If you have struggled to lose weight in the past due to food choices, lack of time, or family and career demands, we highly encourage you to try our accelerated weight loss program also known as a VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diet). This is the fastest and most effective way to lose weight quickly other than surgery. Patients average 36 – 42 lbs of weight loss within 12 weeks. This is our easiest program because it eliminates the need for major meal planning and allows you to focus on behavioral changes.
The program uses great tasting meal replacements including, ready to drink beverages, shakes, meal replacement bars, soups, fruit drinks and smoothies to meet your nutritional needs and promote weight loss. Under this system you will consume five meal replacements per day plus one meal cooked meal per day.
Although this is one of the fastest ways to lose weight, you'll be carefully monitored through weekly visits and monthly blood testing to ensure your body is getting adequate nutrition and maintaining optimum health. The program is highly researched and endorsed by the American Dietetic Association, National Institute of Health (NIDDK), and the Council on Sports Medicine. (read more).
THE VLCD WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM INCLUDES:
A detailed medical and weight-loss history, including a medical history concentrating on conditions and medications that may contribute to weight-gain.
The initial consultation includes a physical exam and labs and an EKG.
12 weekly Intensive Behavioral Therapy sessions to help you make great choices and learn how maintain your goal weight.
Monthly lab testing
WHAT KIND OF RESULTS CAN I EXPECT
VLCDs deliver rapid weight loss – typically 3 to 4 pounds per week, for an average of 42 pounds in 12 weeks. Your results will depend on many factors including your starting weight other medical conditions.
How Does a VLCD Work?
When on this diet, calories and carbohydrates are limited at a specific ratio so your body burns its own stored fat for energy. Your body is put into a mild form of ketosis, meaning fat burned, is released into the bloodstream as ketones and used for energy. Because your body will be in a state of ketosis you cannot deviate from the highly structured meal replacement based diet. While individual needs very, most patients follow the weight loss phase of the program for up to 12 weeks.
Are There Other Benefits Besides Weight Loss?
The many potential health benefits include lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar levels in people with type II diabetes, lower cholesterol, improved cardiovascular health, and reduced pain in weight-bearing joints. Weight loss with a VL CD can reduce or eliminate the need for related medications. Self-esteem and energy levels can also soar dramatically.