You might start to hear in the media that regulation is changing regarding Very Low-Calorie Diet Plans. We wanted to be the first to tell you, so that when we make some alterations to our meal replacement plans later this year, you know exactly what those changes mean!
What Changes are Coming to the Very Low-Calorie Diet Plans?
The European Union Health Commission have been reviewing the suitability of 600 calories as an advised minimum intake for Very Low-Calorie Diet Plans. Based on recent research, the board have decided to increase the minimum recommended calorie intake. They have to decided to increase the recommended minimum calorie intake if following a very low-calorie diet from 600 to 800 calories a day.
Later this year, due to these changes in legislation, we will be making some alterations to our total meal replacement plans.
What Does This Mean for My Diet Plan?
For now, if you are following our Total Solution Diet Plan (600 calorie diet plan) you don’t need to change anything if you don’t want to. If you want to start following the new calorie advice, you simply need to up your intake of calories to 800 calories (an extra 200 calories each day). If you are following our 800 Calorie Diet Plan, you don’t need to change anything!
If you are following our 5:2 Diet Plan, on your two non-consecutive fasting days we will be advising that you increase your calorie intake from 600 to 800 calories on these days, which will still put you in a significant calorie deficit!
We will be making some changes to our plans later this year, but until then you will still see us talking about our 600-Calorie Diet Plan (Total Solution)!
Will this Calorie Increase Affect my Weight Loss Results?
Reducing your calorie intake to 800 calories puts you into a significant calorie deficit. A calorie deficit is when you burn more calories than you consume. To lose weight, you need to be in a calorie deficit for an extended period of time. This therefore means, for example, if you follow an 800-calorie restricted diet for 12 weeks, you should be losing weight as you are in a significant calorie deficit.
If you were following Total Solution and increase from 600 to 800 calories a day, your weight loss may plateau for a short period of time as your body adjusts to the extra calories. However, this should not stop you from losing weight in the long term and does not mean that the extra 200 calories should be avoided!
What are Some Simple Ways to Get In that Extra 200 Calories?
One of the easiest ways to up your calorie intake is to add 400ml of semi-skimmed milk (188 kcal) into your diet – why not mix up two of your Exante Shakes each day with ice & 200ml milk to make a nutritious, meal-replacement milkshake?
Another easy way to add an extra 200 calories into your diet is to top your Exante Fajitas or Pizza with a diced chicken breast (198 calories approx.). Or, two large eggs contain 156 calories and lots of protein, making them a great option!