Early on in her career as a private practice dietitian, Gabrielle wasn’t aware of the effectiveness of meal replacement diets. Now she is completing her PhD on the use of severely energy-restricted diets and uses Very Low Energy Diets (VLEDs) with patients regularly to help them safely lose significant weight to improve their health. In this podcast we sit down with Gabrielle to discuss current research on diabetes remission and total diet replacements, as well as how dietitians can use VLEDs as a tool to help individuals who are overweight and obese to lose weight.


Gabrielle Maston is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian, exercise physiologist and author of the book The Perfect Juice (New Holland). After working for more than 15 years as a dietitian specialising in chronic disease and weight management, Gabrielle is now undertaking her PhD. Her research is focused on investigating the use of severely energy-restricted diets in the management of severe obesity through Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Metabolism and Obesity outpatient service and The University of Sydney.  

Gabrielle is also a regular feature writer for popular fitness magazines and a sought-after presenter. She has appeared on TV and radio and made contributions to local and national newspapers across Australia.  

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What are VLEDs and what do they involve?
  • The results of the DiRECT trial and the role of VLEDs in diabetes remission
  • Tips and tricks to improve the compliance of patients on a VLED
  • Why dietitians are hesitant to prescribe VLEDs and how they can improve their confidence in recommending VLEDs to patients and clients

Energy restriction including VLEDs may not be appropriate for individuals with a history of, or potential for disordered eating.

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