Weight loss facts: Is it harder to lose weight if you have type II diabetes?

June 10, 2014 - Medical Advice

You often read that it’s more difficult for people with type II diabetes to lose weight and, generally speaking, this is true. The additional barriers to losing weight faced by type II diabetics mean that recommended weight-loss methods are largely ineffective for them.480062727scales

However, this isn’t the case with the LighterLife Total very-low-calorie diet (VLCD) programme – evidence-based research shows that Total is highly effective for people with type II diabetes.

Why is losing weight important in type II diabetes?
Type II diabetes is a condition that results in excessively high blood glucose (sugar) levels because the body’s tissues don’t respond properly to insulin – a hormone that moves glucose from the bloodstream to the cells. This is known as insulin resistance.

Type II diabetes is closely associated with weight, with over 90% of newly diagnosed people being above their ideal weight.* Basically, the more fat the body is carrying, the more insulin resistant it can become.

Weight loss is a common recommendation for treating this type of diabetes, as extra body fat actually increases insulin resistance. By losing even small amounts of weight, people with type II diabetes can become less insulin resistant, and they’re able to use their insulin better, too.

LighterLife is tried and tested
The good news is, peer-reviewed published data shows that our Total VLCD programme was almost equally effective in helping people with type II diabetes lose weight as it was for matched individuals (the same age, BMI etc) without diabetes.

In an analysis of 300 people with type II diabetes compared with 300 non-diabetics – and with each group completing 12 weeks on Total – the weight loss for those with type II diabetes was more than 90% of the weight loss in the non-diabetic group.

This is an outcome unreported with any other food-based conventional diet –where people with type II diabetes typically lose only 50% as much weight as those without. Our results show a highly clinically significant documented improvement, made possible solely through the use of a VLCD.

Key benefits of losing weight for type II diabetes
By losing weight, people with type II diabetes can help improve their glycaemic control, insulin sensitivity, cardiovascular risk factors and the risk of developing long term, diabetes-related complications**.

In short, shifting those excess pounds will help you better manage your condition.

Dr Kelly Johnston, Head of Nutrition and Research at LighterLife, says: ‘We have worked hard to continue to build our reputation in the area of evidence-based research and are currently supporting a wide range of research projects with several academic and NHS-based partners.

‘We know that it’s imperative to be able to provide data that can help inform dietetic and clinical practice as to which weight-loss methods are more suitable for which people and why, and we are currently looking to do this across all of our programmes.’

If you’re interested in finding out more about any of LighterLife’s research projects, or would like to put yourself forward as a research case study, please email