Weight Loss Program FAQs

Are VLCDs safe?

Under proper medical supervision, VLCDs produce significant weight loss  in patients who are moderately to extremely obese. This type of diet has been in use for several decades and has been endorsed by NIH’s Weight-control Information Network and the American Council on Sports Medicine.*

How do I know if this program is right for me?

Very Low Calorie Diets (VLCD) are designed for patients with a BMI over 30 (or 27 with other medical conditions). If you’re at least 30-40 pounds overweight, you may be a good candidate for a VLCD diet.*

What kind of results can I expect?

Your results will depend on many factors, including your starting weight, other medical conditions, and individual weight loss program design.*

How long will I stay on this diet?

Your individual needs may vary, but most patients follow the weight loss phase of the program for up to 12 weeks.*

Does the program offer other benefits besides weight loss?

The many potential health benefits include lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes, lower serum cholesterol, improved cardiovascular health, and reduced pain in weight-bearing joints.* Medical weight loss with a VLCD can reduce or eliminate the need for related medications. Self-esteem and energy levels will also soar dramatically!*

What do the supplements taste like?

Good news here! The shakes, puddings, soups, entrees and nutrition bars for this medical weight loss program are delicious and available in a variety of flavors. They’ll help you stave off “diet fatigue” and give you the flavor and satisfaction you crave.*

How is this program different from other diets?

When on a VLCD, calories and carbohydrates are limited and your body burns its own stored fat for energy. The fat is released into the bloodstream, travels to the liver and is converted to ketones. Ketones are then released back into the bloodstream and used for energy.*

Will I be hungry on this diet?

Most clients report that their hunger diminishes within two days due to the presence of ketones and reduced food temptations.*

Should I be aware of VLCD side effects?

You may experience mild, temporary side effects as your body adjusts to the program. These include greater sensitivity to cold, headaches, fruity breath, fatigue or light-headedness. Physician supervision and medical monitoring during a VLCD are important to help evaluate and manage possible side effects and changes in medication.*

Who should not attempt this diet?

VLCDs are not recommended for children or for pregnant or nursing women. In addition, a VLCD may not be warranted in people who have conflicting medical conditions or are taking certain medications. Your weight loss medical clinic physician can assess whether a VLCD is right for you.*

I’m considering bariatric surgery. Why do I need a diet?

All insurance companies and many bariatric surgeons require patients to participate in a weight loss program before surgery. Doing so can reduce the risk of surgical complications and prepare patients for their post-surgery lifestyle and eating plan.*