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Very Low Calorie Diets

      Weight loss methods often include low-calorie diets containing between 800 to 1,500 calories each day, combined with regular exercise. Very Low Calorie Diets are sometimes recommended for very fast and significant weight loss in obese people. Very Low Calorie Diets are commercially prepared formulas containing 800 calories or less that replace all normal food intake. These are not to be confused with over-the-counter meal replacements that are designed to replace one or two meals each day. Very Low Calorie Diets should always be used only under a doctor's supervision.

These diets can be safe when followed under medical supervision. An individual should not be on one of these diets unless their Body Mass Index is over 30 (obese). As well, experts differ in opinion on the value of those over 50 being placed on a Very Low Calorie Diet.

These diets are tailor made to suit an individual's specific needs. Generally, the goal is to assist a person to lose 3-5 pounds a week. This goal translates into a total of 44 pounds of weight lost over a 12 week period. Significant weight loss of this sort can help obese people lower their risk of obesity related illnesses, such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. As with any diet, behavior modifications, such as daily exercise, are required to ensure long term weight loss.

Very Low Calorie Diets can cause fatigue, weakness, diarrhea, nausea and gallstones. No individual should be on a Very Low Calorie Diet unless advised to do so by their doctor.

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