'An emotional and physical rollercoaster': Harrogate woman takes part in extreme ITV series

Tracey Ward
Tracey Ward

A Harrogate woman says she is now in remission from type two diabetes after taking part in ITV’s series, The Fast Fix Diabetes.

Tracey Ward lived on a strict liquid-only diet of just 800 calories a day for eight weeks as part of the TV experiment.

The regime was carried out with other participants at a clinic in Sussex under the supervision of Dr Zoe Williams, who appears on ITV’s This Morning, and Prof Jason Gill, a leading name in the prevention of type two diabetes.

Tracey said: “I was diagnosed with type two diabetes back in 2017 and saw an advert online asking for people to come forward that had recently been diagnosed with type two diabetes. It stopped me in my tracks because I had just been diagnosed and the medication I was given was making me feel quite ill.

“At that time I thought I had nothing to lose so I applied. Once the filming started, the education and learning about the disease and its complications started, and then I realised just how lucky I was to have been given this opportunity; a second chance. Diabetes kills - it doesn’t get more serious than that.

“We were filmed every day all day, and we were on an emotional and physical rollercoaster ride, and one that we had to stay on. My tastes have completely changed now with regards to food.”

Tracey has lost nearly three stone in weight, and she has also just published her new book, It’s Not Rocket Science: Reverse Your Type 2 Diabetes And Be A Better Version Of Yourself.

Tracey said: “It is a good idea to talk to your GP about any diet. Because a lot of doctors are currently unaware of the effect of ketosis diets and very low calorie diets on diabetes.”

Read more about Tracey’s book and experiences by visiting her lifestyle blog: www.traceyward.me