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Meal replacements

W8MD’s delicious meal replacements and protein products will help you achieve your goals, and have been
clinically proven and scientifically designed to work in conjunction with your meal plan—theyare critical to your success.

W8MD's VLCD weight loss diet

W8MD’s VLCD weight loss diet

Screening Phase

The Screening Phase consists of various medical, laboratory and psychological tests to ensure that you are both medically and
psychologically able to participate in the program.

Reducing Phase

During this time of rapid weight loss, you will use scientifically designed meal replacement products as your major food intake. These products are nutritionally designed to provide your body with nutrients needed for safe, effective weight loss. It is important
to take only these products provided by during the weight loss phase or your nutritional needs and health could be compromised.


Adapting Phase

You will gradually begin to add grocery foods to your daily diet and reduce the number of meal replacement products. The calories you consume will be adjusted so that you stop losing but continue to manage your weight.

Maintenance Phase

(STAR Plan—Steps to Avoid Regain)

In our Maintenance Phase you will eat grocery foods and practice your new lifestyle and weight management skills under the guidance of our medical staff. You’ll continue to work with the  staff to adjust your calories and meal plans so you can maintain your new body weight and meet your nutritional needs. During maintenance, many patients find it helpful to continue to use one or two products daily.

Remember—a combination of regular activity,
sensible eating and ongoing support from our staff will help you
maintain your weight loss.

What will the protein supplements do to help you lose weight?

These protein meal replacement supplements help provide the body with additional high-quality protein, which is vital to preserve lean body tissue and help protect the major organs of the body.

Help the body maintain a higher metabolic rate during calorie restriction so you feel less tired, burn more fat and lose weight faster. They also provide a greater feeling of satiety and this helps control hunger.

W8MD meal replacement supplements for weight loss

W8MD meal replacement supplements for weight loss

The high-protein nutrients help you achieve the following:
Supplies the necessary amount of high-quality protein without the added calories and dietary fat found in most common protein rich foods. And, since they are portion controlled, they make weight loss easier by eliminating the need to weigh foods, read labels, food shop and plan meals.

Provides a structured systematic approach to weight management, which allows better adherence to the program. In addition, the products are convenient and compatible with today’s busy lifestyle. They’re portable, easy to mix, and taste delicious.

FAQ’s for Meal Replacements

Why is protein so important in a VLCD?

Your body must have protein to meet its physiological needs. Without our concentrated protein, your body would break down its own tissues. That can have serious health consequences.

Aren’t carbohydrates and fat also important?

Yes, but smaller amounts are sufficient. Carbohydrates help protect your body’s protein and maintain electrolyte and fluid balance; a minimal amount is needed to fuel cells that are unable to use ketones. A moderate amount of fat provides essential fatty acids, which are needed for good health.

Will I be hungry?

Most clients report that their hunger diminishes or disappears within a day or two of beginning the program due to the presence of ketones and reduced food temptations. Our high-protein, low-carbohydrate nutritional profile also plays a role in appetite  suppression.

How will this diet help me lose body fat?

Ordinarily, your body uses glucose from carbohydrates for energy. When calories and carbohydrates are limited (as with a VLCD), your body burns its own stored fat for energy. The fat is released into the bloodstream and travels to the liver, where it is converted to ketones (KEE-tones). The ketones are then released back into the bloodstream, where muscles and tissues use them for energy. This process is called Ketosis (kee-TOSE-sis).

W8MD weight loss success stories

W8MD weight loss success stories

How will I know if I am in ketosis?

Common signs of Ketosis include fruity breath, a metallic taste in the mouth, reduced appetite and increased energy. If using keytone strips to test your urine, be aware that the body will stop throwing keytones as it adjusts.

Are there any side effects?

People on a VLCD may experience mild, temporary side effects as their body adjusts to the diet. They may include:

Š Dizziness. As you begin losing weight, you lose a lot of water as urine. This lowers blood volume and, hence, blood pressure. To minimize dizziness, avoid changing positions quickly. Don’t use whirlpools, saunas or steam baths. Drink plenty of water.

Š Mild Fatigue, Dry Skin, Sensitivity to Cold. Can be treated easily with extra rest, lotions, and extra clothing.

Š ‘Fruity’ Breath. Ketosis may temporarily give your breath a fruity odor. You may use a mouthwash.

Š Gallstones. Tell your counselor about any symptoms or history of gallstones; you may require additional tests or treatment while on the program.

Š Gastrointestinal Upset. Changing from solid food to a liquid diet may cause constipation or diarrhea. Over-the-counter medications are available for either condition. In addition, your medical team can add a fiber product to your meal plan to help relieve constipation.

Š Hair Loss. A small percentage of patients may experience patchy hair loss three to six months into the diet. Frequently, new hair grows in just as the old hair is lost.

Š Leg Cramps. Drinking more fluids or increasing electrolytes can often relieve occasional or mild leg cramps. Your physician should evaluate any leg pain you are experiencing.

Š Menstrual Irregularities. Dietary changes may cause delayed or missed periods. Women who miss a period or have a late period must be tested for pregnancy.

Contact W8MD or see your personal physician about any symptoms that persist or concern you.

* Individual results may very. No expressed or implied warranties

Cost Of W8MD Meal Replacements

Although most weight loss programs charge over $5.00 per meal replaced, at most W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers, the cost of each meal replaced is as low as $2.15 per meal replaced.

Compared to grocery food ingredient cost of about $3.00 per meal for self prepared at home for the ingredient and preparation cost, our weight loss supplements are not only affordable but can also be a potential cost saving compared to grocery food costs!

How many meals should I replace?

You can replace 2-4 meals in partial meal replacement plans as you are supposed to eat 4-6 small meals overall.

Should I do complete meal replacements or partial meal replacements?

It is up to you to do partial or complete meal replacements although you get more consistent results and less chances for going over caloric intake in complete meal replacements. However, most people find partial meal replacement of 3-4 meals replaced with one self prepared meals to be a bit more practical for them.