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 unhealthy 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 it 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 diabetes as well as reducing joint and muscle pain.

Some medical experts have claimed that losing weight can slow or even reverse the signs of ageing. In addition, losing weight quickly and safely on a VLCD increases the chances of keeping the weight off in the long term.

Benefits on your pocket too!

Your weight loss will be rapid. Because Slim & Save will be the main source of your food intake you will not be spending money on the other foods that you ate previously.

Supermarket and takeaway food is expensive and if you add up all the little treats that you would have had along the way (the muffins and chocolate bars etc) you will see a reduction in what you spend on food. In addition, you won’t have to attend weekly meetings or buy special magazines with Slim & Save. You really will save time and money on Slim & Save.

VLCDs make life much easier

On Slim & Save you can have a complete break from your old eating patterns and habits which led to you being overweight in the first place. You will be able to start with a clean slate and develop new healthy eating habits.

Once you have reached your target weight and start to eat conventional food again you will be able to approach it fearlessly and sensibly, thus maintaining your new healthy weight.

Very Low Calorie Diet

In our little black book of excuses we often use the one about being too busy/stressed/unfocused to slim. It is true that in the 21st Century we do have comparatively less time to devote to cooking and eating healthy food. But that’s where the beauty of a VLCD like Slim & Save lies…… ‘Just Add Water’ or ‘Just Heat’ are probably THE quickest, simplest and easiest recipes to follow.

Our shakes, meals, soups, and bars are completely nutritionally balanced and can be ready in a matter of minutes. There are no pots and pans to wash up and you can even use that extra time to devote to a little ‘you time’.

With a Slim & Save diet programme you can concentrate 100% on rapid weight loss rather than 100% on food.