Energy diet - VLED replace 1 meal
This document is part of the ACI Diet Specifications for Adult Inpatients. It is not to be used for patient education.
To provide a very low-energy diet (VLED) with nutritional intake from one oral liquid feed and two low-energy meals only (at breakfast and lunch).
A diet of foods with a low-energy content, to be combined with one meal replacement supplement per day (eg Optifast® VLCD, Optislim® 2000, KicStart™ VLCD), to provide a total intake of <6500kJ (1500kcal) per day. One breakfast meal (cereal + low-fat milk, one egg, one slice toast), one sandwich and fresh fruit lunch, plus two cups of additional vegetables (cooked or salad) are allowed per day.
Morbid obesity or overweight (BMI >27) with complications.
This diet may not be nutritionally adequate. Check with a dietitian.
VLEDs must be ordered and supervised by a medical officer and a dietitian. An additional two litres of water should be consumed daily (part of this allowance may be replaced by low-calorie soft drink). Nil to eat at mid-meals. A fibre supplement (eg Benefibre™ or Metamucil™) may be required to maintain normal bowel function.
Depending on individual requirements, additional protein may be required to maintain skin integrity and lean tissue.
Not suitable for use in paediatrics.
Specific menu planning guidelines
|Hot main dishes||-||All|
|Starchy vegetables / pasta / rice||-||All|
|Vegetables||Steamed / boiled asparagus, beans, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, silverbeet, snow peas, squash, zucchini, without any margarine or sauces||All others, including corn, green peas, legumes, pumpkin, sweet potato|
|Soups||Clear soups only||All others|
|Sandwiches||One sandwich with low-fat fillings and wholegrain bread at lunch||Cheese or full-fat mayonnaise fillings|
|Salads, dressings||Side salad (including any of: celery, capsicum, carrots, cucumber, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, radish, sprouts, tomato) with low-joule dressing|
All other salad vegetables
All other dressings
One slice wholemeal toast at breakfast
One serve high-fibre breakfast cereal
|Hot breakfast choices||One boiled or poached egg||All others|
|Fruit||One serve fresh fruit at lunch||All others|
|Desserts||Low-joule jelly||All others|
|Milk and cheese||150ml low-fat milk at breakfast||All other milk and cheese|
Black tea and coffee
Low-joule cordial or soft drink
|Miscellaneous||Artificial sweetener, lemon wedge, salt and pepper||Sugar portions, alcohol|
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- National Health and Medical Research Council. Clinical practice guidelines for the management of overweight and obesity in adults. Canberra: NHMRC; 2003. [accessed 17 May 2010].
- Nestle Australia. Optifast VLCD. Additional allowances. [accessed 17 May 2010].
- Optislim. Getting started.
- KicStart. About KicStart VLCD. [accessed 17 May 2010].
|Nutritional adequacy||Deleted Nutritionally adequate|
|Added This diet may not be nutritionally adequate. Check with a dietitian.|