A year ago, Tracey Ward was miserable. She had been suffering from health problems for around a decade and her weight was a real cause for concern. Tracey is 5ft 3 and, at her heaviest, was around 16 stone. “I wasn't able to go out,” she says. “Even walking up the stairs was a problem. I wasn't living. I was just existing.”

After being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes towards the end of 2017, Tracey was invited to take part in ITV's ‘The Fast Fix: Diabetes’ programme, where viewers followed her progress on a strict low-calorie diet.

For the eight weeks, her diet consisted of a variety of 200 calorie Exante products – shakes, bars, meals, and soups — and the results were ground breaking. “I always knew what I needed to do, but just didn't have the willpower to do it.”

 

"My type 2 diabetes was improving day by day"

 

By the end of the eight weeks, Tracey's liver fat had reduced from a massive 22.7% to just 6.6%.

Tracey was hesitant about starting the diet, however it changed her life. “I felt like a completely different person after four weeks,” she says. “And finger prick tests showed that my diabetes was improving day by day. Afterwards, I was told I was in remission.” By the end of the eight weeks, Tracey's liver fat had reduced from a massive 22.7% to just 6.6%.

Tracey — an artist by training — has changed her life in more ways than one. She now podcasts, blogs and is the author of life improvement books.

Her diet has been completely overhauled and she has now adopted and maintained a low-carb diet, which has seen her go from a size 22 to a size 14. The results have been incredibly rewarding both for her health, and in encouraging and motivating other people to do the same.

Tracey is now passionate about dieting, particularly after her success in controlling and reversing her type 2 diabetes. “You need to stay focused and look at the whole you, rather than just what you eat,” she advises. “It worked for me. I'm a completely different person, both physically and emotionally.”

 

 

Exante Delight Chocolate Pops

 

Ingredients:

 
  • 1 sachet of Exante Chocolate Delight
  • 25g organic dehydrated coconut
  • 10g cacao nibs 
  • 25g dark chocolate (80%)
  • 50ml water
 

Method:

 
  1. Mix the sachet of Exante Chocolate Delight with 50ml water and mix until smooth. Place in the freezer for 25 minutes - this will allow you to manage the mix more easily.
  2. Divide the mix into 6 and mould into balls, then place onto lollipop sticks.
  3. Place the dark chocolate in a bowl over hot water and melt until smooth.
  4. Dip the lollipops into the melted chocolate, cover, then dip into the coconut.
  5. Place in the freezer for at least two hours, then serve and enjoy!

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