DO VLCDs CAUSE TOO RAPID WEIGHT LOSS? DOES THE LOST WEIGHT RETURN RAPIDLY AND TO A LEVEL WORSE THAN BEFORE THE DIET?
Most dieters want to lose weight as fast as possible. The problem is that none of the traditional weight loss methods will result in a reasonable rate of weight loss. In defence, traditionalists created the myths that rapid weight loss leads to rapid weight regain and that rapid weight loss causes the loss of muscle. Both statements are totally false.
One of the best studies of weight maintenance after weight loss was carried out by the Anderson group.
The claim about muscle loss is ironic in that there is less loss of protein with a ketogenic VLCD than with traditional food diets. Claims about a loss of “lean body mass” were made because some people did not know enough science to understand that the first fuel used up on a diet is sugar and glycogen, as discussed earlier. Glycogen and it’s attached water is classed in the category of lean body mass since it is not fat. There was absolutely no justification for calling this loss of glycogen and water a loss of protein from muscle. It isn’t.
The paradox comes from the fact that when sugar is depleted, without ketosis, the body has to convert some of its muscle protein into sugar in order to supply the needs of the brain. This is a loss of muscle that does not happen with the rapid weight losses seen with Lipotrim, a ketogenic VLCD.