It’s been a long, cold Winter and those cold, grey and even snowy days have given me the excuse to have a few months of uncontrollable comfort eating. It may be freezing cold outside, so what better than to snuggle up in front of the TV with a tube of Pringles (any flavour will do – thanks!) And that cold weather meant that I needed more fat to keep me warm 😉 so a great excuse to indulge in my all time favourite cake – Gregg’s Fresh Cream Doughnuts! Unfortunately, like the weather, my comfort eating didn’t happen just on one or two days but since last Autumn and I may as well just have cut out the middle man and strapped all of those Doughnuts around my waist because that’s where they have gone …….. my waist, thighs and bottom!
So with Spring just around the corner and my clothes weeping every time I squidge myself in to them, it’s time to lose those unwanted few kilos.
After seeing a great Wowcher Diet Chef offer I have decided to give it a try and just in case like me you need to get rid of a pound or two before you shimmy on the beach in your bikini, here’s my review on Diet Chef.
Diet Chef have lots of plans that you can order through their website direct. You can choose from a 4 week, 8 week or 12 week plan. It’s important to note that all Diet Chef meal plans ordered through their site are on an auto-renewing subscription service so check out all the details before ordering.
As I ordered my one month Diet Chef plan through Wowcher, I received a one month Diet Chef Hamper with no subscription. It includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a Snack for 20 Days at a cost of £69.00. They also have a 28 Days Offer at £99.00 (Check the Wowcher Diet Chef link and also the Diet Chef website for their plans and special offers).
So what arrived at my front door? On opening the box I was really impressed with the portion sizes, amounts of calories in the food and amount of food allocated for each day. Apart from the food, also included in the box was a Protein Shaker Bottle, a Core Plan Leaflet and an “All You Need to Know” Booklet. Both the leaflet and booklet are filled with really useful information and tips on what to add to your meals as to the basic meals you add allowed amounts of dairy, fruit and vegetables. It also advises on calories in drinks and restaurant foods and the lower calorie options on days when you aren’t sticking to the Diet Chef Plan.
Before starting they advise you to work out your daily calorie allowance by filling in a BMI Profile which is on the Diet Chef homepage or app. The calorie allowance for a steady weight loss is usually higher but I am allowing myself 1000 calories a day. I am taking a day off at the end of the week and also the 4 days of Easter. (Without going too crazy I hasten to add 🙂 ) My whiteboard is currently covered with meals and their total calories – including my day off tomorrow.
And now to the important bit – what is the food like? Is it tasty and satisfying?
YES! There is a huge choice of different breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks. I’m more limited because I’m vegetarian and I can see it becoming a bit monotonous but because you add vegetables/salads to the dinners, I can add some extra variety with those.
There is some calorie counting involved as to the basic meals you add your dairy, fruit, vegetables and drinks but even with my 1000 calorie a day limit, it hasn’t been difficult to have really enjoyable, tasty meal times. After a long time yesterday in a supermarket checking the calories in lots of different salad dressings, cans of pulses and vegetables, I managed to make a really tasty and huge salad to go with my Diet Chef Mushroom Pasta and together with my Carrot and Coriander Diet Chef soup, I was stuffed.
All the meals and snacks can be kept in a cupboard and there is no need to refrigerate. The main meals don’t exactly look hugely inviting in their pre-cooked state but once heated up I have found the soups and main meals really tasty. The snacks and breakfasts are good too.
So if like me you need to lose that doughnut from your waistline – take a look a Diet Chef. I have enjoyed all my meals so far and I haven’t felt hungry at the end of the day. I’ve increased my healthier eating choices by incorporating more fruit and vegetables and learnt that I don’t need a huge plate of food to feel satisfied. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I hadn’t fancied some chocolate or crisps but that’s not because I’m hungry, I just fancy some junk food.
I’ll let you know how I got on and my final weight loss amount when I’ve finished my 20 Day Plan.