The Exante Diet is a very low calorie diet (VLCD) that offers a simple, straightforward way to consume 100% of the recommended daily amounts of vitamins and nutrients while enabling tangible weight-loss.
VLCDs are generally defined as any specially formulated diet that provides complete dietary nutrition with a daily total consumption of 800 calories or less. The Exante Diet Total Solution option provides 600 calories per day. It is a meal replacement plan, which means that instead of measuring, weighing and factoring conventional food to achieve optimal nutritional and weight-loss goals, users simply eat three Exante diet products per day instead.
The Exante diet line of products includes soups, food packs, bars and diet shakes. Each product contains approximately 200 calories, so users are free to mix and match whatever three products they desire per day. Additionally, users are encouraged to perform about 20 minutes of light to moderate exercise per day.
Former TOWIE star Frankie Essex has recently become the an ambassador for the plan, which she will be following from 12 March through 4 June in a very public attempt to lose 3 stone and fit into a size 8 by the end date. Along the way, she will be documenting her progress online. She has already taken her own “before” photo for a spread in the Mail Online.
In addition to the meal replacements, the Exante Diet provides a great deal of flexibility and support. There are 2 VLCD plans, 2 Low Calorie Diet (LCD) plans and even a 5:2 intermittent fasting plan. Eligibility for each plan is determined by a client’s body mass index, in addition to age and any pre-existing medical conditions. There are no required group sessions, and the official website is packed with information, including a very thorough FAQ section. Diet products are available for order and next working day delivery.
How does it work?
The science behind VLCDs is as follows: The human body stores reserves of energy in two ways. Primarily it is stored as fat (or adipose tissue), with secondary long term energy stores produced and held in the liver and muscles. When the body takes in fewer calories than it needs, it is forced to use these energy stores. As the glycogen in the liver is depleted, the body produces ketones, which is a state known as ketosis. Ketone levels can be easily measured with urine test strips, so users can monitor whether or not they are in a state of ketosis. By following the Exante Diet as directed, users will ensure they maintain a state of ketosis. It’s just this kind of ease that Frankie Essex will take advantage of in the bid to regain her confidence.
After determining BMI and discussing any medical conditions with a healthcare provider, users simply need to choose the plan that they qualify for. The rest is easy. No matter what plan users follow they will need to consume three Exante diet products per day. For those on the VLCD plans, that’s all there is to it besides water intake and moderate exercise. The two other plans are considered LCDs, and involve a slightly higher daily caloric intake. Users on these plans will have a low calorie, low carbohydrate, high protein meal in addition to the three daily diet products.
The website provides several recipes that fit these parameters. VLCD participants can stay on the diet 3 weeks and must have a LCD for 1 week in between. The LCDs also act as stepping stones for VLCD adherents who have reached their goal weight and need to transition back to more regular (non VLCD) diets. Abruptly returning to previous eating habits after a VLCD will likely result in regaining any lost weight. By following the Exante Diet plans from VLCD to LCD, users can return to conventional food without sabotaging their weight-loss achievements. This is of particular use to yo-yo dieters, which is a term Frankie Essex has used to describe herself in the past.
Potential side effects
The most commonly encountered side effect of a VLCD, to include the Exante Diet is constipation. This is easily alleviated if adherents drink at least 2 litres of water per day. The Exante Diet recommends drinking between 2-4 litres of water per day. Other liquids can count as water intake, including coffee and tea, and the website further provides a list of other acceptable liquids.
Where To Sign Up For The Exante Diet