Is a ‘Soup and Shake’ Diet the Future of Weight Loss?

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Is a ‘Soup and Shake’ Diet the Future of Weight Loss?

This week the NHS announced plans to offer ‘soup and shake diets’ to those with type 2 diabetes. Previously, meal replacement diets have been discussed for use by the NHS to help tackle the UK’s obesity crisis. So should you consider a meal replacement ‘soup and shake diet’ if you’re trying to lose weight?


It’s welcome news that the NHS have announced plans to tackle type 2 diabetes through dietary approaches, rather than relying on medication or surgery. Meal replacement diets have proven to be successful not only in supporting reduction of body fat, but also in putting type 2 diabetes into remission. I have been working with a quality meal replacement diet for over a decade. I’ve seen first hand the life changing results they can deliver. It’s important to ensure meal replacements are carried out in a healthy way and that high quality products are used – these diets are not all created equal! It’s also key to ensure those losing weight are comprehensively supported in optimising their health, lifestyle and mindset to ensure lasting success.

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One study of 278 people across 10 GP practices in Oxfordshire saw half the participants following a meal replacement programme of soups and shakes for eight weeks. This diet saw them limiting their daily calorie intake to 810kcal per day for eight weeks, after which other foods were gradually reintroduced over four weeks. These participants saw a trained counsellor every week for 24 weeks, to help them stick to the diet plan and keep the weight off after the meal replacement plan finished. The remaining participants in the study followed the usual weight management advice and support from their GP.


Throughout the study, participants following the meal replacement programme lost more weight than those in the control group. One year on, they had lost on average 1st 9lb (10.7kg) compared with half a stone (3.1kg) for those in the usual weight loss group. The meal replacement programme group also showed noticeable improvements in blood pressure and cholesterol, while type-2 diabetes patients in the group were also able to reduce their medication (although the condition was not reversed). Prof Paul Aveyard, study author, GP and professor of behavioural medicine at the University of Oxford said the programme was an “effective intervention which GPs can confidently recommend, knowing that it leads to sustainable weight loss and lowers the risk of heart disease and diabetes”.

Find out more about the meal replacement diet we offer: What Is The Proteifine Diet?



Protein intake is an important consideration for anyone wishing to lose weight. It’s essential for many aspects of health. It fills us up, keeps us satisfied and helps to prevent hunger and low energy levels. Protein helps prevent sagging skin by supporting collagen and elastin production and is integral to preserving muscle mass. This is important because protein deficient diets can result in muscle loss and therefore a reduction in metabolic rate (the rate at which we burn calories). This means that the chance of rebound weight gain is much higher. Check the nutrition information of any meal replacement product you consider to ensure they are based primarily on protein.


In the past it was believed that a low fat diet was the key to weight loss. Thankfully we now know better. It is essential to have an adequate intake of healthy fats in your diet, including omega 3. If you’re considering a meal replacement diet, it is a good idea to take a high quality omega 3 supplement. Very low calorie diets can often not provide enough fat so make sure you scrutinise any diet you consider carefully.


Maintaining an optimal intake of essential vitamins and minerals is also important. It’s not just about losing weight – optimising health and wellbeing and maintaining good energy levels are also key. Some meal replacement products have added vitamins and minerals, while with others, you’ll need to take a separate supplement.


Don’t try and go it alone. Seek support from a qualified nutrition expert to make sure this approach to weight loss is right for you. An expert will ensure your plan, whether or not it is a soup and shake diet, is tailored to your individual needs. They should support you throughout the programme and make sure you transition off it in a healthy way.


To ensure successful long term weight loss it’s important to improve your understanding of nutrition so that you know how to eat to maintain your weight loss. A comprehensive maintenance plan detailing how to structure healthy, nutritionally balanced meals is key. Meal ideas and practical strategies for handling events like holidays and Christmas are also helpful.


The diet itself is only part of the solution. You may benefit from coaching to help overcome self-sabotaging behaviours, unhealthy habits and underlying causes of emotional eating.


It’s important to remember that not all meal replacement diets are created equal. We offer a ‘soup and shake diet’ style meal replacement diet in my clinic, Proteifine and find it to be a very effective, nutritionally-balanced approach to weight loss. But many others are not as nutritionally sound and are often lacking in protein and healthy fats, for a start. The meal replacement programme mentioned in the articles, Cambridge Diet, is not something I would recommend. Consider this – one of their shakes (Chocolate Velvet) contains a startling 24.7g sugar per serving. That’s over six teaspoons and more than that found in a two finger Twix bar! Always speak to a qualified nutritionist to identify the best approach to weight loss for you.

If you would like to find out more about ‘soup and shake’ meal replacement diets please don’t hesitate to contact us.



Ailsa is one of our most experienced practitioners. She specialises in helping clients to lose weight, develop a healthy relationship with food and finally feel comfortable in their skin. Ailsa’s mission is for everyone she works with to enjoy the journey and that working with a nutritionist should not be a punishment, but your access to a new possibility.


Ailsa is not only an experienced weight loss nutritionist, she is also a skilled coach. She helps our clients overcome emotional eating, destructive habits and self-sabotaging behaviours that have prevented successful weight loss in the past. Ailsa has spent years in clinic working with clients who have experienced yo-yo dieting and have discovered that long term weight loss is not just about eating less until you can stand it no longer.


Working with Ailsa you will be comprehensively supported, not only in improving your nutrition and lifestyle, but also your eating habits and your relationship with food. When you work on all these elements together, the results can be truly astonishing.


To enquire about working with Ailsa, please contact us.

Test Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of the business. Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning. A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.



Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of th clinic.


Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning.


A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.


Stéphanie is a skilled nutritional therapist and functional medicine practitioner with additional training in eating disorders, disordered eating and obesity. She believes that working towards both physiological and mental health is key in achieving optimum wellbeing.


Stéphanie’s personal experience of emotional eating and the ongoing struggle to find the right support led her to combine the science of nutrition with behavioural coaching to motivate and empower her clients. She specialises in helping people who struggle with their weight and their relationship with food. She helps them develop a healthier and more peaceful relationship with food and their bodies.


To enquire about working with Stéphanie, please contact us.


Inna is passionate about supporting women on their journey to improved health and wellbeing. She believes that the solution to effective weight loss does not lie in ever more restrictive diets, but a more sophisticated approach that optimises health and vitality, as well as promoting effective weight loss.


Working with Inna you will benefit from her in-depth knowledge of female health and hormones. She will support you in developing a healthy diet, lifestyle and mindset that ensures you reach your ideal weight and maintain it in the years to come.


Inna is passionate about food with a wide repertoire of delicious healthy recipes and meal ideas to ensure your weight loss journey is as enjoyable as possible!


To enquire about working with Inna, please contact us.



Ania is a firm believer that improving your health and losing weight should be a positive, empowering journey, not one centred around deprivation.


After being diagnosed with two autoimmune conditions in her twenties, Ania spent several years educating herself on the power of food and nutrition. She put it all into practise and changed her diet and lifestyle, reversing her endometriosis and thyroid disease. After experiencing such a significant improvement in her health, Ania had a big desire to help others. She embarked on a four year journey to study nutrition, graduating from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition with distinction.


Ania specialises in autoimmunity and works with clients who have underlying health issues preventing successful weight loss. Her expertise enables her to successfully support our clients with conditions such as hypothyroidsm (underactive thyroid), PCOS and diabetes. 


To enquire about working with Ania, please contact us.

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