Meal replacements

What are meal replacements and how can they help with weight loss? Can meal replacements such as protein shakes, protein bars, protein soups etc. help with weight loss? img_2897

5 clinically proven measures to lose weight

What are the proven ways to lose weight? Despite thousands of diet plans and over 20,000 books written on diet, there are only 5 things that are clinically proven to work.

  1. Reduced calorie diets with VLCD and LCD diet
  2. Increased physical activity
  3. FDA approved prescription medications
  4. Behavior modification and
  5. Bariatric surgery

Did you know that VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diets) are one of the fastest ways to lose weight safely under careful medical supervision?

Very Low-Calorie Diet (VLCD)

On a VLCD, you may have as few as 800 calories a day and may lose up to 3 to 5 pounds (1.5 to 2 kg) week. Most VLCDs use meal replacements, such as formulas, soups, shakes, and bars instead of regular meals. This helps ensure that you get all of the nutrients you need each day.

A VLCD is only recommended for adults who are obese and need to lose weight for health reasons. These diets are often used before weight-loss surgery. You should only use a VLCD with the help of your provider. Most experts DO NOT recommend using a VLCD for more than 12 weeks.

Low-Calorie Diet (LCD)

These diets usually allow about 1,000 to 1,200 calories a day for women and 1,200 to 1,600 calories a day for men. An LCD is a better choice than a VLCD for most people who want to lose weight quickly. But you should still be supervised by a provider. An LCD may use a mix of meal replacements and regular food. This makes it easier to follow than a VLCD.

W8MD’s VLCD diet plans with meal replacements


W8MD’s delicious and affordable weight loss meal replacements from $2.15 per meal replaced. Save up to 30% on meal costs compared to even self prepared meals as the average ingredient cost for self prepared meals is about $3.00.

With these meal replacements, you get all the protein you need without extra calories or carbs for rapid *weight loss under physician supervision.

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* Results may vary

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Cost of the meal replacements versus regular food

Regular home cooked meals cost about $3.00 per meal in the US not counting the time it takes to prepare. The W8MD’s meal replacements cost on average $2.15 per meal replaced with a cost saving of over 30% compared to even self prepared meals.

How can W8MD help?

W8MD’s insurance physician weight loss program is unique in many ways with a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to weight loss that addresses all the complex issues leading to weight gain, both in adults and children. Since its inception in 2011, W8MD has successfully helped thousands of patients succeed in not only losing weight but also keep it off with an ongoing maintenance plan. Call 800-W8MD-007 to learn more.