ARE THERE ENOUGH ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS in a VLCD?
Body fat is analogous to a bank savings account. The normal currency supplying the daily energy needs of the body is sugar. Sugar, beyond the amount in the blood at any one time, is stored in a complex form as glycogen, a large molecule made up of lots of molecules of sugar. Glycogen is stored in the body attached to an amount of water that can be as much as 4 times its weight.
As a carbohydrate, every pound of glycogen is worth 1800 Calories, about a day’s supply of energy.
A diet that uses about 250 Calories a day less than the amount of Calories being used, will use up the 1800 glycogen Calories in a week. Using up the pound of glycogen can release its bound 4 pounds of water as well. A large weight loss with a small calorie deficit, but no fat loss. Permanent weight loss must include fat loss, but losing 5 pounds of fat needs a deficit of 17,500 Calories.
Ketogenic Very Low Calorie diets can actually achieve real fat loss in a reasonable period of time and produce significant fat weight losses. There are many publications attesting to the fact that stored fat is released into the blood, as fatty acids. Current studies demonstrate that there is a selective release of the very fatty acids being considered as possibly being needed as additional ingredients to VLCD.
Since dieters using a VLCD are releasing fat from their fat storage sites into the blood stream, the last thing they need is an additional intake of dietary fat.
True weight loss occurs when the body is forced to draw on its reserve Calories to fuel itself, and also releases these essential fatty acids. Restrict Calories and the body supplies Calories and the essential fatty acids deemed beneficial for health. More dietary fat could increase the blood fatty acid levels which could be dangerous and also slow weight loss.
Do not do it.
The addition of extra Linoleic and Linolenic acids to a VLCD will not only add unnecessary Calories, slowing the rate of weight loss, but alarmingly there is evidence that too high blood fatty acids can lead to arrhythmias.
To make matters even worse there is emerging evidence that Linoleic acid is highly obesogenic and diabetogenic. These are precisely the wrong substances to add to a weight loss programme that already delivers proven safe weight loss.