I've always been a bit sceptical about meal replacement diets thinking they'd taste horrible or bland and you'd be eating the same thing every day, however Exante Diet have definitely proved me wrong! They have a huge range of meals, snacks, and shakes to suit everyone and you can tailor the plan to suit your needs, whether you want to eat solely replacement meals, incorporate some additional food or only use the replacement for certain meals.
I was sent a selection of different Exante Diet products* ranging from shakes to soups, scones to puddings and I was pleasantly surprised with how great they all tasted. My favourite was the Hazelnut shake which tasted really creamy and frothy like a milkshake, the chocolate pudding was gooey and chocolatey although I slightly over did it in the microwave!
The pasta, ham and mushroom soup was thick and you wouldn't have thought it came from a packet, with most of the meals I supplemented them with some added extras, I tried to keep as healthy as possible but I did feel like on their own the packets weren't filling enough as a meal but adding some vegetables or fruit won't add many extra calories and just makes the meals feel more like, well meals! Once I added some extras, like bread with my soup, or bacon and fried vegetables with my breakfast eggs, they felt more like meals and filled me up a lot more but still meant I kept my daily calorie intake quite low.
Exante Diet's range of plans means you have freedom to decide what products you want, and if you want to add in additional food. At 200 calories per packet having 3 or 4 of these a day would definitely help with weight loss, especially if you add in extra exercise, but there is also the freedom to eat food as well and still be able to loose weight if you make healthy choices. Each packet has nutritional value and eating 4 packets a day will contribute to 100% of your recommended daily allowance.
Although I didn't stick to the set diet strictly and just sampled a selection of the products I can definitely see how this plan would work for loosing weight. You'd have to be very strict and motivated to manage with just the replacement meals and no extra food, but I think along with some healthy options these can definitely help with weight loss, especially if you're just starting and want to get in control of your portion sizes, or want an easy way of eating without having to obsess over calories or fat content.
These would also work great if you're on the 5:2 diet as you can easily work out calories for a 'fast' day, and know that you're still getting all the nutrients you need. Although I didn't see any immediate weight loss I know that's because my body doesn't loose weight as quick as other people might (PCOS problems), however using these replacements has definitely helped me to be more conscious of my portion sizes, evaluating if Im actually hungry or just bored and also making healthy choices.
I'd definitely consider buying some more meal replacements especially as you can order items individually, the Exante Diet Honeycomb Shake is taking my fancy, and you can also bulk order specific items, normally with some pretty great discounts like these Exante Diet Double Chocolate Bars that are 32% off! They also offer a great Starter Pack with a range of products to try, and an Pick Your Own Bumper Pack where you can choose which products to have.
Overall I think the Exante Diet is a really great meal replacement diet, with tasty food and the chance to tailor the diet to you, and I'd definitely consider a starter pack if I wanted to really kick start my diet. I do think my favourite options were the shakes which make a great alternative to breakfast or lunch. You can check out the full range of Exante Diet Products and read up a bit more about how it all works.
I was sent these products by Exante Diet to review however all opinions are my own.