So I just placed a two week re-order. Very happy with Healthy Chef so far and the meals and weight loss. I’ve actually been losing faster than I intended to (3 lbs in 4 days, wtf?). I’ve always heard 1-2 lbs per week is safe, and is that’s what HCC says to expect. I’m going to assume the rapid change is either because I mis-weighed myself the first morning, or water weight. I’ve even cheated, mostly by mistake. I ordered a latte and cookie on autopilot one morning, instead of coffee and skim milk, and then just HAD to eat it, otherwise it would have been wasteful! Then a day ago I forgot my lunch and had to order out. I got a lebanese platter that normally I scarf down. The weird thing was I couldn’t finish it - I was too full! Stomach shrinking, or just getting out of my gluttonous habits… who knows.
So. Good start to my diet, but I’m trying to stay realistic. I ordered the higher calorie option this time like I originally intended. HCC lets you choose 1400-1600 calories or 1100-1300. 1100-1300 is what they recommend on their site for women. I feel like this is possibly a poor suggestion, as women come in all sizes, and a diet is likely to fail if a 5′9″ overweight woman (myself) thinks she can get through the day without struggling with the same # of calories as a 5′3″ woman with a few extra lbs can. It hasn’t been a big problem for me since their meals are surprisingly filling, but I feel they should use a calorie calculator to make that suggestion. But at least they give you a choice, and there’s no price difference.
I used the Mayo clinic calculator. They estimated my calorie needs off things like gender, height, weight, activity level, etc… at 2000 calories. So the choice of 1400-1600 calories seems quite good for weight loss. I hope the slightly larger size will help with the occasional hunger I’ve felt after the HCC lunch meals.
Speaking of activity level, I’ve been feeling more energetic lately. My exercising has been light (usually a walk of 2500 to 5000 steps according to my pedometer), but I would like to increase the amount at least on weekends to offset the calorie increase.