How mother-of-three lost weight and changed her life (and how YOU could do the same in 2021!)


Losing weight often makes it to the top of people’s lists of New Year’s resolutions, but it can be difficult to know where to start.

There are loads of diet plans on the market, but few are as simple (and delicious) as those offered by exante. Its huge range of super flexible and convenient meal replacement products will help you reduce your calorie intake with no counting or points system – AND it will help you to feel full.*

exante has a full range of shakes, bars, meals and snacks. Each meal replacement is high in protein, fibre and packed full of 27 vitamins and minerals so you don’t miss out on vital nutrients.  

There’s something for everyone with exante’s expanding range of products, currently featuring 72 different flavours – and its two and four week starter boxes are filled with everything you need to complete the diet in a fortnight or a month, making it easy to take the first step on your weight loss journey! 

The impressive results speak for themselves, like Karen from Glasgow, a mother of three who has lost an amazing three stone and turned her life around in lockdown or Alex, a 47 year old from Dundee who feels like a new man now he has lost an incredible 10 stone. 

So read on to discover how exante not only helped these three slimmers shed their unwanted pounds, but also transformed their lives…

exante offers a two-week diet plan deal (pictured) containing 42 bestselling meal replacements for £39.99 - working out at just £2.85 a day - or a four week option containing 84 for £69.99 (£2.50 a day)

exante offers a two-week diet plan deal (pictured) containing 42 bestselling meal replacements for £39.99 – working out at just £2.85 a day – or a four week option containing 84 for £69.99 (£2.50 a day)

Mother-of-three Karen began following the exante 800 plan in May last year, after being urged to lose weight for an operation

Mother-of-three Karen began following the exante 800 plan in May last year, after being urged to lose weight for an operation

Mother-of-three Karen began following the exante 800 plan in May last year, after being urged to lose weight for an operation. Pictured left before and right after

‘exante changed my life – my BMI is healthy for the first time in years’

Mother-of-three Karen began following the exante 800 plan in May last year, after being urged to lose weight for an operation.

Following her surgery, Karen was eager to get fitter and healthier for her young children, and vowed to make a more long-term change to her weight.

Karen’s top tips for losing weight with exante

  • Try as many products as you can to find your favourites.
  • Drink plenty of water and space your meals out. I start my first meal at midday as I like to have my meal in the evening and finish with my bar and cuppa in bed at night. 
  • Trust the plan (it works) believe in yourself and just enjoy it!  
  • Take photos throughout your journey as it helps to see how far you’ve come if you’re having a bad day.

Since discovering exante while researching weight loss plans, she hasn’t looked back. She explained: ‘Before I couldn’t really get myself into a proper routine. 

‘I ordered the meal replacements straight away and started on the exante 800 plan. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done! I managed to get my weight down to 14st 7lbs which was a huge milestone for me.’

Of the tasty exante meals on offer, Karen enjoyed the Meal Replacement Strawberry Jam & Yogurt Crunch Bar, the Meal Replacement Indian Daal Pot Meal and the Limited Edition Mulled Wine Flavour BURST Box, a low calorie multivitamin alcohol alternative drink, the most.

After sticking to the exante 800 plan, Karen has since managed to lose 3st in total and is now 11st 7lbs. Once she’d reached her goal, Karen switched to the exante 1200 plan to ensure she maintained her weight loss. 

‘It genuinely has changed my life,’ she said. ‘It’s got me to a healthy weight range and BMI for the first time in years.

‘I’ve gained so much confidence and I can now be active with my kids without getting tired; exante has given me a new lease of life and helped with my recovery too. 

‘I’m in a lot less pain than I was before. Everyone has noticed the positive changes in me since starting the plan – it’s the best decision I’ve made.’  

After sticking to the exante 800 plan, Karen has since managed to lose 3st in total and is now 11st 7lbs. Once she'd reached her goal, Karen switched to the exante 1200 plan to ensure she maintained her weight loss

After sticking to the exante 800 plan, Karen has since managed to lose 3st in total and is now 11st 7lbs. Once she’d reached her goal, Karen switched to the exante 1200 plan to ensure she maintained her weight loss

Kick start your own exante journey with a two or four week total meal replacement plan that's all boxed up and ready to go

Kick start your own exante journey with a two or four week total meal replacement plan that's all boxed up and ready to go

Kick start your own exante journey with a two or four week total meal replacement plan that’s all boxed up and ready to go

Yes, you can even enjoy pancakes when you're on an exante plan!

Yes, you can even enjoy pancakes when you’re on an exante plan!

What’s the difference between exante’s 800 and 1200 diet plans and how do they work?

An 800 calorie diet like exante 800 is a VLCD (very low calorie diet plan) designed for fast and effective weight loss. It’s suitable for women with a BMI of 25+ and men with a BMI of 30+.

To follow it, you simply combine three exante meal replacements with an extra 200 calories of high-protein food to get the nutrients your body needs.

The exante 1200 is a 1,200 calorie a day diet plan designed to help you maintain your healthy weight. It can also be used for steady weight loss.

On the 1200 plan you can enjoy two exante meal replacement products each day as well as a delicious low-carb meal and a healthy snack.

You’ll also find plenty of inspiration for healthy meals on exante. Think tempting recipes like lamb meatballs, fish pie and even sundried tomato pesto pasta.  

The exante meal replacement range includes bars, desserts, shakes, soups and more, offering you a huge range for great flexibility. As well as being easy to prepare, the meal replacements in the diet plans are also high in fibre and packed with 27 vitamins and minerals, giving you the confidence to achieve your body goals.

exante offers a number of money-saving options; there’s a mix and match 21 day bundle, offering 21 days’ worth of meal replacements for £68 – just £1.08 per meal.  

‘My mother-in-law recommended exante – and I’ve since lost 10st’

Alex, 47, from Dundee started his journey weighing 23 stones and has now lost an incredible 10 stones after discovering exante.

He told how since using it, he’s noticed changes in the way he looks at food – and himself. 

The most humbling part is the amount of positive comments I received

‘I’d seen a post on Facebook that said during lockdown you’d be one of four types of people: a monk, a chunk, a hunk or a drunk – and I was definitely a chunk!’ he recalled.

‘My mother-in-law was using exante and suggested I try it. I’d had enough of carrying all this weight around so thought, why not?

‘The most humbling part of the whole journey for me is the amount of positive comments I have received from people in the exante Diet Official Facebook Group and my colleagues at work.

Alex, 47, from Dundee started his journey weighing 23 stone and has now lost an incredible 10 stone after discovering exante

Alex, 47, from Dundee started his journey weighing 23 stone and has now lost an incredible 10 stone after discovering exante

‘Over 20 of my colleagues at work are also now on the plan and we all catch up and see how it’s going. 

‘It’s great validation for exante and for all the weight I have lost. I am not a dieter by any standard, but it works!’

Alex started his exante journey in January last year, following the exante 800 plan.

His weight has dropped from 23st to an incredible 13st, and his BMI no longer places him in the ‘overweight’ category. 

‘The hardest part was the first two weeks,’ he admitted. ‘Your body is changing and adapting to the lifestyle change, so be prepared for this! 

Alex started his exante journey following the exante 800 plan. His weight dropped from 23st to an incredible 13st, and his BMI no longer places him in the 'overweight' category

Alex started his exante journey following the exante 800 plan. His weight dropped from 23st to an incredible 13st, and his BMI no longer places him in the ‘overweight’ category

‘I got through this by drinking more water and having cooked chicken breast in the fridge, so if I got hungry I would have a few slices, or a boiled egg.

‘My day always starts with walking the dog, not typically for long, but enough to blow the cobwebs away. 

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‘Then I have a coffee, always black with a sweetener.’

Alex told how before starting exante, he often didn’t bother with breakfast at home and would grab a bacon roll from the canteen at work on his break, then return for lunch.

Now he either enjoys a shake before he leaves the house, or tucks into exante meal replacement maple syrup pancakes (sometimes the lemon version if he fancies mixing it up) or porridge

‘The pancakes are delicious, and on a diet – really?!’ he said. ‘Breakfast normally fills me up until around lunchtime at about 1pm.

‘For lunch I always have an exante bar, with Salted Caramel being my favourite. I normally drink a couple of litres of water in the afternoon which helps me stay full and hydrated.

‘Now I’ve found I only really visit the canteen for a coffee as a treat. I feel more focused and alert at work than I did before.

‘Dinner in the evening is normally another shake at around 5pm and some more water. My favourite shakes are Banana and Strawberry & Banana. 

‘It’s important to have a choice and be able to change your mind depending on how you feel and not be railroaded into one flavour because it’s all you have with you.

‘When I get home at just after 8pm I may have a two-egg omelette with some chicken breast and mushrooms, or a chicken salad – all under 200 calories and 10 grams of carbohydrates.’

Alex said for him, the key to sticking with exante has been variety and constantly trying something new, whether it’s a new flavour of shake or making it into biscuits or muffins.  

Alex told how before starting exante, he often didn’t bother with breakfast. Now he either enjoys a shake before he leaves the house, or tucks into exante meal replacement maple syrup pancakes (pictured)

Alex said he's also noticed a change in his skin, which is less greasy and spotty, and his double chins have 'reduced'

Alex said he's also noticed a change in his skin, which is less greasy and spotty, and his double chins have 'reduced'

Alex said he’s also noticed a change in his skin, which is less greasy and spotty, and his double chins have ‘reduced’. Pictured left before and right after

‘You need to have something to look forward to and it’s fun trying them out!’ he said.

‘I’ve noticed changes in the way I was looking at food and myself. I was calorie counting and checking carbs before contemplating having anything, which helped re-educate myself on food. 

Reap the benefits of intermittent fasting! Try the exante 5:2 Plan 

If you found trying to manage your calories tricky on a traditional 5:2 plan then exante’s take on this diet is for you.

5:2 intermittent fasting basically means you eat a normal, healthy diet for five days of the week and fast on the remaining two. The benefits include regulated blood sugar, weight loss and improved digestion, as well as a protected immune system.

With exante your two fasting days are made easy. You’ll have three meal replacement products, plus high protein food from exante’s food ideas list, reducing your calories on those days to just 800. 

‘I stayed away from processed food and went for fresh, healthier, lean choices. I even bought a fitness tracker and would challenge myself to reach new targets for walks every week.

‘Sometimes I’m successful, other weeks I’m not, but keeping up the focus has really helped me shift the weight.’

He added that he’s also enjoyed lots of ‘victories’ off the scales. ‘I saw a change in my skin – it was no longer greasy and spotty and the size of my double chins reduced,’ Alex explained. 

‘I wasn’t breathless walking upstairs and was able to bend down properly without having to heave myself up. Lots of little positives that all add up to a huge win.

‘The best hint I can give to anyone starting exante is to read the How it Works eBook which is really informative and full of great ideas.’ 

Alex also advises against doing daily weigh-ins; instead, limit yourself to one a week. 

‘I do mine on a Sunday morning and record my weight either on a manual chart or an app,’ he explained.

‘You might not think you’re losing, but tracking it will always give you a great indication and motivation.

‘Join the exante Official Facebook Group. I couldn’t have done this without the help, motivation and positivity of the group. There’s lots of great support and people all wanting to help each other succeed.’ 

‘I lost 9st and it’s been the most rewarding thing I have ever done’ 

Nicole began her weight loss journey following the exante 800 plan. She’s since lost an incredible 9st and is now maintaining her weight by slowly reintroducing exercise and meals into her lifestyle. 

‘There was never a lightbulb moment for me as to why I wanted to lose weight, it was more of a build up of daily struggles to live my life,’ she explained. 

Nicole has lost an incredible 9st and is now maintaining her weight by slowly reintroducing exercise and meals into her lifestyle

Nicole has lost an incredible 9st and is now maintaining her weight by slowly reintroducing exercise and meals into her lifestyle

Nicole has lost an incredible 9st and is now maintaining her weight by slowly reintroducing exercise and meals into her lifestyle. Pictured left before and right after

‘I suffered from aches and pains and my joints were so sore. I used to look forward to bedtime so I could sleep the pain away.

‘I chose exante because it’s affordable, tasty and had worked for me in the past, however due to my own short-fallings, I slipped back into old habits and gained the weight I’d lost. 

‘This time around I was determined to have a better game plan – to keep the weight off and maintain a healthy lifestyle.’ 

Nicole began her impressive weightloss journey in August 2019, following the exante 800 plan

Nicole began her impressive weightloss journey in August 2019, following the exante 800 plan

While her weightloss hasn't all been plain-sailing, Nicole said it's been the single most rewarding thing she has ever done for herself ¿ and she wouldn't change a thing

While her weightloss hasn’t all been plain-sailing, Nicole said it’s been the single most rewarding thing she has ever done for herself – and she wouldn’t change a thing

While her weight loss hasn’t all been plain-sailing, Nicole insisted it’s been the single most rewarding thing she has ever done for herself – and she wouldn’t change a thing. 

‘exante has been an absolutely life-changing experience. It has helped me regain my health, my confidence and my mobility,’ she said.

Nicole gradually began introducing balanced, healthy foods back into her diet by downloading a calorie-counting app to help her keep track.  

‘For breakfasts, I continued with my exante porridge while adding extras like banana and seeds,’ she explained. 

Nicole gradually began introducing balanced, healthy foods back into her diet by downloading a calorie-counting app to help her keep track

Nicole gradually began introducing balanced, healthy foods back into her diet by downloading a calorie-counting app to help her keep track

Nicole said: 'exante has been an absolutely life-changing experience. It has helped me regain my health, my confidence and my mobility'

Nicole said: ‘exante has been an absolutely life-changing experience. It has helped me regain my health, my confidence and my mobility’

‘I slowly increased my intake by introducing 100 calorie salads alongside my exante lunch. My salads consisted of mainly greens; peppers, cucumbers – always measuring and recording what I was eating.

‘Every two to three weeks I would increase my calorie allowance gradually, as well as my exercise. 

‘Now, I allow myself 1,900 calories which helps me maintain my weight at a steady pace.’ 

In all cases exante recommend talking to a doctor or medical practitioner before following one of their plans. For full T&C’s please view the website 

*Please consult with your Doctor before embarking on any low calorie diet. Very low calorie diets should only be followed for short-term use. 



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