Weight Loss

Is it Possible to Manage T2 Diabetes with Low Calorie Soup and Shakes Diet?

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Have you heard the news? The NHS England has announced plans to roll out its new ‘Type 2 Diabetes Path to Remission’ programme. Based on the results from Diabetes UK’S DiRECT study, the NHS is advocating the benefits of ‘soups and shakes’ diets to those living with type 2 diabetes.

The DiRECT Study found that “weight loss can put Type 2 Diabetes into remission for at least 5 years”

The NHS Type 2 Diabetes Path to Remission programme is one year long, and offers people recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes nutritionally balanced, low-calorie meal replacement products (soups and shakes) for up to 12 weeks to kick-start weight loss.

How can exante meal replacements help?

Our weight loss plans consist of delicious meal replacement shakes, soups, breakfasts, meals and more which are both nutritionally balanced and ultra-convenient and simple to follow. Learn more about how the exante plan works here.

A few years ago, We got involved  and followed the success of Bev, who managed to put her Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis into remission. Check out our ITV News Feature- “Soup and shakes NHS diet programme rolled out to help tackle diabetes”.

Read Bev’s full story here:

Type 2 Diabetes in Remission: Meet Bev who has lost over 9kg with exante 

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Type 2 Diabetes in Remission: Meet Bev who has lost over 9kg with exante 

2020-09-04 09:33:59By Aimee Heeran

A study conducted by Oxford University has found that very low-calorie diets (VLCDs) may be a more effective weight loss solution than the commonly recommended ‘slow-and-steady’ approach for those who with a BMI of more than 30*.

exante Low Calorie Shake and Soup Diet

Our plan allows you to eat three of our soups, shakes, bars and a day plus either 200-400 calories of high protein food or an extra exante meal replacement product.

exante's new recipe shakes are now included in the Box Plans!

Try our diet boxes filled with the best-selling meal replacement sachets from our range!

The Boxes Contain

  • 42 or 84 meal replacements (based on the 2 or 4 week box)
    • Shakes
    • Soups
    • Bars
    • Breakfasts
    • Meals
  • Shaker

As the Oxford University research found, this low-calorie diet plan is most effective for those who are considered ‘obese’. We recommend the exante ‘weight loss’ diet plan for those with a high BMI*.

With the largest meal replacement range on the market, we go beyond the realm of ‘shakes and soups. From Mushroom Soup to our  juicy meal replacement alternative, JUICED. or try our savoury meals and bars. You’ll never get bored with our range, which makes sticking to your diet much easier as you can choose flavours you really enjoy!

To ensure that reducing your calorie intake does not mean you miss out on essential nutrients, all our meal replacement range contain 27 vitamins & minerals, protein and fibre.

See the results for yourself!

Start Weight: 15 Stone 6.5lbs 

Current Weight: 11 Stone 13lbs 

I started on 3rd February weighing 15 stone 6.5lbs & on my last weigh in (1st June) I weighed 12 stone 3lbs. I’m really motivated. 

“I went to my  check up on 5th February -all my blood results were bad. My doctor told me that the results “suggested” diabetes but that wasn’t confirmed before a second blood test. I’d taken my trusty book with me & told her I’d already started the diet & wanted the repeat blood test at the end of the 8 week reversal period instead. 

My repeat blood tests were delayed due to Covid-19 but were finally taken on 18th May. I finally rang for the results on 28th May & I was told they were normalI was so shocked I couldn’t take it in & had to ring back to confirm it & ask for my HbA1c level which was 41 (it had been 85). 

I’d done itI’m hopeful that by the time I’ve lost my remaining weight my level will drop still further & I intend to keep it there.

Age: 53

Starting Weight: 19st 2lbs

Current Weight: 15st 7lbs

Lisa was first diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2007. She found that her diagnosis completely changed her relationship with food. She became focused on the protein and carbohydrate content of what she was eating, which didn’t feel like a healthy mindset for her.  

After hearing about a trial which is investigating how Type 2 Diabetes could be put into remission, Lisa decided to lose weight using exante’s shake and soup diet. very low calorie diet like exante  has been suggested to help people put Type 2 Diabetes into remission due to the rapid weight loss it can promote.  

Lisa’s managed to put her BMI into a healthy range and ultimately put her Type 2 Diabetes into remission. She lost weight by eating between 800 and 850 calories a day as suggested by her GP.

Give it a go, if I can do it anyone can!”

NHS & DiRECT Trials

The DiRECT study has revealed that “weight loss can put Type 2 Diabetes into remission for at least 5 years”

Following a landmark medical study, almost a third of the patients on low calorie soups and weight loss shakes were able to manage their type 2 diabetes and remained free of it two years later.

143 volunteers are also taking part in another study demonstrating how a 12-week shakes and soup diet could help lower their blood pressure. 69 patients were taken off  their blood pressure tablets before embarking on the meal-replacement plan, and two-thirds of them, no longer needed the drugs at the end of it.

The Fast Fix – exante’s low calorie diet in practice

ITV’s programme ‘The Fast Fix’ a study followed five volunteers with type-2 diabetes along their weight-loss journey, which involved them following the exante plan.

The study reported that, in just the first four weeks, all of the volunteers lost between 13lbs and 24lbs, going on to lose even more weight in the following weeks. What’s more, all of the volunteers seriously reduced their liver fat and glucose levels, putting some of them back into a normal, healthy range.

Steve and Jeana, two participants of the The Fast Fix Study, gave us their stories on the astounding impact that exante’s 800 calorie diet had on their lives.

exante, the Fast Fix and Type 2 Diabetes | Meet Steve and Jeana

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exante, the Fast Fix and Type 2 Diabetes | Meet Steve and Jeana

Steve and Jeana took part in ITV's medical experiment 'The Fast Fix', in which they followed the Exante 800 Calorie Plan in an attempt to reverse their Type 2 Diabetes - here are their inspirational stories.

2019-06-11 16:09:15By Kat Myers

*If you have a medical condition or a BMI of over 30 please consult your GP before making any changes to your diet.

**We recommend following exante’s plan for a maximum period of 12 weeks.

*** Meal recplacement products shouldcomplement a balanced diet and lifestyle, make sure to drink 2L of water a day.



Lujain Alhassan

Lujain Alhassan

Writer and expert

Lujain is a Registered Nutritionist (ANutr) with a BSc in Nutrition from the University of Leeds. With a keen interest in Diabetes and performance nutrition, Lujain works closely with our team and medical partners as our in-house nutritionist and nutrition coordinator.