Are there side effects?

You may experience some common side effects, generally in the first week. These are usually noticed in the first few days of your plan as your body is adjusting to your weight loss plan and should subside after a few days. Clients can then notice a sense of euphoria and well being as their plan continues.

If at anytime you are concerned you should stop your weight loss plan and seek professional medical advice.

How long can I remain on a VLCD/Ketogenic Plan?

For most people a low calorie plan above 800 calories can be followed until you reach your Target, however you should still check this with your Doctor. You may use a VLCD cycle until you reach your BMI 25 as a minimum, optimum weight if higher or for 12 consecutive weeks with your Doctors support and approval.

VLCD / Ketogenic Weight Loss Plans follow the NHS and NICE Guidance, a maximum consecutive period of 12 weeks can be followed using our Rapid Burn, Rapid Burn+, Man Plan, Social Plan, after this time you should take a break for one week following our TFR Break Week. You can then return to your original plan with your Doctors approval and support.

Further information on all the KeeDIet® Diet plans can also be found in our 'Plans' section, but please contact us if you require any further advice. Once you start any of our plans support advice is offered through Customer Care

Do I need Ketostix or another product to confirm I am in Ketosis?

No, the easiest way to determine Ketosis is by noticing how you feel and your weight loss results. When the body is in Ketosis you tend to feel less hungry, and will probably naturally eat less. A dry mouth, metalic taste or strong smell to your breath is another indication and constantly sipping water should help with these symptoms.

However, many like to use Ketone sticks to monitor fat burning or to confirm Ketosis. They are not a guaranteed method but can be extremely helpful and motivating for some people. A pink colour doesnt always register if you are drinking plenty of water as the ketones are diluted. If using, you will place a measuring stick in the stream of urine to determine if Ketones are detected.

How much weight will I lose?

As a responsible, Registered UK Weight Loss Company we are not actually permitted to make claims about actual weight loss. We recommend you read our reviews, check out our social media sites and ask other Keedieters for testimonials.

Unfortunately there is never a generic answer to this question as each individual is different and things like starting weight, levels of activity and exercise, personal metabolism, etc. will have varying effects on the speed of weight loss.

However, we can add that when following a Ketogenic Weight Loss, clients experience exceptional results and are generally really pleased.

Are we allowed Gravy?

Try the Marigold Bouillion as a Savoury Drink or Gravy option. Found in many health stores, the purple low salt version is the best option. In moderation a little shouldn't affect your weight loss, however try to avoid gravy that is high in salt and uses extra carbs from flour or other thickeners.

How long should I stay on the diet?

This is dependant on the plan you have chosen to follow, please see your individual plan for further details.

Can I have carbonated diet drinks?

Yes, in moderation. Some diet drinks have lots of additives so we would suggest flavoured sparkling water if you like to have a fizzy drink. Others may include Citric Acid which some clients like to avoid. Two drinks we are aware of are Coke Zero and Dr Pepper Zero which do not contain Citric Acid, however they do include other nasties. Still water is always the best option unfortunately

Can I just use 3 products a day instead of 4 on the TFRD plan?

Yes, in certain circumstances. For example our Fast Fix Plan (Type 2 Reversal) requires 3 KeeDiet MRP Mealpacks made with (Almond, Soya, Skimmed) Milk, plus 250g of vegetables/salad for added nutrition. However to follow our Rapid Burn or Man Plan it is recommended that you follow with 4 mealpacks.

Our plans quote how many packs are required and are designed to ensure you receive the necessary vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Dropping a product can affect your health and may make following your plan difficult, be detrimental to your health, cause your body and organs unnecessary stress or damage and can place your body into starvation mode.

You are likely to feel tired, lack concentration and cravings all of which could put an end to your weight loss. Follow the plan instructions provided.

Does the daily calorie allowance shown on the plans include your products?

The calories shown on each plan include the use of our products.

Are VLCD's safe?

Yes, if used correctly with guidelines followed. VLCD's are safe and promote a successful weight loss, allowing you to significantly reduce calories and step away from conventional eating for a short time.

In fact Meal Replacement products have been around since the 1970's and were first introduced in hospitals where users where kept in hospital, luckily things moved on fast. However, VLCD's aren't suitable for all and may not necessarily be the right way of losing weight for you. Certain medical conditions can exclude you from commencing on a VLCD. You must consult your Doctor to confirm suitability prior to commencing.

Will I need to take vitamins?

No, our Meal Replacement products contain 20-25% of essential vitamins & minerals. Therefore Four KeeDiet full Meal Replacement sachets provide 100% of your recommended daily intake of vitamins & minerals and a multi vitamin is not necessary. If consuming less than four full Meal Replacements products, taking a supplement is a consideration and may be advised.

Some products sold by KeeDiet®, you are permitted to use as an exchange when following a KeeDiet Plan. These are not classified as a full meal replacement product and do not contain the necessary vitamins and minerals (eg: High Protein-Low Carb Range, Nutrisaveur Ready Meals) if using these a daily supplement should be added.

Adding a daily vitamin & mineral supplement or using permitted vegetables and salad may help with a possible mineral deficiency when following a Ketogenic weight loss plan and consuming extra water.

Why can't I drink alcohol?

Alcohol should not be consumed whilst following a weight loss plan which is sufficiently low in calories, restricts sugar and carbohydrates so that a mild Ketogenic condition may be promoted. When in Ketosis, consuming alcohol may be dangerous and in extreme cases may even cause death or long term health conditions. If intending to drink alcohol it is advised that you stop a Ketogenic Diet, we suggest you follow a healthy eating plan at least 48 hours prior to drinking alcohol.

Your body will burn consumed sugars, energy and carbohydrates found in alcohol before fat and can affect Ketosis due to the content. Weight loss will pause until alcohol leaves your system and ketosis has to be re-established. Alcohol can affect both your judgment and your willpower. Dehydration is often caused and can easily encourage you to wander from your weight loss plan, plus alcohol is wasted calories and has no nutritional qualities for you.

No alcohol during your weight loss phase will also allow you to detox your system - Alcohol is a toxin, our bodies don't need it, we gain no nutritional value from alcohol so give yourself a better chance and cut it out for a while.

Am I allowed to exercise when on a VLCD?

Gentle walking or toning exercise such as Yoga may be added to your weight loss plan, but anything more strenuous such as swimming, running or going to the gym needs to be discussed with your health professional in further detail.

Exercise forms an important part of your weight loss journey, and is key to your long term weight management. It is a good idea to focus on increased movement alongisde your KeeDiet Weight Loss Plan, but how much or what exercise you take depends on your calorie intake, health, age and preference.

If following a VLCD (very low calorie diet) no planned exercise is recommended until you enter the third week. Then gentle exercise only whilst your body settles down into the reduction in calories or ketosis efficiently converting and burning your stored fat for energy.

High impact exercise needs to be powered by energy from food intake, and this is obviously less while on most Kee Weight Loss Plans, so be realistic about what you will be able to achieve.

Visit our Exercise Page for more information

Can anyone follow a Ketogenic / VLCD Plan?

Ketogenic Diet Plans are not suitable for everyone, for example those with a BMI lower than 27, those under 18 years old or pregnant or breastfeeding mothers. If you have any health issues, are taking medication or have a medical condition it is imperative that you consult your doctor to confirm a ketogenic plan is suitable before commencing.

Total Food Replacement/Very Low Calorie Diet (TFR/VLCD) diets require medical approval and supervision. We advise that you should visit your Doctor every four weeks to request a blood pressure and health check. Contact your doctor immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem or if your health changes during your weight loss plan.

Ketogenic / VLCD weight loss plans are intended as a short and effective method to drop weight fast rather than a permanent or long term replacement for a balanced diet.

Content on this site is not intended to replace professional advice provided by a doctor or medical professional and is offered as Medical Guidance only.

Do I include the water mixed with my products as my daily water intake?

No, water used for mixing products is not included in your daily requirement. We recommend that an extra 2 - 3 litres of water is consumed on all KeeDiet Weight Loss Plans.

I am a Muslim, what is the best way to follow Rapid Burn during Ramadan?

It will be more difficult to follow the Rapid Burn Plan during Ramadam. As our products are designed to be consumed every 3-4 hours, however we understand that during Ramadan daylight hours, rigid fasting is observed, which means that all KeeDiet® products / foods and the required water will need to be consumed before sunrise and after sundown.

During the time you have available, try to spread your intake of products and water out as evenly as possible, this may require rising a little earlier. We do not recommend that you consume 2 products in one sitting as this may raise your insulin levels and mineral intake levels too quickly, and make it more difficult to continue. Also do not speed drink as this can also harm your health, try to space your water intake evenly through the time you have available.

If you find that following your weight loss plan is too difficult during Ramadan, it may be permissible to delay the fast for health reasons, allow water throughout the day, or alternatively pause or commence your Plan after Eid ul-Fitr and the end of Ramadan.

What is a VLCD/LCD?

VLCD is an abbreviation for Very Low Calorie diet. A VLCD is described by the NHS and COMA as a weight loss diet that provides less than 800 daily calories LCD is an abbreviation for Low Calorie Diet and provides a weight loss diet containing between 800 - 1200 daily calories.

How many Bars can I have in one day?

We recommend only one bar is consumed daily on all KeeDiet Weight Loss Plans. Some clients prefer not to chew and enjoy only Shakes and Soups/Meals in their first few weeks of dieting until they settle into their plan.

One bar each day is permissable as long as your total daily carbohydrate intake is less than 70g, this is the upper bench mark for Ketosis. To comply with regulations, Meal Replacement Bars will generally have more carbohydrates than Meal Packs and therefore delaying their use in the first week or two may help some clients with entering ketosis.

Can I use the diet if breastfeeding?

No, our plans are not suitable when breastfeeding. The best advice is to eat a range of healthy foods and consume nutritionally dense foods.

If wanting to drop weight whilst breast-feeding you should consult your doctor for specific advice for nursing mothers.

Can we include sugar free jelly?

Yes you can, isn't it brilliant. The calories, carbs and citric acid should make no difference to your weight loss plan. We recommend a maximum of 1/2 pint of jelly can be used alongside a Ketogenic Weight Loss Plan and a little more if following one of our higher calorie plans. Just take the calorie intake of your allowance, we actually include Sugar Free Jelly in our Meal Planner for you to add to your daily eating plan.

Can I have black coffee or tea?

Yes in moderation, we recommend decaf for both. You may also include any herbal teas, including fruit, flower, leaf. None of these are included as your daily water intake.

What are the potential side effects of a Total Food Replacement diet

Following a Total Food Replacement Diet (TFR) you may experience one, none or a variety of common side effects. However these should decrease and disappear after the first 3 days.

Avoiding dehydration and drinking the required water and a little more throughout the first few days can help ease most side effects. Ensure you drink, little and often and not large quantities.

You may experience some side effects, such as:

  • Headaches *take standard headache medication until they subside
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue & Lethargy
  • Lack of concentration
  • Bad Breath, Dry Mouth
  • Constipation *try a laxative or fibre supplement
  • Menstrual irregularities

Side effects should ease after a short time. If they persist, seek advice from your doctor.

Can I just have KeeDiet food packs and no other food?

Yes, this would be a total food replacement diet (TFR), check out our Rapid Burn, Rapid Burn Plus and Man Plan. KeeDiet Meal Replacement VLCD Products comply with necessary regulations for a TFR diet, providing 25% vitamins & minerals per food product and necessary nutritional contents.

Can I have milk in my tea and coffee?

Yes, in moderation and an optional milk allowance is provided on your plan. Of course we don’t recommend that you drink lots of milky teas, but one or two cuppas a day with a small splash of milk can be included in the plan. Remember to add these calories into a tracker to stay within your daily limit. Unsweetened Almond, Soya and Skimmed Milk are your best choice

Can I use a mixture of products on your plans?

Yes the calorific and nutritional content is similar in our products, so feel free to mix any combination each day.

We recommend only 1 bar and 1 Pasta Carbonara each day is chosen due to the higher carbohydrates

What should I do when I reach my target weight?

Firstly congratulations! You should be feeling very proud of yourself and will not want to undo all your hard work, now it is time to lock in your results.

First follow our Weight Stabilisation Plan if you have lost weight on one of our VLCD/Ketogenic Plans, then begin Weight Management. If you have lost weight following a Low Calorie Diet Plan, head straight to Weight Management and Lifestyle Plan for information to decide if you would like KeeDiet to be a part of your long term weight management.

Will I feel hungry?

In the early stages, normally the first 1 to 3 days, you may feel hungry as your body is trying to adjust to a new regime. However, this gradually disappears and hunger is reduced as your body enters Ketosis. Drinking 2 - 3 litres of water throughout the day will help fill you up and reduce common side effects in the early stages.

Once Ketosis is established and as our products provide approximately 4 hours of hunger satisifaction so you may feel a little hunger on the approach of your next products. You may also think you are hungry at other times but generally it is psychological and following the learnt habits you have formed over the years. We often mistake thirst for hunger, so keep sipping water.

How much should I drink?

You should be drinking around 2 - 3 Litres each day.

The average person requires at least 8 glasses of water or liquid per day (around 1.5-2 litres depending on body size & exercise levels). When you are on a VLCD, you will need to drink more. However, everyone is different so we can't say you have to drink a certain amount.

Listen to your body, if you feel thirsty, then have a small drink. Drinking is so vital for your body to function properly. It can prevent dehydration and side effects such as dizziness, headaches, nausea, dry skin & constipation. NEVER drink large quantities within a short period of time. Doing this can be FATAL. Please read our 'Importance of Water' page for more information.

Can I eat extra foodpacks?

At the beginning of your weight loss plan you may feel an extra food pack will keep you focused and on track. First try increasing your water, use your permitted optional veggies and salad and if this doesn't work, then it is better to use an extra food-pack than eat other foods.

You may add an extra product to all plans, just count the extra calories, etc. You may occasionally feel the need for an extra pack on odd days. By using an extra food pack you are not cheating. Unless your plan dictates a 5th product we recommend opting for a High Protein product with less than 100 calories & 5g of Carbohydrates. These generally have around 18g of Protein which will help you feel fuller for longer.

If you constantly feel tired, lack concentration and feel hungry it may be advantageous to add an extra food pack to your plan and consider our Rapid Burn Plus Plan. Shift workers often need to add an extra food pack.

Can I stay on a VLCD until I reach my goal weight?

This depends on your goal weight. Once you reach a BMI 25 you must stop a VLCD and increase your calories. If your goal weight is lower than at a BMI 25 you must still stop and can follow our Lean & Low Plan (810kcal), New You, 5:2 or Lifestyle Plan.

Your daily calories need to be more than 800 calories and as your weight and BMI falls lower you should be increasing your calories back to normal eating of around 1500 - 2500 daily calories, you can use our plans mentioned above as gentle steps back to conventional eating and Weight Management.

What happens once I've reached my Target Weight or BMI 25?

After following KeeDiet® Rapid Burn, Rapid Burn Plus, Man Plan & Social Plan and reaching your BMI 25 and Target Weight you are now ready to begin the road to a successful lighter life and return to conventional eating.

We strongly advise you to follow our 7 or 10 day Weight Stabilisation Plan. This plan will provide a controlled route back to conventional eating, slowly re-introducing food groups, specifically carbohydrates, sugars and encourages you to adopt a new healthy eating regime.

If after reaching your BMI 25 you wish to drop a little more then follow our Weight Stabilisation Plan and then start moving up our plans gradually using them as steps, New You, 5:2, Lifestyle Weight Management.

For our Weight Stabilisation stage, simply contact us via a Support Ticket or at and we will send you a copy of this plan via email in a PDF document for you to view, print and carry with you for easy access.

If you have followed our Lean & Low, New You, 5:2 Plan, you can head straight for our Lifestyle Plan for Weight Management. However for a more gentle route and to help encourage healthy eating, portion control and create a new eating regime, gently move up these plans in order, a week or two at a time until you reach Lifestyle Weight Management.

Can I give blood when following a VLCD?

A VLCD/Ketogenic Plan should not be followed for one week preceding blood donation and for one week after. During this time it would be wise to raise energy intake levels up to 1200 Calories. If you feel this interupts your programme and makes returning to a VLCD difficult we would suggest that you abstain from giving blood until you have completed your weight loss phase

Can I chew Sugar Free Gum?

Sugar Free Gum can help with fresher breath. However if possible it is best to avoid because chewing gum stimulates the release of gastric juices, which in turn will make you feel hungry. If you really need to chew, then only chew for two or three minutes and whilst your gum has flavour.
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