The NHS is delivering a new programme which provides a low calorie diet treatment for people who are overweight and living with Type 2 diabetes. Meet Bev who put her Type 2 diabetes into the remission following this new programme in which she followed a very low calorie diet plan of 800 calories a day, using exante shakes and soups.
When Bev was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in October 2018, she weighed 80kg.
“When I found out that I had Type 2 diabetes at a doctor’s appointment, I was absolutely devastated. I was prescribed medication for the condition and felt that there were no treatment options for me other than to be on meds for the rest of my life.”
Bev started to cut down on cakes, biscuits, bread etc, to try and lose weight. Once she had recovered from the initial shock of the unexpected diagnosis, she began searching for information and treatment options for Type 2 diabetes. That’s when she found the ReTune study in Newcastle. In April 2019, she weighed 70kg, her BMI was 26.4 which is classed as overweight. It was then when she started the trial.
“I got in touch with the people who were running the study and they gave me so much information and support. They said that I’d be a prime candidate for their low calorie diet study to help me lose weight safely. Shortly after, I started my new 12 week total diet replacement with their support.
“My total diet replacement involved three low calorie shakes or soups a day, plus extra vegetables – it was so simple to do.”
“I found prepping all my food for the day in the morning really useful, and I would try different vegetables that I wouldn’t normally eat to mix things up and keep my taste buds interested. Oh, and plenty of Tupperware and good scales were a god-send!”