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KicStart™ VLCD -  intensive portion control tool

KicStart™ VLCD is a complete meal in the form of a shake or soup and is used as a short term intensive portion control tool.

By replacing a normal meal with a KicStart™ VLCD, a bigger reduction in the total 'energy in' (measured in kilojoules or calories) can be achieved than can normally be achieved with a self prepared meal.

This significant reduction in 'energy in' can help accelerate or "kick start" initial weight loss whilst satisfying hunger and maintaining the essential intake of vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and trace elements.

As you move through the 3 phases of the Osteoarthritis Healthy Weight for Life™  program, the number of meals replaced with KicStart™ is gradually reduced to zero as you progressively build up the new sustainable healthy eating and lifestyle habits you will need to keep your weight under control for life.

Why KicStart™?

KicStart™ VLCD has been carefully formulated to strict medical standards. Some of the key features of its formulation are

  • A unique combination of dairy proteins to satisfy hunger and protect muscle mass while you are losing weight.
  • Soluble dietary fibre to help satisfy hunger for longer, help reduce cholesterol absorption and reduce the risk of constipation.
  • 26 different vitamins and minerals, including essential electrolytes and trace elements, to ensure nutritional balance, good health and vitality.
  • Low in sugar - to help regulate your blood glucose levels.
  • Low in saturated fat - shown to be detrimental to heart health.


KicStart™ Ingredients and Nutritional Information

KicStart™ Shakes KicStart™ Soups
Vanilla Bean Shake Pumpkin & Herb Soup
Chocolate Deluxe Shake Creamy Chicken Soup
Cafe Latte Shake Italian Style Tomato Soup
Strawberry Sundae Shake Asian Beef Soup
Tropical Banana Shake Pea and Ham Soup
Caramel Fudge Shake  

Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand - Executive Summary

The current Australian Government advice on nutrient reference values can be viewed here

Quick References:

Sodium - table 9, page 32 / Potassium - table 9, page 32 / Calcium - table 7, page 28 / Magnesium - table 8, page 30


Gender / Age

(table 9, page 32)

(table 9, page 32)

(table 7, page 28)

(table 8, page 30)

Men 51-70 years  460-920  2,300  3,800  NP  840  2,500  350  350
Men >70 years  460-920  2,300  3,800  NP  1,100  2,500  350  350
Women 51-70 years  460-920  2,300  2,800  NP  840  2,500  265  350
Women >70 years  460-920  2,300  2,800  NP  1,100  2,500  265  350


AI = adequate intake, RDI = recommended dietary intake, EAR = estimated average requirement, NP = not possible to set
UL = upper level of intake 

KicStart™ serving suggestions and tips

There are many ways you can prepare and enjoy KicStart™ shakes and soups.

Find out more.

Independent KicStart™ research

KicStart™ has been thoroughly tested in a number of independent university and hospital clinical trials across Australia.

The results of these clinical trials have been published in peer reviewed journals and presented at a number of Australian and International medical and scientific conferences.



Government Guidelines - Intensive interventions to support weight loss

The Australian government guidelines suggest multicomponent interventions that address nutrition, physical activity and psychological approaches to behavioural change are more effective than single component interventions.

The guidelines also suggest more intensive weight management interventions—such as very low-energy diets (e.g. KicStart), may need to be considered as adjuncts to lifestyle approaches, especially when a person has a BMI > 30 kg/m2, or a BMI > 27 kg/m2 with risk factors and/or comorbidities, or has been unsuccessful reducing weight using lifestyle approaches.

More specific details can be found by going to Section 6.2 Intesive Interventions (page 46) of the Australian Government NHMRC Clinical practice guidelines for the management of overweight and obesity in adults, adolescents and children (2013). View guidelines here.

Australian Obesity Management Algorithm

Developed by a working group with representatives from the Australian Diabetes Society, the Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society and the Obesity Surgery Society of Australian and New Zealand.

The aims of the algorithm are to:

  1. assist general practitioners (GPs) in treatment decisions for non-pregnant adults with obesity
  2. provide a practical clinical tool to guide the implementation of existing guidelines for the treatment of obesity in the primary care setting in Australia.

Find out more by reviewing the Diabetes Society Position Statement or download the document here


Important Safety Information

The Osteoarthritis Healthy Weight For Life™ Program has been designed to assist you and your healthcare team optimally manage a range of modifiable osteoarthritis risk factors. It does not replace the advice given by your own health professional or medical practitioner.

Please review the Important Safety Information and consult your GP before commencing this program. Once on the program, please attend regular checkups to keep your doctor updated with your progress.