Frequently Asked Questions
Our team is dedicated to helping you succeed in your weight loss journey. Here are some frequently asked questions from our patients. If you have some questions, and need some answers, give us a call at 985-855-3790
We will be with you every pound of the way!
How many calories will I be consuming?
Most clients follow a daily meal plan of 600-800 calories, which typically consists of four meal replacements. Make sure you consume the prescribed number of products to ensure you have the essential nutrition you need for successful weight loss.
How much weight can I expect to lose?
This may be everyone’s top questions! The answer: it depends on several factors including your current weight, program, age, gender and activity level. A loss of four to seven pounds is common in the first week or so. Ongoing weight loss will average about three to five pounds a week.
Why is protein so important in a VLCD?
Your body must have protein to meet its physiological needs. Without our concentrated protein, your body would break down its own tissues. That can have serious health consequences.
Aren’t carbohydrates and fat also important?
Yes, but smaller amounts are sufficient. Carbohydrates help protect your body’s protein and maintain electrolyte and fluid balance. Moderate amounts of fat provide essential fatty acids, which are needed for good health.
How will this diet help me lose body fat?
Ordinarily, your body uses glucose from carbohydrates for energy. When calories and carbohydrates are limited (as with a VLCD), your body burns its own stored fat for energy. The fat is released into the bloodstream and travels to the liver, where it is converted to ketones (KEE-tones). The ketones are then released back into the bloodstream, where muscles and tissues use them for energy. This process is called Ketosis (kee-TOSE-sis).
Will I be hungry?
Most clients report that their hunger diminishes or disappears within three to five days of beginning the program due to the presence of ketones and reduced food temptations. Our high-protein, low carbohydrate nutritional profile also plays a role in appetite suppression.
Are vitamins and supplements required in addition to the meal replacements?
While we encourage a multi vitamin daily for general health, the meal replacements contain all vitamins and minerals a person would require daily.
Are there any common side effects?
People on a VLCD may experience easy to manage temporary side effects as their body adjusts to the diet. They may include:
Dizziness: As you begin losing weight, you lose a lot of water as urine. This lowers blood volume and, hence, blood pressure. To minimize dizziness, avoid changing positions quickly. Don’t use whirlpools, saunas or steam baths. Drink plenty of water.
Mild Fatigue, Dry Skin, Sensitivity to Cold: Can be treated easily with extra rest, lotions, and extra clothing.
“Fruity” Breath: Ketosis may temporarily give your breath a fruity odor. You may use a mouthwash.
Gallstones: Tell your counselor about any symptoms or history of gallstones; you may require additional tests or treatment while on the program.
Gastrointestinal Upset: Changing from solid food to a liquid diet may cause constipation or diarrhea. Over-the-counter medications are available for either condition. In addition, your medical team can add a fiber product to your meal plan to help relieve constipation.
Hair Loss: A small percentage of patients may experience minimal hair loss three to six months into the diet. New hair grows in just as the old hari is lost.
Leg Cramps: Drinking more fluids or increasing electrolytes can often relieve occasional or mild leg cramps. Your physician should evaluate any leg pain you are experiencing.
Menstrual Irregularities: Dietary changes may cause delayed or missed periods. Women who miss a period or have a late period must be tested for pregnancy.
See your physician or personal physician about any symptoms that persist or concern you.