A Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) - also known as a protein-sparing modified fast - is a restricted eating plan used to maximize weight loss. The plan uses nutritional supplements (shakes, pudding, soups and bars) that replace grocery food intake. In some cases, a VLCD may include nutritional supplements plus one meal. A VLCD is generally limited to 800 calories a day or less.
HOW IT WORKS
A comprehensive VLCD has four phases:
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