The Exante diet allows the dieter to eat 3 meal replacement products per day, which provides 100% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for vitamins and nutrients.
Meal replacement options are available in boxes of 50 per individual flavour, or in bumper packs that provide four weeks of supplies- these have a mixture of foods in them. Bumper packs are themed, with a choice of a mixed bumper pack, meals and shakes pack, shakes and bars bumper pack, a winter warmer bumper pack, or a customised option called “pick your own pack”. The meal replacement options available include savoury soups, pasta, porridge, shakes, and meal replacement bars. All come in a variety of flavours.
Exante takes pride in the fact that their products are total meal replacements, which contain no aspartame, no artificial colours, no GM products, and no monosodium glutamate. The products also comply with strict EU guidelines for total meal replacements. Finally, the bars are handmade in the UK.
The official Exante website claims that;
Following an Exante Diet plan is so much simpler than other diets, and it is incredibly effective
There are 4 diet plans; Total Solution, Total Plus Solution, Working Solution and Simple Solution, plus an additional Stabiliser to help you stabilise and maintain the dieter’s target weight after the initial dieting phase.
The basis of all the Exante diet plans is to eat 3 Exante products a day, as well as to drink 2-4 litres of water throughout each day. The difference between the individual diet programs is what extras are consumed alongside the Exante meal replacement products.
The Total solution diet plan is a very low calorie diet that provides around 600 calories per day from 3 meal replacement products. The Total Plus solution is also a very low calorie diet, with dieters consuming the 3 meal replacement products plus 100kcal from foods from a restricted list. This means that the total daily calorific intake is around 700 kcal.
These two diets are incredibly restrictive, and will cause fast and significant weight loss. It is not recommended that these diets are followed for more than 12 weeks, and customers on the Total or Working solution must have a break from the programme every 21 days. On the fourth week of the programme the dieter will continue to eat three Exante products a day, but will also need to consume at least 201 kcals of conventional food per day. This is the called the “Low Calorie Week” plan.
The Exante Diet Working Solution is a low calorie diet which provides around 1000 calories a day. As well as eating 3 Exante Diet meal replacement products, dieters will eat one low carbohydrate, high protein meal per day. Finally, the Simple Solution diet is a low calorie option (LCD) which combines meal replacement products with calorie controlled meals.
Simple Solution provides around 1200 calories per day from 3 Exante meal replacement products as well as calorie controlled meals or low calorie diet snacks of around 600 kcal.
Finally, the Exante Diet Stabiliser programme is designed to help the dieter resume a healthy balanced diet, without having any weight regain. The stabiliser program works in steps to slowly decrease the number of meal replacement products consumed per day, whilst slowly increasing the number of calories consumed per day.
Are there any Side effects?
There are numerous side effects that are associated with very low calorie diets. Most side effects are experienced in the first few days; carbohydrate and caffeine withdrawal can take place when starting a very low calorie diet, usually causing headaches. Ketosis can cause bad breath, which can be minimised by general oral hygiene and drinking plenty of water, as the Exante plan prescribes.
Some people experience muscle cramps whilst following highly restricted diets. Constipation is often mentioned as a side effect of very low calorie diets. This may be because of the sharp decrease in the volume of food consumed. These side effects can both be minimised by drinking plenty of water.
The official Exante website mentions the possibility of increased hair shedding, as well as the possibility of altered menstrual cycles for women. If any serious side effects occur, it may be advisable to slowly increase the daily calorific intake, so as to follow a low calorie diet rather than one containing less than 1000 calories. This, and drinking more water, will alleviate most side effects of extreme dieting.
Exante Diet Cost
The Exante diet claims to be cheapest in the UK. A four week bumper pack is available for £108.36, which equates to £27.09 per week. This is very cheap compared to the Cambridge diet and other meal replacement programs. There is also free next working day delivery, allowing dieters to begin the plan almost immediately.
Limitations of the Exante Diet
The diet is suitable for “almost everyone” because of numerous plans available, and offers fast and effective weight loss. However, there are numerous groups who should not follow the Exante diet. These include people under the age of 18, over the age of 70, those who are underweight, pregnant, breastfeeding, or “have any medical condition which affects dietary requirements including behaviour disorders or eating disorders (including bulimia and anorexia)”.
There is also a significant list of conditions that may make people ineligible to follow the diet. The full list is available below, and those who are concerned about their health affecting the diet should consult with their GP before starting the diet.
Source: Exante Diet suitable for?
Independent customer reviews often reveal a lot about diets and the companies behind them. Searching online reveals that there are lots of complaints about the customer service from Exante, as well as people receiving products with short dates of less than a month.
The feedback about the quality of food is mixed. Some people like the taste, whilst others find the texture, consistency and taste to be unbearable. For those who persevere with the diet, weight loss is nearly always significant, and the dieters claim to feel fuller than they expected from such a low calorie diet.
Our Verdict on the Exante Diet
The Exante diet is a promising meal replacement option, but it is not a perfect solution. There are some problems with customer service and mixed results with reviews about flavour, texture and consistency of meal replacement products. Because there is a long list of possible side effects, and weight regain is highly likely if people do not slowly readjust their calorie intake, the diet may not be for everyone.
Exante is not a long term viable option, as medical advice is to not continue a very low calorie diet for more than 12 weeks. But, for people who have budget limitations and who do not want to meet with a consultant, Exante is a short-term viable choice of diet.