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.
What Bodychef Plans are available and what will they cost me?
There are 24 different meal plans offered within Bodychef Bespoke, some seasonal*:
From £15.98 per day:
- Blood Suagr
- Merry Slimbo*
- Premier Diet
- Vegetarian - see our advice on vegetarian meals
From £17.98 per day:
- Low GI - see our report on the GI diet
- Winter Warmer*
- Gluten Free
- Detox - see our report on detox diets
- Halal Low-Gi
- Halal Premier Diet
From £19.98 per day:
- Flat Belly - see our legs, bums and tums exercise plan
- Mediterranean - see our Mediterranean diet report
- Low-Carb - see our low carb diet report
- Sirt Diet
- Dukan Attack Diet - see our review of the Dukan Diet
- Dukan Cruise Diet
- Clean & Lean
- Summer Slim Diet*
- Low Sugar
- Halal Low-Carb
- Halal Mediterranean
From £21.30 per day:
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.
Costs depend on the plan you opt for and the calorie allowance your are set at, this can range from 1000-2500 calories a day.
Roughly however, you could pay anywhere between:
- £15.98 - £26.98 per day
- £320 - £540 per month
There is also a £5.95 delivery charge on every order.
New for 2018 is the Bodychef Select option. This is 1 diet plan made by yourself.
You can select your preferences of either or all of the following:
- Dairy Free
- Wheat and Gluten Free
You have the choice of 60 meal and snack options and can selcet your meals daily.
This new plan starts from £12.00.
How does Bodychef compare to Weight Loss Resources?
For just £11.95 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.
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 between 7-5 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.
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.
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 Flat Belly Diet||Bran Flakes with Raisins||Spicy Sausage Pasta with Pesto Sauce||Chicken & Spinach Tortilla Wrap|
|The Vegetarian Diet||Low Fat Fruit Yoghurt & Bran Flakes||Egg Mayonnaise Pitta||Savory Vegetable Pie with Cabbage|
|The Low Carb Diet||Soft Cheese on Seeded Bread||Mixed Salad with Tuna||Chicken & Broccoli Stew|
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, a live chat on the website, 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.
No, unlike Weight Loss Resources, there is no free trial. Any questions can be answered via their telephone service.
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
Bodychef says that you can expect a healthy weight loss of up to 2lbs a week.
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.
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.
You can visit the Body Chef website here: https://www.bodychef.com/
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