A 'Low Calorie Week' is required every 3 weeks on Exante Diet for customers following our Total Solution programme (not required for participants on Total Plus). You should have a break every 3-4 weeks while following a Total Dietary Replacement programme, so a Food Week Break is required while following Total Solution every 3 weeks (21 days). NICE guidelines state that VLCD's should not be followed continuously for long periods of time. Food break week will allow you to take a break from VLCD in a structured way and then return to the VLCD at the end of the week.
As the Total Plus Solution does not replace all of the daily intake with meal replacement products a Low Calorie Week every 3 weeks is not required. However, in line with NICE's guidance on the use of VLCD's long periods of time, Total Plus should not be followed continuously for more than 12 weeks.
Customers following the Total Solution should follow the Low Calorie Week every 3-4 weeks (take a break after every 21 days on the Total Solution). They should stay on the plan for one week and then return to Total Solution if they wish to continue losing weight.
No it is an important part of the programme. EU Regulations state that Total Dietary Replacement programmes should not be followed continuously for long periods of time without medical advice. Low Calorie Week is also a great way to get used to incorporating food into your diet again. As you only need to add an extra 201 calories on top of your 3 Exante products you will only have a daily calorie intake of 801 calories allowing you to carry on your weight loss journey.
During Low Calorie Week you should continue to consume 3 Exante meal replacement products per day. In addition to this you should consume at least 201 kcal per day of conventional food.
The choice of food is yours but we recommend you select foods which are low in carbohydrate such as lean protein and green vegetables/salads for ongoing weight loss and to stay in ketosis. Further information on appropriate food choices can be found on in our recipes area.
For those of you looking to continue to abstain from conventional food then a milk allowance of 201 kcal per day may be more appropriate. This can be added to drinks or be used to reconstitute your packs.
Other options? You may if you wish follow our 1000 kcal per day working Solution or 1200 kcal per day Simple Solution during low calorie week. Please note - As these plans are higher in calories weight loss may slower or be absent this week. You may also come out of ketosis this week if higher carbohydrate foods are chosen. You should not follow the Total Plus Solution as your Low Calorie week as a minimum of 201 additional calories are required.
At Exante we like to put you in control, so you can of course mix and match your days during Low Calorie Week as per your circumstances. As long as you consume at least an extra 201 kcal per day then you are free to do some days of Working or Simple according to your needs.
If you're ready to say hello to the new you, visit our shop to order your products. Remember, you only need 3 Exante Diet meal replacement products a day on any of our diet plans.