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Tuesday, 15 September 2015 23:15

Can You Really Lose Up To 20 lbs In 30 Days?

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Can you really lose up to 20 lbs in a month, or is this an unrealistic marketing claim? According to Wikipedia, "[A] very low calorie diet (VLCD) is a diet with very or extremely low daily food energy consumption. [...] The VLCD is prescribed on a case to case basis for rapid weight loss (about 1.5 to 2.5 kilograms or 3 to 5 pounds per week) in people with Body Mass Index of 30 and above."

How effective are Very Low Calorie Diets?

WebMD writes, "If you have a BMI over 30 (which your doctor will call 'obese'), then a very low-calorie diet may let you lose about 3 to 5 pounds per week, for an average total weight loss of 44 pounds over 12 weeks.

"Losing that amount of weight may improve weight-related medical conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol."

What are the health benefits of a VLCD?

The NIH's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases writes, "A VLCD may allow you to lose about 3 to 5 pounds per week. This may lead to an average total weight loss of 44 pounds over 12 weeks. Such a weight loss can rapidly improve medical conditions linked to obesity, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.​

"The rapid weight loss experienced by most people on a VLCD can be very motivating. Patients who participate in a VLCD program that also includes lifestyle changes may lose about 15 to 25 percent of their initial weight during the first 3 to 6 months. They may maintain a 5 percent weight loss after 4 years if they adopt a healthy eating plan and physical activity habits."

Are Very Low Calorie Diets safe?

According to WebMD, "If your BMI is greater than 30, then very low-calorie diets are generally safe when used under proper medical supervision. (Emphasis mine.) For people who are overweight but not obese (BMI of 27-30), very low-calorie diets should be reserved for those who have weight-related medical problems and are under medical supervision."

Is California Medical Weight Management a Very Low Calorie Diet?

California Medical Weight Management ( is a three-step, medically-supervised weight management system. The CalMWM system consists of three steps.

  1. Rapid weight loss (VLCD), with an individually tailored diet and weekly monitoring by our trained medical staff. Physician-prescribed medications (to control appetite), injections and supplements are dispensed at our clinics.
  2. Transition from VLCD to healthy diet based on your body's individual needs.
  3. Long-term weight maintenance with emphasis on behavioral modification, nutrition and exercise programs.

Unlike some popular diet programs, California Medical Weight Management does not sell pre-packaged foods. Diets like Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers make a profit by selling you meals. There is a big difference between medically-supervised VLCDs and commercial weight loss programs!

If you are obese, or overweight and experiencing health issues like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, pre-diabetes or diabetes, please contact California Medical Weight Management for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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To learn more about California Medical Weight Management's medically-supervised diet plan, please visit

To find the CalMWM clinic nearest you, visit

Physicians, help us fight the obesity epidemic by partnering with CalMWM to offer our weight loss program through your own private practice. See


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