There are two main approaches which are similar but do differ in their approach.  We have summarised the approaches and the reasons why you may want to try one rather than the other.

Low Carbohydrate Approach


  • Removing (or significantly reducing) sources of sugar from the diet including starchy carbohydrates (rice, pasta, potatoes, cereals, cakes, biscuits, pastry etc.)
  • Focus on replacing with sources of protein and healthy fats e.g. vegetables, eggs, lean meat.

Who might want to consider this method:

  • Those who are not looking for a dramatic, sudden weight loss but a more gradual approach
  • Those whose sugar levels are not too far above recommended levels

Low Calorie Approach


  • Use of meal replacement shakes for 8-12 weeks aiming for a 15% weight reduction
  • Some people do 2 shakes a day and a low calorie meal once a day

Who might want to consider this method:

  • Those who want to loose a significant amount of weight quickly
  • Those whose sugar levels are well above recommended levels
  • Those who are open to trying a very different diet for 8-12 weeks 

You could consider starting with a Low Carbohydrate approach but if you don't get the results you hoped for you could then switch to Low Calorie to try this method for a number of weeks.

Some people might want to consider starting with a Low Calorie approach and then switching to a Low Carbohydrate approach once they have reached their target weight loss. The strict Low Calorie approach is not designed as a long term solution.

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