Nutritional Recommendations

Nutritional Recommendations

All Optislim VLCD products are interchangeable. For Steady Weight Loss and Easy Maintenance, healthy snacks should be introduced daily, ensuring total calories consumed do not exceed your calorie allowance.

Recommended vegetables

When you first start on a VLCD you may find that you feel quite hungry during the day. This feeling usually subsides after a few days once the body adjusts to a lower calorie intake.

To prevent hunger and to contribute to your daily fibre intake, it is advisable that you consume at least 2 cups of low starch vegetables each day. See suggestions below:

  • Alfafa
  • Asparagus
  • Baby Beetroot
  • Bean Sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Capsicum
  • Carrot
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Green Beans
  • Leek
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Onion
  • Silver Beet
  • Snow Peas
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Tomato
  • Zucchini

Vegetables should be eaten either raw, steamed or stir-fried in no more than 1 tsp of oil. Flavourings such as ginger, garlic, parsley, basil, mint, lemon juice, lime juice, chilli, chives and low salt soy sauce can be used to add flavour. Additional oils and butter are not recommended.

Avoid high starch vegetables such as pumpkin, potato, green peas, corn, sweet potato and parsnip as these are higher in calories and may slow your weight loss.

Recommended Snacks

Snacks should be healthy and well balanced, we recommend that each snack should be under 100 calories and consumed in between meals. See suggestions below:

  • 15 × rice crackers
  • 200g of fruit
  • 1 slice raisin bread
  • 30g dried fruit
  • 3 cups air popped popcorn
  • 10 carrot sticks with hummus
  • 14 almonds
  • 1 boiled egg
  • 95g tin of tuna in springwater
  • 1 tub low fat yoghurt
  • Optislim 100 Calorie Snack
  • Small latte with skim milk

Recommended Fruits

  • Apple
  • Apricots
  • Banana
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Kiwifruit
  • Nectarine
  • Passionfruit
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon

Fluid Intake

2 litres of water, in addition to the water/skim milk used to prepare the shakes should be consumed daily.

Adequate fluid intake is extremely important to ensure that the body remains hydrated and that the waste products from the fat burning process are eliminated from the body. To make water more interesting try infusing it with fruit such as lemon, lime, orange or fresh berries.