Before you use any of Practically Slim’s diet products in order to start on a Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD), please make sure you read the following medical guidance information.
Medical supervision by your General Practitioner is very important before starting any diet, but is particularly important before you start a VLCD.
If you are currently on any medication prescribed by your GP this will need to be monitored or the dosage adjusted as you lose your weight. Your blood pressure may need monitoring whilst you are on a VLCD.Please remember that we at Practically Slim are not trained medical professionals and we need you to ensure you obtain proper advice and guidance from your own GP before commencing a VLCD.
A very low-calorie diet (VLCD) is a special type of diet that replaces all of your meals with prepared formulas, often in the form of meal replacement packs. A VLCD may be used for a short time to promote quick weight loss among some people who are considered to be obese.
What are the possible Side Effects of a VLCD?
Very low calorie diets can have temporary side effects for some individuals; these are normal and will disappear when returning to conventional food. Most side effects are experienced in the first few days; carbohydrate and caffeine withdrawal can take place when starting a programme, usually causing headaches. Simple pain killers and drinking extra water will help. Some people experience feelings of nausea or an upset tummy. This could be due to the high concentration of vitamins and minerals contained in the replacement meals. Drinking water before, during and after eating can ease this.
Sometimes, certain people are not suited to a VLCD and to follow a Practically Slim VLCD plan you need to be able to answer NO to all of the following questions: