What is a very low-calorie diet?
A very low calorie diet, like Angel Locsin’s, is a clinically-supervised diet plan that includes eating less than about 800 calories a day. Doctors recommend it for obese people and those who are managing diabetes, undergoing surgery, or preparing for treatment to give birth.
A very low calorie diet (VLCD) a.k.a 800-calorie diet has been used as part of a rapid weight loss program for obese people since the 1970s. This diet is prescribed to patients for a short period of time as part of a comprehensive weight loss program. Patients must meet certain criteria, including a BMI or body mass index of 30 or higher, and must have a medical reason to lose weight immediately.
Diet usually involves replacing regular foods with low-calorie bars, smoothies, soups, or porridges. They are not the first option for managing obesity and should not be used frequently. An 800-calorie diet should only last for up to 12 weeks under medical supervision. Do not follow a very low calorie diet unless your doctor recommends it.
Benefits of 800-Calorie Diet and Other VLCD
Ketogenic VLCDs are effective short-term and sometimes long-term treatments for pediatric patients with type 2 diabetes. It improves glycemic control and BMI. It also allows the discontinuation of exogenous insulin use, as well as of other anti-diabetes drugs.
Some people need rapid weight loss under medical supervision. For example, a person who is very restricted due to hip or knee osteoarthritis can fall into a difficult cycle. They are restricted in movement due to pain, which limits their energy production and makes it difficult to lose weight.