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Dr Perricone diet: the cheapest way to do it at home

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When it comes to dieting, there's nothing more convenient than having everything you need for the diet to be delivered direct to your front door! And now Ocado has made this possible with its new Dr Perricone food basket.

However, with the basket of food costing £80 (ouch!) and only covering three days, this diet is more than a little beyond most budgets...

But we've had a re-think and built you an alternative basket of food for you to buy that costs a fraction of the price. Not only that, we've also priced the basket up so you can choose the cheapest and most convenient way for you to follow the plan! And you won't believe the money you could save...

 

What is the Dr Perricone diet?

 

The Dr Perricone Diet, also known as the 3-Day Face Lift Diet, promises to give 'visible differences in just three days' by following a high-protein daily eating plan including lots of salmon, eggs, oats, fruit, vegetables and yogurt.

Celebs who have followed the plan include Eva Mendes, Oprah Winfrey and Courteney Cox - who all, let's face it, look pretty good for their age!

We've adapted the menu slightly to make it cheaper, and if you spot a special offer on tinned salmon you can replace the fresh salmon with that. We found fresh salmon to be cheaper on a per-kilogram basis, which is why we opted to include that rather than the tinned variety.

 

The menu

 

Our penny-pinching menu should have exactly the same effects as the full-priced menu... 3-day face lift here we come! 

 

Breakfast
  • Three-egg omelette
  • 50g porridge
  • One slice of melon and a handful of strawberries
  • 250ml glass of water

Lunch
  • 200g salmon
  • Iceberg salad leaves with sprinkle of lemon juice and olive oil for dressing
  • Slice of melon
  • Small handful of strawberries
  • 250ml glass of water

Snack
  • One apple
  • 150g natural yogurt
  • Small handful of almonds
  • 250ml glass of water

Dinner
  • 200g salmon
  • 150g broccoli and spinach
  • Slice of melon
  • Small handful of strawberries
  • 250ml glass of water

Before bed
  • Half an apple
  • 150g natural yogurt
  • Four almonds
  • 250ml glass of water

 

But where is this cheapest? 

 

We've gathered together the best prices for all the food you need from each supermarket...  

 

Waitrose: £46.13

Waitrose was the priciest supermarket to buy the ingredients for the Dr Perricone diet, even with a handful of special offers on.


The most expensive items were the strawberries at a whopping £4.50 for the two punnets you'll need to complete the diet over three days.

2x 250g Waitrose strawberries (£4.50)
2x Lemons (68p)
1x Cantaloupe melon (£2)
1x Essential Waitrose Food Explorer apples (£1)
1x Essential Waitrose spinach (£2)
1x Broccoli (£1.69)
1x Iceberg lettuce (£1)
1x 15 Essential Waitrose free range eggs  (£2.50)
1x Essential Waitrose low fat yogurt (£1.90)
12x Waitrose whole salmon fillet (£21.59)
1x Olivio Olive Oil (£2.50)
1x Essential Waitrose Scottish rolled oats (£1.19)

2x Waitrose flaked almonds (£2.98) 

 

Ocado: £41.98

Ocado is the second most expensive of the shops to purchase your Dr Perricone basket from, although we did manage to make some savings in comparison to the official Dr Perricone basket as advertised by the online-only supermarket.


2x 250g Ocado strawberries (£4)*

1x Two-pack lemons (75p)
1x Honeydew melon (£1.80)
1x Essentials Food Explorer apples (£1)
1x Babyleaf spinach (£2)
1x Broccoli (£1.12)
1x Iceberg lettuce (£1)
1x 12 Ocado medium free range eggs  (£2.50)
1x Essential Wairtrose low fat yogurt (£1.90)
5x New England Wild Alaskan salmon (£18)
1x Olivio Olive Oil (£2.50)
1x Essential Waitrose Scottish rolled oats (80p)
2x Waitrose flaked almonds (£2.98)

 *included in a limited-time special offer 

 

Sainsbury's: £35.96

Sainsbury's selection is pretty expensive in comparison to the other large-chain supermarkets and most of this responsibility can be put on the basics salmon, which comes in at a higher prices than many of its competitors.


2x 227g strawberries (£4.50)
2x Lemons (60p)
1x Honeydew melon (£1.50)*
2x Sainsbury?s Taste the Difference apples (£1.66)*
1x Sainsbury's young spinach (£1.50)
1x Broccoli (£1)
1x Iceberg lettuce (£1)
1x 18 Sainsbury's Basics eggs (£2.10)
2x Sainsbury's Basics low fat natural yogurt (90p)
3x Sainsbury's Basics salmon fillets (£14.36)
1x Olivio Olive Oil (£2.50)
1x Sainsbury's Scottish oats (£1.19)
3x Asda flaked almonds (£3.15)

 *included in a limited-time special offer 

 

Tesco: £34.07

The Tesco Dr Perricone basket was a big step up from the Asda basket, with more than £3 price difference. The salmon was a little more expensive that Asda's and you'll have to buy two punnets of strawberries - at least that means you'll have some left over!


2x 227g strawberries (£4)
2x Lemons (60p)
1x Honeydew melon (£2)
1x Tesco Braeburn apples pack (£1)*
2x Babyleaf spinach (£2)
2x Cornish Broccoli (£2)
1x Iceberg lettuce (£1)
1x 15 Tesco Everyday Value eggs (£1.50)
2x Everyday Value low fat yogurt (£90p)
3x Tesco Everyday Value salmon fillets (£13.17)
1x Olivio Olive oil (£2)*
1x Tesco Everyday Value porridge oats (75p)
3x The Pantry flaked almonds (£3.15)

 *included in a limited-time special offer 

 

Asda: £30.49

The big-chain supermarkets certainly can't beat our winner, with Asda coming second at almost £2 more expensive for the whole basket. Asda, like Tesco, Sainsbury's and Waitrose, had a number of special offers on so if you're planning on doing this diet in the new year, you may find out prices are a little higher than explained here.

The list includes:
400g strawberries (£3)
2x Lemons (50p)
1x Honeydew melon (£1.75)
2x Asda Extra Special Jazz apples (£2)
2x Babyleaf spinach (£3)
1x Broccoli (60p)
1x Iceberg lettuce (50p)
2x 6 Kent Egg co eggs (£2)
2x Smartprice low fat natural yogurt (90p)
1.2kg Fresh fish counter salmon (£11.96)
1x Olivio Olive Oil (£2)*
1x Smartprice porridge oats (80p)
2x Asda flaked almonds (£2.98)

 *included in a limited-time special offer

 

CHEAPEST! Aldi: £28.29

Aldi's shopping basket is the cheapest if you want to follow the Dr Perricone diet for three days. There will be a fair few leftovers too with 15 eggs rather than 12 as from other stores.


400g strawberries (£1.49)
1x 3 bag of lemons (49p)
1x Honeydew melon (£1.39)
2x Orchard fresh apples (£1.38)
2x Babyleaf spinach (£1.78)
2x Broccoli (98p)
1x Iceberg lettuce (45p)
1x 15 Merevale eggs (£1.35)
2x Brooklea low fat natural yogurt (90p)
4x The Fishmonger Salmon fillets (£12.36)
1x Solesta Olive Oil (£2.79)
1x Everyday essentials porridge oats (75p)

2x The Pantry flaked almonds (£1.09) 

 

Where to next?

 

The Honey diet 

The Alkaline diet 

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