Generally, when you are on the Optislim meal replacement program, you can expect to lose about 1 kg a week. This can be more or less depending on a few factors including your starting weight, age, metabolism, medical conditions, exercise routine and the number of meals you are replacing.
To get you off to the best possible start, we’ve put together our Top 5 strategies for weight-loss success.
At Optislim, we have been helping people lose weight for over two decades, so in our latest blog we share everything you need to know to get started:
Five Strategies for Weight Loss Success:
First things first, you may be wondering what are these 4 letters VLCD stand for? A VLCD or Very Low Calorie Diet is a low calorie, high protein, total food replacement used for rapid weight loss and the dietary management of obesity.
Losing weight safely and quickly on a Very Low Calorie Diet requires that you substitute your daily food intake with nutritionally complete liquid meals, known as VLCD shakes, containing less than 800 calories per day.
Five Strategies for Weight Loss Success:
1. Stay Motivated
You’ve committed to Optislim shakes to become a healthier, happier, more confident version of yourself. Before you start, we suggest sitting down and writing your top 3 reasons for wanting to lose weight. Write it in the notes of your phone or on a Post-it to keep on the fridge door, then recall it whenever you feel the temptation to go off track.
You might also like to consider rewarding yourself for every week you stick to your Optislim shakes program, it can be anything from a manicure, massage, sports equipment, skincare or piece of clothing. If you feel a little overwhelmed by the weight you need to lose, this strategy of taking it a week at a time and reflecting on your wins is a wonderful reminder that your goals are within reach!
2. Follow a Very Low Calorie Diet
The most effective way to lose weight is through a Very Low Calorie Diet. A VLCD is a low calorie, high protein, total food replacement diet such as Optislim. To aid in safe and rapid weight loss, Optislim shakes contain the required levels of micronutrients and macronutrients to ensure that all daily nutritional requirements are met.
When you use Optislim shakes you are reducing your calorie intake to 800 calories a day, reducing carbohydrate intake and increasing your overall protein intake which helps your body start to use fat stores as a primary source of energy. This process is called ketosis, which helps you to lose more weight effectively.
Our Optislim VLCD range is flexible, there are three phases to choose from to suit your weight loss goals.
- Rapid Weight Loss (Replace 3 meals a day)
- Steady Weight Loss (Replace 2 meals a day)
- Easy Maintenance (Replace 1 meal a day)
3. Keep Healthy Snacks on Hand
To successfully lose weight you need to make sure you’re expending more energy than you consume, so pay careful attention to your snacking habits throughout the day. We recommend consuming 1-2 snacks between your meals so that you don’t feel hungry. To complement your Optislim shakes, we have a great range of snacks under 100 calories to find here. These delicious low cal muffin bars, cookies and chocolates are designed to keep you satisfied and avoid blow outs!
4. Drink Plenty of Water
In addition to the liquid from your Optislim shakes, drinking lots of water will help to keep you full and ensure you don’t confuse thirst with hunger. Staying hydrated is also extremely important to ensuring your body can burn fat and flush waste.
Want to mix it up? Make water more interesting by making it sparkling or infusing it with fruit such as lemon, lime, orange or fresh berries.
5. Stay active
Although you can still lose weight on a VLCD without exercising, getting active is a great habit for the mind and body. You can start small, like walking to the shops instead of driving or taking the stairs instead of the life. The more exercise you do the more weight you will lose, so you are in full control of the pace of your weight loss.
As you go about your Optislim journey, it’s important to remember that weight loss varies from person to person. You might have days that are less than perfect but consistency and a commitment to permanent lifestyle changes is the key to long-term weight management.
Now you’re ready to kick start your weight loss journey!