Losing weight and feeling great with Diet Chef


Kathy Tayler Hi all!

It's about time I gave you an update on how my efforts to lose weight with Diet Chef are going.

Last time I mentioned it, I'd put on 5 pounds in a shameful week of over-indulgence, and you probably think I've fallen off the wagon completely!
Not so! In fact, since I embarked on a healthier living project, aided by the July Diet Chef Today's Special Value, I have lost ONE STONE FOUR POUNDS!!!! It's taken a while but I think that slow is better as it means the weight stays off.

How I've done it

I've really done it by changing my eating habits rather that 'going on a diet' and I feel that means the change can be a permanent one.

I've lost inches off my waist, which is the measurement that worried me the most as I was bigger than they say you should be if you don't want to increase the risk of serious health issues such as diabetes and heart disease.

Feeling good

Overall, I feel great and am really motivated to go on and lose more weight. I'm doing some exercise now that a knee injury from last June is finally improving, and that helps with toning up the new slimmer me.

I will allow myself some fun over Christmas, but I don't want to go too mad and undo all my good work. And I've got used to eating less, which has been half my problem. I used to load my plate and eat until I hurt!!

Kathy Tayler Showing off my legs

I've been feeling more confident on-air lately – you may even have spotted me in an 'above the knee' skirt last week! I don't think you've seen the bending part of my legs since those heady days of shorts and swimsuits when I was on the BBC Holiday programme!

I was well protected with opaque tights and boots, but it was a real milestone for me – who knows what I might wear on my Nina Leonard shows this week…?

I tend to hide behind the feeling that I've always been bigger than your common or garden female TV presenter – even in my fit days of competing in international sport I was a size 12 – but I came across a photo my husband Olley took for a magazine article many years ago (left), well before having the children, and it's given me new hope.

I'm going to put a copy of it on the fridge door – so much more motivating than a horrible fat 'I don't want to look like that again' picture. More 'Yes! I can do it – I WILL do it!'

Have a wonderful Christmas,

Kathy x


  1. Catherine Huntley December 26, 2009 at 8:19 am -  Reply

    Wow Kathy!
    Well done for changing habits. You do look fab as I mentioned the other day when I saw you.
    That piccie is great motivation, what a drop dead gorgeous stunner! The dress is fantastic, too! Whit woo!
    I’ve also been back on the Diet Chef wagon but allowed myself a few days here and there as it’s the festive time. I was amazed to find how full up I was on my Christmas dinner without overloading my plate. Usually I’d always go back for seconds but I was satisfied and didn’t want to make myself uncomfortable by overstuffing.
    I hope you & yours are having a wonderful time together. I look forward to seeing you soon.
    Much love as always,
    Catherine x

  2. Mrs.Shanti Rajan December 31, 2009 at 7:11 pm -  Reply

    Kathy ,
    You look fantastic then and NOW. You are one of the nicest presenters to watch as you dont pose or show off ! Good luck with your weight loss. We love you and wish you a Happy New Year.

  3. Mrs Heidi Barnett January 2, 2010 at 8:15 am -  Reply

    Hi Kathy,
    I love the photo of you,gorgeous hun! I have to say I think some peeps have been a tad cruel on facebook with regards to your weightloss. It is hard to lose weight once you get to 40+ but even if it is not ‘falling off’ you, I can see by your face it is starting to come off. If people look back at some older qvc videos,they will see a difference in you now. Keep it up! Even though I could not afford Diet Chef,I will be trying to lose some now xmas is gone as I’m a big 14 and used to be a toned 12 too! x

  4. Mary January 3, 2010 at 11:33 am -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, great to hear of your dieting success you have certainly reaped the benefit of your hard work and determination. I remember you as a competing athelete and presenter on breakfast TV, showing my age!!! I had noticed your hem lines rising; i am afraid that my hem line still remains firmly at the ankle especially after another year of continuous high dose steroids, reprieved only by a short break which didnt last long. However, not to dwell on the past, back to school monday and back to Slimming World on Thursday to face the music. Probably have 5 stone to lose but need to take it half a stone at a time and not expect the impossible!! DREADING GETING ON THE SCALES! just the thought of it makes me feel sick but it has to be done. Start power walking on Monday too so hope to have news of a loss after my first week. Wish me luck and again well done Kathy! Love to you and your family and happy new year. Mary x

  5. Susan Faulkner January 3, 2010 at 1:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy
    My name is Sue and today after a long absence from watching QVC I switched on today early am.
    Whats greeted me is the Diet Chef products.
    I switched back on at 11am and saw yourself explaining the Diet etc but what I noticed even more was how different and cvonfident you appeared,fantastic.
    I am umming and arhhing as to wether this change in diet would suit myyself,all the pratical suggestions etc are great as I work shifts etc and no matter what good intentions I start with they fall by the wayside,last year I joined a well known point system diet ending up failing,stopping and gaining ballooning to my heaviest ever. I at the moment am disgusted with what I weigh,17st2lbs. I would love to see 12stone again!!
    I suppose what I am asking is,Does and would this diet help with such a weight loss,I plan to make other changes,exercise etc. But does this diet help with quite a few stone or best for just a couple.
    I would love to hear your comments as I am eager to have a go but for me at the moment it is a lot of money of which I am willing to part with if this is suitable for a large weightloss,knowing my track record,but at the moment I feel I dont want to go out of the house.
    Thankyou for any time that you spend on reading this I know that you are a busy lady.
    Many thanks
    Kind Regards
    Sue Faulkner

  6. Mary January 6, 2010 at 5:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi again Kathy, just wanted to say that I saw you on one of the morning shows on the day it was the Diet Chef TSV and I think you had on a black tunic from Next with a lime and purple paisley design. Anyway, loved the tunic and you looked fabulous in your thick tights and boots. Definately given me inspiration for my first weigh in tomorrow – still feeling sick! Well done you. Best wishes Mary x

  7. Mary January 8, 2010 at 4:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, Mary again. Just to let you know how the weigh in went….Class was cancelled as the group leader was snowed in! Will have to remain feeling sick for another week but as I was so psyched up to start my Slimming World plan today I have done so!! My twin sister was coming with me but she is going away skiing on Sunday ( If the plane can take off) so I will have to go on my own which is even worse! Have a good weekend. Mary.

  8. ROSE MOORE January 14, 2010 at 11:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy. Your hard work on the diet is certainly noticeable. Well done, I know myself how hard it is!.. Today 14 Jan you were wearing the most FAB indigo top and jacket with sparkle round the neck, sleeves and front. I thought it looked decidedly like a kim and co style but when I phoned Liverpool they said it was your own… PLEASE PLEASE tell me where I can find it!
    Bestest wishes
    Rose MOORE

  9. Mary January 17, 2010 at 12:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, the deed was done on Thursday and i weighed in. Had felt physically sick all day and this was made worse by the fact that I went on my own and when I walked in to the class there must have been 80 people staring at me. I wanted to magically dissappear but survived and am now into my healthy eating plan. The class is really too large for comfort so have found a smaller one which a friend joined last week so I can switch over. I have also ordered a pilates machine which is due to arrive any time now. I spoke to my doctor and he thought it was a brilliant idea . My lung capacity is only 55% but he thinks it will help my fitness etc and asthma. Can’t wait to start. Have fun Mary x

  10. Lindsay Frame January 21, 2010 at 11:35 am -  Reply

    Kathy you look fab!
    And well done for losing all that weight, people forget how hard it is and it really is a slog!
    I have put on a lot of weight over the past year due to a medication that i am on and it just sucks the self confidence right out of you. Great to see someone succeeding and doing it the right way.
    Good on you girl 🙂
    Lindsay xx

  11. diane leek January 26, 2010 at 1:03 pm -  Reply

    Kathy,well done on your weight loss and persevering with growing your hair it looks great.
    I am thinking of ordering diet chef but cant figure out what extras you can have,fruit veg etc and is there an allowance of milk.
    Diane x

  12. margaret April 27, 2010 at 10:50 am -  Reply

    hello Kathy
    please don’t lose too much weight. As a size16 and a bit I think you look lovely today 27/04/10.
    You make me feel perhaps I don’t look soo awful.
    In my opinion some of the QVC presenters are too thin.
    Love to see you on -you are soo honest.
    All the best

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