The SML Diet Re-FEED Plan
*At SMLDiet, we believe that VLCD re-feed is just as important as losing weight. After all, you want to be able to successfully maintain your weight and so do we!
Glycogen plays an extremely important part in any ketogenic diet plan. We know having been on the SMLDiet VLCD plan, that we can experience accelerated weight loss, suppressed appetite and a fantastic feeling of well-being. However, our team know all too well that slimmers can see their meal replacements as a blanket to keep them safe. As a result, we see many slimmers who are scared of introducing food, worried about the success of their future weight management and what it would mean to them if weight started to creep back on.
We want to re-assure you that we are here for you!
Just like we were there to support you through your weight loss, we will also be there every step of your weight management journey.
We have developed the Balance Plan to help you re-feed successfully after your VLCD. Over a period of 4 weeks, you will slowly wean yourself off our Meal Replacements and start to re-introduce more conventional foods. This is a manageable pace for you mentally and your body physicallly.
Our Balance Plan follows a Low GI diet so you'll slowly introduce carbohydrate back into your body and at the end of 4 weeks, will be eating conventional food again. We have found that slimmers who follow our Balance Plan are more likely to minimise any weight gain over a longer period of time.
Slimmers can sometimes notice that by the end of the 4 week Balance Plan, they may have gained a few lbs. We would ask our slimmers not to panic. This is known as 'water weight' and here we wil explain it in further detail for you...
Whilst you were following your VLCD, you were consuming an average of 50-70g of carbohydrate per day. This allowed your body to enter a state called Ketosis.
Ketosis occurs when our bodies have a minimal amount of glycogen as it's main fuel source so it switches to the 'fat burning' phase as a source of energy. This breakdown resulted in our bodies producing ketones. When you first embarked on your VLCD, your body used all of the stored carbohydrate within your body along with the glycogen that was stored in the muscles and liver. You may have experienced a whoossh of a weight loss in your first week of being on your VLCD (usually 7lbs for the average slimmer). About 4lbs of that would have been your 'water stores' or 'water weight'. So if you think about it, it is normal for teh average slimmer to gain about 4lbs of 'water weight'
This is due to you eating higher levels of carbohydrate when you start the Balance Plan. Carbohydrate will convert to glycogen and be stored back into your muscles along with your usual water gain.
If you experience any weight gain when re-feeding, it is normal to think 'i need my foodpacks again' but learning to maintain without the use of your Meal Replacements is an important lesson & at the SMLDiet we are always here for you to answer any questions.
Alcohol is not permitted on this plan - Please refrain until your VLCD re-feed is complete
Please remember your boundaries - It is common for slimmers to test boundaries and introduce foods quicker than suggested but it's also easy when our boundaries slip for us to start introducing unhelpful habits.
Do not eat after 7.30pm (unless you work night patterns). We are often less active at night time than we are during the day. This can result in us not burning off those evening calories.
Watch your water intake - Water was your best friend on the SMLDiet and should continue to be so. Now you are easing off the VLCD plan, it's important that you maintain that relationship with water.
Say NO to confectionary and chocolate. They offer no nutritional values and whilst on VLCD it's best to say no.
Don't just quit - If you are struggling or have any queries, please do contact us in the first instance. We are here to help you successfully manage your weight & will continue to be here for you even if you aren't currently purchasing products from us.
Our Balance Plan is completely free to customers who have previously ordered from the SMLDiet. We offer a Balance Book which contains all the necessary information for you to get started.
Contained within our Balance book is a 4 week re-introduction to food plan, top tips from slimmers who have previously completed our Balance Plan, support tools and worksheets from our team, a psychological look at the re-introduction to food from a slimmers point of view - written by qualifed counsellor & SMLDiet owner Alleyne and email/facebook support as needed.
To get your copy of the balance book, either email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or download it free of charge from our SMLDiet shop.
However, if you need to purchase enough Meal Replacements to help you accomplish the 28 days successfully, we have created a special bundle buy which is featured at the bottom of this page. This offers you the opportunity of choosing enough packs to last you the 28 days & also gives you the Balance book.
Due to the rapid weight loss the SMLDiet Simple Plan provides, we recommend this plan for slimmers with a BMI of over 27+
Prior to embarking on the Simple Weight Loss Plan, we ask that you speak to your GP. We also ask that you ensure that you have read our medical guide as there are certain conditions that may mean the Simple Plan isn't suitable for you.
Our Balance Plan really concentrates on you as a future weight management holder!
Our founder & qualified weight management counsellor Alleyne Baldwin has written our Balance Book with the emphasis of looking at the psychological impact weight management. Contained within our free Balance book are activities written by Alleyne, examples of what you will be experiencing & tips to help you achieve a successful future in weight management