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#WeightLoss: What is a Very Low Calorie (VLCD)?


The Exante Team explain what a VLCD actually is…

A lot of people are attracted to VLCDs because they are known for fast weight loss. Rapid weight loss can be very motivating and help you stick to the plan knowing that you’re going to quickly achieve your goal.  It’s normal to lose a large amount in the first week and then steadily after that. The exact amount will vary from person to person depending on your start weight/body mass index (BMI), your age and activity levels. Someone with more weight to lose will find they have bigger losses each week than someone with much less to lose.

But what exactly is a VLCD?

Simply a VLCD is a diet of less than 800 calories a day.  Most VLCD’s involve special foods which are usually powders or come as bars. It would be very difficult to create your own VLCD using conventional food that is nutritionally balanced, giving you all the quality protein, good fats and vitamins and minerals that your body requires. It’s for this reason that VLCD’s usually utilise formula foods. These are foods specifically formulated to meet all the bodies’ nutritional needs while being very low in calories.  These products can be used alone to replace the whole of the daily diet, like our Exante Diet Total Solution or in conjunction with a small amount of conventional food, like our Total Plus Solution to create a diet of less than 800 calories a day.

How do VLCDs work?

Very Low Calorie Diets (VLCDs) work by creating a calorie deficit. The amount of calories you take in is significantly less than the amount your body needs to function. Your body therefore turns to its fat stores to make up this deficit. This means your body runs on a combination of the foods you take in and energy derived from your own fat.

VLCD’s are usually low in carbohydrate. This is important when calories are very low as you’ll enter a state called ketosis. Ketosis is protective for the body, meaning you burn fat rather than lean tissue when losing weight.

Consuming 600 or 700 calories per day is much less than your body is used to and these types of diets aren’t for everyone. Most people can do a VLCD as long as you are overweight and in good health. Check our ‘Who is Exante suitable for’ section on our website for full details.  If a VLCD isn’t for you then you may want to consider a higher calorie plan such as our Simple Solution which still gives great weight loss but is more suitable for those at lower weights or with health issues.

Very Low Calorie Diets are very safe, they’ve been used for over 30 years and have lots of evidence about their safety and effectiveness. The National Institute of Care Excellence (NICE) supports their use in suitable individuals and they are used in many hospitals as well as being commercially available through companies like Exante Diet.

The composition of meal replacement products is tightly controlled by the EU commission to ensure that the body is correctly nourished while losing weight. You should only buy these types of products from a reputable company who are happy to provide you with all the information you need about the products and how to use them so you can have confidence while losing weight.

Exante have a range of diet solutions for you to choose from depending on how much weight you have to lose and how quickly you want to achieve your goal. When choosing which Exante Diet Solution is going to be best, you also need to think about how much effort you’re prepared to put in. For those who are looking for maximum weight loss and are prepared to put in maximum effort, the very low calorie diet could be the perfect option for you.

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