Low-calorie and very low-calorie diets are aimed at people with Type 2 diabetes and limit the amount of calories taken daily, sometimes as low as 600 calories per day (the average daily energy requirement is 2000 calories for an adult). A study showed that 3 months after following such a diet for 8 weeks, 2 people out of 3 were still diabetes-free.

The goal is to reduce the amount of fat in the liver and pancreas, which appears to restore blood glucose to normal ranges in just a few weeks.


  • It’s for some an effective method for stopping and reversing Type 2 diabetes in overweight and obese people in a short period of time.
  • Can help people to improve their diet in the long term.


  • It’s a drastic diet change that may be hard to follow.
  • Can result in side effects as people are not getting enough nutrients.
  • Long-term benefits are unknown due to lack of studies.



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