So to conclude, the diet works! 😉
The food tastes good. You don’t miss out on anything as some snacks are chocolatey (a big help for me) and in all honesty, I didn’t feel super hungry like I thought I would on a diet. It is really easy to do too, because other than preparing some veg, your meals are ready in a couple of minutes. Perfect for busy mums!
The biggest thing I have learnt from doing it though is portion control and to stop snacking. The meals are all calorie controlled and shows the right portion that I should be having, along with some veg. As there was only one ‘assigned’ snack per day it really helped to control my snacking. I realised how much I would just wander over to the fridge – even when I wasn’t even hungry.
So, thinking of giving Diet Chef a go? Here are my tips for making it be the most effective experience:
~ Pick What You Like – This probably sounds obvious but when I was picking out my food to order, as there is a huge variety, I just thought that I should just get one of everything. Not the best move. After two weeks I had had some lovely meals and snacks but wasn’t very enthused about the things I had left to eat. I’m not the biggest popcorn fan in the world, though I don’t mind it, but I wished I hadn’t ordered any and had ordered more protein bars for snacks, for example. I like to enjoy my food
~ Take Measurements – Sometimes the scales aren’t always accurate as it depends when you’re on the scales, how hydrated you are etc and so only using the scales can be a little disheartening. If you take measurements of your waist and hips (and whatever else you want to monitor), they will always be the most accurate measurement – so it will keep you motivated!
~ Drink Lots of Water – the one thing that all diets have in common, drink lots of water. This really helps the feeling of being fuller and gets rid of hunger pangs. More often than not, its a sign you’re dehydrated rather than hungry.
~ Plan Easy Family Meals – in the likely event that you are the only one in the house on the diet, make sure you plan meals that are easy and won’t keep you cooking for long in the kitchen (unless you’ve got an other half that loves to cook). It always helps if you aren’t too fussed about the meals they’re having either.
~ Pick Food Relevant to Your Lifestyle – the lunches are generally soups, noodles, shakes or protein bars. I much preferred the shakes and protein bars as day to day it was hard to know what I would be doing. If I was out and about it was easier to have one of the protein bars. Equally, if you work, you need to think about how you’d be able to have the soups etc. Is there a microwave, should you pack your own bowl etc? I for one didn’t take any of that into account when ordering the food.
*I was gifted a four week supply of Diet Chef food in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.