FAQs

1. Programme


How does the Exante Diet work? / How does the Exante Diet Weight Management range work?

Exante Diet has a range of different plans to choose from, whether you are seeking weight loss, weight management or to support a healthier way of life. We’d always advise checking with your GP before embarking on your weight loss journey with us, and more information on suitability can be found on our 'Who is Exante Suitable For?' page. Total Solution is one of our very low calorie diets (VLCD) and on it you enjoy 3 x 200 calorie Exante products a day, giving you a total of approximately 600 kcals and 100% of your RI of vitamins and minerals. On this plan you enjoy Exante Diet products only and no conventional food.

Exante Diet offers another very low calorie diet (VLCD) plan, which is our Total Plus Solution (700kcal – 1000kcal/day). On this plan you enjoy 3 x 200 calorie Exante products alongside low carb, high protein meals and snacks each day. View our great selection of recipes here.
The Man Plan includes 3 x 200 calorie food packs plus a high protein meal of up to 200 calories from a specified list or a fourth food pack.
Alternatively, if you are seeking a moderate rate of weight loss to support an active lifestyle you may want to opt for the complete 5:2 Plan. Eat three Exante Diet meal replacement products on your two fasting days and healthy portion controlled meals from our recommended recipes or from our new Weight Management range on your five non-fasting days.

The NEW Exante Diet Weight Management range consists of high-protein breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack options which have been selected to form part of a diet aimed at supporting weight maintenance. Whether you’re an active parent, always hard at work at the office or a gym fanatic, the Exante Weight Management option is convenient, tasty and healthy. . With the weight management option you can enjoy fresh fruit and milk as part of your diet alongside the Exante weight management range to achieve a daily calorie intake of 1, 200 calories.

The length of time you remain on Exante weight loss plans is dependent on the amount of weight you have to lose! If following the Total Solution we recommend that you take a break every 21 days and follow a Low Calorie Week. If following the Total Plus Solution we recommend that you follow this plan for no more than 12 weeks without a break. You'll also need to take a break every 21 days if you follow Man Plan using 4 packs a day and no conventional food.

Further information on all the Exante Diet plans can also be found in our 'How it Works' section, but please contact us if you require any further advice. Once you start any of our plans support and advice is offered through Customer Care.

How is Exante Diet different from other meal replacement Diet companies?

Exante Diet allows you to have full control over your weight loss, offering a VLCD range for quick, safe weight loss and also a high-protein range to support effective weight management of your ideal body weight.. You don’t have to worry about weigh-ins or going to see a consultant, as any advice needed or queries you may have are dealt with through email and our online support group. You also have the convenience of ordering online and your products being delivered discreetly and directly to your doorstep.

We pride ourselves on ensuring that all of our products are of the highest quality.

What is a Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD)?

Very low calorie diets (VLCD's) are designed to provide all the vitamins and nutrients your body needs, as well as providing the right amount of protein and all the essential fats that your body needs to be healthy. This means that you are having at least 100% of the recommended daily RDAs and between 400-800 calories daily. VLCD's commonly replace all of the daily diet with their products. They can also combine products with small amounts of conventional foods.

The recommended number of calories for those having conventional meals is in the region of 2,000 for women and 2,500 for men, although this varies for different individuals. 3 x 200 calorie Exante Diet products contain about 600 calories per day. The limited amount of calories means that your body turns to its fat stores for energy, enabling you to lose weight quickly, naturally and safely.

VLCD's are not a fad or diet craze. VLCD's have been used in the UK for more than 30 years, and there's been a great deal of medical research into their effectiveness.

What is a Low Calorie Diet (LCD)?

A low calorie diet (LCD) is ideal for someone who wants to lose weight with a flexible plan of meal replacements and healthy recipes. Exante Diet has three plans which incorporate 3 x 200 calorie Exante Diet products alongside conventional food. These plans are the Total Solution, Man Plan (minimum BMI 25) and Total Plus Solution at 700-1,000 kcal (minimum BMI 25) All potential participants may do an online self-screening for suitability prior to ordering our products.

Are Very Low Calorie Diets suitable for everyone?

To use Exante Diet's Total solutions you must have a BMI of 25 or more and be between 18-70 years old.
You may have a medical condition or are taking medication which prevents you from starting your Exante journey. However you may be able to enjoy our Simple solution following discussion with your GP. All potential participants may do an online self-screening for suitability prior to ordering our products.

How long can I do this for?

The Total Plus Solution, Man Plan and 5:2 Plans can be enjoyed until you reach your target weight or a healthy BMI. Upon reaching your target weight you can continue to use Exante products in combination with healthy food to maintain your weight or alternatively move across to our Weight Management range. If following the Total Solution you will need to take a break every 3 weeks and follow the Low Calorie Week plan, which will increase your calorie intake to at least 801 kcals per day. You’ll need to take a break every 21 days if you follow Man Plan using four packs a day with no conversional food.

How much weight will I lose on the Exante Diet?

Everyone loses weight at different speeds. See some of our success stories to see how much our customers have lost, or visit the Diet Plans page to find out which Solution may be suitable for you.

Will I put weight back on after following an Exante Diet plan?


If you go back to eating in a way that caused your initial weight gain, then you are likely to put on weight. However, using the Exante Diet Weight Management range can help you to maintain your weight loss by providing you with healthy, tasty, balanced diet options which make calorie control easy and measurable!

Why has my weight loss slowed down on the Exante Diet?

Sometimes weight loss may appear to slow. The most likely cause is eating or drinking something which isn’t included in the plan . See our Calorie Counter for guidance. Note: even a very small amount of conventional food can take you of ketosis.

The most common cause of weight loss slowing down is water retention. While following an Exante Diet plan it’s important to remember that your body’s water intake will naturally be less than it would be if you were having conventional food, so we advise increasing your usual water intake (to preference and comfort). We advise consuming between 2-4 litres a day depending on preference. It is important to stagger this out throughout the day as it can be harmful to consume large amounts of water in a short space of time.

Please rest assured that you will be experiencing fat loss even if it is not evident on the scales. It is useful to keep measurements of yourself as you should notice that you lose inches if you do not lose lbs.
Other reasons for weight loss slowing include:
•    Constipation
•    Medication: sometimes because of bulking agents containing starch or other sugars, also if on steroids, hormone replacements and antibiotics
•    Infection: the body needs water to fight the infection or for recovery
•    Strenuous exercise
•    Hot weather
•    For women, water retention can take place before a period or during the menopause

Does Exante follow UK Diet Guidelines?

There are a number of guidelines covering meal replacement products, VLCDs and slimming foods in general. These control the composition of the products, how they are labelled and how they can be marketed. Exante Diet works hard to ensure that our diets plans are evidence based and adhere to the regulations that exist for these types of foods.

What about exercise?

It's important that you take a sensible approach to exercise when you are on a diet. You need to consider a number of factors such as how much exercise you usually do, how many calories you are taking in and the amount of carbohydrates your body is receiving. Our Total Solution Total Plus Solution (consuming less than 1000kcal daily) and Man Plan are not compatible with strenuous exercise and it should be avoided due to the low number of calories you are having each day and the limited carbohydrate intake. 20 minutes of light to moderate intensity exercise/activity is recommended each day. If you're looking to exercise more than this then we recommend you follow the Total Plus Solution consuming more than 1000kcal daily.

Alternatively, the Exante Diet Weight Management range is contains meals and snacks high in protein which is ideal for supporting an active lifestyle. You should always consult your GP before embarking on any new exercise programme, particularly when you are overweight or have not exercised for some time.

What products can I choose from the Exante Diet shop?

If you have chosen Total Solution, Total Plus Solution or Man Plan, you can choose any products from the VLCD range. If you have chosen the Complete 5:2 plan you can chose products from both ranges to create your own ultimate diet plan.

If following a weight management plan, we recommend you choose products from the NEW weight management range only. Some customers prefer to just have one product type (for example, a purely shake diet), while others prefer a mixture, the choice is yours.

Do I have to eat all of the recommended Exante products daily?

You must have all Exante Diet products for your particular plan every day to ensure that you receive 100% of your nutrition. Full nutrition is required to ensure good health. Eating fewer sachets a day will not make you lose more weight, and it may cause psychological and physical side effects.

If following a plan using our Weight Management products, we recommend you consume one option from each of the Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snack selections each day alongside a portion of fruit and milk each day to ensure you are consuming at least 1200 calories. See our meal planner here for more guidance.

Can I have extra packs?

On the Total and Total Plus Solution Plans you should have 3 x 200 calorie Exante Diet products each day. On Man Plan you have the choice of 3 packs a day and some conventional food, or 4 packs.
All of our VLCD soups, shakes, bars and meals are Total Meal replacements. By using 3 of our products a day to replace your normal meals you can cut the number of calories you have and still receive 100%of your RI of vitamins and minerals. This means that you stay fit and healthy whilst you lose weight because your body has all that it needs to enable safe and effective weight loss.

When should I take the products?

Each meal replacement can be taken at the most convenient time for you, but we would encourage you to time your meals in a way which enables you to develop new healthy eating habits that you can use into the future to manage your weight. You can view all of our products online.

How many sachets can I have a day?


You can have more than one sachet per day (up to three) as the nutritional data is comparable to the soups and shakes. If you are on the Man Plan, you may have an additional 4th pack instead of a high protein meal if you wish.

Is Exante Diet compatible with my religion?


We cannot advise on the suitability of Exante Diet products for various religions but we would recommend that you review the ingredients of the products and make your own decision.

What support will I receive when I'm following the Exante Diet?

We provide a booklet, 'Your Diet Plan', which can be found on our website under ‘diet plans’ and we have customer services accessible via your online account. We do not hold group sessions and we do not have counsellors. We do have a Facebook page where many clients support each other and you can post your questions and comments which we will answer as fully and promptly as possible.

Where is my nearest consultant?


Exante Diet is an e-commerce company therefore we do not have consultants. All products can be purchased through the Exante Diet website. Any queries, support or advice you require are dealt with via email by our trained customer care team.

Which plan should I follow?

We have 4 plans that customers can choose from:

The Man Plan is a flexible low calorie diet for which you choose 3 x 200 calorie food packs with a 200kcal high protein/low carb meal or choosing 4x 200 calorie food packs per day.

Total Solution is a very low calorie diet (600kcals). This is the ultimate choice for quick results. There are two ways you can enjoy Total Solution: you can either eat 3 x 200 calorie Exante Diet products each day, safe in the knowledge that whichever plan you choose you'll be getting 100% of your RDA's.

Total Plus Solution is also a low calorie Diet. Like Total Solution you can either eat 3 x 200 calorie Exante Diet products each day. With Total Plus you'll also have a small amount of conventional food from a recommended list. This plan gives you a total daily intake of around 700-1200 calories; it is flexible so whatever your lifestyle, this plan provides the flexibility to suit you
(To use Total, Total Plus or Man Plan you must have a BMI of at least 25 and have none of the contraindications outlined in our medical guidance).

Alternatively, if you have acheive you ideal body weight select products from our Weight Management range to follow a calorie controlled diet for simple control of your weight with our deliciously convenient, ambient ready meals that are high in protein and fibre to keep you feeling fuller for longer.

Can I switch between Plans?

It is fine to switch between plans if it helps you keep on track with your weight loss, and as you would no longer be following the Total Solution a Low Calorie Week would not be required. The reason we advise the solutions that we do is because we feel this is the most effective way to enable our clients to reach their goals, and when changes are made to the plan we can't guarantee their effectiveness.

Can I switch from a VLCD Plan to Weight Management?


Of course, the weight management range is ideal for anyone that has acheived their target weight and is seeking a convenient and simple way to maintain their new weight. Simply choose your options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack and consume daily alongside additional options from our calorie counter food list for a calorie controlled diet to suit you.

Why do I have to follow the Low Calorie Week plan whilst on Total Solution?


You must have a break every 21 days as you're following a total dietary replacement plan, such as the Total Solution without medical supervision. NICE guidelines and the Energy Restricted Diet Directive state that this type of diet should not be followed continuously for long periods of time. Low Calorie Week will allow you to take a break in a structured way and then return to Total Solution at the end of the week. It is also a good way of getting used to counting your own calories and eating healthy balanced meals.

During your Low Calorie Week you will still have 3 or 4 Exante Diet products a day as well as a healthy balanced meal that is at least 200 calories. Find some recommendations here. We recommend high protein / low carbohydrate meals, such as any white meats or fish with green vegetables or salads. Alternatively, if you wish to abstain from conventional food a milk allowance of at least 200 calories is also suitable. Read more about the Low Calorie Week.

If you are following the Total Plus plan a Low Calorie Week every 3 weeks is not required but in line with NICE guidance you should follow the plan for no more than 12 weeks continuously.

Can I skip the 'Low Calorie Week' on Total Solution?


No, you must have a break every 21 days as you are following a total dietary replacement plan, such as the Total Solution without medical supervision. NICE guidelines and the Energy Restricted Diet Directive state that this type of diet should not be followed continuously for long periods of time. Low Calorie Week will allow you to take a break in a structured way and then return to Total Solution at the end of the week. It's also a good way of getting used to counting your own calories and eating healthy balanced meals.

During your Low Calorie Week you will still have 3 or 4 Exante Diet products a day as well as a healthy balanced meal that is at least 201kcals. We recommend high protein / low carb meals. Any white meats, fish with green vegetables or salads. Alternatively if you wish to abstain from conventional food a milk allowance of at least 201kcals is suitable. Read more about the Low Calorie Week. This section repeats the previous

What can I eat during the Low Calorie Week plan?

Customers on the Total Solution must have a break from the plan every 21 days by following the Low Calorie Week plan. On the fourth week of the plan you still continue taking 3 or 4 Exante products a day, but you also include at least 201kcals of conventional food into your diet
If you would like to try and remain in ketosis for that week, or in a mild state of ketosis, then it is important to make the right food choices to ensure that you’re sticking to low carb and high protein food options. You can use the ketosis recipes in our food section for inspiration or our calorie counter to help you decide what to eat.

If you wish to continue to abstain from conventional food during your Low Calorie Week, a milk allowance of at least 201kcals is suitable. Alternatively, you may wish to follow our 1000kcals per day Total Plus Solution during Low Calorie Week, see our 1000-calorie example meal plan for more guidance. Please note that as these plans are higher in calories weight loss may be slower during this week. You may also come out of ketosis if higher carbohydrate foods are chosen.

After the Low Calorie Week you can go back to the Total Solution plan or you can try one of the other Solutions if you're ready to stabilise your weight loss.

Can I chew gum?

Chewing gum may make you feel hungry as gastric juices are released. If you feel chewing gum will help you to sustain your diet then it is your own choice. If possible you should try not to chew gum for more than a few minutes.

Can I have any carbs on a VLCD?

Yes - this is a 'low carbohydrate diet' not a 'no carbohydrate diet'. It is important to have carbohydrates included in your daily diet. We provide clients with the necessary amount of daily carbohydrate as outlined by the UK and EU legislation regarding meal replacements and VLCDs.
The amount of carbohydrates in our products is very specific, as you will go in to a natural metabolic state called ketosis if you are following our Total or Working Solution plan.

If you would like to consume extra carbohydrates while on the plan then this will affect ketosis and your weight loss. We recommend following the plan as outlined in the Solution Section and using the recipes in our Recipe Section in order to achieve success on Exante Diet.

In our Weight Management range, the ambient meals contain balanced macronutrients which contains a proportion of carbohydrates however they have been developed to be high in protein to keep you feeling fuller for longer and promote the development lean body mass over body fat.

Can I have fruit as a snack?

If you are following the Total Solution then conventional food is not part of the plan therefore we would recommend that clients who wish to consume healthy snacks such as fruit should follow the Simple Solution. Fruit will not enable clients to remain in ketosis due to the citric acid within the fruit. It should therefore not be eaten on the Total Plus or Man Plan.

Fruit may be eaten alongside a diet plan using the Exante Diet Weight Management range to ensure 1200kcal or more are being consumed each day.

Who is Man Plan suitable for?

The Man Plan is suitable for men who may feel A VLCD isn’t going to be enough calories or protein for the day. Men have a higher basal metabolic rate and so may benefit from the consumption of a 4th additional food pack or a high protein meal. The Man Plan is based on 3 x 200 calorie Exante Diet products and then offers the chance to have an additional 4th food pack or a 200 kcal high protein meal with an optional 100ml of milk. You should have a minimum BMI of 25 and check your eligibility.

Can I take over the counter painkillers?

You can take over the counter aspirin or paracetamol as directed, but if you are taking painkillers because of a headache this could be due to dehydration. You must maintain adequate fluid intake spread evenly throughout the day. Please note in can be dangerous to consume large amounts of water at once.

Can I take supplements when on the diet?

All Exante Diet plans are designed to give 100% of your daily nutrition so you do not require additional vitamin and mineral supplements while on the plan, unless recommended by your doctor. In the Exante Diet Vitamin Shop you will find a range of supplements unrelated to the vitamins and minerals found within the food packs. The range has been specifically selected to support the reduction of ailments associated with increased body weight.

We recommend that you are NOT on any diet or fat burning supplements whilst on any of our plans.

I have some leftover products from another diet; can I use them with your products?

We recommend that you do not mix products from other Meal Replacement diets as the nutritional profiles are likely to be different.

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2. Drinks & Fluids


Water and Fluid Consumption

If you do not have enough water you will become dehydrated which can lead to constipation, headaches, lowering of blood pressure (causing dizziness) and cramps. So we advise drinking plenty of fluids through the course of the day. The amount of water an individual requires varies so ensure you are having enough to feel comfortable. A guide for water consumption throughout the day is around 2-4 litres (however please be advised it can be harmful to consume large volumes of water or other fluids in a short space of time). If you are following the Total Solution you should avoid flavoured water that contains citric acid as this could take you out of Ketosis and slow down the fat burning process and may possibly lead to increased hunger. Still or sparkling water can be consumed. Tea and coffee will count towards your fluid intake. See our list of allowable drinks and extras in our handy Calorie Counter. If you are following the Total or Working Solution then you should avoid having milk in your drinks.

How much water should I drink?

If you do not have enough water you will become dehydrated which can lead to constipation, headaches, lowering of blood pressure (causing dizziness) and cramps. So we advise drinking plenty of fluids through the course of the day. The amount of water an individual requires varies so ensure you are having enough to feel comfortable. A guide for water consumption throughout the day is around 2-4 litres (however please be advised it can be harmful to consume large volumes of water or other fluids in a short space of time).

Can I have alcohol whilst on Exante Diet?

No. There are a number of reasons why alcohol should be avoided while on an Exante plan.
•    Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram, which are 'empty' calories, and can make the weight loss slower. For best results stick to 2-4 litres of water, (this can be still, sparkling or soda) and leaf tea or coffee without milk.
•    When you drink alcohol fat burning is temporarily switched off while the liver deals with the alcohol.
•    Consuming alcohol can lower blood sugar making people feel hungry and less likely to stick to their plan, and consuming alcohol whilst on a significantly reduced number of calories is not recommended .
•    Drinking alcohol is associated with fat being laid down in the abdominal area, so if you want to lose weight it is best avoided altogether.

Can I have skimmed milk in tea/coffee?

If you are following the Man Plan or Total Plus Solution you can have skimmed milk, but you must remember to include the calories as part of your daily calorie allowance.

If you are following the Total Solution we do not recommend any conventional food or drink to be included in the plan as this may take you out of ketosis. See our list of allowable extras on Total Solution. We recommend water, black tea/ coffee and green leaf teas (pure, unflavoured). You can have flavoured coffee, e.g. from the Beanies range. While conventional food can be consumed on the Total Solution milk should be limited to 200ml due to its naturally high-carbohydrate content.

Can I have Coke Zero?

Yes, see our list of allowable extras for Total Solution for more drink options. You can use the same list for Total Plus too.

If you are on the, Man Plan or consuming more than 1000kcal on Total Plus Solution you can have other drinks but remember to count them as part of your daily calorie intake. If you intend to drink Coke Zero, limit this to 330mls per day.

Why should I avoid drinks that contain citric acid?

If you are following the Total, Man Plan or Total Plus we recommend that if possible you do not have drinks that contain citric acid, as some clients may find that it is more difficult to get into ketosis or remain there.

Is it acceptable to have herbal tea when using Exante?

The only drinks that we advise when following the Total or Total Plus Solution plan are water, black tea/ coffee or any tea from the leaf, root or seed. This is because some herbal teas may contain citric acid or fruit which can bring you out of ketosis.

Can I have low calorie/sugar free squash or fizzy diet drinks?


You can find a list of allowable extras for Total and Total Plus Solutions here.

Can I have milk on the low calorie week instead of a meal with my meal replacements, and how much?

On the low calorie week you can replace your additional meal with milk if you wish. About 410mls or ¾ pint of semi skimmed would give just over 200kcals and about 20g of carbohydrate.

Can I use sugar substitutes in my drinks?

If clients want to use sugar substitutes in drinks we recommend that they use tablet sweeteners as they do not contain calories or carbohydrates. Granulated sugar substitutes may take you out of ketosis as they contain carbohydrates.

Would you advise using any herbal slimming remedies with this diet?

We don't recommend the use of raspberry ketone tablets or any other slimming preparation, herbal or prescription, with any of our plans.

Drinks Mix would you advise per day?

If you're on Total, Man Plan or the Total Plus Solution, we recommend a maximum of 4 teaspoons per day due to calorie and carb content. If you are on Simple Solution, there is no restriction on amount, just remember to include in your daily calories.

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3. Ketosis


What is Ketosis?

Ketosis means that your body is burning fat rapidly because it is using your fat as its main source of energy. Normally our bodies use our food as a primary source of energy. Your body initially uses up its energy reserves of glycogen before starting to burn fats from its fat stores; this process normally begins after 3 to 4 days on the programme. When the glycogen stores are used up, your body will then switch its main energy source to burning your fat. When fat is burned rapidly the body produces a by-product called 'ketones' and the person is said to be in ketosis. If clients want to monitor Ketosis then Ketone sticks can be purchased from larger chemists.

Am I in ketosis?

If you want to check your urine for ketones we recommend you do this first thing in the morning when your bladder is full and ketones are going to be most concentrated. If this is still negative but you are losing weight and not feeling hungry then this is a sign you are in ketosis it is just that the amount in your urine is low and not detectable on the sticks. Ketosis sticks aren't designed for the mild dietary ketosis observed on a low carbohydrate diet, they were invented for diabetics to use and are intended to detect the high levels which are associated with uncontrolled diabetes. This means that sometimes ketones are present but the test doesn't pick them up. Levels can be very low in those who are drinking very large amounts of water or have smaller amounts of weight to lose.

Why do I still feel hungry?

When you start on the Exante Diet programme, you may experience some initial hunger in the first few days. Sugar and carb withdrawal may cause cravings that can be confused with hunger. If you are on the Total or Working solution you will go into Ketosis after the first few days.
Sometimes people feel hungry when they are in fact dehydrated. While following Exante Diet it is important to remember that your water intake will be lower than it would be had you been consuming conventional food so you need to increase your usual water intake. We advise consuming between 2-4 litres a day depending on what is comfortable. It is important to space this throughout the day, as it can be harmful to consume large amounts of water in a short space of time.

You may experience feelings of emotional hunger which can come on quickly. . It may be worth keeping a daily journal to help identify what was happening at the time you felt the hunger pangs. This will help you to understand your relationship with food. If you decide to eat additional food regardless then you may come out of ketosis.

Will medicine bring me out of ketosis?

Some medication, particularly those containing sugar or citric acid may have an effect on ketosis. Formulations free of both should ideally be taken if required. However in the case of prescribed medication you should continue to take it as normal, even if it contains sugar or citric acid. You may wish to discuss whether a sugar/citric acid free version is available with your GP.

Will the water flavourings bring me out of Ketosis?


It is acceptable to add zero-sugar water flavouring to some of your daily fluid intake and it shouldn't have any effect on your ketosis levels. Ketosis does vary from person to person so if you are concerned about your ketosis levels then it may be worth you monitoring them.

Do you have a list of ketogenic foods?

If you would like to stay in Ketosis on your 'Low Calorie Week' or while on the Total Plus Solution you will find a list of ketogenic recipes in recipes section of the blog. All the recipes under the ketosis section will be suitable for you.

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4. Products


What do Exante products contain?

A full list of ingredients and nutritional information can be found on the individual product information pages.

I have allergies; can I consume your products?


To find out if you can follow the diet please look at our allergens list here.

How many calories/carbs are in your products?

In our VLCD range, 3 x 200 calorie Exante Diet products will give you approximately 600 calories and 100% of your RI. Each product contains between 10g-20g of Carbohydrates.

In hte Weight Management range, each meal contains different calories so make sure to check the nutritional informatio non the individual product pages. On the packet, you will also find a Why Not Try With... section with a suggestion to what each meal can be served with to help you achieve your 1200 calories each day.

Are Exante products suitable for vegetarians?

Exante Diet offers a range of products that are suitable for vegetarians with the exception of the Deliciously Different Strawberry Jam & Yogurt Crunch Bar and Beef & Black Bean pot meal within the VLCD range. In the Weight Management range you will find a selection of vegetarian meals, soups and breakfast options. Be sure to look out for the 'Suitable for Vegetarians' statement.

You can also check the delicious vegetarian options in our recipe section. These include:
•    Mushroom Omelette with Chinese Style Salad
•    Celery Sticks
•    Egg Mayonnaise bowl

Some brands of tofu may be used to substitute some of the meat recipes, as long as the carbohydrate value is less than 1 or 2g per 100g. Alternatively, you can substitute some of the meat options for eggs. For example, you could follow the poached eggs and salmon recipe but omit the smoked salmon and use two eggs instead.

Vegetarian food choices & snacks (non-ketosis recipes)
•    Tortilla wrap
•    Vegetarian Chilli
•    Giant cous cous salad with roasted vegetables
•    Baked sweet potato with beans
•    Bruschetta
•    Greek & Feta Salad
•    Hot tomato salsa with breadsticks
•    Greek yoghurt with seeds

Some of our vegetarian customers ask if quorn is a suitable food choice while on Exante Diet. Quorn contains approx. 5.8g carbs per 100g so is not ideal for staying in ketosis unless consumed in small amounts. If you did want to go ahead and use quorn as a substitute, you may find that you are still able to stay in ketosis as it varies depending on the individual, but you may find that your hunger levels are affected.
A rough guide for remaining in ketosis is to stay below 70g of Carbs a day. You will receive approx. 55g of carbs each day from your Exante Diet products*.
*May vary depending on your combination of products.

What is aspartame and do you have it in your products?

Aspartame is a sugar substitute that is frequently used in diet products and drinks. Although not in the UK, it has been banned in some countries. We find a lot of our customers do not like to use products that contain Aspartame and therefore we do not use it in any Exante Diet products.

Can I make the shakes up and keep them?

We would not recommend this as we cannot guarantee the nutritional quality of the product if not consumed immediately after being made.

Can I have my shakes hot or soups cold?

You are able to have the shakes and soups hot or cold as it will not affect the nutritional value or weight loss. It depends completely upon your preference.

What can I add to my shakes and soups?

You can spice up your soups with herbs and spices such as; chilli powder, coriander or Tabasco sauce. Why not try adding some coffee to your vanilla shake or try making the chocolate shake with hot water for a scrumptious hot chocolate!

What are the Best Before End dates?

These are the dates by which we recommend the products are used. These will vary from product to product.

Do you have tetra packs?


We do not currently have tetra packs. We do however have a shake and go range . Simply add water to the shake powder in the bottle, shake and go! These will give you the convenience of a tetra but with the great taste of a sachet shake.

How do I make up the products?


Instructions for how to make the products are outlined on each of the products individual packages and full instructions are also provided on the product packaging.

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5. Medical Health


What are the side effects?

Very low calorie diets can have temporary side effects for some individuals; these are normal and will disappear when returning to conventional food. Most side effects are experienced in the first few days; carbohydrate and caffeine withdrawal can take place when starting a programme, which may cause headaches. Simple pain killers and drinking extra water will help to remedy this. Some people experience feelings of nausea. This could be due the high concentration of vitamins and minerals contained in the replacement meals. Drinking water before, during and after eating can ease this.

You may also experience bad breath. The fat burning process (ketosis) causes a type of acetone to be released in the breath (which may result in a metallic taste in your mouth). This normally improves as the body becomes accustomed to the diet; drinking lots of water to dilute the acetones, regular brushing of teeth (and tongue) and using a mouth wash will also help. A spray breath freshener can be used.

Feeling cold is a natural side effect of being on a VLCD as the metabolic rate slows and blood flow to extremities is decreased, meaning that hands and feet can feel colder than usual. This is a temporary side effect and wrapping up warmly, drinking warm water and being more active to encourage better circulation will all help with this.

Constipation seems to be the most common side effect of being on a VLCD. Often toilet habits change for a number of reasons: as you are eating less food there is less to be excreted Increasing your water intake can help.

You may experience cramp while on a VLCD, caused by fluid imbalances in the body's tissues. The remedy is to drink more water. Sometimes adding a few grains of salt to soups or in water at bedtime might help.

For those who use a VLCD over a period of time hair shedding can be a natural and temporary side effect. This is because a shortage of calories can cause the body to slow hair regrowth, this will return to normal following the reintroduction of conventional food.
A woman's hormone balance can alter when she loses weight. Although most are not aware of any changes, for a few, periods may change in flow, duration or frequency.

Why do you recommend consulting my GP before starting the programme?

It is good to ensure your health is being monitored before starting any kind of diet programme.

Why do you advise checking my BMI?

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a guide used by health professionals to indicate whether a person's weight is within the healthy range. It is based on the ratio between height and weight, and a healthy weight has generally been considered to be a BMI of between 18.5 and 25
The effectiveness of using BMI as a health risk indicator has been disputed as it has been found that as the ratio of muscle to fat influences a person's weight; fit muscular individuals have been classified as obese, when they are in fact very healthy and well nourished.

Another method of establishing risk because of being overweight is by checking waist size. Men are at risk if their waist is between 37 and 40 inches (97- 101.5 cm.) and are considered to have a high health risk if it is over 40 inches (102 cm). For women there is additional risk if their waist measurement is between 31½ and 34½ inches (80-88 cm) and is considered to have a higher health risk if it is more than 34½ inches (88cm).

Studies suggest that as the ratio of waist circumference/height is a very good predictor of mortality it is also a good predictor of reduction in risk when weight is reduced. There is evidence that it is more reliable than the BMI in this respect.

We check both BMI and waist size during the BMI check so we can offer the customer more personalised advice on their weight loss.

Why do you check my waist size?

Measuring your waist can give an indication of where you store the fat in your body. It is not only your BMI that can be an indicator of greater risks of health problems; your waist measurements can also indicate risk. If your body stores too much fat around your abdomen, you increase your risk of conditions like:
•    Heart disease
•    Type 2 diabetes

For women, it is important to note that if you have a waist size of over 80cm (31.5 inches) you have a higher risk of suffering from the consequences of being overweight. Your risk increases further if your waist size is over 88cm (34.5 inches). For men, if your waist size is over 94cm (37inches) your risk increases, and the risk increases further if your waist size is over 102cm (40 inches). When we calculate your BMI we will also offer you guidance on your waist measurement.

* Waist measurement explanations may differ for people of South Asian descent as they are at a higher risk of developing diseases at a lower waist circumference. The ideal waist measurement for South Asian women is under 80cm (31.5 inches). The ideal waist measurement for South Asian men is under 90cm (35 inches)

Can I breastfeed while on Exante Diet?

You cannot follow the Exante Diet programmes while you are the sole source of nutrition for your baby. If you are not the sole source of nutrition for your baby it may be possible to follow a diet plan of 1200kcals using our Weight Management range , but you must get advice from your doctor first. You must wait until 3 months after you have given birth before starting on any of our programmes.

I am lactose intolerant, can I use your products?

No, Exante products are not suitable for those who are lactose intolerant.

I have coeliac disease, are your products suitable for me?

Exante Diet Shakes are gluten free, this is stated on the individual product page. While some of our products do not contain gluten, they are made in a factory which handles gluten. Please see our allergens list for details.

I have one of the medical contraindications listed on your terms and conditions, but my GP says I am ok to follow your Total Solutions diet, why can't I do it?

If you have any contra-indications from our terms and conditions pages then we cannot allow you to follow the Total, Total Plus or Man Plan. This is because we do not have consultants to monitor you or your weight loss. You may be able to follow the Simple Solution as this is classed as a restricted calorie diet, but you should discuss this with your GP before embarking in any programme.

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6. Maintaining your weight after the diet


How do I maintain my weight loss?

Maintaining your new weight couldn’t be easy with the NEW Exante Diet Weight Management range. Offering a selection of Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snack options that are high in protein and convenient, this exciting range of meals and snacks can form part of a 1200kcal+ diet plan to help you manage your ideal weight. Our website has a section on weight management which gives further advice.

What kind of meals would you suggest when I start to introduce conventional foods?

We advise that you begin with low carb, high protein meals, such as, fish, chicken and turkey with green salad or green vegetables. You can use the recipe section on the website to give you some ideas for suitable meal plans.
The important thing is that you have healthy balanced meals and don't revert to eating habits that are likely to lead to weight gain.

Will I put weight back on?

If you revert back to eating habits which caused weight gain in the first place, then you are likely to put on weight. However if you maintain your weight loss with a healthy balanced diet and do not overeat, then you’re likely to retain your new figure.

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7. Ordering


Can I get free samples?

We do not provide free sample products to customers. We do have a range of Starter Packs available to purchase such as the 1 Week Taster Pack or our 2 Week Shakes and Bars Diet Pack. These contain a variety of our products and are a good way to find out which products are most suitable for you. Products can also be bought individually.

Can I exchange some of my products for other items?

We do not exchange or substitute nutritional products.

Is it ok to buy/sell your products on eBay?

You are not allowed to re-sell your products to a third party.

Is it ok to buy my products on eBay?

We strongly suggest that you do not buy products from eBay (except through the official Exante eBay shop or the official MyProtein eBay shop), as we cannot guarantee the quality of these products.

Can I change my delivery address after I have placed my order?

Delivery addresses cannot be changed once the order has been dispatched.
You can find more information about ordering on our help site.