A VLED is an intensive weight loss program consisting of meal replacements preparations usually taken 2-3 times a day. This results in a significant energy deficit and rapid weight loss. Weight loss of approximately 1-2kg per week can occur but will vary depending on baseline weight, sex and activity level. Many meal replacements are available but not all will be nutritionally complete.
Some things to consider when beginning the Formulite VLED:
Replace 3 meals a day and consume less than 800 calories per day:
This is the program to follow for rapid weight loss – typically this diet is prescribed before major surgeries like bariatric surgery, where the patient must lose weight quickly.
Replace 2 meals a day and consume less than 1000 calories per day:
This is the most common program for people who are just starting out with meal replacement shakes.
This program allows for 1 meal per day, usually a dinner that consists of 2 serves of lean protein and 1 cup of low starch veggies). For breakfast and lunch, you will have a Formulite shake.
Replace 1 meal a day and consume less than 1200 calories per day:
Patients choose to replace 1 meal a day when they are in the “maintenance” phase of their weight loss. This program is focused on gradual, long-term weight loss as opposed to rapid weight loss. This is a convenient option for patients with busy lives who are not heavily focused on losing weight.
Walk, Run, Swim or any activity that gets your heart pumping.
The physical activity guidelines for Australian adults recommends spending at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most, preferably all days. You’d be surprised how far you can get in 30 minutes!
Your body works very hard at night. The better you sleep, the better your body works. Lack of sleep is one of the biggest contributors towards putting on weight so make sure you prioritise a healthy sleeping pattern.
Stress can have a noticeable effect on your body. When you are feeling stressed try to head outdoors or exercise for 20 to 30 minutes.
We know that water is essential for life, and when we sweat more than usual we need to consolidate this with increased fluid intake. This includes rehydrating after working out and spending time outside.
You know you’re not having enough water when your lips, mouth or tongue are extra dry, you’re more thirsty than usual or you have a headache.