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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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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Delicious meals

The Newcastle Diet used “liquid” only meal products, but if you wanted to try the rest of the Shake That Weight range you could follow our regular Very Low Calorie Diets


Available in chocolate, banana, cafe latte, caramel, strawberry, hazlenut, and vanilla flavours.


Available in beef chilli, chicken & veg, and chicken curry flavours.


Available in vegetable, mushroom, tomato and chicken flavour.


Available in milk chocolate, honey nougat, muesli, dark chocolate, maple fruits & almond, and lemon flavours.


A delicious and nutritious porridge to kick-start your day.

Ready Meals

Available in chicken & creamed spinach, beef & veg, sweet & sour chicken, chicken with tarragon and more


All these and more available in the shop

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Success Stories

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

Added extras

Join a community of fellow shakers2

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.


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The taste was unexpectedly good *

A Davenport

1 day ago

I stuck to the plan and lost 4kgs in one week. *


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b dunbar

2 days ago

Ok ,so ,low carb diets are HARD day two and three are a misery ... however push through it and with shake the weight you will see results and fast ... boredom for me now is the down side , but the results keep pushing me further .. be in the right headspace before you start the diet and you will succeed! *

H Hellstern

3 days ago

Only just into the second week but 9lb lost in week 1. The food is tasty but shakes and porridge seem a bit too sweet. I like the noodles. Very nice to have something hot. *


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


All the information is available on our diet plan page. If you are unsure why not try our diet plan finder .

Shake That Weight is based on the very low calorie diet principle to encourage more rapid weight loss than traditional diets. The plans are also formulated so that you can have smaller more regular meals throughout the day, which is proven to reduce cravings, keep steady blood sugar levels and increase your metabolism.

We do not offer free samples but we have a discounted Taster Pack with free delivery so you can try the products of your choosing before committing to a big order.

This varies by individual and is determined by your metabolism and lifestyle etc. If you would like to see what others have achieved, read our success stories and reviews in which customers have lost up to 10 stone.

You will lose similar amounts of weight on both diet plans when followed correctly. Simply choose the one best suited to your lifestyle.

No. But light exercise like 30 mins of walking a day is advised

We don’t have local consultants, but we have a very active online support group and email support.