The New You Diet Plan

The New You Diet PlanThe New You Plan is the fastest growing diet meal replacement company in the UK & Ireland. The New You meals are suitable for ketogenic dieting with the range of specialist diet meal replacements suitable for Total Food Replacement (TFR) & Very Low Calorie dieting (VLCD). Enjoy four meals a day and occasional snacks and achieve weight loss results that motivate and excite you!

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

When I was offered to try The New You Diet Plan I didn’t have to think twice; I wanted to give it a go. I am not good with diets; I have hardly ever lasted more than just a few days but I am always open to give something new a try, in the hope that maybe it will stick 😉

So I was yet again on a mission…

The New You Diet Plan offers an extensive range of products and plans to choose from. Everyone will be able to choose the perfect match not only in regards to preferred meals but also the intensity and length of the diet. I went for the one week bundle plus snack pack. I had to choose 30 products (with no more than 2 snacks) which is supposed to last me the entire week; 4 products a day; that’s it; nothing more, nothing less… As I said before, the choice is pretty good and you can really vary your meals. I tried to pick one of everything with the exception of meals I know I wouldn’t eat, like porridge (I am simply not a porridge fan).

A few days later my food arrived on my door step. In addition to my chosen meals I was given a VIP accessory starter pack, which included: cool mint fresh breath strips (very handy as chewing gum is not advised while on the diet), drop a jean size e-journal and a fantastic, almost life saving blender bottle (this bottle makes meal creation a pure pleasure; no need for hand blenders and endless stirring… just pop your food into the bottle, add water and shake until well combines… easy peasy).

First impressions

The New You Diet Plan Food SelectionThe New You Diet Plan Lovely NotePerfect. All the meals were well packed with a cute note wishing me good luck. Some of the meals had original eye catching packaging, with all the required information stated on them as well as cooking / preparation instructions, others came in silver bags with just the name of the product on it. I would have preferred for them all to be in their original packaging’s but I understand the need for savings and different packaging for multi-pack products, so really no big issue here.

Did I last the whole week?

I am ashamed to report than I didn’t. I don’t necessary blame The New You Diet Plan, I blame roasted chicken being cooked in the oven and filling the entire house with an amazing smell; I simply had nowhere to hide 🙁 I survived two whole days and on the third one… well you know it already… chicken for dinner…

How was the food?

Actually as powdered foods from packets go, it was outstanding. It was easy to prepare and extremely tasty.

The New You Diet Plan Veggie SoupSome of the meals like Vegetable Soup were totally unexpected. I actually enjoyed their veggie soup a lot but it was like nothing I had had before – a veggie soup based on milk. I truly liked it, it was a nice surprise.

The New You Diet Plan Shaker Bottle and Chocolate shakeIn my choices I took all the shakes, at least one pack of each and I am pleased to report that all of them were extremely good. They tasted like a real shake prepared from scratch and didn’t leave any weird after taste in my mouth.

The New You Diet Plan Sweet BarSweet bars were all yummy too (oh, ok, almost all – chocolate cream cookie flavour bar was the weakest from them all in my opinion).

The New You Diet Plan BBQ ChipsAs to snacks… I only had BBQ flavoured chips – loved them…

The New You Diet Plan Soy Nuts…and BBQ soy nuts – loved them even more 🙂

Final thoughts

I think if you are really motivated The New You Diet Plan might be the perfect solution for you and anyone else who needs to drop a few pounds. Not only is their food nice and tasty, they also offer fantastic support so you are never alone.

As for me, well maybe I just need a bit more motivation… maybe once I actually have nothing to wear because all my clothes are way too tight I will hit the bottom and finally have enough self restrain to stick to the diet. But even with my lack of strong will, I found The New You Diet Plan very helpful. Morning shake replaced a slice of toast or two; sweet bar replaced a sneaker or two… and as they say every little helps…

Have you ever tried a food replacement diet?

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Review – Exante Diet – VLCD Meal Replacement Diet

Week started Pack Exante diet

I love food, I love my chocolate and I do not have regular meals as I should have… I like to eat in the evening, ideally after 10pm while watching some fascinating series on the TV as this is the time of the day I get really hungry… all of this put together means that I could do with losing some weight… so either I find some extra time for some “additional” exercises or I go on a diet…

Exante Diet LogoThere is no extra time during my 24h so diet it is…

I was offered to try Exante Diet, which is a meal replacement diet, for a week. Sure, why not – I thought to myself –how hard it could be… So, I said “yes, please” without giving it a second thought.

A few days later my VLCD meals arrived (VLCD stands for Very Low Calorie Diet… just in case you didn’t know that🙂)

So what did arrive in my pack?

  • Porridge oats x 1
  • Shakes x 6 in 4 different flavours: vanilla, chocolate, banana and strawberry
  • Diet bars x 3 in 2 flavours: toffee, nut & raison and chocolate orange
  • Soups x 11 in 4 different flavours: vegetable, tomato & basil, mushroom, Thai chicken
My food for the entire week - 21 packs... that's it!
My food for the entire week – 21 packs… that’s it!

Scary isn’t it? These 21 packets will feed me for a week… no snacking, no fruit, no proper food… just my VLCD meals and a lot of water…

I was going to do a Total Solution Exante Diet, which means I can only have 3 Exante products a day and there must be no additional meals, this would give me a daily intake of 600 calories.

After day one I knew that this isn’t going to happen… so I checked the website and decided to amend my weekly eating plan. I opted to change my plan into the Working Solution plan, which is a LCD diet (Low Calories Diet), which allows you 3 Exante Meals a day + an additional meal which in total cannot exceed 1000 calories (or 1200 calories on the Simple Solution Plan). This was the only way I could survive my weekly ordeal… I mean trail.

So how did it go?

It wasn’t so easy. Not so much because I was hungry and irritable, but because there was all this lovely food around and I couldn’t really have it. I think my state of mind was/is my biggest enemy. There is a lot of chocolate bars in the pantry or other sweets as Mark makes confectionary, and sometimes they will be there for weeks or even months, I will open the pantry have a look at them and decided no, not today and pick an apple or an orange instead… but as soon as I knew that I cannot have them (or let’s say shouldn’t have them)… all I could think about was those yummy chocolate bars hiding from me…

How were the meals?

Good, at least most of them. I didn’t receive any dinner like meals – no shepherd’s pie, no spaghetti Bolognese, no red bean chilli… which at first made me a bit panicky… if there are no dinner packs what will I eat…? but then I had soups…

These are actually very tasty
These are actually very tasty

From all the products received and eaten the Diet Bars were definitely my favourite. They look like standard food, they taste good and I really enjoyed them. I am almost sure I could survive on 3 bars a day 😉

Diet shakes were my 2nd favourite… I actually enjoyed all the flavours provided. The strawberry one could have had a slightly stronger taste for me, so when making it for the second time I just added less water… Checking Exante website I discover that there is so many more flavours to choose from – Chocolate Mint or Toffee Carmel look especially appealing to me…

Soups were all good if you spiced them up a bit… my thinking was that spices speed up your digestion process so it cannot hurt if I add a bit of fresh ground pepper or few chilli flakes… The soups were quick and easy to prepare, you just didn’t get a lot of it 🙁

Porridge Oats… hmm… this is really not my cup of tea… or bowl of porridge… if you prefer. I am not a big fan of porridge, so I cannot really tell you if Exante porridge is any good as I have nothing to compare it to. One thing which I can tell you, you get 200ml of it, which is a lot for a morning meal… or at least it was looking a lot to me.

Would I do it again?

Yes, but…

I would do it again but with my personal choice of products. I think with the right mind-set the Excante diet could be very easy and almost a pleasurable way of losing weight.

Did I lose any weight or cm?

Yes. Even with my amended plan I lost 1.2kg during the week. It may not seems like a lot but…

  • I don’t have soooo much weight to lose
  • I didn’t follow the recommended procedure to the letter so… go figure…

My final words – if you want to, or have to lose weight and you have never tried a meal replacement diet before, I think you should give it a go. With price starting at only £3.87 a day it should not break your budget and it may just work for you. Exante Diet is all natural – the meals do not contain any aspartame, no MSG, no trans fats and most important no GM ingredients, so at least you know that you are providing your body with good quality food. One thing I would recommend though is to try all the different flavours, as I am sure not all of them will be right for you… pick what you like and stick to it… If you decide to give it a go, please let me know how you doing… I would really want to hear your thoughts.

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I was provided with 21 meals free of charge for review purposes. All opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.