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Clarification Of BMI Rule From CD HQ

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The information below has been posted by Kerensa Preedy-Houston, PR Executive at Cambridge Health and Weight Plan to clarify the BMI rule with regards to starting a Very Low Calorie Diet, i.e. Sole Source or Sole Source Plus (those on 790 this also applies as this is still a VLCD and is being phased out and replaced by the 810 programme.

The Cambridge guidance (taking in to account both COMA and NICE) is as follows: -

COMA states that you can’t be on a VLCD programme (below 800 kcal/day) if you have a BMI 0f 25 or under.

Therefore Cambridge’s guidance is that you cannot START a VLCD (Sole Source or Sole Source+) unless your BMI is 25 + 1 stone.

However, if you started one of our VLCD programmes with a BMI of 30 for example, you could then remain on a VLCD programme until your BMI was 25, before moving to the 810 programme and working up the plans to your goal weight.

Some counsellors advise that once a dieter reaches a BMI of 26, they move from SS to SS+ to get used to introducing food, before moving to the 810 programme. This may ease the jump (from SS to 810) for some slimmers and still enables them to lose weight at a very similar rate to being on SS.

I hope this helps clear up any questions.

Please note that the literature is correct.

If you have any queries, please speak to your counsellor who can then speak to the relevant member of staff at head office for clarification if required.
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