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What is a VLCD?

What is a VLCD? A very-low-calorie diet (VLCD) is a fast, and effective diet plan. On it you replace conventional food with total diet replacements (TDR) foods, providing around 600-800 calories a day.

LighterLife’s VLCD: If you’ve got at least a stone to lose, and you don’t want to hang onto it any longer than necessary, choose our premium plan, Total.

Total is low enough in carbs and calories to switch your body into ketosis – running on its stored fat – and, £ for lb, it’s the cheapest, quickest way to lose weight. Find out more about ketosis here.

On our Total VLCD you’ll swap out your ordinary food for four LighterLife Foodpacks a day – including meals like Spaghetti Bolognese, shakes including Chocolate, hearty soups, porridge, nutritious bars, noodle-packed FastPots and even Chocolate Mug Cake.

LighterLife Foodpacks gives you all the vitamins, minerals, protein, essential fats, fibre and carbs you need in just 600-800 kcal, and all the great taste and convenience to keep you motivated whilst on plan.

How much weight will I lose? You can expect to lose a stone a month when following our Total plan

More than just a diet

Our Total VLCD plan is far more than a “diet”. It’s a golden opportunity to change your relationship with food and develop the skills to keep your weight off in the long term, through our weekly Xpress slimming club meetings or our exclusive Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) programme. Plus, you’ll have access to online support tools, the LighterLife community and much more! Find out more about our unique weight-loss support here.

Our Total plan at a glance

Consume 4 Foodpacks a day: You can choose from either 4 x 150 kcal Foodpacks or 3 x 150 kcal Foodpacks + 1 x 200 kcal meal-replacement per day. Pick a combination of soups, shakes, porridge, savoury meals, FastPots and bars – no cooking, no weighing, no measuring, no calorie counting, no fuss!

Drink unlimited amounts: Water (tap/mineral/sparkling water), black coffee, black tea from the leaf, LighterLife Savoury Broth and LighterLife sugar-free Drink Mixes are all approved whilst following a LighterLife plan.

LighterLife extras: Raspberry Jelly, Mousse Mix, Fibre Mix, Popped Chips (1-2 packs a week if on Total).

Plan essentials: The LighterLife Your Programme book will be become your best friend during your weight-loss journey, everything you need to know can be found in there. We recommend investing in our handy shaker and Sistema microwave bowl, plus check you’re burning fat with easy-to-use Ketostix.

Find your local Xpress meeting, face-to-face group or online telephone group to give you all the support you need during your LighterLife journey here