The latest meal plan delivery service to gather a huge following is the Jane Plan, developed by Jane Michell. Nutritionist and weight-loss expert Jane actually started out by creating meals for friends (from Waitrose ingredients, no less!) when she realised there was a gap in the market for easy, yet healthy and wholesome diet food. And the best bit? There's not a fad in sight.
By calorie controlling each portion and offering healthy meals and snacks, Jane has helped thousands of people shed the pounds. In fact, Jane herself used the diet to lose weight, and has remained happy with her shape ever since.
What is the Jane Plan Diet?Jane Plan is a diet delivery service, with a mentor support aspect too. Meals are delivered to your door, and include breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. You then add some fresh fruit or veggies of your own before 'heating and eating' the meals for a quick and easy answer to the usual hunger pangs a diet can bring.
Special offer: Get 20% off your first Jane Plan Diet month
When you sign up you're assigned a personal nutritionist to go to with any questions, or just for a bit of advice when you feel like you need it. You're also given a personal plan guide to keep with you, to help you through each day. This includes easy tips and tricks to help you avoid those dreaded chocolate filled pitfalls and a weekly weight loss tracker so you can keep on top of your results.
How does it work?
It's not rocket science, the Jane Plan Diet goes back to basics by counting calories and focusing on good old portion control - ultimately providing balanced meals.
And the message is simple, if you take in fewer calories than your body burns every day, you'll lose weight. We always thought common sense is underrated when it comes to diets!
Who is it good for?The Jane Plan is perfect if you don't have a lot of time on your hands and are looking to lose weight, and keep it off, over a steady period of time.
There are men's plans too, with added calories. So if you're attempting to do a diet as a couple this could be perfect.
The plan can also be tailored, so if you have an allergy or specific requirement (like gluten free, for instance) the team at Jane Plan will be able to help put together a personalised menu for you.
What does a typical day look like?
Unlike lots of fashionable diets this isn't about cutting out specific foods or drinking magic potions to help you lose weight overnight. You'll recognise your favourites on the meal plan, like Thai chicken curry and cottage pie.
An example menu for a woman looks like this:
BreakfastToffee Pecan Granola or organic muesli with goji berries and cranberries
LunchMoroccan salad with wild salmon and bulgur wheat or curried sweet potato and butternut squash soup
DinnerMassaman pork curry or slow cooked beef in ale with a side of root vegetable mash
SnackSpicy ginger cookie or a luxury chocolate bar
What kind of results can I expect?Weight loss obviously depends on a lot of factors, like how much you are aiming to loose, what your metabolism is like, how much time you have to exercise, etc. This being said Jane Plan does seem to get good results, with many users shedding the pounds. Here are just a few real life examples to give you an idea of how people have responded to Jane Plan.
The lovely Clare Combes, above left, did the gluten free Jane Plan diet with her partner and managed to shift 2 stone, dropping to a very enviable size 8. Doesn't she look fab?
We also love Natasha Frampton's story, above right. Natasha was told by her GP that she couldn't be referred for IVF because of her weight. Previously 19 stone, Natasha lost an incredible 9 stone with Jane Plan. And the best part? Her baby was born in December.
At 57, Caroline lost a hefty 2.5 stone and looks amazing. Caroline says that Jane Plan helped her end a lifetime of yo-yo dieting and got her back to her old sporty self - ready to take on everything from mountaineering Everest to abseiling down Battersea Power Station. Rather you than us Caroline!
What are the pros?
Well, apart from the obvious - the above - you don't have to think about what you're going to have for your next meal. There's no weighing, calculating or complicated tracking so it's easy from the get-go.
Lots of people have reported huge weight loss and many love it so much that they stay on the plan even once they've achieved their goal weight, which can only be a good sign.
Success stories include celebrities like Chantelle Houghton who dropped from a size 16 to a size 10 while on Jane Plan
What are the cons?It obviously wouldn't suit a whole family, so it's only really suitable if you're still willing to cook a different meal for the kids. That said, the veggie side dishes you make to accompany your meal would definitely be good for the kids too, so you could still share some elements of the same meals.
It's not a quick fix either and does require you to be strict most of the time. The plan is about lasting results not dropping a dress size overnight.
How much does the Jane Plan Diet cost?Plans start from £7.10/a day and include breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack.
We've partnered up with Jane Plan to get our readers 20% off their first month. That means you’ll save over £100 and can start to lose weight for less than £5 a day.
To redeem visit www.janeplan.com or call 0203 441 6646 and quote GTK116