I’ve been overweight since I was about 5 years old and I’ve been unhappy with my weight ever since. My Mum had to buy me clothes which were really for girls much older than me, because no clothes meant for my age group would fit me. I was ashamed about that, but I got used to it, if that makes sense?
Hands up, if like me, you’ve tried the Cambridge Diet, Weight Watchers and Slimming World? I’ve tried them all. With limited success.
The last time I dieted was the year 2000. My Mum cooked for me (so I didn’t have to!) and I lost a good stone and a half. But – as is usually the case when we diet – I put all the weight on AND MORE a year later, when I got made redundant from my job as a PA 6 weeks after moving into my own flat. It was the best job ever, I had great friends, I had a fabulous time. When all the fun stopped and I had to sign on to benefits, I fell back on food & alcohol as a big comfort. So now I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been and – to be honest – the reason I’ve not dieted is down to laziness. I get frustrated with having to buy special foods, get the scales out and measure every ingredient for every recipe and then deal with the dreadful hunger pangs in-between meals. So I’m super-excited about getting the chance to try out Diet Chef’s 28 Day Hamper. Tasty food, all prepared for you (you just have to microwave it or cook on the hob) and you’re good to go.
Plus there are meal replacement milkshakes and a snack everyday too! 28 days-worth of breakfast, lunch and dinner delivered straight to your door for a brilliant price (it works out at £4.98 a day for your entire day’s food!). And remember there’s a whopping £29.34 saving on the whole hamper to start with. No more weighing stuff out, no more preparing meals from scratch each night, no more hassle! Phew!
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Diet Chef is brilliant if, like me, you’ve got a busy, rush-around lifestyle, when you’ve got 200 things on the go at once! Let’s face it, that really is one of the main reasons why most of us trip up on diets! So to show you how I’m getting along, I’ll be recording a video diary as part of my blog and I’ll give you regular updates on my weight loss and inch loss (fingers crossed, eh?)
In an ideal world I’d like to lose about 2 stone overall this year, in order to get back to a more healthy weight for my height (5ft 7inches). Obviously I won’t lose that in the first 28 days on the plan, so I’m reckoning on doing Diet Chef for at least three months to see how close to that goal I can get. I’m under no illusions: it’s going to be a challenge. Especially when I’ve got to cut back on my favourite drink: BEER! I am in turmoil over this fact alone
The general advice from the NHS is if lose weight steadily (1-2lbs a week), you’re more likely to keep it off. Diet Chef’s 1200 calories a day (800 from the ready-made meals you get delivered and then the 400 cals from the fruit, vegetables and diary you’re advised to add to the plan each day) should do that for me. And that makes me very happy. To stop those hunger cravings, I’m going to be using SLIM-BE sticks too, the natural way to trick your stomach into thinking it’s full so you don’t reach for the cakes and biscuits when you’re hungry (which has always been my downfall).
WHAT I’VE EATEN TODAY (DAY 1)
2 SLIM-BE STICKS: one mixed with water 30mins before each meal, + a glass of water thereafter to wash the Slim-Be powder down.
BREAKFAST: Porridge with Cacao chips for breakfast (with 125ml semi-skimmed milk from my allowance). Once I’d gotten over the size of the portion, it tasted nice. Obviously it’s got a lot less sugar in the dish than we’re used to. Newspapers are always full of articles about how much cereals are laden with sugar! The lack of sugar is something I’m hoping I’ll quickly get used to!
LUNCH: Popped over to my in-laws for an hour or so, my stomach started grumbling there because I forgot to pack a Slim-Be stick! Raced home, downed a strawberry-flavour stick & my glass of water, waited 30 mins before warming up the Pea & Ham Soup on the hob. It was delish with lovely little chunks of ham in.
DINNER: Is going to be Lasagne with some broccoli spears.
SNACK: Maple popcorn.
ADDED FRUIT: I have a box of raspberries with some natural yoghurt on standby for pudding if I need it!
It’d be so nice to see my waistline reduce instead of continually increase as it has these last 14years! I can’t wait to feel happier in myself, more confident and comfortable in my clothes. I’m a little shame-faced to admit to you that my Body Mass Index is 30 which is classed as obese. So this really is time to make a change. But I’m being realistic: I don’t want to be super-skinny, I never have wanted to be. But it’d be nice to get into a Size 14 comfortably instead of the Size 16/18 that I am now. Wish me luck!
And if you’re dieting to or making a change in your life, let me know. Let’s help each other.
By the way, to find out much more about Diet Chef join me this Friday 17th Jan on QVC live at 11am for a full hour with Izzy Cameron. We’ll delve much deeper into the hamper, all the foods inside and explain how you too could achieve a safe, healthy, steady weight loss in 2014.
WHERE YOU CAN FIND ME ON QVC
Wed 15th January
12noon – Vercella Vita Italian Shapewear (chic shapewear, helping you create a sexy silhouette)
4pm – Join Clothes (graceful draping and well-cut lines with most styles in one size)
Friday 17th January
9am -The Morning Show (me & Kathy Tyler – a show packed full of variety to start your QVC day)
11am – Diet Chef (tasty, easy meal plans to help you lose weight safely)
12noon – At Home with QVC (everything you need to make your home dazzle this new year)
Monday 20th January
9am – The Morning Show (me & Simon Biagi)
11am – Dennis Basso Boutique (join me and one of New York’s hottest celebrity clothes designers live in the studio showcasing his ridiculously luxurious faux fur coat range)
1pm – Susan Graver Style Outlet (superb sale prices on stylish pieces from this exciting range)
Friday 24th January
6pm – VAX Home Cleaning (an hour packed with products from one of Britain’s best-selling vacuum cleaning brands)
10pm – Accessories by Kipling (indulge with Marie-Francoise Wolff & I as we take you through some delectable purses, accessories and handbags from this fantastic range, produced in Belgium)
11pm – Vitamix (see this terrific whole-food blender in full-on action, demonstrating why this might well become the most-used appliance in your kitchen. Healthy meals a-go-go!)
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