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Nutritional advice for Digestive diseases (IBS, IBD, Coeliac), Diabetes (Type 2; Type 1 Gestational); Pre-Diabetes; Weight loss and gain; PCOS; Reactive Hypos; Cancer; Heart Disease.
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  • Help you establish a HEALTHY relationship with food and eating
  • Develop your own tailor-made EATING PLAN
  • Set your own sustainable WEIGHT LOSS GOALS
  • Motivate and support you into making a LASTING CHANGE
  • Help you to feel IN CONTROL of your weight
  • Help you to think POSITIVELY
  • Offer on-going SUPPORT

You might have tried numerous diets such as low fat, low GI, Atkins, Hollywood, Cambridge weekly weight loss groups, diet pills and many, many more. You have probably already learned, that short-term fast weight loss doesn’t work. Don’t expect to lose 3 stones in a month and keep it off. The problem is that these specialist fad diets usually don’t do anything to help you to learn how to manage your weight for life. They are not tailored specifically to your needs, your eating habits, your food preferences, your metabolism or your health conditions.

It took you a long time to put the weight on, therefore it will take a time to break your old habits and have your new slimmer body for the rest of your life. The ACE diets weight loss clinic will not provide you with another fad diet, but a clinically proven sustained individually tailored LIFESTYLE CHANGE programme. The length of the support will depend on your individual progress, but you may require a longer time to achieve a permanent weight loss.

Permanent weight loss depends on numerous factors, the 3 key factors being: change of your “internal dialogue”, a natural adjustment of your appetite regulating hormones and an individually tailored lifestyle programme.

  • “Internal Dialogue” Everybody can lose some weight, but to maintain the weight loss you achieve, you need to change your ”internal dialogue”, e.g you need to change your self-damaging negative thoughts and beliefs. Our thoughts programme us. The real change will start once you will genuinely start to believe that you have what it takes to lose weight and keep it off.
  • Body’s physiology needs to adapt to a smaller dietary energy intake. It takes time for you to be able to eat less without relying on your willpower alone. For example, your appetite regulating hormones such as gherlin, for example, will initially work against your best efforts to eat less by making you extremely hungry. Our research shows that it takes up to 6 to 8 months of reduced energy intake before your appetite stimulating hormones will return to the pre-dieting levels.
  • Lifestyle change programme individually tailored to your needs with on-going support to help you to achieve your goals.



Individual consultations are held in a relaxing and non-judgemental atmosphere. At the first appointment, our Dietitian will help you to formulate your weight loss goals and other lifestyle related goals. You will be able to share your weight concerns and your lifestyle challenges.

We will take a comprehensive assessment that will include :

  • A review of your current diet
  • A review of your lifestyle and eating routine
  • A review of your general health
  • A review of of your previous health
  • A review of your family health history
  • A review of any medications you are taking.
  • An anthropometric assessment to measure your weight and height
  • Depending on your medical history, it may be necessary to measure your blood pressure and fasting blood glucose
  • If appropriate, further blood laboratory tests may be advised.

Our Dietitian will also ask you to fill in a food and activity diary for the next 7 days. This data can be analysed using nutritional analysis software to assess your current energy intake and adequacy of macro and micro nutrients in your diet.

The obtained data will be used to develop a tailor-made dietary and lifestyle change plan.

Together with the Dietitian you will decide which support package is most suitable to you:

On-going one-to-one support programme.

Group Lifestyle Programme.

Group Lifestyle programme & one-to-one support.




According to Diabetes UK, 1 in 20 of us have diabetes, there are over 100,000 people newly diagnosed each year and up to half a million of us have the condition but don’t yet know it.

Type 2 diabetes cases have increased from 0.2 million to 2.6 million in the last 50 years. Genetics play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes, however, such an increase cannot be attributed to genetics alone. The experts believe that the rise is most likely attributed in the most to diet, obesity and sedentary lifestyle.

Figures suggest that the risk of developing the condition increases progressively the heavier you become. Obese people are up to 80 times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than those who maintain a healthy weight.



You might be feeling frustrated or angry or just scared. From our clinical experience we can reassure you that diabetes doesn’t have to stop you from leading the life you want. Nor does it mean you’ll have other serious health problems in the future. With careful management you can control the condition and ensure it doesn’t control you. Many of our patients continue to stay healthy, active and live a full life many years after the a type 2 diabetes diagnosis.

When you were diagnosed, your GP probably referred you to an education programme for people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, who then explained the most important aspects of managing your condition.

You may not have to take any medications yet or you may have been prescribed diabetes medication or insulin to keep your blood glucose level stable.

Learning to manage your diabetes takes time, patience and effort. You might still feel that there is too much information and it is all still too confusing and that it would be very helpful if somebody just gave you more tailored advice. At ACE Diets we can work with you to develop a tailor-made dietary management and lifestyle programme and answer all the questions you may still have about your type 2 diabetes.

*ACE diets is not a replacement of the care you are currently receiving from your Doctor and your Diabetes Care Team, but a complimentary private service to enhance your existing knowledge of the condition and its management.



Pre-diabetes is characterised by the presence of a higher than normal blood glucose level but which is below the diabetic levels. It is also  closely related to obesity. If untreated, pre-diabetes usually develops into type 2 diabetes.

The good news is that research trials have shown the onset of type 2 diabetes could be prevented, or significantly delayed, by losing weight and increasing physical activity. See the evidence from Finnish Diabetes Prevention Study  (Lancet, 2006)

If you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes (e.g. Impaired Blood Glucose Tolerance), and you would like to get tailor-made dietary advice and more detailed information about how to reduce the risks of developing type 2 diabetes, please contact us.

You can access ACE diets one-to-one clinic or you may like to join one of ACE diets Lifestyle groups.



To find out what are your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by completing Diabetes UK RISK SCORE.

The key factors of increased risk are

  • Obesity
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Family history of diabetes
  • High blood pressure and high cholesterol
  • Increased age
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome

If you are at an increased risk and would like to get an advice on how to minimize your chances of developing type 2 diabetes then please contact us to find out how we can help. You can access ACE diets’ one-to-one clinic or you may like to join one of ACE diets Lifestyle groups.



Our media and press are full of conflicting and confusing advice on what makes up a healthy diet. One will tell you to cut the carbs, another to cut out fat, another not to eat at all after 6pm or yet another will tell you to follow a strict detox and cleansing diet. Another will tell you to take various supplements or eat special super foods.

It is well known that healthy eating and regular exercise will make you feel and look better and improve your quality of life. Research shows that healthy eating may help you to avoid the development of various diseases, such as:

  • heart disease
  • diabetes
  • cancer
  • osteoporosis

Food can also be used as a medicine having a health-promoting or disease-preventing property beyond the basic function of supplying nutrients.

Our requirements for essential nutrients change over our lifetimes. As we get older the absorption of various minerals and vitamins become more difficult, which may cause deficiencies. If you have been suffering from some long-term illness or have led a stressful life, you may also have higher demands for some vitamins and minerals. People often believe that taking a vitamin supplement is enough to counteract an unhealthy diet. However, it has been shown that the vitamins and minerals within foods are better absorbed by the body than those in pill form. In addition, some vitamins and minerals compete for absorption, so, by taking high quantities of one nutrient, you may become deficient in another. Therefore the best option is to eat a healthy balanced diet and use vitamin supplements only on your doctors or dietitians advice. Luckily each vitamin and mineral is found in a variety of sources, so, even if you dislike a particular food, there is usually an alternative.

Your body needs a vast range of nutrients, some of them in large amounts but others in minute amounts, to function properly. No single type of food can provide all of them, therefore we need to eat a balanced diet.

Fact: It’s estimated that up to 30% of deaths from coronary heart disease are due to unhealthy diets.

The Eatwell plate represents the five different food groups in the proportions you should eat them, for a healthy, balanced diet.

The basic rules of balanced diet are:

  • Eat a variety of foods from each group, including at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day
  • Base meals on starchy foods such as bread, pasta, rice or potatoes. Choose wholegrain varieties
  • Choosing low-fat versions of meat or other protein
  • Eat two portions of fish each week, one of which should be oily



ACE diets Specialist Dietitians can analyse your diet and make suggestions to improve it to improve your health. A dietitian will work together with you to develop your individual plan that is not just balanced and nutritionally adequate, but also suits your food preferences and your lifestyle.


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