Lindora

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

lindoraLindora is a weight loss program that was initiated in the 1970s by Dr Marshal Stamper. More recently they have introduced an online version (Lean for Life online), and also a phone-based version of the program.

Currently most bricks-and-mortar clinics are based in Southern California, US.

Lindora – low calorie, very low carb


The Lean for Life program is essentially a high-protein, very low carb diet based on the process of ketosis. This program is medically-supervised and includes a number of other factors such as addressing psychological issues and eating ‘triggers’.

The program is separated into different phases – this is so that your body can stay in the ketosis state. The program ends with a 2 week ‘metabolic adjustment’ phase – to get the body back out of ketosis, and back to relatively ‘normal’ eating.

The 45 day program claims that you can use ‘food you can find in any grocer store’ – yet they do have a substantial online shop section that has many items of food for sale.

The meal plans include 3 meals per day plus 3 protein-based snacks.

Is Lindora suitable for everyone?

Most weight loss programs like this are suitable only for a certain small niche of people. Maintaining a successful healthy lifestyle is more than a 10 week program, and while helping many to lose the initial weight – it does not teach you lifelong habits about nutrition, fitness, and exercise.

It is far better to understand the nutrition that will work for your body – without starving any of your muscle mass. Lindora is low on calories – perhaps too low for some.

It is expensive. The clinic-based programs generally have an upfront fee of $1000. Food and vitamin injections will be extra on top of this. The 10 week online program is $249. This includes just 10 phone conversations with someone at the clinic.

These weight loss solutions are not cheap. However some people find that making a large financial commitment helps them to “stay with the program” and keep motivated.

Look for low Calorie and low Carb recipes here.

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
Last Reviewed: September 6, 2013
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