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Weight loss meal plans: what’s the best diet plan for me?

Weight loss meal plans: what’s the best diet plan for me?

If you're starting out on a new weight loss meal plan or healthy eating regime, the choices can be overwhelming. At Dietlicious we have something for everyone, but if you're asking yourself, ‘what’s the best diet plan for me?’ then this is the article for you.

The first thing you should know is that our restaurant-quality meals, meal plans and cleanses have been jointly created by nutritionists and chefs for you to enjoy at home. You get the tastiest meals that tick the nutritional boxes and will keep you feeling satisfied throughout the day. Managing your weight could not be easier! However, healthy eating, weight loss and weight management is a personal thing. So take a read of this handy guide to our most popular weight loss meal plans, to see if one sounds right for you.

Read on below for the overview on these top diet plans from Dietlicious: Food Cleanse, 1200 Calorie Plan, 1500 and 1800 Calorie Plans, Over 40's Anti-Inflammatory Diet, Fast 800 and Fast 800 Keto, 5:2 Diet, 5 Day Lunch + Dinner Packs, Build Your Own Plan and Individual Meals.

You may also find this article a useful reference: Lose, maintain or gain weight: How many calories do I need?

Food Cleanse 5, or 10 day

What is it: Our healthy food cleanses are designed to detox, rebalance and revitalise your body by giving your digestive system a break from preservatives and additives, highly processed foods, wheat, gluten, dairy, red meat and sugar. You receive 3 clean-eating meals plus snacks and herbal teas, totalling 1000 calories per day. More info on maximising results on a cleanse here.

Hard bit: No caffeine could be a problem for some.

Best bit: Your skin glows after 5 days and your energy levels will soar.

Best for: Those who want a quick fix, noticeable results and to re-set their eating habits. A perfect kick-start to dieting, many people then follow on with a 1200 calorie plan.

1200 Calorie Plan

What is it: Our 1200 calorie plan is a highly popular weight loss meal plan for women.  Like all our plans, we’ve already done the nutrition part and calorie counting for you which makes losing weight effortless. The plan includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack each day so you'll feel full and satisfied - hardly like you're on a diet at all! Options include 5 or 7 days and gluten free.

Hard bit: Seeing how much you should be eating. And realising your portions have been too big!

Best bit: You don’t feel like you’re on a diet. Real food, real results.

Best for: Those who don’t want to think about cooking, planning their meals or counting calories.  More time for you!

1500 Calorie + 1800 Calorie Plans

What is it: These meal plans are primarily designed for men who want to lose weight. Both will create a calorie deficit for an average sized guy with moderate activity levels, so the choice comes down to faster weight loss (1500 calorie) or steady weight loss (1800 calorie). Either way, it will be effortless as all your high protein, nutrient rich meals are provided for you to enjoy. We offer a 5 or 7 day option for both plans.

Hard bit: Getting used to eating smaller portions can be an adjustment at first.

Best bit: High protein meals keep your hunger at bay. Plus, you’ll start to see results in no time.

Best for: Busy men who want less time in the kitchen and more time to focus on work, the gym or family.

Over 40’s Anti-Inflammatory Diet

What is it: Our Over 40’s weight loss diet has been formulated specifically to help women experiencing hormonal changes and stubborn weight gain. At this stage of life, inflammation is at play in the body, which can sabotage your best weight loss efforts. The meals on this plan are selected for their high nutrient and antioxidant levels to reduce inflammation, plus high protein and high fibre content. We encourage you to combine intermittent fasting, exercise and stress reduction for the best results on this plan.

Hard bit: Saying goodbye to processed food which is highly inflammatory.

Best bit: You will love eating tasty, real, wholefoods and finally seeing your dieting efforts pay off. Plus the upside of better sleep, mood and skin!

Best for: Women over 40 who want to tackle hormonal weight gain and body changes.

For more information on weight gain over 40, read our blog The wonderful world of menopause.

Fast 800 Plan

What is it: Dr Michael Mosley (who brought us the 5:2 Diet) is back with this diet, advocating 800 calories per day for rapid weight loss. This is a kick-start plan recommended for 2 week (or max of 12 weeks), which you then follow with the regular 5:2 plan for ongoing weight loss that is easier to maintain long term. On this plan you’ll receive two meals and a snack per day. Following the principles of intermittent fasting, you’ll consume all food within a window of time (ensuring that your overnight fast is at least 12 hours long).

Hard bit: If you’re not used to missing meals, initially you may feel hungry but your body will adjust quickly after a few days.

Best bit: This diet gets results and quickly, which is why it has shot to popularity. Plus there’s plenty of health benefits especially those who are diabetic or pre-diabetic.

Best for: Those who have a clear weight loss goal, want quick results, and have the discipline to stick to a low calorie level for at least 2 weeks.

To learn more about the background, the benefits and research behind this diet, see our blog post The New Fast 800 Calorie Diet from Michael Mosley

Fast 800 Keto Plan

What is it: This is our latest addition to the Fast 800 range, thanks again to Dr Michael Mosley and his research on safe but rapid weight loss. This diet offers 800-1000 calories a day (so it’s a little more manageable) with an emphasis on high protein, low carbs and healthy fats. This style of eating forces your body into fat burning mode. To push you into ketosis quicker, you can choose to add intermittent fasting too. This is a kick-start plan recommended for 2 week (or max of 12 weeks).

Hard bit: If you’re not used to eating such healthy food in small portions, your body will take a few days to adjust but hang in there, the results are worth it.

Best bit: This diet will improve your overall health and metabolic markers. Plus, you’ll start to see results quickly!

Best for: Those who want to try keto style eating and want to reach their weight loss goal sooner.

To learn more, check out our blog post Combine the Fast 800 with Keto for amazing results!

5:2 Diet Plan

What is it: The concept of a 5:2 diet plan is to use intermittent fasting on two non-consecutive days – this is achieved by skipping breakfast on those days.  The rest of the time you eat healthy meals without counting calories. Our Fast Days plan provides just lunch and dinner on fasting days over the period of four weeks (8 days of food). You manage your own menu for the other days of the week.

Hard bit: If you’re not used to missing meals, initially you’ll be hungry on the fast days. Drink plenty of water and get busy doing something you enjoy.

Best bit: The other five days you can add in your treats so no deprivation!  You’ll also be surprised how quickly your body adapts to fasting once you’re in the routine.

Best for: Those who want to lose weight but have the added health benefits that come with fasting, such as improvements to gut-health, cholesterol and insulin sensitively. This diet also offers more flexibility and choice.

5 Day Lunch + Dinner Packs

What is it: Created for those who don’t have time to cook Monday to Friday and want the convenience of healthy meals for lunch and dinner. Add your own breakfast and snacks and still lose weight.

Hard bit: Just making the decision about which delicious 5-day pack you want each week! We have lots of options to choose from including high protein, keto friendly, plant based, gut health and flat belly.

Best bit: 5 days of healthy eating means you can relax a little on the weekends.

Best for: No planning or shopping during the working week – what a time saver.

Build Your Own Meal Plan

What is it: The BYO plan feature was designed for those who want complete control of their own healthy eating plan.  It’s perfect if you have specific dietary needs or preferences.  You’re in the driving seat as you select your own breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks (or omit any if you prefer). The clever tool will tally up the calories and macronutrients of your selections for you.

Hard bit: You need a little more time on your hands to make each meal selection.

Best bit: You get to order everything you like, rather than a set plan. Once set up, you can easily re-order the same menu again and again.

Best for: People who want more flexibility and choice.

Individual Meals

What is it: A huge range of healthy breakfasts, lunches, dinners, salads and snacks. Simply order what you like and eat when needed. You can use our dietary filters feature to select meals that are free from gluten, dairy, meat, coriander, capsicum and more.

Hard bit: None really, you just need to find 5 minutes to order and keep your freezer well stocked.

Best bit: Cheaper than take away and you know you’re getting high quality, calorie-controlled, nutritious meals without additives. No lock in contracts either!

Best for: People who have no time to cook yet still want to eat healthy food or manage weight.

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