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“Meal Replacement” Is No Longer A Dirty Word - Discover The Thoroughly Modern Meal Swaps That Could Help You Transform Your Weight

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Low calorie, packed with vitamins and minerals and more delicious than anything that's come before it, exante is changing the reputation of meal replacements. 

Meal replacement bars and shakes have gotten a bad rap over the years. If you grew up in the 90s, you’ll likely remember a red swimsuit-clad woman in TV ads keeping trim by wolfing three petite bowls of cereal a day, or images of working women slurping down dubious-looking canned milkshakes on the go in a bid to shed the pounds. The problem was that eventually their convenience was outweighed by the level of bad-for-you ingredients like sugar, and their inability to fight off a growling stomach.

Fast forward to now and meal replacement is no longer a taboo phrase. In fact, there have been times where previous connotations were replaced with that of macho gym-goers and Silicon Valley types. But the reality is that for your average person, losing or maintaining weight has never been easy. And now with the stress of endless lockdowns, challenging working from home routines, and the fridge and snack cupboard closer than ever, more people have found renewed value in meal replacements to help them in their ongoing battle against the bulge. While a healthy home-cooked meal will always win over something in bottle or bar form, certain diet brands have been instrumental in giving these convenient low-calorie alternatives a shiny new look, with impressive added nutrients and endless flavour options that are better suited to modern eaters. The one that comes out on top time and time again? exante.

Who are exante?

Since its launch in 2010, exante has been helping people achieve their weight loss goals with simple and effective one-off products and longterm plans – their slimmer of the season, Kate, has lost over 10 stone to date by following their 800 plan. Unlike the crash-diet shakes of old, all exante diet products are designed to help you achieve your goals in a simple, convenient and affordable way – and are focused around meal replacements that are nutritious with high protein, fibre-rich ingredients and all 27 vitamins and minerals our body needs in a day. When you find yourself rushed and ravenous, preparing a fresh, balanced meal from scratch isn’t always practical, and that’s where exante excels. In addition to classic shakes in every flavour under the sun (including their latest Ruby Chocolate flavour in support of Coppafeel), you’ll find increasingly substantial options ranging from soups, pancakes and breakfast porridges to snacks, lunch pots and a world-first clear meal replacement juice all clocking in around the 200-250 calorie mark to help keep your daily goals on track without the need to live off lettuce.

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So how does it work?

Well, that all depends on your current BMI and your personal goals. Just swap one meal a day for one of their diet products to help maintain your weight or substitute up to 3 and stick to a plan that best fits. There are four exante diet plans in total, easily purchasable as a two or four-week plan both as a standalone purchase or a subscription.

Which plan is right for you?


No time to prep a good meal? That’s when the beauty of a meal replacement comes in! Don’t grab a calorie-laden cheese and ham croissant on the way to work – pack yourself off with one of exante’s delicious chocolate porridges or shakes. No time for a proper lunch? Don’t order a burger on Deliveroo – have yourself a low-calorie but super creamy Thai style noodle pot meal replacement or a pasta Bolognese instead. They’re all under 250 calories, enriched with 27 vitamins and minerals and get nearly 5* reviews from the exante community – plus they’re £2.70 per pot so you’ll likely be saving money too. The idea is to swap 1 meal a day with exante on busy days where you fear you might fall off the wagon but then again, when you lose weight, save calories and eat a bar that tastes like birthday cake for lunch, staying on the wagon won’t exactly feel like a hardship will it?

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800 plan

The more intense 800 plan is a short-term solution best suited to people with a BMI of 25 and above, and is designed to achieve the speediest results. All three of your main meals are taken care of with your choice of replacements (plus a snack!) to make it as easy as possible, all whilst ensuring you receive all the correct vitamins and nutrients you need. Simple!

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1200 plan

 If all that sounds too challenging, you can follow the 1200 plan which quite simply allows you to have 1200 calories a day. This plan is designed for those interested in a steady weight loss, who need a helping hand. It does require a bit more self control of your part - with two exante meal replacements, that’s two meals in a day conveniently taken care of for you plus 1 low calorie healthy snack, then it's up to you to create a 600 calorie low cal dinner at the end of your day. Don’t worry, exante has a free downloadable book packed with recipe ideas to help you come evening. You can either order a 2 or 4 Week Diet Box or choose your own meal replacements as you go.

5:2 plan

Looking for something more sustainable on an on-going basis? Try intermittent fasting with the 5:2 plan. Consisting of two non-consecutive ‘fasting days’ (800 calories) alongside five regular eating days, it’s a proven way to lose and maintain a healthy weight, and improve DNA repair and brain function. Get started with a trial bundle of shakes and bars, or mix and match smaller snacks and larger meals, to your hearts content.

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