What is a Low Calorie Diet?

A low-calorie diet (LCD) is defined as a diet with a calorie intake of up to 900 calories or less a day. The recommended calorie intake for adults is around 2,000kcal per day for active women and 2,500kcal for active men. Research suggests that people who are overweight with type 2 diabetes who follow a low calorie diet can lose weight and potentially put their diabetes into remission. 

Background to the programme

The Diabetes UK-funded DiRECT trial saw almost half of those who went on a low-calorie diet achieve remission after one year. A quarter of participants achieved a 15kg or more weight loss, and of these, 86% put their Type 2 diabetes into remission. Following on from the success of the DiRECT study NHS England have begun a larger scale pilot programme called the NHS Low Calorie Diet programme which is being run in 10 pilot sites across England. We are delighted that Greater Manchester has been chosen as one of ten national pilot sites.

Aims of the programme

The programme provides a low-calorie diet treatment for people who are overweight and living with Type 2 diabetes helping them to improve their diabetes control, reduce diabetes-related medications and even achieve remission.

What does the programme entail?

Who is eligible for the programme?

People living with Type 2 diabetes who have been diagnosed with the condition in the last six years will be considered for the pilot programme. Individuals must also meet other eligibility criteria to be referred to the service to ensure the programme is right for them. You can find more information about the programme here and a full list of eligibility criteria here on page 2. 

How do I join the programme?

Speak to your GP if you are interested in joining the programme as they will need to refer you. If you have any questions about the programme you can email the team at england.diabetesmyway@nhs.net

Tracking your Progress

Registering for Diabetes My Way will allow you to track your progress on your weight loss journey, you will be able to see your weight, BMI and waist measurement, click here to register.