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What You Must Understand About Very Low Calorie Diets By Virgile Fyhn

  in Aging | Published 2014-03-05 06:36:54 | 159 Reads | Unrated


Very low calorie diets are just one possibility out of many different types of diets. Due to these diets cutting your intake of calories to very low levels you really should speak to a medical professional for some advice before going on one. While doctors will sometimes recommend them to patients w ho need to lose weight quickly, they're not safe for everyone. We'll be focusing on some of the features of very low calorie diets in this article.

The biggest advantage with a very low calorie diet is that patients who are obese and have a weight related medical issue can drop the weight very fast. This kind of diet will allow them to lose five pounds each week, which is a total of twenty pounds every month. Those with high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes or hypertension can benefit from this greatly, and it can sometimes even be life saving. The guidance of a doctor for this type of weight loss is very important, especially so if you are already getting treatment for a health condition. Working in conjunction with your doctor is essential for establishing a long term plan to maintain your weight loss. Research has indicated that there are no actual benefits to consuming a very low calorie diet as opposed to a diet that is merely low calorie. On a typical low calorie diet you can eat between 800 and 1500 calories each day, whereas a very low calorie diet limits you at 800 calories or less. If you're on a very low calorie diet you'll see a lot of weight loss to begin with, however a good amount of it is from the loss of fluids. However, studies have suggested that after a few months a VLCD isn't any more effective than a regular low calorie diet. Also, a very low calorie diet can present some horrible side effects, such as dry skin, headaches, fatigue and hair loss, just to name a few. Even though a very low calorie diet might be best in cases where there's a medical reason, a normal low calorie diet will probably be most comfortable for people looking to lose weight.

In England in the 1970s the Cambridge Diet, which is a very low calorie diet, was developed. Pre-packaged foods that provide you with the required nutrients, in addition to keeping your calories low, are given to you on this diet. Soups, shakes and meal bars are what form they are in. Even though this diet has been in existence for a while, and a lot of people have had success on it, it does carry some disadvantages. You are required to drink a lot of water so you don't become dehydrated, and exercise can only be done at a very low intensity. Also, people can find themselves fed up of consuming packaged meals. Before going on a diet like the Cambridge Diet you need to consult your doctor to find out whether it's safe for you.

In closing, extremely low calorie food programs are not the answer for all dieters, but if your physician gives you a heads up and you wish to choose the intensity, it may be helpful for you. You now have a little information regarding the selections open to you.

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