Weight To Go Diet Trial – Day 1

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After last weeks post on Weightloss Inspiration I have been researching diets and weightloss plans. If you are reading this and you are female, then I would guess you already know there are about a million diets out there. No exaggeration.
 
Of course the word ‘diet’ simply means the food you eat, so really what we are talking about here are weightloss plans. One that caught my eye was Weight To Go (link), a plan that combines shakes, soups and real food, all prepared and delivered to your door. It sounded like the perfect plan; like a combination of parts of other diets I’d tried and rolling them into one. After a bit of persuasion they offered me a weeks worth of the plan to trial, so here’s what day one had to offer.
 
So in the average day you have a shake for breakfast, a soup for lunch, a shake mid afternoon, a packet dinner and a final shake in the evening which are all included. On top of which you add a portion of fruit each day and 80g of vegetables. Twice a week you can also have a snack bar as a treat or when you need the extra calories for energy or before/after exercise.
 
It is also recommended you walk for 30 minutes each day, cut out alcohol and milk. Milk! I will admit right now I am already ‘cheating’ and not cutting it out. I only drink decaf tea with a tiny splash of skimmed milk as it is, so the calorie increase is minimal. However, I can understand that you’re not recommended to have it as even having semi-skimmed milk can run into hundreds of extra calories. But no, weight to go, I will be keeping my skimmed and keeping my extra 50 calories a day. Other than tea and coffee you can have diet drinks and of course water, and as I don’t drink alcohol a lot, so far it hasn’t caused me any huge changes.
 
So far I have tried a strawberry shake which smelled amazing like a mixture between angel delight and candy floss but was incredibly sweet and perhaps an acquired taste, a vanilla shake which I mixed with coffee to create a latte which tasted lovely and a chocolate shake which I turned into a pudding by adding less water. Day one of course, brought hunger. It is a lot less calories than I am used to so it’s to be expected but I didn’t feel at any point that I was so hungry I was tempted to stray from the designated food. The meals I’ve tried so far has been tasty and easy to prepare. Check back tomorrow for another update!
 
For further details about how the Weight to Go diet works, see below:
· Weight to Go is a meal replacement diet.

· It consists of a real soup and meal (no powdered “foods” here) and 3 nutritious shakes per day.

· Shakes are rich in protein to help keep people full

· Daily calorie consumption is a maximum of 850kcal

· Meals & soups are portion controlled

· Everything a customer needs is delivered to the door

· We also provide access to an online forum and nutritionist support to customers

 
Customers eat a mix of a meal, a soup and three shakes in a single day. It is important for the diary to work effectively that the correct amount is consumed to ensure that each customer feels full and will yet lose weight.
 
How to buy:
Customers have a wide choice of buying plans:
· Reward 1 – This is a weekly repeated order plan that is charged and delivered weekly

· Reward 4 – This is a monthly repeated order plan that is charged and delivered monthly

Customers can vary their choice of meals, soups and shakes at any time throughout the time they are on the plan. Customers can also cancel at any time (which is usually when they have reached their desired weight).

· Pick and Mix – Customers choose a ‘one off’ selection of products to suit

Diet plans are available in Vegetarian and Wheat Free varieties.
 
Current promotion:
During January Weight To Go are offering their best offer ever – a 50% discount on Reward 1 (t&cs apply). To redeem the Reward 1 promotion follow this link.
 
What Weight To Go say:
Unlike our competitors the Weight to Go diet was created by Dr David Ashton a leading weight loss expert
with a team of nutritionists and chefs. This is why we use REAL food that we know and are often told tastes great.
It’s healthy, low in saturated fat (less than 5%) and high in protein (20%).
 
You can find full details about the diet here. Customer Success stories here and the answers to FAQs can be found here.
 

 
Review

I blog, therefore I Cmp.ly

be honest

Last week I attended a webinar (no, I wasn’t sure what it was either until it began) run by Tom Chernaik from the company Cmp.ly, which covered topics including the relationship between bloggers and pr companies and how trust is built between bloggers and their readers. It certainly made for interesting listening.
 
The webinar consisted of a lecture accompanied with a visual presentation of how, if you are a blogger, that being transparent, following guidelines and disclosing information will keep bloggers within the law. At this point I will add that the guidelines mentioned were US specific and the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) has no jurisdiction in other countries. However, the US guidelines state that bloggers need to disclose if they have any material connections with companies for products and services they may be featuring and that a disclosure on their blog alone is not sufficient and in fact needs to be stated in every blog post, tweet and link that is put out into the world wide web to promote themselves.
 
So, say for example, you are sent a product to review for free from a pr company. You may have a site wide disclosure stating that from time to time you review products but all opinions are your own. If (in the US) you write a post reviewing said item, you need to add a disclosure to the post as you have a responsibility for having a transparent communication with your readership plus you need to add a disclosure across all platforms you use including status updates.
 
Things that need to be disclosed include (but are not limited to) include: material connections, personal connections, gifts, paid posts, review products, samples, contests and promotions. That said, I can’t imagine a major crackdown on those that don’t disclose every item but I do think that in the interest of having a trustworthy relationship with your readers that disclosing connections are certainly a good idea.
 
In the UK, as far as I can tell (I am not law minded), there are no specific laws or guidelines for bloggers who have relationships with pr and marketing companies. But we do have guidelines under the trades description act and fair trading for businesses and for copyright laws, all of which should be taken into consideration as there can be a fine line now as to what some online content is considered to be.
 
Even though the ftc rules don’t apply over here, in a bid to be more open about review products, as well as having a site wide disclosure, from now on I will be adding a disclosure badge to each blog post which will look like this:
Review
If you click on the badge it will take you to a page with written details of the disclosure e.g.this post includes a review product sent to me from a pr company.
 
So what do you think of the blogging guidelines? Do you already disclose to your readers? How far do you think disclosing goes to creating an honest blogging relationship?
 

 

30 Before 30 – No 19: Books on the bookshelf

Considering that in the last three years I have read about as many books, number 19 on my 30 Before 30 list is quite a tall order. Logging into my GoodReads account, it shows I have been reading the same two books since May 2011. But in fact they have been sitting by my bedside, gathering dust. And on a weekly basis I look at them thinking, ‘I must read that tonight’ and then never get around to it.
 
Being a member of goodreads should help me accomplish reading through my list though – as it allows me to keep track of each book I read, ticking it off so to speak as I finish one and move onto another. It also allows you to connect with friends, see what they’re reading plus give and accept recommendations. If you want to join me and follow my book updates you can see my profile here.
 
However, when I made my 30 Before 30 list, I wasn’t aware of exactly how many books I have left to read. The total is twenty-one books. To read in 17 months and 2 weeks. Do-able? Well here comes the maths…
That works out at 76 weeks and therefore one book every 3.6 weeks (or 3 weeks and 4 days per book).
 
I think this sounds achievable as long as I keep to the deadlines and I hope as soon as I start reading again there will be some books I love so much I won’t want to put them down and will speed through them (for example several Marian Keyes and Sophie Kinsellas which should make for light reading.)
 
Have you got any book recommendations for when I finish my list? Do you prefer to read good old fashioned paperbacks or are you a kindle fan?