Itrim is a network of conveniently located centers that offer a one-stop solution for one of the world’s biggest challenges. Founded in Sweden in 2003, Itrim has helped thousands of people lose weight and keep it off. The combination of well designed and personalized weight loss plans, coaching and a combined approach of eating and exercise routines, makes the Itrim program truly unique. Members join for 1-2 years. The first phase is a rapid weight loss program, followed by lifestyle coaching and exercise training to make lasting, healthy changes to the way you live. Scientific studies have shown Itrim members lose an average of 25 lbs in 10 weeks and 74% keep it off. Itrim is a community, a fitness center, a personal coaching resource and a remarkable new solution to a growing problem in America. . The 1 year Itrim program costs US$1300/€1000 per person.
However, individuals who participate in Itrim, in Sweden, are significantly more likely to discontinue with the program if they are less than 40 years of age. Participants are more likely to drop out if they receive slightly more calories (the low calorie diet/LCD) than those on the rapid weight loss very low calorie diet (VLCD). In the program, participants are given the choice whether they would like to undergo rapid weight loss for the first three months or more moderate rate weight loss. Those who select the VLCD consume 500 calories per day in the form of meal replacement shakes, while those who choose LCD consume 1200-1500 calories per day through meal replacement shakes, in addition to some healthy food.
Participants in the VLCD are 50% more likely to stay in the program than participants in the LCD group. Furthermore, those aged 40 years and under are 4.4 times more likely to discontinue the program than their counterparts aged 60+, 2.5 times more likely to drop out if they were between 40-49 years, and 13% more likely if they are aged between 50-59 years. Participants in the VLCD group who start the program with a lower BMI are 60% more likely to drop out that those with the highest BMI. In the VLCD group, depression increases the risk of dropout by 50% and psychosis by 2.6 times. In the LCD group, younger age (under 40 years) increase the risk of dropout by 2.6 times, depression 40%, and low BMI vs. highest BMI by 2.2 times. It can be said that health may be a factor which motivates older people more than younger ones, while the younger participants may find the more demanding program harder to follow because they have less free time.