The 5:2 Fast Diet Kitchen Plan - Weeks 2 & 3

Today marks the beginning of my final week of the 5:2 plan's 4 week challenge in collaboration with Ideal World TV, where I'm using Fast Diet Kitchen meals to get me through those fast days.

While 500 calories can sometimes seem to go nowhere, FDK deliver lunch and dinner to your door in convenient pouches, portioned ready for your fast day ahead. I've already tried a few of the meals, including one of my firm favourites Scotch Broth, which you can read all about here

I've been trying some others over the past couple of weeks and thought I'd share my thoughts...

Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup (123 cal)

It doesn't help that I don't like butternut squash, and can barely tolerate sweet potato, but I gave it a bash anyway. It smells luscious and looks hearty. The soup is more stew-like, very thick, and whilst I can totally appreciate that it's perfect 'filling' food, it just wasn't for me. If you are a lover of the main ingredients I have no doubt that this would be a hit but, for me, the flavours were far too strong. 
Sorry FDK!

Carrot & Coriander Soup (141 cal)

A thick hunger-bashing soup, seasoned to perfection. I made the mistake of serving this in a cup thinking I could drink it, but you most definitely need a spoon. This could quite easily have done me for a main meal. It was a beautiful dish.

Smoky Chicken and Butter Bean Stew (296 cal)

Masses of chicken and beans, more than I expected - just like the scotch broth last week. A really warming meal with a right kick to it (think tingly lips when you're done!) and I loved it. The portion is very generous too, filling my bowl right to the top. I can honestly say I was more than satisfied after eating this, in fact, I was getting a little full towards the end.


Week 2 was slightly less than last the first, even without the takeaways etc. during this particular week compared to the last. But, a loss is a loss and certainly not something to turn your nose up at when you're only dieting for 2 days a week! 
LOSS: 1.8lb


Upped my water intake much more this week to fend off hunger pains, that and crunched on raw carrots at my desk - to the horror of my work colleagues, I sounded like Bugs Bunny all day long and began to worry for my teeth, ha! Starting to see a pattern in terms of losses now... 
LOSS: 2lb

I'm on track for at least half a stone in 4 weeks if I keep this up. After 3 weeks I'm at a grand total of 6lb loss without even trying. 

This is deffo my kinda diet...

In the meantime, find out more about FDK over on their website or social media channels.

The stockists of the FDK plan are

Disclaimer: I've been sent the above pictured products for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.

Week 1 of the 5:2 Plan with Fast Diet Kitchen

Last week I blogged about the 4 week challenge that I'm embarking on with Ideal World TV, by trying Fast Diet Kitchen's ready meals. The challenge is one I've taken on before, the 5:2 plan. You literally eat/drink as normal for 5 days, but for 2 days a week you limit your calorie intake to just 500 (or 600 for men). Great for those who find life gets in the way of a strict dieting/exercising regime, or if you just struggle with willpower issues, like me! 

FDK and Ideal World TV have sent me 8 lunches and 8 dinners to use on my fast days. Their service is exactly that - delivering your fast day meals to your door. Ready made and/or pre-portioned meals are great for this plan as, often, it's difficult to create a balanced 500 calorie day otherwise. They're also great for taking to work, just blast them in the microwave for a couple of minutes and you're done!

Today marks the end of my first week and here's what I've taste tested...


Garden Pea & Smoked Ham Soup for lunch (213 cal)

Tastes as fresh as the peas in a pod from my Grandad's old allotment. Seriously refreshing with just the right amount of seasoning. The ham pieces are too small to really chew into but the hint of smokiness is there to cut through that strikingly fresh pea sensation!

Vegetable Casserole (116 cal)

A surprisingly large portion, chunky texture with a lot of sauce. It was a very rich flavour, almost red-winey if you know what I mean? I added a handful of cabbage to break up the richness of the casserole. I've no idea how, given the size of the portion, it is only 116 calories!


Scotch Broth (174 cal)

WOW! This was one of the nicest soups I have ever had. More beef than I would even expect to find in even a premium soup. Perfect seasoning with a lovely kick from the black pepper. It reminded my of second-day Scouse. I could eat this every day. Highly recommend!

Moroccan Meatballs (307 cal)

Giant couscous in a spiced sauce make for a stew like texture, which is great when you're so hungry come tea-time. The meatballs themselves are meaty but not chewy, more melt-in-the-mouth. My only criticism? It went far too fast!


I'll admit that the bank holiday weekend has meant takeaway pizza and family movies, a roast dinner with all the trimmings (and even pud!) and a buffet over a family catch-up. Not all on the same day, I might add, but over a prolonged period. But that's the beauty of the 5:2 plan!

If you tune in to Ideal World TV tonight at 9pm, they're showcasing all about the 5:2 plan and FDK offers.

This week I have lost a surprising 2.2lb and I am made up. Bring on week 2 with FDK...

In the meantime, find out more about FDK over on their website or social media channels.

The stockists of the FDK plan are

Disclaimer: I've been sent the above pictured products for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own., pub-8301510335931825, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0