LOW CALORIE DIET
What is it?
A Low Calorie Diet (LCD) is a medical weight management program where patients consume between 1000 and 1200 calories per day.
Who is it for?
Although not as restrictive as the VLCD, the LCD is still capable of helping you lose a considerable amount of weight and so it is best suited to people who are very overweight or for those who need to lose a large amount of weight quickly and safely.
How much weight?
Although the results experienced with weight loss are different for each person, and your results will depend on your adherence to the weight loss plan provided by Dr. Amin with an LCD you consume slightly more that you would on a VLCD. Research shows that reducing your intake by 500 to 1000 calories per day will result in weight loss of between 1 and 2 pounds per week*. Depending on what your average daily intake was before starting on the LCD, you can expect to reduce your intake by between 1000 and 1500 calories daily which will equate to 1-3 pounds of weight loss weekly. Weight loss from 50 to 100 or more pounds can be achieved with a LCD although it is accomplished at a slower rate than on a VLCD.
During a LCD, you may replace all or a portion off your normal food for OPTIFAST shakes and bars. OPTIFAST is recognized as the gold standard for medical weight loss formula because of it contains all of the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that you require each day.
Although the calorie intake of a LCD is between 1000 and 1200 calories, this may be quite a bit less than you have been used to. Dr. Amin may prescribe appetite control medication or injections to assist you to stay comfortable while your body adjusts to this reduced food intake.
On a LCD our medical team will monitor you closely. The exact schedule and type of monitoring depends on your current health and any existing medical conditions. This will also depend on what percent of your calorie intake is normal food versus OPTIFAST shakes and bars.