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Boxed Detox

Can Diet Chef really cook?

Written by . Published on September 21st 2011.

Boxed Detox

On week four, I'm feeling refreshed, detoxed and ready to go, but where is Diet Chef?

The diet: spill the beans
Diet Chef will help you lose weight; there's no doubt about that. You will be averaging less than 1200 calories a day – mine was little more than 800 because I'm vegetarian – which means that most people will be burning fat at a rate of 800 calories a day, or in my case 1200 (excluding cheats!). Bear in mind that one pound of fat is the equivalent of 3500 calories, so you're guaranteed to lose between one and two pounds of fat a week.

Enticing, no?Enticing, no?

The menu: gourmet or gloop-ay?
The meals on the menu have been developed by the Diet Chef executive chef then prepared, sealed in a pouch and cooked in a pressure cooker. This kind of freaks me out; the pouches can then be stored in a cupboard. They are not fresh at all, and are little more than glorified Tesco Value microwave meals for one. I cannot imagine a more depressing way to eat. No matter how much weight you may want to lose, these sad, little pouches are not the way to do it. They do not teach long-lasting healthy eating habits nor is it sustainable in the long-term. Here is an example of a typical day's menu:

Breakfast: luxury muesli
strawberry milkshake meal replacement
maple popcorn
vegetable curry

The packaging: mum's been to Whole Foods or shameful Sainsbury's Basics?
Not only did the 'hamper' arrive two days late, but I was quite horrified to find a week's worth of food fitted in one small brown box and that none of these so-called meals needed to be refridgerated.                                                                      

The difficulty factor: Cheat-free breeze or desparation pizza on speedial?
It wouldn't be so difficult portion-wise, but as the meals taste like congealed crap, I think you'd actaully be better off with a pizza.

The price: Stinking rich stilton or budget brie?
Here is where I forgive Diet Chef for all my previous complaints, at an unbelievable £5.57 per day (for Diet Chef 1200 on Pay Monthly), it is affordable for everyone and not much more than you probably spend on your shopping anyway.

Contact: Get your own!


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AnonymousSeptember 26th 2011.

Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy the diet. I've been on Diet Chef for over a year now and really enjoy the food and convenience of the plan. I think the milkshakes are great for on the go - but the soups are definitely my favourites for lunch. From Tara, North London

Casey GillespieSeptember 26th 2011.

Tara, have you tried any of the other diets? What made you gravitate towards this one?

AnonymousSeptember 26th 2011.

I chose it because it's so easy as it takes away all the stress of weighing foods, adding points, calorie counting etc. It's all pretty much done for you and the food is really tasty! It was also such a good price. From Tara, North London

Nicole DalamagasSeptember 26th 2011.

I can agree with you on that, Diet Chef means that you don't have to worry about overeating or eating the wrong food types, but I'm still unconvinced that the food is either 'tasty' or 'healthy'.

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