!”


“I found the Celebrity Slim Programme so easy to stick to and I know I will always be able to maintain my new weight because Celebrity Slim has educated me on how to eat healthily”.


Frequently asked Questions

What is a realistic target weight to set?

The key to success is to be realistic and set achievable goals. It's worth checking your BMI first, which is the medically preferred method of weight classification, based on your weight and height. There are free BMI calculator resources on the Celebrity Slim website or alternatively you can speak to your local pharmacist. We would recommend targeting a maximum 10% weight loss from your starting weight. Once you have reached your target, if you still have weight to lose, you can always set yourself a new target to aim for.


How much weight can I expect to lose?

It is very difficult to predict how much weight each individual can expect to lose, as there are many different variables that can affect the outcome. These variables include your BMR, exercise, previous eating habits, how much weight you have to lose, and how well you stick to the Programme. On average our customers lose anywhere between 1 and 8lbs each week. This is the most safe and sustainable form of weight loss.


Is Celebrity Slim safe?

Celebrity Slim Shakes are simply a delicious high protein food. They are formulated using a blend of common food ingredients and are perfectly safe for use by normal healthy adults.


Is using Celebrity Slim a weight loss diet that is safe for children?

Celebrity Slim is classified as a weight loss dietary food and is designed to be used by people over 16 years of age. While all of the ingredients used in Celebrity Slim are natural, we would not recommend its consumption by children under 16 years.


Can I follow the programme if I am lactose intolerant?

One of the ingredients in the Celebrity Slim products is 'skimmed milk powder' which does contain lactose, therefore the products are not suitable if you are lactose intolerant.


Can I follow the programme if I have Coeliac Disease?

Some of the flavours used in the Celebrity Slim Programme may contain traces of gluten so if you have this condition the Celebrity Slim Programme would not be suitable.


How can you lose weight fast if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding?

Because the Celebrity Slim diet programme is based on a reduced kilojoule diet, we do not recommend it for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding as the diet may not contain enough nutrients to support the needs of both mum and baby.


Can I replace all my meals with Celebrity Slim to lose weight faster?

Some dieters use meal replacement shakes as their only food to lose weight quickly. While this may get you slim in the short term, this diet is not a balanced way to eat for any longer than a few days. We always recommend combining Celebrity Slim shakes with healthy balanced meals and snacks to ensure you are getting a good intake of fresh food nutrients every day to help you lose weight and stay healthy.


What if I'm still hungry on the Celebrity Slim Trim Phase?

If you're sticking with the quantities suggested on the Celebrity Slim Programme and still seem to be hungry all the time, there are a few strategies you can use to manage your hunger. First of all, make sure you are truly hungry and not just wanting to eat out of habit - a trap that many of us fall into. If you are still truly hungry, try some of these suggestions:

How come the Ready Meals are shelf ready, are they safe?

It is all to do with the manufacturing process. The product is partially pre-cooked and packed into the tray. The tray is sealed and then the pack undergoes further cooking at high pressures and temperatures. This process sterilises the product, whilst completing the cooking and means there are no microorganisms left alive inside the pack. Without these organisms there is nothing to break down the contents and make them "go off". The "retort" process has been used for years on similar products and much longer for items such as beans in a tin. This means the product is perfectly safe and fine to be shelf ready.


For more information about Celebrity Slim visit www.celebrityslim.co.uk or speak to a member of staff in store today.





alli can make your hard work, work harder.

Alli is exciting news for adults who are overweight with a BMI of 28 or over, want to lose weight and who understand the importance of sensible eating when they’re trying to lose weight. If you know what it’s like to step on the scales and not lose as much weight as you were expecting, alli could be just what you need.


Alli is not a magic slimming pill. It's a weight loss capsule designed to be used with a support programme to help boost your weight loss. It’s clinically proven that adding alli to a reduced calorie, lower-fat diet can boost your weight loss by 50%.


If you want to lose weight, it’s important to understand how body fat accumulates in the first place. When you eat more calories than your body needs, your body will store the extra ones as body fat, making you put on weight. alli is an effective answer to help you lose the weight sensibly, and the alli programme gives you lots of help at every stage.   


Alli works in a unique way. The active ingredient, orlistat, attaches itself to some of the body’s enzymes that break down fat. This prevents some of the fat you eat from being digested and absorbed

Fat is high in calories but if it isn't absorbed, it can't contribute to weight gain. The unabsorbed fat passes naturally out of your body in your stools.  For every 2 lb (1 kg) you lose from eating healthily, adding alli can help you lose 1 lb (1/2 kg) more.


Unlike stimulants or appetite suppressants, alli is formulated to work only in your digestive system and should not affect your heart rate, your brain or cause sleeplessness.


Alli is the first pharmacy-only weight loss aid licensed throughout Europe.


Due to the way the alli capsules work, it’s important to eat a reduced calorie, lower-fat diet. You may do so already, in which case you’ll probably only need to make some minor adjustments – you can check your daily fat and calorie targets at www.alli.co.uk.


Before you take alli, read the information contained in the alli pack.


The alli capsule, in combination with the rest of the alli programme, helps you lose weight gradually. Losing weight and keeping it off can help improve your general health and reduce your risk of developing several serious health problems.


Take one capsule, three times a day at mealtimes – before, during or up to one hour after each meal.  Swallow the capsule whole with water and do not take more than three a day.  Alli works on the fat in your meals, so if you miss a meal or the meal doesn’t contain fat, don’t take a capsule.  You should also take a multivitamin every day at bedtime to ensure adequate absorption of vitamins A, D, E and K.


Alli is suitable for people who, in medical terms, are classed as moderately to severly overweight which means adults (over 18) with a BMI of 28 or above.


For more information visit www.alli.co.uk or speak to a member of staff in store today.



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Healthy Recipes...

Just because you are trying to lose weight, doesn’t mean that you have to go hungry.


Making and preparing healthy recipes is a great way to enjoy a guilt-free meal. Avoiding processed and sugar laden foods by creating one of our wholesome recipes means that you know exactly what ingredients and quantities are going into your meal.


Try one of our simple recipes and improve your cooking skills at the same time as getting healthy.


Recipe Examples...


Zesty Chicken Breasts - An easy delicious meal that even kids love.










Celery & Pork Spicy Stir Fry - A quick and easy stir-fry with a tangy spicy flavour.








Fitness / Training Plans...

Rowland’s offer fitness videos and exercise plans to help you work out at home with ease. Can’t brave the gym? Log on and get your training started in the comfort of your own living room.


Of course, with busy schedules it is sometimes a struggle to find time to get a workout. That’s why you can tailor the Rowland’s Fitness Plan to suit your lifestyle.


With the Rowland’s Fitness Plan you can make sure that you live an active lifestyle at your own pace.