“All my life I have tried different diets. I would always lose the weight, but as I lost motivation the weight would come back – and more! I was quite hesitant at the thought of 800kcal diet, but my dietitian was wonderful. She never put pressure on me. I would jump on the scales and take a picture of my weight so there was no hiding from her. I also had a wrist gadget for blood pressure and would send her a picture of that too.
I couldn’t cheat because it was so structured and simple and the results happened really quickly. I felt that all the information and guidance came from a credible place that I trusted.
It’s educated me into eating again but eating in a different way. It’s not a diet it’s healthy eating plan – this is my life now!”
Jennifer took part in an Oviva Low Calorie Diet programme and lost 18kg – that’s over 15% of her bodyweight!
“Over the first period of 12 weeks I lost about 2.5 stone. If you can get through the first hard few weeks (like with anything!) – the benefits are great, it really did help.
I didn’t have the urge to eat more which was a concern I had, that I’d still be hungry. The key thing is the support from the dietitian. They provide back up through the early stages. There is no embarrassment, everything is confidential and the chat on the app is great, anything you are thinking about you can get feedback on.
My life has changed completely. I can ride 80 miles a day and feel great! I have no injuries due to losing weight, and will cycle up to 180 miles a week. Now I’ve seen the benefits I don’t want to go back to how I was feeling before.”
When Clive, 60, from Birmingham started Oviva Diabetes Remission he was recently retired, spending lots of time sitting down and was on 5 medications a day. He is now medications-free and is cycling up to 80 miles a day!
“Supportive, encouraging and informative. Using the app was convenient as I work full-time so didn’t have time to attend many appointments to obtain the support. Would highly recommend this service.”
Louise, a parent of a baby with cow’s milk protein allergy.
“I feel more energised. I always had a lot of will power but it does get easier when you do something everyday so it becomes routine. It becomes a powerful motivator for yourself, you start feeling better and aiming for feeling better.”
Luc, 36 from London, has lost almost 25kg since joining Oviva and is planning on running a 10km race as his next goal!
“I’ve always struggled with committing to a weight loss programme, but Oviva Diabetes Remission felt like I had nothing to lose. Everything was provided and really it required very little
effort. My goal is to reach a healthy BMI, but I know I have already done something fantastic by reaching the weight I’m at now, and I won’t deny that I feel genuinely really proud of myself for it.”
Deborah, 29 from Hull, joined Oviva Diabetes Remission following her annual review with her GP.
Mr D's story
“This was my first time on a programme like this. I’d always avoided stuff like that, I thought they’d be all about salad but this was a different story entirely. My dietitian was very helpful – she’s helped me beyond the programme. I spoke to her through phone calls and app messaging. She gave a meal plan, taught me about a balanced diet, flavours, what to add to a meal and what to reduce. She didn’t tell me to just eat salad, I was able to eat proper meals but now I control the portion size and the number of meals I have.”
Mr D, 43, from Buckinghamshire took part in Oviva Diabetes Support in 2020, and so far has lost a total of 10.4kg.
“I am very pleased to have been part of this programme – I am a great believer in prevention being better than cure – it made me sit up and take notice!
I had instant rapport with my coach and we had interesting discussions. I was always excited to tell her when I had lost weight. My whole experience was enjoyable, and all of the information was pitched at just the right level. I’m at the point where my weight is not difficult to maintain. I feel comfortable and I don’t feel like I am on a diet or struggling to stay where I am.”
Graeme is 67 years old and lives in Buckinghamshire. On completing Oviva Diabetes Prevent, Graeme’s blood glucose levels were down to a healthy level and he lost 10% of his body weight.