Very Low Calorie Diet can have many effects on your body. In most cases they are positive, but there can also be milder side effects. In this article we will explain the benefits of VLCD and also what you need to pay attention to in order to avoid its negative effects.

fit womanFirst of all it is good to know who should use VLCD. VLCD is recommended for patients with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30. Patients with a BMI of 27 to 30 should use VLCD only if they have medical complications resulting from their overweight. This type of diet is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women and also not for children or adolescents, except in specialized treatment programs.

Very low energy diet has many health benefits for the human body. With such a diet we can quickly and greatly improve the medical conditions associated with excess body weight such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Our personal physician must always be  informed of such diet so that he can quickly adapt the medical treatment.

Doses of insulin or hypoglycaemic medicines for patients with type 2 diabetes may be drastically reduced or even abolished with the help of very low energy diet. Blood pressure drops significantly during the diet, and many patients with hypertension even reach the normal level. Numerous studies also report on the reduction of the level of triglycerides and cholesterol in the blood, but the situation after moving to custom food may deteriorate again.

With VLCD we can lose about 1,5 - 3 kgs per week and this can be very motivating for the participant to insist although it is not easy to change eating and lifestyle habits in order to achieve results.


Mild side effects of VLCD include for example: tiredness, sudden dizziness, headache, indigestion, irregular menstrual periods... Mostly they are related to a lower energy intake and eventually disappear.

The only more serious side effect of very low calorie diet is gallstone formation which is caused by rapid weight loss. But gallstones can be prevented taking some medicines. That’s why it is so important that patients are monitored regularly by their physicians  in order to avoid negative side effects in time.


VLCD can bring you great results but the right way is not only the diet. The right way is the combination of healthy food which includes a variety of nutrients, limited food portions and planning your meals along with an active lifestyle, which means that you burn  more calories than you consume. So the right way is changing your lifestyle wholly. This is very important, because VLCD is for short term use only. It should not extend beyond 12 weeks. In this period you have enough time to gain new, healthy lifestyle habits and then, after the diet, it will not be  difficult for you to follow them.


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