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VLCD Diets & Benefits of The Exante Very Low Calorie Diet Explained

What Is A Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD)?

Crash diets have been given a bad reputation in the past but very low calorie diets are different. VLCDs involve replacing some or all normal foods with nutritionally designed meal replacements. Meal replacement shakes and bars are the most common. Medical studies have shown that they are quite safe when followed correctly and are very effective for quick and safe weight loss.

There are a few fairly big research projects, like the BBC’s Big Crash Diet Experiment and multiple features on ITV’s This Morning, that are underway to try and remove the negative connotations that surround them.


BBC’s Big Crash Diet Experiment

The Study

The four volunteers followed a total meal replacement diet for 9 weeks which consisted of a combination of meal replacement shakes, soups and meals only. Each volunteer was overweight and either suffered from high blood pressure, diabetes or other health issues.

The Results

All of the volunteers lost between 1.5-3.5 stones- that’s over 10% of body weight per person! 52-year-old Tracey was previously at as big of a risk of a heart attack as a 75-year-old would be. After the weight loss, Tracey’s risk was lowered to someone of the age of 57.

In addition, one of the male volunteers suffering from diabetes prior to losing weight found that after the 9 weeks on the total meal replacement diet, he had put his diabetes into remission.

The results showed incredible transformations and amazing health benefits and there are more and more studies are showing similar results. Find out more about another recent study on very low-calorie diets and reversing type 2 diabetes.

Could a Very Low Calorie Diet Reverse Type 2 Diabetes?

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The Benefits of exante’s VLCD diet plan

exante offers a range of total meal replacement products, including VLCD shakes & bars. These can be used as a exante 800exante 1200 plan, a calorie deficit or as part of a fasting diet, also known as the 5:2 diet.

All of our meal replacement products are:

  • High in protein
  • Contain 27 vitamins & minerals
  • 1/3 of your NRV (Nutrient Reference Values), which means if you have 3 products per-day, you will consume 100% of your recommended daily allowance of all nutrients
  • High in fibre
  • 200 calories

Because of the unique vitamin blend that all of our meal replacement products, they qualify as a total meal replacement. Exactly what your body needs to follow a low calorie diet plan successfully.

Hear what our customers have to say about Exante’s meal replacement products and plans.

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Which VLCD diet is the best? exante VLCD vs Other Very Low Calorie Weight Loss Plans

Because of the positive results that very low-calorie diets are seeing lately, there are a number of diet brands that are looking to provide a solution to people’s health and weight problems. We’ve taken a look into some of the other low-calorie diets on the market and compared them to our exante diet plans.

The Cambridge Diet

The Cambridge Diet provides a range of meal replacement products that is much more limited than our exante range. With exante you can select from over 65 meal replacement products, vs less than 40 with the Cambridge weight loss plan. In addition, you can purchase immediately online with exante, as opposed to having to go through a consultant. And, if that hasn’t sold you enough, we are almost half the price!

Find out more about exante Diet Vs Cambridge Diet. 


While SlimFast provides a wide range of meal replacement products, they are not actually of a total meal replacement specification. This means that each shake still contains vitamins and minerals (just 23 vs our 27) and are a good source of protein and fibre, they don’t qualify as a third of your nutrient reference value (NRV). Therefore, they do not offer a total meal replacement solution like exante does.

Read more about SlimFast Vs exante Diet. 

Diet Now

exante’s aim is to provide you with a simple and convenient solution to losing weight. We know it’s already a tough challenge, so we look to do all we can to make it a little easier for you. exante offers Sunday delivery, live support and ships to over 60 countries. Diet Now don’t offer either live support or Sunday delivery and their shipping ability is far more limited. Plus our much larger product range gives you more flexibility in choosing meal replacement products that can help you stay on track.

Discover more about exante Vs Diet Now.

Lighter Life

Similarly to exante, Lighter Life offer 4-week plans, but they come at more than double the price. Plus, our wider product range allows for more choice and flexibility when following our plans and there are no mandatory group meetings that often put people off when starting a new diet.

Find out more about Lighter Life Vs exante.


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Don’t fancy trying a VLCD?

If you’re not looking for an extreme weight loss solution, you can still use exante as part of a healthy lifestyle or calorie deficit. A calorie deficit is a low-maintenance way to manage your calories and head towards a healthier lifestyle, without the usual commitments of a diet. On a calorie deficit, you must burn more calories than you eat and the easiest way to do this is by reducing your calorie intake using exante’s meals. Our meals are a convenient way to ensure you get all the nutrition you’ll need without the hassle of making meals from scratch.

Still not sure about a calorie deficit? Check out our blog below:

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Amy Brawn

Amy Brawn

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Lover of Blueberries, running and the odd square of dark chocolate

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