Plan:Eat Program – LOSE WEIGHT Without Depriving Yourself of Good Food
When in Manila, it is inevitable to gain weight, especially after a string of festivities and celebrations. Just when you thought that you’re done with the seemingly endless buffets you indulged in last Yuletide season, weddings and birthday parties begin kicking in. To add to that, the Chinese New Year (Kung Hei Fat Choy!) arrives and you suddenly find yourself munching on a dozen tikoys (simply because you can’t resist) and going to Chinese New Year lunch/dinner gatherings day after day after day.
Exercise is pretty much out of the picture, too, thanks to the oh-so-cold January weather. It’s simply BLISS to lounge around the house and wrap yourself with your favorite blanket while watching your favorite TV show or reading your newly-bought novel.
However, now that it’s February and the weather is starting to feel warm, it is difficult to deny that summer is just around the corner. Perhaps you are already daydreaming about your upcoming summer outing: LaBoracay? La Union? Batangas? Wait a minute. Suddenly, it sinks in: now your jeans are tighter. Your favorite t-shirt doesn’t seem to fit you right anymore. The rest of your clothes seem to have gotten smaller over the holidays.
And then, it dawns on you: you have to cut down and get rid of that excess weight in time for summer. You hate to admit it but it is true: it is just SO DIFFICULT to make a shift — to lessen your food intake and to eat less flavorful (okay, that’s a euphemism. I meant, bland) meals — especially when you’ve spoiled your taste buds a wee too much for the past few weeks.
Worry not! Plan:Eat Program is here to help you. The best part about it is that it won’t feel like dieting at all. For as low as P1,200 (exclusive of delivery charge), Plan:Eat Program will deliver your meals for breakfast, morning snack, lunch, mid-afternoon snack and dinner right at your doorstep every weekday morning. Delivery time is from 6am to 8:30am, but you may request them to deliver at a specific time that is most convenient for you. Since I leave early for work, I asked them to deliver my meals by 6am. From my experience, they were always punctual.
Here is a sample of their menu (it varies every week) carefully planned by their resident nutritionist-dietitian:
To ensure that you get the right amount of nutrition your body needs, they will assess you based on your body type, lifestyle and target weight and match it accordingly with the meal plan that best fits you before you start the program. Choices are as follows:
Should you have any concerns regarding allergies, feel free to tell them. I’m allergic to crab, but they found a substitute for me to be able to still proceed with my Plan:Eat Program Diet. Check out the love note they sent me along with the first set of meals they delivered on Day 1:
To be honest, I was initially quite scared that I would find 1,200 calories per day insufficient. I tried their program a few days after the Christmas season (a time when I’ve gotten used to eating everything I saw and left absolutely no empty space in my tummy). Surprisingly, the meals they prepared for me kept me energized the entire day.
What I love about their meals is that they are all full of taste. The granola they served was a great mix of flavors. Cranberries and the mix of nuts were apparent enough to make you relish the moment of eating breakfast and not just to get it over with. The fruits they served were very fresh and juicy, too.
Another thing I like about Plan:Eat Program is that they aren’t very uptight with their meals. They let their customers cheat a little bit. Take the caramel panna cotta, for example. This creamy dessert is usually a no-no to strict dieters, but Plan:Eat Program dares to defy this norm. Furthermore, they use WHITE rice (this is a good news to those who aren’t big fans of brown rice). Oh, and did I mention that sometimes they sprinkle bacon bits on their pasta?
The best part about this meal plan is that it actually works. Before availing of their service, I weighed 121 pounds. In five days, I lost three pounds. I felt healthier, as well. My body felt lighter, but not frail. I felt stronger, even. I could think more clearly and move around quickly (goodbye to that sluggish feeling that comes with unnecessary fat). Come Saturday, it was easy for me to curb my cravings. Somehow, my taste buds got disciplined by the Plan:Eat Program (thank God!).
In conclusion, I would certainly recommend this meal program to anyone out there who wants to change their eating behavior and lifestyle. Plan:Eat Program is the perfect partner in jumpstarting your way to weight loss and healthy eating. Together, you will discover that dieting is meant to be easy, fun and stress-free! Here’s to a healthy new You when in Manila!