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Want to try and lose weight? Testers needed for Diet Chef products: £200 John Lewis voucher to be won for feedback. NOW CLOSED

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AngelieMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 15-Aug-14 13:32:56

Diet Chef, the UK’s largest diet home delivery company, would like to Mumsnetters to put their offering to the test.

Diet Chef say "We give you breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack for each day of the week. Everything is calorie counted and portion controlled so you just tuck in and enjoy. We believe you should eat the food you love, so our menu, with around 100 delicious dishes, even include things like curry and pasta. With Diet Chef you can expect to lose 1-2 pounds a week, in line with UK Government recommendations for healthy, sustainable weight loss, while eating real, yummy food."

They have been working on responding to feedback on both meals and user experience, and would love to know what you think of the improvements they have made.

They would like to offer 10 Mumsnetters the opportunity to try out their diet delivery service for one month – this service is worth £245.

If you would be interested in joining the product test please click here and add your details.

Those selected will be sent a code, which will allow them to order a free 4-week hamper, with their preferred meal options. The meals are all delivered at the same time in one 4-week box, so you will need somewhere to store the food. However, because the food is heat sealed then pressure cooked within the packaging, you don't need to store it in the fridge; the cupboard under the stairs, a pantry, or a kitchen cupboard is fine.

We'd like testers to offer feedback at the end of each week, both on the food, the service and – if they don't mind sharing – how much weight they have lost and how they feel.

Everyone who offers feedback will be entered into a prize draw to win a £200 John Lewis voucher.

NB Diet Chef is not recommended for breastfeeding mothers.

Good luck!


yellowsnownoteatwillyou Fri 15-Aug-14 14:20:30

This looks like a great idea signed up and ready. smile

Crumpledandcreased Fri 15-Aug-14 17:27:16

I'm going to sign up. I've often considered giving it a go.

DurhamDurham Fri 15-Aug-14 17:36:16

Be interesting to see just how stress and hassle free this diet is. It sounds great to have meals delivered to your door. I'm hoping the meals would be interesting and filling enough to stop my habit of snacking, especially on an evening. I have about half a stone to loose so this sounds ideal for me grin

PollyCazaletWannabe Fri 15-Aug-14 17:39:23

Done! Hoping I get picked as this sounds ideal for me.

NapoleonsNose Fri 15-Aug-14 17:56:16

Signed up. Hope I'm picked to give me a well needed kick up the backside to lose weight again!

TaperJeanGirl Fri 15-Aug-14 18:00:09

Signed up, I would love to give this a gosmile

Itsfab Fri 15-Aug-14 18:00:33

I have signed up.

I have used them previously so hope this won't go against me. I am interested to try again as I have lost a stone each time I try a new plan and then stall so want to see if it is always a one hit wonder or whether it will work for me with 2 stone to lose.

IScreamForIceCream Fri 15-Aug-14 18:09:49

I've love to try this too! I wasn't lucky enough to be selected for the FitBug trial, so maybe I'll be lucky enough to get picked for this?

I've signed too. <hopeful>

So signed up. Would like to see if this stops my dreadful snacking habit too. Plus I'm rubbish at thinking up healthily meals so this would be a big help!

WarmHugs Fri 15-Aug-14 19:29:47

Sounds fantastic for lazy people like me!

Would love to try this - I see the ads on TV a lot and am often tempted.

Fingers crossed, good luck all!

BIWI Fri 15-Aug-14 20:00:55

The meals are all delivered at the same time in one 4-week box

Lovely. Really healthy, natural and unprocessed food then hmm

Itsfab Fri 15-Aug-14 20:10:10

You don't have to eat them, BIWI, but for some people this is a good or only option.

ItStillLooksLikeRainDear Fri 15-Aug-14 20:14:36

I'd love to try this. Fingers crossed.

BIWI Fri 15-Aug-14 20:22:42

I won't be eating them any time soon. For a start, they won't be based on any kind of healthy eating plan I recognise, as they are almost certainly going to be very high in carbs. But it's the lack of fresh ingredients that really puts me off. How on earth can foods that are available for you to eat for four weeks going to be 'healthy' as they claim?

BIWI Fri 15-Aug-14 20:26:19

And how come this will be people's 'only option'? hmm

Itsfab Fri 15-Aug-14 20:30:37

For many reasons, BIWI. I am sure you can use your imagination.

And you add the fresh vegetables yourself. It isn't just the DC food.

DrunkenWhore Fri 15-Aug-14 20:32:16

I've signed up. Id like to try this I have a massive amount to lose and can never stick to a diet for very long. Would be good to see if this any different.

OhMyActualDays Fri 15-Aug-14 20:42:51

I agree. I have a lot to lose and it is definitely worth a try!

HarlotOTara Fri 15-Aug-14 21:32:40

Just back from holiday eaten far too much and in the mood to try this out please xx

ouryve Fri 15-Aug-14 23:13:19

I'm with BIWI. I need to lose a stone and it's so tempting, but living off UHT ready meals (with meat from goodness knows where - I doubt if anything is higher welfare) for a month sounds so depressing.

If I still need to add veg, I could live off game, certified sustainable seafood and organic free range chicken or turkey for a month, for that money.

CointreauVersial Sat 16-Aug-14 00:05:37

Maybe you should put your name down BIWI, to offer some "constructive" feedback. grin

I have to agree, though - it does sound a bit gross, like space food, perhaps.

Squiffie Sat 16-Aug-14 01:49:39

Signed up but somehow think the fact I'm breastfeeding will go against me sad

MollyHooper Sat 16-Aug-14 04:18:24

Well, I signed up.

I've tried everything else I've heard of so maybe this will be different, easier hopefully.

MollyHooper Sat 16-Aug-14 04:24:28

Oh and Squiffie it's not that you breastfeeding will 'go against you', it's simply not healthy for you to be on such a low fat/calorie diet whilst BFing.

It wouldn't be good for you or your baby, keep that in mind when you are choosing any other type of diet plan.

WaveorCheer Sat 16-Aug-14 06:49:01

There's no evidence you shouldn't go on a sensible diet whilst breastfeeding I don't think?

Aside from that I agree with BIWI though.

gallopinghorse Sat 16-Aug-14 08:09:43

would love to win this as there is no way I could afford to buy it on my budget :-(

KraggleLego Sat 16-Aug-14 09:03:57

Signed up.

Stropzilla Sat 16-Aug-14 09:49:59

Oh done. I badly need this.

Done. I'm getting desperate now. I need to do something.

PlanetArghhh Sat 16-Aug-14 11:11:19

Diet Chef is pretty much a temporary 'crash diet', with approximately 1000 calories a day between all the 'meals' provided. You certainly couldn't sustain it long term without being permanently hungry and it is definitely too few calories if you are breastfeeding.

If you were obsessive about calorie counting and have a will of iron then you could probably sort out your own healthy homemade meal plan along similar lines. However, the Diet Chef ready meals (and those of their competitors) are a just about viable cheats option for significant weight loss over the short term!

bucksmum71 Sat 16-Aug-14 13:52:49

I've signed up - about time I lose the baby weight I put on ! (dd was 18 last month grin)

badasahatter Sat 16-Aug-14 15:41:54

Short term loss would work for me, I have to say, so I've signed up. I just need a nudge in the right direction as I'm struggling to stick with the Weight Watchers right now, cos I've got so much going on in my life. It may not be the healthiest approach, but for a month? I wouldn't mind giving it a go!

Primrose123 Sat 16-Aug-14 17:33:40

I've just signed up. I really want to try this. I've seen it advertised, and it's not cheap, so I've been a bit wary of trying. I would love to give it a go!

Tanfastic Sat 16-Aug-14 19:00:41

I'd love to try this, have signed up smile

headlesslambrini Sat 16-Aug-14 19:10:33

Done. I need something like this but small chance of being picked.

Mintyy Sat 16-Aug-14 19:26:00

Amazing that people are so ready and willing to sign up to something like this! Presumably you are going to be eating your Diet Chef meals while everyone else in your family is eating something else, which you will probably cook for them??

ThreeYorkshires Sat 16-Aug-14 19:40:23

Would love to try this, have signed up!

blondiep14 Sat 16-Aug-14 20:01:21

Fingers crossed!

Reniee14 Sun 17-Aug-14 08:52:17

Signed upgrin

HaveYouHeardOfGoogle Sun 17-Aug-14 09:44:06

Signed up! I'd love this. Always wanted to try it.

OhGood Sun 17-Aug-14 10:35:35

Signed up, to try and reset my idea of what's a normal portion size. Apparently whole pizzas = not 1 portion.

BiscuitsAreMyDownfall Sun 17-Aug-14 13:05:55

Ive signed up. I was doing really well with weight loss in 2012 and 2013 then my motivation has gone so weight has come back on rather quickly. I would like to lose that weight again so I can carry on where I was before at the start of this year.

LottieAndTheDinosaur Sun 17-Aug-14 13:34:34

Done - I have tried other things and would like to give this a go....I certainly need it!

TinyPawz Sun 17-Aug-14 13:43:53

Done fingers crossed.

trixymalixy Sun 17-Aug-14 15:59:38


bantamgirl Sun 17-Aug-14 16:06:18

I was going to sign up to this, but to be honest I've lost 2st with SW (which has ground to a halt as I'm going through a lazy stage) but I've enjoyed everything I have eaten to lose that 2st and there's been no portion control or astronaught food in sight, just a bit of sticking to some rules and a bit of willpower (which seems to have deserted me now).

But good luck to anyone who is successful in getting a trial.

done I need this! grin

Itsfab Sun 17-Aug-14 16:56:06

Yes mintyy, it is perfectly possibly to cook and eat something and not eat it.

MillyDots Sun 17-Aug-14 17:27:13

Everyone saying that nothing else has worked for them and they have put the weight back on, well that's because that's how diets work. Anyone can lose weight by cutting back but its then being able to live with a sustainable food plan for life. All diet chef will do is cause you to maybe lose weight quickly and then when you come off it and start bingeing on all the foods you have not been allowed, you will put it on twice as fast and add more weight too it because that is what sadly happens. Diets like this do not work.

Mintyy Sun 17-Aug-14 18:03:19

You've missed my point itsfab, with your daft platitude. If you are going to the trouble of cooking for your family, then having these long life ready meals for yourself is neither time saving or convenient. If your family are having sausage egg chips and beans for dinner, why not have 2 sausages instead of your usual 3, 1 egg in stead of your usual 2, grilled tomato instead of chips, and water to drink instead of juice or wine (for example).

Eva50 Sun 17-Aug-14 20:15:27

Well, I've tried everything else so would love to give it a go!

Itsfab Sun 17-Aug-14 20:23:19

Using diet chef is not always about saving time and convenience.

DC is for those who struggle to calorie count and weigh out food etc, it is an option. If it was as easy as just eating one less sausage there wouldn't be a market for DC.

Itsfab Sun 17-Aug-14 20:25:40

I lost a stone on it last year.

mrsbrownsgirls Sun 17-Aug-14 20:43:02

aye. me

BIWI Sun 17-Aug-14 20:56:39

And did you keep it off, Itsfab?

Itsfab Sun 17-Aug-14 21:15:00


BIWI Sun 17-Aug-14 21:35:34

That's really good to hear. What did you do to make sure of that?

Itsfab Sun 17-Aug-14 21:37:47

<feels like she is on trial>

IScreamForIceCream Sun 17-Aug-14 21:47:37

BIWI, why the interrogation? You're coming across a little rude.

You do the lo-carby thing - that's lovely.
Other people want a different approach. That is also - equally - as lovely.

pixiegumboot Sun 17-Aug-14 21:50:12

done grin grin

BiscuitsAreMyDownfall Sun 17-Aug-14 21:50:31

Do you swear to tell the truth and nothing but the truth grin

Well done. If I get picked I plan to hopefully lose the initial weight and manage to carry on by eating sensibly and exercise. Anyone can put on weight after losing it initially no matter how it was lost in the first place. All it takes is a kick start.

BIWI Sun 17-Aug-14 22:07:19

I'm sorry if it appears that I'm rude. But I don't believe in approaches like this. My low (not 'lo') carb stuff that I do here - as well as following myself in real life - is based on eating real, unprocessed and fresh food. Because it's not just about the carbs. It's about the quality of the food that we eat.

I worry that this kind of approach is not only about compromised food - how can something that is going to last for four weeks when it's delivered to you be good for you? - but also that it's about a way of eating that is totally unsustainable.

I will bet any money you like that the vast majority of those who get selected for this four week trial will not be able to sustain eating only the meals that they are provided with. They will get hungry, give in, eat biscuits/sweets/chocolates as snacks in between meals. They will end up in situations where they eat other foods - in the course of a four week period, they will be invited to dinner/go out/for a barbecue - where they won't have any other option than to eat someone else's food. Or, they will be at a meeting at work, or have to go on a long journey and will have to eat on the train/plane, etc. You get, hopefully, my drift.

And even in the unlikely event that none of this happens over a four week period, at the end of the four weeks, when hopefully they will have lost a good half stone, what happens then? Most people will simply revert to eating like they did before, because they have 'finished' their diet period.

And guess what? The weight will all go back on.

... and if they'be been doing a low calorie diet, then chances are - because of the effect on the metabolism that a low calorie diet has - that when they revert to the eating habits that they had before, their metabolism will be slower, so they will gain even more weight than they did before.

So if I appear to be rude - this is why. I get cross when people are taken in by apparently easy solutions to a problem. When all that is likely to happen is that it will make things worse for them in the long run.

If I thought that a four week period of eating new food, lovingly prepared by a company interested in proper nutrition would result in a significant weight loss that could be sustained in the future I would be totally delighted

(Oh, and I was actually genuinely interested to know how Itsfab had managed to sustain her/his weight loss ...)

I am totally happy to be proved wrong.

funnyperson Mon 18-Aug-14 00:28:21

I would really like to do this if there is a vegetarian option. I'll be living away from home due to work, this autumn, with a minimal kitchen and this would be perfect for a very very very overweigh person like me!

Itsfab Mon 18-Aug-14 08:50:34

Yep, rude.

I did DC for 3 months. I had one week out of 12 where I decided to eat normal food.

My children eat high quality food but you know what, I am fucked off with exercising loads and watching what I eat and having nothing coming off. It is effecting my mental health badly and makes me feel a failure. 4 weeks of eating what you deem to be shit food will be worth it long term if it helps me get some weight off that is actually going to cause more serious health issues than eating something like this for four weeks.

I am in a seriously bad emotional place at the moment and if I can get one tiny bit of stress removed then it is for all my family's benefit.

And I have NOT put back on the weight I lost on DC.

Itsfab Mon 18-Aug-14 08:59:05

I have done DC so can speak more than you about it, BIWI, than just making sneery assumptions.

IScreamForIceCream Mon 18-Aug-14 09:34:32

funny - there are veg. options on the menu - I checked!

IScreamForIceCream Mon 18-Aug-14 09:35:13

itsfab - hope things change for the better for you soon.

Mandyandme Mon 18-Aug-14 10:30:28

I have signed up. I am in a position where I can stick to a diet with no problem. The problems come because I am the worse cook in the world and the fact that everthing is delivered ready made is definitely a plus point. In fact if it works I will certainly consider carrying on with it. The incentive being not to cheat so it will cost less.

Eva50 Mon 18-Aug-14 11:07:19

A colleague did DC for 6 months losing several stone approximately 2 years ago. If she has regained any weight it isn't much.

AngelieMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 18-Aug-14 14:43:15

Thanks so much to everyone who has applied so far. We're going to be postponing this product test until October - sorry about this. Everyone who has applied already will still be considered for the test in October, and Diet Chef may be looking for more than 10 testers then too. Sorry again for any inconvenience caused.

gildedlily Mon 18-Aug-14 15:53:48

Sounds like this could get me started on shifting my excess 4 stone. I think not having to think about what I 'm eating would help me. Hope I get picked.

Itsfab Tue 19-Aug-14 19:43:52

What is the reason for the postponement?

DurhamDurham Wed 20-Aug-14 15:25:10

Ah that's a shame, I was crossing fingers and toes in the hope of being picked for this one. Good news that we will still be considered when it goes ahead in October. smile

AngelieMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 06-Oct-14 14:10:02

Hi everyone, recruitment for this product test has now re-opened smile

Mumsnetters who applied in August will still be considered, so you don't need to apply again.

WannaSplitAPineapple Mon 06-Oct-14 14:40:11

Thought I'd missed out on this so glad to see its re opened.
Having the meals ready to go sound perfect. My problems come from hanging the motivation to cook at the moment.

Cataline Mon 06-Oct-14 15:08:22

I submitted before i'd finished! Never mind- I suspect they possibly don't cater for vegans anyway so will be unlikely to be chosen!

Cojmum Mon 06-Oct-14 16:11:56

Signed up, fingers crossed.

judypoops Mon 06-Oct-14 16:15:51

Signed up and really excited!

beckslovestimmy Mon 06-Oct-14 16:46:03

Really hoping I get picked. Sounds great and hassle free.

Darquesse Mon 06-Oct-14 17:03:04

I've applied, would like a kick to lose that last 10lb.

IneedAwittierNickname Mon 06-Oct-14 17:17:44


spleenyone Mon 06-Oct-14 17:51:33


crimsonwitch Mon 06-Oct-14 18:12:01

I hope i get picked. This is just what I need.

VanGogh Mon 06-Oct-14 18:23:27

Whoop whoop!
I've just got engaged- this would be awesome for the wedding diet!!!

peachypips Mon 06-Oct-14 18:34:32

Signed up! Need a good starting boost!

Tortoise Mon 06-Oct-14 19:11:37

Ooh glad to see it reopened, missed it the first time.

Cluesue Mon 06-Oct-14 20:11:28

Fingers crossed x

MadameJosephine Mon 06-Oct-14 22:29:44

I have signed up but I ticked yes to breast feeding does that mean I won't get picked? DD is nearly 2 and we only do 1-2 feeds a day so it's not like I'm feeding a newborn

sometimessunshine Mon 06-Oct-14 22:45:19

Signed up. Fingers crossed.

cheepsskram Tue 07-Oct-14 07:08:40

Also signed up. Anything is worth a go as I'm struggling to stop my expanding waistline on my own.

DurhamDurham Tue 07-Oct-14 09:10:52

I signed up back in August and do you know I still have that extra half stone that I was trying to get rid of back then grin

skapur Tue 07-Oct-14 09:20:11

Sounds amazing and the boost to my exercise regime!

Linskibinski Tue 07-Oct-14 13:28:29

I've just signed up. Fingers crossed! grin

Holliewantstobehot Tue 07-Oct-14 13:39:11

I signed up back in August and have been waiting for this to reopen. I so hope I get picked, it could be just the boost I need.

PinkSnowAndStars Tue 07-Oct-14 19:12:39

Ooooo signed up!! Sounds good!

BiscuitsAreMyDownfall Tue 07-Oct-14 20:28:33

Thanks MN.

You said that there might be more than 10 testers, is there?

Pulledapart Tue 07-Oct-14 21:55:31

Done hopefully will be picked grin

signed up would be great to try !

loopylou6 Wed 08-Oct-14 16:00:35

Done smile

EvilRingahBitch Wed 08-Oct-14 16:10:52

Oh dear. I'm 8lb over my ideal (aesthetic not health) weight so I'd be the perfect candidate, but DH, the house chef, has pointed out that if I did this without him then he'd have no incentive to cook proper food for himself so he'd end up subsisting on takeaways, pot noodles and Full English Breakfast in a tin from the corner shop, which would mean that he
A) gained all the weight I lost,
B) spent all the money I saved,
C) contracted scurvy

Now if we could sign up as a couple I'd consider it.

Velocirapture Wed 08-Oct-14 19:41:27

Signed up

TeamEdward Wed 08-Oct-14 22:11:32

I singed up before but have since become a vegetarian. Does that effect my previous application?

AngelieMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 09-Oct-14 11:25:54

Hi BiscuitsAreMyDownfall - it's still 10 testers smile

I signed up before. I really really hope I get picked. Fed up of feeling huge so would love to lose a little bit. Please pick me. tardis

ViperActive Fri 10-Oct-14 10:50:35

signed up! Going back to work soon and was hoping to shift last bit of baby weight before then

antsypants Sat 11-Oct-14 14:01:49

Done smile

Signed up, fingers crossed! smile

pickles184 Sat 11-Oct-14 19:23:40

Signed up, keeping fingers and toes crossed

Done fingers are very firmly crossed

johull Sun 12-Oct-14 06:57:07

All done- fingers crossed grin

MrFMercury Sun 12-Oct-14 07:18:06

I've signed up. I need something that will work and is easy, especially as I due to disability I can't cook meals for myself.
Do we know when DC will be choosing their testers?

Ellasmum16 Sun 12-Oct-14 10:44:47

Biwi I've done this diet before and the use by dates on the packets are almost a year! Make of that what you will!

BiscuitsAreMyDownfall Sun 12-Oct-14 11:22:17

Thanks Angelie for confirming.

Arion Sun 12-Oct-14 17:09:39

Signed up, fingers crossed!

SunshineDaisiesButterMellow Mon 13-Oct-14 09:57:16

Signed up. Hopefully will be picked!

PancakesAndMapleSyrup Mon 13-Oct-14 20:36:42


inzidoodle Mon 20-Oct-14 13:35:25

Does anyone know when the chosen testers will be informed?

PinkSnowAndStars Thu 23-Oct-14 21:59:24

Boo. Haven't heard anything! I needed a boost to kick start me into losing weight! Good luck to those that are chosen to participate!

DurhamDurham Sat 25-Oct-14 08:56:53

Maybe DietChef didn't like any of us grin

I haven't given up hope yet as no-one else has been back to say that they have been chosen.

SunshineDaisiesButterMellow Sat 25-Oct-14 14:25:26

I got an email from Angelie yesterday morning saying I was selected and to confirm I wasn't pregnant or given birth in the last 6 weeks. I replied but not heard anything back. Hopefully she's just busy!

BiscuitsAreMyDownfall Sat 25-Oct-14 14:39:47

Thanks for letting us know Sunshine.

I assume then those who haven't heard anything are unsuccessful. Oh well I'll just stick to trying to eat 3 meals a day with no snacks still.

Holliewantstobehot Sat 25-Oct-14 15:27:29

Wish I had been chosen. Never mind. Will be interesting to hear the reviews.

Hmassey Sat 25-Oct-14 18:44:10

Awww gutted rly need help loosing my baby weight and its just 2 expensive looking 4ward 2 the reviews tho

Itsfab Sun 26-Oct-14 17:46:25

I was hoping to be picked too as nothing is working at the moment. Food is becoming the enemy again for me sad.

Good luck to those picked. I hope you all achieve what you want too smile.

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