What I liked most about Diet Chef is that they have worked it all out for you. They have calculated the 1,200 calories. I didn't want to try out a faddy diet where it was shakes and what not (although you can chose a shake from their lunchtime option should you wish). Some of the breakfast options were porridge, muesli bars and granola. I have to say I loved the granola. The portions are measured out - my favorite was the treacle and pecan one. I didn't add milk as I don't like soggy cereal (but that's just me!). I wished I had ordered more to be honest. I could happily eat granola everyday. So breakfast got the thumbs up. I would usually have a banana and yogurt.
|My favorite breakfast - treacle and pecan granola - this was 40g in a packet. All the weighing done for you. I'm pretty sure most people would eat double the amount if they didn't correctly weigh it|
Now lunch was either soup or pasta for me as, like I said, I don't like milkshakes and I didn't want to do anything that resemble a slim fast type of diet. I really enjoyed all the soups. My friend commented that they smelt like a fancy brand one and I have to say the sweet potato and coconut was the business. I would add a slice of wholegrain or multiseeded bread with it.
|The sweet potato and coconut soup was delicious|
There were oat type snack bars I could have but I also had fruit. For dinner, I had an array of meals - there was a wide range to choose from. I think I was quite lazy with the meals at dinner time. I didn't really add much to them i.e fresh vegtables.
|Beef in Ale - this was lovely with potatoes included|
So would I recommend Diet Chef? Yes I would. If you want someone to calculate 1,200 calories and have it delivered to your door then its ideal. Here are the pros and cons (as there are some too) for this diet:-
- Someone has worked out your calorie allowance for the day including how much sugar, fat etc is in each meal.
- The meals do not have to be stored in the fridge - they are vacuumed packed so can say in the cupboard.
- Its not that expensive when you think you've got all your food covered for the month (their latest offer is £100 for 4 weeks) and if you are going to a slimming club you have to pay to weigh in and buy certain foods they recommend. How much would you spend on eating take-aways, nights out etc - £100 in the grand scheme of things isn't a lot.
- Diet Chef is on My Fitness Pal - I loved this - so I could double check my calories and what I could add i.e bread, vegtables etc.
- Its not faddy - no pills, no starving - just calorie counting.
- You will lose weight
- If you think you're not eating that much and can't understand why you're not losing weight this is a perfect reality check. We all eat too much.
- If you are going out for the day - having a soup or even adding hot water to pasta isn't ideal. Also if it is hot weather you may not fancy soup/pasta for lunch. In those incidents I would say take a plain sandwich.
- I did miss eating food in its natural form e.g cooking a piece of chicken and eating differently from the rest of the family. Having said this, if I was having the diet chef sweet and sour chicken I would make the same for the rest of the family.
- This would probably just apply to me. I don't usually cook with garlic, lots of spices etc - my kids are a nightmare for normal food as is my husband. He noticed my breath was more onion and spice related. If you have a normal food eating partner then you'll be fine. Nothing that couldn't be sorted with chewing gum.
- Some days you won't fancy following the diet - however, this is universal with any diet is it not!
I was given a 28 trail food hamper by Diet Chef free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All my views are my own and absolutely honest.