ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Should you use A Low Calorie Diet to Lose Weight - and what are VLCD diets

Updated on May 24, 2011

What is a Low Calorie Diet?

You may be wondering exactly what is a low calorie diet, and aren't all diets some what low in calories? Well, not all diets are created equal and this is no exception. If you want to use a Low Calorie Diet to lose weight I want you to know that there are pros and cons to this method.

Most all weight loss plans include lower calorie diet menu, which is between 800 to 1500 calories a day. This number is typically 500 to 1000 calories below what you need to stay at your current weight, so it really matters were you are starting at. If you stay below your current weights needs by 500 calories a day for a week, you will naturally lose about 1 pound that week. Most diets encourage regular exercise, but if you restrict calories too much, you will not have the energy to work out. By definition a calorie = energy.

Quick weight loss in a short period of time can be accomplished with a very low calorie diet nicknamed VLCD. This is a good alternative method that severely over weight people may choose for significant weight loss to start, but this type of diet is not recommended over a long time frame, or you will become nutrient deficient.

Many VLCD programs are commercially available as prepared formulas of 500-800 calories per day. These formulas are meant to replace your usual food intake. Other plans, (ie. the grapefruit diet or Hollywood Diet), totally rely on you eating the same low-calorie food for a 2-3 day cycle. Very Low Calories Diets are not the same as the meal replacements bars or drinks you see at the grocery store, those are typically just substituted for 1-2 meals each day.

The best Low Calorie Diet to lose weight

The best VLCDs are ones with a type of appetite control added to your day, whether that is through natural fibers in fruits and veggies or a supplement. It is very difficult to eliminate hunger, as your body wants food to make up the calories that you are not consuming. This cycle leads to many people feeling like they are starving and then binge eating (consuming a bag of chips without blinking). This result, is the opposite of what you want. Therefore if you need to add a supplement to this kind of diet, don't feel to bad. We all need a little help, will power will only get you so far.

Some appetite suppressents are getting to be a popular and are very controversial supplements. Please read reviews and the fine print on any over the counter product you are considering.

The Fat Smash diet plan is a LCD, great for it's nutrient value and simplicity. There is no calorie counting and you will never be hungry, because you can eat when ever you are. This is very different from most diets, and if you refer to my hub on the Fat Smash Diet, you will not need to buy a book. Lose weight without spending money, crazy idea isn't it.

A low calorie diet to lose weight is a quick fix, but leads many people to drop quick weight and gain it back just as quick. The best advice is still to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and add in exercise.

Quicktip for dropping 500 calories a week without missing them.

  • Really pay attention to saturated fats or hydrogenated vegetable oils when you are cooking, there are many low calorie oils on the market today.
  • You can use essential oils (ie. olive, coconut, sunflower, or sesame oil) they all support a good diet plan and whether it is a VLCD or not.

Menu and Shopping list for a Low Calorie Diet


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)