KicStart VLCD in the Healthy Weight For Life programs

The intensive 18 week Healthy Weight for Life programs incorporate the phased use of KicStart VLCD across Phase 1, 2 and 3 as per the structure below.

For eligible members of participating private health insurance funds (view details) all the resources needed to do the programs, including KicStart, are posted out to you at no cost (following the approval from your health fund).

Week 1-6

2 x KicStart™ VLCD shake or soup replaces 2 meals a day, usually breakfast and lunch. (84 sachets provided in HWFL programs)

The third main meal, usually dinner, is a portion controlled normal meal prepared using the Healthy Weight For Life tools. View details.

Week 7-12

1 x KicStart VLCD shake or soup to replace 1 meal a day, usually breakfast. (42 sachets provided in HWFL programs)

The other 2 main meals, usually lunch and dinner, and snacks are portion controlled versions of your usual food choices prepared using the Healthy Weight For Life tools. View details.

Week 13 – 18+

A small number of KicStart VLCD meals are included in phase 3 to support the transition to no replaced meals. (21 sachets provided in HWFL programs)

The 3 main meals and snacks are portion controlled normal meals prepared using the Healthy Weight For Life tools. View details.

Phase 1 supports motivational weight loss of around 5-6% PLUS builds up new skills and habits to support an enjoyable long-term healthy lifestyle.

Phase 2 supports a reduction in the use of KicStart VLCD with a total weight loss and maintenance goal of around 7%. PLUS expanding the new skills and habits to support enjoyable long term healthy lifestyle.

Phase 3 is to consolidate the complete set of new lifestyle skills and habits needed to maintain a healthy weight for life.

For self funded programs KicStart™ VLCD is also available for purchase.

KicStart VLCD - overview

KicStart™ VLCD (stands for Very Low Calorie Diet) is a unique, high quality, nutritionally complete meal replacement that has been developed, manufactured and packaged in Australia.

It can be used in:

  1. Meal replacement programs that replace one or two meals a day.
  2. Medically supervised Very Low Calorie Diet programs that replace all daily meals for the dietary management of obesity

KicStart™ VLCD has been used in multiple internationally published clinical trials that showed medically significant weight loss and health improvements across many different clinical conditions (ref 1, ref 2, ref 3, ref 4)

Importantly, the same level of weight loss has also been replicated in 'real world' Healthy Weight For Life programs with over 10,000 participants (ref).

Evidence supports low- and very low-energy meal replacement as a successful strategy for weight loss in overweight individuals (ref 1, ref 2).

KicStart™ Serving Suggestions and Tips

There are 6 delicious KicStart™ shake flavours and 5 hearty KicStart™ soup flavours available which can be used on their own or mixed with an amazing variety of additional ‘free food’ ingredients to make an endless array of unique personalised flavours.

For variety or to jazz up your favourite KicStart™ why not try some of our serving suggestions? (view)


KicStart™ Ingredients and Nutritional Information

Dairy Proteins
A unique combination of dairy proteins to satisfy hunger, promote longer lasting feelings of fullness and protect muscle mass while you are losing weight.

Dietary Fibre
Soluble dietary fibre to help reduce cholesterol absorption, reduce the risk of constipation and satisfy hunger for longer.

Vitamins and Minerals
Fully balanced mixture of vitamins and minerals, including essential electrolytes and trace elements, to ensure a nutritionally complete meal for good health and vitality.

Chocolate Deluxe

Caramel Fudge

Tropical Banana

Strawberry Sundae

Pumpkin & Herb

Creamy Chicken

Italian Style Tomato