What is a perfect diet? – a Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD)

So, we are battling on with 2022 and you are probably still looking for the perfect diet. Food is plentiful and the ongoing battle against the bulge is not showing any signs of success soon for many dieters.

You may well have joined a slimming club or paid for a personal trainer as you do every year.

How are you getting on, honestly?

Is it proving to be a perfect diet?

Joined a slimming club? How are you really getting on?

This year stop being told to eat less and exercise more. It isn’t going to work (you’ve no doubt tried it a million times before). Contrary to popular belief, the answer lays in treating weight loss much more seriously, akin to treating an addiction. By fully distancing yourself from food you’ll quickly gain control.

So don’t lose heart, weight loss is possible.


 

William the Conqueror followed a liquid diet - Dieting is not a new phenomenon

Dieting is not a new phenomenon.

Even before William the Conqueror went on a liquid only diet for weight loss back in the 11th Century, the Greeks and Romans documented their disapproval of excess weight.

It is likely that 1864 saw the first diet book, way before the establishing of Weight watchers and Slimming World for example.

Human metabolism will more or less have remained the same over the centuries, so any notion that obesity has been solely born out of our modern society with its fast food is a nonsense. Humans are primed to eat; therefore, humans are primed to need to lose weight when the times are good (we can still truly starve but famine is thankfully rare).

Although you need to think abstinence when it comes to food, you do still need essential nutrition.

Nutrient complete formula foods are used to replace all conventional foods, whilst maximizing the calorie gap under an alternative metabolic state called ketosis. These Very Low Calorie Diets ensure rapid, comfortable and healthy weight loss. Far from the slow traditional methods, where you will be lucky to lose significant weight.

Better still, VLCDs are proven to allow for better long-term weight maintenance.


 

I want the perfect Very Low Calorie Diet!

Calories

If you take anything away from this article, it is that if you are overweight or obese, you are carrying many 1000s of extra calories in the form of excess body fat. The last thing a dieter requires is more calories. You are wanting to rid yourself of the extra calories after all.

As we said earlier; “Although you need to think abstinence when it comes to food, you do still need essential nutrition.”

Very Low Calorie Diet formulas are specially designed to give the body everything it needs, the essential nutrition for health in the minimum number of calories possible. Using conventional foods simply cannot do this, hence the drive to get us to eat 5-s-day etc. The continual conflict between the need for nutrition and calorie intake is not helpful if you are wanting to lose weight. VLCDs remove this unnecessary conflict.


 

What does my perfect diet need to have in it?

Vitamins and minerals

These probably spring to mind first when thinking of nutritional health. We must consume our complete Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) of vitamins, minerals and even trace elements such as iodine and zinc. It is easy to include a broad range of vitamins, minerals and trace elements in a VLCD since there are commercial base mixtures available. These may be cheaper but are not necessary nutritionally complete, with some leaving out the unpleasant tasting ingredients. Excessive vitamin and mineral consumption can be problematic to health just as much as being deficient. Lipotrim contains a bespoke mixture to ensure optimal intake and hence safety and effectiveness.

Protein

At this point it is necessary to delve into the current trend and sometimes thorny subject of veganism.

Lipotrim does contain skimmed milk powder. Lipotrim cannot satisfy the requirements of vegans, without compromising the quality of essential protein in the form of amino acids. Soy is often thought of as a suitable substitute for animal protein, however soy contains incomplete protein and anti-nutrients. The table below demonstrates the necessity for skimmed milk protein. Swap to a plant-based alternative and the necessity to increase the quantities to satisfactory levels for quality and bioavailability could quickly compromise the diet’s ability to sustain a mild dietary ketosis.

Plant protein versus animal protein - protein quality assessment for plant-based diet

Fat

You may think that since we are trying to lose body fat, primarily what our excess weight is comprised of, including fat in the formula is not desirable. Fat is a necessary ingredient to deliver the essential fatty acids. We can make some fats in our body but those termed essential we cannot. Fatty acids are necessary for our health and survival.

Our requirement for dietary fat is generally delivered in vast excess whichever traditional diet we choose to adopt, especially including the high fat ketogenic diet. It is these excessive fat calories that are stored, creating excess weight. In fact, we need only around a teaspoon (3g to 7g) of isolated fats per day to deliver adequate amounts. Therefore, the natural fats within the various ingredients of the formula, especially skimmed milk provides much of our essential nutrition. However, as we discuss below, the body plays a big part by mobilising fatty acids from storage.

One consequence of an unregulated and restricted intake of fat is the presence of Gallstones, otherwise known as Cholelithiasis. Although increasingly likely with increasing levels of obesity, gallstone complications and even formation can be diminished by including a small amount of fat per day. We say only a small amount because fatty acids, especially the essential fats, are released by the body when ketones are produced during rapid weight loss. Remember, any additional fat, above that required by the body simply adds unnecessary calories, diminishing the weight loss and overall diet safety.

We strongly recommend you read our blog:

DIETARY ADVICE – EXTRA FAT IN DIET – HELPFUL OR HARMFUL?

Dietary advice - Extra fat in diet - Helpful or harmful?

Carbohydrates

Some carbohydrate is necessary to support blood glucose levels, prevent the loss of electrolytes and spare protein. Just as fatty acids are released, the carbohydrate (sugar) is also released from the triglycerides. They also have an important role to play in the sustaining of a beneficial mild dietary ketosis.

The ketogenic properties of a VLCD depend upon achieving the correct balance of all the nutrition in the formulas, with a specific focus on there being less than 50g of carbohydrate per day. Too much carbohydrate, or protein (which is readily converted to a carbohydrate source) and ketosis fails. Remember, being ketotic allows for comfort, a sense of wellbeing and ultimately a blunted hunger level. Ketosis is an ideal scenario for dieters.

Just as there are fats derived from the necessary inclusion of various ingredients, there are carbohydrates included mainly from the lactose in the skimmed milk powder (used to deliver essential amino acids – see protein section above).

Fibre

Our body cannot break down some large carbohydrate molecules, called fibre or roughage. Passing through the body undigested, fibre allows for a positive regulation of blood sugars and maintains bowel health. Only certain fibre sources are sufficiently unabsorbed that they do not interfere with ketosis. Lipotrim therefore contains the necessary amount of appropriate fibre required to sustain both ketosis and bowel health, whilst maintaining bowel movement (also assuming adequate hydration).

Other factors to consider for a perfect diet

Support and monitoring

Pharmacy and GPs have successfully supported many 1000s of dieters over the decades Lipotrim has been available to the public. The longevity and vast documentation of safety achieved by Lipotrim and some other Very Low Calorie Diets is testament to their success in treating excess weight and obesity.

Maintenance programme

The need to lose weight is born from the historic inability to maintain a healthy weight. No-one is born inextricably overweight.

There is an extremely fine line between weight maintenance and weight gain, stretching from the odd indiscretion to regular binging.

Ultimately loss of control and excessive calorie intake are to blame. This varies immensely from individual to individual due to both genetics and lifestyle, making long-term weight maintenance often difficult for successful dieters.

Having a meaningful approach to weight maintenance is critical for the overall success of any diet. It is not satisfactory to think those who have previously struggled to sustain an appropriate intake of food will no longer do so after their weight loss. Food addiction or just the innate drive to eat are powerful forces. Couple this need to remain in control over food with the body’s need to re-adjust its hormone production to proportionate levels, such as insulin or leptin, demonstrates there is much more to weight maintenance than first meets the eye.

It is also critical to understand that re-visiting weight loss is not a negative act, in the same way that a high blood pressure patient may require multiple and often sustained attempts to keep the pressure under control.

To summarise the perfect diet

VLCDs offer the chance for healthy and safe weight loss.

They can be the perfect diet, offering optimal nutrition whilst allowing for rapid and comfortable weight loss. Not all VLCDs are the same, so please take our advice and speak to your local Lipotrim pharmacy.

Your pharmacist holds the key to offering you the chance for a perfect diet success.

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2 thoughts on “What is a perfect diet? – a Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD)

  1. How long should the Lipo Trim total weight loss be used for

    1. Lipotrim (the total food replacement programme) is safe to be used for the length of time it takes to lose the excess weight, assuming 100% compliance. The rate is predictable, at about a stone a month. Therefore, for example a person with 2 stone of excess weight would expect to be on the diet for about 2 months, and a person with 10 stone of excess weight would expect a dieting period of about 10 months.

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