About 13 years ago, I embarked on a slimming group plan with some work colleagues. I queued up to get my first weeks books, got home excitedly and was so confused. I felt overwhelmed before i even began. I had a plastic wheel chart thing (which to this day i still don't understand) and it turns out i needed to purchase an extra book (which I didn't have) in order to find out what foods exactly I could eat in order to not exceed my food allowance. Confused? Yup me too!
So when I created the SMLDiet, I wanted our plans to be simple to follow, straightforward in their explanations leaving you to worry about which outfits you were going to buy once you'd started on your journey.
However, as much as we have tried to make it simple for our slimmers, I am aware that there's jargon which can be a head spin so in this post, i'll explain general jargon used by Meal Replacement Plan companies.
What does TFR stand for?
TFR stands for Total Food Replacement. We call them TFR for short. Total food Replacement plans are where you consume Meal Replacements and no food what so ever. In order for your TFR plan to be suitable, your meal replacements need to contain 100% of the RDA for your essential vitamins, minerals, macro-nutrients. This can be split over 3 packs (plans with 3 packs usually contain more calories in each pack because you are consuming less packs) or they can be split over 4 packs. The SMLDiet Simple plan is considered a TFR plan and in order to get 100% of your RDA for vitamins and minerals, you would consume 4 Meal Replacement packs a day.
What does MRP stand for?
MRP means Meal Replacement plan. The SMLDiet predominantly meal replacements for weight control so we are considered a Meal Replacement plan. We have a range of weight loss plans that can help you lose weight using meal replacements.
What does VLCD stand for?
VLCD is short for Very Low Calorie Diet. The term VLCD is very popular and you'll find that most companies use this term on their websites. A VLCD is generally a weight loss plan where you consume between 600-800 calories. It's extremely similar to a TFR weight loss plan but slimmers can eat certain allowed ketogenic foods should they wish (they do not have to).
What does LCD stand for?
LCD means Low Calorie Diet. Generally speaking slimmers following an LCD plan would consume between 800-1000 calories per day. The SMLDiet Social Plan is considered an LCD weight loss plan. Slimmers use 3 of our Meal Replacements per day and have an allowed food allowance (of ketogenic foods) to help substitute that last meal replacement they would have been having if they were on our Simple Plan.
What is a foodpack / meal pack?
Most Meal Replacement plans have meal packs or foodpacks which are small sachets containing the powder. It can be a shock or some slimmers when they see their first foodpack as they may be expecting a shake already made or a meal (like a microwave meal). These packs are really convenient as you can pop them in your handbag and make as needed.
What does HP mean?
What does HP+ mean?
HP+ stands for high protein plus. These are high protein products with the added benefit of having extra vitamins and minerals that general high protein products don't have. Some products listed on our snack range are HP+ and still taste equally delicious as our meal replacements.
Welcome to the wonderful world of meal replacements. Now if you are new, it can be confusing as there's so many different brands and flavours available to choose from. Once you get your head around meal replacements and using them to control your weight, you'll wonder how you ever lived with out them!
What is a Meal Replacement?
Simply put, a meal replacement is a food product that is designed to replace one or all of your daily meals. In order for a product to be classed as a meal replacement, it needs to contain essential vitamins/minerals and micro nutrients (this helps to keep your body happy & healthy).
How do you use Meal Replacements?
Meal Replacements are so easy and convenient to use for anyone looking to lose weight or maintain their weight as a part of a calorie controlled diet.
If you are looking to lose weight, you can use meal replacements to substitute your usual meals such as dinner or breakfast for example. Some meal replacement plans (such as the SMLDiet) sell meal replacements that are suitable for Total food replacement & VLCD. Whilst other companies sell meal replacements to help supplement your diet i.e you would have up to 3 per day and conventional food/snacks. Those meal replacements aren't suitable for Total Food Replacement/VLCD due to calories/sugars and proteins contained within the product.
Why do people use meal replacements?
There are so many reasons why we use meal replacements...
Well, you could have up to 4 per day to replace all of your daily meals. This is considered to be a Very Low Calorie Diet (you would be following our Simple plan). However, some slimmers use our products just to simply replace 1 or 2 of their meals on a daily basis.
Personally, if I have had a busy day, i may use one of our soups or meal packs to have as my tea instead of cooking a traditional meal. This helps my weight management and gives me the satisfaction that I have looked after my body by not skipping meals altogether.
What is a VLCD?
A VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diet) is a weight loss diet designed to help slimmers achieve weight loss at a faster rate than following traditional weight loss plans. You would usually consume on average 600 calories and this is done by consuming meal replacements that are designed to be used for VLCD's or Total Food replacement diets (such as the SMLDiet). Your body would go into ketosis and use stored fats as it's main energy source.
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The SMLDiet is a leading weight loss plan in the UK. Specialising in VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diets), TFR (Total Food Replacement products and meal replacements.