Low Calorie Diet Programme

The Low-Calorie Diet programme helps people with Type 2 diabetes using a diet replacement approach, often helping people lose over 10kg in weight, improving blood sugar levels, reducing the need for diabetes-related medication and even putting Type 2 diabetes into remission.

Eligible people will be offered free total diet replacement products including soups and shakes consisting of up to 900 calories a day for up to 12 weeks. During this time, they will be expected to replace all normal meals with these products.

After this, they get help to re-introduce healthy food and support to keep their weight down. Altogether, the programme lasts a year. This will be delivered digitally, including phone calls with a diabetes practitioner and an app for online learning.

This support will provide you with the help and advice you need through every phase of your treatment. The whole programme, including the products, is currently funded by the NHS and completely free-of-charge.

Studies show the programme is extremely effective at helping people to lose weight and put diabetes into remission.

Eligible people can access the service via a referral from their GP

The NHS Low Calorie Diet Programme isn’t suitable for everyone and to be eligible for referral you must be:

  • Registered with a GP practice in north east London
  • Aged 18–65 years
  • Have had a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes within the last 6 years
  • Have a BMI over 27. The BMI threshold will be lowered to 25 for people from black, Asian, and ethnic minority backgrounds, as we know people from these ethnic backgrounds are at an increased risk of conditions such as Type 2 diabetes at a lower BMI. To check your BMI click here
  • Have attended a diabetes monitoring review when this was last offered, including retinal screening, and commit to continue attending annual reviews, even if remission is achieved.

You must not be:

  • A current insulin user
  • Pregnant or planning a pregnancy in the next 12 months
  • Have had or are awaiting bariatric surgery (unless willing to come off waiting list)

Want to know more?

Download the info sheet.

Join a patient information session via Microsoft Teams which will provide you with an overview on what you can expect from the programme. Each session will last approximately 30-45 minutes and will give you all the information you need to know. You can sign up for a session here.


Referrals are made by a trained health care professional your GP surgery. If you meet the eligibility criteria listed above and are motivated to join this programme please contact your GP surgery to discuss the next steps.

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