These diets are being hailed as the new way of kickstarting healthy eating and though they are not necessarily sustainable for long periods of time they are a fantastic way of beginning a diet. So what did the two journalists make of it?
Katharine Viner tested out a company called Raw Fairies, which is the UK’s first raw food delivery service . Katherine signed up for two weeks and unlike many other food delivery services does not involve any cooking as its all raw! Two weeks of no food shopping and no cooking already sounds like a good start. In order to make the cold meals exciting and appetising chefs really went out of their way to be creative with the meals, serving up dishes such as a sunflower seed burrito, flaxseed pizzas and nut crusted quiches.
Katherine reported tasty food and dressings and high quality ingredients and lost a 51b, a fantastic result for just two weeks. The only negative was absence of hot food as sometimes you just need a nice hot meal.
Vicky Frost tried out the bodychef scheme, of which there are many kinds. Vicky opted for the five day superfood menu, which comprised of three meals plus snacks for each day at a cost of £73. The meals total around 1600 calories a day and everything comes very neatly weighed all ready for microwaving or heating up.
Vicky reported a good breakfast that set her up for the morning, a lacklustre lunch which often left her hungry (four ryvita and a small pot of pate for example) and a substantial dinner. She did mention the quality was rather questionable with certain meals being delightfully tasty and others being watery and uninspiring.
Vicky concluded that Bodychef is a great way to start better eating but would prefer lower prices and increased flexibility.