Over the last few weeks I have been trialing some of the diet chef range to share my thoughts on breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks from their monthly meal plan menu.
I love the idea of picking your meals and having them all planned out for a month. Calorie controlled meal plan leaves you not having to worry about eating too much and takes the stress out of dieting.
I can see how the diet would be more suited to people who are not on a budget, work full time so have little time to plan meals in advance and people who are always on the go especially around meal times.
I have enjoyed trying all the breakfasts, I tried most of the range, they are all very tasty. The lunches I picked a wide variety too, but when you are ordering over the Internet its hard to imagine what you are picking for a month when you have never tried the food.
I missed the milkshakes which I would have had fun adding lots of fruit to, I ordered way to much soup I had never tried the flavours before and should have ordered more of the protein bars. They were so yummy especially the vanilla ones. I could live on these, they were very tasty and filling.
The meals are very tasty, full of flavour but I did have a issue with them not being kept in the fridge, with a cupboard shelve life of around a year.
What I have realised on the Diet Chef diet.
How much food do I really eat?
Just a large breakfast can nearly take most of my calories for the day!!
Putting less cereal into your bowl and add fruit, (strawberries or chopped banana are my favourites) can be better for you, less calories, more filling and much more fun. Try adding lots of berries, they brighten up any breakfast and are really good for you.
Giving up cups of tea, so no hot drink to dip a few biscuits in and drink more water to fill you up in between meals. Water is great for your body and a cup of tea always leads me to having half a pack of biscuits
Run, run run!! or start something fun exercise, Zumba, yoga or a fitness class helps you to burn the calories and give you more change of eating a little of what you fancy. If I run around 6 miles a day I get around a extra 600 calories. If I could run 10 miles a day I would never have to worry about my diet !!
I am happy with my progress, although school holidays, days out and weekends away is not the best time to trail a diet. I’m sure I would have done loads better in September!! when the children are at school an not being tempted to the dark side of fast food and cakes!!! The first week I started I lost 3 lb, this week I have only lost a lb but 4lb in 2 weeks is great and what is predicted. I would say you will defiantly lose at least 2 lb a week if you stick to the calorie controlled diet.
The protein bars were my favourite and all of the breakfast were lovely too.
For me as a stay at home mum, who plans our weekly meals on a budget, the diet is not really for me, more than a little out of my price range.£250.00 a month is a lot of money for me to spend on food just for myself, when I do have 5 others to cook for. Also as a runner,who runs most days and always training up for a race, I burn around 1,000 calories a day so I do also have to add lots of calories to the diet from food I would have to buy or using the diet chef meals as extra, the diet would only last me just under 3 weeks.
Have you tried the Diet Chef meals? Have you lost weight? What do you think of food? Love to hear your thoughts on the diet….
About this review-
I got sent a months supply of food to try out for the purpose of this review. I got asked to do one post, but all my thoughts on the diet would be better spread over 4 posts. I have not been paid for this post and all thoughts are my own honest opinion.