LA Weight Loss

LA Weight Loss used to be a center-based weight loss program with over 650 centers worldwide.

Over recent years LA Weight Loss clinics have been closing down, and the franchise company closed down at the beginning of 2010. There are now just a few centers located in North and South Dakota, Iowa, and Canada. LA Weight Loss is transitioning from a center based program into one that is totally online based.

The LA Weight Loss clinics attracted some controversy. This was often due to the significant costs involved with the program and the hard selling practices of some sales staff. However, with the new online LA Weight Loss program, dieters have access to LA’s effective plans but with less cost involved.

Most of the LA Weight Loss products are available from their new website and they are trying to restore their reputation after they received such bad press as the result of many people losing money when the centers closed.

LAWL Purple, Gold, Red, Green, and Blue Plans

Purple Plan
Consume the following foods each day.

  • 2.5 protein
  • 3 vegetables
  • 2 fruits
  • 3 starches
  • 2 dairy
  • 2 Fat
  • 2 LA lites
  • 64 oz water
Gold Plan
Each day you should consume the following.

  • 2 Proteins
  • 3 Vegetables
  • 3 Fruit
  • 2 Starches
  • 1 Dairy
  • 1 Fat
  • 2 LA Lites
  • 64oz. Water
Red Plan
Each day you should consume the following.

  • 2.5 Proteins
  • 4 Vegetables
  • 3 Fruit
  • 3 Starches
  • 1 Dairy
  • 1 Fat
  • 2 LA Lites
  • 64oz. Water
Green Plan
Each day you should consume the following.

  • 2 Proteins
  • 2 Vegetables
  • 2 Fruit
  • 2 Starches
  • 1 Dairy
  • 1 Fat
  • 2 LA Lites
  • 64oz. Water
Blue Plan
Each day you should consume the following.

  • 2.5 Proteins
  • 3 Vegetables
  • 3 Fruit
  • 3 Starches
  • 1 Dairy
  • 1 Fat
  • 2 LA Lites
  • 64oz. Water

LA Weight Loss Rapid Results Diet

No Longer does LAWL use the colored plans, but has implemented a new weigh loss technique.

LA Weight Loss Rapid Results uses the Transmetabolic Factor which is supposed to help the body to continuously burn calories throughout the day, boost energy, and help control appetite for maximum weight loss. They believe it’s the key to permanent weight loss primarily because it works with the body, not against it.

The New LA Weight Loss Diet consists of 5 steps.

Step 1: 2-Day KickStart Plan featuring LA Weight Loss TakeOFF™ Juice.
This step is to be completed for the first 2 days and then every 14 days of the program. This is similar to detox and is supposed to prepare the body for weight loss.

la-weight-loss-support-packageStep 2: The LA Rapid Results Diet System.
Dieters are to use The Rapid Results Diet System until they lose 20 pounds or reach their goal weight. Dieters use the LA Rapid Results Food Guide to plan meals and it consists of nine main categories: Proteins, Vegetables, Fruits, Starches, LA Lites Bars, Dairy, Fats, Beverages and Extras.

Each day dieters are to consume a specific number of servings allotted based on individual needs.

Step 3: Transitional Phase using LA My Way Food Guide until goal weight is reached.
This stage is started after 20 pounds are lost and continues until the dieter reaches their goal weight. It is designed to transition dieters into eating a wider variety of foods while still controlling calories.

Step 4: Use two LA Lites™ Bars every day throughout the program.
LA Lite bars are designed to help with cravings and control in between meal hunger.

Step 5: Use the LA SmartTrim Nutritionals™ along with the diet program daily.
This is a supplement line designed by LA to supply dieters’ bodies with the vitamins and minerals that support weight loss.


LA Weight Loss recommends that dieters exercise at least 3 times a week to achieve maximum results on the Rapid Results Program.

LA Weight Loss Costs

The LA Complete Success System, which includes all products and guides as well as online support, costs $289.99 a month if automatic rebilling is selected or $419.99 if one month is purchased at a time.

Click here to purchase the system including LA Lites and Take-off Juice for a discount.

All products and program parts are available separately and vary in price.

Expensive and Relies on Supplements

LA Weight Loss has worked for many people and people keep coming back to them as the program is straight forward and easy to follow. However, this program relies heavily on the use of prepackaged processed food, special juices, and supplements.

While people may indeed lose weight using the LA Weight Loss Rapid results program, it isn’t exactly teaching dieters how to eat healthy and get the vital nutrients they need from fresh whole foods.

For dieters who aren’t concerned about eating processed food then LA Weight Loss could be a good option, but for those that want to lose weight in a healthier way, then there are certainly cheaper and better diet plans available.


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    1. Cherie Hill

      I am so glad I have stumbled upon this discussion board. I joined LA Weight Loss over 19 years ago. I was very successful and enjoyed the program. I recently moved and thought about joining again. Low and behold, I found that it is now online based only. That’s ok because, I am going to use the same will power and determination I had 19 years ago. I still have the purple plan as well as the cookbook. Instead of the Take off juice, I used Hollywood diet and it works (and tastes) the same. I also have done some research and found that the Luna Bars are equivilent to the LA Lites.

      • Eileen

        I too used the plan years ago and decided to try again with the online plan. Good luck to you!!

    2. Donna Butler

      I Joined LA Weigh loss Centers in Kannapolis, NC, I paid $300.00 and the very next week I was to go in for an appointment the center was closed. Such a rip-off. The very least they could have done was to send the LA bars which actually tasted pretty good. There was absolutely no compensation. These people give weight loss centers a very bad name. Take it from someone who experienced it.

    3. Teresa Rogers

      This has been such an emotional rollercoaster ride. I ordered the most expensive plan. It took almost a month to get here and products were missing. I was charged at the post office for shipping and taxes that were already paid to l. A. My card was charged again. It was a month before I finally received the missing product in order to be successful a month too late . Another charge was attempted on my card. I had to send them my cards statements to prove that I Payed and receipts for shipping. I waited for the product to no avail. It was sitting in a warehouse somewhere being held because they maintained that payment was due! I was so disappointed that I could not succeed that I requested my $330.33 back and also the extra charge for shipment. I was told that a payment was applied for only $259.00. This literally took weeks. Finally I received my $330.33 reimbursement. Still waiting on the extra tax and shipping charge. I feel that I am entitled to receive all my money back for the first shipment of $330.00 too. As I did not have the right amount of product and had to wait a month for that and never received anything in a timely manner for this to succeed. I am so terribly dissapointed as I had been a loyal customer in 2007-2008. The staff was extremely supportive and i never felt better for years until I unfortunately had a horrific accident and broke my back and was unable to walk for almost 4 years. It was a long and hard road back. I knew I had to lose the extra weight and did not hesitate to invest in myself with la weightloss. I have been getting the run around since February. I just want them to know that there is a person on the other end of my emails. I should be reimbursed for all of the money spent. I am entitled to it. Just for the stress and anxiety this whole ‘investing in myself’ costs. I was never offered anything to compensate for all of their mistakes. I have been treated very poorly by this company and know that they can do better.
      Thank you.
      Sincerely, Teresa Rogers Winnipeg, Manitoba, 🇨🇦 Canada.

    4. esther ramirez

      I was a member of L A weightloss years ago when they were a center and was robbed. They closed took my money and ran. So why the hell would I join an online program that was dishonest.

    5. Norm Thurston

      Looking for the Jetstarts La Weightloss had they are amazing. I Would love to purchase some..

    6. Cathy

      DO NOT INVEST MONEY AND TIME IN THIS PROGRAM. IT DOES WORK BUT THEY WILL CHANGE THE NAME OF THE COMPANY AND TELL YOU THAT IT IS THE SAME AND THEN THEY WILL FILE BANKRUPTCY UNDER THE NEW NAME AND YOU ARE OUT ALL THE MONEY AND TIME INVESTED. I did this program and it worked, however they business owner is shady and will take advantage of you in the long run. I joined LA Weightloss to have it renamed Pure Weight Loss, which then filed bankruptcy and could not transfer to new clinic(LA Weightloss) since I now belonged to another even though they told us it was the same and all LA benefits applied. TOTAL RIP OFF WILL RUN OFF WITH ALL YOUR MONEY THAT YOU INVESTED.

      • ted

        This wouldn’t be the fault of the corporate LA Weightloss. You were a member of a franchise location. The owner obviously gave up the franchise and used LA’s concepts in his new venture which didn’t work out for him. You didn’t pay your money to LA Weightloss but to this other guy’s business. LA Weightloss wouldn’t be obligated to give you anything nor should you be condemning them for this.

    7. Jen

      I used to work for LA Weightloss, I was a client as well. I agree that when they have skinny people in there who have never had to lose weight or have never been on the program, it’s hard to take them seriously. We do get training. I was not a natural born sales person, so I was not pushy. We did have quotas to meet, and I hardly ever met mine. I think I did sell a bit more sometimes because I was a client and was able to tell others if a product worked or not. I did leave because of the pressure put on the counselors. Once day I went in to get a box of my la lites and the doors were closed. I agree with the program, but the way the business is run is ridiculous! How can you just close the doors and screw over all your clients who have paid all this money for products? The plan does work, but the company is horrible.

      • Wanda

        I agree! I was a member and they up and left with my money.

    8. lee

      Hey there – Starting a facebook for LA weight loss support. Just restarting program on my own – In groups search for “Weight Loss – LA SUPPORT”

    9. pat

      want la lite bars where can i fine them or is there anything of equal to them please let me know

    10. Rachel

      I worked at LA Weight Loss for 5 years. I quit 9 months before they closed. I was a client before I worked at LA and lost 68 lbs. LA Weight Loss was NEVER based out of Los Angeles. The first center in LA did not open until LAWL had centers all over the east coast. The president of LAWL was Vaghn Karian. He has changed his last name multiple times in the last 20 years, at least 3 times while he was the president of LAWL. LA Weight Loss Centers Inc. was based out of Horsham, Pennsylvania. Calling the place “LA” was just to make it more marketable. While I whole-heartedly disagree with LAWL business tactics, the weight loss program (minus the gimics)is a very good weight loss program that almost anyone can succeed on.

      • Samah

        I couldnot afored the bars so one of the counselers adviswd me to say that I have soy allergy but now I forgot my portions for the purpule plan
        And the substitute for the lites wes a portin of dairy .
        If you still remember the purpule plane can you please tell me the portions?

    11. Kelly

      I lost 80 lbs on the LA Weight Loss plan and that was 7 yrs ago. I had surgery last year and to make a long story short, have gained it all back. I can’t find my menu plans. If anyone has any to send me, please do. I believe I need to start on plan 3 which is the purple plan I think. I remember before that I was getting the LA Lites on ebay after it got too expensive for me. I loved the chocolate peanut butter ones. Thanks!

      • ted

        For those who are looking for LA Weight loss plans as you’ve read above, they now have an online program. They will provide you with all the plans and resources when you sign up.

      • Angie

        I hv the green and gold plan, email me and I will send to u.

    12. Alison

      Thanks for the info on the La Lite Bar substitues. I did this program before and it was VERY effective. However, this time around I am not using the protein bars. Is it completely necessary to use the bars when loosing weight? I just feel like they are a tedious purchase with only so few to a box.

    13. dowright58

      I was on the red plan and lost 50 pounds 5 years ago. I would like to know what the next meal plans are after the red plan to the maintenance plan. Does anyone have those meal plans?

    14. idratherbfishing

      ayday, I’m in Canada so it might be different elsewhere but I just started with la weight loss, and if you know someone who has been on the plan you can get 50% off the sign up cost. There is no payment plan for that option however it is a lot less than paying full price.

    15. ayday

      does anyone know about the payment plan options??? i gained 40 pounds during my pregnancy, and its 5 months later and im still 40 pounds overweight. I tried to do this all alone for the last 5 months but its not working. So i am considering LA weight loss as my friend lost 100 pounds on it. However i cannot afford to pay 700-1000 dollars upfront. So if anyone has information on cost and payment plans that would be great!!!!! thanks

    16. Shelly

      Thank you Dawn. I am going to try the cantelope. I lost 50 pounds on this program but have gained it back over the years. I wish the program was still open around the country.

    17. Lisa

      I would LOVE any information you could give me. I lost over 80 lbs on this program over 4 years ago and have put it all back on. I am looking at possible surgery in a couple months and I am jumping on program to get off as much as possible by then. It won’t be enough, but it will be something. I also have a facebook and would love to see a support group on there!

    18. Cathy

      Hi There,

      I was with LA when they were in Ontario but they have since closed. Recently on another site i learned that not all LA weight loss places are closed and there are many locations still in Canada. I spoke with one of the ladies from my other site and she gave me a toll free number 1-888-338-1025 to call a LA center in BC that has taken on clients whose centers have closed down. I have to say i phoned it and they were so polite and supportive. They have sent me the program at no cost and i can order products from them as well. (and they are cheaper then my old center. weird!) I have been doing this at home program for 3 weeks and have already lost 11.4 pds. Woohooo

    19. Paula

      I lost 18 lbs on this diet but I agree that the sales tactics were high pressure and one of the reasons I left. I have since gained the weight back and then some, but I know it works. Also, I think accountability is key to it working. Getting weighed 2-3 times a week by someone that is a 3rd party does make you think twice before putting that bad food in your mouth

    20. Dawn

      Hi. My mom and I are on L.A. weight loss. I have been on it off and on since it first came out here in 2005 (I have had 3 kids – that is why I have been off and on). It does work well as I think it is good for people who have very little knowledge about nutrition because it gives you very specific choices and tells you exactly how much to eat. Yes I agree that the counsellors are untrained to say the least (at my center anyways – we are in Edmonton, AB). They can make you accountable to yourself but offer next to nothing in the way of help or suggestions when you plateau and such. Another complaint that I have about them is that I find it hard to accept advice from counsellors who are open about the fact that they have never had an ounce of weight to lose. To me that is like a non-smoker telling a smoker to quit. One more thing – instead of take-off juice at $35 a bottle, you can use canteloupe, at $2.50. My mom is diabetic and can not use the juice so they told her to use canteloupe. And so…I started using canteloupe as well – the canteloupe doesn’t know that I’m not diabetic 😉 So just eat one canteloupe on day 1 of take-off and one canteloupe on day 2 of take-off in place of the takeoff juice(Try not to eat it all at once-spread it out in 1/4 or 1/2 portions). I always lose 3-5 pounds doing it this way…more than with the take-off juice. The only weight gain is money in my wallet. I do use the bars, because I like them, but I have used substitutes that work with the same calories, fat, protein, etc. I have taken no other supplements that in my opinion do nothing but increase LA Weight Loss Centres’ bank balance.

    21. Sandra Reyburn

      I am looking for the first booklet that you get when you join LA Weight Loss. It has all the foods that you can eat while losing weight. Does any one have one. I would be will to pay $5.00. + postage
      Thank you

    22. Debbie

      I am looking for the booklet that gives all the food suggestions and amounts and also looking for the diary for my husband-Plan 3, I think. He is 6′, 215 lbs.
      Thank you for your help!

    Last Reviewed: January 19, 2018