I have tried many, many diets, most successful diet I’ve ever been on was actually when I WASN’T on a diet and through making a move to Japan, my lifestyle changed. I stopped eating all wheat at that time, I walked a lot more, and my portion sizes shrunk…amazingly, I was able to lose nearly 30kg…
Unfortunately, through recently taking seroquel (an depressive disorder drug, but I was prescribed them for sleep), I managed to gain 12kg in 8 weeks. Crazy huh…not only that, I haven’t been able to effectively lose that weight permanently in over two years.
I tried the Dukan Diet, with great success, but wasn’t able to keep the weight off as I didn’t follow through to the last phase and now I’m trying Lite n’ Easy.
Lite n’ Easy is a food delivery service that provides calorie controlled meals to your door. Depending on the package you buy, they can include all your breakfasts, lunch, dinners and snacks – with only milk that you need to provide yourself.
For someone who is busy, hates cooking, and don’t mind simple food – it’d be great. There’s absolutely no thinking required – each day’s food is packaged into plastic bags, marked with Day 1 or Day 2, so you know exactly when to eat them.
For me…it didn’t really work.
I tried it for three full weeks and found it EXTREMELY difficult. First of all, I was too ambitious and thought I would be fine on a 1200 calorie plan. I have a sedantary job, but I exercise 4 or 5 times a week, and was left feeling faint and hungry. Changing to the 1500 calorie meal plans did help…but all that did was provide two additional snacks (a day) and maybe an extra slice of bread for breakfast.
A typical day would look something like this:
2 pieces of multigrain toast with vegemite
BBQ chicken pizza
Fig and oat cookies
Rice cracker trail mix
Frozen meal (usually very small amount of protein with green beans, carrots and potatoes)
Here’s my problem with it…I have read many things about eating refined and simple carbs and Lite n’ Easy doesn’t seem to have the same line of thinking. At every meal, there is always some sort of bread, potato, white rice or pasta. The diets are totally geared towards calorie counting, with no though for providing rye, brown bread, brown rice or whole wheat pasta. The meals (especially the dinners) are also quite light in protein (with only 4 or 5 50c piece coins) and half the container filled with rice.
I’m often left feeling really hungry and craving sugar…and no amount of their little snacks that they provide helps to alleviate that. I ended up eating double the meals, I’d eat my lite n’ Easy stuff, and then eat something else.
Tastewise, some of the stuff was really tasty, but I would say the majority wasn’t that great. All their frozen meals were waterlogged and bland…and I got sick of eating the same tasting green beans and carrots that were in practically every meal.
My sister however, has lost 4kg in 2.5 weeks on Lite and Easy…so it IS working for her…it just didn’t work for me.
Foods I liked on Lite n’ Easy:
- vanilla crunch cereal
- BBQ chicken Pizza
- Chicken tender wraps
- Greek meatball wraps
- Chicken Enchilada
Foods I disliked on Lite n’ Easy:
- Asian lamb shanks (very gamey)
- Crumbed Fish fillet
- Corned Beef