UK to offer shake diets to combat obesity

News emerged this week that thousands of people in England with type 2 diabetes will be offered the chance to try a soup-and-shake diet weight-loss plan for free on the NHS.
Studies show that embarking on a low-calorie liquid diet can put diabetes into remission.
Experts say they want to help people to be as fit as possible, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic. Those readers with UK TV channels will no doubt have seen government sponsored ads encouraging the population to get moving and lose weight. This is partly because obesity and type 2 diabetes are linked and both increase the risk of complications from Covid-19.
The shake and soup diet has already been in place in some parts of the UK, with a good degree of success, which is why NHS England wants to expand the scheme to more people.
People living with type 2 diabetes who are an unhealthy weight and have been diagnosed with the condition in the last six years will be considered for the scheme.
After a few months on the shakes and soups, when some weight loss has been achieved, solid foods are reintroduced, with support to help the person maintain a nutritious diet and regular exercise.
Results from one trial showed almost half of those who went on the diet achieved remission of their type 2 diabetes after one year.
Prof Jonathan Valabhji, NHS national clinical director for diabetes and obesity, said: “This is the latest example of how the NHS, through our Long Term Plan, is rapidly adopting the latest evidence-based treatments to help people stay well, maintain a healthy weight and avoid major diseases.
“There has never been a more important time to lose weight and put their type 2 diabetes into remission, so it’s good news for thousands of people across the country that practical, supportive measures like this are increasingly available on the NHS.”
One of the first patients to benefit from the diet during trials, said: “My goal for the first eight weeks of the low-calorie diet was to lose 5% of my body weight – which I achieved in six weeks – and in total I’ve lost over 10kg, my type 2 diabetes is now in remission and I no longer have to take any medication – I am over the moon.
“Since the low-calorie diet programme, my mindset has totally changed for the better and I look at food differently now – my shopping habits are far healthier and, when I eat out, I’ll go for a healthier option. The programme has taught me moderation.”