Dieting effectively is a huge challenge to do yourself - getting the right balance of nutrition without under- or overdoing calories counts can feel like a full-time job. That's why delivery diets seem like a great idea: nutritionist-planned, pre-set meals dropped at your door so that you all you have to worry about is eating them. But many of these diets are prohibitively expensive: that's where Diet Chef comes in. I had a friend who was trying the Dukan diet and what she was doing was going to work out more expensive than diet chef.
At £39 per week, the cost of Diet Chef is probably not too much more than what you're already spending on your weekly shop...if not less, if you opt for restaurant meals now and then.
The Pro's There 's a huge variety of meals - porridge and granola for breakfast, soups or milkshakes for lunch, and stews and pasta for dinner , plus a couple of snacks, like granola bars and oat crisps - and nothing needs to be refrigerated (it comes in vacuum-packed bags), so it's easy to stash meals in your work bag when you're on the go. If you do the diet for a month or more, you won't be eating the same thing every day by any means (unless you want to, of course as you can choose and alter what you have).
The downside I suppose the food is pretty basic but it is too give you a kick start and it does offer you tips and advice and recipes. You have to remember that no diet is just going to work with out you putting some effort into it. So if you sneak the odd piece of cheese here and there and the odd glass of wine you are basically not going to get anywhere.
The minuses? The food is not amazing -and I got pretty bored with it pretty fast. You do have to supplement the supplied meals with fresh fruits and veg and milk (or soy milk) which means that it is not quite as cheap as it sounds...and also means that you do have to make visits to the supermarket, which can be tempting and dangerous! I think the breakfast were the worse to be honest as they were very very boring and Breakfast is meant to set you up for the day.
The diet is very low in calories (1200 a day) so I felt hungry a lot of the time when I was doing Diet Chef...but you can pretty much eat as much fresh fruit and veg as you like, so it was possible to take the edge off with an apple or water . And, OK, it IS a diet. Being hungry should not have come as a surprise. Though surely this might take you off the straight and narrow path of dieting?.
The final important point: did I lose weight? Even with a couple of cheats (giving up cheese seemed to be impossible it kept whispering to me from the fridge), yes! In just a week I ended up about four pounds lighter.
Was I able keep it off once I finished my Diet Chef regime? Yes it had given me a kick start and left me with the thought I really would not be wanting to pay £39 a week for myself as factoring my family shopping into this it would be an expensive weekly shop.
( Disclosure I was sent a weeks supply for review)