Are very-low-calorie diets (VLCDs) sustainable?

Updated: Jun 09, 2021
  • Author: Osama Hamdy, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Although VLCDs are associated with notable short-term weight loss and improved blood pressure and glycemic control, they cannot be sustained for longer than 3-6 months. Compliance beyond a few weeks is poor, and close supervision is required to avoid mishaps.


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