Reaching your weight loss goal is not only about achieving the body shape you’ve dreamed of, it’s often the life changing boost to your self-esteem and confidence that makes the difference.
Here Diet Chef graduates share how losing weight has changed their lives and what motivated them to lose their weight.
Height: 5’ 1”
Weight before: 12st 2lb
Weight now: 10st 8lb
Dress Size before: 16/18
Dress size after: 12
Favourite Diet Chef Meals:
Chicken Fricassee and Paella
Tara, from Islington in London, has been with Diet Chef for five months and losing an impressive 21lb has given her confidence to go dating again! My GP had been burning my ears about my weight for ages, as I had high blood pressure and my waist was 44 inches. But I only felt motivated when my mum won an OBE, for her work with a homeless charity called Centre 404, and wanted me to go with her to Buckingham Palace. Not having anything to wear was an issue. That’s all changed now. Being able to fit into size 12 clothes again is fantastic.
And it’s been so easy. Diet Chef is simple to follow, and I don’t feel I’m on a diet as the food is so tasty. Just three minutes in a microwave and you’re done. Brilliant! I love the portion control as it was the one thing I couldn’t get right. I’d cook enough food for two and eat it all, and put on weight. Now I also get the portions right when I go out: I know I don’t need a large pizza – a small one is enough. Diet Chef stopped my sugar craving of at least one bar of chocolate a day. Now if I’m hungry between meals, I’ll have fruit.
And there’s so much variety with Diet Chef dishes that I’m never bored. I leave the meals in the box, and each night I close my eyes and I put my hand in to pick out a surprise dinner! Losing weight gave me confidence to change. I’ve chopped my hair into a chocolate bob (before I was grey and mousy). I’m invited out much more as I’m a happier person to be with, and even tried speed dating. I’d never have done it before. When I arrived in my pencil skirt and top with a plunging neckline, I could feel the whole room turn and look, as if to say: “Wow! Who’s that?” That was a great feeling.
“Losing weight gave me confidence. I’m also invited out much more as I’m a happier person to be with!”
Height: 5’ 5”
Weight before: 10st 11lb
Weight after: 9st 2lb
Size before: 16
Size now: 12
Favourite Diet Chef meals:
Chicken Mulligatawny Soup, Sweet Potato & Coconut Soup, Paella
Erin, from Windsor in Berkshire, lost the 21lb she gained during her second pregnancy after being on the Diet Chef plan for two months Diet Chef was perfect for me because it’s so much about eating the right food rather than doing loads of exercise, and after my second son, I don’t have time to work out much. The programme is so easy and that fits in with my lifestyle too: I’m so busy with my parenting consultancy, and of course now I have two children. My business is all about helping mums with stress-free parenting techniques, and I always look for stress-free solutions in life, and that’s what Diet Chef is!
The only thing I worried about was the fact that Diet Chef allowed me to have pasta and rice, which I love. But learning about portion control meant I ate the right amount of carbs without gaining weight. I loved the convenience too – just take your meal out of the box and add a bit of rice and you’re ready.
And everything tastes fresh and natural, whether it’s Paella or Chicken Tikka Masala. Life has changed for the better and that’s really great: I can finally get into the clothes I want to wear and show who I am. That means a lot to me, especially in my work, when I go out and speak to mothers all over the world, and have to present a confident image. I wasn’t shy before, but thanks to Diet Chef I’m really, really in my groove!
“Life has changed for the better and that’s really great. I can finally get into the clothes I want to wear and show who I am”
Simon Green & Gwen Pearson
Gwen, 38 and Simon, 44 both from Milton Keynes decided to do something about their weight when they saw the photos from the Christmas party at Simon’s manufacturing firm. Simon in particular was stunned at his photo “I was shocked about how many chins I had! With New Year approaching, it seemed like the best time to get on a diet and kickstart a healthy lifestyle.”
“I had borderline high blood pressure. But the real wake-up call was when I was admitted to hospital with chest pains. Tests revealed nothing was wrong, but I was still worried. I saw Diet Chef advertised and liked the way it worked – a calorie controlled diet delivered in hampers every month.”
Gwen also thought starting a healthy lifestyle was a good idea. “I knew I could stand to lose a few pounds and as Simon and I tend to share the cooking duties, I thought it was a good time for me to start a diet too.”
The couple spotted an internet advert for Diet Chef and decided it could be the right plan for them. “It sounded like the best solution for us as we both work long hours and don’t really have the time to fuss about with diet food – having everything delivered in our own hampers would leave us more time in the evening for R&R!”
Simon was amazed that he lost six pounds in the first week, “It was incredible! My trousers were already feeling loser and I didn’t even feel like I was on a diet.” Gwen also experienced success by losing three pounds in the same first week, “I was delighted! I was a little sceptical about the diet at first but felt so much more energised”. The pair found the food tasty and delicious and have continued to order the hampers. “We love food and still have not made it through the extensive range on offer, some of my favourites include Chilli Con Carne and Chicken Fricassee,” adds Gwen.
Gwen and Simon have lost over six stone between them. “We feel great! The food is delicious and we’re now jetting away more often with all the money that we’re saving from food shopping!” The couple have also started experimenting in the kitchen, “Diet Chef have a fantastic range of simple and healthy recipes that we like cook together a few times a week, overall it’s a great plan and has made us feel like a team once again!”