Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD)
The UCLA Medical Weight Management Program (previously RFO) was one of the first programs in the world to employ a very low calorie diet (VLCD).
When an individual consumes 1,000 calories per day or less, the dietitian will discuss strategies to help make this transition easier for the patient during the orientation process.
Patients participating in the VLCD program are carefully monitored. They have their weight status recorded weekly, blood pressure and pulse rate taken every 4 weeks (or more if necessary), they see a physician and dietitian at least every 2 weeks, have blood chemistries done every two to three weeks, and EKG's and BIA's performed every eight to twelve weeks. Close medical monitoring is required because of the caloric restriction and the necessity of potassium supplements and other medical adjustments.
Research results from the Program have been published in the medical literature and have documented weight loss ranging from 50 to 250 pounds, depending upon the patients' initial weight. Accompanying this weight loss, there were marked reductions in blood pressure, improvement of diabetes control, improvement of serum cholesterol and lipid levels, and greater psychological well-being.