For Steady Weight Loss and Easy Maintenance, healthy snacks should be introduced daily, ensuring total calories consumed do not exceed your calorie allowance. When you first start on a VLCD you may find that you feel quite hungry during the day. This feeling usually subsides after a few days once the body adjusts to a lower calorie intake. To reduce hunger and to contribute to your daily fibre intake, it is advisable that you consume at least 2 cups of low starch vegetables each day. Vegetables should be eaten either raw, steamed or stir-fried in no more than 1 tsp of oil. Flavourings such as ginger, garlic, parsley, basil, mint, lemon juice, lime juice, chilli, chives and low salt soy sauce can be used to add flavour. Additional oils and butter are not recommended. Avoid high starch vegetables such as pumpkin, potato, green peas, corn, sweet potato and parsnip as these are higher in calories and may slow your weight loss. Snacks should be healthy and well balanced, we recommend that each snack should be under 100 calories and consumed in between meals. For more information on recommended vegetables, snacks and fruits, refer to the leaflet inside BioSlim VLCD shakes.
2 litres of water, in addition to water used to prepare the shakes should be consumed daily. Adequate fluid intake is extremely important to ensure that the body remains hydrated and that the waste products from the fat burning process are eliminated from the body. To make water more interesting try infusing it with fruit such as lemon, lime, orange or fresh berries.
It is okay to have coffee or tea while you are on the program, however, it is important to remember that if you are incorporating it into your diet you are also adding calories so it is best to have it in moderation. Try having no more than 2 a day.
There are also few ways that you can reduce the amount of calories in coffee:
- Reducing the amount of sugar and milk that you have
- Using skim milk instead of full cream
- Using an artificial sweetener such as ‘Equal’ or ‘Sugarine’ instead of sugar