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Tracey’s Story: Reducing the risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Tracey’s Story: Reducing the risk of Type 2 Diabetes

The diet market is forever booming, however, in the last 12 months we have seen the diet industry take off in a whole other area – the medical world. Low calorie diets are now being looked at with regard to reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. Exante has featured in a prevalent study that was aired on ITV on June 13th & 14th, 2018 and the results have been incredible.

We’ve been lucky enough to work with Tracey, one of the volunteers on ITV’s “The Fast Fix”, to find out how the study went and a little more about her journey. All of the volunteers were overweight, had high liver fat % and had Type 2 Diabetes. They moved into the Fast Fix Clinic for four weeks where their progress was overseen by GP Dr Zoe Williams and Professor Jason Gill, a leading name in the prevention of type 2 diabetes. The study looked to see whether a VLCD diet could reverse Type 2 Diabetes, which for Tracey is exactly what happened. Read Tracey’s full story below.

Tracey’s Story

It’s been 4 months since coming back from the “house” where I lived with 4 complete strangers and the person that entered that house stayed there.  The person that left the house and that is writing this now is a completely different person in so many ways it is hard to comprehend; even now over 4 months later.  Yes, I’ve lost weight but I knew that would happen because that was a large part of the experiment, along with the attempt to reverse type 2 diabetes.

The study

We found out on arrival that we would be on 800 calories a day – a huge shock to the system.  I had some challenges ahead – surviving a VLCD, living with 4 complete strangers in a house, undergoing lots of tests and experiments and being filmed all at the same time. On top of this, I have fibromyalgia which meant I was in a constant state of pain which, on some days, was a considerable amount.  We had an 8am start every day and those days were very long.  I had a chair that followed me everywhere thankfully as I couldn’t cope with all the standing. I got through it though.  One thing I am is tenacious.  If I believe in something or intend to do something, I give it my all.

About me

tracey ward exante type 2 diabetes

The tenacious part of me had faded away so much before I started the study. I lost the will along the way and my illness was getting me so low.  I didn’t have a life anymore – I just existed I didn’t live.  I was a prisoner in my own home and that’s not a good place to be.

Two years ago I had to have another handrail fitted on the stairs because I was really struggling to get up them because of my weight, my fibromyalgia, and my asthma.  Everything was an effort and I couldn’t even breathe properly walking up the stairs.  This morning? I ran up them!  – without even thinking about it. I literally had to give myself a high five when it dawned on me what I’d just done.

Before I started this experiment I thought very low calorie diets and shake diets were no good for you.  I had it in my head that not only were they dangerous but you also put all the weight you’ve lost back on.  So, when they confronted us with the Exante meal replacement shakes my heart sank.  I was going to have to do something that I 100% thought back then was wrong. Plus, I was dreading how awful I thought they were going to taste.

Well how wrong was I? Ok, so I will admit that the first couple of days I wasn’t keen. But as soon as I got used to them and started to use water from the fridge to have them chilled – they tasted fantastic.  I was seriously pleasantly surprised.  I quickly found my favourites and then just got stuck in.  I was hoping it would help reverse my diabetes but shockingly it did a whole lot more than that and I wasn’t expecting it in the slightest!

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The Benefits

Losing that weight and going into nutritional ketosis gave me my life back, which to me, was more than a miracle.  I noticed that my joints weren’t as painful and I could put my socks on! (Don’t laugh but that was a massive thing!)

While filming on the first day they filmed me sat on the bed and putting on my trainers.  You’re probably thinking “So what?”, but honestly my body was screaming in pain and I hid it as best as I could but I still had to grab my leg and lift it.  I wasn’t able to do some of the things that everyone else takes for granted- to me, I was a mess.  I spent most of my life in my PJs with the curtains closed up until that point. Now, nearly every day I’m in gym clothes!  If someone had told me last year –  that next year you will be going to the gym I would have died laughing, literally.  I would have thought they were barking mad!

Realising the impact my weight had on my health

Tracey Ward transformation with exante

We were extremely honoured during filming to witness the dissection of a dead body; a man who so wonderfully left his body to science. This experience was extremely moving and humbling and one that I will never forget for as long as I shall live.  I wish I could thank him and his family so much but I will never have that opportunity.  We were able to see fat inside a body and believe me it brings it home to you right there and then.  That man could have been any one of us purely because of being obese.  Obesity is not something we catch it is something we do to ourselves.  I realised that day that I needed to stop and I needed to stop now!

It made me see just how short life can be.  I’ve been given a second chance and I am going to grasp it with both hands and live my life to the fullest I can.  I want to be able to inspire and motivate others and to help them reduce their risk of an early death or one filled with chronic disease.

Life is about living and this is the best gift we can ever be given.

The results – reversing type 2 diabetes and more

Don’t give up – miracles can and do happen and I am living proof of that!

Before I went into the house for the experiment I was on approximately 20 tablets a day.  Today I am on approximately 8 and I’m hoping that by this time next year that number will be even less. My first gym visit I couldn’t even do 1 minute on a cross trainer because of pain and this morning I was on it for 40 minutes!

My type 2 diabetes is, in fact, in remission now and I have lost over 30lbs using exante meal replacement products. I have gone from a size 22 to a 14 (aiming for a 12 and in total) and I have lost over 50 inches all over! I am also gaining quite a bit of muscle now so I am losing inches as opposed to pounds and that is brilliant!  I think we can get a bit hung up about numbers of pounds lost.

Something people don’t realise is that when you go into nutritional ketosis the fat goes from inside your organs first which is extremely important. I had a very fatty liver and the MRI scans on the documentary show you that. The documentary also shows what an incredible difference there is after just 4 weeks then even more at 8 weeks and then at 12. Don’t give up – miracles can and do happen and I am living proof of that!

The experience has changed Tracey’s life so much that she has written a book: “It’s Not Rocket Science:  Reverse Your Type 2 Diabetes and Be A Better Version Of Yourself.” which is now for sale via Amazon.

If that wasn’t enough, you can also follow more of Tracey’s journey on her blog: traceyward.me.

If you’re new to exante or can’t decide between your favourite flavours, why not try our meal replacement 2 week bundle for JUST £29.99?! (R.R.P. £75.49!!)

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Sophie Seddon

Sophie Seddon

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