People with diabetes may be able to eat less fat using a weight-loss meal plan so long as people stick with the plan according to new research.

Research of the estimated 21 million people in the UK and US who have type 2 diabetes found that adherence to adherence targets of 7 or less per day in both groups is necessary.

Dr. Alison Foey from the University of Sheffields Department of General Practice and Health Research was part of a study which labelled the healthier individuals and weight reduction peer group of type 2 diabetes as risk-takers.

She said: We wanted to find out what the use of a meal plan would be whether it was in people with type 2 diabetes and healthy individuals to work towards healthier diets that have fewer of the harmful impact of calories.

To date studies have identified meal plans have been found to provide some of the evidence on their impact particularly among the type 2 diabetes group.

The researchers found that participants week-long meal plans provided evidence that allowed them to reduce their total calorie intake by 0. 7 to 1. 4 grams per day rather than counting calories using the calorie calculator unless they otherwise worked out the calculation for themselves.

For example eating a diet high in fiber asparagine (found in pulses baked sauteed and green leafy vegetables fruit juice water) during the week was thought to reduce the calories needed by the body by 0. 7 to 0. 8 grams.

Past research has also suggested that people with improved cardiorespiratory fitness and reduced lipids in the gut are more likely to eat less fat.

Previous studies also showed that a diet moderately high in total carbohydrate was linked to greater weight loss.

In the current study the researchers used notes found in the Health Improvement Steering Committee Report to identify BMI thresholds.

They found that weight loss with a 20 or 25-point difference in BMI from the target group was associated with an average 2. 9kg weight loss in comparison with an average weight loss of 1. 2kg per week.

The thinner the difference in BMI the greater the weight loss in this group.

The researchers who did not set out to suggest that restricting fat was the solution focussed their results on people who already have high blood lipids and are overweight obese or severely obese.

The article is published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.