Lets face it. VLCD's are hard enough as they are. We just want them to be over and done with so we can start enjoying our new bodies (and wardrobe).
However, what happens when you have that last 7-10lbs that just won't shift!
It's frustrating at the best of times especially with your goal just around that corner.
If you have found yourself stuck in that rut, then carry on reading as we have some helpful hints that will help you lose that weight for good!
Have you ever wondered why that last 10lbs is so hard to lose? well... to explain in its simplest form, it's because we are slimmer and therefore, burn fewer calories.
I always explain it like this to my clients....
Think about a car with a larger engine. It will get through more fuel than lets say... a smart car. The same happens with a larger body mass. This also means that slimmers who have more weight to lose will also lose weight quicker.
Did you know.... Every 1lb we lose, our metabolism slows by up to 20 calories per day
So how can we shift those last few lbs and get you skipping on your way to a healthy weight management plan. Well these tips will get your body burning again.
Cardio exercise. We know that exercise helps burn calories but intense cardio is definitely worth considering. It can boost your metabolism so you burn more fat. For best results, try cardio 3-4 times per week.
Go for a walkWalking is a saviour. Not only does a good walk help combat stress but it helps melt away those lbs too. You'd be surprised at how little steps we do per day. Instead of parking near the entrance of the supermarket, park right on the other side of the car park. It'll only take an extra 2 minutes to get to the car park, you'll increase your 'steps per day' count and will get parked without a problem. WIN/WIN
Why not get a pedometer. You'll end up in competition with yourself as you try to better your previous days steps. You are then more likely to walk and exercise without realising it.
TRY... Increasing your steps by at least 1,000 per day for 7 days
Check this out for size. Portion control is a huge deal for many slimmers. A lot of us don't actually realise what a true portion is and we also have out of date messages such as 'i must eat everything on my plate'
I went through a phase of ordering from a childs menu when i went to restaurants to try and zap some weight. I tell you what. It worked!
Weighing and measuring your portions doesn't really take any extra time when it comes to making your meal. However, it will make a HUGE difference to your waistline.
How many times have you said. I don't know why i put on weight, i don't eat that much. I think you'd be surprised. Those who keep track of what they have eaten lose twice as much weight as those who don't. Keeping a food diary is so simple.
Be honest. - there's no point in keeping a food diary if you don't write exactly what you eat throughout the day
Include drinks - drinks contain calories too. So include those drinks and how many you have per day
Measurements - if you are cooking food from scratch, include the measurements
Do it as you eat - it's easy to think, i'll complete my food journal later. WRONG. Complete it as you go that way you won't forget to add that snack.
Monitor - Each week look back at what you have eaten each day. Make changes as the smallest of snacks could be preventing you from reaching your goal.
Your new BFF - WaterNow we aren't saying that if you drink gallons of water you'll wake up 10lbs lighter. However, what we are saying is that water truly is your best friend in life. It keeps your body ticking along nicely. Prevents headaches, constipation and nourishes your skin. Not to mention snack time.
When you feel peckish you may just need to have a glass of water. A lot of us mistake hydration for hunger so we eat when really our body is crying out for water. Even if you aren't dehydrated, if you are feeling hungry, have a small glass of water. it'll make you feel fuller for just that bit longer and keep you going until your next full meal.
It's generally a topic we don't think about until it matters to us... Fertility.
I personally never even considered the thought that I myself would have fertility issues and would need assistance in the form of medications and operations until the time came for me to start my own family.
Over the years, I have helped thousands of slimmers and one of the reasons a lot of slimmers come and see me is because they want to start a family with their partners but are struggling to conceive.
Whilst there are many conditions that can hinder our fertility, we CAN do something to improve it.
In the UK, the NHS can fund fertility treatment but it comes with restrictions. Generally the women need to have a BMI of below 30 &/or need to be under the age of 40.
If you are currently trying to get pregnant, being overweight or obese can affect your chances of naturally conceiving. Obese women can also experience more difficulties during their pregnancy & childbirth.
As women, we usually store more fat around our abdomens and this can have an overall effect on hormone levels (can cause hormone imbalances), lack of ovulation, problems with menstruating & resistance to fertility treatment (this is particularly common with ladies who suffer from PCOS). In turn, this leads to further complications conceiving.
LOSING JUST 10% OF YOUR BODY WEIGHT.......
Research shows that losing just 10% of your body weight can improve your fertility as this weight loss can reduce the fat stored around our stomach and improve ovulation (particularly for ladies who do have PCOS).
If you are currently struggling to conceive or undergoing fertility treatment, do consider this...
Unfortunately, there's a higher risk of complications during pregnancy for women who are overweight or obese. Particularly with childbirth & the need for emergency Cesareans & high blood pressure.
how to lose weight for fertility
There are many ways in which you can lose weight to improve your fertility. You may wish to consider counting your calories but do remember that it isn't always about the amount of calories you are consuming but more about the quality of calories.
There's no point counting your calories if you are just going to use your calorie intake with just chocolate (there's no nutritional value in that). Instead consider what your body needs. Remember, you need to treat your body as a temple so look for nutritional content in everything you eat. Does it contain vitamins? minerals? micro-nutrients?
Do not embark on a quick fix faddy diet. Sure there's lots of magic capsules or the latest cabbage broth diet but again is it ensuring it will give you the vitamins and minerals your body needs? your body needs as much support & strength as it can get to ensure a happy & healthy pregnancy. If you put in the ground work now, you will certainly appreciate the nutrients during certain trimesters.
The SMLDiet is great (we would say that wouldn't we?) but it really is! Our meal replacements contain essential vitamins and minerals so can be used to replace a meal. They are low in calories and carbohydrates & weight losses recorded by our slimmers are great (see our success stories) . We offer incredible support to help our slimmers stay motivated & our founder Ally knows only too well the problems associated with fertility (Ally regularly discusses her own fertility issues with PCOS) and how fertility treatment aided with weight loss helped her conceive her 2 children). If you would like to get started or would like information, do get in touch with a member of our team of head on over to our website to learn more.
At the SML Diet, we regularly receive emails from our customers seeking support or guidance. Yesterday I received an email that really hit home with me.
Our customer (we'll call her client X) said
'I lost 2 stone with SML but lost interest and stopped doing it. I have tried on several occasions to get back on it but I can't get my head around it. Do you have any tips?'
The reason why this hit home is because I have been in exactly the same position as client X and this is what I found out about myself when this happened...
This usually happens to slimmers who have been on a VLCD plan before. Lets face it, the first time you embark on a VLCD plan, it's pretty amazing. You are surprised you are able to just eat sachets of powder, you feel invincible and part of an elite club (especially when people tell you 'i couldn't do that'). You see the weight coming off quickly and the compliments start coming at you. Yup it's pretty special the first time round.
However, the 2nd, 3rd or more time round it's a different mindset. Firstly, a lot of slimmers subconsciously enter this new attempt at VLCD with a 'failures mindset'. They are pretty peeved off that they are having to do a VLCD again (especially after that whole speech of 'never going to be this fat again' that they did when they did their first VLCD). So they start off their new attempt at VLCD on a negative note.
There may be subconscious anger, resentment and shame at having to be on a VLCD again, having to admit that they have put some weight back on.
It's also important to remember that no-one truly wants to be on a VLCD plan. We would much rather be losing weight by eating fruit, protein, carbs etc but that didn't work for us before because of whatever reason..
Behaviour plays a HUGE part in our ability to complete a VLCD plan. The more we try, the more we are likely to rebel. We often come into a VLCD plan thinking we are going to be deprived. That's why the night before we start, alot of us have an eat-a-thon where we want to eat foods that aren't 'allowed' on a VLCD plan. If you are starting your plan feeling deprived of food, then it just won't work for you. That mindset needs to go. The packs are a means to an end and that feeling can be changed.
Believe it or not, you are better nourished on a VLCD than you would be eating conventional food! Our packs contain at lest 25% RDA for essential vitamins and minerals and micro-nutrients, sure they look like space food but you know what? you don't need to feel deprived. VLCD's have changed so much since I did my first one back in 2005.
When I did my first VLCD, I had about 8 flavours to choose from (tops) and the bars were just gross. Nowadays, SMLDiet has crisps, high protein foods such as rice pudding, biscuits etc so you ARE eating conventional food, it's just that you are choosing to view it as anything but!
Sometimes we can't get our head back into our VLCD plan because our head is too much in the world of 'real food' and by that I mean, you are obsessed with food. Thinking about it when you wake up, planning your meals for the day (even if you aren't hungry). When we are in the world of 'real food', we just can't allow a VLCD plan to be successful for us. Then comes the behaviour of the more you try, the more you rebel, the more you feel like a failure. It becomes like that roundabout of emotions that you just can't get off.
Our thoughts are SO POWERFUL. They have the ability to help or hinder us. Ok. Lets do a mental potential exercise here. I DON'T want you to think about your lounge. Please DON'T think about your sofa, your curtains, the colour of your lounge walls. I certainly DON'T want you to imagine how your furniture is laid out.
I bet you totally thought about your lounge didn't you? well the same goes with VLCD's. If you start your VLCD feeling deprived, like you don't really want to do this, then you will more than likely start thinking about food, the taste of a certain trigger etc and before you know it, you are eating off plan.
MAKE THAT SWITCH.
Believe it or not, you have a choice whether to continue on your VLCD. Every time you start to feel hungry or it's time for another pack you can choose to go and eat food or eat your foodpack that CHOICE is yours.
However, IF and I say this with a heavy heart. IF you just can't get your head around it, then maybe the time isn't right for you to be on a full food replacement plan.
The problem with us slimmers is that we are all or nothing. We are either on Total food replacement or we've completely lost it and there's a slimmers shaped hole in the door!
We don't stop to think ok, I can start off by having 1 pack and food then gradually increase it. The great thing about Meal Replacement plans is that they can be adapted. If you don't mind about the not going into ketosis thing (which lets face it, if we can't manage a day, then we generally aren't getting into ketosis so it doesn't matter anyway), then you can really make this work for you.
I'm personally not doing a VLCD at the moment. However, I am using the packs to complement my lifestyle. So usually during the week, I have a pack for my tea as I get to sit down quite late. Then at the weekends, I don't have packs at all.
Have a think about how you could make a VLCD work for you. I'd love to know your thoughts on this
Ally is a leading weight management counsellor and the founder of the SML Diet. Over the past 9 years, Ally has personally support hundreds of clients on a 1:1 and group basis. If you would like support from the SMLDiet, please email us at email@example.com and a member of our team will respond. If we use your email as a support tool for others, we will not mention your name and will not feature the whole email (we will take relevant parts to help show how we can support)
This week it was announced that people following the famous 5:2 plan (aka intermittent fasting plan) could have an extra 200 calories on their fasting days. Great news for dieters as 600 calories can take some getting used to. However, if you are new to the 5:2 plan, it can be a bit of a mind muddle. So in this guide, we'll explain all about it and how you can use the SMLDiet to help you on your fasting days...
So. What is Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting is a plan devised by Dr Michael Mosley. In order to either sustain your weight or to lose weight, Dr Mosley suggests that we eat sensibly for 5 days per week and then embark on intermittent fasting for 2 days per week. The fasting days would NOT be taken consecutively. i.e you'd have at least a 24 hour break in-between your fasting days and on your fasting days, you would consume 800 calories maximum.
Tell me about the benefits of Intermittent fasting?
There have been so many benefits reported about the Intermittent fasting plan including increased weight management by some users (including slimmers who have followed the SMLDiet plan) but during trials, the following benefits were noticed:
What our slimmers say!
A lot of our slimmers who have switched to the 5:2 Intermittent fasting plan noticed that they found it easy to stick to. Mainly as they were used to a period of fasting anyway (when they had previously followed our Social plan or Simple plan). They like the flexibility of the 5:2 plan as for 5 days a week they can consume a sensible diet and on 2 days per week, they use our meal replacements to ensure they are getting adequate vitamins and minerals whilst fasting. Our meal replacements also gives them full control over the calories they consume.
Now there's a new rule allowing slimmers to eat an extra 200 calories per day, slimmers can now have one of our smldiet high protein snacks such as our crisps, an extra bar or even wafers. If slimmers are concerned about feeling hungry on their fasting days, the SMLDiet sells appetite suppressants to help slimmers feel fuller for longer.
Can anyone embark on the Intermittent fasting plan?
Like any weight loss plan, we suggest that slimmers talk to their GP prior to starting on the 5:2 plan. We wouldn't recommend the 5:2 plan for women who are pregnant, women who have given birth within the last 3 months or women who are breast feeding. Certain medications may also prevent you from embarking on the plan.
Today a customer asked me if the contraceptive pill would be affected by their weight loss and to this I have to say ' Great question'! .
Our hormones and fertility ARE affected by losing weight and the reason is simple.
You see, as ladies, majority of us generally store most of our fat around our abdomens. This 'belly fat' as most poeple call it, can be quite dangerous (for men as well as ladies). It can increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, problems with your gallbladder and can cause hormonal imbalances.
Generally us ladies have fluctuating hormone levels (you know what i mean there ladies) but the fat that our bodies store around our abdomen can really affect our estrogen levels. Our Estrogen levels can have a direct impact on our fat cells. The fat cells can then produce more estrogen which sends signals to your body to store even more fat cells. So not only does it become a horrible cycle of fat cell storage (aggghhh) BUT that production in itself causes hormonal imbalance.
The fat that we store around our abdomen is called visceral fat. There's also a layer of fat called Subcutaneous fat. This is the layer of fat that is right at the top of your skin (you know the one you can pinch). The subcutaneous fat although not great as it causes that 'muffin top' effect, isn't the type of fat that poses a direct risk to our organs. It's the visceral fat that you need to concern yourself with. You see. Visceral fat wraps itself around your organs. It is linked to diabetes, fatty liver disease, gall bladder problems, cardiovascular disease & diabetes (insulin resistance), increased risk of strokes, high blood pressure. The worst thing about visceral fat is that unlike Subcutaneous fat, you can't actually see it. So you have no idea how much you have or what it's doing to your body internally!
Losing weight REALLY DOES HELP when it comes to correcting or helping hormonal imbalances. Losing just 10% of your body weight can help your body and can start to correct any hormonal imbalances caused by excess body fat.
Losing weight affects fertility...
Weight loss can help change fertility levels. When i was trying for a family, my doctor at the hospital would tell me to lose weight prior to embarking on any kind of treatment. The reason for this is due to how much effect losing weight has to play on our hormones. Once we start to lose weight, our stored fat will start to diminish. This will then change how effective our reproductive organs are (think about how that visceral fat used to strangle your organs)Well... now we are losing weight, our organs have a chance to 'breathe' again. Our hormone levels will become more balanced and over time, ladies who have had problems with fertility issues MAY find that the weight loss helps them in many ways. (this is very common for ladies with PCOS)
However, ladies who aren't wishing to start for a family just yet need to be careful and ensure they are using adequate contraceptive protection.
Please speak to your GP on a regular basis to ensure that your contraceptive method is right for you.
please note: Weight loss can not guarantee that a pregnancy will follow.
Very Low Calorie Diets are great at helping slimmers lose weight. The weight comes off fast which helps the slimmer with their motivation levels.
However, VLCD’s aren’t for everyone. In this blog post, we will discuss VLCD’s, how they work and the side effects that some slimmers may have.
WHAT IS A VLCD?
VLCD stands for Very Low Calorie Diet. Generally a slimmer on a VLCD consumes less than 800 calories per day. A VLCD MUST ensure it gives a slimmer all of their RDA for essential vitamins and minerals or it can not be classed as a VLCD – Unfortunately, there’s weight loss plans available in the UK advertising themselves as a VLCD by using only high protein products and that can be harmful for slimmers.
Generally a VLCD is a Total Food Replacement (TFR). This means that the slimmer would get all of their nutritional requirements in the form of Meal Replacements (MRP). This can be either by eating 3 per day or 4 per day (some companies split the RDA requirement across 3 packs and others across 4 packs).
Weight loss is on average 1 stone a month. However we have to say an average as some slimmers lose more, others lose less. A lot of that weight is lost in the first week due to the body switching into ketosis (fat burning mode).
VLCD SIDE EFFECTS…
There are various side effects slimmers can expect (not every slimmer will get every side effect and some do not have any side effects at all). These side effects usually take place in the first 3 days –
headaches (known as carb withdrawal. Usually subsides once ketosis kicks in)
flu like symptoms (again usually subsides once ketosis kicks in)
constipation – this is common to slimmers on a VLCD. It can happen when our bodies don’t have enough water so our body takes water where it can (the waste inside the bowel is wet so it takes the water and dries up any waste leaving us constipated). We would say to combat this, drink plenty 2-3 litres per day. If you do suffer, please don’t put the VLCD first – your health is more important so we would say take flax seeds or dulcolax or dulco ease.
Hair loss – Now this is where it gets confusing. People say that VLCD’s make your hair fall out. They don’t but they do thin your hair because your body will stop certain processes in order to save energy whilst you are in ketosis. One of those processes is hair growth. As our hair growth has several cycles in it (the growing, the shedding etc), you will notice that your hair follicles are producing hair at a slower rate and that’s why hair can become thinner.
Feeling cold – I always say it seems like losing weight on a VLCD is easier in the summer (1 because SMLDiet has so many delicious Meal replacement shakes to choose from) but also because we naturally feel colder on a VLCD . This again is because of energy saving from our body. You may notice your hands and feet really feel the cold. Make sure you drink hot drinks, put on an extra jumper and don’t panic as it will soon go away.
VLCD’s have been used in the NHS and on weight loss plans for over 30 years. They’ve come a long way since they were first introduced. Now there’s more research, more products and more plans. Please choose your weight loss company carefully. Ensure they have the relevant experience and don’t dazzle you with words such as extreme ketosis weight loss plan or Rapid weight loss burn – they are marketing their plans like that to entice you in as lets face it, us slimmers want to shift this weight. FAST.
Make sure you choose a plan that has experience in their field. If you are looking for a plan that can support you, ensure they have qualifications or know their stuff. There’s too many companies that are hiring ordinary people who then care more about you joining ‘their team’ rather than how you can change your life!
Lastly, think very carefully about your VLCD plan. You can’t stay on it for long and before you know it, you’ll be back in the world of real food. If you go back to your old eating habits, unfortunately the weight will go back on again. However, if you think carefully about the changes you would like to make, then you are more likely to succeed with VLCD weight management. The SMLDiet has created the BALANCE PLAN – It’s a VLCD re-feed designed to help you introduce food after a VLCD & looks at the psychological factors around weight management.
Do you mindlessly eat when you're alone? maybe your good intentions go out the window when you are chatting with friends? There are so many different ways in which our weight is affected purely by our behaviour and time structuring & today I'm going to explain them to you.
There are 6 ways in which we choose to spend our time: Withdrawal. Rituals. Past-times. Activities. Games & Intimacy. Each of these ways in which we spend our time can have an affect on our eating and our weight.
Withdrawal is when we spend time on our own. An isolation period from others. Isolation can be good for us as we all need a bit of alone time but sometimes slimmers find that when they are alone they over eat without fear of someone judging what and how much they have eaten. Because of that fear of judgement, slimmers may find that they CHOOSE to be alone to indulge in secret eating.
Have you ever been to an event and there wasn't any food? It's not very common that that happens. Take weddings - a large all you can eat buffet spread put on or a wedding breakfast. You name it, food is usually involved. Throw in a few glasses of that cheeky vino & before you know it your resolve is thrown on the floor (a bit like your dance moves later on). Us humans are creatures of habit too. We do like our structure and routine. How much of your last 24 hours has been spent in your usual routine? wake up, brush teeth, get the children ready for school whilst you get ready for work etc etc. Have you ever thought that your eating could become a routine for you? From what you choose to eat, to when you eat it. We have a routine with our eating and it may not necessarily be doing your waist line any favours.
A few years ago (and i always give this example to explain how habits can quickly form), I worked until late at night. After work one night, i stopped to get petrol and whilst i was there i picked up a lil something something. In my head i liked that thing so next time i finished work and passed that petrol station, i got myself another lil something something. Before I knew it. It was my 'end of work' routine. I'd finish work and go and get that - EVERY TIME!!!
This is where we spend time maybe catching up with friends, chatting about the latest goss or anything predictable as you would when catching up with those that know you. Usually food is involved here to. Maybe a bit of alcohol?
This is where you spend your time 'doing'. Whether it be that housework, going to your actual work place or doing general run around chores. Believe it or not, this activity time can affect how you eat. When at work, do you all get the biccies and cakes out to celebrate Marge's birthday? Maybe whilst at work, you pop to the shop to buy a lunch meal deal?
Games are part of the game playing transactions we all have. You can spot them a mile off and they usually end up with a feeling of 'oh no here we go again'. Lets us an example of Stacey & Jane.
Stacey tells Jane 'I'm so fat and unhappy'. Jane's response to Stacey would be? yup you guessed it 'no you're not'
To which Stacey would tell Jane 'yes i am, i hate it i can't do anything about my weight. It's making me so unhappy'
(Can you see where we're going with this one?)
Jane would probably respond with suggestions
-Why don't you come to the fat fighters club with me on Thursdays
-Why don't you start eating healthily
-Why don't you join a gym
Stacey (because she is unknowingly playing a game) will bat back all of those suggestions because it isn't what she truly wants to hear
_I can't do Thursdays plus it doesn't work
-Eating healthily is too expensive
-The gym is too expensive and i'd feel self conscious
No matter what Jane suggests, it won't work. This will go on and on until one of them starts to feel like a victim 'nothing i suggest seems to help. Don't know why i bother' type of thoughts.
Of course games can be centered around anything in life and some games can be quite serious. Like the games we play with our partners because we are unhappy with our weight/looks and we start to push them away (usually to test our internal theories that we aren't good enough for anyone)
When i usually talk about intimacy when it comes to time structuring, people usually think it means in the literal sense. A bit of candles and Barry White but it can be the total opposite. What I mean is the sense of being true and honest with yourself and others. Opening yourself, raw and pure emotions.
Some of the ways in which we structure our time can really leave us feeling emotionally vulnerable. The emotional risk increases when we move from withdrawal all the way to intimacy.
When we are experiencing withdrawal we are emotionally safe as no-one is able to get in our withdrawal bubble to hurt us. When we are playing games, it may end up resulting in emotional distress for one or both parties.
When we are intimate with another person, we open ourselves up to them. They can bring with themselves positive or negative intimate experiences. How intimate we are with others usually comes from experiences in our childhood. This can affect our ability to get emotionally close as adults, our ability to be honest and true.
We usually spend less time being intimate due to these experiences and the beliefs we have formed around them. Because of this, we usually find it safe for us to be in past-time mode when it comes to other people. It's safe to just generally chit chat and not be true about your emotions. Unfortunately, there can be a downside to that general social situation. Our encounters can become superficial and can fail to stimulate us.
I hope this has given you some insight into time structuring and how it can affect your weight. As you can imagine, all of the ways in which we structure our time DO affect our eating. For example:
Games - when you are left with that bad feeling, you may find yourself reaching for food (emotional eating)
Intimacy - if you aren't being intimate, you may find intimacy from food
For a bit of self development, feel free to answer these questions for yourself:
If you have found this article helpful, please do check out our range of support tools over on the SMLDiet website.
This is a great question for any potential slimmer who is looking to lose weight using a Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD). There are so many VLCD's to choose from, it can be a bit of a mind muddle. The definition of a VLCD is a diet that is very low in calories i.e 600 cals on average a day (yes a day). Normally a slimmer following a TRUE VLCD would have total food replacements (also known as meal replacements or foodpacks).
These come in the form of soups, shakes, bars and meals usually and in order for it to be considered a VLCD, you need to ensure these packs give you all the vitamins and minerals you need to keep your body happy & healthy. VLCD meal replacements usually contain just enough carbs to maintain your body and it's requirements whilst allowing your body to go into ketosis.
Ketosis is a natural reaction for our bodies. In fact we can enter a light state of ketosis whilst we are asleep so if anyone tells you ketosis is bad for you, please don't worry.
The SMLDiet food replacements contain at least 25% of your RDA for essential vitamins and minerals so you can do your thing knowing you're losing weight & your body will remain healthy.
I've noticed how VLCD's are taking the UK by storm. Mainly because of the fast weight loss they offer. However, VLCD's are so popular with slimmers as they take food completely out of the equation.
Whilst following your VLCD plan there will be lots of changes that you will experience. The first being to your body. The fast weight loss means that your body shape will change in front of you/others. This can cause a period of unrest whilst we get used to the new you. You'll also experience psychological changes. This is common with any slimmer following any kind of diet plan. However, it's important you recognise these changes within yourself and adjust as you need to. This is where support from your VLCD supplier is really needed. At the SMLDiet, I am a qualified counsellor and have created a range of tools to help support you with these changes and your relationship both with yourself & food. Take a look here
Please Note: there are certain medical conditions that would prevent you from embarking on a VLCD. It is extremely important to check that you are eligible to start a VLCD prior to purchasing any packs from any VLCD company.
what support will i get from my company?
Support varies from company to company. There's companies out there that really do offer great support (SMLDiet being one of them) but unfortunately there's also companies out there that offer little or no support and the only thing they offer is very cheap products.
The SMLDiet have a secret facebook group that you can only see and join through invitation or by emailing us to ask to join. We also offer free support tools such as downloads, worksheets to help keep you motivated. As a qualified weight management mentor, I offer 1:1 support sessions & for slimmers close to our offices in Buckingham, we offer free weigh in's and chats with our team.
what do meal replacements taste like?
VLCD's have come along way since they were first introduced into the UK market. The VLCD UK Manufacturers work hard to ensure their products meet all the EU regulations whilst ensuring that customers will continue to enjoy the product. Bearing in mind, this isn't like conventional food, alot of VLCD foodpacks DO taste delicious, mix up well and leave you feeling full. In fact there's alot to say for the UK VLCD manufacturers and the high quality products out there on the UK Market.
which vlcd company do i choose?
Obviously after reading this post, we hope you choose the SMLDiet. However, you need to find a company that will suit your needs. Take a look at these questions to ask yourself...
What support do you want? - you may want to be one of the slimmers who simply orders and that's it but it's completely different from the support that you need. You may find 3 weeks into your VLCD plan that boy it's tough and harder than you thought therefore a bit more support could certainly help you.
Is price an issue? - VLCD's aren't the cheapest diet product out there and there's a reason for it. A lot of research goes into the products, a lot of products goes into the product and there's insurances etc that each VLCD company needs so companies can't give them away. However, at the SML Diet we believe you get what you pay for and quality and amazing service does cost but needn't cost the earth. Unfortunately a few years ago, there were meal replacements in the market that i wouldn't have recommended and these were being sold extremely cheaply. So please do your research before choosing a company just because it's the cheapest.
Some VLCD plans may seem expensive but those plans offer intensive support. At the SML Diet, our products start from 95p which we believe is fantastic value for money and we offer continued on-going support.
will i put the weight back on?
There is a common myth around VLCD's and the fact that the moment you stop losing weight and re-eat food, you will just re-gain the weight. This isn't true. As a scientific calculation, your body needs 3500 calories more than it needs for nutritional purposes in order to gain just 1lb. A lot of VLCDcompanies have thought long and hard about their re-feed plans as they want you to be their walking, talking adverts. So if you follow the re-feed plans and ASK for support from the VLCD companies, they will be more than willing to help support you.
Lastly, having been on a VLCD before, I can vouch for how fantastic they can be. In fact VLCD's can be life changing - look at me! i now work at the SML Diet!
Wishing you all the very best for your weight loss success
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.