This page introduces the NHS Low Calorie Diet Programme and helps you understand whether you're eligible and it’s the right programme for you now.
If you decide it is, then contact your GP practice about a referral. Places are limited so it's best not to delay.
The NHS is delivering a new 12-month low calorie diet treatment for people in Somerset living with Type 2 diabetes who are above a healthy weight. Delivered by Momenta, it's based on the DiRECT study which showed this approach can help people lose weight, improve their diabetes control, reduce diabetes-related medication and even achieve remission.
On average participants lose 10-15% of their starting weight.
The programme is completely free but you can only participate if you’re referred by your GP practice.
Regular group support sessions for 10-15 people are at the heart of the 12-month programme. The 21 sessions start weekly, before moving to fortnightly and then monthly. Led by our trained Coaches and based on our expert-developed programme, these sessions give you knowledge, skills and support throughout the programme. Sessions are held in-person at local venues.
The programme has three phases. To start with you’ll follow a low calorie diet for 12 weeks (your choice of soups, shakes, bars etc. totalling 8-900 calories per day). Then you’ll gradually replace these with 'real food' meals over six weeks. Finally you’ll receive ongoing support for the last 8 months to help you maintain or build on your weight loss.
If you attend the group sessions you'll be given all your total diet replacement products and a range of high-quality resources including Workbooks, a Lifestyle logbook, online recipe book and 12 months' premium access to the EXi physical activity - all free of charge. You can order from one of the widest ranges of total diet replacement products available and they'll be delivered directly to your home or work as you prefer.
Throughout the programme you'll continue to be supported by your GP practice – for example if your medicines need to be changed.
Several participants have shared their inspiring stories - you might find their experiences helpful to understand more about the programme.
There are some videos and many more written stories.
You must be registered with a GP practice in Somerset and meet all the inclusion but none of the exclusion criteria shown below.
These criteria have been set out by NHS England's Expert Advisory Group.
If you're interested in finding out more about the NHS Low Calorie Diet Programme and deciding whether it’s the right approach for you now we encourage you to complete the self-assessment questionnaire below.
This kind of programme is not for everyone with Type 2 diabetes. It's important to think carefully about whether it’s the right type of support and the right time for you. Answering these questions should help you think about this.
You can download and save or print the questionnaire as you might find it helpful to discuss your responses with your health care provider. This can help you make a joint decision about whether this is the right approach for your diabetes management at this time – and consider what other options may be helpful.
You can tick the boxes on the downloaded copy but not on this online image and this website does not store any responses. To fill it out you need to print or download it. You don't need to share your responses with anyone if you don't want to.
If you believe the NHS Low Calorie Diet is the right programme for you now please contact your GP or diabetes nurse to confirm your eligibility and arrange a referral appointment including, if appropriate, guidance on which medications to adjust on the day you start the total diet replacement products.
Places are limited so it's best not to delay.
If you're interested but not sure yet, or have any questions you'd like to ask about the programme itself and what you can expect, please contact the Momenta Adviser team. You can call us on 01823 774 175, send us a note using our contact form or email us at email@example.com
All GP practices in Somerset have been made aware of the programme. However, if your GP does not know how to refer to the service please ask them to contact Lesley Harper at NHS Somerset for details. Alternatively you can contact us send us your GP / nurse and practice name and we can help them.
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When you make an appointment with your GP practice they'll refer you to the service and let you know whether you need to adjust any medications on the day that you start the total diet replacement products (the day after the second group session). They'll fill out a Referral and Medications Adjustment Form and send this to Momenta by secure email - they'll also give you a copy of the Medications Adjustment Form (MAF). It's very important that you keep this as NHS England have stated that, for safety reasons, you can't start if you don't recall this discussion and are comfortable with the adjustments.
When Momenta receive the referral form they'll check it's complete. If it isn't they'll contact your practice for any missing information. When they have the complete form they'll contact you and arrange an Individual Assessment to confirm eligibility, ask you some additional details and answer any questions you might have about the programme or process.
Momenta's Adviser will then give you a choice of upcoming programmes (start date, time, location) and book you onto the one you prefer. We organise programmes on different days of the week and at different times including evenings to make it as easy as possible for people to attend.
Remission in people with Type 2 diabetes means that your blood sugar levels are no longer in the range for diabetes, without taking any diabetes medication.
Research tells us that remission is most likely to be achievable closer to your diagnosis – and is strongly linked to weight loss.
Some people call this reversing Type 2 diabetes, but we prefer the term remission because your Type 2 diabetes can come back.
There’s no guarantee you will reach remission as the research so far suggests that it isn’t possible for everyone. But there are many other benefits to losing extra weight - if you stick to the programme you can expect to lose 10% of your starting weight or more.
This programme uses a selection of Exante total diet replacement products.