When I thought about losing weight, I started to wonder if it was possible for me to lose weight without having to cook ridiculously healthy meals for one. thatâ€™s the thing with me you see, I live alone so I resent buying loads of fruit and veg because I never eat it all before it goes out of date, and I donâ€™t live anywhere with a good local market.
My ‘regular’ diet has always consisted of pasta with some kind of sauce and meat for tea, and I think itâ€™s the carbs that have resulted in my ballooning up to 10 and a half stone. I want to lose weight, but I donâ€™t want to waste a load of money on ingredients for ‘healthy recipes’ in supermarkets when I might not use, or even like a lot of them.
I know you can criticise me for that, but when you don’t get paid a hell of a lot, money is precious and when it’s so much easier to buy a bag of pasta and some tomatoes, I’d choose that over 5 portions of fruit and veg any day.
Luckily for me, Diet Chef agreed to let me trial their product to prove that by spending the same amount of money a regular person would on a monthly shop, I could have all my meals (and snacks) posted to me – all I had to do was heat them up and add any pieces of fruit or veg if I wanted to.
So, after picking pretty much one of everything on their menu, I started on the mission of weight loss, and I cannot actually believe that in two weeks. I have managed to shift just under half a stone! I honestly didn’t think a diet where I still ate full breakfast, lunch and dinner (plus a tasty snack)Â would shift the pounds, but it totally did. In fact, I’m hoping their chef will give me the recipe for their Salmon Bake because it was out of this world!
Im not going to go into great raptures about what I did and didn’t eat, but I can tell you that their breakfast Granola and Porridge is really filling and gets you up for the day with a few slices of apple mixed in. my favourite had to be the pink Apple and Cinnamon Granola, but I could eat Cinnamon with anythingâ€¦.
For lunch I stuck to the soups because I don’t like milkshakes, and whilst you might think “A packet of soup for lunch? thatâ€™s never going to fill me up,” you’d be surprised how much it does. The tomato-based soups such as the Minestrone, Smoked Bacon & Bean Soup and Tomato and Spicy Beef were better than the home made soups our local bakery offers at lunchtime, and I didnâ€™t even need a crusty roll with it. I did make the mistake of trying some Butternut Squash soup though, and I probably should have tried butternut squash before I ventured into eating it in soup formâ€¦. Lets just say, it’s an acquired taste.
Then there’s the all important snacksâ€¦ I used to have one of mine every day at 3pm (my afternoon dip) and there were so many to choose from, I never got sick of one or the other. My favourite snack had to be the Salt & Vinegar popcorn because it was such a massive bag, it kept me going all through the afternoon, but their various GI Biscuits and Oat Bites were also great, sadly though, the same cannot be said for the Snack Barsâ€¦ I feel awful for saying this as Diet Chef is really good, but the snack bars are like eating the inside of a car engine. Really, really, not good. So steer clear and stock up on the gigantic bags of popcorn.
Finally we come to the Dinner menu, I wanted one of everything when I signed up, but I stuck to the things I knew I loved, pasta, chicken and salmon. And I have zero complaints about any of the main meals. They’re a really good size and they taste better than anything I’ve ever cooked (to be honest though, I’m a rubbish cook) – you HAVE to give the Salmon & Vegetable Bake, Mixed Bean Pasta Salad and Beef Meatballs a whirl because they are just super duper. However, if you’re not a fan of anything spicy, I’d avoid the Chickpea Tagineâ€¦. I ended up eating a cheese sandwich on the ‘Tangine day’ after it blew my head off after a few forkfulls!
So in all, aside from hiring my own personal chef to make me healthy meals, on demand AND do the supermarket run, I think Diet Chef has been in January diet saviourâ€¦. Especially since I have been laid up with a bad back and unable to go to the gym, so if you can lose half a stone by sitting on your ass, watching Jeremy Kyle all day and eating delicious food, I think you’d be mad to miss out!