Medical Program VLCD

Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD)

VLCDOur most successful medical weight loss program is the Very Low Calorie Diet, or VLCD. It provides a structured diet consisting of high protein, low calorie foods that are sold in our on-site GHP health food store or through our online store. Prior to starting the program, we’ll arrange appointments for you to meet with an internal medicine physician, a registered dietitian, and an exercise physiologist. The VLCD is a 24-week treatment program that is divided into three phases:

Phase One: Active Weight Loss (Weeks 1-12)

OneDuring the active-weight-loss phase, food intake is limited to 800-900 calories per day using high protein, low calorie food supplements. A variety of different food supplements can be chosen, such as oatmeal, cereal, pre-packaged meals, soups, protein bars, and hot drinks. Weekly group sessions offer behavioral intervention, nutritional education, social support, and instructions on how to increase physical activity.

This phase involves a weekly clinic visit for two hours, consisting of:

  • Registration
  • Weigh-in and blood pressure check
  • Reviewing periodic lab tests
  • Physician or clinical staff visit
  • 1 hour educational session with group members and group leader(s)


Phase Two: Back to Food (Weeks 13-24)

TwoWhen transitioning back to food, regular foods are reintroduced and the use of the food supplements is gradually reduced. Weekly educational sessions will help you continue to gain the skills and confidence needed to maintain your weight loss. This phase involves a Back to Food class with a registered dietitian as well as weekly continued clinic visits offered in phase one.


Phase Three: Living Healthy (Week 25 and on)

ThreeGroup support and education is provided for all clients who have completed the VLCD or Slim and Trim programs. Completion of the programs includes two one-on-one individual visits with a behaviorist, dietitian, or exercise physiologist. Free life-time membership in the Living Healthy program can be obtained by attending 12 group meetings per year.

About Grand Health Partners

At Grand Health Partners, we believe that people who succeed in making their lives healthier are happier. Our mission is to help people improve their health through a well-rounded approach to weight loss. To better fit your lifestyle and your needs, we provide both surgical and non-surgical weight loss programs. Our programs are led by a group of independent bariatric surgeons who have a passion for providing excellent patient care. Weight loss is our specialty. We will provide coaching for dietary, behavioral, and exercise habits while you are monitored by licensed bariatric physicians. Because we understand that genetic, social, cultural, and emotional factors lead to obesity, our patients are properly supported and equipped throughout their weight loss journey.

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Grand Health Partners
2060 E. Paris Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546