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Ex-firefighter reverses type 2 diabetes symptoms on The 1:1 Diet

Published: 18th October, 2019

Following the recent announcement that obesity is fuelling a Type 2 diabetes epidemic, The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan can reveal Ashley Evans from Norfolk has successfully reversed his type 2 diabetes symptoms after losing five stone in weight on The 1:1 Diet plan.

A University of Oxford study, published in the journal Obesity, also revealed last week that ‘total diet replacement’ programmes (TDRs), combined with one-to-one support, are an effective and cost-efficient way to lose weight long term.  The report compared a nurse-led programme with that of The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan, and built on the initial results of a trial by The University of Oxford, DROPLET1 which proved TDRs are a safe and effective way to lose weight.

Ex-firefighter Ashley Evans, 56, is an example of how weight loss through a TDR programme has helped reverse the symptoms of type 2 diabetes.

Ashley always dreamed of becoming a firefighter and when he left school, he finally landed his dream job at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service. For more than 30 years, Ashley attended burning buildings, car fires and road traffic collisions in his attempt to save lives.

Ashley was enjoying his career in the fire service until he attended a call out in extreme weather conditions. A large branch broke off from a tree and knocked him unconscious, leading to an operation. He spent six months unable to walk or do any exercise, which resulted in him having to retire from the job he loved.

Ashley said: “Because of these events, I put on a large amount of weight and, as a result, developed type 2 diabetes. I was put on a lot of medication and constantly felt unwell and lacked energy. My diabetic Consultant explained that, even if I lost just a stone in weight, I would possibly be able to reduce the medication I was on.

“But, like a lot of people, I thought the medication would help and carried on eating as normal - chocolate, crisps and takeaways. I gained even more weight, having to buy larger clothes and carried on ignoring my diabetes.

“During this time I took a holiday to Jamaica. When I saw the photos of myself, I was so shocked I decided I had to do something. So I looked for a diet that would kick start my weight loss. I discovered The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan and it was honestly the best thing I’ve done.  

“With the support of my wonderful consultant, Mandy Smith, I lost five stone. As I result, I’ve reversed the symptoms of my type 2 diabetes and am no longer on any medication – my GP is absolutely delighted.”

Ashley is now in the process of training to become a consultant for The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan, joining more than 5,000 others across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

He added: “I can't wait to help other people lose weight and perhaps even support others with type 2 diabetes in helping them reverse their symptoms. I’m living proof it can be done . . .  I've got my weight and health back under control and I've got my life back. And a new career!

“The 1:1 Diet may be completely different to the firefighting career I once had, but it has been a life- saver for me – so in a way, could still be a life-saving career!”


Notes to editors

  • The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan’s roots can be traced back to the 1960s, when biochemist Dr Alan Howard started to research the perfect diet. Since 1984, when The Cambridge Diet became commercial in the UK, millions of people from all over the world have used its help, support and products.

  • In 2009 the Cambridge Diet was rebranded to Cambridge Weight Plan.

  • In 2014, Cambridge Weight Plan became an employee-owned company. Today, it is a passionate and profitable group of people who provide support, flexible weight loss plans, products and business opportunities that help other people achieve their goals. Whatever those goals may be.

  • In the UK, the company sells and markets The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan brand through independent Cambridge Weight Plan Consultants, who offer one-to-one support to guide slimmers through their weight loss and into weight maintenance.

  • Worldwide, The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan is sold through an extensive distributor network and its products are exported to more than 30 countries.

  • The 1:1 Diet by Cambridge Weight Plan’s meal replacement programme (MRP) uses formula food soups, shakes, bars and other foods to replace conventional foods, thus giving a lower dietary energy intake than on a conventional reducing diet. Cambridge Weight Plan MRPs are nutritionally complete, providing all protein, essential fat, vitamins and minerals needed.