The slim secrets of meal delivery diets
We tried a food delivery service and stole its smart tricks for a slim kitchen
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.