We often get asked if you can have different products on the programme, and for some items the answer is yes. We then get asked if we can have them why aren’t they listed on your website? Well, the answer to that is you can have for example some “Coke Zero” but we do not promote fizzy drinks or recommend that you drink “Coke Zero” so, therefore, we do not add it to our website as part of the plan.
Therefore, we have made a list of the items we are asked about most frequently. We are not endorsing these products for you to use on the plan, we are only confirming that you can have them if you want to. There are also some items listed below to double confirm that you can not have them whilst on the plan.
Salt, which is a mineral, is allowed on the diet. You may also use pepper. Fry Light can be used sparingly for cooking.
Many diet drinks tend to contain ‘Citric Acid’ which in some people can cause problems with getting in, or staying in ketosis. We had tried to keep a list of “Ketosis friendly drinks” but due to manufacturers changing ingredients it’s essential that you ensure the products you choose are suitable to the plan.
Things to watch out for: Ingredients contains no Citric Acid. Calories per 100ml are less than 2 Kcal. Please see the drinks list here.
Tea and Coffee
Tea and coffee are fine to consume providing you are not using milk beyond your daily allowance. Some people may find it harder to get into ketosis with high levels of caffeine so it would be wise to minimise tea and coffee in the first four days of the plan.
Herbs and Spices
Herbs and Spices are allowed in moderation as long as they are fresh or dried. Therefore no processed products are allowed. There are far too many many herbs and spices to list here so if you are not sure please ask, but here is a list of the most common ones: Angelica, Basil, Cayenne Pepper, Chicory, Chilli Powder, Cinnamon, Cumin, Dill, Fennel, Ginger, Horseradish, Jasmine, Lavender, Mint, Nutmeg, Oregano, Paprika, Pepper, Peppermint, Rosemary, Saffron, Sage, Turmeric, Vanilla, Willow.
Garlic Cloves, Red & Green Chili Peppers need to be accounted for using the meal planner due to the higher carb contents. Anything you are not sure about please ask prior to consuming.
If you are following our ‘Lifestyle’ plan, then you are able to include some red meat in your diet by using the meal planner website. Unfortunately, to ensure you do not go over your calorie allowance we are not able to quote quantities in the brochure.
On both the ‘Lifestyle’ and ‘Simplicity’ plans you are allowed to have vegetables. We have a basic list in the brochure, but to ensure ketosis is not breached you would need to use the meal planner for any vegetables not listed in the brochure.
No fruit is allowed on our plans apart from “Week 13 TFR Break” as this would bring you out of ketosis.
Under no circumstances should any alcohol be consumed whilst following a VLCD diet. When in Ketosis alcohol can be extremely dangerous and could even cause death.
If you intend to drink alcohol it is essential to come off the diet and out of ketosis BEFORE you have any alcohol.
We recommend introducing a normal diet 48 hours prior to consuming any alcohol.