29 Jan 2015

Take control of your happiness!

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Having a positive mental attitude and an optimistic outlook on life can positively affect your health as well as your happiness.

As mentioned in our January top tips blog, from a few weeks ago, a good way to keep stress and failure at bay when working towards your target weight, is to keep your healthy eating and exercise goals realistic. Implement lifestyle changes gradually over time, rather than trying to nail down a whole series of  'quick fixes' at once.

Having goals in place that are manageable will give you a feeling of empowerment, as you are in control of your new lifestyle, rather than allowing unsustainable regimes restrict and depress you.

Staying motivated...

Finding motivation and staying motivated are often two very distinct things, though – the initial sense of optimistic confidence about your new healthy choices can easily fade as you inevitably encounter temptations and stumbling blocks along the way. The stumbling blocks (anything that makes you question whether your goals are worth it / achievable) are bound to arise in all sorts of everyday situations.

The power of positivity... 

However, maintaining a positive mental attitude (PMA) can help keep you motivated and allow you to work through any stumbling blocks more constructively.

Positive mental imagery 

A massive supporting tool for PMA is 'positive mental imagery'. Rather than dwelling on how others may currently perceive you, focus on what your body will look like, how much healthier you will be, and the emotional rewards this will bring, once you reach your target. Visualise yourself completing your goals, and keep reminding yourself of how this will make you feel – the effort will be worth it!

Similarly, if you start to "miss" the unhealthy foods that you have cut out of your diet, try not to get caught up in cravings - instead, spend some time researching all the new delicious, healthy dishes you could be discovering, and think about how this feeds into your overall health goals.

Inspiring images / mantras 

In addition to positive mental imagery, use of inspiring images and mantras is a common psychological technique. Put photos and images that drive you to keep going (you at your heaviest; your children; a beach holiday; your dream body, etc.) up in places where you will regularly see them - such as the fridge door, the bathroom mirror, or on your office desk - to keep reminding yourself of what you're doing and what you want to achieve.

Happiness...backed by science... 

Using small habits like the above techniques to keep yourself motivated and happy will not only assist you in reaching your weight loss goals, but could even help you live longer! A 2007 study called 'Healthy happiness: effects of happiness on physical health and the consequences for preventive health care', looked into the relationship between happiness and longevity, and whilst happiness can't be used to treat illness, it can help in the prevention of becoming ill.

The power of fruit & veg... 

Following on from the above, research has also shown that eating fruit and vegetables increases positivity, not only on the day, but the following day as well. So, ensuring you make fruit and vegetables a large part of your regular, daily diet can have some great benefits, beyond just the nutrition factor!

Exercise helps too, of course... 

In addition to good food and a positive attitude keeping you happy and healthy, exercise plays a massive role in creating and maintaining good mental well-being. Each time you exercise, you release chemicals called Endorphins, which are like feel-good messages to your brain. They are released to combat the feelings of pain and stress, both physical and emotional.

The prospect of going  for a jog might not seems appealing, but the 'runners high' you experience afterwards will make it worth it - especially if you are feeling a bit low!

On a more general note... 

Trying to keep yourself content in all aspects of life is a good rule of thumb for a healthy life. As much as possible...

  • Keep good social contact with friends;
  • Don't miss out on fun events because you are 'dieting';
  • Get plenty of sleep and fresh air;
  • Set goals for the future, but live in the present;
  • Focus on constructive actions you can take now to make positive change happen;
  • Don't worry over what might never be.

No one is happy ALL the time... 

Last but not least, remember that no one is happy all of the time. It's perfectly fine to have off days, or feel sorry for yourself every so often, but try not to dwell or focus on the negatives for the sake of it, or find problems where there need not be any.

At the end of a bad day, or during a period of feeling low, try to spend some time contemplating all the things you do have to be happy about.

You may also want to...

Read our top tips on motivation...
Check out our 'winter warmers'...
Learn how to snack healthily... 
Find out more about Diet Chef...


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26 Jan 2015

You could win a £500 prize!

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Last chance to enter 'My Success Story'!   

Well, the last week of January is here and the next six days represent your last chance to enter our #MySuccessStory competition, for a chance to win a £500 prize!

What's it all about?

We want to get you talking about your weight loss journey / success and sharing your stories, to acknowledge your achievements and help inspire others. So, in January 2015 we will be asking you to share your inspirational photos and stories on our social media pages.

How do you take part?

Every week in January, we will ask you to share a photo and a caption (or brief outline) that you feel reflect your weight loss journey, including the hash tag #MySuccessStory, on one or more of our social media pages.

The photo can be of anything that motivated you to lose weight, inspires you to continue on your weight loss journey, or that reminds you of your success story - like your children, or an inspirational relative; your dream holiday destination; your favourite before / after pic; a photo of your old, now-too-big jeans; you, after a 10K run; or a pic of your newly purchased little black dress.

You can share your story and a photo once - or every week in January if you want!

Who can take part? 

Current Diet Chef customers, as well as past customers from the last 12 months, who have lost weight on our meal plan and are prepared to share their success story to help inspire others.

Where do you post your entry?

You can post your competition responses on any of our social media pages:

On Facebook
Just post your photo and success story summary, including the #MySuccessStory tag, on our wall or in the comments section under one of our weekly ‘My Success Story’ calls to action.

On Twitter
Tweet your inspirational photo, including our handle (@dietchef) and using the #MySuccessStory tag. If you are a blogger and you are struggling to fit your success story caption / summary  into the tweet, you could publish your story as a blog post instead, and then tweet us the photo and blog link, with the #MySuccessStory tag.

On Pinterest
You can use Pinterest to share your inspirational photo and success story, if you prefer it to Facebook / Twitter. Make sure you use the #MySuccessStory tag, so that we can find your entry.

On Instagram
You can use Instagram to share your inspirational photo and success story, if you prefer it to Facebook / Twitter. Make sure you use the #MySuccessStory tag and include our Instagram handle (@thedietchef), so that we can find your entry.

On Google Plus
You can post your photo and success story on Google Plus as well. Again, make sure you include the #MySuccessStory tag in your entry, so we can find it.

On your blog
If you are a blogger, feel free to publish your weight loss story and photo on your blog instead, and then share the link / photo with us on our Facebook page, Twitter or one of our other social media pages. Just remember to include the #MySuccessStory tag, and our page / profile handle if applicable.

Why should you take part?

Well, aside from the chance to win a fantastic prize – it's fun! If we can get lots of people to take part, you will be able to share tips and support each other on your January weight loss or maintenance  drive...who knows, maybe you'll even make some new friends to add to your social network?!

The prize  

The prize is a £500 John Lewis voucher. After the closing date, one overall winner will be selected at random, from a pool of all the entrants.

Terms and conditions

The giveaway will start on Friday 2nd of January 2015, and the closing date will be Sunday 1st of February 2015. The winner will be selected and notified in February 2015. Diet Chef has the final say on the winner. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.
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22 Jan 2015

Our top 5 winter warmers...

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Winter is the perfect season for comfort food, and it can be easy to succumb to stodgy, quick, unhealthy meals like pizza and cheesy pasta when planning an evening in.

But comfort food doesn't have to mean fat and carb excess! We've pulled together our top five 'winter warmer ideas', to help you enjoy your cozy nights on the sofa, while keeping the food healthy and nutritious. You're welcome! ;)

Vegetable soup
Use local, in-season vegetables for a cheap, hearty meal, packed with fibre and vitamins and low in calories, fat and sugar. As you may know, we have a range of delicious "comfort soups" on our lunch menu, including a chunky vegetable soup.

Chilli con carne
The chilli powder gives a warming heat and as the dish is packed with beans and lean meat protein, it will leave you feeling full and content. Try making it using cayenne pepper, which is linked to numerous health benefits, like helping regulate blood pressure and assisting with digestion. You can use Quorn mince instead of meat if you are vegetarian, or perhaps give the Diet Chef vegetable chilli a go, instead? Mmmm!

Stews / casseroles
A super-easy option; just throw together lots of your favourite, healthy meats and vegetables - or bulk out with beans, lentils, grains and pulses for protein, if vegetarian. The variations are endless so you won’t get bored eating the same dish often! Why not try our own, delicious beef stew?

Shepard’s Pie
Traditional, meaty, comfort food. For additional vitamin A, vitamin C and fibre, use sweet potato for the mash. Quorn mince works really well as a meat substitute in this dish, if you prefer to keep it vegetarian. And if you are on Diet Chef, our yummy cottage pie will do the trick. :)

Warm, spiced milk 
Add a choice of spices (such as cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, cardamom, cloves etc.) to a mug of warmed semi-skimmed milk, for a low fat, low sugar, delicious drink, packed with health benefits. Different spices can act as digestion aids, anti-inflammatories, and help regulate blood sugar.

What next?

You might also want to:

Check out our January top tips on diet & health...
Have a look at our delicious menus... 
View our 'How it works' video...
Read more about our food...


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19 Jan 2015

Inspire others for your chance to win a £500 prize!

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Share your inspirational photo & story!   

February is fast approaching, but there is still time to take part in our #MySuccessStory competition, for a chance to win a £500 prize!

What's it all about?

We want to get you talking about your weight loss journey / success and sharing your stories, to acknowledge your achievements and help inspire others. So, in January 2015 we will be asking you to share your inspirational photos and stories on our social media pages.

How do you take part?

Every week in January, we will ask you to share a photo and a caption (or brief outline) that you feel reflect your weight loss journey, including the hash tag #MySuccessStory, on one or more of our social media pages.

The photo can be of anything that motivated you to lose weight, inspires you to continue on your weight loss journey, or that reminds you of your success story - like your children, or an inspirational relative; your dream holiday destination; your favourite before / after pic; a photo of your old, now-too-big jeans; you, after a 10K run; or a pic of your newly purchased little black dress.

You can share your story and a photo once - or every week in January if you want!

Who can take part? 

Current Diet Chef customers, as well as past customers from the last 12 months, who have lost weight on our meal plan and are prepared to share their success story to help inspire others.

Where do you post your entry?

You can post your competition responses on any of our social media pages:

On Facebook
Just post your photo and success story summary, including the #MySuccessStory tag, on our wall or in the comments section under one of our weekly ‘My Success Story’ calls to action.

On Twitter
Tweet your inspirational photo, including our handle (@dietchef) and using the #MySuccessStory tag. If you are a blogger and you are struggling to fit your success story caption / summary  into the tweet, you could publish your story as a blog post instead, and then tweet us the photo and blog link, with the #MySuccessStory tag.

On Pinterest
You can use Pinterest to share your inspirational photo and success story, if you prefer it to Facebook / Twitter. Make sure you use the #MySuccessStory tag, so that we can find your entry.

On Instagram
You can use Instagram to share your inspirational photo and success story, if you prefer it to Facebook / Twitter. Make sure you use the #MySuccessStory tag and include our Instagram handle (@thedietchef), so that we can find your entry.

On Google Plus
You can post your photo and success story on Google Plus as well. Again, make sure you include the #MySuccessStory tag in your entry, so we can find it.

On your blog
If you are a blogger, feel free to publish your weight loss story and photo on your blog instead, and then share the link / photo with us on our Facebook page, Twitter or one of our other social media pages. Just remember to include the #MySuccessStory tag, and our page / profile handle if applicable.

Why should you take part?

Well, aside from the chance to win a fantastic prize – it's fun! If we can get lots of people to take part, you will be able to share tips and support each other on your January weight loss or maintenance  drive...who knows, maybe you'll even make some new friends to add to your social network?!

The prize  

The prize is a £500 John Lewis voucher. After the closing date, one overall winner will be selected at random, from a pool of all the entrants.

Terms and conditions

The giveaway will start on Friday 2nd of January 2015, and the closing date will be Sunday 1st of February 2015. The winner will be selected and notified in February 2015. Diet Chef has the final say on the winner. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.
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14 Jan 2015

How to snack healthily...

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Snacking between meals is sometimes more a habit than a necessity - it's easy to inadvertently establish a pattern of eating when you are not really hungry, and "topping up" on convenient, unhealthy snacks. We asked our Nutritionist, Fiona Williamson, to provide some some healthy snacking tips, and here's what she had to say.

Are you hungry? 

If you're reaching for food out of boredom rather than hunger, try distracting yourself in other ways; go for a short walk, put on your favourite tune, or strike up a conversion with someone. Tiredness can also often be mistaken for an urge to snack, so if possible, have a short nap or get some fresh air to make you feel more alert. 

More commonly though, thirst is mistaken for hunger, as your body struggles to differentiate between the two. When you start feeling peckish, try drinking a glass or two of water then wait around 15 mins to let your body re-regulate, and if the ‘hunger’ subsides you'll know you just needed to re-hydrate.

Choose healthy snacks! 

That said, healthy snacks can be a great way to keep your energy levels up and help you stick to a healthy eating or weight loss plan. When "real" feelings of hunger appear, be prepared by banishing crisps and sweets from your home, and keeping your fridge and cupboards well stocked with good foods. I've outlines some healthy snack suggestions that you might want to try out in addition to your Diet Chef snacks, as well as some additional 'snacking tips'. Good luck! 


Keep in the fridge
Take on the go
Frozen
Warmed
Dips (hummus, cottage cheese, salsa, sugar free peanut butter) with dippers (carrots, peppers, celery, crackers)
Handful of mixed nuts (brazils, pecans, cashews, pistachios, almonds, hazelnuts, etc)
Frozen fruit such as grapes, chunks of watermelon. Frozen mashed banana gives the texture of banana ice cream!
Baked kale - toss leaves lightly in oil and bake for 10 mins at low heat - good crisp substitute!
Pot of Greek yoghurt
Fruit – dried and fresh
Home made ice lollies - add some berries into the moulds before freezing
Pot of low fat custard
Mixed fresh berries
Hard boiled egg, ready to peel and eat
Fruit slush – freeze fruit juice in ice cube trays, then add to a smoothie maker until ‘slushed’
Microwave popcorn
Tablespoonful of olives and sundried tomatoes
Popcorn

Mug of heated milk; add flavour with spices such as cinnamon

Two squares of dark chocolate

Handful of toasted seeds, such pumpkin and sunflower

Snacking tips

Eat 'fiddly foods'...

Opt for foods that are ‘fiddly’ or time consuming to eat, such as pomegranates and pistachios. You'll eat at a slower rate and consume fewer calories in the process, compared to something you can unwrap and eat straight away.

Top up on protein... 

Try to choose high protein snack items. These will tide you over until the next meal without you having to consume a high amount of calories to feel full.

Keep healthy snacks handy... 

Keep healthy snacks in eye sight - e.g. keep a fruit bowl at your desk, so when the "in-between meals hunger" strikes, fruit is easily accessible and the first thing you reach for first.

Remember the water... 

Similarly, always keep a bottle or jug of water to hand to curb thirst.

Treat snacks like a meal...

Instead of snacking absentmindedly, treat the food like a meal; putting in on a plate and sitting at a table may help you to eat slower and ultimately less.   

Portion out snacks... 

Avoid eating straight from packets. Instead, dish yourself a sensible portion into a tub or bag, then put away the pack to stop you accidentally over-eating more than one serving.

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13 Jan 2015

How Diet Chef works - new video!

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We've just revamped the 'How it works' page on our website, which now includes a short animation that gives you an instant overview of how Diet Chef works.

In under two minutes, the video talks you through all the basics, explaining how the meal plan works, what you add, how much weight you can expect to lose, as well as how the food is stored and prepared.

Have a look and let us know what you think! To view the video, go to the 'How it works' page on our website.

Hope you like it! :)
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12 Jan 2015

Share your success story - win a £500 prize!

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What inspires & motivates you?   

Mid-January is almost here, but there is still time to take part in our #MySuccessStory competition, for a chance to win a £500 prize!

What's it all about?

We want to get you talking about your weight loss journey / success and sharing your stories, to acknowledge your achievements and help inspire others. So, in January 2015 we will be asking you to share your inspirational photos and stories on our social media pages.

How do you take part?

Every week in January, we will ask you to share a photo and a caption (or brief outline) that you feel reflect your weight loss journey, including the hash tag #MySuccessStory, on one or more of our social media pages.

The photo can be of anything that motivated you to lose weight, inspires you to continue on your weight loss journey, or that reminds you of your success story - like your children, or an inspirational relative; your dream holiday destination; your favourite before / after pic; a photo of your old, now-too-big jeans; you, after a 10K run; or a pic of your newly purchased little black dress.

You can share your story and a photo once - or every week in January if you want!

Who can take part? 

All Diet Chef customers who have lost weight on our meal plan and are prepared to share their success story to help inspire others.

Where do you post your entry?

You can post your competition responses on any of our social media pages:

On Facebook
Just post your photo and success story summary, including the #MySuccessStory tag, on our wall or in the comments section under one of our weekly ‘My Success Story’ calls to action.

On Twitter
Tweet your inspirational photo, including our handle (@dietchef) and using the #MySuccessStory tag. If you are a blogger and you are struggling to fit your success story caption / summary  into the tweet, you could publish your story as a blog post instead, and then tweet us the photo and blog link, with the #MySuccessStory tag.

On Pinterest
You can use Pinterest to share your inspirational photo and success story, if you prefer it to Facebook / Twitter. Make sure you use the #MySuccessStory tag, so that we can find your entry.

On Instagram
You can use Instagram to share your inspirational photo and success story, if you prefer it to Facebook / Twitter. Make sure you use the #MySuccessStory tag and include our Instagram handle (@thedietchef), so that we can find your entry.

On Google Plus
You can post your photo and success story on Google Plus as well. Again, make sure you include the #MySuccessStory tag in your entry, so we can find it.

On your blog
If you are a blogger, feel free to publish your weight loss story and photo on your blog instead, and then share the link / photo with us on our Facebook page, Twitter or one of our other social media pages. Just remember to include the #MySuccessStory tag, and our page / profile handle if applicable.

Why should you take part?

Well, aside from the chance to win a fantastic prize – it's fun! If we can get lots of people to take part, you will be able to share tips and support each other on your January weight loss or maintenance  drive...who knows, maybe you'll even make some new friends to add to your social network?!

The prize  

The prize is a £500 John Lewis voucher. After the closing date, one overall winner will be selected at random, from a pool of all the entrants.

Terms and conditions

The giveaway will start on Friday 2nd of January 2015, and the closing date will be Sunday 1st of February 2015. The winner will be selected and notified in February 2015. Diet Chef has the final say on the winner. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.
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8 Jan 2015

January top tips on diet, exercise & health goals!

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We're all full of good intentions in January, with the exercise and healthy eating resolutions we made at the end of last year fresh in our minds. However, it's not just about finding the motivation to get started, it's about achieving long-term improvements and routines that you can maintain throughout the year. 

To help you plan for the next few months, and hopefully make your "New Year energy" and motivation last, we asked our Nutritionist, Fiona Williamson, to pull together her January top tips. 

Define your goals...

Having a list of realistic goals and part-goals you want to achieve throughout the year (or longer term) can help you focus - just make sure you define them properly, specifying exactly what you plan to do. 

Promising yourself to "drink less alcohol, exercise and eat more fruit & vegetables" is all well and good. However, vague objectives like the above are wide open to interpretation and therefore difficult to measure or maintain. Especially if healthy eating and regular exercise is something you struggle with. 

Be very specific... 

Try to set yourself some very precise and time-specific targets that are easy to keep track of, and provide you with a clear structure...e.g. "In January, go for at least three 30+ minute walks per week; eat at least five portions of fruit & veg every day; drink no more than three glasses of wine per week."

One step at a time... 

If you have set yourself a number of healthy eating and fitness goals, introduce them gradually, one at a time. Listing your goals and part-goals is a great way to stay on the ball, but most often, trying to do everything at once isn't sustainable. 

Implementing lots of sudden, big changes simultaneously - like going from several weekly junk food or chocolate binges and no exercise, to cutting all sugar from your diet and working out 5 days a week - can easily result in a ‘crash and burn’ scenario. And if all the pressure you've piled on yourself becomes too much too soon, you may end up abandoning your goals altogether.

Start with the easiest goal...

List your goals in order, from the most easily obtainable goal to ones which will require more effort and bigger life changes. Then add them into a schedule, where you introduce a new goal when the previous one has become an established routine - e.g.: 

January: 
Reduce snacks between meals from daily chocolate & crisps to just one healthy option per day.  

February:
Once the snacking is under control, commit to walking a minimum amount of steps each day, using a pedometer. 

March:
Add one or two half hour jogs or fast walks per week to the mix. 

April:
Reduce weekly junk food, meals out and takeaways to one or two "treat occasions" per month. Etc.

Working through your goals one at a time will help you slowly but surely build up a range of new, healthy habits, which in turn will make it easier to achieve any bigger, long term challenges and an overall healthier lifestyle.

Similarly, if you are starting Diet Chef this month, perhaps give yourself a few weeks to get used to the new diet and establish healthier eating habits, before taking on a new, challenging exercise routine. 

Allowing one change to become ingrained before taking on the next personal challenge, and avoiding the pressure of overload, will make you more likely to succeed in the long run.

Eat according to the season... 

Most of us change our wardrobe to suit the seasons, but have you thought about changing how you eat to reflect the seasons too? 

Peak growing and harvesting time of plants differ throughout the year for each food – eating foods in-season means they are in a more readily available supply and so can be bought cheaper. Also, they will not be harvested early and transported round the world, so will be of a higher nutritional quality.

Some foods to check out this winter... 

Mandarins / clementines / satsumas
Dates
Pears
Persimmons
Chestnuts
Kale
Pomegranates
Leeks
Turnips 

Exercise doesn't have to be a chore...

If you're not a fan of the gym or working out in general, when setting your January / 2015 goals, why not incorporate some with an easy exercise element? 

Have more fun: 
Aim to set aside more time actively playing with the kids.

Walk the dog: 
Increase the length of the walk you take your dog on. 

Embrace winter: 
Don't save outdoor exercise for sunny spring weather - build a snowman or go sledging!

Get wet: 
Don't let rain put you off a walk or run – you're going to shower afterwards anyway!

Get off the bus: 
Get off the bus a few stops earlier and walk the last stretch to work or home – it will get you moving, and being in chilly weather means your body has to work harder to keep you warm! 

Check out gym deals: 
Keep an eye out for January joining offers in gyms and health clubs – but make sure the offer represents good value, based on how likely you are to use the membership. If you really don't like the gym, there's probably a good chance your commitment to regular sessions will falter once your initial burst of motivation runs out. A great discount isn't a money-saver or a good deal if you end up tied into a contract you're not using. As we've demonstrated above, there are lots of other ways to exercise!

Use MyFitnessPal: 
Track your progress using our fitness partner, MyFitnessPal - set goals and work towards them so you have a plan to stick to. This will also help keep you on track and focused.

Healthy living as a lifestyle... 

Try to think of diet and exercise as a normal, ongoing part of a healthier lifestyle - not just a temporary fix to slim down and get fit for holidays and big events. 

With regards to your eating habits and weight loss, small changes can make a big difference in the long run - like using smaller plates; having  a glass of water before meals; and trying to cover off all nutrients / food groups in each meal (this could be as simple as adding high protein Greek yogurt to your Diet Chef granola). 

Stay positive...

Last but not least, it's important to maintain a positive mental attitude! 

Don't let temporary set-backs put you off. Most of us surrender to unplanned booze-and-junk-food binges every so often, or have weeks when we put in a big effort, but still don't lose any weight. Try not to allow this to undo all your hard work. Instead of resigning yourself to failure, shake it off and get back on it!  

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2 Jan 2015

Share your success story - you could win £500!

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Win a £500 shopping spree to celebrate your weight loss success! 

January has arrived - it's time to put the festive feast behind you and face up to those New Year's resolutions you made a few days ago! To help keep you motivated and engaged as you continue your weight loss journey (or maintain your new, slimmer figure) at the start of 2015, we've just launched a competition for our current customers, called 'My Success Story'!

What's it all about?

We want to get you talking about your weight loss journey / success and sharing your stories, to acknowledge your achievements and help inspire others. So, in January 2015 we will be asking you to share your inspirational photos and stories on our social media pages, and at the end of the month we'll select a winner out of all the entries, who will receive a £500 John Lewis voucher!

How do you take part?

Starting today, and every week going forward in January, we will ask you to share a photo and a caption (or brief outline) that you feel reflect your weight loss journey, including the hash tag #MySuccessStory, on one or more of our social media pages.

The photo can be of anything that motivated you to lose weight, or that reminds you of your success story...like your children, or an inspirational relative; your dream holiday destination; your favourite before / after pic; a photo of your old, now-too-big jeans; you, running a 10K; or a pic of your newly purchased little black dress.

You can share your story and a photo once, or every week in January if you want!

Who can take part? 

All Diet Chef customers who have lost weight on our meal plan and are prepared to share their success story to help inspire others.

Where do you post your entry?

You can post your competition responses on any of our social media pages:

On Facebook
Just post your photo and success story summary, including the #MySuccessStory tag, on our wall or in the comments section under one of our weekly ‘My Success Story’ calls to action.

On Twitter
Tweet your inspirational photo, including our handle (@dietchef) and using the #MySuccessStory tag. If you are a blogger and you are struggling to fit your success story caption / summary  into the tweet, you could publish your story as a blog post instead, and then tweet us the photo and blog link, with the #MySuccessStory tag.

On Pinterest
You can use Pinterest to share your inspirational photo and success story, if you prefer it to Facebook / Twitter. Make sure you use the #MySuccessStory tag, so that we can find your entry.

On Instagram
You can use Instagram to share your inspirational photo and success story, if you prefer it to Facebook / Twitter. Make sure you use the #MySuccessStory tag and include our Instagram handle (@thedietchef), so that we can find your entry.

On Google Plus
You can post your photo and success story on Google Plus as well. Again, make sure you include the #MySuccessStory tag in your entry, so we can find it.

On your blog
If you are a blogger, feel free to publish your weight loss story and photo on your blog instead, and then share the link / photo with us on our Facebook page, Twitter or one of our other social media pages. Just remember to include the #MySuccessStory tag, and our page / profile handle if applicable.

Why should you take part?

Well, aside from the chance to win a fantastic prize – it's fun! If we can get lots of people to take part, you will be able to share tips and support each other on your January weight loss or maintenance  drive...who knows, maybe you'll even make some new friends to add to your social network?!

The prize  

The prize is a £500 John Lewis voucher. After the closing date, one overall winner will be selected at random, from a pool of all the entrants.

Terms and conditions

The giveaway will start on Friday 2nd of January 2015, and the closing date will be Sunday 1st of February 2015. The winner will be selected and notified in February 2015. Diet Chef has the final say on the winner. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.
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