What is a Dietitian?
Dietitians are tertiary qualified in food, nutrition and dietetics. Their qualifications have included study in supervised and assessed professional practice in public health nutrition, medical nutrition therapy and food service management. They provide expert nutrition advice for people of all ages and prescribe dietary treatments for many conditions such as diabetes, gastro-intestinal disorders, food allergies and overweight and obesity.
We all want to be healthy, and good nutrition is key to feeling our best.
Every day we are exposed to quick-fix fad diets and uncredited nutritional claims that are unsustainable and can be dangerous to our health.
When it comes to dietary advice, look for a nutrition professional with the skills and knowledge to tailor advice to your unique needs
Reducing calories can be an effective way to lose weight but it is difficult to do alone. Our dietitian at Thrive is a Accredited Optifast ‘VLCD’ Practitioner.
VLCD stands for “Very Low Calorie Diet”.
A VLCD is a low carbohydrate, total food replacement for the dietary management of obesity. It provides 800 calories or less per day, whilst consisting of sufficient protein, fatty acids, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals for safe and rapid weight loss.
Very low calorie diets (also known as VLEDs or Very Low Energy Diets) have been shown to be very effective in the management of obesity, with weekly weight losses averaging approximately 1-2.5kg per week, providing greater initial weight loss than other forms of calorie restriction.
Reducing energy (calorie) intake to less than 800 calories as well as reducing carbohydrate intake leads to a whole body shift towards fat stores being utilised as the major source of energy through a process called ketosis. This results in consistent and successful weight loss.
Weight loss achieved with VLCDs has also been associated with improvements in:
sleep apnoea and
blood sugar levels in adults