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Diets for type 2 remission

There are lots of different diets to choose from if you want to lose weight and try for type 2 diabetes remission.

On these pages we'll explore:

  • what each diet involves
  • what we know about whether it works for putting type 2 diabetes into remission
  • where you can go for more information. 


What is the best diet for type 2 diabetes remission?

Type 2 remission studies show that a low-calorie diet works for most people. But it’s not the only way you can lose weight quickly and safely to go into type 2 diabetes remission. People have lost weight and put their type 2 diabetes into remission through different diets. 

How do I choose the best diet for me?

Just like your diabetes, weight loss is very individual to you. What works for one person might not work for another. Your current weight or BMI, the role food plays in your culture, and the level of changes you’re able to make are just some of the things people tell us they think about when choosing a diet.

Before you start a diet to lose weight for type 2 diabetes remission

It’s important you speak with your healthcare team before making changes to your eating habits. Not all diets are safe or right for everyone. Your healthcare team will be able to offer you personalised advice on which diet could work best for you. They might be able to get you get more support with your diet too. 

Courgette and feta salad


This is a diet where you eat around 800-1200 calories a day.
Bengali fish curry


Eating a low-carb diet means cutting down on the amount of carbohydrate foods (carbs) to 130g or less.
Bowl of chicken salad

Low-fat diet

A low-fat diet is one where you restrict the amount of fat you eat.
An alarm clock next to a plate of salad

Intermittent fasting

Fasting diets are also known as intermittent fasting and time-restricted eating. You'll only eat during a specific time.
A bowl of golden soup

Meal replacement plan

Also known as Soups and Shakes, you replace some or all food with low-calorie meal replacements.
A piece of salmon sits on top of a salad

Mediterranean diet

A Mediterranean diet is largely based on plant foods. You'll eat a lot of fresh and natural foods.
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