A Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) is a diet with drastically low calorie consumption. It consists of 800 calories or less per day. Very Low Calorie Diets are usually achieved through liquid meal replacements that are calorie restricted. Many times an appetite suppressant is used in conjunction with a Very Low Calorie Diet. A Very Low Calorie Diet is recommended for patients with a Body Mass Index of 30 or higher. A VLCD is very effective for a rapid weight loss and helps with reducing blood sugars and lowering the risks associated with obesity. Our Weight Loss Nutritionist and Weight Loss Doctor will work together to provide you with the correct supplementation and diet plan when you are on your VLCD in order for you to achieve your weight loss goals in a quick, effective, and easy manner.
Very Low Calorie Diet:
Obesity has affected one third of adults in the United States. Sense this obesity epidemic has taken over a very high percentage in the United State this has increased the risk such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. The typical weight loss methods include low calorie diets that range anywhere from 800 to 1,500 calories a day and physical activity. Health care providers have begun to consider the Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD), for short term weight loss in patients who are moderately to extremely obese. The VLCD is usually prepared meal plans of about 800 calories that replace food intake that extend over several weeks or months. VLCDs are not the same as a meal replacement, like a shake or a smoothie. But is solely based on eating a certain amount of calories. VLCDs usually produce effective and significant short term weight loss in patients who are moderately to extreme obesity.
There has been a significant amount of studies that have shown that replacing meals with lower calorie levels around 800-1000 calories have produced weight loss similar to diets seen with much lower calorie levels, which is probably due to better compliance with diets. The purpose for VLCDs is to produce rapid weight loss and may allow you to loose on average 3 to 5 pounds per week. By doing this it may lead to about an average total of about 44 pounds over a 12 week period. Rapid weight loss like this can possibly lead to improving overall health and medical conditions that are linked to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. VLCDs may allow you to lose about 3 to 5 pounds per week. This may lead to an average total weight loss of 44 pounds over 12 weeks. Such a weight loss can rapidly improve medical conditions linked to obesity, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. The idea behind the fast weight loss associated with the VLCD can be very motivating and can create an overall healthier lifestyle. Patients who decide to be proactive from the suggested VLCD program can make weight loss improvements from 15 to 25 percent of their initial weight during the first 3 to 6 months.