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Good results and you never feel hungry!
Member Name: nadia_shhh
Advantages: tasty food, effective, good value for money
Disadvantages: lunches only liquid, not many vegetarian options
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.
Summary: Good food that is easy to prepare and fills you up but helps you lose the extra pounds.