Sainsburys Diets (Dietplan) Review
By the wlr team
Sainsburysdiets.co.uk was an online diet website which offered plans for weight loss or weight maintenance.
You can still get limited diet and healthy eating information on the main Sainsburys website, but there are no longer tools or plans. If you like the sound of what Sainsburys used to offer, take free trial of the tools here on wlr. (They do include what you could get at Sainsburys, but things have moved on a long way since then.)
For the sake of history, our review of the Sainsbury offerening remains below.
Sainsburys Diets (Historical) Review
When signing up to dietplan (Sainsbury Diets) online, you first select the method that you would like to follow, either food diary or meal plan. You are then asked to select your health status:
- I have type 1 diabetes.
- I have type 2 diabetes.
- I have coeliac disease / an intolerance to wheat.
- I am being treated by my doctor for high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
- I have a history of a serious illness.
- I am having dialysis for kidney failure.
- I have had surgery within the last 3 months.
- I have an eating disorder e.g. anorexia or bulimia nervosa.
- I am pregnant.
- I am breastfeeding.
Sign up continues with a series of tick boxes and questions to set up your profile, before you are asked to purchase membership.
If certain boxes are ticked on sign up regarding health status, you get an information message and this then cancels the process.
This option is ideal if you don't like being told what to eat. It's flexible and easy to use. Your personal online diary keeps you on track to lose weight.
This option provides guidance on what to eat and you can select from 8 weight loss plans:
- Health & Vitality Plan
- Avoiding Gluten Plan
- Reduced Fat Plan
- Feel Fuller Plan
- GI Plan
- Healthy Heart Plan
- Higher Fibre Plan
Each diet option tells you a bit about it, as well as offering an example menu. You can pick one that looks best for you although the sample menus are all very similar. Sainsbury Diets state in most plans that they are based on the eatwell plate. Each plan has breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
- 12 Weeks £30 - £2.00 per week
- 26 Weeks £50 - £1.92 per week
- 52 Weeks £75 - £1.44 per week
- After this initial period, the cost of the diet plan changes to £12 every 4 weeks (£3 per week) until you cancel. Sainsbury’s Diets will often run reduced membership price incentives, plus nectar card points.
As well as the food diary and meals plans, you get access to:
- A Body Shape plan to help you tone up
- Use of the Recipe Club
- Access via mobile phone
- Diet Forums for support
- Help and guidance in 'News & Views'
Unfortunately Not! Your initial input will give you a forecast for calories needed to lose or maintain plus your BMI, but this is nothing different to the free tools offered by us.
There’s no free trial period, so can’t actually try before you buy. If you don’t like it, you’ll end up losing pounds from your purse rather than your waist.
You can personalise the meal plans available at Sainsburysdiets, stating how much time you have to cook or eat each meal, whether you prefer cereal or toast or haven’t time for full breakfast. You are allowed convenience foods or you can cook recipes from scratch.
Like many other new online diet sites, Sainsburys Diets recognises that alcohol forms part of our diet, and they have also included an alcoholic drinks section.
You can also choose to remove food from the Sainbsurys diet menu.
- Activity levels
- Leisure activities
You can choose to lose weight or maintain weight.
There are instructions for setting your goal and Sainsburysdiets do encourage you to use small goals which are more motivating. The maximum you can opt to lose at this point is 20% of your total weight. You can come back at a later date to change your goal if you want to.
Rate of weight loss is automatically calculated from the data you enter based on a rate of 2lb each week. You cannot manually alter the amount of calories for your plan if you wish to lose weight at a rate slower than 2lb per week. This is the case whether you want to lose a single lb or 5 stone.
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