Very low-calorie diet also called (VLCD) is a diet supervised by a health care professional that typically uses commercially prepared formulas called meal replacements to promote rapid weight loss in some patients who are considered to be obese. People on a VLCD consume about 800 – 1000 calories a day or less.
Are VLCD diet meals the same as the meal replacements I buy in stores?
These formulas are not the same as the meal replacements you can find at grocery stores or pharmacies, which are meant to replace one or two meals a day.
How many calories does one need to maintain weight?
Depending on a number of factors, healthy adults need different amounts of calories to meet their daily energy needs. A standard amount is about 2,000 calories.
How many calories are in most VLCD diet plans?
VLCDs provide far fewer calories than most people need to maintain a healthy weight.
Does VLCD diet lead to rapid weight loss?
Does VLCD diet provide all the nutrients?
Yes. VLCD formulas are designed to provide all of the nutrients you need while helping you lose weight quickly.
Should I use a VLCD to lose weight?
What is the cost of VLCD meal replacements?
At most W8MD centers, the VLCD meal replacements only cost about $2.15 cents per meal replaced which is cheaper than the ingredient costs of self prepared meals which average about $3.00 per meal.