It doesn’t have to be January for there to be diet buzz. And a diet doesn’t have to be all about weight loss to get attention. Several programs are now targeting diabetes management with a side of weight loss. That makes sense: One in 10 Americans have diabetes (most of them type 2), and more than one in three have prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For people with type 2 diabetes, weight loss, especially with the growing use of newer medications like semaglutide (Ozempic), is an increasing focus of treatment, as a press release detailing the American Diabetes Association’s 2023 Standards of Care notes.
Of course, eating habits can make a difference in weight, too.
The Klinio diet is one eating approach people with diabetes who are looking to lose weight may consider. Klinio was developed in 2019, according to the founding company, Kilo.Health. The program claims 180,000 active subscribers from 192 countries. So, what’s behind the hype? Here’s what you need to know about the diet, including pros and cons to keep in mind and how to get started if you think this plan might be what you need to manage your weight and blood sugar.
What Is the Klinio Diet?
The Klinio diet is a program geared toward helping people better manage prediabetes or type 1 or 2 diabetes and lose weight. There are three main parts to the program.
Klinio diet app The app is Klinio’s flagship product, and it provides personalized calorie and macronutrient goals and a customized meal plan to help you lower your blood sugar and lose weight. You can also log your physical activity, follow their no-equipment beginner workouts, and track your progress, according to the website.
Supplements Klinio Weight Loss Fuel is a fiber-rich drink powder mix in a strawberry lemonade flavor designed to lower cholesterol, decrease hunger, and accelerate weight loss. You are instructed to take the supplement one to two hours before your first or last meal.
Book The Klinio diet offers a Diabetes Management Cookbook & Guide.
Klinio’s website says that you don’t have to have diabetes to use Klinio. Anyone who wants to lose weight might try it. The app would give you a choice between a moderate-carb diet, a ketogenic diet, or a 28-day no-junk-food challenge. If you have diabetes, the Klinio website walks you through how to choose your plan. For example, they do not recommend following a ketogenic diet if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, are at risk for disordered eating, or have renal disease. The two other diets offered do not have any restrictions, but the company does suggest you speak with your doctor first.