The NHS Low Calorie Programme is now being offered to thousands of people in England, and OPTIFAST is pleased to announce we’ve been selected as a preferred product for the pilot.
Up to 5,000 people are being offered the chance to try a soup and shake weight loss diet for free on the NHS, from a range of partners, including OPTIFAST.
The weight loss plan is designed for people living with type 2 diabetes who are also overweight; initial trials have shown positive results, with many participants successfully placing their diabetes into remission.
Obesity and type 2 diabetes have both been closely linked with an increased risk of complications where COVID-19 is concerned. With the coronavirus pandemic ongoing, health experts are encouraging people to get as fit and healthy as possible to protect not just their own health, but also the NHS.
How the NHS Low Calorie Programme Works
To be eligible for the free NHS Low Calorie Programme, you’ll need to have received a diagnosis for type 2 diabetes in the past six years, and be considered to be an unhealthy weight.
In the first stage of the weight loss plan, you’ll be asked to replace all of your normal meals with soups and shakes, consuming no more than 900 calories a day.
After a few months, when some weight loss has been achieved, you’ll start to introduce more solid foods. You’ll also be offered support either one-on-one, as part of a group or via an app to help you to maintain a healthy, nutritious diet, and to encourage you to take part in regular exercise. At OPTIFAST, we’ve partnered with OVIVA to deliver digital support.
Among initial participants, the weight loss plan was proven to help improve diabetes control and reduce the reliance on diabetes-related medication. What’s more, it was found that almost half of people taking part in one trial achieved remission of their type 2 diabetes in just one year.
OPTIFAST Shakes & Soups
They’re a convenient option that fit easily into a busy lifestyle, and they’re a great source of protein (with at least 20g per serving) and fibre, to keep you feeling full even though you’re eating less.