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Your intake of the correct drinks and beverages is a critical part of the Lipotrim programme and the maintaining of ketosis. Drinking only the allowed beverages and maintaining adequate hydration can make a huge difference to your diet success or otherwise.

Do not use the Lipotrim Total Food Replacement Programme without consuming at least 2 Litres (approx 4 Pints) per day.

DO NOT exceed more than 4 Litres (8 Pints) per day.

Water must be consumed in small, frequent servings throughout the day. You may find a straw or sports bottle helpful for sipping water.

 

When using Lipotrim Total Food Replacement only the following drinks & beverages are permitted:

  • Tap water
  • Bottled water – plain still and carbonated are ok (NO flavoured water, or zero cal drinks, squash or fruit smoothies)
  • Coffee -black only, with or without caffeine (as per your usual choice).  Coffee with added flavours are NOT allowed.
  • Tea – black only (no milk, whitener) can be ordinary teas (in a tea bag or loose tea) including Earl Grey, Herbal teas that are pure leaf (ie NO fruit teas, flower, berries etc)

 HINT: you may add a fresh mint leaf or basil leaf in your water to add flavour.

 

IMPORTANT NOTES ON WHAT IS NOT PERMITTED IN DRINKS:

Tablet artificial sweeteners are permitted but NOT the spoonable options.

NO lemon (or any fruit) can be added, whether water or tea.

NO alcohol is allowed

NO OTHER BEVERAGES ARE ALLOWED – if unsure please contact us

 

This is an exert from the official Lipotrim patient literature regarding hydration and allowed drinks and beverages:

In addition to the water used to mix your diet, you must drink at least four pints (about 2 litres) of water each day, but no more than 8 pints (about 4 litres). See your carrier bag for information on how to make up the Lipotrim formula and for the list of permitted drinks. The foods we normally eat are made up of large amounts of water. You will not be getting an adequate amount of water unless you purposely drink it. It is advisable to drink a glass of water before and after each Lipotrim serving. Drinking should be frequent throughout the day, little and often, not all at once. Do not change your usual consumption of caffeine beverages. If you need a sweetener use tablets, not spoonable powders which contain sugar in some form or other to make them spoonable. It is very important for your comfort to drink plenty of fluid.

Live in the Republic of Ireland? Click here to go to the Lipotrim Ireland website FAQs.

    • No, the addition of any foods and/or drinks to that allowed can disrupt ketosis, leading to increased hunger, reduced comfort and the potential for diet failure. We recommend paracetamol and to monitor your fluid intake

    • We do not advise the use of supplements etc as they may disrupt the ketones This applies to electrolytes (unless prescribed by your Doctor). The Lipotrim formulas are nutritionally complete. It may be that you require more hydration.

    • We do not recommend using this type of tea owing to the many variations of ingredients across the brands, often including fennel seed (not allowed) as an ingredient amongst others.
      Fennel leaf tea is allowed.
      For constipation or to maintain bowel regularity please speak with your supervising pharmacist for the most appropriate option or call our helpline 0800 413 735 and our team will be more than happy to advise you.

    • Thank you for the question. During the total food replacement and refeeding stages the programme specifies no alcohol at all. Once the maintenance phase has been reached a modicum of alcohol is allowed although not recommended. Please visit our total food replacement page and listen to the audio file for more information on alcohol and the refeeding/maintenance phases.

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    Body Mass Index (BMI) is a useful measure to find out whether you are a healthy weight for your height or considered to be overweight or obese.

    Your BMI is also useful to work out your ideal/target weight before you embark on a weight loss programme.

    Use our Lipotrim BMI calculator and BMI graphs to work out your BMI and remember both ourselves at Lipotrim and your local Lipotrim pharmacy are here to support you.

    Click here to calculate your BMI

    What does my BMI tell me?

    • If your BMI is less than 20 you are underweight for your height.
    • If your BMI is between 20 and 24.9 you’re an ideal weight for your height.
    • If your BMI is between 25 and 29.9 you’re overweight.
    • If your BMI is between 30 and 39.9 you’re obese.
    • If your BMI is over 40 you’re morbidly obese.

    If you are overweight or obese click here to learn more about the:

    Lipotrim Pharmacy Total Food Replacement Programme

    Lipotrim Maintenance Programme

    or call the Lipotrim UK helpline on FREEPHONE 0800 413 735

    Categories: Health, Lipotrim advice

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    No extra supplements are needed with Lipotrim.

    Lipotrim is a nutrient complete formula food and therefore there is no requirement for extra supplementation with vitamins or minerals.

    Other supplements purchased over the counter are also unnecessary and could break the ketosis, resulting in hunger, lethargy and potentially dieting failure.

    Can I take prescribed supplements whilst on Lipotrim?

    If you are taking any medication, including supplements prescribed by your GP or healthcare professional you must take them unless your pharmacist and GP recommends otherwise.

    The Lipotrim team can help too – contact us or call FREEPHONE 0800 413735

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    ARE THERE ENOUGH CALORIES IN A VLCD?

    One of the most important features of the human body is the ability to store all but a few of our most essential nutrient needs. Fat is the major storage site for Calories.

    In a seriously overweight individual, there are an enormous number of Calories in fat storage. The Calories stored in body fat reach astronomical numbers, about 49,000 Calories per stone.

    The purpose of a diet is to reduce the number of stored fat Calories. The stored Calories are there to be used. Use them. The Calories you ate at lunch may never be used, and are certainly not used immediately.

    In a person with large stores of fat Calories, there is really no lower limit to the number of Calories required in the diet, except for the Calories potentially supplied by the essential nutrients.

    What do we need to eat?

    We choose a variety of plants and animals in order to provide the 50 or so nutrients that are essential to keep us healthy. Unfortunately, the composition of any of these plants and animals are unique to them, so none of them, on their own, provide for all of our essential requirements. We have to eat a variety of foods in order to get enough of all the vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, essential fatty acids and even some carbohydrates for us to stay healthy.

    The only choice for a single “food” that theoretically has all the nutrients that humans require is another human. Carrots make delicious eating, but they are carrots and not people. Fortunately, the foods we choose to eat are usually not other humans. Most modern societies frown on cannibalism.

    When we eat enough variety of food choices we usually get the necessary nutrients. Pick enough of the wrong foods however, and even with a food excess there could still be nutrient deficiencies.

    When we diet, it gets harder and harder to get enough of the essential nutrients as the amount of food is reduced. Eventually there comes a limit, when it is impossible to get enough of all essential nutrients, even with the ideal choices of foods. This limit happens to be 1200 Calories per day. Below 1200 Calories a day there is no combination of conventional foods that can provide enough of all our essential nutrients. Without enough of these nutrients, the body is compromised and, depending on which nutrients become lacking, there can be a wide variety of negative health consequences.

    Losing weight is not benign.

    An obese person has at least 3 stones of excess stored fat. This amounts to 147,000 Calories, enough to power most active women for at least 10 weeks. A dieter simply requires a complete source of nutrients, not another source of Calories.

    Lipotrim, a modern Very Low Calorie, nutrient complete diet formula, provides all the essential nutrients in the necessary amounts to keep people healthy. The only reason the formulas have any Calories at all is because some of the nutrients, the amino acids, the fatty acids and the essential carbs all have caloric values. Of course, these must be provided, since they have other roles beside being a potential source of energy.

    Lipotrim is a VLCD which provide dieters one of the healthiest and most nutritionally complete daily intakes possible.

    Read more about Lipotrim….

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    IS THERE ENOUGH PROTEIN IN LIPOTRIM, A VERY LOW CALORIE DIET?

    The short answer is absolutely yes, Lipotrim contains enough protein.

    The subject of protein relating to storage and skin, the two most important issues for dieters using VLCDs, is complex. Unlike most other nutrients, there is no actual storage site for excess protein and new muscle fibres are not produced after puberty.

    Over the years, there have been many demands for increases in the amount of protein provided in VLCDs. Current versions of VLCD formulations may already be less than optimal due to the meddling of various committees, but it would certainly be very unwise to add any more protein.

    Protein excess to requirements gets converted to sugar. Extra sugar can be stored either as glycogen or converted to fat, neither being desirable for a dieter. This is especially important for VLCDs since it can interfere with ketosis, causing the rate of weight loss to slow and increase hunger, sometimes enough to lead to dieting failure.

    The second issue is more visible. When people get fat, there are more changes in the body than just putting extra fat into fat cells. A fatter body has more skin. It has more blood. The extra weight puts strain on bones and muscles and there are many metabolic changes.

    Can you imagine what would happen if the only change when dieting would be to reduce the amount of fat stored in the fat cells? The most visible effect would be that the extra skin would still be there.  The unpleasant photos in many tabloid publications are true, but not necessary, because current VLCD formulations allow the body to resorb the excess skin. The body uses what it needs. Adding more protein will lead to more people being left with excess skin. Other consequences may not be quite as visible.

    Read more about Lipotrim….

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    DO VLCDs HAVE ENOUGH CARBOHYDRATE?

    When the Atkins diet, a diet that seriously restricted carbohydrate levels became very popular, it caused a serious financial problem for the food industry, from bakers to farmers. The backlash against carbohydrate restriction was almost as strong as the previous demand for higher intakes of carbohydrates.

    Fortunately, the demands for higher carbohydrates have been muted now that influential people have learned that dietary ketosis is not the same as the disease condition, ketoacidosis, and ketosis has many health benefits.

    Ketosis is now being recognized as a valuable treatment for epilepsy (first reported around 500 BC) and accepted by modern medicine in the 1920’s, is increasingly being recognized as a potential cancer treatment and also a potential treatment for a number of neurological diseases from Parkinson’s to Alzheimer’s.

    Ketosis is valuable for dieters. The conditions for ketosis are well recognized to be helpful in blunting hunger so that prolonged dieting is possible. Once ketosis is interfered with, even minimally, continued dieting is often very short lived. With ketosis, the dieters can remain comfortable for many weeks.

    Ketosis is also very protective during weight loss.

    All our cells use sugar as a fuel and the brain has a considerable need for sugar. When sugar is restricted, the brain has a problem. It needs sugar once the body’s glycogen reserves are depleted, so the body is quickly forced to convert proteins into sugar. Without ketosis there is a possible reduction in body protein when dieting through this need for conversion of body protein into sugar to fuel the brain. Over a prolonged dieting period this could be harmful.

    Ketones, however, can replace sugar as the energy source for the brain. With a VLCD, the time period before ketosis is only a couple of days and the continued ketosis prevents the body protein from being lost.

    This is a very important reason for continuous rather than interrupted dieting.

    A number of people have been advocating various types of intermittent fasting. What this does is eliminate the metabolic benefits of ketosis and cause a dieter to re-start, with all its problems, very frequently.

    Another reason ketones are so valuable is that ketones are produced from the fatty acids that are mobilized from fat as weight is lost. Some of hese fatty acids can be valuable as a source of essential fatty acids, which will be discussed later. Fatty acids, however, are unable to pass through the blood-brain barrier and directly provide energy for the brain. Ketones produced from the breakdown of the fatty acids, are small molecules and water soluble, so they can get into the brain and provide the necessary energy.

    A build up of blood fatty acids can also become problematic as they are thought to induce heart arrhythmias. Converting excess fatty acids to ketones with  VLCDs is therefore protective.

    Lipotrim is a ketogenic, nutrient complete VLCD, one of the best and safest ways to diet.

    Read more about Lipotrim by CLICKING HERE

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    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.

    Read more about Lipotrim by CLICKING HERE

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    ARE THERE ENOUGH NUTRIENTS IN LIPOTRIM (VITAMINS, MINERALS, TRACE ELEMENTS) A VLCD?

    How much selenium did you eat yesterday?

    Selenium is an essential nutrient. You can’t even find out how much you ate by looking at a food composition table. The amount in any food varies from almost none to too much depending on the composition of the soil the plant was grown in or the amount the animal ate from those plants.  Some animals get a disease known as “Blind Staggers” from eating plants thought to be too high in selenium.

    There are around 50 substances that are required for human health. To be healthy we must have a number of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, essential amino acids and fatty acids, and some source of carbohydrate. How much time do you spend calculating your intake levels of each of these? My guess is that for most people it is zero. Yet it is extremely important and there is no vitamin supplement that contains all the necessary nutrients.

    As the amount of food eaten is reduced, the opportunity to get a wide variety of nutrients goes down.  Many approaches to weight loss, from drugs to behaviour modification, try to suppress appetite so you will eat less.

    But eat less of what?  All they appear to care about is Calories.

    If you don’t get enough essential nutrients, you will be ill and possibly very ill. The nutrient complete Very Low Calorie Diets (VLCDs) have the correct amount of every nutrient you need.

    Lipotrim is a VLCD which are one of the most nutritious foods you could eat, whether or not you are dieting.

    Read more about Lipotrim by CLICKING HERE

     

    The Lipotrim carrier bag – Nutrients and how to make up the formula foods – Essential Lipotrim Information

    Lipotrim legal packaging – The Lipotrim carrier bag

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    Lipotrim advice (7)

    Your intake of the correct drinks and beverages is a critical part of the Lipotrim programme and the maintaining of ketosis. Drinking only the allowed beverages and maintaining adequate hydration can make a huge difference to your diet success or otherwise.

    Do not use the Lipotrim Total Food Replacement Programme without consuming at least 2 Litres (approx 4 Pints) per day.

    DO NOT exceed more than 4 Litres (8 Pints) per day.

    Water must be consumed in small, frequent servings throughout the day. You may find a straw or sports bottle helpful for sipping water.

     

    When using Lipotrim Total Food Replacement only the following drinks & beverages are permitted:

    • Tap water
    • Bottled water – plain still and carbonated are ok (NO flavoured water, or zero cal drinks, squash or fruit smoothies)
    • Coffee -black only, with or without caffeine (as per your usual choice).  Coffee with added flavours are NOT allowed.
    • Tea – black only (no milk, whitener) can be ordinary teas (in a tea bag or loose tea) including Earl Grey, Herbal teas that are pure leaf (ie NO fruit teas, flower, berries etc)

     HINT: you may add a fresh mint leaf or basil leaf in your water to add flavour.

     

    IMPORTANT NOTES ON WHAT IS NOT PERMITTED IN DRINKS:

    Tablet artificial sweeteners are permitted but NOT the spoonable options.

    NO lemon (or any fruit) can be added, whether water or tea.

    NO alcohol is allowed

    NO OTHER BEVERAGES ARE ALLOWED – if unsure please contact us

     

    This is an exert from the official Lipotrim patient literature regarding hydration and allowed drinks and beverages:

    In addition to the water used to mix your diet, you must drink at least four pints (about 2 litres) of water each day, but no more than 8 pints (about 4 litres). See your carrier bag for information on how to make up the Lipotrim formula and for the list of permitted drinks. The foods we normally eat are made up of large amounts of water. You will not be getting an adequate amount of water unless you purposely drink it. It is advisable to drink a glass of water before and after each Lipotrim serving. Drinking should be frequent throughout the day, little and often, not all at once. Do not change your usual consumption of caffeine beverages. If you need a sweetener use tablets, not spoonable powders which contain sugar in some form or other to make them spoonable. It is very important for your comfort to drink plenty of fluid.

    Live in the Republic of Ireland? Click here to go to the Lipotrim Ireland website FAQs.

    • No, the addition of any foods and/or drinks to that allowed can disrupt ketosis, leading to increased hunger, reduced comfort and the potential for diet failure. We recommend paracetamol and to monitor your fluid intake

    • We do not advise the use of supplements etc as they may disrupt the ketones This applies to electrolytes (unless prescribed by your Doctor). The Lipotrim formulas are nutritionally complete. It may be that you require more hydration.

    • We do not recommend using this type of tea owing to the many variations of ingredients across the brands, often including fennel seed (not allowed) as an ingredient amongst others.
      Fennel leaf tea is allowed.
      For constipation or to maintain bowel regularity please speak with your supervising pharmacist for the most appropriate option or call our helpline 0800 413 735 and our team will be more than happy to advise you.

    • Thank you for the question. During the total food replacement and refeeding stages the programme specifies no alcohol at all. Once the maintenance phase has been reached a modicum of alcohol is allowed although not recommended. Please visit our total food replacement page and listen to the audio file for more information on alcohol and the refeeding/maintenance phases.

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    No extra supplements are needed with Lipotrim.

    Lipotrim is a nutrient complete formula food and therefore there is no requirement for extra supplementation with vitamins or minerals.

    Other supplements purchased over the counter are also unnecessary and could break the ketosis, resulting in hunger, lethargy and potentially dieting failure.

    Can I take prescribed supplements whilst on Lipotrim?

    If you are taking any medication, including supplements prescribed by your GP or healthcare professional you must take them unless your pharmacist and GP recommends otherwise.

    The Lipotrim team can help too – contact us or call FREEPHONE 0800 413735

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published.

    Body Mass Index (BMI) is a useful measure to find out whether you are a healthy weight for your height or considered to be overweight or obese.

    Your BMI is also useful to work out your ideal/target weight before you embark on a weight loss programme.

    Use our Lipotrim BMI calculator and BMI graphs to work out your BMI and remember both ourselves at Lipotrim and your local Lipotrim pharmacy are here to support you.

    Click here to calculate your BMI

    What does my BMI tell me?

    • If your BMI is less than 20 you are underweight for your height.
    • If your BMI is between 20 and 24.9 you’re an ideal weight for your height.
    • If your BMI is between 25 and 29.9 you’re overweight.
    • If your BMI is between 30 and 39.9 you’re obese.
    • If your BMI is over 40 you’re morbidly obese.

    If you are overweight or obese click here to learn more about the:

    Lipotrim Pharmacy Total Food Replacement Programme

    Lipotrim Maintenance Programme

    or call the Lipotrim UK helpline on FREEPHONE 0800 413 735

    Categories: Health, Lipotrim advice

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    ARE THERE ENOUGH CALORIES IN A VLCD?

    One of the most important features of the human body is the ability to store all but a few of our most essential nutrient needs. Fat is the major storage site for Calories.

    In a seriously overweight individual, there are an enormous number of Calories in fat storage. The Calories stored in body fat reach astronomical numbers, about 49,000 Calories per stone.

    The purpose of a diet is to reduce the number of stored fat Calories. The stored Calories are there to be used. Use them. The Calories you ate at lunch may never be used, and are certainly not used immediately.

    In a person with large stores of fat Calories, there is really no lower limit to the number of Calories required in the diet, except for the Calories potentially supplied by the essential nutrients.

    What do we need to eat?

    We choose a variety of plants and animals in order to provide the 50 or so nutrients that are essential to keep us healthy. Unfortunately, the composition of any of these plants and animals are unique to them, so none of them, on their own, provide for all of our essential requirements. We have to eat a variety of foods in order to get enough of all the vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, essential fatty acids and even some carbohydrates for us to stay healthy.

    The only choice for a single “food” that theoretically has all the nutrients that humans require is another human. Carrots make delicious eating, but they are carrots and not people. Fortunately, the foods we choose to eat are usually not other humans. Most modern societies frown on cannibalism.

    When we eat enough variety of food choices we usually get the necessary nutrients. Pick enough of the wrong foods however, and even with a food excess there could still be nutrient deficiencies.

    When we diet, it gets harder and harder to get enough of the essential nutrients as the amount of food is reduced. Eventually there comes a limit, when it is impossible to get enough of all essential nutrients, even with the ideal choices of foods. This limit happens to be 1200 Calories per day. Below 1200 Calories a day there is no combination of conventional foods that can provide enough of all our essential nutrients. Without enough of these nutrients, the body is compromised and, depending on which nutrients become lacking, there can be a wide variety of negative health consequences.

    Losing weight is not benign.

    An obese person has at least 3 stones of excess stored fat. This amounts to 147,000 Calories, enough to power most active women for at least 10 weeks. A dieter simply requires a complete source of nutrients, not another source of Calories.

    Lipotrim, a modern Very Low Calorie, nutrient complete diet formula, provides all the essential nutrients in the necessary amounts to keep people healthy. The only reason the formulas have any Calories at all is because some of the nutrients, the amino acids, the fatty acids and the essential carbs all have caloric values. Of course, these must be provided, since they have other roles beside being a potential source of energy.

    Lipotrim is a VLCD which provide dieters one of the healthiest and most nutritionally complete daily intakes possible.

    Read more about Lipotrim….

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    IS THERE ENOUGH PROTEIN IN LIPOTRIM, A VERY LOW CALORIE DIET?

    The short answer is absolutely yes, Lipotrim contains enough protein.

    The subject of protein relating to storage and skin, the two most important issues for dieters using VLCDs, is complex. Unlike most other nutrients, there is no actual storage site for excess protein and new muscle fibres are not produced after puberty.

    Over the years, there have been many demands for increases in the amount of protein provided in VLCDs. Current versions of VLCD formulations may already be less than optimal due to the meddling of various committees, but it would certainly be very unwise to add any more protein.

    Protein excess to requirements gets converted to sugar. Extra sugar can be stored either as glycogen or converted to fat, neither being desirable for a dieter. This is especially important for VLCDs since it can interfere with ketosis, causing the rate of weight loss to slow and increase hunger, sometimes enough to lead to dieting failure.

    The second issue is more visible. When people get fat, there are more changes in the body than just putting extra fat into fat cells. A fatter body has more skin. It has more blood. The extra weight puts strain on bones and muscles and there are many metabolic changes.

    Can you imagine what would happen if the only change when dieting would be to reduce the amount of fat stored in the fat cells? The most visible effect would be that the extra skin would still be there.  The unpleasant photos in many tabloid publications are true, but not necessary, because current VLCD formulations allow the body to resorb the excess skin. The body uses what it needs. Adding more protein will lead to more people being left with excess skin. Other consequences may not be quite as visible.

    Read more about Lipotrim….

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    Your email address will not be published.

    DO VLCDs HAVE ENOUGH CARBOHYDRATE?

    When the Atkins diet, a diet that seriously restricted carbohydrate levels became very popular, it caused a serious financial problem for the food industry, from bakers to farmers. The backlash against carbohydrate restriction was almost as strong as the previous demand for higher intakes of carbohydrates.

    Fortunately, the demands for higher carbohydrates have been muted now that influential people have learned that dietary ketosis is not the same as the disease condition, ketoacidosis, and ketosis has many health benefits.

    Ketosis is now being recognized as a valuable treatment for epilepsy (first reported around 500 BC) and accepted by modern medicine in the 1920’s, is increasingly being recognized as a potential cancer treatment and also a potential treatment for a number of neurological diseases from Parkinson’s to Alzheimer’s.

    Ketosis is valuable for dieters. The conditions for ketosis are well recognized to be helpful in blunting hunger so that prolonged dieting is possible. Once ketosis is interfered with, even minimally, continued dieting is often very short lived. With ketosis, the dieters can remain comfortable for many weeks.

    Ketosis is also very protective during weight loss.

    All our cells use sugar as a fuel and the brain has a considerable need for sugar. When sugar is restricted, the brain has a problem. It needs sugar once the body’s glycogen reserves are depleted, so the body is quickly forced to convert proteins into sugar. Without ketosis there is a possible reduction in body protein when dieting through this need for conversion of body protein into sugar to fuel the brain. Over a prolonged dieting period this could be harmful.

    Ketones, however, can replace sugar as the energy source for the brain. With a VLCD, the time period before ketosis is only a couple of days and the continued ketosis prevents the body protein from being lost.

    This is a very important reason for continuous rather than interrupted dieting.

    A number of people have been advocating various types of intermittent fasting. What this does is eliminate the metabolic benefits of ketosis and cause a dieter to re-start, with all its problems, very frequently.

    Another reason ketones are so valuable is that ketones are produced from the fatty acids that are mobilized from fat as weight is lost. Some of hese fatty acids can be valuable as a source of essential fatty acids, which will be discussed later. Fatty acids, however, are unable to pass through the blood-brain barrier and directly provide energy for the brain. Ketones produced from the breakdown of the fatty acids, are small molecules and water soluble, so they can get into the brain and provide the necessary energy.

    A build up of blood fatty acids can also become problematic as they are thought to induce heart arrhythmias. Converting excess fatty acids to ketones with  VLCDs is therefore protective.

    Lipotrim is a ketogenic, nutrient complete VLCD, one of the best and safest ways to diet.

    Read more about Lipotrim by CLICKING HERE

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    IS THERE PUBLISHED EVIDENCE ON THE SAFETY AND EFFICACY OF VLCDs?

    There is so much published evidence about the safety and efficacy of VLCDs that publishers reject new data on the basis that it is so well known that no one cares.

    A proper search of the literature will bring up many hundreds of peer reviewed publications, but these can be made invisible if the correct criteria is not used in the search.

    The search criteria often used is to limit the publications to those studied that are placebo controlled and double blind. Since it is not possible to offer study subjects a formula diet without them knowing what they are eating, there are none that turn up in the search.

    Please visit our Lipotrim Publications Page to read more on the subject of Lipotrim and its safety and efficacy

    A partial reference list containing hundreds of papers related to VLCDs is available upon request: Contact Lipotrim here

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    No extra supplements are needed with Lipotrim.

    Lipotrim is a nutrient complete formula food and therefore there is no requirement for extra supplementation with vitamins or minerals.

    Other supplements purchased over the counter are also unnecessary and could break the ketosis, resulting in hunger, lethargy and potentially dieting failure.

    Can I take prescribed supplements whilst on Lipotrim?

    If you are taking any medication, including supplements prescribed by your GP or healthcare professional you must take them unless your pharmacist and GP recommends otherwise.

    The Lipotrim team can help too – contact us or call FREEPHONE 0800 413735

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published.

    ARE THERE ENOUGH CALORIES IN A VLCD?

    One of the most important features of the human body is the ability to store all but a few of our most essential nutrient needs. Fat is the major storage site for Calories.

    In a seriously overweight individual, there are an enormous number of Calories in fat storage. The Calories stored in body fat reach astronomical numbers, about 49,000 Calories per stone.

    The purpose of a diet is to reduce the number of stored fat Calories. The stored Calories are there to be used. Use them. The Calories you ate at lunch may never be used, and are certainly not used immediately.

    In a person with large stores of fat Calories, there is really no lower limit to the number of Calories required in the diet, except for the Calories potentially supplied by the essential nutrients.

    What do we need to eat?

    We choose a variety of plants and animals in order to provide the 50 or so nutrients that are essential to keep us healthy. Unfortunately, the composition of any of these plants and animals are unique to them, so none of them, on their own, provide for all of our essential requirements. We have to eat a variety of foods in order to get enough of all the vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, essential fatty acids and even some carbohydrates for us to stay healthy.

    The only choice for a single “food” that theoretically has all the nutrients that humans require is another human. Carrots make delicious eating, but they are carrots and not people. Fortunately, the foods we choose to eat are usually not other humans. Most modern societies frown on cannibalism.

    When we eat enough variety of food choices we usually get the necessary nutrients. Pick enough of the wrong foods however, and even with a food excess there could still be nutrient deficiencies.

    When we diet, it gets harder and harder to get enough of the essential nutrients as the amount of food is reduced. Eventually there comes a limit, when it is impossible to get enough of all essential nutrients, even with the ideal choices of foods. This limit happens to be 1200 Calories per day. Below 1200 Calories a day there is no combination of conventional foods that can provide enough of all our essential nutrients. Without enough of these nutrients, the body is compromised and, depending on which nutrients become lacking, there can be a wide variety of negative health consequences.

    Losing weight is not benign.

    An obese person has at least 3 stones of excess stored fat. This amounts to 147,000 Calories, enough to power most active women for at least 10 weeks. A dieter simply requires a complete source of nutrients, not another source of Calories.

    Lipotrim, a modern Very Low Calorie, nutrient complete diet formula, provides all the essential nutrients in the necessary amounts to keep people healthy. The only reason the formulas have any Calories at all is because some of the nutrients, the amino acids, the fatty acids and the essential carbs all have caloric values. Of course, these must be provided, since they have other roles beside being a potential source of energy.

    Lipotrim is a VLCD which provide dieters one of the healthiest and most nutritionally complete daily intakes possible.

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    IS THERE ENOUGH PROTEIN IN LIPOTRIM, A VERY LOW CALORIE DIET?

    The short answer is absolutely yes, Lipotrim contains enough protein.

    The subject of protein relating to storage and skin, the two most important issues for dieters using VLCDs, is complex. Unlike most other nutrients, there is no actual storage site for excess protein and new muscle fibres are not produced after puberty.

    Over the years, there have been many demands for increases in the amount of protein provided in VLCDs. Current versions of VLCD formulations may already be less than optimal due to the meddling of various committees, but it would certainly be very unwise to add any more protein.

    Protein excess to requirements gets converted to sugar. Extra sugar can be stored either as glycogen or converted to fat, neither being desirable for a dieter. This is especially important for VLCDs since it can interfere with ketosis, causing the rate of weight loss to slow and increase hunger, sometimes enough to lead to dieting failure.

    The second issue is more visible. When people get fat, there are more changes in the body than just putting extra fat into fat cells. A fatter body has more skin. It has more blood. The extra weight puts strain on bones and muscles and there are many metabolic changes.

    Can you imagine what would happen if the only change when dieting would be to reduce the amount of fat stored in the fat cells? The most visible effect would be that the extra skin would still be there.  The unpleasant photos in many tabloid publications are true, but not necessary, because current VLCD formulations allow the body to resorb the excess skin. The body uses what it needs. Adding more protein will lead to more people being left with excess skin. Other consequences may not be quite as visible.

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    DO VLCDs HAVE ENOUGH CARBOHYDRATE?

    When the Atkins diet, a diet that seriously restricted carbohydrate levels became very popular, it caused a serious financial problem for the food industry, from bakers to farmers. The backlash against carbohydrate restriction was almost as strong as the previous demand for higher intakes of carbohydrates.

    Fortunately, the demands for higher carbohydrates have been muted now that influential people have learned that dietary ketosis is not the same as the disease condition, ketoacidosis, and ketosis has many health benefits.

    Ketosis is now being recognized as a valuable treatment for epilepsy (first reported around 500 BC) and accepted by modern medicine in the 1920’s, is increasingly being recognized as a potential cancer treatment and also a potential treatment for a number of neurological diseases from Parkinson’s to Alzheimer’s.

    Ketosis is valuable for dieters. The conditions for ketosis are well recognized to be helpful in blunting hunger so that prolonged dieting is possible. Once ketosis is interfered with, even minimally, continued dieting is often very short lived. With ketosis, the dieters can remain comfortable for many weeks.

    Ketosis is also very protective during weight loss.

    All our cells use sugar as a fuel and the brain has a considerable need for sugar. When sugar is restricted, the brain has a problem. It needs sugar once the body’s glycogen reserves are depleted, so the body is quickly forced to convert proteins into sugar. Without ketosis there is a possible reduction in body protein when dieting through this need for conversion of body protein into sugar to fuel the brain. Over a prolonged dieting period this could be harmful.

    Ketones, however, can replace sugar as the energy source for the brain. With a VLCD, the time period before ketosis is only a couple of days and the continued ketosis prevents the body protein from being lost.

    This is a very important reason for continuous rather than interrupted dieting.

    A number of people have been advocating various types of intermittent fasting. What this does is eliminate the metabolic benefits of ketosis and cause a dieter to re-start, with all its problems, very frequently.

    Another reason ketones are so valuable is that ketones are produced from the fatty acids that are mobilized from fat as weight is lost. Some of hese fatty acids can be valuable as a source of essential fatty acids, which will be discussed later. Fatty acids, however, are unable to pass through the blood-brain barrier and directly provide energy for the brain. Ketones produced from the breakdown of the fatty acids, are small molecules and water soluble, so they can get into the brain and provide the necessary energy.

    A build up of blood fatty acids can also become problematic as they are thought to induce heart arrhythmias. Converting excess fatty acids to ketones with  VLCDs is therefore protective.

    Lipotrim is a ketogenic, nutrient complete VLCD, one of the best and safest ways to diet.

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    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.

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    ARE THERE ENOUGH NUTRIENTS IN LIPOTRIM (VITAMINS, MINERALS, TRACE ELEMENTS) A VLCD?

    How much selenium did you eat yesterday?

    Selenium is an essential nutrient. You can’t even find out how much you ate by looking at a food composition table. The amount in any food varies from almost none to too much depending on the composition of the soil the plant was grown in or the amount the animal ate from those plants.  Some animals get a disease known as “Blind Staggers” from eating plants thought to be too high in selenium.

    There are around 50 substances that are required for human health. To be healthy we must have a number of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, essential amino acids and fatty acids, and some source of carbohydrate. How much time do you spend calculating your intake levels of each of these? My guess is that for most people it is zero. Yet it is extremely important and there is no vitamin supplement that contains all the necessary nutrients.

    As the amount of food eaten is reduced, the opportunity to get a wide variety of nutrients goes down.  Many approaches to weight loss, from drugs to behaviour modification, try to suppress appetite so you will eat less.

    But eat less of what?  All they appear to care about is Calories.

    If you don’t get enough essential nutrients, you will be ill and possibly very ill. The nutrient complete Very Low Calorie Diets (VLCDs) have the correct amount of every nutrient you need.

    Lipotrim is a VLCD which are one of the most nutritious foods you could eat, whether or not you are dieting.

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    The Lipotrim carrier bag – Nutrients and how to make up the formula foods – Essential Lipotrim Information

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    Your intake of the correct drinks and beverages is a critical part of the Lipotrim programme and the maintaining of ketosis. Drinking only the allowed beverages and maintaining adequate hydration can make a huge difference to your diet success or otherwise.

    Do not use the Lipotrim Total Food Replacement Programme without consuming at least 2 Litres (approx 4 Pints) per day.

    DO NOT exceed more than 4 Litres (8 Pints) per day.

    Water must be consumed in small, frequent servings throughout the day. You may find a straw or sports bottle helpful for sipping water.

     

    When using Lipotrim Total Food Replacement only the following drinks & beverages are permitted:

    • Tap water
    • Bottled water – plain still and carbonated are ok (NO flavoured water, or zero cal drinks, squash or fruit smoothies)
    • Coffee -black only, with or without caffeine (as per your usual choice).  Coffee with added flavours are NOT allowed.
    • Tea – black only (no milk, whitener) can be ordinary teas (in a tea bag or loose tea) including Earl Grey, Herbal teas that are pure leaf (ie NO fruit teas, flower, berries etc)

     HINT: you may add a fresh mint leaf or basil leaf in your water to add flavour.

     

    IMPORTANT NOTES ON WHAT IS NOT PERMITTED IN DRINKS:

    Tablet artificial sweeteners are permitted but NOT the spoonable options.

    NO lemon (or any fruit) can be added, whether water or tea.

    NO alcohol is allowed

    NO OTHER BEVERAGES ARE ALLOWED – if unsure please contact us

     

    This is an exert from the official Lipotrim patient literature regarding hydration and allowed drinks and beverages:

    In addition to the water used to mix your diet, you must drink at least four pints (about 2 litres) of water each day, but no more than 8 pints (about 4 litres). See your carrier bag for information on how to make up the Lipotrim formula and for the list of permitted drinks. The foods we normally eat are made up of large amounts of water. You will not be getting an adequate amount of water unless you purposely drink it. It is advisable to drink a glass of water before and after each Lipotrim serving. Drinking should be frequent throughout the day, little and often, not all at once. Do not change your usual consumption of caffeine beverages. If you need a sweetener use tablets, not spoonable powders which contain sugar in some form or other to make them spoonable. It is very important for your comfort to drink plenty of fluid.

    Live in the Republic of Ireland? Click here to go to the Lipotrim Ireland website FAQs.

    • No, the addition of any foods and/or drinks to that allowed can disrupt ketosis, leading to increased hunger, reduced comfort and the potential for diet failure. We recommend paracetamol and to monitor your fluid intake

    • We do not advise the use of supplements etc as they may disrupt the ketones This applies to electrolytes (unless prescribed by your Doctor). The Lipotrim formulas are nutritionally complete. It may be that you require more hydration.

    • We do not recommend using this type of tea owing to the many variations of ingredients across the brands, often including fennel seed (not allowed) as an ingredient amongst others.
      Fennel leaf tea is allowed.
      For constipation or to maintain bowel regularity please speak with your supervising pharmacist for the most appropriate option or call our helpline 0800 413 735 and our team will be more than happy to advise you.

    • Thank you for the question. During the total food replacement and refeeding stages the programme specifies no alcohol at all. Once the maintenance phase has been reached a modicum of alcohol is allowed although not recommended. Please visit our total food replacement page and listen to the audio file for more information on alcohol and the refeeding/maintenance phases.

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    IS THERE PUBLISHED EVIDENCE ON THE SAFETY AND EFFICACY OF VLCDs?

    There is so much published evidence about the safety and efficacy of VLCDs that publishers reject new data on the basis that it is so well known that no one cares.

    A proper search of the literature will bring up many hundreds of peer reviewed publications, but these can be made invisible if the correct criteria is not used in the search.

    The search criteria often used is to limit the publications to those studied that are placebo controlled and double blind. Since it is not possible to offer study subjects a formula diet without them knowing what they are eating, there are none that turn up in the search.

    Please visit our Lipotrim Publications Page to read more on the subject of Lipotrim and its safety and efficacy

    A partial reference list containing hundreds of papers related to VLCDs is available upon request: Contact Lipotrim here

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    IS THERE PUBLISHED EVIDENCE ON THE SAFETY AND EFFICACY OF VLCDs?

    There is so much published evidence about the safety and efficacy of VLCDs that publishers reject new data on the basis that it is so well known that no one cares.

    A proper search of the literature will bring up many hundreds of peer reviewed publications, but these can be made invisible if the correct criteria is not used in the search.

    The search criteria often used is to limit the publications to those studied that are placebo controlled and double blind. Since it is not possible to offer study subjects a formula diet without them knowing what they are eating, there are none that turn up in the search.

    Please visit our Lipotrim Publications Page to read more on the subject of Lipotrim and its safety and efficacy

    A partial reference list containing hundreds of papers related to VLCDs is available upon request: Contact Lipotrim here

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