- I tried a food delivery service that focuses on fitness to see if it would help me lose fat and maintain muscle.
- For four weeks, I had meals and snacks that were measured to hit my macros delivered to me.
- It made losing fat so much easier and freed up a lot of time and mental energy, but it didn’t come cheap.
Since I lost 35 pounds a few years ago, my weight has fluctuated quite a bit – sometimes I focus more on fitness and nutrition, sometimes less, and I’m great with the physical changes that come with that.
I have never restricted my diet, and generally follow the 80/20 rule. But this spring, I decided I wanted to lose some of the pounds I gained and feel my best for the summer and my upcoming 30th birthday.
In order to maintain a calorie deficit, keeping track of calories and protein has always worked for me, but planning my food to reach calories and macros can be time consuming. So I started researching fitness-focused meal delivery services to see if they could help me save time and achieve my goals.
One of the largest British companies in this field is Fresh Fitness FoodWhich provides all the daily food a person needs to achieve their goals, whether it is through losing fat, gaining muscle, or improving their health.
I tried FFF five days a week for four weeks – leaving the weekend to eat out or cook – to see if it would help me lose fat while maintaining muscle. It cost £680 (US$850), which was paid by Insider as per our reporting criteria.
I ate 1900 calories a day
I chose a fat loss plan and was told I could eat 1,900 calories a day based on information including my height, weight and activity levels.
The company suggests macros, but I prep myself because I know eating a high protein keeps me full, and I prefer eating a little more carbs and less fat.
I was also able to count the calories I was consuming around meals and snacks, so I allowed 150 calories for tea and coffee.
FFF gave me about 1,750 food calories per day, which I chose to eat in three meals and two snacks, deciding not to juice. Given the choice of sweet or savory snacks, I chose desserts.
I have no dietary requirements or allergies, but I chose three food exceptions: mushrooms, fish and cilantro.
Every night between 11pm and 6am, my food is delivered to my designated safe in recyclable containers in a cooler bag. I left the cooler bag for collection the following evening.
It was exciting to see what my food would be
Managing my plan was easy with the FFF app, which allowed me to see what I was going to eat a few days in advance and adjust my calories or macros.
I ate a lot of chicken-based meals to meet my protein goal (but I love chicken, so I was happy), and about one in four lunches and dinners were vegetarian.
All meals are designed to be eaten either cold or hot, but I heat my meals in the microwave.
Meals included chickpea salad with poi lentils, cavolo nero, ratatouille, and bulgur wheat. Marinated chicken with potatoes, grilled romanesco and cauliflower in curry sauce.
The breakfasts were all vegetarian, some as sweet as pancakes with apricot compote, some as delicious as scrambled eggs with spinach, grilled tomatoes and flatbread.
The meals were higher in beans, pulses, and legumes than I normally eat, and I felt better eating more fiber.
The meals were mostly very tasty (although I sometimes added spices), and I never had the same meal twice.
My snacks were more frequent: I ate a lot of chocolate mousse, fruit salad, millionaire bread, but I didn’t mind because they were delicious.
My calories weren’t always split evenly over meals
My calories varied slightly by about 50 calories per day, but this did not seem to affect my progress.
1,900 calories felt fine – I generally had the energy to do the exercises and wasn’t too hungry, but I still got results.
But my meals felt unbalanced some days. For example, I train before lunch and a 230-calorie breakfast and a 690-calorie lunch didn’t give me enough energy.
One day I ate a meal with 90g of protein to make up for low-protein meals, and I didn’t eat a lot of chicken at once. It’s been a little
I lost weight and maintained my strength
My weight decreased by about 1 kg (2.2 lbs) in the 4 weeks, which is considered a healthy amount.
I could see a difference in my photos on the first and last day, but I was especially bloated on the first day after a fun weekend.
I ate outside and drank some alcohol over the weekends in my FFF experience, but tried to get around my maintenance calories.
I kept up my strength in the gym too, and I exercise consistently 5-6 days a week.
FFF was helpful, but I won’t do it in the long run
FFF has made fat loss easier, but it still requires discipline.
Not having to buy, plan, or cook food frees up time and mental energy, and it was great knowing my meals fit my goals. It also reminded me that vegan meals can be high in protein, and you don’t need to be too meticulous with your calories to lose fat.
However, serving meals doesn’t necessarily teach you about nutrition—it can teach you portion sizes—and doesn’t allow intuitive eating. I also craved my usual meals and snacks at the end.
FFF was expensive and if I had the money I would like to serve like that 2-3 days a week for convenience and food variety, but that’s not something I’ve been doing every day.
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