Bariatric Series VLCD – Ketogenic Series


Bariatric VLCD Ketogenic Series – The Ketogenic meal templates are available to licensed physicians, board certificated practitioners and Registered Dietitians. For more information click on the link below.


Glycemic – Low – (50c/25p/25f) 700 to 1300 cal.
Low Carb – (40c/30p/30f) 700 to 1300 cal.
Stable Blood Sugar – (60c/20p/20f) 700 to 1300 cal.
Creator: Kimberly Tessmer, LD RD

VLCDs are designed to produce rapid weight loss at the start of a weight-loss program in patients with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30 and significant comorbidities. Use of VLCDs in patients with a BMI of 27 to 30 should be reserved for those who have medical conditions due to overweight, such as high blood pressure. In fact, all candidates for VLCDs undergo a thorough examination by their health care provider to make sure the diet will not worsen preexisting medical conditions. Lastly, these diets are not appropriate for children or adolescents, except in specialized treatment programs. Because adults over age 50 already experience depletion of lean body mass, use of a VLCD may not be warranted. Also, people over 50 may not tolerate the side effects associated with VLCDs because of preexisting medical conditions or the need for other medicines. Furthermore, doctors must monitor all VLCD patients regularly—ideally every 2 weeks in the initial period of rapid weight loss—to be sure patients are not experiencing serious side effects.