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    Does anyone have recommendations? I need to lose some extra weight but I’m time poor and lack motivation. I barely exercise and my diet is terrible. I’ve been looking at…

    Lite n easy
    You foodz
    Healthy mummy


    Has anyone tried or can recommended others?

  • #2
    It's not exactly what you're asking for, but I'll throw an alternative into the mix. If you get on the Woolworths app and go to their recipe section, there's a Michelle Bridges category. You can add all of the ingredients straight to your cart for click and collect or delivery. Hello Fresh also have a variety of healthy options.

    While they still require prep and cooking, it's more sustainable long term because you're adjusting the way you cook, rather than just heating food.

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    • #3
      i hadn’t seen the MB feature on the woolies app, we shop there all the time so i’ll check that out.

      re HF, we did it for a while and thought it was ok but it ended up being quite time consuming (well we thought so), like prep, cooking and clean up were easily 90 mins. someone else pointed this out to me too, but their meals aren’t actually that good for you. they’re quite high in KJ although they do have low-cal options. my kids found HF very hit and miss, mostly miss, so we were having to cook a separate meal for them, which added to the time factor. most of the recipes also required frying, which is my least favorite cooking method (smelly, messy and just annoying). i loved the idea of HF but practically speaking, it didn’t work out for us.

      can’t comment on the others as i haven’t tried them.

      i bought a kayla itsines book a while ago and it has some really good weight loss recipes which are actually tasty and fill you up. so that could be an option?

      you could even do a bit of both, get HF or some other meal delivery service a couple of times a week, then do you own MB or KI type recipes when you’ve got more time.

      i need to follow my own advice really, i’ve definitely put on a few covid kgs again!

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      • #4
        I have found Michael Mosley’s recipe books really good. There’s a weight loss one (Fast800) and some others that are also good (Clever Guts and Blood Sugar).

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        • #5
          I didn’t use it as a means of diet, but for knowing I was having a low cal lunch the you foodz meals were quite nice, and definitely convenient.

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          • #6
            I have a thermomix and love it! I also often get hello fresh. I find the biggest calories in hello fresh meals comes cheese or adding stupid things like mayonnaise to a stir fry [emoji848] I have a little container in my fridge full of shredded cheese, sour cream, mango and other mayonnaise etc. that we just didn’t use.

            I’ve done lite n easy and every time I order it after a year or so I am reminded why I stopped ordering. It’s very convenient but a lot of carbs.

            I think you need to decide how you are going to lose weight ie calorie counting or LCHF etc. and plan accordingly.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BigRedV View Post
              I have a thermomix and love it! I also often get hello fresh. I find the biggest calories in hello fresh meals comes cheese or adding stupid things like mayonnaise to a stir fry [emoji848] I have a little container in my fridge full of shredded cheese, sour cream, mango and other mayonnaise etc. that we just didn’t use.

              I’ve done lite n easy and every time I order it after a year or so I am reminded why I stopped ordering. It’s very convenient but a lot of carbs.

              I think you need to decide how you are going to lose weight ie calorie counting or LCHF etc. and plan accordingly.
              I agree re: lite n easy. Very high carb, not very tasty (some is nice, a lot of pretty ‘meh’) and sooo much plastic packaging. I had it recently as I wanted to shift a couple of kgs - I achieved that but probably because I didn’t eat half the food (couldn’t stomach it after a couple of weeks) and probably just starved myself.

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              • #8
                I tried the healthy mummy but it’s mainly the shakes I’ve used. In saying that I have been lazy in lockdown in the past yr and let myself go abit. [emoji15]

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                • #9
                  Wow this is good to hear. I’ll probably steer clear of lite n easy then!

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                  • #10
                    not sure if helpful but i bought fat blaster ladies shake to try and stop snacking and help me feel full. not sure if it helped or is actually better or worse than snacking. it’s designed as a meal replacement and is sometimes have it for breakfast, but my breaky is usually weetbix and almond milk so not really overly terrible, hence not sure if the shake was really a better choice. but yeah, that could be an option too if you’re looking for a quick and easy option to replace a meal like breaky or lunch?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by hakuna matata View Post
                      I didn’t use it as a means of diet, but for knowing I was having a low cal lunch the you foodz meals were quite nice, and definitely convenient.
                      Same, I really like Youfoodz. Unfortunately they don’t deliver to my area (nobody does, rural life [emoji849]) when I went to visit my parents in the city awhile ago I had a big box delivered to their house and took them back with me. Super handy having easy lunch options available.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Sairz View Post
                        Same, I really like Youfoodz. Unfortunately they don’t deliver to my area (nobody does, rural life [emoji849]) when I went to visit my parents in the city awhile ago I had a big box delivered to their house and took them back with me. Super handy having easy lunch options available.
                        What’s the shelf life like on them? Do they come frozen or fresh?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Loh4 View Post
                          What’s the shelf life like on them? Do they come frozen or fresh?
                          They come fresh. From memory they had a week or 2 for use by, depending on the food.
                          I assume you would be able to freeze a lot of them, but I never checked.

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                          • #14
                            They come fresh in a cool box that will keep for a few hours, some meals can be frozen, not the salads though. I took them back in my car fridge. On average they had about 7-9 days till use by date.

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                            • #15
                              I highly recommend either of the Deborah Murtagh programs - "30 Day Challenge" or "The Ketogenic Switch".

                              I was desperate to find a way to lose weight without feeling hungry all the time and found out about this program from a friend.

                              I joined The Ketogenic Switch in November 2020 and have lost 13kg and am still going (started at 84.4kg). I feel amazing, I have more energy, I don't get hangry anymore.

                              Yes to maintain you will always need to be aware of your carb intake but once you get to a weight you are happy with you can still eat carbs every now and then - you just gain a bit of water which comes straight off when you stop.

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