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Friday, 27 April 2018

Review: Body Chef - Premier Diet Plan

Review: Body Chef - Premier Diet Plan

With Summer on it's way, I've been looking at new ways to get my body, beach fit ready.

With a little help from Body Chef, I was determined to get off on the right foot at least. 
I excitedly headed over to the Body Chef website and choose the Premier Diet Plan Hamper from their range of 15 different calorie controlled diet plans. Each one looked great but I decided to go with one of their Best Sellers as it seemed like the perfect choice for me.

Let me tell you a little bit about The Premier Diet Plan. It's their signature diet plan which is ideal for those hoping to lose weight (like me) yet still enjoy delicious, filling meals every day of the week. You’ll find foods like Bolognese, Turkey meatloaf, Tikka Masala and other delicious meals, snacks and desserts. The range of meals in this plan is supposed to make losing weight effortless and tasty. There’s no need to adjust your calorie intake as the premier diet plan does that for you. It's available from 1,200 to 2,500 calories, depending on your personal preference. I set mine at 1,600 calories which was a bit ambitious (thinking about it now) as I'm a person who really does love my food so cutting back was hard for me.

How Body Chef works:
  • Step 1:  Decide what kind of weight loss results you want and choose your diet plan from the 15 plans online accordingly. Go for eating less, healthier eating or specialist. 
  • Step 2: Personalise your plan. You can remove foods you really don't like and replace them with foods that you do like or wouldn't mind trying. It's quick and easy to do.
  • Step 3: Wait for your Delivery. Hampers are delivered by courier almost anywhere in the UK and come sealed in a polystyrene box surrounded by ice packs to keep hampers chilled for up to 24 hours.
  • Step 4: Enjoy. Put everything into the fridge and enjoy when you need them. The hamper contains everything you need except milk and water.

The delivery was great, everything comes portioned and packed ready to enjoy. Each item is clearly labelled with what day and meal time it's for. For example, a pot might say 'Monday Breakfast'. There was a lot of items inside the box and everything looked good.

I unpacked everything and sorted it into the 4 days that it was going to cover. My plan was going to be from Friday Dinner to Tuesday Lunch so inside that box was everything I'd need for that 4 days. I liked the way everything was packaged and arrived fresh and clean.

With just 1,600 calories a day to play with the portion sizes were very small. Much smaller than what I'd normally have so I will be completely honest and say that I did struggle a lot.

Cooking was easy, everything in a plastic container was simply popped into the microwave for 2-3 minutes. Meals in a metal container went into the oven for 25 minutes on 190-200C. The vegetables, pasta and rice were all cooked separate as normal to your own liking. 

Here's some of the meals I tried over the week:

 I'm going to be completely honest in my review as I wouldn't want to mislead anyone. The meals were all fresh and nice lloing but taste wise, the cut back on calories does leave the food a little bland. I was having to hold myself back from adding lots of salt but I was good and managed (just about) The Portion sizes are very small as I mentioned before but again that's because it's all calorie controlled to help your body cut back enough to lose weight. 

There is lots of fruit, nuts and salads. Typical foods you'd expect to be eating on a diet.

Snacks are mainly a handful of nuts or seeds or a single piece of brown toast with spread.

 Desserts are small portions of cake or a single biscuit. Again I found the cakes a little disappointing as without sugar or syrup they just didn't taste like the sweet treats I am used too but I'm not your typical gym goer or dieter so it was all just a bit too much for me. As a Mum of 3 the idea of the Body Chef hampers really appealed to me as all the food prep is done for you so they do save you a lot of time and effort in the kitchen. Having your food delivered straight to your door was very handy but at what cost? Here's a quick breakdown for my plan shown set at each calorie level:

Premier Plan & Halal Premier Plan:

1000 Calories - £15.98 per day

1200 Calories - £17.98 per day

1600 Calories - £19.73 per day

2000 Calories - £20.98 per day

2500 Calories - £24.98 per day

My 1600 calorie 4 Day plan cost me a total of £86.92 which is a lot of money for me. I can see why some people would love this and be happy to pay that amount but I know that I, myself wouldn't. I could do a whole weekly family shop for that amount. I think Body Chef is a nice idea and would work for single professionals or maybe couples without children who're always on the go. For Mums like me, It's not the right way to loose weight for me.

It's been an interesting journey and has shown me what I should be eating. It will change the way I shop and help me to choose some 'healthier' options but I won't be ordering again.

If you'd like to check them out, pop on over to Body Chef today.

Disclosure: I received my Premier Diet Plan hamper for free for the purpose of this review.

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