Very Low Calorie Diets

A VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diet) is a nutritionally complete meal that contains 800 calories or less per day. Meals can be in the form of shakes, soups, bars or desserts and are designed to be a total food replacement containing the daily required levels of proteins, fatty acids, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Medically supervised VLCD’s promote rapid weight loss through ketosis whilst ensuring adequate micronutrient and macronutrient requirements are met.

VLCD’s can be used as a standalone treatment for overweight or obesity or in combination with medical or surgical weight loss interventions. For example, it is common for a patient to undergo a VLCD for a short period of time prior to bariatric surgery in order to reduce liver size and promote weight loss before the operation.

VLCD’s are not for everyone. It is important to discuss with your GP, Bariatric Doctor, Surgeon or Dietitian before you start a VLCD as some people are not suitable for this type of weight loss program. Your MedSurg Weight Loss Doctor and Dietitian will educate you on how to use a VLCD and what to expect while you’re taking it.

If you’d like to learn more about VLCD call (07) 3373 0265 or email to book an appointment. No referral is necessary.