Written on: 26/04/2012 by Bearsy (1 review written)
Over the years I have tried many diets, many of them supporting a specific view about certain groups of food and how these affect the metabolism of the body. Some of the diets I have tried have been very prescriptive with very little variety from one day to the next. As a result the diets have generally lacked imagination and my motivation tended to wane. I also came to realise, that for me, there were no quick fixes.
Browsing on the internet I came across the Tesco Diets. As a therapist and trainer (now retired) I was interested in Tesco’s holistic approach to weight loss. It appeared to combine diets specially geared for an individual’s need with a specific exercise programme. I looked at sample menus from the various diets and discovered that the CSIRO Wellbeing diet used many of my favourite foods. It all looked too good to be true. How could eating my favourite foods enable me to lose weight? I was sceptical. However, a few days later I returned to the website and read the reviews. Having read many of these, I took the plunge and registered. That was the first step! Once I had signed up I knew I had made a commitment with myself.
From the outset I had a real sense that Tesco Diets wanted to know ‘me’ and how I ticked. Their questions enabled me to reflect and determine the main reason for wanting to go on a diet and thus judge the degree of motivation I had to lose weight. Although I felt ‘they’ knew me, in a strange way I also felt anonymous. The use of the computer was an ideal way of communicating for me because I could make contact when I had time and this felt unobtrusive. As I also think that weight is connected to the issue of control, it reinforced the notion that I was taking responsibility for me. The following are some very specific things about the programme that helped me and enabled me to stay on track.
• Having a target weight that was realistic, attainable and
• Having a programme that was about small steps of progressive
• Having a visual representation of my progress in the form of a
• Having a week’s plan of meals so that shopping was easy.
• Having alternative meals available so I could swap menus I wanted.
• Having a diet programme which was satisfying and so I never felt
• Having a weekly exercise programme.
• Having thoughtful supportive responses from the Tesco Diet team
which were personalised and not just computer generated statements
in a standard format.
I have appreciated the Tesco Diet approach and it has worked for me. I have recommended it to friends not just because I think it is very good value for money but because I really do believe it can be of benefit to others.
Why not try it? The loss in weight is the gain!
A big ‘thank you’ to all at Tesco Diet.