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Meet Anna who lost 53lbs during lockdown

Meet Anna, 32, from Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland. Anna started the exante 800 plan at the beginning of June and has since lost an amazing 3st 11lbs! 

What motivated you to lose weight?

“I had a problem with binge eating at night and had piled on the weight after my daughter was born. In May 2020, the weather was beautiful and I started to take my 3-year-old daughter out for days in the sunshine. She wanted to play football and run around, I just couldn’t do it. Out of breath, with sore joints and feeling guilty I sat down there and then and looked up meal replacement. I found exante, read some reviews and went for it! I started on the 1st of June and for the first time my willpower was strong. It helped that exante is so easy and so tasty! 

“I was a 20 in jeans and now I’m a size 14.”

What diet plan do you follow?

I have either 4 meal replacements a day or 3 and a mealI absolutely love a Salted Caramel Shake with a shot of coffee in the morning but my favourite shake has to be the Lemon Cheesecake. I also love the soups, the Butternut Squash in particular. I find it so easy to follow. I was able to form a routine and a bit of structure.”


What do you think of the exante community?

“The group online has been great and really helped along the way, you realise that you’re not alone. Dieting can be a very lonely journey but not exante!” 


What are your top non-scale victories?

“My first non scale victory would definitely be having to buy a belt, to keep my trousers up, I wasn’t quite at a new size but definitely needed a belt, that felt wonderful! Another was being able to buy standard width knee high boots, I was only ever able to buy wide fit and still would struggle to zip them up past my calves. Now I can look at any boot and know it’ll fit!”

What top tips would you share with anyone considering the exante diet?

“Give yourself a realistic time frame, yes you may lose weight quickly in the beginning but giving yourself a short time frame may end up being disappointing and frustrating. I gave myself a year. I’m 4 months in and have lost over half of my goal weight loss, but I’m comfortable knowing I still have plenty of time. Don’t get too caught up in looking for substitutes. I had a big problem with food and had to change my whole idea of food and nutrition. Trying to find a bread substitute wasn’t an option for me, I had to stick to the shakes and meals and rediscover food in general rather than eat substitutes of what I was used to. Don’t shy away from people eating around you, ask them about their food, get used to having all those temptations around without wanting them. My partner tried to hide away from me and eat his dinner, I asked him not to. The more you see it and get used to it, the less you’ll crave it.”

Motivated by Anna’s weightloss? Start your journey today and read more about the exante 800 plan here, and buy a 2 or 4 week diet box. 


Aimee Heeran

Aimee Heeran

Writer and expert

Aimee graduated from the University of Bristol in 2019. It was during her time at University that her love of fitness and nutrition truly began. She’s always loved an active lifestyle from a small child. Aimee frequently enjoys going to the gym, regular hot yoga classes and going for long country walks. She loves trying new activities and in the last 12 months has tried jet skiing, horse riding, and her first 10K race.

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