Towards the end of 2011 I was lucky enough to be asked to try out Diet Chef, a weight loss programme that provides you with all the meals and info that you need to create a healthy diet plan. I found it a really interesting approach to weight loss and perhaps something that may work for you if you are planning those pesky new years diets or healthy eating resolutions!
Here’s some more info about Diet Chef, keep reading below for my review and full thoughts…
The only proven way to lose weight is to use up more calories than you eat. It’s that simple – and that difficult! Diet Chef brings you healthy, great tasting food that will make it as easy as possible for you to stick to your diet.
Diet Chef comes in 1200 calorie a day hampers (mainly for women) and 1500 calorie a day hampers (mainly for men) so you will be eating 800 calories a day less than you burn.You also get ‘All you need to know’, a 48 page guide to the diet covering how the diet works, drinks, fruit & vegetables, exercise, help for eating out, days off, maintenance once you’ve lost the weight and lots of hints and tips to keep you going.
As a customer you will also get access to lively forums, where you can chat to other people losing weight with Diet Chef. It’s a great place to get support and tips from people who really understand.
What to do:
Order easily online or via telephone.
Select your personalised hamper to suit your needs and tastes
We will deliver it to you within 2-3 working days
Have it delivered to the most convenient address
Free 48 page diet guide
Just store the food in the cupboard
Microwave in 2-3 minutes or on the hob
Add your own fresh fruit and vegetables
Enjoy a delicious chef prepared meal
What I loved about Diet Chef is how easy it is to use. It is definitely the busy girl’s dream diet. Most of the meals can be popped straight in the microwave and are ready in just a few minutes. They taste lovely and not at all how I expected and sometimes it was great just to not have to worry about planning my next meal or calorie counting as for the most part, all of that is already done for you!
The meals arrive in microwaveable packs and you add your own fresh fruit and veg. This works REALLY well for me as I’m a bit of a fresh salad, fruit and veg addict. If you choose something like broccoli or peas for your veg with any of the meals you will find that they actually cook in the same time (5 minutes ish) as the main. In fact, most veg would be fine as long as you like it al dente, which I love.
I must admit, I was quite dubious about this at first though. The idea of eating microwaved meals daily just didn’t appeal but as soon as I tried the first one I was proved wrong. They don’t taste cardboardy or bland (with the tiny exception of a couple, mentioned below) they are packed with flavour and the portions are just enough to fill you up. I have heard some people being a little shocked about the size of the muesli packs and yes they are small portions but give them a go as I promise they do fill you up! You can even have a piece of fresh fruit chopped up with it or on the side if you like and there are also other alternatives like delicious breakfast bars and porridge. The snacks are great and I love the sweet maple popcorn.
The quality of the food is generally good, the soups are delicious, hearty and filling, the main meals are packed with flavour and there is a good selection on offer. The only meals I had any issue with, taste and quality wise were the lasagne and cottage pie meals. I’m not sure if it was just me, but they didn’t taste as full of flavour as some of the others and I just wasn’t a fan. Tell me if you’ve had a different experience though as I’m sure everyone’s taste buds are different.
All in all Diet Chef is going to be perfect for a lot of people due to its ease and flexibility. It may not suit everyone, especially those who enjoy cooking and don’t mind taking 20 mins extra to whip up a main meal themselves but for those on the go, living alone or just needing some brilliant motivation and help sticking to their diet then Diet Chef could prove a real godsend.
Check it out in full detail with prices, delivery info and more here: www.dietchef.co.uk