NHS Low Calorie Diet Programme

About the NHS Low Calorie Diet programme

Oviva has partnered with the NHS to deliver a programme for people who living with overweight and living with type 2 diabetes. In this 12 month programme, you will be supported by your own Diabetes Specialist Dietitian and Health Coach to lose weight using a low calorie diet, improve your blood glucose levels, reduce your medications, and potentially put your type 2 diabetes into remission.

How to join

Who can join?

  • People aged between 18 and 65 years old
  • People who are not pregnant
  • Confirmed diagnosis of type 2 diabetes within the last 6 years
  • Those who are motivated to change their lifestyle and can commit to the 12 month programme
  • Registered in an area where Oviva is available

People on average lose 14.2kg

Reduce or stop your diabetes medications

People on average improve their blood glucose levels by 15.8mmol/mol

Available via the NHS

How we can support you

What happens?

The Oviva Low Calorie Diet programme will be delivered digitally with all appointments happening over phone/video calls, or via secure app messaging. This means you will not need to travel to a specific location for appointments, and you can have them at times that suit you. You’ll be matched with a dietitian who will provide expert one-to-one healthcare, with tailored support through every stage of the programme.

Getting started

First, we will discuss your previous medical history. We’ll ask questions about your eating habits, your everyday life and your environment to understand more about who you are. Together we’ll set realistic goals and a plan to achieve them over the course of the programme. Our mission is to support you to create new healthy habits for both your body and mind and sustain the weight you lose.

Your questions answered

What happens on the Low Calorie Diet programme and why is it needed?

You will be offered total diet replacement products including soups and shakes consisting of up to 900 calories a day for up to 12 weeks. During this time you will be expected to replace all normal meals with these products. After this 12 week period you will receive help to re-introduce food in a healthy and sustainable way. You will receive support from your dietitian throughout the rest of the programme to embed new healthy habits and maintain your weight. The low calorie diet is only needed for the first 12 weeks and is recommended as it offers the highest chance of achieving significant weight loss over a short period, to improve your diabetes control and and potentially putting your diabetes into remission.

What is diabetes remission?

Putting your diabetes into remission means that, although you have a diagnosis of diabetes, your blood glucose levels have for the moment returned to a healthy level. Remission from your type 2 diabetes is achieved if you have lost weight, a blood glucose reading below the diagnosis levels for diabetes and stopped taking all blood glucose lowering (diabetes) medications. Not everyone will achieve remission but the programme has other benefits too, such as the opportunity to lose weight in a controlled way, reducing your diabetes medications, and a chance to learn new dietary approaches and behaviours.

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How can I join the programme?

The NHS Low Calorie Diet programme is available in select locations in England as part of a pilot. Oviva is providing the service in the following areas:

  • Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes
  • Black Country and West Birmingham
  • Gloucestershire
  • Humber, Coast and Vale
  • Mid and South Essex
  • South West London

Speak to your GP to see if you are eligible for a referral on the NHS Low Calorie Diet programme or find out more by visiting the NHS website.