Exante Diet

The Exante diet plan is a total meal replacement program available via delivery in the UK. It is often marketed as a cheaper alternative to the Cambridge diet, a similar meal replacement program. Meal replacement diets are often very low calorie diets, and so typically cause fast and significant weight loss.

Exante DietThe 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.

Diet Plans

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?

Customer Feedback

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.

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Have Your Say

7 comments on 'Exante Diet'

  1. I have used this company off and on for about 6-8 months. They have no real customer service department. You try to call and resolve a simple billing question and I have never gotten a real person to explain to me, why the cost was always higher on my credit card vs.the total on my order invoice. It turns out, the prices you see on their site, are not Euros or American dollars but British pounds. Try to figure out what that translates to?? I would greatly and confidently suggest using Medifast, I lost 50lbs in 5-6 months. 3 years later, I gained about about 20lbs back, so I figured I would try Exante, because their prices were somewhat cheaper. I lost maybe 10 lbs at best with Exante. Pay the extra money and lose real weight with Medifast. There’s no dubious pricing and the customer support department will answer each and every time you call them. I really think this company should be made to put US prices along side their British pound(symbol). I know it sounds ridiculous of me to keep purchasing the product without straightening out the differential on my credit card bill’s, but my roommate was in hospice care and I put it off until her passing. Once I finally realized what was going on, I stopped ordering their products. #1 the products were not nearly as efficient for a meal replacement & #2 there was absolutely no customer support system in place, to resolve “any” issues, unless there was a shortage or damaged product. If something seems to good to be true, it generally is. Shop in the US, where state regulations and rules, can be applied.

  2. This is cheating company! they send me the delivery despite my request to cancel the orders within few minutes of placing the order, they have been promising me a refund for two months now, only to tell me that the delivery is complete. I never received it but they charged me £209.55. and the hell and humiliation they made me go through rude, inefficient customer service who give false and misleading information

  3. I have been doing the 5 on and 2 off exante plan for 7 weeks and I can happily say I have lost 25lbs so far.
    I have 4 exante meals a day mom-fri and I drink around 2 litres of water a day.
    Sat a- Sun I m have what I want an if this means going and sokihu. So 3 more lbs and I will have lost 2 stone in 8 weeks. I have more energy and feel very good d

  4. My daughter has been on diet shakes for 5 days and has come out with severe hives & swelling. I am concerned that this may be due to some of the ingredients in the product,we cannot be certain but just want to make people aware.

  5. Please don’t attempt this kind of diet. I was anorexic and restricted my intake to 1000 calories a day for about 4 years (on and off) but the damage was done in weeks. I am now hypothyroid and have extreme adrenal fatigue and although I now eat a normal healthy diet, I am overweight. If you’re having weight problems, I beg you to see a naturopath and take the sustainable approach to getting healthy. I also disagree that these products contain “natural” ingredients. There are a bunch of pretty toxic additives in there that should be avoided, not the least of which is sucralose.

    The way to deal with weight is to get proper nutritional supplementation, eat plenty of fresh, wholesome food, do exercise you enjoy and sleep at least 8 hours a day. I am slowly getting better following this but it takes time to get the supplements right and my skin is full of mucin which looks like fat but is a weird form of water retention specific to hypothyroidism.

    If it were as simple as eating less and moving more, we’d all be supermodels by now! Please don’t fall for this and take back control of your health now.

  6. Iv ordered a 6 week supply with wowcher and got it very cheap. I’m determined this time. Iv been on meal replacement on and off for the last 10 years. I will keep you informed on my progress. ????

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