Delivered Diet Food: Bodychef Review

By WLR's Food Information Executive, Laurence Beeken

Bodychef is a diet delivery service which prepares and cooks meals that are then delivered to your door. Their meals are ethically sourced, free from added colourings and preservatives and designed to help you eat heathily and lose weight.

The package includes your food delivered conveniently to you, allowing you to enjoy meals and retrain your eating habits in the process.  

Bodychef say their plans are designed to be nutritionally balanced and to give you your 5-a-day. All you will need to add is milk and water.

Bodychef Plans

23 different meal plans are offered, some seasonal*:  

These can be ordered for 3, 4 or 5 days. If you sign up for longer, then the diet food is delivered twice weekly to your door.

How much will the Bodychef delivered food diet cost me?

(Prices checked January 2017)

  • £15.98 - £26.98 per day
  • £486 - £820 per month

Costs depend on the plan you opt for and the calorie allowance your are set at. There are currently some special offers for newbies.

How does Bodychef compare to Weight Loss Resources?

For just £9.95 per month you can use all of the tools and resources available from WLR.  You’ll learn how to reduce portions without feeling hungry and how to change your habits to lose weight for the long term. You get the freedom to make you own choices, lose it your way.

Why not take a free trial and see how you can lose weight and control your own meals.

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How does the diet delivery work?

After deciding on a premade meal plan and calorie allowance, you order for one of the time periods shown or you can opt for a longer period if you wish.

You then receive a food hamper to last 3-4 days along with a guide on how to set up each meal. The food is delivered in pre-packaged bags and ice packed boxes all weighed out to ensure the correct calories each day.

The meals will include things such as side salads, tubs of uncooked pasta and ready to microwave meats or curries that need to be cooked separately then combined to form your whole meal. The only things you will need to add is milk and water, unless you are between their preset calorie allowances, in which case you may need to add snacks.

The theory is simple; to lose weight, simply eat what is allocated for each day.

Once you are on a plan, you can 'plan hop' as you go along and change meals if you come across anything you don't like. 

How many calories do I get with Bodychef?

The options are 1000, 1200, 1600, 2000 and 2500 calories. Before you go ahead and order you have to open an account which asks you questions about your height, activity levels and current weight to determine your calorie allowance. You are then sent a diet report with your BMI, calories needed to lose weight etc. Using this, you can work out which calorie option to go for. But if you are between their options (1500 for example) you will need to add your own snacks to your daily intake. This would be difficult to track without a food diary and could scupper your chances of weight loss.  

A typical 3 day Bodychef menu

Users select the plan they want to follow and the length of time they want to order for. The system then selects the hamper to send. You can add food exclusions to your profile so those foods won't be included in your hamper.

The sample menu below is from the Premiere plan for someone with a daily calorie allowance of 1200:

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Desserts
Low Fat Fruit Yoghurt & Small Deluxe Muesli (Milk not provided) Cheesy Coleslaw & Tuna Tortilla Wrap One Pot Spicy Beef, Small Quinoa & Salad Bodychef Brownie
Low Fat Yoghurt & Small Bran Flakes (Milk not provided) Small Coronation Chicken with 4 Oatcakes & Small Mixed Leaf & Tomato Salad Stir Fry Chicken with Veg & White Rice Fresh Fruit Salad
Small Granola (Milk not provided) Tuna, Cucumber, Orange & Sliced Beetroot Tortilla Wrap Turkey Meatballs in Sweet Pepper Sauce with Tagliatelle Fruit Jelly

 

What support do Bodychef offer?

Consultations are offered if needed at any time during your weight loss journey with Bodychef. The team can be contacted by submitting the online form, phone or email.

If you email for advice though, don't hold your breath. We tested the email response time to check what qualifications the team hold, but after 48 hours still had no reponse.  

Can I try before I buy?

No, unlike Weight Loss Resources, there is no free trial. Any questions can be answered via their telephone service.

Will Bodychef work for me?

Following the correct, calorie-counted meal plan will certainly lead to weight loss but spending £15.98 per day it is not possible for many people.

Body Chef allows customers to make alterations to their menus as much as they like. They can accommodate for allergies to wheat, dairy and gluten if needed. So if you need this to be done for you Body Chef would be a good option for that.

Following one of the 3, 4, or 5 day plans for their short time period might be a good idea to get the weight shifting temporarily and get your motivation moving but for long term healthy weight loss it just seems too expensive.

If you are short of time, then you may struggle with this plan as there is a certain amount of microwave cooking and ‘assembly’ involved. The Bodychef dinners are all ready prepared, but you would still have to cook the pre-weighed pasta and your pre-washed veggies before cooking your bolognese in the microwave!

The Bodychef provides three meals a day with the additional fresh fruit and snacks in between, depending on your calorie requirement. The plans also give you the amount of calories you require to achieve a healthy steady weight loss while retraining your eating habits. Therefore, as long as you eat everything that the Bodychef provides you for each day, it is ultimately your choice as to how you spread your food intake throughout the day.

You’ll need to buy approximately 3/4 pint of skimmed or semi-skimmed milk for teas, coffees and cereals. Alcohol is not recommended

How much weight could I lose?

Bodychef says that you can expect a healthy weight loss of up to 2lbs a week.

Weight Loss Resources' View

Expensive diet delivery, portion controlled meal plans will certainly work to get the weight off, if followed exactly. But maintaining them for any lengthy period of time is extremely costly.

When we looked through the website, the exact details of the meal plans were not clear, so you will end up phoning them to clarify.  

Learning to prepare and cook your own portion and calorie counted meals is the best way to ensure long term weight loss success. Ultimately you’ll learn the correct methods on how to maintain your weight once you get to goal.

Devise Your Own Diet Plan

If you'd like to devise your own diet plan (or use one of ours) why not take a 24hr free trial...

You'll get full access to the UK's largest online calorie and nutrition database, extensive recipes and plans databases, and you can calorie count your own recipes and plans.

References

The BodyChef website

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