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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


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