Hi bit of advice I have been following a VLCD since early January weight loss has been great I know it’s not sustainable but wanted to get to my lowest then start normal dieting to get rid of the next 3 stone but I have had so many colds not working out as not recommended but not struggling with diet at all but just need the colds to go it’s getting to me I take vitamins and thought that would be ok any recommendations?
VLCD: Hi bit of advice I have been following... - Weight Loss NHS
Sounds like you might be under some stress (diet change, winter weather)
Why not focus on getting over the cold and take the pressure off for a few days. ❤️
Be kind to yourself.
Treat yourself to a good quality vitamin c and take a 1000 mg tablet ever 4 hours or so (or till you get the runs!)
Do this for 3-4 days and you should get better. Of course keep your regular minerals and vitamins, soup and sleep going.
Sleep is very important to weight loss and to fight colds
Hope this helps... just what works for me.
It sounds like your immune system is taxed. Don't let it stay like that: you don't know what opportunist infections or (sorry) cancers might take advantage. Stop the VLCD for now and coax your immune systems back to good health, then start again with the hard diets.
TL;DR: listen to what your body is telling you.
If you have attained your low-calorie count by minimising fats, that's your problem right there. Fat soluble vitamins are important to the immune system, added to the fact that single-celled organisms (bacteria and viruses) use carbohydrate as a fuel supply; mitochondria are necessary to utilise fat. If you have a sore throat for instance, try soothing double cream instead of honey.
Not advocating a keto diet, but don't eat more carbohydrate than your body uses. For most people that's about 480 kcal to 640 kcal per day.
Periodically, make sure you get a maintenance amount of kcals to assure your body that it hasn't landed on a desert island with a scarcity of food, and it doesn't need to slow your metabolism. Or you could do something like a 5:2 diet, so that you get a maintenance amount most of the time, and a VLCD less frequently.
God bless you.
Hello and Welcome mira,
I think your body is probably crying out for some food, in particular some fat. I can't really add anymore than Concerned. It's great that you are keeping the carbs down, but you should be including good fats into your diet and eating enough so that your poor body has the chance to recover. I would imagine it has gone into shock being kept on so little for so long.
We all want quick weight loss, but as you rightly say, it is not sustainable for the long term. Find yourself an enjoyable Healthy Eating plan that you will be able to keep to. If you feel the need to go low, then only do it twice a week, but eat real food on those days instead of meal replacements and make sure you eat your full quota of calories on the other 5 days of the week.
I hope you feel better very soon.
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VLCD - is this Very low carb diet or very low calorie diet???
If it's low calories then I would up them ( to the middle of the NHS BMI calculator range for you personally at least) and make sure there are loads of nutritious home made food like veg soup etc.
Hope you feel better real soon and remember this is the time of year that the cold seems rife in the UK
400 calories a day is incredibly low for a long period of time and not really to be recommended. I see you say that you have been dieting for longer than you care to mention. I would say there is the problem, you sound as though, like many of us, you have yo-yo dieted. Diet's just don't work, maybe it's time for a change. Have you seen this,
Being a Newbie and reading all the different idea's on this forum, can be so confusing. I would suggest that to start with, you make some small changes, cut out junk food, watch your carbs, if your not yet ready to ditch bread, rice, pasta then at least change to brown varieties. Sweet Potato is better than normal potatoes. Incorporate some good fats and ditch any diet or low calorie foods, these generally have a high sugar content to make up the taste once the fat has been removed.
I would definitely not suggest that you undertake VLCD.
Thank you Luci not exactly yo yo ing it’s been 7 stone loss over 4 years but have had occasional slips and seems to go wrong when other things happen in life, but already have cut out bread, pasta, sugar etc do not eat those normally and no low cal items so to lose weight and reduce calories VLCD is the best way for me just the colds have been a nightmare but I think I will go for more vit c and take it from there enjoying the journey apart from that
Thanks for your response. Mine query was more curiosity. I would never be able to manage on 400Kcals a day. Your advice is reassuring as what you describe is pretty much what I am doing. Really conscious of my weakness for bread and pasta, so have reduced bread intake and replacing most of my pasta with spiralized courgettes and upped my oily fish meals.
It sounds to me as though you are doing well. Well done for replacing the pasta, I actually can't eat pasta anymore since replacing with courgettes and boodles, I find I much prefer it. As for bread, I think it is a lot of people's downfall, especially fresh.
I eat bread very rarely now. It took a while to find a substitute and I never thought I would be able to eat soup with out a slice, but it is surprising what you adjust to over a period of time.
Keep at it, your doing well
Hi, mira99, welcome.
If you "slim smart" weight loss is not so hard! It is not all about motivation and masochism.
Some of us here find that what works is a combination of The Low Carbohydrate, High-Fat (LCHF) diet (see the forum here on Health Unlocked) and Not Snacking All Day AKA Intermittent Fasting (IF). See:
Newbies IF FAQ:
The Fasting and Furious Forum, here on Health Unlocked:
The first part of the Fast 800 programme is a VLCD of 800 cals. I have been doing that since mid-January with no ill effects so far and great weight loss. The guided (paid for) programme has been more like a cookery course with lots of different , well balanced , recipes, all fresh foods, no processed foods or meal replacements. If your issues are associated with nutrition and you want to VLCD then that might be worth a go, but remember, without medical supervision, you should only VLCD for 12 weeks.,
Hi a VLCD is not good for you in the long term and may be contributing to your health and ability to get over it. Eat sensibly till your feeling better then start again and check your allowance on BMI calculator and eat to top end of it. Eating to little can send your body into starvation mode. Hope you're feeling better soon plenty of soup and vitamin c needed. I take 1000g dissolvable tab each day from end of Oct to end of march to help ward off the eeby geebies