What are the health benefits of losing weight?

Weight losses of as little as 5-15% of body weight has been shown to result in improvements in the following complications of obesity:

  • Diabetes prevention
  • Hypertension
  • Dyslipidaemia (e.g. high cholesterol)
  • Type 2 Diabetes (insulin resistance and hyperglycaemia),
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Stress incontinence
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD)
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome

Weight loss also reduces cardiovascular risk, increases your metabolism, reduces stress, and improves confidence and self-esteem.

Can people complete the Intensiv program if they are on medication or have an existing medical condition?

Yes. Intensiv is a medically supervised weight loss program. Patients can be confident that they will be closely monitored by experienced personnel throughout the program.

Particular monitoring of patients with the following conditions is vital during weight loss:

  • Patients taking medications for co-morbid conditions, including but not limited to, insulin, oral hypoglycaemic agents, anti-inflammatories, anti-hypertensives, antipsychotics and anticoagulant medications, will be closely monitored by the Obesity Medical Practitioner throughout the Intensiv program as significant reductions in blood pressure, serum cholesterol and blood glucose may occur during the initial stages of the program and may require medication dosage changes.
    • DO NOT stop taking or alter the dose of your medication without consulting your General Practitioner or the Intensiv Obesity Medical Practitioner.
  • Adolescent patients will also require close supervision. Although, VLED's have been infrequently used in obese youth, research has shown their use is safe and effective in treating severely obese adolescents. 
  • All patients will be assessed by the Obesity Medical Practitioner for the need for multiple medical visits.

What if I have a question or concern during the program?

Patients will have access to the 1300 INTENSIV phone number and answering service 24 hours a day. If patients have medical issues or concerns out of business hours, they should contact their usual General Practitioner or if it is an emergency, their local hospital. Intensiv staff will respond to out of hours phone messages at their nearest convenience.

What do I need to bring to consultations?

  • Current medication list
  • Diabetics - please bring your blood glucose record book
  • Wear light comfortable clothing, and wear the same (or similar) clothes at each consultation

What do I do if I cannot attend my consultation?
You must contact the Intensiv clinic as soon as you know you cannot attend a consultation. As Intensiv is a time sensitive packaged program, you will be required to find an alternate time for the missed consultation.

Can I complete the Intensiv program if I am not having surgery?
Yes. Patients not having surgery are eligible to complete the Intensiv weight loss programs. Intensiv provides medically supervised weight loss which will improve a range of medical conditions commonly associated with being overweight or obesity (e.g. Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, and Infertility). Programs will be tailored to meet the unique needs of patients.

What is a VLED?

A Very Low Energy Diet (VLED) is a nutritionally complete meal replacement. When a normal meal is replaced with a VLED the body receives the protein, fat, carbohydrate, vitamins, minerals and trace elements it needs while restricting the total number of kilojoules (calories) consumed. This allows the body to start burning its own fat stores for energy. A short term intensive treatment with a VLED has been shown to produce rapid weight loss and improve health outcomes, and is associated with good adherence to treatment.

VLCD vs VLED? They are the same. In Australia, Dietitian's tend to work in 'Energy or kJ' as opposed to 'Calories'.

Important Conditions:
Suitability to undertake a VLED will be determined by the patient's Referring Surgeon and/or Specialist, General Practitioner, and the Intensiv Obesity Medical Practitioner and Dietitian. For some medical conditions, a varied program/diet will be offered.

  • Insulin dependent diabetics (IDDM) - All patients on insulin will be required to see the Intensiv Obesity Medical Practitioner prior to commencing the Intensiv program to receive education regarding potential side effects and medication.
  • Patients with a history of myocardial infarction; moderate or severe cerebrovascular, renal or hepatic disease; cancer; or significant psychiatric disturbance may require a modified dietary intake designed by Dietitian to suit their medical condition. Patients with severe or fragile conditions (e.g. chronic renal failure, and those with cardiac disease where fluid restrictions are present) will be required to see the Intensiv Dietitian and Obesity Medical Practitioner before commencing the meal replacement.
  • Absolute contraindications - KicStartTM VLED is not recommended for use by children under age 13, and pregnant, nursing or lactating (breastfeeding) women.

How much weight will I lose on a VLED meal replacement program?

On average 2-5kg is typically lost during the first week and thereafter weight loss averages 1.5-2.5kg per week (with even greater losses among heavier people).

The aim of the Intensiv pre-operative program is a loss of at least 10% Excess Body Weight prior to surgery. This amount of weight loss can produce clinically important improvements for the patient, specifically related to the co-morbid diseases associated with obesity, which may reduce surgical complications.

I am lactose intolerant. Can I still complete the KicStart VLED regime?

As KicStartTM VLED is derived from milk, it may adversely affect patients with lactose intolerance. If a history of lactose intolerance or any food intolerance is present, this will be discussed with the Dietitian to see whether this product is appropriate and/or if a modified dietary intake is required.

Is KicStartTM VLED "Gluten Free"?

For the KicStartTM VLED shake products, the gluten content was found to be undetectable. However, some of the trace ingredients are sourced from products that may contain gluten and the products are therefore labelled 'may contain traces of gluten'. The KicStartTM VLED soup products are not gluten free. (Source: http://www.healthyweightforlife.com.au)

Are there any follow-up programs to Intensiv?

In the absence of continued behavioural change such as increased level of exercise or new eating habits, all diets inevitably fail, and lost weight is commonly regained. You will be provided with a structured healthy eating plan and exercise program to follow after completing the Intensiv program. If you wish to return to Intensiv at any point for more support with achieving your weight loss goals, you may wish to consider our follow on program. This option will be discussed at your final appointment.



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