MNP offers a liquid diet which is described both as a very low calorie diet (VLCD) and a protein-sparing modified fast (PSMF).

A VLCD is any diet that provides less than 800 calories per day. It is a tool for rapid weight loss and is supervised by a physician. The rate of weight loss during a VLCD approaches the rate of weight loss during starvation.

MNP’s First Step is a PSMF, a special formula of 70 grams of protein and 70 grams of carbohydrate, which spares our body protein while fat is preferentially burned for energy.

When we have consumed more food calories than we have burned, we store the extra energy as fat. It stands to reason, that when we are not eating and during times of starvation, we would use these fat stores to supply our energy needs.

Unfortunately energy derived from fat metabolism is able to supply the energy needs of all the organs of our body except our brain.  Our brains require glucose for energy, and our bodies cannot convert fat to glucose. In times when we are not eating, we must convert our body protein to glucose to supply our brains.

MNP’s First Step formula prevents muscle break down thus spares our body protein.

Many weight loss programs promote the fact that their diet produces ketones in the blood and urine. They state that ketones that are responsible for the loss of hunger. Ketones are produced by the body through the inefficient burning of fat, which then causes an imbalance of electrolytes and minerals.  With the MNP diet there is no ketone production, you stay in balance without having to take potassium or other minerals, a common requirement in other programs.

MNP’s First Step meal replacement formula has been proven safe and effective for more than 30 years.

We are a physician supervised weight loss program and medical diet program serving clients serious about losing weight and keeping it off in Northern California and the south San Francisco Bay Area, including San Jose, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Campbell, Cupertino, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Morgan Hill, Gilroy, Hollister, Mountain View, Los Altos, Palo Alto, Milpitas, Fremont, and Santa Cruz.