Very low-calorie diet

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.W8MD VLCD diet

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?

Yes. This type of diet is used to promote quick weight loss, often as a way to jump-start an obesity treatment program.

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?

It depends. Consulting with an experienced obesity medicine physician is recommended. VLCDs may be used to promote rapid weight loss among adults who have obesity.

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.


Our weight loss program cost $50.00 biweekly plus insurance or $130 self pay  


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