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I decided to have a go at diet chef when I spotted an offer online, as this is quite a pricey diet plan.
I was tempted by diet chef due to being a very lazy person (yes I'll admit it) and I would never have succeeded with a diet that needed specific recipes, points counting and a strict regime. So I decided to splash out, and pop it on my credit card!
I did 4 months of diet chef, and I did lose weight, about a stone overall.
You pick all your meals online, and there really is a vast amount to chose from, for all tastes and eating habits. Your meals are split into 4:
Breakfast - consists of cereal bars, thick soft cookies (my favorite), porridge, museli, and ceral bars.
Lunch - Mainly soups, and a few pasta cup meals. The pesto pasta cup was my favorite, but each time I went to order online all the pasta cups were out of stock. When I complained to customer service as my plan seemed to coincide with low stock times, they sent me out pasta pots of all flavours once they were back in stock on top of my plan.
Dinner - Lots and lots of ready meals and meals in pouches. My favorite was beef goulash, beef in ale and sausage in onion gravy.
Snacks - The snacks were the best, very strong flavoured and moreish, they really were like real snacks (no need for carrot sticks) Chocolate biscuits, large bags of popcorn in various flavours, cheesy oat biscuits, paprika crisps and many more!
Each meal was pretty much complete, but you could add rice, salad or bread in small portions to meals such as curry and stew.
The beef was brilliant quality, very melt in your mouth, but the chicken was not! The chicken curry sauce tasted great, but the chicken was a lower standard than your ready meal, dark, pre-frozen style chicken that didn't look at all like chicken.
I complained to customer service that the chicken in some meals were perfect, and in others, terrible. Apparently they have different sources for different meals and there was nothing they could do!
You receive a book with your first pack which includes tips on what you can pair up with your meals, and the best thing to order when eating out, or what to cook if you have guests.
Alongside your diet plan you have an online profile, where you can track your weight loss and goals. When you reach certain weight loss goals, you also got a cute little bear symbolising each weight lost marker.
I did find this a very easy-to-use diet plan that I would try again if I had the money.
The only reason I stopped is because I became pregnant! All that weight loss for nothing :)
Well I started diet chef about three weeks ago. The food was tastey but little did I know may be it's the worms which were given the lovely flavour! Guess what, I found a WORM in my minstrone soup today! I contacted diet chef and was less than impressed with their response. I need to send back the worm and food at my own expense 'for analysis'. A photo apparently isn't good enough. I would avoid - god alone knows how many worms I've eaten and haven't seen. I'm so upset about this! Be careful, check your soup!!
I have tried Diet Chef for the last 2 weeks. My experience:
1- I was feeling hungry all the time, some times i eat additional snacks to fulfill my cravings & hunger
2- High sugar contents and low fibers and protein. this is why feeling hungry all the time.. simply it does not give you the full feeling after the meal.
3- High in sugar and sauces.. that what trigger migraine if you are migrainer
4- High in sugar that elevate Insulin.. high insulin levels may stop fat burning as the science said.
5- If you are diabetic or pre diabetic consult your physician before starting Diet Chef
6- To feel FULLER. I decided to add more protein and fiber to my diet by adding eggs whites and OatBran to my soups and breakfast, Plus vegetables and Fruits.
7- Most of the recipes taste good.
8- the portion quantity is very small.
9- If you are looking for a healthy food, DIET CHEF does not provide that kind of food. High sugar, low in Fiber Diet is not healthy.
I would not recommend Diet Chef to any one. I may try Go Lower after i finish what i have got from Diet Chef.
I had about 1 1/2 stones to lose and joined Dietchef in January to give it a try. I followed a 1200 calorie plan and have to say I didn't feel hungry. The food is good and feels like it's home made. In addition to the food they send you, you should add 2 portions of fruit, one portion of vegetables and 250 ml milk.
The first few days I followed that plan by the letter and felt a bit hungry on some days. When I calculated how many calories I was getting, I found that it was about 1000 calories or less. I went on their website and found out on the discussion board that you are supposed to add food to cover the extra 200 calories you are missing. To me that didn't make sense, as I was under the impression that with the 200 pounds I am paying for a month, I was supposed to get all the food I need for a day. Anyway I ended up adding either bread or rice fr 200 calories to dinner. I never felt hungry after that. On some days I even felt full and didn't believe I would lose any weight.
I stuck to their diet the first 5-6 weeks and lost about a stone. I had some of their food left and since then I have been mixing days where I eat their meals with days where I eat normal food (and sometimes indulge) and haven't gained any weight back (June).
The food doesn't need to be stored in the fridge and lunches and dinners come in pouches that you can just pop in the microwave. Heating the food up takes from 2-4 minutes. Use by dates are far in the future (around 6 months or so).
The website offers support as well with the discussion board and tools to find set weight lose goals and time limits.
delivery is free if subscribe for 2 months or more and costs about 4.95 otherwise. I find they never deliver on the day they state but it's not a problem for me as I don't have regular hours and can be home when I am expecting a hamper. Food comes in several cardboard boxes. One time dinners where packed in smaller boxes with about 10 in each and you can remove the top half making the food easier to store. Next time however it wasn't but I still had the boxes from before so I just re-used them.
There are 3 main categories: porridge, granola or Muesli cereal bars. Each come in 4-5 different flavours. I like porridge the most as it's more filling and I find theirs even better than Oat-so-simple. Granola is nice too especially the chocolate flavour but it has more calories and is less filling. I don't really like the Muesli bars and only ordered a couple to try but that's probably just me.
Lunch is basically soup. The have a lot of different soups and although I am not a big soup fan, I do enjoy them. Some have vegetable chunks in them which makes it feel more like a meal but all are nice. There are many vegetarian options but some have meat. They also have 4 flavours of milkshakes but I think soup is as far as I would go with a liquid lunch so I gave them a pass. I tried them once though and they are quite heavy.
Dinner is either a stew-like type or pasta. There are a few vegetarian options but not many. The lasagna is nice but smallish and they also have cottage and shepherd's pie. Meals with rice or pasta in them are more like the sauce with a little pasta or rice thrown in, you could almost miss it. The chicken paella is especially delicious although it smells like fish for some reason! The food tastes nice but I find the sauces to be a bit excessive compared to the vegetables or meat. I tend to pour some of it out and have it as a side soup or something. Although they have a lot of options it gets a bit boring after a while since the main categories of food are the same.
The popcorn is really nice and is a generous amount with only 100 calories. You can either choose salted, maple syrup or salt and vinegar. Salt and vinegar tasted horrible. The oat bites are nice and the cookies are ok. However, the snack bars were just awful.
I needed to postpone a delivery date once because I was going away. I didn't need to hold long and they were really nice and helpful. I called outside office hours so I was told I had to call the next day to change the date. I didn't have to call as they called me back the next day to confirm the change.
After trying a number of diets - and my husband's weight increasing and thus his snoring - we have both signed up to Diet Chef. We've both lost half a stone so far (five weeks) and are quite pleased, especially as we've had to eat out a few times with limited control over what we've had to eat and haven't done any extra exercise.
Don't be too put off by the outlay. We've saved money with less take aways and buying shopping that we don't get round to cooking and thus we've stopped throwing money away. If you use this voucher MYECE@GK you'll get £10 off at the checkout.
We've also saved time - it's very quick. Most meals 3 minutes so perfect after a long day at work.
We've envitably liked some meals more than others but it's easy to make changes in the website to your next order.
Neither of us have felt particular hungry except when meals are due although we weren't sure when we saw the size of the meals. It's certainly teaching us something about portion control.
Would recommend Diet Chef.
My daughter has been trying diet chef....The quality of the ingredients is awful; today she found a piece of vein/artery in her meal. Other meals have had gristle/fat in them. We are cancelling this dreadful quality rubbish.
I think the food is really good and it works as well but they have got an awful customer service. You can pre-order the hampers for a certain day which is important for me because I work full time so I can only order it for a Saturday.
I never received the goods for the day I ordered them, so I phoned them up and got told it would definitely arrive the next day. So I wasted another day to wait for the delivery which never turned up and I phoned again. This time they gave me a consignment number and promised that the goods will arrive the next day.
Indeed, something arrived the next day but it was only one box with soup in it, all the other items of the second box were not delivered !!!
It is really a shame, they could make a good business out of this concept, I can really recommend the food and it works as well, but this awful service makes you want to go nowhere near this company again.
My partner is looking to start the dietchef regime. I have the concern that a restricted diet like this 1400 calories per day is not healthy.
As a male I have always been led to believe to lose weight effectively do it a couple of pounds a week.
Can I have some reassurance from people who have done this diet that it isnt harmful heath wise. she enjoys running so how can she get enough calories to keep doing that.
Can you only eat what is provided as part of the weekly food package or can you supplement it with fruit etc. I guess to have the full benefit you stick to the 1400 a day with no other snacks.
Do people who do this also take vitamin supplements etc. I would welcome any helpful advice as I want to be supportive on this . I have an existing medical condition which means I cannot join her on this diet. I have spoken to my dietician about this and I await feedback which I will post on her
thanks to all for your comments in advance
I started on the diet chef plan almost 3 weeks ago now and am absolutely amazed at how easy it is to follow! The food is delicious and is ready within 2-3 minutes of popping in the microwave. It requires no refrigeration and is easy to store. The diet chef company are very easy to contact on the telephone (no queuing on the line) and delivery of the diet chef hamper was problem-free.
I am particularly pleased that there is a great online forum. Rather than going to a weekly slimming class for support and encouragement - there is a whole online community of people all on diet chef. New people are joining every day and it's like being part of a club of people all chasing the same goal. We share tips and offer support to anybody who might be struggling - as well as getting to know each other online.
I had 3.5 stones to lose when I started on diet chef 3 weeks ago - so far I have lost 13 pounds! I think this is a great loss considering it has been so easy - and I have not increased my exercise level very much at all (only a little more walking)
For the first time in years I know that I am going to reach my target weight. My motivation is as high now as it was on day one. The variety of meals for meat-eaters is fantastic - no need to be bored. The food really does taste home made and with it being low GI it keeps you feeling full for many hours.
I have no negative comments to make at all from my point of view - the only negative point I can see is that the vegetarian choices are limited at the moment. Other than that - it's all good!
I would definitely recommend diet chef to anybody thinking of trying it - I have already ordered my 2nd hamper!
Diet Chef is a diet for those with busy lifestyles, or even those like me who regularly fail to stick to diets which involve lots of faffing around counting calories, carbs or points.
In a nutshell, a hamper containing breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks is delivered to your door. All you need to do is add some vegetables or the odd piece of fruit.
I desperately needed to lose weight and I'm currently working two jobs thanks to the credit crunch. I chose Diet Chef (www.dietchef.co.uk) because I simply didn't have the time, energy or will to do a complicated diet. I ordered the 35 day hamper at'a cost of £190 ( or £5.42 a day) and did it via quidco.com to get 10% cash back. So a total of £171 for 35 days worth of food - not bad!
The hamper was made up of:
- 35 breakfast pouches of Lizi's Granola
- 35 lunches consisting of soup by Look What We Found
- 35 dinners consisting of meals by Look What We Found
- 35 snacks consisting of bars by Nakd or sweet oat biscuits by Nairns
An interesting point about this (and a selling point for me) is the fact that these products do not contain artificial colours, flavourings or other un-natural stuff so often found in diet food. I did a bit of reading up on the products and it seems the Look What We Found range are cooked at high temperatures in a pressure cooker type method already sealed in pouches. This method means that you don't need to keep the food in the fridge and it lasts for up to 6 months.
Given that information I rather expected the soups and main meals to taste a bit bland or plasticy. I was therefore pleasantly surprised - they taste no different to something that's just come off the hob of a country kitchen. They are delicious! I ordered the following from the range:
Country Cured Ham & Pea
Spicy Cumbrian Beef & Tomato Soup
Tweedside Honey in English Parsnip Soup
English Tomato Soup with Cheviot Cheese Pesto
Free Range Chicken Soup with Lemon Thyme
Wild Mushroom Soup with a Dash of Sherry
Gloucester Old Spot Pork Meatballs with Butter Beans in a Rich Tomato Sauce
Herdwick Mutton Stew
Wild Rabbit in Leek & Elderflower Sauce with Camargue Red Rice
Home Reared Beef in Black Velvet Porter with Maris Piper Potatoes
Beef & Basil Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
Cumbrian Lamb Hotpot
Fellside Beef Casserole
Home Reared Beef Chilli Con Carne
Traditional Pork & Herb Sausage Casserole
Cooking these was as easy as pie. You have the choice of opening the tops of the pouch a little and popping in the micro, emptying into a pan or putting the pouch unopened into a pan of boiling water (so very handy for camping enthusiasts!).
Since I wanted to keep everything as simple as possible for days I was really tired I elected to buy bags of steamed veg to go with the main courses which meant I could throw a bag in the micro half-way through the dinner pouch cooking. On days with more time I get a lot of green vegetables or stir-fry vegetables. Some of the dinner pouches look like the sort of thing you'd have with pasta and in those cases I'd make courgette ribbons and stir-fry them quickly.
The snacks are very good quality. I've always liked Nairns so was pleased to get those.
Doing some calculations I think you could probably buy the products from supermarkets cheaper if you only elected to buy a week's worth of Diet Chef however for the 35 day hamper ordering via Diet Chef is definitely cheaper (Look What We Found retail at £2.99 so that'd be £104.65 for the dinners alone!).
All in all I found the diet very tasty and easy to stick to so much so in fact that my other half has now asked if he can join me in it!
The important past is weight loss. Well I'm two weeks into the diet and have lost 13lbs so far. I don't feel hungry and for once I actually look forward to the next meal.
I would like to say that this is a superb new way of losing weight.
It works on the idea that you buy all your food from them, have it delivered, and with the addition of a couple of portions of veg/fruit you are able to lose weight without having to plan meals, cook them, or guess portion sizes.
I sent off for the meals twice and have been delighted with the quality. The food is highly nutritious and is low GI to keep you feeling full for longer.
The Basic Idea is-
Cereal for breakfast-this is a small packet of Lizi's Granola to which you can add milk.
Lunch is a lovely soup
There is a good snack in the form of a Nak'd bar for keeping you going in the afternoon which is a healthy snack full of natural ingredients.
For dinner there are good meals which you add to with veg.
You can have thier set meals or you can pick and choose and there are vegetarian options too.
The price is good and works out at less than £7 per day.
It is cheaper if you order for more than one week as you can save on postage. If you use a cash back site like Quidco you will also be able to save money buying from them.This may change so check a few cash back sites to see if you can get discount.
Now if you can be disciplined having looked at the food they send to you, it is possible to do the same thing yourself more cheaply by buying many of the items yourself in bulk from various suppliers- but this will mean the temptation to overeat may get you! However many of their foods are prepared themselves but some are commercially available like some of the soups which you can buy in Waitrose. You can buy Lizi's Granola and Nak'd bars on line in bulk too.
I was actually amazed at the amount of food and the calories it represented. I am vegetarian and thought I ate healthily but when you look at the portion sizes I soon realised where I was going wrong. It has made me serve up much less to myself since trying the diet.
If you are looking to lose weight without any temptation then try this, I think it's brilliant and you will succeed if you keep out of other shops as much as you can. It does say you can have days off for special events and it doesn't recommend alcohol which is a bit tough but it takes all the hard work out of planning a diet.
It isn't recommended if you have a BMI of more than 30 and there are other groups who should not do it but if you go to their site it will calculate your BMI for you and tell you about the groups it is not suitable for.
As a bonus their meals are fantastic for camping and much cheaper than those you can get in a camping shop. You don't need a fridge for any of them and you heat them up on the stove or microwave. We took some to a spot near Holy Island last week and we sat in a field eating delicious soup heated up on the camp stove!
Good luck to the founders-it's a great idea.