Delivered Diet Food: The Natural Ketosis Company (Go Lower)

By WLR's Site Manager, Laurence Beeken

The Natural Ketosis Company (previously Go Lower) is an online diet delivery site that provides high protein and low carbohydrate meals delivered to you in a hamper every 2 weeks.

Claiming to be the experts in high protein, low carb diets, The Natural Ketosis Company (Go Lower) aim to deliver premade weight loss meals which are cost effective.

How much will Go Lower delivered food diet cost me?

  • £7.50-£8 per day.

There is a minimum of 2 months of the programme which will cost £480 in two £240 payments or £430 if paid up front.

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How does Go Lower diet delivery work?

The theory is that when you stop eating starch and sugar your body will start to burn excess fat to provide itself with energy - ketosis.  There is no need to starve yourself, or replace meals with shakes.  The delivered food in the diet does it all for you.

Using a 5 step process, you are encouraged to eat low carbohydrate for life. This is meant to encourage the weight to stay off even after you leave the programme.

  • Go lower consultation – the first stage to make sure you are ready. Carried out on a one to one basis (over the phone)
  • Go lower fat burn – the next stage prompted by the delivery meals
  • Go lower fast inch loss – during this third stage snacks and puddings are introduced.
  • Go lower transition – you are encouraged to make your own meals
  • Go lower independence – you are encouraged to pick your own lunches and dinners

It is advertised that no exercise is required whilst following the plan to still lose weight.

Bespoke Programme

If you choose not to follow the full delivered food diet there is an option offered called the Bespoke Programme. You send Go Lower your 10 favourite recipes and they modify them to make them low starch and sugar then send them back. You still have some of the diet food delivered: breakfasts, lunches, snacks and treats, but you prepare your own dinners whilst still sticking to their ketosis diet.

This programme, despite coming with less food, costs the same as the regular programme due to the time taken for the Go Lower nutritionists to look at your recipes.

How many calories am I allowed with Go Lower?

There is no specific calorie quota given, although meals are calorie counted.  The plan is essentially a low carb diet.

Go Lower claim that you will also benefit from:

  • Great Skin
  • More energy
  • Improved Sleep
  • Improved Cholesterol profile
  • Decreased Blood Pressure

A typical menu for the Go Lower Plan

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snacks Treats (Only allowed one per week)
Breakfast Nut Clusters Green Thai Chicken Soup Pork Milanese Smokey Bacon Go Lower Crunch Go Lower Chocolate Brazils
Breakfast Nut Clusters with Fruit and Yoghurt Mild Salami & Classic Vinaigrette Moroccan Style Lamb Meatballs Go Lower Coconut Nut Bar Go Lower Chocolate Brownie
Almond Porridge (Only once per week) Smoked Haddock Soup Chicken Tikka Masala Go Lower Raspberry Nut Bar Go Lower Chocolate Mousse

Breakfast is where you get most of the carbs in the diet, and as such they are rather uninteresting. The other meals however do vary, which will help to keep the taste buds interested.

What support is offered by Go Lower?

Before joining you get a free call back option to discuss the site and what it has to offer.

Once you begin the programme you receive one to one support from a personal consultant. They look into what your weight loss goals should be. They can be contacted daily (9am to 8pm) if needed, or Go Lower will ring you each week to check on your progress.

Calls are free from a landline, but if using a mobile check your price plan.

The consultants are trained in nutrition but are not qualified. Similarly, their nutritionists all have ‘day jobs’ so it is unlikely that they are as hands on as the web site suggests.

Can I try before I buy?

No, unlike Weight Loss Resources, there is no free trial.

Will Go Lower Work For Me?

Although the rate of weight loss sounds good, following this particular plan could be problematic in the future as it is basically a low carb diet similar to Atkins.

Reducing carbohydrates in your diet entirely is extremely difficult in today’s society. There is the temptation to revert to eating carbs after the diet ends which could mean regaining all of your lost weight.

There are also health risks linked with following these types of diet plans. Having such large quantities of protein especially if you are a sufferer of high blood pressure will put tremendous strain on your kidneys.

Because there is no way to monitor your additional eating, following this delivered food diet allows you to eat the largest quantity of food as it is not calorie controlled. However as all of this food must be meats, eggs or dairy, if you do eat extra it will add largely to the cost.

Extra food is extra money on top of the hefty sum you would already be paying and the items allowed are all expensive.

How much weight could I lose?

Go Lower claim that you will lose a stone a month by following their diet delivery programme. That's quite high, but not totally unusual for low carb. The problem is that much of this initial weight loss will be glycogen and water lost from your muscle tissues rather than fat.

Weight Loss Resources' View

Go Lower’s low carb/ketosis diet will result in weight loss as we know from the similar Atkins diet. We also know that maintaining ketosis for any period of time is near impossible, and has associated health issues (plus there’s the bad breath)!  The fact that ‘fast’ weight loss is highlighted a number of times throughout the website also rings alarm bells as rapid weight loss is not desirable for the majority of people.

Their ‘no need to exercise’ stance is probably due to the fact that without energy from carbs you would be unable to sustain and form of fitness anyway, so combined with rapid weight loss you may just end up very baggy…

The idea of ‘banning’ or ‘limiting’ carbs makes this diet rather faddy, and more likely to fail after the initial weight loss. Go Lower may claim to ‘re-educate’ you, but the lessons are not on how to eat a balanced diet, which includes carbohydrates.

Ultimately, until more research is done to identify the long-term risks or benefits of low carb diets, it would be best to err on the side of caution. If you still want to give it a go, try it for a couple of weeks at most and then transferring to a longer-term, lower-fat diet that includes a wide range of foods, including carbs!

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