Very Low Calorie Diet (‘VLCD Diet’) – Find out the benefits

If you ask a weight-loss expert “what is the most effective way to lose weight quickly and safely?” they are bound to say, “It’s a Very Low Calorie Diet” or “VLCD Diet”.

Recommended by both the NHS and NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence), VLCD Diets have been used successfully across the globe for over 50 years. This feature explains the many benefits of a very low calorie diet.

So what exactly is a VLCD Diet?

A very low calorie diet incorporates consuming a maximum of 1,000 calories per day. To put that into perspective, to maintain a static weight (i.e. not lose or gain weight) most women would consume 2,000 calories per day and men 2,500.

On a VLCD Diet, as your calorific intake is reduced significantly, you will experience rapid weight-loss (much quicker than if you were to simply cut back and calorie count). Losing around three stones in three months is not unusual.

The additional benefit of using Slim & Save VLCD products is that you do not have to focus totally on calorie counting. You just simply follow your chosen Slim & Save Plan, which might be 100% meal replacement or could incorporate a low carbohydrate meal from the easy to use meal planner. As un-healthy food is taken out of the equation you can get on with your life whilst losing weight and reaching your target.

Very Low Calorie Diets and the Medical Profession

Many medical experts working in the weight-loss and obesity fields encourage the use of very low calorie diets. TV’s Dr Hilary Jones has frequently spoken about the benefits of VLCDs. They have been used by the medical profession for over 50 years and are viewed as a fast, safe and efficient way to lose weight. If you are considering a VLCD it is advisable to discuss with your GP. In a few cases this type of diet would not be suitable i.e. if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or under 18 years of age.

NHS Guidelines

The NHS has their own page giving a good summary of the benefits of a very low calorie diet which you may find useful and can be found on the NHS Website .

Benefits to your health

Very low calorie diets can have enormous health benefits. Not only do they provide fast and efficient weight-loss but can also reduce the health risks associated with being obese or overweight.

If you are obese (have a BMI of 30+) then you are at risk of developing serious medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers, stroke, joint and muscle pain.


The medical benefits of losing weight on a very low calorie diet plan will not only reduce your risk of developing serious medical conditions in the future, but may also reduce the symptoms of pre-existing conditions. It is widely reported that losing weight can reduce the pre-existing symptoms of Type 2 diabet