Tuesday 15 October 2013

My Diet Chef journey

I posted before that I have been trying out the products and plan from Diet Chef over the last couple of months. I have to be honest and say that I've not really had any long stretches following the plan completely. My life is so up in the air at the moment that dieting is one of the last things on my mind.  I know perhaps it should be higher up the list but things like getting my children settled in their new school, making sure my husband is happy in his new role and making friends here have taken priority.

I have enjoyed the Diet Chef products in the main and I'd love to be able to buy some of them individually and include them as part of a healthy eating plan in the future but at the moment that is not the way they are sold.

My personal food hit list -
  • All of the breakfast cereals - especially the Luxury museli and Pink apple & cinnamon Granola
  • Chicken mulligatawny soup (in fact most of the soups have been good and filling)
  • Mild tikka masala, chicken curry and chicken korma
  • Both the pork and beef meatballs
  • Fruit oat biscuits and berry oat biscuits (especially with slices of cheese and apple on the side!)
How good do these pork meatballs look?

My personal food miss list -
  • The lunchtime milkshakes (they weren't terrible but just not as nice as other meal replacement shakes I have had before)
  • The salt and sweet popcorn (I expected to love this but the sugar is powdery and does not adhere to the popcorn, so sadly I did not)
Over the last three weeks I've lost about 1/2 stone and I'm pleased with that, it means I'm not losing weight too quickly and this hopefully means it will stay off for longer.

What I like about the Diet Chef Plan
  • It does not try to sell itself as a quick fix, you still take in about 1200-1500 calories a day and weight loss is suggested at about 1-2lbs per week
  • There is a great variety of meal items to choose from
  • You still get to eat foods from all the foods groups every day and this allows you to develop habits which can be maintained for life
  • Delivery of the products to your house is convenient and means that you need to do minimal shopping for your fresh items, like fruit, veg and diary
  • It really helps you to see how big a portion should be and whilst eating portion controlled meals your stomach starts to shrink to expect that size
I was pleased to find though that I was having roughly the right amount of porridge though, it was quite an interesting exercise to weight out the food I would normally eat and compare it to the Diet Chef prepared meals and suggested portion sizes for things like pasta and rice.

My first post about Diet Chef was quite comprehensive, so if you want to know more about the plan and how it works then I'd suggest having a read of that.  As I mentioned in that post I won't be buying the Diet Chef monthly plan on an ongoing basis as I have the time to be preparing home-cooked meals but I do think it is good for perhaps a single working person who needs an easy, no fuss solution to help them lose weight.

I noticed that a blogger friend has also undertaken a month on the Diet Chef plan and you can check out her reviews and a video about her time on the plan over at Inside the Wendy House.

If you want to find out more about Diet Chef, you can –

Check out their webpages

If you find you are spurred on by reading others success stories then do have a look as they have loads and I do like looking at before and after photos.

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Disclosure: I was provided with 4 weeks of food for the purpose of this review. They have not instructed me what to write and I remain honest.
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