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How To Make A Low Calorie Diet Count

Posted in Personal Health 04 Dec, 2014

Losing weight can often be a daunting task, one that requires motivation as well as discipline over a steady period of time. Sadly some who try both diet and exercise do not see the results they desire, and revert back to their old eating habits and lifestyle.

However a diet plan which is often overlooked and misunderstood is the 'very low calorie diet', whereby you can look to achieve rapid weight loss over a 12-week period.

This blog will look at how a very low calorie diet works and how to carefully manage it.

What is a very low calorie diet?

A very low calorie diet is a strict plan, which should be followed for 12 continuous weeks. It works by limiting your calorie intake to 800 per day.

Furthermore, a very low calorie should be not be confused with the more common 'low calorie diet' where the recommended calorie intake, according to the NHS, is the following:

  • Men - Between 1500 and 2000 calories
  • Woman – Between 1000 and 1500 calories

Is a very low calorie right for me?

Whilst a very low calorie diet can appeal to those who are classed as obese and looking to rapidly < a href="" target="blank">lose weight, you should speak with your GP first to make sure it is safe for you to undertake this weight loss program. Furthermore, it is important to ensure you find a qualified provider who can place you on a low calorie diet, keep track of your progress and monitor your health.

Are there any side effects?

As with any diet plan, your body will undergo various changes. In the case of the very low calorie diet, you may experience side effects such as tiredness, constipation, diarrhoea, and nausea. If you find these difficult to deal with you should immediately speak with your doctor.

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