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The Pros and Cons of a Very Low Calorie Diet

The Pros and Cons of a Very Low Calorie Diet

Not many people know what a VLCD is, even though they have been used successfully by dieters for many years. Ask on the street and popular opinion will be that a VLCD is a new type of high-definition television! Actually, a VCLD is a very low calorie diet which involves consuming 800 calories or less per day. You may not be sure if a Very Low Calorie Diet is more suitable than an LCD (low calorie diet) for you. We’ve put together the pros and cons of each to help you decide which diet will suit you and your lifestyle.

Please note that you must meet a certain criteria based on your age, BMI and medical health to be able to follow a VLCD or LCD. At Exante Diet we advise you on which diet you are eligible for during the checkout by assessing your health.  We always recommend speaking to your GP before embarking on any weight loss programme.

Very Low Calorie Diet

Very low calorie diet (VLCD) – Pros

  • Significant weight loss due to large reduction in calories
  • Speed of weight loss highly motivating
  • Replaces your whole diet with products very simple to follow – no calories or points to count
  • Explicit boundaries – good for those who find themselves tempted and make poor food choices
  • Ensures you receive full nutrition
  • Exante Total Solution costs less per day than you would spend on conventional food
  • Uses formula food which isn’t for everyone
  • Some people miss food
  • Eating out can be a challenge
  • Screening for suitability important, not compatible with some medical conditions or medications
  • Good evidence that using meal replacements for weight loss works
  • Helps with portion control while still allowing a meal each day
  • Good weight loss
  • Gives structure and guidance as to what to eat to help you achieve your goals
  • Some people prefer to eat conventional food at all meals
  • Replaces 2 meals and a snack per day with formula foods which aren’t for everyone
  • Some people need tighter boundaries, easy to make poor choices sometimes for the meal.

Very low calorie diet (VLCD) – Cons

  • Uses formula food which isn’t for everyone
  • Some people miss food
  • Eating out can be a challenge
  • Screening for suitability important, not compatible with some medical conditions or medications

Low calorie diet (VLCD) – Pros

  • Good evidence that using meal replacements for weight loss works
  • Helps with portion control while still allowing a meal each day
  • Good weight loss
  • Gives structure and guidance as to what to eat to help you achieve your goals

Low calorie diets (VLCD) – Cons

  • Some people prefer to eat conventional food at all meals
  • Replaces 2 meals and a snack per day with formula foods which aren’t for everyone
  • Some people need tighter boundaries, easy to make poor choices sometimes for the meal.

 

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