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Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Diet Chef Review

Diets can be a very complicated business as you try to choose suitable food, count calories, negotiate tricky recipes, cook separate meals for yourself, measure out portions and try to keep your meals interesting.  It's easy to get bored, begin obsessing about calories or feel like you are missing out on something. No wonder so many diets fail!

Diet Chef is an online company that does all the work for you so you don't have to worry about the numbers or even think about what you need to cook.  Providing a calorie-counted, portion controlled breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack everyday, they take all the effort and thought out of dieting. You just need to pick your meal choices from over 100 dishes on the website which are then delivered straight to your door in a monthly hamper.  At just £6.43 a day, a Diet Chef plan costs little more than grabbing a latte and a muffin at a coffee shop or buying lunch out.  

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Diet Chef wants to make busy mums across the UK feel good about themselves and their bodies by providing a nutritious, healthy affordable and convenient meal plan. When I was offered the chance to trial a month of Diet Chef meals as a way of giving me a boost this summer, I was all too happy to take part. I have struggled recently with my weight as I was eating a lot of high calorie foods in an attempt to boost my energy and keep me awake.  I was permanently tired and lethargic and after a bad dizzy spell and some bouts of breathlessness I went for a blood test which showed I had anaemia.  I've been given iron which has improved my condition.  I am no longer feeling exhausted all the time and I have energy again.  However the result of eating rubbish and doing nothing for months has taken its toll on my body. A month long diet plan is exactly what I need to feel good about myself again!

As a vegetarian, I wondered how appropriate the Diet Chef plan would be to me, but I needn't have worried.  There are lots of veggie options for both lunch and dinner including soups, shakes, curries, pasta dishes, salads, risotto and chilli. It was easy to pick out 28 breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks.  The variety will ensure I don't get bored eating the same thing everyday. I was honestly impressed by the range.

Ordering is easy and I found the customer service by phone and email to be good and the delivery quick.

The food is all prepared by their chefs and comes in long life packaging which means they do not need to be refrigerated.  This makes it easy to pop a lunch into your bag to take with you if you are away from home. It's all very convenient, when it comes to the meals, you simply heat and eat.

Breakfasts consist of granola, a breakfast bar, muesli or porridge.  Pink Apple and Cinnamon Granola or Vanilla and Banana Porridge make the day start well!  I add low fat yogurt to the granola. Lunch can be a hearty soup, a shake or a pasta salad.  I was extremely impressed with the varieties of veggie soup: Minestrone, Butternut Squash, Carrot & Butternut or Parsnip and Chilli to name a few.  The variety of dinners really impressed me.  Trays or pouches of calorie counted and portion controlled Macaroni Cheese, Veggie Korma, Mushroom Stroganoff, Spelt Rissoto or Tarka Dal will keep me very satisfied.  I just add a portion of vegetables, rice or salad to bulk out the meal.  It's so easy.  So far I have had two days of meals and everything has been very nice and tasty.

I'm not a big one for snacking when I'm on a diet but to know I have some cereal bars, popcorn and oat bite snacks on hand in case I ever get the urge is very reassuring.  A portion of fruit, a handful of nuts or some carrot sticks are also good for snacking.

If you follow the plan you consume 1200 calories a day (plus any extras for the vegetables, fruit, salad, drinks etc. that you add.)  This will lead to a healthy 2 lb a week weightloss.  The health benefits of even a 10% weightloss are enormous.

I really like not having to think about my food.  It's all here, ready to eat.  I know that if I stick to the plan I'll be half a stone lighter by the end.  It really is very easy and a good way to lose a few pounds ahead of a special occasion.  Diet Chef literally does all the work for you making it easy to diet however busy you are.

I'll keep you posted on my progress!


Website: http://www.dietchef.co.uk   

3 comments:

  1. Jill Stan Jones7 August 2013 10:43

    I am so pleased that you had your condition (tiredness and breathlessness) diagnosed and are now feeling so much better. The Dietchef sounds the perfect answer to keeping you fit and, at the same time losing those extra pounds that you probably accumulated when you were anaemic and eating sugary foods. I am proud that you are now taking care of your body and will, hopefully, feel so much better about yourself. xxx

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  2. *just* £6.43 per day? Holy moly, that's not cheap at all. I spend less than per week in the supermarket buying food for a family of four!


    That's my main problem with Diet Chef. The other is that it doesn't teach you to build long term habits because of what you see as its main advantage ie that you don't have to think about what to eat and everything is provided. It's a diet so it's not seen as long term. At some point, you will stop and then what? You'll have to learn a new way of eating healthily without the meals.


    I'm not saying you will be successful but I don't see that it will help you break the diet cycle.

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  3. Hi Kate, thanks for commenting. I personally think this plan works best as a short term, no-brainer way of losing a few pounds in the run up to a special occasion or event. Nothing beats education, nutritional understanding and making long term lifestyle changes, but sometimes a quick fix helps put you back on track, re-educates your stomach to recognise hunger and fullness and reminds you of how big portions need to be.
    The cost is more than I would usually spend on myself in a regular week's shopping, but is equivalent to other diet plans with weekly meetings or milkshakes etc to pay for.
    I am for now enjoying not having to think about what I eat and will be happy to shed the extra half a stone for the purpose of this review!

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