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[Product Review] The New You Plan – Part Two

8th October 2014

As I said last week, I was recently, and kindly, invited to trial one week of The New You Plan, a Total Meal Replacement diet, or a VLCD.

I started the diet last Wednesday, unintentionally coinciding with the start of October.

In case you’re unaware of what a VLCD diet is, and what a Total Meal Replacement diet entails… it’s all in the name. A Very Low Calorie Diet is a diet where you eat Total Meal Replacement Foods in order to achieve a caloric intake of usually below 1000 kcal per day. This is (usually) also done in an attempt to get your body into ketosis, by consuming <60mg carbohydrates per day.

Please note, before we go any further, that my experience(s) on The New You Plan are individual, and should not be expected of every individual who decides to start using The New You Plan‘s products. You should consult your doctor before starting any diet or exercise plan, in case of any contraindications.

The New You Plan: The Before

Photos

Unfortunately, I forgot to take a “before” shot, so please don’t hate me for using one of my older 2014 ones for comparison.

FATGIRLslim | April 10 2014 Progress #1 FATGIRLslim | April 10 2014 Progress #2

Measurements

  • Neck: 15.75″
  • Upper Arm (R): 20″
  • Upper Arm (L): 19.5″
  • Lower Arm (R): 13″
  • Lower Arm (L): 13″
  • Bust: 60″
  • Under Bust: 49″
  • Waist: 56.5″
  • Hips: 69.5″
  • Thigh (R): 34.5″
  • Thigh (L): 34.5″
  • Calf (R): 20″
  • Calf (L): 21.5″
  • Ankle (R): 11″
  • Ankle (L): 13″
  • Wrist (R): 7.5″
  • Wrist (L): 7.75″

The New You Plan: My Week

The Food

What I received for my week on The New You Plan is as follows:

2 x Beautiful Banana Shakes
2 x Very Nice Vanilla Shakes
2 x Creamy Chocolate Shakes
2 x Sensational Strawberry Shakes
2 x Heavenly Hazelnut Shakes

2 x Vegetable Soups

4 x Chicken Noodle Curry (constantly incorrectly referred to throughout the videos below as “spicy noodle curry”; I’m extremely sorry about this!)

4 x Pasta Carbonara

4 x Chocolate Cream Cookie Bars
4 x Chocolate Hazelnut Bars

I also received 3 x Cool Mint Breath Strips and 1 x Pink Lemonade New You Flavoured Water, and a water bottle/mixing jug (pink) with wire shaker, in addition to the actual meal replacement products.

Unlike some other meal replacement programs I’ve tried (*cough*TheBiggestLoser*cough*) I had no problem with powdery foods here. The foods on The New You Plan (that weren’t bars; obviously the bars weren’t powdery!) mixed well, even in the case of the Chicken Noodle Curry and Pasta Carbonara meals, which I mixed with a fork or spoon instead of with the mixing jug. The only one I had a problem with was the vegetable soup, on the last day, where I obviously hadn’t mixed it properly, and it was still very lumpy.

That said, that was probably my fault, as the first vegetable soup I made came out fine.

Rather than boring y’all with how the food all tasted and giving it stars as is my usual, etc, I went ahead and did a YouTube vlog all week at the end of the day, talking about the foods, how they tasted, and how I felt during the days. Hopefully these’ll work better than hundreds of words of my babbling. πŸ™‚

The New You Plan: The Vlog

The New You Plan: The After

Measurements

  • Neck: 15.75″
  • Upper Arm (R): 20″
  • Upper Arm (L): 19″ (-0.5″)
  • Lower Arm (R): 12.5″ (-0.5″)
  • Lower Arm (L): 12.5″ (-0.5″)
  • Bust: 59″ (-1″)
  • Under Bust: 49″
  • Waist: 55″ (-1.5″)
  • Hips: 69″ (-0.5″)
  • Thigh (R): 34″ (-0.5″)
  • Thigh (L): 34.5″
  • Calf (R): 19.5″ (-0.5″)
  • Calf (L): 21″ (-0.5″)
  • Ankle (R): 11″
  • Ankle (L): 12″ (-1″)
  • Wrist (R): 7.5″
  • Wrist (L): 7.5″ (-0.25″)

Now, if I’ve calculated that correctly (and there’s a good chance I haven’t! :P), then that’s a total of 7.25″ I’ve lost in total, all over my body. There’s places I don’t usually measure, and, as I warned at the start, these kind of results aren’t typical. I’m really prone to water retention, especially on my left-hand side, so a lot of the inch-losses here could be down to that, or something as simple as moving the tape a half-inch in the wrong direction, although I did strive to keep it in the same place as last week.

Photos

FATGIRLslim | October 8 2014 Progress #1 FATGIRLslim | October 8 2014 Progress #2

I’m not sure if you can really tell a difference – especially as the other photos are from earlier this year. I wish I’d thought to get a “before” shot last week, but at least I’ve got these ones, now. But I bet y’all want to know how I got on with the weigh-in, then, don’t you?

Fine. Lay on, MacDuff!

Weigh-In

ozeri
-11.3lbs
Weighed 388.6lbs at October 1st 2014 Weigh-in
377.3lbs

Again: these results are not typical. Especially if you don’t weigh as much as I do. If you only weigh 18st and you start a VLCD, don’t go expecting to lose this amount of weight in your first week. Be extremely surprised and happy if you do, but don’t expect it.

Hell, I didn’t. That’s almost as much weight as I lost on the first two weeks of The South Beach Diet. TWO WEEKS. It is, officially, the most week I’ve ever lost in a week.

A lot of it’s probably water-retention weight, but you need to get rid of that, just as much as you need to get rid of the extra fat. It’s why you lose so much in your first week. And usually only your first week.

But I was beyond thrilled when I saw the number pop up on the scale.

The New You Plan: The Results

So, what do I think of The New You Plan?

Well, it definitely works. Looking at the numbers above, I think we can’t argue about that. But it only works if you don’t cheat. Amazingly, I wasn’t tempted to cheat, even once. My hunger ebbed and flowed, but the food sated me, despite being a portion size about a third of what I usually eat for breakfast. And I know that doesn’t sound at all appetising or intriguing, but portion sizes are also a huge problem, never mind our intake of carbohydrates.

The plan is nutritionally complete. When you’ve eaten your four – yes, four – meals for the day, you’ll not only no longer be hungry until the morning, but you’ll have taken in your full range of vitamins and minerals for the day, without having overeaten. Most of us can’t do that even while overeating. I know I certainly can’t.

The range of foods, I’ll admit, could be greater. There’s only one hot breakfast option available, but I don’t know if it’s possible to use not-quite-boiling water in your shakes instead of cold water, to have a hot hazelnut, hot chocolate, or hot vanilla shake. There are plenty more foods available on the website than I received, as I was only given a week’s supply, but that was my one worry when thinking about if I was to do the plan on a more permanent basis.

Foods

Overall, the foods tasted lovely. The weakest of the bundle that I received, in texture and taste, was the vegetable soup, but as I’m not a huge vegetable/vegetable soup fan, this may have simply been a case of me being biased. The shakes, despite being water-made, mixed up quite thick and creamy, and didn’t leave a horrible after-taste in the back of your mouth. The bars were chewy, filling, and, in the case of the Chocolate Cream Cookie bar, also delightfully crunchy where it counted. The Pasta Carbonara, I could have happily eaten every night.

I finally managed to get the Pink Lemonade Water Flavour correct on the final day. πŸ™‚ When made correctly, it really tastes wonderful, and doesn’t leave any white lumps at all!

Verdict | Flavour: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
Verdict | Selection: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

Ease of Use

Ease of use honestly couldn’t be easier. After receiving your physician’s approval, you order your items, and when they arrive, you eat them to the exclusion of all other foods. You’re allowed up to 250ml of milk per day for tea/coffee, but it’s not recommended, as getting your body into ketosis is a finicky thing in itself, and milk can throw it out. Meals and shakes etc mix with water; bars and snacks etc are eaten as they are.

It really doesn’t get any easier than that.

Please note that I’m not saying that it’s easy to suddenly eat less than 1,000 kcal per day. I’m just saying that it’s an easy program in terms of convenience. It’s actually a serious test of willpower. πŸ™‚ One that I know you can beat.

Verdict | Ease of Use: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

Outcome of Diet

I do believe that the After measurements and weigh-in speak for themselves: if you stick to the plan, you will get the desired outcome. Find foods that you enjoy on the plan, and it makes it easier to stick to, too. I found myself looking forward to Pasta Carbonara night, after all, despite the fact it was a smaller portion than Chicken Noodle Curry night, and you’d think that I’d prefer the bigger portion. Nope!

I have to issue the words of caution re: ketosis, again, though: The New You Plan is all about putting your body into ketosis, which is a natural and safe way to lose weight. If you cheat, at all, then you run the risk of throwing it out of ketosis, or just never getting into ketosis, which means that all of the VLCD foods are a waste of your time. Stick at it. Don’t cheat. Drink your 500-750ml of water (dependant on body size) between each of your four meals. Eat your four meals.

And you will see the results you want.

Verdict | Diet Outcome: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

Disclaimer

In the interests of full disclosure: I received no monetary compensation for this review. I received a box of one week’s worth of products from The New You Plan via my contact, Barry, in return for an honest and unbiased review on FATGIRLslim. As of the date of publication, there are no outgoing affiliate links to The New Plan in this post.

If you would like me to review your product, please contact me fatso@fatgirlslim.org, although requesting a review does not guarantee acceptance.

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