I’m always on the lookout for ways to eat healthily and lose weight. I approached Bodychef about a collaboration with an open mind. I had tried diets where you are given pre-prepared meals in the past. In the days of Rosemary Conley, I tried their 28 day plan. Although I successfully lost weight, the meals weren’t great. They came in pouches and had a use by period of about twelve months. This certainly did not make me think the food was fresh!
Bodychef is different. The food is beyond fresh. I ordered two hampers, which is a week’s worth of meals. You’re given breakfast, lunch and dinner, and plenty of fresh fruit! I opted for gluten free hampers, and decided on 1200 calory boxes. With it being the school holidays, I anticipated the odd treat, hence why I didn’t go for the 1600 calory option. It meant I could have a cake here and a latte there and stay within my daily calories. It was win, win for me!
The first hamper came before lunchtime on the chosen delivery date. It was well packaged and preserved with ice packs. I was shocked at how fresh and delicious looking the meals were. Each meal was tasty and filling. I was slightly hungry for the first few days but after my body had adjusted to the change, I felt great. The lack of gluten had an immensely positive effect on me too. After just two or three days gluten free, I felt less bloated and didn’t have as much hassle with my stomach. Ive been in denial about going gluten free for a while, but it’s definitely the way ahead for me.
The breakfasts were filling- usually they consisted of granola or muesli and a yogurt. Alongside my usual black coffee, I was good to go!
Lunches were different to what I’m used to. They were typically a pot of “something”, be it tuna mayo, potato salad or egg, some gluten free crackers and a little side. More than enough to keep me going for the full day.
Dinners (or teas for us northerners) were really delicious. They were varied and tasty. I had chilli, bolognese with spaghetti, curries… The portions were perfect. Each evening meal was followed by a selection of fresh fruit.
You can also select exactly what you want during the ordering process, which is quick and easy.
Now, because everything is so fresh, your week’s food comes in two hampers. The second hamper was delivered on a Tuesday, again, before lunchtime. This followed the first- lots of varied, tasty and healthy meals which kept you on plan.
After a week on this plan, I lost 5lbs. I went to the gym four times during this week, and kept up with my regime of having a Rejuvenated Protein Shake when I was hungry. I’ve been hovering at a “stuck” weight for a few weeks (typical of the summer holidays I guess), so I’m pleased with this loss.
Although my hamper was complimentary from Bodychef, the prices are between the £50-£70 mark for each hamper. I worked out that mine would’ve been £126 for the week. Please consider that this is for fresh meals, not the mass-produced rubbish that some other companies promise. The fact that Bodychef caters for “free from” diets is also really useful.
I would definitely recommend and use this service again. I can only imagine what a month on Bodychef would do for my health and diet. As I can’t afford it just yet (going part time will but a stop to such things), I’m definitely going to take away the portion sizes and food types and try to replicate this in my own cooking from now on.