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Best products for weight loss for those living with diabetes

At LloydsPharmacy, we have a range of products to help, as well as instore experts who can give you advice on how to lose weight safely and offer ongoing support. Discover online or in store which one is right for you.

If you’re looking for ways to lose weight, make sure to talk to your GP or diabetic nurse first. The best way to lose weight safely is through changes to your diet and exercising. But, there are also products that can help if you need them.

What about meal replacements?

If you’ve been considering weight loss products you might have been considering meal replacements, which are products that are substitutes for a meal that can come in the form of drinks, soups or bars. But can they help if you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes? Two recent studies have shown the effect of meal replacements, and total meal replacements on living with type 2 diabetes.

Could meal replacements help me lose weight?

In a study last year of 202 participants, researchers showed the effectiveness of Almased through a Telemedical Lifestyle Intervention Program lasting 52 weeks.* The outcomes of this were extremely positive, with significant improvements in long-term blood glucose levels, fasting blood glucose, body weight, BMI, blood pressure, CVD risk factors, quality of life, eating behaviour and antidiabetes medication (all after 12 weeks of the intervention) versus the control group.

If you replace your meals with a nutritionally-complete liquid formula for 12 weeks, you’ll be cutting your calorie intake to just 800-1200kcals per day. Tests have shown this is effective for weight loss in those with type 2 diabetes leading to an average weight loss of 15Kg (33lbs) with food re-introduced after the 12 weeks. What’s more, nearly half of patients went into remission from their symptoms as a result.**

What’s the difference between a meal replacement and a total meal replacement?

A meal replacement will usually only replace one or two of your meals per day with a replacement supplement, whether that’s a shake or a bar. A total meal replacement programme, however, will be substituting all of your meals for a meal replacement.

  • For those who want a meal replacement to help them lose weight

    Almased meal replacement 500g​

    AlmasedAlmased® is Germany’s Number 1 meal replacement*** which can give healthy, sustainable weight loss using natural, high-quality ingredients making use of 25 years of scientifically-proven research. It is made with non-GMO soya, yogurt and enzyme-rich honey and it is free from artificial flavours, fillers, preservatives or stimulants and only contains naturally occurring sugars. It’s also gluten free and suitable for vegetarians.

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  • For those living with type 2 diabetes:

    The manufacturing process of Almased results in an ideal 2:1 ratio of protein and carbohydrate with a low Glycaemic Index of 27. Foods with low GI are slowly absorbed into the body and ensure blood glucose levels are only raised slightly while the body’s requirements for insulin is reduced. As a result, of this lower insulin requirement, fat stores are utilised for energy thereby making it easier for those with Type 2 diabetes to lose weight.

    If you’re looking to try Almased, they have created a type 2 diabetes plan to help with your weight loss. Find out more here.

  • What do Almased® customers say?

    Chris: "We wanted a diet that worked for both of us, particularly as I had type 2 diabetes. Since we found, Almased®, we’ve collectively lost and maintained over 10 stones. My diabetes is now in remission and we are both thrilled! It really has changed our lives!”

    Pauline: "I lost 15lbs, which I was very pleased with! I can honestly say I didn’t feel hungry. I am diabetic and found my blood sugar levels were stable throughout the trial”

    Carole: "We both started using Almased in September 2013. Our main intention was for weight loss, however my husband is type 2 diabetic, so we really wanted to see whether it could also help him control his blood sugar levels. 8 months later we had collectively lost 9.5 stone; I lost 4 stone and my husband 5.5 stone. As a result his doctor has now taken him off one of his diabetic medications and overall we both look and feel healthier and energised. Almased relay has changed our lives."

Looking for guidance on the recommended diet for diabetics?

We've put together a food guide of portion sizes, recipe ideas and "food watch outs" to help you make healthy eating choices.


*Kempf, K.; Altpeter, B.; Berger, J.; Reuss, O.; Fuchs, M.; Schneider, M.; Gartner, B.; Niedermeier, K.; Martin, S. Efficacy of the Telemedical Lifestyle intervention Program TeLiPro in Advanced Stages of Type 2 Diabetes: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Diabetes Care 2017, 40, 863–871.
**Leicester Diabetes Centre reference Primary care-led weight management for remission of type 2 diabetes (DiRECT) Lean ME, Leslie WS, Barnes AC et al.
***Euromonitor International (2017) Helpful advice: Please consult your healthcare professional before starting any weight loss programme such as Almased®.
Almased® is a meal replacement which can be used to replace up to two of your daily meals. Depending on how your diabetes is treated, you may require support to a) start checking your blood glucose levels/to check them more regularly, b) to make changes to your medications.
Kempf, K et al (2014). J Hum Nutr Diet;(2): 21-27.