The UAE has seen a huge spike in the popularity of dial-a-diet services where all your meals are delivered daily within your own personal calorie allowance. Gourmet tried Right Bite and was blown away by the variety of dishes at just 1,200 calories a day. Breakfast, normally a boring affair, was perhaps the most inspiring with variations including flaxseed bagel with low-fat labneh and zaatar dip, veg omelette with hash brown, zucchini and walnut loaf and a turkey, white bean and pesto roll. We never felt hungry and the daily deliveries were a real treat – especially as afternoon snacks included pecan biscuits, chocolate brownies and even eclairs. Surprisingly, we still lost around 5lb in just one month.
This month, Right Bite is offering beauty salon vouchers equal to the cost of signing up for a month, so new subscribers not only get a new figure, they also get a haircut, a mani-pedi, a facial, yoga classes, gym passes and a host of other treats too.
Another delivered-to-your-door diet called Detox Delight hits the UAE this month. Designed as five- and 12-day programmes, as well as flexible day packages, nothing but soups and juices are consumed to flush those naughty toxins out.
Fresh juices are delivered in big chiller packs every couple of days and though this is an extreme diet with side effects (hunger and headaches being the main two), the juices taste delicious.
At the time of going to print, we were on day two of the five-day programme and hadn’t managed to get through an afternoon without giving in to temptation and nibbling on the permitted snacks (apples, crudités or nuts), but loved the Orange Detox, which contains apple, carrot, celery, lemon, chilli and of course orange. To find our total weight loss at the end of our trial, check out our dial-a-diet blog online.
INFO: The Right Bite 24-day full package deal costs Dhs2,850 excluding consultation. To sign up, call 04 338 8763 or email email@example.com; for more info visit www.right-bite.com. Detox Delight prices start from Dhs530 for one day without delivery, Dhs680 with delivery, 055 883 5072, www.detox-delight.ae.
Follow Gourmet’s weight loss on our Dial-a-Diet Blog online and see pictures of our meals, juices and sample menus at www.ahlanlive.com/health.