If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that as he’s one of the most important people in my life, I love writing about my husband. Sometimes I even get him properly involved in my blog posts and reviews! My husband had been saying for ages that he wanted to lose weight. When The Diet Plate got in contact at the beginning of August, I told them that I wasn’t a good candidate but my husband would love to give it a try!
Unfortunately, life got in the way for a couple of weeks and the common “I’ll start the diet next week” phrase was uttered. However, he did actually begin to follow the program at the beginning of September, as well as going to the gym. So, has he been successful?
The diet plate
The diet plate and bowl arrived very quickly. They come with instructions on how to use them and are a great way of visually monitoring your portions.
My husband finds the bowl fantastic. It has coloured lines around it and the instructions tell you which line to fill it to, depending on what kind of cereal you’re having for breakfast.
The plate? We feel bad saying this, but he didn’t find it quite as good as he found it confusing. Even after reading the instructions, he couldn’t quite grasp exactly how foods needed to be portioned on the plate. I think perhaps it’s because of the sheer variety of things you might want to eat from a plate. My husband didn’t feel too sure about the portion sizes on the plate or how you could realistically follow it. He also was unsure how some meals, such as a curry, might work.
However, I am going to look through the instructions with him and see if he’ll give it another go. It should be pretty straightforward, after all.
The diet plate website
You can use the website to manage your day to day food intake and physical activities. We couldn’t find a single physical activity that had been missed out on there! It allows you to see not only your calorie intake for each piece of food that you eat, but other elements too. It shows you a breakdown of the fats and sugars in each one, factors other than calories that might affect your weight loss. When you enter the food, it shows you on a chart how much that effects the amount of that element (e.g. fat) you are allowed to have on that day in order to keep in line with your weight goal. This makes it easy to see what could be a bad choice before you make the mistake of eating it!
It records each activity input based on the amount of time taken doing it. It then shows that as an offset against your calorie intake for the day. This makes it clear that not only are you working towards your calorie aim, but shows how much you’re burning off with exercise.
It’s a great motivational tool as it shows how close you are to goals, shows your history and where you’ve (hopefully) moved down to on the BMI scale.
When Dave started using diet plate, he weighed 15 stone, 5 pounds. This meant he had a BMI of 29.2 which is very overweight (a BMI of 25-29.9 is overweight and 30 upwards is obese).
Two months later, he weighs 14 stone, 3 pounds. Therefore, he has lost 1 stone, 2 pounds so far. This puts him at a BMI of 26.9, which is a lot closer to where he should be.
The diet plate has spurred him on to have a healthier lifestyle. He makes better eating choices and has started going to the gym 2 or 3 times a week. He visibly looks a lot thinner and feels it too. His clothes also show the difference! Extra large shirts are no longer tight on his stomach and now look like tents; even large shirts are big on him!
This is him in the same shirt as above. There is loads of room in it and it’s not pulling on his tummy anymore. His face is visibly slimmer and his jeans are at least 2 sizes too big for him.
Dave wanted to lose weight to improve his self-confidence and be healthier for Autumn and I. I am so proud of how well he’s done and how he’s lost the weight in a healthy way. Fad diets like those he’s tried to follow before are incredibly unhealthy, but this encourages weight to be lost in a sustainable way and I think the fact the website is visually rewarding helps.
My husband’s only suggestion is that it would be more useful if it was an app. Hopefully as it gains popularity, this will be on the horizon in the future!
Disclosure: We were given a subscription to The Diet Plate and sent a diet plate and bowl for the purpose of writing this review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.