Weight Loss Program FAQ

What kind of diet will I follow?

During the Reducing Phase of the program, all  participants follow a very low calorie diet (also called  a VLCD modified fast), consisting of Nouriche  products. This very low calorie, high protein, low  carbohydrate diet causes the body to burn fat for  energy. Since VLCDs produce rapid weight loss, medical supervision is necessary.

How does this diet help me lose body fat?

Ordinarily, your body uses glucose from  carbohydrates in your diet for fuel (energy). When  calories are limited, as during a VLCD, your  body starts burning fat. The fat is released into  the bloodstream and travels to the liver where it is  converted to ketones. The ketones are then released  back into the bloodstream where they are picked up  by other tissues such as muscle and used for energy.  This process is called ketosis.

How will I know if I am in ketosis?

Because some of the ketones leave the body in  urine, you’ll be able to tell when you’re in ketosis  by taking a simple urine test that detects ketones.  Initially, you’ll undergo this test each week. After  8 to 10 weeks on the VLCD (or sometimes earlier)  your body adapts to burning ketones for energy and  fewer ketones are excreted in the urine. At that time,  your urine tests may show only a trace of ketones or  none at all.

How much weight can I expect to lose?

That depends on several factors, including your  current weight, age and sex. During the first week,  an average weight loss of 4 to 7 pounds is common,  with water loss accounting for many of these  pounds. After the first week, the rate of weight loss  decreases to about 2 to 3 pounds per week. If you  are losing weight too quickly, your Nouriche  physician may advise you to increase the number  of beverages you are taking and/or to modify your exercise plan. 

What is covered during the group meetings?

he Nouriche VLCD offers weekly group  meetings that cover the following topics:

Behavior Modification. This component of the  program helps you identify and change behaviors that led to overeating. You’ll learn how to get  support from others and deal with situations that  could challenge your weight loss efforts. The  Behavior modules, which you’ll receive at your  group meetings, will help reinforce what your learn  each week.

Exercise. The exercise component of the program  helps you build physical activity into your day.  With the support of your exercise specialist, you’ll  learn how regular physical exercise in moderation can contribute to your overall weight loss success. 

Nutrition Education. Through discussions with staff  and other group members, you’ll learn how to make  food choices that will help you manage your weight.  Additionally, the Nutrition modules offer practical  information on healthy eating and good nutrition, which is so important for weight management.

What are the Nouriche Products?

Nouriche products are specially formulated  to provide all of the protein, carbohydrate, fat and  essential vitamins and minerals you need while  on a VLCD. Nouriche products—beverages,  puddings, hot drink and soups—are offered in a  variety of flavors.

Will I be hungry?

Most clients in the program report that their hunger  lessens or disappears after the first few days on  the diet. There are several theories as to why this  may occur; however, there is no definitive reason.  Some evidence suggests that ketones reduce the  feeling of hunger. Others suggest that when dieters  eat only one or two foods instead of a variety, their  appetite may be diminished. It is also possible that  high protein, low carbohydrate foods, such as Nouriche products, may curb appetite.

Are the beverages/soup caffeine free?

Only the chocolate-flavored beverages contain  caffeine from the added cocoa powder. The  chocolate and hot cocoa beverages contain 12 and 22  milligrams of caffeine, respectively. In comparison,  a 5-ounce cup of brewed drip coffee contains 60 to  180 milligrams. The average 12-ounce diet cola soft  drink contains 30 to 60 milligrams of caffeine.

Can I use the soups instead of the cold beverages or hot cocoa?

Because the Nouriche soups contain more  sodium than the other products, it is recommended  that a maximum of two servings per day of the soup  be used. The remaining daily product intake should  be made up of one or two servings of the other  flavors. If you are sensitive to salt, discuss the use of  the soups with your dietitian.

What if I am gluten free or dairy free? Can you accommodate my needs?

Nouriche does offer special weight loss products at an additional cost to patients who are gluten free or dairy free.  Our weight loss coordinator is also gluten free and understands the needs of those with dietary restrictions.