Frequently Asked Questions - The diet

Here you will find answers to some of the questions we are frequently asked.
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How many calories per day do you get with Nupo?

Depending on which flavours you choose, and if you do not eat anything in addition to Nupo, the daily calorie intake for women and men is approx. 600-750 calories per day. This is within the zone of 450-800 calories per day that is defined as a VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diet).

Will I gain all of the weight again when I stop the Nupo diet?

If you return to the same diet and meal pattern as before you went on the Nupo diet, then yes, your weight will probably creep back again! It’s a matter of changing your eating habits after a Nupo diet and the Block System can help you to do this. The Block List will teach you what different foods “cost” in calories.

Can you avoid hunger when you are on a Nupo diet?

This varies from person to person. You will typically feel hungry the first few days, but then your body gets used to the new situation and your stomach shrinks.

The body goes into a state similar to fasting and begins converting fat into substances that promote a feeling of being full. 

Can I exercise when I am on a Nupo diet?

It is a good idea combine Nupo and exercise for a greater weight loss. However some people find that their endurance may be slightly lower due to the low energy content of their diet.

Will my metabolism slow down if I only eat Nupo?

No, it will not. This is partly because of the nutrients and fibre in Nupo products, and partly because you eat 6 Nupo portions per day. Eating many small meals during the day keeps your metabolism up better than a few large meals each day.

How do you stop the Nupo diet when you have lost the weight you want?

Many people have benefited from using a Nupo Meal Replacement product for 1 or 2 of their main meals when they start eating regular food again.

It is beneficial for your body to continue the good meal pattern you have established with 6 Nupo meals per day – now with regular food. This will enable you to maintain stable blood sugar levels and high metabolism.

What does VLCD mean?

VLCD stands for Very Low Calorie Diet. The Nupo diet, consisting of 6 Nupo meals per day, is a VLCD. Legislation in the field of VLCDs is very strict and ensures that users of these diets are guaranteed to receive the vitamins, minerals and nutrients your body needs in a daily diet – with a minimum of calories. By law, a VLCD may contain between 450 and 800 calories per day. Studies have shown that you cannot lose weight faster by consumer fewer than 800 calories daily, so we are glad that: The Nupo diet gives you about 700 calories spread over 6 meals. You get the vitamins, minerals and nutrients that your body needs – and you consume a minimum of calories for effective and safe weight loss.

I have a measuring cup for my Nupo powder – how many do I need for a Nupo meal?

1 measuring cup is equivalent to 1 Nupo Diet portion

Can I breastfeed while I’m on Nupo?

We do not generally recommend that nursing women take Nupo, but it is a good idea to talk with your doctor about this.

I have been prescribed medication by my doctor – can I continue my Nupo diet?

It depends greatly on the medication you are taking. Therefore, it is important that you speak with your doctor about whether you can take Nupo in conjunction with your medication.

Can you be on the Nupo diet for more than 8 weeks?

Yes you may. It was previously required by law that, if you followed the Nupo diet without supplemental food, you had to contact your doctor after 8 weeks – just to make sure that everything was going according to plan. People were frequently allowed to continue their Nupo diet after this consultation, if desired and needed. This legal requirement is no longer in force, but we still think it is a good idea to consult your doctor if you are engaged in a long-term weight loss programme. But you do not have to stop or take a break from the Nupo diet after 8 weeks if you need additional weight loss. However, if you are engaged in a long-term weight loss programme, it can be a good idea to switch to the Nupo diet + 10 blocks when approaching the end of your diet. With the 10 blocks as a supplement, the body gradually becomes accustomed to regular food while you learn about the calorie content of different foods, helping you to maintain your weight loss after the Nupo diet.

I have become ill and have a fever. Can I continue my Nupo diet?

If you are ill and have a fever it is a good idea to consult your doctor about using Nupo. Your doctor can assess whether it is advisable to continue the diet while you have a need for energy to get well.


Can you mix Nupo with milk?

In principle, there is nothing wrong with mixing Nupo powder with milk, but keep in mind that you will get twice as many calories.

If you want a creamier texture, you can briefly put the shake in the freezer, or blend it with a small amount of frozen fruit or ice cubes.

If you still want to mix it with milk, use the block system to calculate your calories according to the type of milk you drink. For example, if you use semi-skimmed milk, ½ dl is equal to 1 block.

Can you mix Nupo Diet Shakes and Soups with hot water?

You can mix your shakes with hot water, but they should be consumed cold. The soups must be mixed with cold water and heated in a microwave or saucepan.

Can I make my Nupo Diet shakes in advance?

Yes, you can make all of your Diet shakes one day in advance. They just need to be refrigerated like a dairy beverage. Before enjoying your shake, you may want to shake it up one more time.

Can I freeze my Nupo Diet shakes?

Yes, you can freeze your Diet shake briefly for 1-2 days. Some people freeze their Diet Shake for 15-30 minutes before drinking, making it ice cold and delicious – and a little more thick and slushy! If you freeze your shake the night before, you can take it with you in the morning and enjoy an ice-cold shake later in the day. Just note that the thawing time may vary depending on the temperature where you are. Some people also enjoy a frozen Nupo Diet as a delicious Nupo Ice Cream when the sweet tooth calls – ice cream with a minimum of calories.

Can I freeze a Nupo Meal Replacement?

Yes you can – then you will have a delicious ice cream that also contains all of the good nutrients!

Do Nupo products lose vitamins or minerals if you prepare them the night before?

Preparing your shake the night before makes no difference, as long as you keep it refrigerated. Vitamins, minerals and nutrients are not harmed, so you can prepare the shake the night before worry-free.

Nupo and meals

Can I make do with 4-5 Nupo packets and supplement them with a healthy dinner?

You must always eat 6 Nupo meals a day - even if you supplement your diet with other food!

This is very important because we must ensure that our bodies get all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients that it need. And although it seems that the food you supplement the diet with is healthy and nutritious, it is not certain that it contains everything your body needs. If you would like to eat dinner, it is a very good idea to eat a Nupo meal 30 minutes before to temper your hunger and help you resist the temptation to eat too much!

Can I replace just one meal with Nupo Diet?

If you do not want to replace your entire diet and eat 6 Nupo meals daily, you can replace one main meal with 2 Nupo Diet products, which will provide more than 30% of the vitamins and minerals you need in your daily diet.

Can I replace Nupo powder with a Nupo bar or ready-to-drink product?

Generally speaking, our bars and ready-to-drink products are meal replacements and therefore cannot be substituted in place of Nupo powder.

Other questions

Do I need to take vitamins when I am only eating Nupo?

No, it is not necessary unless you need to take a larger dose of a specific vitamin. 

You can also combine Nupo with other food in different ways. Of course, this will add extra calories, but if you feel too hungry when eating Nupo alone, it can help to eat a little bit of healthy food on the side. 

Do people get headaches when they eat Nupo?

If you make sure to eat all of your Nupo portions and get enough fluids, there shouldn’t be anything to worry about and your discomfort and headache should disappear within a short time.

How much fluid do I need to drink?

You need to drink 2-3 litres of fluid in addition to what is found in the diet soups and shakes! The fluid in these meals does NOT count towards the 2-3 litres.

The reason that you need to drink at least 2 litres of fluid is that this helps to keep your digestive system running and reduces the risk of discomfort during the diet – and it also helps to give you a sense of fullness, particularly during the initial period where your body is getting used to less and different food.

Fluids can be other things than just water. You are allowed to drink tea and coffee without sugar and milk, diet juice/soft drinks and mineral water.

Just make sure that you get 2-3 litres no-calorie fluid in all.

I experience a lot of gas when I have eaten Nupo.

Due to the high fibre in Nupo, you may experience gas. This is normal and simply a matter of your body getting used to Nupo.

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