What is a VLCD ? (Very Low Calorie Diet)

What is a VLCD ? (Very Low Calorie Diet)

You have made the leap and taken the first step to a better healthy lifestyle, so you may be wondering what are these 4 letters that read out VLCD, the acronym VLCD is known as:

“Very Low Calorie Diet” –

A VLCD or Very Low Calorie Diet is a low calorie, high protein, total food replacement that is used for the dietary management of obesity. This type of diet is formulated to be a nutritionally complete liquid or solid meal that contains 800 calories or less per day, they contain the required levels of micronutrients and macronutrients to ensure that all daily nutritional requirements are met. This is to aid in safe and rapid weight loss.

Very Low Calorie Diets can also be known as VLED’s which stand for Very Low Energy Diet – although this term is not widely used. VLCD’s have been shown to be an effective tool in aiding weight management showing a weekly weight loss of between 1-1.5kg per week, providing greater weight loss than any other forms of calorie restriction.

When you use a VLCD you are reducing your calorie intake to 800 calories or less a day, along with reducing carbohydrate intake and increasing overall protein intake which helps to shift your body towards using fat stores as a primary source of energy. This process is called ketosis, which helps you to lose more weight effectively.

When safe weight loss is achieved with VLCDs there is a range of improvements in:

  • Overall blood pressure
  • Insulin sensitivity
  • Triglyceride levels
  • Blood sugar levels in Adults

At Optislim we like to stick by the following equation for a healthy wellbeing

Calories in minus Calories out = Weight loss (calorie deficit) 

Once initial weight loss is achieved by following the Rapid Weight Loss phase, weight loss can be continued by following the Steady Weight Loss Phase and maintenance is achieved by following the Easy Maintenance Phase.

Disclaimer: OptiSlim VLCD Program is for the dietary management of obesity and must be used under the supervision of a healthcare professional.

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