The slim se­crets of meal de­liv­ery di­ets

We tried a food de­liv­ery ser­vice and stole its smart tricks for a slim kitchen

Diabetic Living - - Contents -

Dis­cover the suc­cess be­hind packaged food plans and make it work for you

“You’ve gained weight.” Those were my doc­tor’s first words at my check-up last year. Ouch. I knew I’d been stress-eat­ing, and the re­sult was an ex­tra four ki­los. Then a mate sug­gested a ser­vice that de­liv­ers kilo­joule-con­trolled meals. At $150 to $175 a week, it was steep, but when my dad gave me a birth­day cheque, I splurged.

The first morn­ing, an in­su­lated bag ar­rived at my door con­tain­ing three meals, a snack and dessert – all within my al­lot­ted 5000 to 5800 daily kilo­joules. It was tasty, though por­tions were tiny. Lunch and din­ner – a chicken-man­gorocket salad, plus prawns with beans and veg – were Lean Cui­sine-sized. Toma­toes with cheese for a snack. Just enough berry tri­fle to fill an es­presso cup.

By day three, my stom­ach was rum­bling. I pan­icked, think­ing there wasn’t enough food. But af­ter my snack, din­ner and dessert, I felt fine. Once my body had ad­justed, my hunger went away.

By month’s end, I lost 2.7kg. Af­ter an­other 30 days, I shed 1.4kg more. Then I started to worry. What would hap­pen when I couldn’t af­ford the lux­ury?

De­ter­mined not to slide, I started re-cre­at­ing meals and us­ing strate­gies that I’d learnt from the ser­vice. The scale has held steady since. Here are the tips that stuck af­ter the boxes stopped ar­riv­ing.

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