You might start to hear in the media that regulation is changing regarding Very Low-Calorie Diet Plans. To align with these regulations, we are making some changes to our diet plans. We’ve put together this blog to tell you everything you need to know about the changes.
What Changes are Happening to the 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.
This means that this week, due to these changes in legislation, we will be making some alterations to our meal replacement plans.
What Does This Mean for My Diet Plan?
If you were following our Total Solution Diet Plan (600 calorie diet plan), we would advise you to change to our exante 800 plan – simply up your intake of calories to 800 calories (an extra 200 calories each day). If you are currently following our 800 Calorie Diet Plan, you won’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.
Below is some information on our 3 updated diet plans:
Enjoy 3 exante meal replacements a day, plus 200 calories from high protein, low-calorie food (or you can, if you prefer, add in an additional exante product!)
1200 calorie-controlled diet plan, Each day, enjoy 2 exante products, plus 1 high-protein, low-carb meal and 1 healthy snack. Our choco & peanut butter balls make great healthy snack options.
Our intermittent fasting plan. Each week include 2 non-consecutive “fasting days” at 800 calories, and 5 days of healthy eating within your recommended intake of calories (2000 for women, 2500 for men).
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 exante 800 for 12 weeks, you should be losing weight as you are in a significant calorie deficit.
If you were previously 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!