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Can a low-carb, low-calorie diet reverse type 2 diabetes?

Diabetes is now one of the biggest health problems we currently face. It is estimated that there are around 4.5 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK, with a further 1 million undiagnosed. Around 90% of those with diabetes have the type 2 version.

So what is all this news about very low calorie diets reversing a type 2 diagnosis?

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In the News

Success stories from around the world

Type 2 diabetes and the diet that cured me

“After receiving a shock diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, I followed an extremely low-calorie eating plan and saw my blood sugar levels rapidly return to normal…”

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I beat type 2 diabetes with 200-calorie drinks

“Nearly half of patients have reversed type 2 diabetes in a “watershed” trial, say doctors in Newcastle and Glasgow…”

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I reversed my diabetes in just 11 days – by going on a starvation diet

“A family bereavement, high blood pressure, an unavoidable job change. I thought everything came in threes — but I was wrong…”

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Can type 2 diabetes be reversed?

Research at Newcastle University has suggested that type 2 diabetes is not a progressive or even a life-long diseases. This means that it won’t necessarily get worse, and that with the right treatment it can be reversed.

How Does it Work?


Eating unhealthy foods can lead to fat building up within the liver and pancreas, and it’s this fat which can inhibit pancreatic hormone production. Therefore, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that if you reduce the levels of fat in your liver and pancreas, pancreatic hormone production may well return to normal.



The study of 11 people found that by cutting their calorie intake to 800 calories a day for two months, all of them reversed their diabetes.



Three months later, seven of them remained diabetes free. An MRI scan of the participants’ pancreas showed that fat levels had returned to a healthier amount, and the organ’s ability to produce the pancreatic hormone had returned.

To have people free of diabetes after years with the condition is remarkable – and all because of an eight-week diet.

Lead researcher Roy Taylor

How Can Shake That Weight Help?

Obviously we’re not going to say that by using Shake That Weight or going on a Very Low Calorie Diet you’ll be able to cure your diabetes, as everyone is different and it depends how serious your diabetes is. However, there is research there that suggests it could help if you do have diabetes – and there’s no doubt it can help you lead a healthier lifestyle, which will improve your overall health and well-being.

Very Low Calorie

Shake That Weight diet plans are designed around the same Very Low Calorie diet principle that is featured in the news stories. This was developed by nutritionists to combat obesity and a similar diet plan to Shake That Weight has been used by the Newcastle University study, funded by Diabetes UK to help reverse type 2 diabetes diagnosis.

Safe and Effective

When compared to traditional dieting methods, very low calorie diets have been proven to offer a safe and more effective rapid form of weight loss. To achieve the guidelines of this diet you need to consume around 600-800 calories per day whilst maintaining high levels of protein, low levels of carbohydrates and retaining all your required vitamins and minerals. This can be difficult to achieve on your own. This is where Shake That Weight meal replacements help.

Reach your Goals

After you have reached your goals you can use the Shake That Weight maintenance plan to ensure safe transition back to a regular diet.

View all our very low calorie diet plans View Diet Plans

How to follow the Newcastle University Diet Plan with Shake That Weight

Example Day

3 × Shake That Weight Diet Shakes

Mixed with 250ml Unsweetened Soya Milk (or skimmed milk*). Mixing our shakes with unsweetened Soya milk brings the calories to around 200 calories whilst maintaining a low sugar count.

200 Calories of Green Vegetables

Drink 3 litres of water

Other non sugary fluids are allowed such as herbal teas. Please ensure you drink at a maximum rate of 800ml per hour

*Skimmed milk naturally has a higher sugar count from the lactose. Studies do suggest that this should not affect blood sugar due to its low glycaemic index as it breaks down slowly. You should consult your doctor.

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As with any diet plan you should always consult your GP

With any new findings it takes years to become common knowledge and featured in educational text books for medical practitioners. Therefore if you find your doctor is wary of information you have found refer them to this article:

Important info

During the first few days of the diet, you may experience some symptoms like headache, dizziness, tiredness, hunger, feeling of cold. These are expected as your body adjust to using your fat store as energy source. The symptoms will improve after 2-4 days. It is important to keep up your fluid intake and remember to wrap up warmly. Do not drink any alcohol. Only light exercise is advised and you should not start a new exercise regime whilst dieting.

Shake That Weight don’t settle for lumpy shakes

We take solubility seriously, no more clumpy mouthfuls with powder residue that you get from inferior meal replacement products. We pride ourselves on  high quality product ingredients that not only taste great but mix beautifully creamy every time.

Success Stories

* Weight loss results are different for each individual and yours may vary.

Added extras

Join a community of fellow shakers

Shake That Weight have a very active community of dieters who love to share advice and tips


FREE online weight tracker

Access your free weight tracker and body measurement tool within your account after you place your order.

Free guide booklet

Don’t worry, once you order you will get a booklet that explains everything you need to do. FREE with every order.


At Shake That Weight we take customer satisfaction very seriously. Believe it or not, we do actually read all your reviews and make sure that we are doing everything we can to give you the best experience possible. To ensure all the reviews we show you are genuine, we employ independent feedback companies who manage the review process and email all customers after a confirmed order.

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Very happy with the products i really like the bars. I've lost 22lb in 3weeks *


This review is not about losing or gaining weight but more about my satisfaction with this company's products and delivery. Firstly this an genuine response and no mucking about. I am into my third - I think order - and that in itself should tell you something. I suffer from digestive problems but the meals I have had so far have been excellent with no upsets whatsoever and that does include a good cross section of their menu. To say that I am delighted with the meals and delivery is putting it mildly and as I a disabled it makes for an far easier life. Take note those who may be sceptical, try them, I doubt you'll be disappointed after all my last order was £93.00. Believe me you don't spend that if you are not satisfied!!!!! *


I’m doing the women’s keto diet and I have just completed week 1. I have lost 8lbs which is amazing but it has taken a lot of suffering! The main issue I’ve found is that I’m constantly starving, like to the point I’m having trouble sleeping. I can’t understand where in all of the reviews I’ve read, that these products fill you up?! I must be super unlucky! The taste of every product is really tasty and It does feel like a treat drinking a shake or eating a bar which is great. I also bought the fibre powder which I have 3 times a day and at least two litres of water. I did suffer ‘Keto Flu’ during the first week, but that seemed to disappear on day seven thankfully as it was pretty awful. So in summary (my personal opinion) The plan works, the food and shakes are very tasty but they do not fill you up! I personally could not work full time on this diet as I’d keel over or eat someone 🙊 and I especially could not manage the first week being at work on this diet or driving a car as the brain fog is bad lol *


I have only been on it a few days but very impressed with the flavour of the shakes and bars. I am only doing the diet for a short time as I don't have that much to lose, but want to get rid of the summer pounds and back in control *


Everything I have tried has been delicious *

* Weight loss results are different for each individual and yours may vary.


Looking to achieve ketosis?

Woman Keto Diet Man Keto Diet

Unsure what ketosis is? Don’t worry, simply choose our easier to follow regular plans as you will achieve the same great weight loss.

You will see similar rapid weight loss on all our plans. There are only minor differences in the plans, so choose the correct one for your lifestyle.

Whenever you would like! As long as you are consuming all your products and meals evenly spaced out throughout the day it does not matter if you have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Find what suits you best.

Weight loss is a very individual thing and is based on your metabolism, starting weight and lifestyle etc. This said very low calorie diets such as this do encourage more rapid weight loss than traditional diets. If you read the reviews and success stories, customers have lost anywhere between 1 and 10 stone.

If you feel the need for a meal one day then simply follow the guidelines for the “with meal” plans. Also if you do not have the time for your meal on the “with meal” plans then simply replace it with another Shake That Weight product. This should not affect you weight loss.

This plan will result in the similar amounts of weight loss as our others. All Shake That Weight diet plans can result in ketosis/release of ketones and offer similar amounts of weight loss to this plan. The difference between this and our other plans is this is less about calorie counting, and more about limiting the total number of carbs you consume a day. It also has more limitations on which meal products you can have and things you can drink than the other plans.