Study confirms soups and shakes plan is most effective in obesity fight

A anti-obesity study has revealed that total diet replacement therapy suggested by government medics to combat diabetes is more effective than traditional NHS weight-loss treatments.

Total diet replacement (TDR) involves replacing all foods with specially formulated products such as soups, shakes and cereal bars, providing between 800–1200 calories per day.

The results coincide the UK Government’s latest drive to tackle obesity, alongside the newly-announced programme to fight type 2 diabetes – both of which are linked and can increase the risk of complications from Covid-19.

The University of Oxford programme – DROPLET – compared an NHS nurse-led programme with The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan. This research proves that TDRs are a safe and effective way to lose weight.

Results show participants lost an average of one stone 10 lbs after one year – roughly three times greater than the usual NHS obesity care. This new study also now shows that the majority of that weight loss is sustained three years on.

Crucially, as well as being placed on TDR, those in the study were also referred to The 1:1 Diet consultants for personal support and motivation.



Mark Gilbert, nutritionist at The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan, said: “There is no other obesity treatment, outside of surgery, that has this much supportive research for substantial, sustained weight-loss success and improvement in related health issues such as type 2 diabetes. 

“Our diet has actually been shown to reverse symptoms of the disease by restoring the normal function of the pancreas.

“As the nation’s health and wellbeing continues to be top of the agenda due to COVID-19, this study further shows what can be done to alleviate the pressure off the NHS and to tackle the ongoing problem of obesity and its associated health problems.”

Mark Ormrod, 50, from Wantage, Oxfordshire, was an active participant in the DROPLET study.

He said: “When I was selected three years ago to be part of this weight-loss study, it couldn’t have come at a better time. I needed to do something about my weight and general health as I was nearly 20 stone.

“I was lucky to be put on The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan and what a positive life changing experience it has been. I have lost more than six stone through the programme and have continued to maintain my weight. I’m fitter, healthier, and a lot happier.”

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