Weight Loss Diets: Review

With so many diet options, it can be hard to find a weight loss plan that’s right for you !

Information subtracted  from the NHS Livewell – Lose Weight site…. At the KeeDiet we review their choices as we see them.

The 5:2 diet

The 5:2 diet is currently one of the most searched-for diets on the internet. The 5:2 diet is based on a principle known as intermittent fasting (IF) – where you eat normally five days a week and fast on the other two days.

At The KeeDiet we agree.  We have already found our clients love this idea for weight management, as an easy way to keep their new trim figure after initial weight loss phase.  We have also noticed an increase in enquiries regarding our 5:2 Intermittent Diet Plan so much so that we designed a Diet Box for those who wish to follow and are now promoting the 5:2 Intermittent Fasting Diet on our webstore, making the Fasting Days so much easier by using 4 of our Nutritionally complete mealpacks.

Dukan diet

The Dukan diet is a low-carbohydrate (carb), high-protein diet. There’s no limit to how much you can eat during the plan’s four phases, providing you stick to the rules of the plan. During phase one, you’re on a strict lean protein diet. Dukan’s phase one bans vegetables and seriously restricts fat. The next three phases of the plan see the gradual introduction of some fruit, veg and carbs and eventually all foods. The aim is gradual weight loss of up to 2lb a week and to promote long-term weight management.

BDA verdict: Rapid weight loss can be motivating but it is unsustainable and unhealthy. The Dukan diet isn’t nutritionally balanced, which is acknowledged by the fact that you need a vitamin supplement and a fibre top up in the form of oat bran. There’s a danger this type of diet could increase your risk of long-term health problems if you don’t stick to the rules. The diet lacks variety in the initial phases so there’s a risk you’ll get bored quickly and give up.

What do we think @ The KeeDiet Well  you can certainly lose weight on The Dukan Diet because it cuts calories drastically.  Like our VLCD Plan the lack of carbs will help keep hunger at bay. It may be difficult to control snacking and also sticking to the diet as there is still quite a lot of preparation.  But we actually agree with the experts and our concern also is that when reducing your calories you must ensure you receive adequate nutrition.   When following our VLCD you are losing weight safe in the knowledge that our VLCD Total Mealpacks are EU Regulated to ensure you receive 100% of your recommended daily allowance of essential vitamins & minerals.

Atkins Diet

The Atkins diet is a low-carb, high-protein weight loss programme. You start with a low-carb diet designed for rapid weight loss. This lasts at least two weeks depending on your weight loss goal. During this phase, you’re on a protein, fat and very low-carb diet, including meat, seafood, eggs, cheese, some veg, butter and oils.  During the next three phases, the weight loss is likely to be more gradual, and regular exercise is encouraged.

BDA verdict: Rapid weight loss can be motivating but it is unsustainable. The Atkins diet isn’t nutritionally balanced. By limiting fruit and veg it contradicts all the advice on healthy eating that we have tried so hard to pass on to people. The meal choices are limited so there’s a risk many people will get bored quickly and drop out or take a ‘pick and mix’ approach.

At The KeeDiet we totally understand the concept of the Atkins Diet as it can be quite similar in concept to a VLCD as mentioned in the NICE Guidance Obesity Treatment Document, by changing your energy source to burn your bodies fat rather than fuel from food, with great results. Many of our clients actually use our  HP Slimmers Products to help with this plan as they are very low in calories, low in carbohydrates and high in protein.  Quite a lot of reading is involved to ensure you follow this plan correctly, the cooking and eating fat concept can be quite difficult for dieters who have followed healthy eating plans in the past such as Weight Watchers etc.  But our main concern would be the same as mentioned above with the Dukan Diet.  which also seems to be the BDS verdict.

Cambridge diet

The Cambridge Weight Plans are based around buying and eating a range of meal-replacement products with the promise of rapid weight loss. There are six flexible diet plans ranging from 415kcal to 1,500kcal or more a day, depending on your weight loss goal.  While on the programme, you receive advice and support on healthy eating and exercise from a Cambridge adviser.

BDA verdict: You need to like the meal-replacement products to stay with the plan. Rapid weight loss can be motivating but it is unsustainable. A VLCD that involves eating 1,000 calories a day or fewer should not be followed for more than 12 continuous weeks. If you are eating fewer than 600 calories a day, you should have medical supervision.

What do we think #TheKeeDiet…  Well Cambridge Diet is very similar to us, and therefore we love the Cambridge Diet and may spend a little more time on this one :) 

The main difference between The KeeDiet and Cambridge Diet is……. Price, Face to Face meetings and eating 4 times each day on a VLCD instead of 3 times. 

Feedback from our clients who have used Cambridge Diet Sole Source Plan was that they loved their flavours but with their VLCD plan you only were allowed to eat 3 times daily, they mentioned this led to off plan snacking and they prefer 3 meals and a snack as detailed in our Rapid Burn Plan.  The cost of products was greater and getting to the consultants home was sometimes difficult.

Cambridge Diet does offer face to face consultation and for many dieters, getting personally weighed may be the clinching factor, although you may need to shop around as the type of support you receive seems to vary from consultant to consultant.   As an online provider of Meal Replacement Products our small friendly team in customer care provide brilliant personal support, getting to know many of our clients personally, this is via telephone, email or our many social media sites for example Facebook, Twitter, Forum , Secret Slimmers Private Clients Group and now Pinterest.  Cambridge Diet face to face consultation does come at a price and cost is a decision that dieters do need to evaluate when choosing.  As at Sept 13 Cambridge charged approximately £2.10 or more for their shakes compared to TheKeeDiet £1.20.

South Beach Diet

The South Beach Diet is a low-GI diet originally developed for heart patients in the US. There’s no calorie counting and no limits on portions. You’re encouraged to eat three meals and two snacks a day and follow an exercise plan.

BDA verdict: The first two weeks are the most difficult to get through. We’re concerned that this diet promises such a large weight loss, up to 13lb, in the first two weeks. This, though, won’t be all fat. Some of the weight loss will include water and carbs – both of which will be replaced when you begin eating more normally. Once you get past the initial phase, the diet follows the basic principles of healthy eating and should provide the nutrients you need to stay healthy.

What do we think #TheKeeDietWell we agree with Low GI/GL Dieting as our products follow the same pattern.  A great diet for those that wish to use all healthy foods and exercise for weight loss and due to the low gi/gl concept a great weight loss can be achieved.  Our concern would be that dieters may wander from the plan, many clients that we speak to love a VLCD diet and Meal Replacement products because they stop snacking and re-educate ones eating habits.

Slimming World diet

Slimming World’s weight loss plan is well known throughout the UK and many of our dieters and us here at Base Camp have used Slimming World at some time.  It encourages you to swap high-fat foods for low-fat foods that are naturally filling. You choose your food from a list of low-fat foods they call ‘Free Foods’, such as fruit, vegetables, pasta, potatoes, rice, lean meat, fish and eggs, which you can eat in unlimited amounts. There’s no calorie counting, no foods are banned and you’re still allowed the occasional treat. You can get support from fellow slimmers at weekly group meetings and follow an exercise plan to become gradually more active. The plan is designed to help you lose about 1lb to 2lb a week.

BDA verdict: The group meetings encourage members to share successes, ideas and recipes with each other but they may not appeal to everyone. While the meal plans may lack some flexibility, they are generally balanced. However, without learning about calories and portion sizes, you may struggle to make healthy choices once you’ve left the programme.

What do we think @ The KeeDietA loved and well know diet that is available in most towns. From feed back received and our own experience not all of us have enjoyed the meetings though.  Some of our clients have reported the meetings as a form of punishment and quite daunting to join as clicky, where others met great friends, loved the flexibility and the great menus offered by the company.  Unfortunately those that have loved  Slimming World clients but ended up with The KeeDiet reported their weight either stopped, it was to slow for that special event or that the weighing and planning was too much to handle.

On a personal note we also feel that the product desk pushing biscuits, crisps and other goodies isnt really promoting a change in their clients eating habits long term. We instead believe that the snacking foods to be encouraged are  seeds, nuts, salads and other foods from the whole food chain.

Slim-Fast diet

The Slim-Fast diet is a low-calorie meal replacement plan for people with a BMI of 25 and over. It uses Slim-Fast’s range of products. The plan recommends three snacks a day from an extensive list, including crisps and chocolate, two meal replacement shakes or bars and one regular meal, taken from a list of recipes on the Slim-Fast website.

What do we think @ The KeeDietEasy to locate in most chemists or supermarkets although we are concerned with the amount of sugar in some of their products and the effect this will have on body insulin.  A Meal Replacement diet can be effective at helping people to lose weight and keep it off and being readily available to purchase from high street venders may draw dieters to SlimFast.   The Slim-Fast plan can be useful to kickstart a weight loss regime, as it is not a full meal replacement product it’s important that you make full use of the online support to learn about the principles of healthy eating and how to manage everyday food and drink.

LighterLife diet

The LighterLife weight loss plans combine a very low-calorie meal-replacement diet with weekly counselling. With LighterLife Total, for people with a BMI of 30 or more, you eat four ‘food packs’ a day, consisting of shakes, soups, mousses or bars, and no conventional food, this is the same for The KeeDiet and our Rapid Burn Plan. LighterLife Lite, for those with a BMI of 25-30, involves eating three food packs a day plus one meal from a list of approved foods and this is similar to The KeeDiet Social Plan

BDA verdict: Rapid weight loss can be motivating but it is unsustainable. LighterLife’s VLCD and its counselling component may work for some, particularly people who have struggled to lose weight for years, have health problems as a result of their weight and are clinically obese with a BMI of more than 30. A VLCD that involves eating 1,000 calories a day or fewer should not be followed for more than 12 continuous weeks. If you are eating fewer than 600 calories a day, you should have medical supervision.

What do we think #TheKeeDiet…  Lighterlife generally excel at their counselling and consultants are CBT trained, this can be a great asset for dieters with a history of bad eating habits attached to emotional issues and pushes them to dig deep and work through handouts at their weekly meetings.  Again the support and counselling you receive can depend on your consultant.  Many of our clients are ex-lightlerlife clients and have moved to us for different reasons, their consultant closed, the price just became too expensive, they didnt like the meetings or could no longer make them, they also felt that the weight management support wasnt there one at target.  On the other hand we have received glowing reports for Lighterlife and our new client had needed to move just because their consultant closed down, they had met great friends that understood vlcd dieting and ‘got them’.  Although our contact is distance, our clients love to chat and this has helped the ex-lighterlife to enjoy chatting to other dieters that ‘get them’.   Lighterlife an Cambridge Diet therefore offer the same diet in theory as The KeeDiet but just in a different format and it is really down to the individual to try the products, the service, think about the financial outlay and decide what factors for them as an individual are most important. 

WeightWatchers diet

The WeightWatchers plan is based on the ProPoints system, which gives a value to foods and drink based on protein, carbs, fat and fibre content. It is essentially a calorie-controlled diet where you get a personal daily ProPoints allowance. You also get a weekly ProPoints safety net in case you go over your allowance, and an individual exercise plan. The weekly meetings and confidential weigh-ins provide support and extra motivation to encourage long-term behaviour change. The plan is designed to help you lose up to 2lb a week

Pros: No foods are banned so you can eat and drink what you want providing you stick to your points allowance. The ProPoints system is easier to follow for some than calorie-counting and less restrictive than other plans. This is because it introduces a safety net of points, which can be saved up for a special occasion, such as a night out, a small amount of alcohol or treats.

Cons: When you begin, working out the points system can be just as time consuming as simply counting calories. Some people feel pressured into purchasing WeightWatchers branded foods. Meetings take prep time and before you know it, you have left the house half hour early to get there on time and after the hour chat, it takes another half hour to get home… before you know it, that’s two hours of your day gone. Can you really spare that in todays world of busy bees?

BDA verdict: The ProPoints plan is generally well balanced and can be a foundation for long-term changes in dietary habits. The support group approach can help keep people motivated and educate them about healthy eating. But it’s vital that you make the connection between the points system and calories if you want to avoid putting the weight back on once you leave the programme.

Rosemary Conley diet

Rosemary Conley’s Diet and Fitness plans combine a low-fat, low-GI diet with regular exercise. You can follow her recipes or buy from her range of calorie-controlled ready meals and snacks. You’re encouraged to eat food with 5% or less fat, with the exception of oily fish, porridge oats and lean meat. A network of local Rosemary Conley clubs offers weekly exercise classes, support and motivation. You learn about calorie counting and portion size, which can help you sustain your weight loss beyond the programme. The diet is designed to help you lose a stone in seven weeks. How long you stay on the plan depends on your weight loss goal.

Pros: The programme is based around calories, with a focus on cutting fat. The ‘portion pots’, which are used to measure foods such as rice, cereal, pasta and baked beans, teach you about portion control. Physical activity is an integral part of the weight loss plan, with exercise sessions suitable for all ages, sizes and abilities offered at their weekly classes with trained leaders.

Cons: Some low-fat products aren’t necessarily more healthy because they can still be high in sugar and calories. It is unrealistic to expect people to go out with their portion pots and, therefore, portion control may be more tricky away from the home.

BDA verdict: The diet and exercise plans offer a balanced approach to weight loss that teaches you about portion size, the importance of regular exercise for weight management and making healthier choices. The educational element is very useful for long-term weight management once you have left the programme.

Jenny Craig diet

The Jenny Craig programme has three main features: one-to-one support, a meal delivery service and tailored exercise plans. The weekly, personalised telephone consultations provide advice, motivation and support. The diet adviser assesses your reasons for gaining weight and, over the course of the programme, helps you to change your behaviour. The meals and snacks are packed into single-sized portions to suit your weight-loss needs. You need to add certain fresh fruits, veg and low-fat dairy products. The programme is designed to help you lose between 1lb and 2lb a week until you reach your target weight.

Pros: All the meals, including snacks, are calorie-counted, portion-controlled and delivered to your door. You eat real food, receive telephone support and learn about portion size, calories and exercise, which can all help you make healthier choices beyond the programme.

Cons: The meals don’t contain fruit, veg or dairy, which will be an additional expense. This isn’t an approach that you can stick to in the long term so it’s vital to learn how to prepare or choose healthy food yourself rather than relying on someone else.

BDA verdict: If you don’t like the Jenny Craig meals then this diet won’t work for you. If you want a diet where most of the work is done for you then the Jenny Craig programme can be a good solution. The concern with pre-packaged meals is whether dieters will realise there is no magic trick and be able to replicate the meals, with the same portion sizes and calories, once they are on their own.


If you are interested in more information on VLCD dieting and to see if it is suitable for you please head to The KeeDiet to see the mealpacks that are on offer and the support that is available to you as a ‘KeeBee’.

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