It is well known that being overweight is associated with serious health issues such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Most people also want to lose weight to feel better and happier.
There are a vast array of diets out there, with nutrition experts, friends and celebrities ready with their testimonies of how this diet is The Answer to weight loss. It is extremely confusing to know who to listen to and which diet is The One. The internet, while an amazing source of information, confuses the whole issue of ‘the best diet’.
There is not a ‘one fits all approach’. What worked for your best mate may not suit you. Some of my clients need to see quick results to keep motivated, some need the slow and steady approach. Many have coexisting problems like infertility, chronic tiredness or digestion problems.
Mentally beating yourself up about being bigger than you want to be, and making the wrong food choices is soul destroying and can lead to a vicious circle of day to day under and over eating.
We need to relax and stop obsessing about food. Which ever approach we take, the aim is to get you to a happy place with yourself and your eating:
- normal portion sizes
- the most nourishing foods to make you feel great
- stop getting hungry
- foods to stop cravings
- break old habits
- easy to follow guidelines adapted to the way you live and the foods you like
- advice on meals, snacks, shopping and eating out at your favourite restaurants
Very Low Calorie Diets
In some circumstances, a Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) may be used for up to 3 months to promote quick weight loss among some people who are very overweight. This weight loss can rapidly improve medical conditions linked to obesity, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. The diet requires close care from your GP/dietitian.
A VLCD provides up to 800kcal per day. Specially prepared shakes can be used, or with the help of a dietitian food can be incorporated to provide your body with all the nutrients it needs.
A VLCD can result in quick weight loss of about 2kg per week. This may lead to an average total weight loss of 20kg (approximately 3 stone) over 12 weeks.
The rapid weight loss experienced by most people on a VLCD can be very motivating. If a healthy eating plan and physical activity habits are adopted after the VLCD, then it is possible to maintain the weight loss in the long term. It is important to commit to permanent changes of healthier eating, becoming more active and having a positive attitude about food and health.
VLCD: More info from the NHS
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