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Billy's Diet VLCD Plans

Low Calorie, not Low Carb!

At Billy's Diet a VLCD plan stands for Very Low Calorie Diet and is used for counting calories only. 

Please do not confuse it with Very Low Carb Diet. 

We do have 2 low carb/ketosis plans - Billy's Everyday and Extreme Ketosis.

If you have read our info pages and decided that our VLCD plan is right for you then this page will go into a lot more detail as to how the VLCD plan can work.

Our VLCD guide and Low Calorie food guide will be sent with your products as well.

When adding products on the VLCD plan page you will notice a calorie counter on the right hand side of the screen. This will work out your average daily calories based on the sachets you chose. Each product has a pop up with a snap shot of info if you hover over the name. Click on the name and go to a detailed nutritional page. Click the X or press 'esc' on your keyboard to leave this page rather than your browser's 'back' button or it empties your basket selections!

Just want packs and no food?

If you want to have just packs and no food then you can, but you will need to have at least 600kcal per day. You can have 4 x MRPs (shakes or porridge) made with 250ml of skimmed milk. This will give you 100% Reference Intake (RI) of your daily vitamins and with added minerals as well. It will also give you enough calories per day at approx 870kcal.

You do not have to add any extra food or take a multi vitamin but ONLY if you are following the plan exactly this way. You can save even more calories by mixing the MRPs with 250mls of unsweetened Almond Milk, which is only around 30kcal per 250ml serving. This will give you daily calories of around 660kcal.

Want more choice than just shakes and porridge?

Your daily calorie intake needs to be at least 600kcal per day. The calories in the packs range from 88kcal to 159kcal per sachet.  Based on 4 x HP+ carbonara at 159kcal, the maximum calories from packs will be 636kcal per day. It will be higher if you mix the MRP shakes with 250mls of skimmed milk, which is an additional 83kcal per shake. Most daily calorie averages will be much lower than this, around 500kcal, depending on your choices. 

You will need to add low calorie food if you buy a mix of MRP and High Protein or High Protein+ products.  A popular daily guide seems to be 3 sachets and a snack each day. Although many prefer 4 sachets rather than a bar or tortitos. The snacks can be bought separately in the shop. Based on an average daily calorie level of 500kcal from packs you can then add real food as well.  Your upper calorie level is up to you but a good amount to aim for is 1,000kcal per day.  If you are organised this can be a lot of food!  Easily enough for snacks and a meal.  With your VLCD plan guide you will be sent our low calorie food guide as well. This will help you make low calorie food choices.

What can I expect to lose on a VLCD plan?

An average person should consume around 2,000kcal per day to maintain their weight and get all the energy from food that they need. If you have less calories per day you will lose weight. 

Based on having 1,000kcal per day you will have 7,000 in a week. To lose 1lb in weight you need to have a deficit of 3500kcal so saving 7,000kcal per week should mean a steady 2lb per week weight loss. This will be higher if you weigh more and will go down as you get closer to your target. Of course, everyone is different and so individual results may vary.

Add some exercise and you can lose even more. When Billy was doing the VLCD plan she would go to the gym every week night and burn 500kcal. This meant at 1,000kcal a day she lost usually 3lbs a week, sometimes more.

A VLCD can have really good results and over time has similar total weight loss to low carb/ketosis plans.  So if ketosis is not right for you a VLCD is a good alternative.

What is a typical day?

We are often asked what to have and when. Really it is up to you, you can have the packs in any order, any time of the day.

If you are having 3 sachets, a snack and some low carb food, a typical day might be:

Breakfast: MRP maple brown sugar porridge, made with 250ml of skimmed milk. (207kcal)

Lunch: MRP shake, made with 250ml of skimmed milk. (220kcal)

Evening meal: HP+ Chilli (109kcal), with veg or salad (100kcal) extra.

Snacks: Fruit (50kcal) from low calorie food guide, low calorie yoghurt (100kcal), HP bar (135kcal).

Total for the day 921kcal.

Why VLCD over a Ketosis Plan (Everyday or Extreme)?

There are lots of reasons why a VLCD might work better for you.  In particular in these situations:

  • where you may break diet.
  • in combination with normal healthy eating.
  • for maintaining after a period on a Ketosis plan or transitioning to a normal healthy diet.
  • where you don't want to avoid certain foods
  • where you want your packs to give you the majority of your food per day and it to be easy to add other low calorie foods.
  • where want to take the weekends off, less calories during the week should still give you a weight loss each week.
  • where you want to drink alcohol occasionally. Alcohol and ketosis do not mix but you can have it if you count calories. But in moderation, as consuming less calories can mean you feel the effects quicker.
  • you struggle to drink plain water as you can have citric acid on the VLCD plan. This means diet fizzy drinks and fruit squash.
  • where you want to eat carbs. Pasta, bread, rice, potatoes are all a no-no on a low carb plan but if you still want to eat them then the VLCD will work well.

Our 7, 14 and 28 day VLCD Plans

Our VLCD Plans can be purchased from our store HERE.