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