Meal replacements are a clinically proven and effective measure to help one lose weight with a reduced calorie, balanced meal that is also low in carbohydrates. The results from these meal replacement programs vary based on the amount of calories used and whether or not all meals are replaced. There are two types of programs for meal replacements called Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) and Low Calorie Diet (LCD). Let us review each of these categories for weight loss.
Very Low-Calorie Diet (VLCD)
On a VLCD, you may have as few as 800 calories a day and may lose up to 3 to 5 pounds (1.5 to 2 kg) week. Most VLCDs use meal replacements, such as formulas, soups, shakes, and bars instead of regular meals. This helps ensure that you get all of the nutrients you need each day.
A VLCD is only recommended for adults who are obese and need to lose weight for health reasons. These diets are often used before weight-loss surgery. You should only use a VLCD with the help of your provider. Most experts DO NOT recommend using a VLCD for more than 12 weeks.
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Low-Calorie Diet (LCD)
These diets usually allow about 1,000 to 1,200 calories a day for women and 1,200 to 1,600 calories a day for men. An LCD is a better choice than a VLCD for most people who want to lose weight quickly. But you should still be supervised by a provider. You will not lose weight as fast with an LCD, but you can lose just as much weight with a VLCD. An LCD may use a mix of meal replacements and regular food. This makes it easier to follow than a VLCD.
VLCD diet for rapid weight loss
VLCD rapid weight loss diet is a type of diet in which you lose more than 2 pounds (1 kilogram, kg) a week over several weeks. To lose weight this quickly you eat very few calories using the VLCD meal replacements either completely or partially where you replace a few meals with these VLCD meal replacements with a few self prepared, low calorie and low carbohydrate meals.
How It Works
These diets are most often chosen by obese people who want to lose weight quickly. These diets are rarely recommended by health care providers. People on these diets should be followed closely by a provider. Rapid weight loss is not safe for most people to do on their own without medical supervision and that is why a program like W8MD is recommended.
These diets are only to be used for a short time and are not recommended for more than several weeks. The types of rapid weight loss diets are described below.
People who lose weight very quickly are much more likely to regain the weight over time than people who lose weight slowly through less drastic diet changes and physical activity.
These meal replacements help with the following:
provide the body with additional high-quality protein, which is vital to preserve lean body tissue and help protect the major organs of the body.
Help the body maintain a higher metabolic rate during calorie restriction so you feel less tired, burn more fat and lose weight faster. They also provide a greater feeling of satiety and this helps control hunger.
Costing as little as $2.15 per meal replaced, these meal replacements are not only affordable but can also help save up to 30% on monthly grocery budget as it costs up to $3.00 per meal for ingredients when you make your own meal.
Possible Health Concerns
You should only follow one of these diets with the help of your provider. Losing more than 1 or 2 pounds (0.5 to 1 kg) a week is not safe for most people. It can cause you to lose muscle, water, and bone density.
W8MD’s delicious and affordable meal replacements and protein products will help you achieve your goals, and have been clinically proven and scientifically designed to work in conjunction with your meal plan—they are critical to your success.
The high-protein nutrients help you achieve the following:
- Supplies the necessary amount of high-quality protein without the added calories and dietary fat found in most common protein rich foods. And, since they are portion controlled, they make weight loss easier by eliminating the need to weigh foods, read labels, food shop and plan meals.
- Provides a structured systematic approach to weight management, which allows better adherence to the program. In addition, the products are convenient and compatible with today’s busy lifestyle. They’re portable, easy to mix, and taste delicious.