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Dietchef Day 2

Posted by RWPT Personal Training on February 14, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Well day 2 is nearly over.

I just have a milkshake to drink which I will have about 7:30pm. The verdict for today? Well the food has, once again, been delicious. I had Cocoa Nib Porridge, Red Pepper and Goats Cheese Soup and Chicken Fricassee. I spoke to my friend tonight and she said, "These just taste so much better than ready meals". I totally agree, I mean they are ready meals, but they taste good enough to eat out on.

I totalled up my calories for the day again, and came up with 1552, including my milkshake later. This is still a matter of concern for me as it is 250 calories below the intake recommended by the Dietchef website (and agreed by me). For this week, we are both going to continue to eat by the book, that is adding 400 (600 for my friend) calories to my hamper along with half a pint of milk and three portions of fruit/ veg. I suspect that by the end of the week I will have lost more than the 1-2 pounds recommended, but that this will be more lean tissue than fat. I will reassess where to go from there, but it may be that I will decide to ensure that my daily calorie intake is the 1900 that Dietchef suggest I should be eating.

This, however, will mean a substantial increase in the cost of this diet programme as I will need to top up with almost 800 calories per day. I can't (and certainly won't) make all that up in bread! More importantly, it starts to make this diet less of an attractive offer for people who hoped not to have to count calories and just want to be given the food that they need to eat.To add 800 calories in a nutritionally acceptable way will mean getting a good balance of carbohydrate, good fats and protein.

To put it in perspective, I could get the right calorie intake by simply eating twice what they provided me with! The jury is still out on the calorie content and nutritional value of this system, but as it stands the food tastes amazing. I have felt a little bit hungrier today, but that may be caused by the fact that I have become aware that following this diet is forcing me to undereat to the tune of 400 calories per day.

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Reply Sarika
6:35 AM on February 19, 2010 
Hi Rob,

I am pleased you have enjoyed the food on Diet Chef.

To clarify any confusion, you have signed up to the 1500 Plan. This is the name of the plan, thus it is very clear the meals you have ordered will contain 1500 calories.

The Diet Chef website has indicated that you need closer to 1900 calories for safe weight loss. Therefore, if this is an inconvenience to you, you should have been aware of this before starting the diet.

This diet does not target personal trainers who are not looking to lose weight. It is aimed at the average, overweight person, who perhaps does not exercise enough, for whom closer to 1500 calories is more likely to be suitable. For them, this diet could help to change attitudes to portion control and offer a solution in providing a hassle-free diet they can stick to.

Kind Regards,

The Diet Chef Press Office
Reply Rob Woollen
3:29 PM on September 2, 2010 
Why does the 1500 plan only contain about 1100-1200 calories then? Even after you add your veg portions, fruit and milk. The kit itself contains way below what you yourself specify.