Klinio Diet: Reviews, Cost, Foods, and More – Everyday Health

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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.
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.
When it comes to diabetes programs, there are a variety of options to choose from. Weighing both the perks and drawbacks of the plan before committing to a subscription can save you effort and money, and help you find the plan that best aligns with your goals. Here’s what you need to know about the Klinio diet.
With guidance, a shopping list, and progress tracking, the app can help you stay on track toward your goals.
Some experts question the long-term results, the lack of research, and the focus on body change.
Overall, the Klinio diet may give you the tools you need as a beginner to make food choices that will support blood sugar management. That said, an app doesn’t know you — even if it claims to.
Despite a lack of research, the Klinio diet may support your goals in the following ways.
According to about 1,200 reviews of the Klinio diet on Trustpilot, the program receives a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars, on average. Reviewers have praised the diet for a variety of food and meal choices offered, quick results, its motivational daily check-in messages, as well as ease of use with the app.
People who were unhappy with Klinio said they did not like the time commitment needed for tracking food and their blood sugar, as well as the time needed for food preparation. Unhappy customers also noted that it was difficult to get a refund for the program, and were offered a 50 percent refund instead of a full refund.
The Klinio diet app is available in a two-, four-, or six-month membership. Here’s how the price breaks down:
When signing up, the company entices you with a special offer to save 33 percent off a six-month membership, bringing that cost to $66. If you delay signing up, the company will continue to send emails to try to entice your subscription. In the last email the author of this story received, the company offered a six-month subscription for $6.50 per month ($39 total). In addition, the book and supplements, which you purchase after you sign up for the app, may incur an additional cost. But that information is not readily available on the website.
One of the perks of the Klinio plan is that the app provides plenty of meal and food options, so you can choose based on your likes and dislikes. You’ll also focus on eating mostly whole, unprocessed foods (see the food and shopping list below).
According to the Klinio blog, the personalized meal plan takes into account your allergies and food preferences, as well as the number of meals and snacks you like to eat. (They offer an option of three to five meals and snacks per day.) They’ve also provided an example plan on their blog for someone who has type 2 diabetes and is looking to lose weight and improve their blood pressure and cholesterol.
Day 1
Breakfast Greek yogurt and fruit
Lunch Chicken and avocado wrap
Snack Peanut butter toast
Dinner Fruit smoothie
Total calories: 884
Day 2
Breakfast Overnight oats and fruit
Lunch Turkey tortilla wrap
Snack Rice cakes topped with avocado and egg
Dinner Fruit smoothie
Total calories: 1,087
Day 3
Breakfast Grilled cheese
Lunch Turkey kebab with veggies and egg
Snack Fruit smoothie
Dinner Zucchini parmesan
Total calories: 1,341
You’ll be preparing most of your food on the Klinio diet. Here’s what you might go shopping for.
The diet recommends 30 minutes of exercise per day, though this amount can be broken up into smaller increments of 5 to 15 minutes. That’s in line with recommendations from the CDC, which stipulates a goal of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week, in addition to two days of resistance exercise. The CDC also notes that this duration can be divided into smaller chunks, if that’s what helps you get the exercise done.
The app provides workouts to choose from, or you can pursue the activities you like, such as running, biking, or swimming.
Interested in giving the Klinio diet a try? Here’s what you need to know.
If you’re considering dramatically changing your diet — even if the plan you choose involves making more healthful food choices — you still need to let your doctor know first. This is especially important if you’re managing diabetes. In this case, your healthcare team can work with you to monitor your blood sugar and make adjustments to medications, because weight loss can affect your dosage. “I love when patients first ask me about the diet plans they’re considering. I can help guide them by providing concrete data so they can make the decision that’s best for them,” says Narang. Likewise, if you’ve been sedentary and are going to start to exercise on Klinio, ask how you can best ease into movement to avoid injury.
The first step is to determine your goals and develop a plan. You’ll do that with the “Take Quiz” button at the top right corner of the homepage.
You can’t follow a Klinio diet plan without the app. Choose the subscription duration that’s realistic for you and is in your budget. You can renew for as long as you want.
This allows you to see how your meals and snacks affect your glucose levels.
Get acquainted with your grocery store or your grocery delivery service, and start learning how to make the meals and snacks Klinio recommends for you. Make a note of your favorites and return to those often.
You can start off with one of the workouts they say is geared toward beginners, or try a 10-minute walk around your neighborhood, office, or a local park.
This is one of your first stops on this diet journey. Here, you’ll find general information about the program and its products, along with their blog, which gets into foods that are recommended (and those that are not).
American Diabetes Association
The ADA is one of the most important online resources for research-backed guidance on living with diabetes. To get advice about diabetes management, what to eat, and recipes to make, as well as resources that make insulin more affordable, go straight to the ADA.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
For a resource on living with diabetes, this page is a go-to for all your questions. Learn about creating a diabetes care schedule, managing sick days, and lifestyle changes that will help better manage your blood sugar.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
There’s a lot of info out there about how to lose weight, but the NIDDK has a hub that provides everything you need to begin in a healthy and sustainable way. Links on the page include a Body Weight Planner tool, information to understand overweight and obesity, how to choose a weight loss program, as well as nutrition and activity tips.
The Klinio diet is an app-based program designed for weight loss and diabetes management that provides a meal plan, a grocery shopping list, beginner workouts, and progress tracking to help you meet your goals. While the company itself says its users have success in both weight loss and decreasing their A1C, there are no published studies on the Klinio diet. Klinio sells a fiber-based supplement, but the experts interviewed for this story recommend skipping that part of the plan, noting that it’s likely a waste of money. Talk to your doctor before you make changes to your diet and exercise routine.
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