The typical caloric intake in this phase is 800-1,000 calories a day for men; 600-800 calories a day for women. However, personalized prescriptions are determined by medical staff.
In this phase, our participants’ only source of food or nourishment is a nutritionally complete, high protein, low carbohydrate beverage. PCW uses the New Direction brand weight management system of shakes, bars and snacks. Each participant will be given a custom “prescription” with the exact amount of nutrition intake per week.
Participants are closely monitored by medical staff on a weekly basis and visit with our clinic physician once a month. At this time, participants are required to attend a weekly Clinic & Class
, so that their health can be closely monitored. The weight management team reserves the right to discharge or put anyone on hold at any time if conditions arise that could lead to medical complications.
Within a short period of time on the VLCP, the body will enter Ketosis. When on a Very Low Calorie Plan and keeping under your carbohydrate threshold, your body enters this state of ketosis. In this state, we know several things are happening. Your fuel will come from your fat storage. Lean muscle tissue is preserved, and it is important that you hold onto that muscle through this experience. Also, while in ketosis, your body will release endorphins. When you think you will have no energy, once in ketosis (3-5 days) you actually have a surplus of energy due to the release of the hormone endorphin.
Medical research has shown that when a person is in ketosis and is still receiving all of the vitamins, minerals, and calories necessary to still be healthy, any hunger you feel is a psychological hunger and not a physical hunger. A lot of people can deal with a mental hunger more easily knowing that physically they are receiving everything they need to lose weight safely and quickly.
The average expected weight loss in this phase is 3-5 pounds a week*.