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I've just started tesco diets and I am sure it's not right as I am now eating more , 99.2g of oats 1 banana honey sesame seeds just for breakfast :-/ . The family menu is a joke change from 1 to 2 and it doubles it and so on can u imagine a curry with 4 big cans of tomatoes and 10 garlic cloves how can that be right ,
I joined Tesco diets about 6 weeks ago. In that time (bearing in mind Christmas and New Year!) I have lost 9lbs! It was really easy to enrol and I liked that it gave you a choice of what kind of diet plan you wished to follow. I decided to choose the light choices which enabled me to still keep my favourite foods. At the time I also opted in for the fitness and recipe programme as an addition.
The website itself is really easy and user friendly. You are able to track your process and follow it on a graph. It also make you set targets and goals so it gives you something to aim for. The website itself also has a lot of additional resources such as tips of the day or tools to help you when you are dining out or food shopping.
The meal plan took me a a couple of days to get used to but once you get the hang of it it is really easy. Each week it will give you a meal plan which you can follow or what I do is personalise it. I am not the only one in my household and I am not made of money so I change the plan to suit my lifestyle. You can swap meals as you please and even better you can swap individual ingredients. I think why I like it so much is because it automatically adds up the calories, protein, carbs and fat so you can make changes to your food to ensure you meet the recommended guidelines.
Once your menu is all sorted you can then track it throughout the day and add how you are feeling at the time. It also allows you to track extras which you may not have planned for in your menu!! Mine will often be a piece of chocolate or a biscuit (Only human!)
I would probably say the only downside to the menu plan is that it can be time consuming. Its not too bad if you're following the plans to a tee but because I like to make mine more family friendly or a bit cheaper then it can take a bit of time to add everything in. On the upside you can save these recipes to your favourites so you wont have to keep repeating yourself on some of your family favourites.
I quite like this extra as its just nice to have some extra recipes to search from. Many of the recipes in this database are actually from members of Tesco diets. Your recipe search engine is like your standard set up, you can either search by ingredients or meal type (snack, lunch, breakfast, etc). The best thing is that because it is connected to the Tesco diets, if you see something you like you can add it to your meal plan.
I actually didn't get on with the fitness programme. It just didn't give me any motivation to follow it. You tell them what standard of fitness you are and how often you want to do fitness a week and it will work you out a very basic plan. I am sorry if this explanation is a little hazy but I probably tried to use it in the first couple of weeks but then decided to cancel my subscription to it as I didn't use it. I am sure people find it useful but didn't work for me. I think Tesco should just stick to the meal plans!!!
I have never done a diet thing like this before and was a bit worried about the support you get or don't get, however to be honest I was pleasantly surprised. In a way it is up to you whether you want the support or not. On the website itself you have a wide community of forums. I don't use them extensively but I like to go on there every so often for a bit of motivation and tips to keep going. You weigh in every week, once you put in your weight you can also put a comment which you choose to let people see or not. I always let mine be seen because I like to receive feedback. Obviously with all the extra luxuries of Christmas and New Year recently my weight was up and down a bit (again only human). I put my concerns in the comment box and they sent me a guide on how to keep motivated through Christmas. I'd also missed a weigh in in the new year and they encouraged me to get back on track which I have. I am really pleased with the support from Tesco diets and for anyone thinking about joining it, the support is there if you need it.
To a point I agree with existing reviews and Tesco diets has many good points: value for money, the way in which calorie counting is done for you - and any food added or removed (by their handy tools) immediately changes the total. The telephone helpline is good and friendly. However the range of food is limited by the apparent desire to give endless lists of pr-prepared or cooked food from supermarkets, and the ommissions are staring. I can't guarantee that some of these items are not "hidden away" but I can for example find no venison (a low calorie and healthy meat) nor smoked salmon.Also the cooking recipes are dire - no steaming or steam/frying and overuse of the oven. 6 out of 10 is my rating.
I joined Tesco diets last year, and was with them for 9 months and lost 3.5 stones. It cost £59.90 to sign up for 6 months, but by signing up through topcashback.co.uk I got £12 back (this may have altered so worth checking if interested in joining).
Within the private of your own home you advise your height and weight, Tescos advise you of your BMI and what your ideal weight and BMI should be. You also advise the sort of life you lead i.e. sedentary, small amounts of exercise etc - this helps them to outline the best diet for you.
You can opt what day to start your diet on, giving yourself a day or two to prepare for the journey, however from the point of starting then the weekly weigh in will be every 7 days from this point - so choose your start day carefully so you have time to weigh yourself and register.
There are many differents diets to choose from such as GI, Veg, Totals etc. I opted for Totals because my life between work, school and also me doing my Masters means I am constantly going from one thing to another and being able to follow a set diet would be harder (I felt). The Totals plan works just like the weight watchers plan, you are assigned a number of "points" you can eat per day and on the basis that each food has its own points value - you can eat what you want as long as you don't exceed the total number of points. And for me this worked - the concept was simple.
Online Tescos have a "totaller" which is abit like a search engine with data - so you enter your food search term and then look for the specific item and add it to your list - this tells you the points value and you can assign this to breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack. The totaller tells you how many points are remaining and also if you undertaken some exercise how many extra points you can accrue for yourself in a week - although the maximum is 14.
Also you can click on the nutrition tab and this tells you for the days whether your salt / sugar / carbs / sat fats / protein / fibre etc are right or in excess for the day. This I find very useful.
If you opt for a set diet the availability of this each week will be emailled to you, on previewing this you can opt to replace items if you saw something on the list you didn't like. I forgot to mention that specific allergies to foods are addressed in the registration so if you don't want eggs for instance they shouldn't appear.
The diet for the week can then be converted into a shopping list ( very handy) and in some respects if you wanted to keep the cost down it may be prudent to substitute some meals so you standardise on what needs to be bought.
In addition you can move from the shopping list to Tesco.com so that you can then order your diet items online.
The site offers a recipe section and the opportunity to join the online communities with great titles such as 30 plus, 40 plus, New Mums so you can relate to people who are experiencing similar things to your self. Tesco also has its own online support to keep the motivation going.
The site has other features which I have not explored and it is not my ethos to comment on things I have not directly experienced.
What I will say though is the subject of diets is extremely subjective, and like most things in life what works for one person does not necesarily work for another. This worked for me, but I think I had reached a point where I wanted to do something and that is half the battle.
Weight watcher and slimming world require that you go to meetings of an evening - I do not have the time to commit to this along with everything else in my life so this option ticked all the boxes for me.
My overall verdict on Tescodiets.com after 5 weeks has been that it has been an absolute godsend - its been the kick sart that I so badly needed after ballooning over the last couple of years, despite starting diets that invariably lasted just a few days before my willpower was exhausted.
The things that I like about Tesco diets are:
* It is so easy to do - you get all the benefits and more of a standard slimming group such as the weigh in, diet plan, nutritional advice etc. without having to step out of your house. However you can still have the personal touch if you wish, as they provide you with a mentor who replies to your feedback after your weigh in or answers any questions and so on. They also provide 'online meetings' on a variety of healh and diet topics.
* It's good value for money at £29.95 for 10 weeks, when you compare it to other slimming clubs
* I personally find deciding what meals to have each day a real chore, so having Tescodiets produce a weekly menu plus the required shopping list and recipes, has been one of the best factors for me. I have not found it restrictive at all since there is plenty of scope to swap meals or add foods, and it has been great trying new meals and recipes.
* I have also used the 'click and buy'service which automatically transfers your shopping list into the cart for Tesco online shopping. You then login to Tesco.com, add or delete any items and checkout and then hey presto all your diet food arrives at your door step the next day.
* There are many different diets to choose from but none are 'faddish' consisting mostly of everyday foods and meals that I would eat normally. I opted for the low GI diet, which consists of a lot of slow energy release foods which help you feel fuller for longer and improve energy levels, but there are diets to suit anyone.
* Ive found most of the meals to be very tasty with only a few which were on the bland side, and none have been too time consuming to prepare either. You can build up a list of favourite meals so that you can easily swap if a meal comes up that you don't like. In fact the features that Tescodiets have included such as multiplying amounts for the whole family, mean that after a couple of weeks the diet plan fits very nicely into any routine.
Disadvantages: I really can't think of any for the main diet plan. However I wouldn't particularly recommend the optional Fitness package which is an add on available for £1 a week. The fitness program isn't particularly well personalised and in my opinion doesn't provide anything that a good book or DVD/video couldn't.
So how successful have I been? Well to date I am on my 5th week but have had a week off on holiday (involving lots of cream teas and cider!) and I have lost 7lb so I still have a long way to go. I also feel fitter, happier and have more energy and I can honestly say I rarely feel hungry.
One final piece of advice. If you are thinking of joining, look out for leaflets in store, or use the link from the main Tesco.com site as at the time of writing this they were offering 4 weeks free.
Losing weight the easy way
Having a family wedding and 40th birthday coming up in the next year, as a family unit we were keen to look our best - after all those photos will be on display for years!!!
What made me most keen to do something about a healthier diet was seeing that my husband and I and worst our son were all classed as obese! That was scary - especially as my son is only 11 and when he was younger he had a 6 pack all of his own he was so slim. I needed something that would work for us as a family and that would ideally not be too expensive!
I looked at local community groups but I have never been the kind of person that wants to go in front of people and be humiliated about my weight. Too many rings of sports days and other such humiliations for me. I know for other people it works well - but I am too embarrassed to even go in the door even though by some people's standards at size 18 I don't look too bad! Similarly my husband wasn't willing to try any of the local groups either! We have both done Atkins very successfully in the past but after a family tragedy we ate and ate our way back to being obese! Neither of us have the willpower to do Atkins a day. We have had a play with low GI diets but again some of the foods like bulger wheat, barley, quinoa just didn't appeal. We looked at other diets too buying various books without any success. Even Paul McKenna's book "I can make you thin" and his audio CD and "success journal" failed to make any impact on our collective weight!
Then a month of so ago after researching the internet for on-line diets I decided to give Tesco Diets a go! My reasoning was that at around £29.90 for 10 weeks - this would give me a kick start and lots of new recipe and meal ideas to try! I asked the online help person for some information before I signed up and got all my initial questions answered that way. You can choose to start your diet a few days later than your joining date - this allows your meal plan and shopping list to be generated. Think about when you usually go shopping and pick your weigh in day to be then and your diet start date a day or two after that. It just makes it a bit easier. I didn't do this straightaway but was able to make this important change even after I had paid which I was pleased about.
Tesco Diets offer a choice of about 14 different types of diet from low GI to low sugar to heart healthy to Totals (similar to Weight Watchers) or lighter options. I have been put on a diet with about 1400 calories a day. That gives me 3 evenly sized meals and a snack. I initially tried low GI but didn't like the menu plans so swapped to light choices instead. You can change your diet plan as often as you like and just generate new meal plans from what I can see. Initially I found a spent far more on food - the first two weeks I doubled my normal spend but I think that was because I was buying more oils, sauces, herbs, spices than normal and a lot more fresh fruit and vegetables. I have now worked out how to keep this more under control now and so my food cost has gone down to a more normal level again. You can even get them to generate a shopping list for you - but remember to times the quantities by the number of people you are feeding.
Another positive is that you can substitute ingredients or swap individual meals if you don't fancy them. Sometimes I have found that the system freezes when I try that though - so I tend to save often.
I tend to use about 240 calories on my breakfast and then eat another 200 calories of fruit at various points during the day. I then use 440ish calories on lunch and tea and then have another snack or two at other points in the day... Does it work? Well in the first 3 weeks I lost 5lb, my husband lost about 7lb and my son lost about 5lb too! I am thrilled to bits with this. They allow you to weigh in weekly and give you an on-going progress chart showing how well you are doing. The first week is the hardest so relax a bit the first week and then try to get stricter with yourself from week 2 onwards by which time it should start to get easier. We are now on week 5 and the whole family is happy and relaxed with the diet... although we are still weighing out some of the ingredients and calorie counting.
You can also include all your measurements wrist, thigh, hips, waist, fat percentage etc so you can track things other than weight so that if you are putting on muscle you can still seeing that you are losing inches or lowering your fat percentage. I find this motivating. I found out for example that my lean body mass is 9 stone 6 and since I should have about 24% fat my target weight was much higher than I thought. This meant that the ideal weight suggestions of 9st 3lb - 11st 6lb were actually not right for me and should be more like 13 stone because I have a large frame and if I keep the same lean body mass...
You also get a mentor and each week you can send them comments and they will reply with advice and support! They send you a weigh in reminder e-mail. There are also forums you can go on, diet news you can read and basic nutritional information. You can even email the Tesco nutritionist if you want to. I should point out that all the usual advice about seeking medical advice before diet and exercise still applies although I must admit I didn't do this. Ideally if you want to put the whole family on the diet you should get them to each join individually but personally I don't think that is necessary. Just remember that generally speaking the gents in the family can get away with a little bit more food than any females...
There is also the option to join the Recipe club for an extra £1 a week but since you get recipes anyway with the diet I haven't yet understood what that is about. Similar you can join an exercise on-line programme for another £1 a week. I haven't opted for either of those. However I have stepped up the exercise eg walking, swimming, gardening and housework and have had a lot more energy. My husband also repeats feeling healthier in himself - he has now lost half a stone! My 11 year old son is delighted with his progress too and happy to have more control over his eating. Even my 6 year daughter is finding the diet recipes okay. Luckily her target calorie intake is about 1550 anyway so it just means she can get away with more healthy snacks. So as I say - this diet is the easiest I have done - it feels like we are genuinely just eating healthily rather than dieting!
I have previously done Weight Watchers and have found this very effective (dropping 50lb over a 3 year period before the birth of my child). Since having my baby I have slowly put on the weight I lost, finding comfort eating and take-aways much easier than thinking about preparing healthy foods. Then I saw an offer on Tesco Diets - it cost me about £25 for 12 weeks so I thought for £1.99 a week I had little to loose (other than hopefully weight!). I looked through their diet choices and signed up for the wellbeing plan (they also have plans such as low salt, diabetic, GI, light choices and others which I cant think of off the top of my head!). Every week they create a menu plan for me, of which you can go in and swop any meals you don't fancy for other meals on the list. It's a very lazy way of dieting but I've found it very effective as I never have to think 'what's for tea' which is when I'd always go for the easy option (especially if I'd been at work all day). Most of the evening meals are really easy to prepare and can be done in 15-20 minutes. Plus when someone else is telling you want to cook you tend to use ingredients you wouldn't normally think of (well I wouldn't!) Last night we had chicken in a ginger, lemongrass, garlic and soy sauce with mange tout, asparagus and carrots. Tonight we have Tandori Chicken with spinach. My only beef is that I can only have 2 drinks a week and I do have a tendency to stretch that a little bit but I have been avoiding my weakness of lager.
There is online support - although I haven't yet used this, community boards which are great if you have any questions or just want some support from people in the same situation. They also have online meetings (again something I've not yet used). I have a weigh in once a week (you don't get your next meal plan until you've weighed in) and you get the option to add any comments and then later in the day someone will respond with words of encouragement, wisdom or praise.
Anyway I'm rambling! As you can tell I'm really enjoying doing this plan, I've been on it 4 weeks and lost 8lb so far (that's without doing any additional exercise). Hubby is also following it and he's lost loads more than me (he is very overweight though). The first week was tough and I felt I was always hungry, looking back I wasn't hungry I was just used to snacking! Now if I feel I 'have' to have something to eat I either chew gum, get a glass of water or grab some fruit (as it's all I have in the house!). Try it for 12 weeks and you might find like me you really enjoy it :)
Ok, confession time. I have always struggled with my weight. Well, not always struggled, sometimes I have struggled and sometimes I have ignored it, but it has always made me unhappy. I have a million excuses, I'm big boned, I get light headed if I don't eat enough, I don't have time to make healthy food, I can't afford to buy healthy food, life is so rough at the moment....
Enough excuses! I have dieted in the past, this means I have cut down on calories. I've avoided faddy diets - no one is going to convince me that cabbage soup will change my life (at least not for the better). I had a dabble with Atkins but being Vegetarian meant that was pretty much impossible. I've lost weight, I've exercised, and felt like I was getting somewhere. Then I've put the weight back on again, and quite often a bit more too. It is a familiar tale of woe. Although I understand that a weight loss diet should be about changing attitude to food rather than depriving yourself, it is hard to keep up motivation and to not feel deprived. This is particularly the case, I think, if you are cooking for other people as well (people who are allowed chocolate, for example!) Oh dear, I've started with more excuses!
Recently I have spoken to a few people who have had great success with joining a (fondly nicknamed) 'Fat Club' - attending meetings and having group support. I can see how that support could help motivation, and also the idea that you are sharing your successes or set-backs each week. Frankly, this is not for me, like many people I am put off by the public weighing - ritual humiliation is not really my style, and I'm so anti social that I can't imagine I'd have anything in common with the group (er, apart from the obvious, that is). Most of all, I'm put off by the weekly fee of £5.99 or thereabouts!
However, then I discovered Tesco eDiets. It is a virtual slimming club, in that you can have all the support of trained nutritionists, via email and instant message, as well as forums where you can chat to other slimmers, and a variety of diet plans to choose from. Firstly you enter your weight and height - Tesco then tell you your BMI score and your ideal weight and BMI, so that you know what to aim for.
If you decide to join the club you pay membership and go on to choose a meal plan. There are 2 types of plan, either weight loss specific or health (perhaps because of a particular condition) specific. Within these there are several choices, including Mediterranean and GI plans. You can also choose to exclude certain foods that you don't want to eat. As a Vegetarian, I chose the Vegetarian plan, but could have chosen another plan and excluded meat and fish. At any time you can swap to another plan if you don't feel like it suits you, or just if you fancy a change.
Membership (minimum 10 weeks) ranges from £29.99 upwards - a year membership costs £79.99, which works out at only £1.53 a week. I think, if you are serious, this is great value. Of course, this being Tesco, you can get Clubcard points on your membership fee - currently triple points!
*As a member, I can refer others for a special offer of 4 weeks free, please PM me if you're interested!*
There are also extras, such as the Exercise plan, that can be added for £1 a week. I have not tried these, as I have gone for the basic (cheapest!) option.
Once you have meal plan you are asked some brief questions about your life style. Each week you are then given 7 days of meal plans, this is breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack, the last can be eaten at any time of the day. If you don't fancy any of the meals you can opt to switch them with another from the list, or substitute a favourite meal of your own, as long as the quantities and calories are similar. The meals in the plan are calorie counted so that you don't have to bother with calculating. You can also opt for home cooked recipes or easy ready meal options - or (advisable) a mixture of the two. Where you need to cook a meal, the recipe is provided.
After looking at your meals and making any substitutions, you can then create a shopping list from this. I should mention that Tesco are not pushing their own products, mostly they do not specify a particular brand, but they do ask where you shop so that if they use a brand they can make it specific to the supermarket you use. Your shopping list is tailored to the supermarket that you use. I think the shopping list tool could be very useful especially if you are new to cooking from scratch and don't have many basics in your cupboards. It is not yet possible to import the list directly into Tesco.com but this would be a good idea if it could be added in future.
My experience of the plan so far has been that I am eating more than I ever have before! I guess the perception of someone over weight is that they must eat too much, but I have come to understand that skipping meals can slow the metabolism. I never used to have breakfast but now am making the effort to eat every morning before going to work, and although I don't always feel keen to embark on a bowl of porridge I feel so much better for it.
There are lots of choices for all the meals (if you don't like porridge how about a banana and peanut butter sandwich?) and I think that unless you really only eat McDonalds or are addicted to something else very unhealthy, you'll find things you like to choose from. I have found that I can adapt the evening meals so that my family are happy to eat them too, although I am having more vegetables than them.
The website has a facility for online chat with an advisor, I did ask a question about my meal plan and had an instant reply. The advisor was very helpful but did have to refer me to email a nutritionist - I think more complicated questions are better dealt with by email. A couple of emails I have sent have been replied to within 24 hours. Importantly, there are many message boards within the Community section of the website, where you can chat with other members. If you are feeling fed up, these are the people who will understand. From what I have read, they are a supportive and friendly bunch. I think for me the most inspiring thing about the site so far has been reading the success stories - complete with Before and After photos! These are proof that the site can work - at least for these people!
Each week on your Weigh In day you enter your weight on the site, this remains private to you, but you can add a comment about how you feel you are getting on and receive a reply from an advisor. Additionally, you are allocated a Mentor, a named person who you can email for advice or to chat about your progress. The Mentor will email you to introduce themselves in the first week, and is available after that. Your weekly weight is charted, so you can check your progress. Your target date is adjusted according to the loss (or not) each week. It is useful to have a visual representation, as literally the end is in sight!
So what of my success so far?! Well, I am new to the site and feeling very positive and motivated. I lost 3lb in my first week. I've just told the whole of Dooyoo that I'm on a diet, so really I have to stick at it now don't I?! I hope to be checking back in the not too distant future to update this review with my Before and After pictures!