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.
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.
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.
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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