Diet Chef HamperI’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 🙁

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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).




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.


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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  1. Louise Shepherd January 15, 2014 at 10:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marv
    Wishing you the best of luck with your diet ambition. It is bad enough being a woman in any walk of life and feeling less than your best – for you being on telly, it must be even worse!
    I’ve done pretty much every diet out there, always with the intention of maintaining the weight loss, only to be side-tracked by that annoying thing called life!
    My January re-boot starts on Monday – I’m going to be doing the Jason Vale Juice Detox (5lbs in 5 days). If it works, that’s a bonus – it’s more the fact I’m consciously taking a positive step, and I dare say for you it’s that taking a positive step that energises and motivates you to maintain the diet.
    Only bit I’m not looking forward to is weighing myself and measuring myself as well 🙁 Just so I get a before and after to see if it’s actually worked.

  2. Beth January 17, 2014 at 6:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marverine,
    I just want to wish you all the very best with Diet Chef – you really are a lovely person (I’m a good judge of character!) and you are NOT lazy! At least with Diet Chef, as you say you won’t have to weigh things or calorie counting or checking labels – I’ve been there and it’s a pain and the resolve doesn’t last long.
    It must have been hard having to wear bigger clothes as a youngster – I help out at a youth group and one of the lads there gets comments thrown at him mainly at school. It’s not nice to hear.
    I am a bit of a hypocrite as I said in my last reply I didn’t have any New Year resolutions but one was to bake – well I baked Shortbread this week (something “easy” for me to start with!) and hmm, Ian had one portion and I had the rest. Think I’ll focus on something else!
    I wish you all the very best with the diet and I’ve got to head off now (Ian’s just called me down for dinner!) but I’ll post you a photo of Scarlett asap as I’m not on Facebook. I hope you didn’t mind me mentioning it as I know Conkers’ was a very special and much-missed pet. I last had cats 5 years ago and it’s finally time to have another.
    Will be in touch soon, you take care,
    Beth XXX

  3. Claire Sutton January 17, 2014 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    Miss Marv,
    All love and luck for diet chef are quite simply marvellous Marv ! And a pleasure to have amongst us… Look forward to seeing less of you…!!!!! As in the results of diet chef !…crikey that sound wrong! But you know what I mean,
    Love your fellow presenter,
    Claire x

  4. b ward January 18, 2014 at 4:33 pm -  Reply

    i have had to diet since my thirties, each time i stick to it
    get down by a few stone, keep it off a year and then its back
    again plus more
    I am beginning to think we are meant to get bigger the older
    we get.
    But it certainly makes you feel awful to be more than several stone overweight.
    So here i go again, nine pound off in the last two weeks, and i am still
    heavier than i have ever been before. But No. keep positive
    and onward.
    What i find strange is that until you see a photograph or go to buy clothes and finding they do not fit, you never feel fatter, apart
    from the exhaustion and tiredness that is!!
    Denial i know.

  5. Marverine Cole January 21, 2014 at 8:04 pm -  Reply

    Thanks for all your comments, Ladies. Claire: you’re a gem, see you at the Q soon
    Louise: how did your Jason Vale go? He’s originally from around my way. Think he’s from Solihull or Sutton Coldfield, done so well for himself. I love love love this TURBO CHARGE SMOOTHIE. Very addictive! Did you lose 5lbs?
    Beth: I didn’t mind you asking about Conkers at all. I am past the stage of crying each time he’s mentioned so that’s a good thing. But friends of ours have just had to put their beloved labrador down and that news has brought some of my sadness back. Funny how that happens. I feel for my friends so so much because they are heartbroken. On a much lighter note: your shortbread turned out ok? Did you decorate it with melted chocolate or anything?
    B Ward: 9lbs is great, but you’re so right, it is difficult keeping the weight off the older we get. Keep trying and do it for your happiness (no-one else’s) but also try not to get obsessed by losing weight. Sometimes we have to try to strike the balance between accepting who we are and making the best of what we have got. Accentuate our faces with good quality skincare and make-up and find flattering clothing. Just as good for the self-esteem 🙂

  6. Jeff Turbo March 22, 2014 at 5:41 am -  Reply

    Good luck with Diet Chef! Never heard of it until reading your post here and watching your video, interesting diet – thanks for the post!

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