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We Decided to Go on a “Diet” and Try Out 5 Diet Meal Delivery Plans

January 27, 2015

Yes, you read that right: five people who eat for a living and eat even more regardless of who’s looking put themselves on a one-week diet. There are a number of diet delivery meal services out there, saving yuppies and busy parents the trouble of having to prepare the food themselves. Most plans deliver the meals to your doorstep in well-packaged tupperwares. All you need to do is refrigerate the food to be eaten later in the day and pack the rest in if you’re going to work. For this feature, we each tried one diet meal delivery plan. Read on to see how each service affected our bodies and daily activities.

1. Pamela’s Experience with Paleo Manila

Meya

LEFT TO RIGHT : DAY 1 – Breakfast: Bacon and Beet Dauphinoise; Snack: Paleo Manila Wonder Bread with Malagos Dark Choco-Cashew Butter and Banana Bites; Lunch: Brazilian Moqueca Fish Stew with Tagalog Pechay; Snack: Black Velvet Cupcake; Dinner: Pulled Pork topped with Homemade BBQ Glaze with Fried Plantains || DAY 2 -Breakfast: Cantonese-Style Steamed Egg Custard; Snack: Moist Banana Muffin; Lunch: Rustic Beef Tapa with Garlic Caulirice; Snack: Oriental Pork Nori Sushi; Dinner: Oven-Baked Sticky Chiicken Leg Quarter with Tossed Broccoli and Leeks || DAY 3 – Breakfast: Kris’ Mango Chia Pudding; Snack: Kimchi Coleslaw; Lunch: Backyard Pork and Fennel Burgers with Yucca Fries; Snack: Candied Bacon Porkies and Cacao Nib Cookie; Dinner: Lean ‘n Mean Pesto Chicken Breast Fillets with Roasted Vegetables || DAY 4- Breakfast: Huevos Rancheros with Oven-Roasted Tomato Sauce; Snack: Cardamom Caramelized Oranges; Lunch: Potsticker Meatballs with Sesame Shiitake Caulirice; Snack: Herbed Sweet Potato and Taro Chips with Homemade Paleo Aioli; Dinner: Mahi-mahi Fish topped with Tropical Fruit Salsa with Sweet Potato || DAY 5- Breakfast: Wild Arugula Frittata; Snack: Mini Thai Sausage Bites ; Lunch: Prune-stufffed Chops with Honey Sesame Carrots; Snack: Filo’s Falafel Balls; Dinner: Traditional Moroccan-Spiced Chicken Tagine with Roasted Squash

It was my stupid and crazy idea that got the Pepper team in this mess in the first place. Immediately filled with regret, I researched the meal plans and decided that the Paleo one looked the most accessible to someone that was new to uhhh, healthy eating or dieting. Day 1, I had my crunchy corned beef and tapa on standby, but I was very surprised that my breakfast wasn’t bad at all- in fact it was pretty darn good. Most meals throughout the week were al delicious, and didn’t make me feel like I was on any diet at all (well, maybe the portions, but I guess they were controlled for not pigging out). I didn’t lose much weight, but I did feel better, with lots of energy for my day, and not as sluggish as I usually feel on an average work day. Some snacks did taste and look weird though- I’m looking at you, weird wonder bread- but overall I’m pretty sure I had the best experience from the team, because my food didn’t suck at all.

For more information on Paleo Manila, visit their website here. Paleo Manila has three meal plan packages. The Caveman one-month meal plan costs PHP 14,400 (includes a daily delivery fee of PHP 70) for areas within Metro Manila and a PHP 14,800 plan that includes select areas in the Metro, such as Alabang, Sucat, Cupang, and Malabon). The three-month plan costs PHP 43, 200 and PHP 44,400, depending on your delivery area. The Beast 6-month meal plan costs PHP 86,400 and PHP 88,800; price depending on the delivery area. You can also contact them at 09178410825 for more information.

2. Pam Gets Edgy w/ Her Veggies

Pam

LEFT TO RIGHT: DAY 1 – Breakfast: Mexican Spiced Tofu Scramble w/ Flax Cracker; Lunch: Mushroom Burger w/ chimichurri sauce, turmeric brown rice + Roasted Tomato Soup; Dinner:  Moroccan Chickpea Stew w/  Preserved Lemon + Dried fruit nut salad; Snack: Baked Sweet Potato Fries w/ Aioli + Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana || DAY 2 – Breakfast: Spinach Mushroom Sundried Tomato Quiche; Lunch: Zucchini Pasta w. Marinara Sauce Bread Slice + Caprese Salad; Dinner: Cheesy Quinoa and Broccolo White Bean Soup; Snack: Seasalt and Vinegar Roasted Chickpeas + Tropical Superfood Smoothie || DAY 3 – Breakfast: Sweet Potato Pancake w/ cacao nibs; Lunch: Vegetable curry + Cucumber Salad; Dinner: Raw Taco + Clamless Chowder; Snack : Gluten Free Cookies Papaya Mousse + Ginger Pear Smoothie || DAY 4 – Breakfast: Chia-oat Melesli; Lunch : Quinoa w/ Leeks and shitake + Apple walnut salad; Dinner: Shirataki Laksa + Garden Roll w/ Peanut Dressing; Snack: Trail Mix w/ Rosella Carob Almond || DAY 5 – Breakfast: Chickpea omelet w/ spinach and mushroom; Lunch: Vegan Longganisa, Coconut Brown Rice + Sicama Sticks; Dinner: Baked Falafel w/ Hummus + Lentil Soup; Snack: Camote Chips w/ Aioli + Green Smoothie

I almost cried when I was assigned the vegan diet of Edgy Veggy. I thought it was going to be torture jumpstarting from my regular diet into a strict vegan one, and I was right. Though I had a lot of food, it was a struggle to eat some because they just weren’t what I was used to. One of the drinks we had for snack tasted like blended soil, and there were times when I didn’t even eat my allotted meals for the day just because they tasted so weird. But hey, I think mine was the most successful- I immediately lost a few inches from my waist! So you might have to suffer to get the consequences, but it was worth it in the end. I’m definitely the sexiest one on the team now.

For more information on Edgy Veggy, visit their website here. The Thrive Detox Program has three types of pacakges: the 3-day package is at PHP 3,100; the 5-day at PHP 5,000; and the 7-day at PHP 7,000. You can contact them at 09178474831.

3. Kathy Tries Fit Food Manila

Kathy

LEFT TO RIGHT: DAY 1- Breakfast: Italian Style Spaghetti & Meatballs; Snack: Corn Kernels w/ Cheese; Lunch: Roast Chicken Salad Wrap w/ Peaches, Goat Cheese, and Pecans; Snack: Chicken Embotido Sandwich; Dinner: Grilled Chicken and Zucchini w/ Pine Nuts and Spinach Salsa Verde on Black Rice || DAY 2- Breakfast: Kani Nori Pizza; Snack: Tossed Green Salad; Lunch: Chicken Brocoli Casserole on Brown Rice; Snack: English Apple Pie; Dinner: Steamed Soy Garlic Fish Fillet || DAY 3 – Breakfast: French Toasts w/ Ham and Cheese; Snack: Panna Cotta; Lunch: Chinese Style Lemon Chicken w/ Red Rice; Snack: Papaya Wedges w/ Grapes; Dinner: Barbeque Beef Sirloin w/ Blue Cheese Sauce on Red Rice || DAY 4 – Breakfast: Pesto Fish Fillet in Ciabatta Bread; Snack: Chicken Pudding; Lunch: Fish Jambalaya Pasta; Snack: Fresh Lakatan; Dinner: Chicken Pepperoni Melt w/ Black Rice (Baked Chicken topped w/ Cheese and Pepperoni) || DAY 5 – Breakfast: Chicken Brown Rice Arroz Caldo; Snack: Garlic Pasta; Lunch: Ham & Cheese Fish Cordon Bleu w/ Tartar Sauce on Brown Rice; Snack: Fresh Pineapple; Dinner: Vegetable and Corn Chowder w/ Whole Wheat Rolls

When I received my first package and peeked in, I thought: “I am hungry as hell and look at those portions!” Given that I’ve only ever tried to stick to diet once in my life, I’m not exactly an expert or a supporter of diet plans. And I’m pretty much basing my thoughts for Fit Food Manila on the criteria of price, taste, and portion. Now you may have noticed that one seemingly important thing is missing: weight loss incurred. My reasoning for this is that an effective diet is one that you can stick to, and in my case, the ease at which I can stick to a diet depends on the said criteria, and the end result of losing weight will be variable to this. In terms of price, it’s PHP 1850 for 5 days, which makes it PHP 370 a day for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks in between. Not so bad on the pocket, given that a single meal out may cost close to or more than the said amount. In the taste department, that’s where they have pretty good game. I felt that the meals were well thought of, and delicious for something labeled as diet food. I certainly did gain an appreciation for black rice and I picked up a few meals that I would definitely make on my own, sans the diet. Although there were times that the flavor lacked in certain fish dishes, they were mostly manageable. There’s a certain compromise, I guess, when you only get 1200 calories a day.

As for the portions, boy did I have toil and trouble. My feelings at first were not so civil towards it. I thought they were absurdly small, given that I eat a lot when I do decide to eat. Needless to say, I had a few cheat meals to fix my hungry grumpy and dizzy self, but I did try my best to stick to the plan. Once I hit the halfway point, I was amazed that I actually started to appreciate the portions. Things were looking up and I was less discontent with my meals. Fit food Manila has a tagline “We count the calories and then we make them delicious”- true to their words indeed. Although it was tremendously difficult for me at first to acclimatize to the small portions, once you get used to it it’s actually quite easy to see why many praise this diet plan. In the end, I didn’t lose weight, but what can you expect from a 5-day trial? The food had enough flavor and variety to keep you going, before you decide to quit and grab that bag of Cheetos.

For more information on Fit Food Manila, visit their Facebook page . A 1,200 calories/day meal plan costs PHP 1,850 for 5 days. A delivery fee of PHP 50-PHP 80 is charged as well; there are also 1,500 and 1,800 calories/day plans available. You can also contact them at 09177240222.

4. Gela and the Gourmet Guys’ Diet

Gela

LEFT TO RIGHT: DAY 1 – Breakfast: Eggplant Salad w/ Pommery Mustard Vinaigrette; Snack: Chicken Tacos; Lunch: Tofu w/ Corn Rice; Snack: Steamed Bokchoy w/ Roasted Garlic; Dinner: Roast Beef w/ Mango Salsa and Red Cabbage || DAY 2 – Breakfast: Ginger Chicken Soup; Snack: Cherry Tomato and Basil Crostini; Lunch: Vegan Chow Mien; Snack: Soy Pudding; Dinner: Mushroom Pizzadente || DAY 3 – Breakfast: Almond Cinnamon Oats; Snack: Chawanmushi; Lunch: Momo Yakitori; Snack: Roasted Walnuts; Dinner: Pad Thai || DAY 4 – Breakfast: Stuffed Pepper; Snack: Tuna Salad Pinwheel ; Lunch: Pork Steak w/ Mashed Potatoes; Snack: Fruit Platter; Dinner: Quinoa w/ Mushroom & Veggies || DAY 5 – Breakfast: Banana Pancake; Snack: Chicken Pesto Florentine; Lunch: Shrimp Rigatoni; Snack: Grilled Pineapple; Dinner: Watermelon Salad

I was actually looking forward to doing this diet article. The last two weeks of 2014 and the first week of 2015 were spent gorging on Christmas dinners, said dinners’ leftovers, finishing dessert gifts from friends, drinking lots of alcohol, and having other celebratory meals. That pretty much gives you an idea of how much of a pig I am when I eat. Although like Kathy , I wasn’t expecting to lose weight as I was only trying the meal plan for a week. I got in touch with the Gourmet Guys, a personalized diet delivery service that plans your meals according to your age, height, weight, and other personal information such as your exercise activity (mine: none). According to my information, they gave me the 1,200-calorie meal plan. My meals throughout the week were never boring, thanks to the variety of salads, carb-and-viand combos, noodles, etc.; not one order was bland or disgusting, although the yakitori was a bit too salty. It only felt like a diet because I wasn’t used to such small portions.

It took some time for my body to get used to the smaller quantities and keeping the diet was hard on days we had other Pepper shoots or when I was having lunch with people who weren’t on a diet (I nearly cried when I saw my lunch mate’s sisig, literally). Thankfully, I enjoyed each meal, no matter how little the portions. My favorites were the pad thai, vegan chow mien, and mushroom pizzaladente. These meals tasted just like their regular versions in restaurants. Even the salads were tasty and used all kinds of vegetables to diversify the flavor. Although I didn’t lose weight due to my low EQ when it comes to food (yes, I snacked on other things in between), I didn’t gain any weight either. I recommend the Gourmet Guys for anyone looking to lose weight fast or for those who want to complement their exercise routine with healthy eating.

For more information on the Gourmet Guys, visit their website here. Gourmet Guys offers a 5-, 10-, 15- and 20-days plan. Price depends on the number of calories a day. Weight loss plans at 1,000-1,600 calories a day cost PHP 995 daily; high protein for 1,000-1,600 calories/day is at PHP 1095 a day. You may also contact them at 09175773495 & 09175023552.

5. Mikka’s Yummy Diet

Mikka

LEFT TO RIGHT: DAY 1- Breakfast: Egg with Chickpeas, Spinach, and Tomato + Black Coffee; Snack: Coffee Jelly; Lunch: Lemon Chicken Piccata with Capers; Snack: Green Apple; Dinner: Ground Beef Lettuce Bowls + Hot Tea || DAY 2 -Breakfast: Scrambled Egg Salad + Black Coffee; Snack: Yakult; Lunch: Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom Sauce and Steamed Broccoli; Snack: Jackfruit ; Dinner: Stir-fried Kangkong and Tofu in Oyster Sauce + Hot Tea || DAY 3 – Breakfast: Beef, Basil, and Tomato Frittata + Black Coffee; Snack: Orange; Lunch: Pan-fried Fish with Tomato-Basil Sauce and Zucchini & Bacon Stir-fry; Snack: Peaches; Dinner: Pork Tapa Salad + Hot Tea || DAY 4 – Breakfast: Cream Cheese Pancake with Blueberry & Honey Syrup + Black Coffee; Snack: Apple; Lunch: Mongolian Beef; Snack: Chocolate-Dipped Marshmallows; Dinner: Chicken Enchiladas + Hot Tea || DAY 5 – Breakfast: Crustless BLT Sandwich + Black Coffee; Snack: Low-fat Milk; Lunch: Baked Chicken Thigh with Pineapple, Corn, and Bell Pepper Relish; Snack: Zucchini Fries; Dinner: Broiled Fish with Mustard and Yogurt Sauce with Cauliflower Rice + Hot Tea

Committing to a diet plan while working for an online food publication sounds like a ludicrous idea, but it had to be done. When I got my first meal pack, I was excited to begin what appeared to be “the start of a healthy journey”, which, in hindsight, sounds like a lot of bull since I had to “cheat” (a little) because of some shoots (I had ice cream, sushi, cochinillo, a parfait—but no regrets!). Basing on the meals themselves, they weren’t as bad taste-wise. It was the first time I saw Yakult being designated as a snack, but for a diet meal plan, it was comforting to see stuff like cream cheese pancakes, chocolate-dipped marshmallows, and Mongolian beef being served. It made the “journey to health” less daunting. While my colleagues were having a veggie buffet, I thought I was lucky that at least, I had cow, pig, and chicken, incorporated into my meal plan. I didn’t do a weigh-in, but I did feel my pants get a tad looser. Though they’ve already tightened again thanks to my love for fast food, which I gorged on as soon as the 5 days were over. I’m the worst when it comes to diets, but I learned that you can still enjoy the good stuff while losing weight—it’s all a matter of portioning right and finding more ways to burn the calories through physical activity (blech).

For more information on Yummy Diet’s services, visit their Facebook page. Yummy Diet offers low-calorie diets with free daily delivery for plans priced at PHP 1,800/week. There are also 1,500 calorie meals, no rice meals, and low carb meals; all rates start at PHP 1,800 a week. You can also contact them at 09178898660 or 09178898601.

Have you ever tried any of these diet delivery meal services? What was your experience like? Which service would you recommend? Tell us in the comments section below!

Gela Velasco Gela Velasco

Gela is a young adult slowly settling into her late twenties. She likes to make a mess in the kitchen when no one’s looking, dance till dawn on long weekends, and dream about beef on lazy afternoons. On some days she learns how to write good in graduate school. Her life goals include sashaying somewhat like Beyonce and to write a cover story on Leonardo di Caprio.

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25 responses to “We Decided to Go on a “Diet” and Try Out 5 Diet Meal Delivery Plans”

  1. rwsd says:

    if ever you’re doing this again, i suggest you also try delicious diet. meals are yummy, they have very efficient delivery & good customer service as well 🙂

  2. cgy says:

    So far, I’ve only tried Lunch Box Diet and Fitness Gourmet.

    For the Lunch Box Diet, the quantity was enough so you wouldn’t get hungry throughout the day, but the food was very bland, and the beef dishes were practically inedible (chewy as h*ll). They also take their time in replying to your queries, so that adds to the frustration.

    For the Fitness Gourmet, so far, so good.

    The portions are smaller compared to that served by the Lunch Box Diet, but the flavor is there, and you won’t feel like you’re eating hospital food. So far, their customer service is great. Their resident nutritionist also sends messages re: possible snacks while you’re still adjusting to the diet and asked you about your goal, weight, etc. so they can monitor your progress.

  3. melissa tan says:

    I agree!!! I’ve been on Paleo Manila since September and I haven’t looked back since. A week into it isn’t enough to gauge drastic results, as they target longterm can permanent lifestyle change, but a month into it my ears were clapping with compliments from family and friends. Now I’m down 47 lbs, even after the ber months. Best part is their menu always excites me. I wouldn’t mind eating yummy Paleo food for the rest of my life. Amazing. Go, Paleo Manila!

  4. Prototype Two says:

    Have you tried Sexy Chef of Ms.Rachel Alejandro?

  5. Wow, Fit Food Manila looks super tasty. This article was a fun read. Great job, gals!

  6. Jay Yuki says:

    Hahaha… Interesting article… 😀 yeah weight loss dieting & the passion for food… PARADOX…

  7. Jessica says:

    So far I have tried Diet Diva and Lunchbox Diet. I think diet diva is better. give it a try 🙂

  8. Cheery says:

    I want to know if you guys disclosed to these diet meal places that you are doing a feature on them. Because believe me, I’ve tried several diet meal plans already, and the food is mostly really bad. I’m not a very picky eater, believe me, but the food I get is usually either bland, too dry, or tastes like cardboard.

    • Jen says:

      I’ve only had Paleo Manila and The Sexy Chef so far but I do recommend Paleo Manila. I’ve been with them for 3 weeks now and there is never a day that I had a bland meal.

  9. Ginger says:

    Now I want to know how much weight each of you lost.

  10. hehehe says:

    Why is it that diet food portions are smaller than usual but cost way more than the regular serving?

    • The added cost covers things such as delivery and packing and of course, the expertise of a nutritionist and/or dietician to carefully craft meals for you.

    • LunchboxDietPH says:

      We make sure that you get what you pay for, this means using only the freshest ingredients and your meals cooked by our team of expert chefs right before you consume them with the correct calorie count (by our in-house Dietician) to make sure your reach your weight loss goals hassle-free. 🙂

  11. N. Flores says:

    There are lots of these low calorie diets out there these days, but i’ve only tried LBD, Yummy Diet & Fit Food.

    Fit Food is okay, it’s actually delicious but after 2 weeks into their 1200 calorie program, i didn’t even lose weight, not sure why because I tried my best to follow the diet. They deliver the night before which is better for me because the food is accessible the moment I wake up.

    Yummy Diet is okay as well, it’s pretty much tasty like Fit Food, which doesn’t make u feel like a deprived person. Although their portions are smaller than of Fit Food’s & LBD’s but I lost about 3lbs in 2 weeks. I availed of the 1200 calorie program on the first week and changed to 1500 calorie program on my 2nd week. They also deliver the day before consumption.

    I tried Lunchbox Diet for 1 week, I lost almost 3 lbs in just a week but the food’s very tasteless.. like hospital food nga (just like what the other commenter mentioned). LBD will probably give you the most weight loss among the low calorie deliveries out there but it will be very hard not to cheat due to the blandness & quality of the food.

    • LunchboxDietPH says:

      Hi, thank you for your insights on the Lunchbox Diet. We try our very best to make our meals more flavourful whilst making sure that we are still within the correct calorie count for our meals. This has been a tough challenge but rest assured, you meals are properly calorie-counted by our in-house Dietician. You may call us should you wish to consult with her as well. 🙂

  12. robertsiy says:

    My mom’s on goodbox – it indeed looks good, but I think it could benefit from supplementing with a few scoops of whey protein and fish oil, particularly for the athletic bunch. She’s tried that and yummy diet and I think goodbox has the edge because more of the stuff is homemade as opposed to Yummy diet. They even send over homemade smoothies and yogurt shakes!

  13. Punky says:

    Hoping you guys can hack any of the meals from your diet meal plans. *wink* thanks in advance

  14. Paleo Restaurants serves delicious and healthy food. That is what I am looking for every time we dine. Guilt-free food that makes me feel healthier, that is very commendable. Your post makes me feel hungry. I like the idea of combination of veges and non-veges but being vegan or vegetarian is not boring. There is always a fun ways to make it interesting. Eating meat in moderation is always good. The good thing for now, a lots of restaurant like Paleo, thinks about what the people wants about food. Nowadays, we are more conscious for what we eaten. We continue innovate and looks for something that is good to our health.

    Thank you Ms. Gela. Great Post!

    http://www.qiwellnessliving.ph

  15. That’s too bad you didn’t like Thrive..it was what got me started on eating veggies 2 years ago, and I enjoyed it (coming from a meat eater). Except for the fresh spring rolls, which I’m sure were great, I just personally hate bean sprouts. And it did a really effective cleanse..I lost tummy fat in 3 days (and even what I didn’t think was fat), and continued to do so for up to 5 days even when I was already back to eating carbs.

  16. Meg says:

    I just booked (Low Carb Lites) with Sexy Chef this week, and for the second day they have been late. In their disclosure, they mentioned that delivery will be before 12nn… but it seems they can’t stick to their promise. -Meg

    • Jen says:

      I had the same meal plan last month and I hated it. The rider was not as professional as I’d hoped they will be. And the food portions are tiny! I think I lost a pound or two but the hunger I felt wasn’t worth it lol

  17. Tracy Kilbane says:

    Over the past 15 years or so I think I must have tried atleast 20 different diets. The only one that I ever got any long term results with was the 3WD science diet found at newsciencediet*com (obviously change the * for a dot as it wont let me post links here)
    It’s the only diet that i found to be sustainable as I’ve stuck to it for just over 8 months now and lost about 60 pounds. Well worth a go for anyone looking to lose weight.

    What I have learnt though is that weight loss is all about constant progress & consistency. Its not a race and if you ensure you stick to something that works then you will definitely get to where you want to be

    h

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