New Directions VLCD- Ten Facts to Know Before You Start

I don’t believe in New Years Resolutions, which is why I’ve waited a few months to share my newest journey with you. I made a difficult choice to participate in a medically supervised weight loss program with my doctor.

In December, at a check-up, I found out I had a morbidly obese BMI, and I’d always thought of myself as just curvy. It was a bit of a shock to me to read my check out paperwork and find out this news. I thought I was doing great; I’d maintained the same weight for a year. But, I’d secured a morbidly obese BMI for a year, and that’s not something I wanted to keep doing.

The day after Christmas, I attended the required orientation for the New Directions Very Low-Calorie Diet (VLCD) program. After the orientation, I was still very concerned about whether the program was a fit for my lifestyle. I searched the Internet, Youtube, Instagram and Pinterest for more information. I found very little information on the Internet that I found useful to my journey. If this diet works as well as everyone says, then there should be more information available.

I went forward with the medical screenings, blood-tests and required doctor screa ening. A month and a half after my orientation meeting, I was joining the program and reluctantly learning to love protein shakes in my Wonder Woman cup.  My first week was awful, but I got through it. Losing 4 pounds motivated me to keep pushing through.

Photo courtesy of BlenderBottle.


Ten Facts to Know Before You Start New Directions VLCD Program

  1. The program is a meal replacement diet during the reducing stage. You will work with a dietician throughout the whole program, and as you exit the reducing stage, you’ll have support as you introduce “real” food back into your diet.
  2. The program is balanced. So even though you are eating meal replacements, you are getting all of the nutrients you need.
  3. You’ll purchase all of your supplements from the clinic during your weekly visits.
  4. You can purchase variety packs, and the variety packs will help you determine which products fit your taste buds.
  5. You are required to have weekly medical visits and attend one class a week with a registered dietician. At my clinic, you can attend class via webinar.
  6. You’ll NEED BlenderCups. Seriously, if you don’t, have a, blender cup you won’t be able to mix your supplements correctly. And, cute Blender Cups are challenging to find. I do love my WonderWoman cup, check it out HERE.
  7. While the literature refers to the diet as a liquid diet, but that’s not the full story. The program comes with a cookbook that allows you to “cook” with the supplements. You can “cook” the supplements into brownies, pancakes, biscuits, and chips.  I originally planned to wait to “cook” until the first month, but I only last a few days!
  8. Your first week will be the worst, don’t give up. It takes time to adjust to the change and find the meal replacements that you find enjoyable. The tomato soup made me very sick but I liked the vanilla pudding after the second try.
  9. Watch and read all the materials you can find on the New Directions program before you join. Being as informed as possible is important.
  10. The program is costly; you’ll spend $100 a week on the supplements. Your monthly expenses come to around $500 when you add in medical visits and blood tests. Plan your budget.

You’ll need a support system to make it though; I couldn’t have done it without my family and Jerad. If you start the program, please let me know. I’m happy to answer any of your questions.

Update: Four months later, I’m down 30lbs and 7″ off my waist!


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Amanda is a native of Richmond, VA. She enjoys writing, blogging, traveling, shopping, and spending time with friends and family.

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