Weight loss is a very controversial topic among both men and women not only because of the many emerging exercise and dietary regimens but also because of the effect it generates and not to mention the dictates of the society as to what the physical image of a person should be. Two of the most long-established weight loss dietary regimens are the low calorie diet and the very low calorie diet.
It is a known fact that calories are one of the sources of energy that fuels the body. A low calorie diet is one of the most basic and well-know form of dieting by simply reducing calorie intake. Reduction of calories to a certain amount which is less that what the body needs will therefore result in burning of fats to replace them.
In adapting a low-calorie diet, it is more effective to eat foods that are higher in fiber and nutrients and lower in calories rather than eating small portions of food which is high in calorie content (The Low Calorie Diet, n. d.).
A very low calorie diet (VDL) is much different from a low calorie diet because the diet consists of 1500 to 1800 calories per day. Sessions with a physician is highly recommended before deciding to undergo a very low calorie diet. People who are extremely overweight, obese or has a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 30 are more likely to go on very low-calorie diet with the supervision of a doctor.
BMI is a measure of a persons body fat in relation to his height and weight and is calculated by dividing a person’s weight in pounds by height in inches and multiplied by 703 (Very Low-calorie Diet, 2008).
A very low-calorie diet usually involves prepared formulas like liquid shakes and bars as substitute to a typical food intake. The formula contains vitamins and minerals to ensure that the patient meets the nutritional requirements and loses weight safely without any danger to his health.
Weight loss of about three to five pounds per week totaling fifty pounds in three months is expected by a participant of a very low diet program. This routine is a part of a comprehensive weight loss program which normally includes nutritional counseling, physical activities and behavioral therapy (Low-Calorie Diet, n. d.).
Some participants of this dietary program may experience several side effects which are not apt to disappear over time such as nausea, diarrhea, and constipation.
If a person suddenly lost a big chunk of his weight, there is a tendency for gallstones to appear so it is very important for the diet to be highly supervised by the doctor every step of the way to avoid complications such as this. According to several researchers, sudden weight loss increases highly the cholesterol levels thereby decreasing the ability of the gallbladder to contract and expel the bile (Very Low-calorie Diet, 2008).
A common disadvantage of very low-calorie dieters is their tendency to regain the weight they lost. There has not yet been a long term program and maintenance developed together with the very low-calorie diet regimen so the most usual recommendation is diet combined with other treatment such as personal counseling in order to maintain the weight loss.
A common advantage of dietary programs is the manifestation of the weight loss result which can be extremely motivating and also beneficial especially to obese diet participants in view of their obesity-related medical conditions.
Weight loss improves metabolism and blood circulation not to mention the lessening effects of heart diseases. Some people who experience success in this plan usually develop healthy diet, proper exercise routine and ultimately a healthy lifestyle (Very Low-calorie Diets, 2008).
There really is a challenge in maintaining healthful eating habits while undergoing these types of weight loss program. The one guaranteed risk-free solution in faithfully complying with the program is discipline. If a person fixes his sight in something distractions seem to disappear. Weight loss is indeed not an easy task but to a person with passion and determination nothing seems hard.
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