Apart from thinking about how to earn more and more money (can’t stop thinking about it, haha), “how to keep good health in check after eating all delicious food consumed in the holiday parties” is also at the center of my mind. In this time of the year, when living the “healthy diet” is feeling out of reach, it’s great to be reminded to have a low-carb diet by The Six Pack Chef.
Chef and US-Certified Fitness Professional and Fitness Nutritionist Karl Jude Boo of The Six Pack Chef, sent me meals that he prepared with fresh and high quality ingredients. All meals, he noted, were passionately and carefully prepared from scratch—nothing canned and preserved. I trust his words and I could honestly attest to that after the taste test.
Review of The Six Pack Chef (Low Carb Diet Meal Plan)
I hear lots of tardiness stories from customers of other food delivery services especially on the first day of delivery when they’re having troubles finding the location/address. The Six Pack Chef draws a good difference that highlights professionalism. Jude promised to deliver on a certain day and time, and I’m impressed that the food package did not come late. Service was fast and efficient.
The Six Pack Chef’s customer service team is available from Monday to Saturday to provide personalized assistance. Feel free to leave a message through their contact page.
The Six Pack Chef concerns not only on the calorie count of the food to be consumed but also the kind of quality of food, the macro-nutrient split/count and the micro-nutrient count. Unlike other meal prep service in Metro Manila, The Six Pack Chef focuses mostly on proper nutrition but still within a specific number of calories.
Provided for me to try were three meals and a power snack which completed the Project Fat Loss, a low-car diet for one day. Jude explained that “a diet is considered low-carb when the total carbohydrate intake is 0-20% of your total caloric intake. When going low-carb, it’s important to increase protein and good fats consumption when lowering carbohydrate intake to ensure that your body is provided proper amount of nutrients and immune system optimally functioning.” This also ensures that there is no crash of energy levels, performance levels are still high (even for athletes), and fat loss and not just weight loss is achieved.
Meal 1 – Devilled Eggs on a Bed of Spinach
Blending two key ingredients into one, the Devilled Eggs on a Bed of Spinach appeared like a simple affair. I had this for breakfast and I thought that the first bite was an epiphany. The Six Pack Chef didn’t mix fancy components or oddly textured garnishes into the eggs, but the dish turned out to be good. These eggs and spinach can also be likened as a nice pair for a bite-sized snack.
Meal 2 – Tenderloin Steak with Onion Jam and French Beans (Note that the portion of food in the picture below is only half of what’s inside the actual package since I’m not used to taking bigger servings of meat in my diet. These containers are what I take with me to work for lunch.)
The tenderloin steak was tender, juicy and not dry. Clearly, it was not too cooked as I saw a bit of blood in between the cuts. The flavor was purely of beef and no other sauce or buttery condiment included—which was sad since I hoped for it to be accompanied by either one of the following: mushroom sauce, green peppercorn sauce, blue cheese sauce or red wine reduction sauce.
For a high protein and low carb diet, the exclusion of sauces and condiments must be a standard. After all, this diet is all about enhancing fat loss and muscle-building to improve health. Complementing the pieces of beef were the French beans which I enjoyed. They were crispy, fresh and tasted so green.
Meal 3 – Oat Lemon Chicken with Tomato and Eggplant Rice Pilaf
I’m sorry to report that I didn’t taste the lemon and I missed the tangy twist in the Oat Lemon Chicken. I appreciate the boneless and skinless chicken though, and I recognize its importance as an essential to any fitness and bodybuilding diet.
The Eggplant Rice Pilaf was a lovely, thick and sticky rice dish, full of satiny chunks of eggplant in rich tomato base. Adding a blob of creamy smooth yogurt to smooth it all out in the mouth may help to perk up the flavor. Then again, I’m not sure if this will contribute any good to the low-carb diet we’re trying to achieve here. 🙂
Power Snack – Carrots and Celery with Cumin Mayo
This power snack was refreshing and not exactly tasteless. Brightly colored and al dente, the vegetables were crunchy and good with the cumin mayo.
Macro-nutrient breakdown of meals:
Fat (grams): 65 (42% of your total caloric intake)
Carbs (grams): 80 (22% of your total caloric intake)
Protein (grams): 130 (36% of your total caloric intake)
Total Calories: 1425kcal
Price for Value: ★★★☆☆
The Six Pack Chef offers two kinds of meal plan packages:
The Project Fat Loss, inclusive of three meals and a snack, costs PhP 700/day or PhP 3500/week + delivery fee. This meal plan package is designed with the fitness enthusiast in mind. This is best for those who: do not have time to do groceries and prepare their daily/weekly meals, people who are just starting out on their fitness journey, those want to improve their overall health and body composition, want to lose body fat and are looking to change their over-all physique.
The Project Olympian, inclusive of three meals and a snack with larger servings than those of the Project Fat Loss, costs PhP 950/day or PhP 4750/week + delivery fee. This meal plan package is designed with the athlete in mind and is best for those who: do not have time to do groceries and prepare their daily/weekly meals, perform high and intense levels of activities most days of the week, are athletes or hardcore gym goers, need a higher caloric and macro nutrient intake and are looking to increase lean muscle mass.
Question is if The Six Pack Chef meal packages have good value for money. I think the answer depends on the need and budget of the person. If I were to base the price value on the cost of the ingredients I’m familiar with, the taste of food and the portion, I’d say I find the price expensive.
In fairness, a good justification for the pricing is that the ingredients used are mostly organic. All of Their beef supply are grass-fed coming all the way from Bukidnon and shipped to Manila weekly. The vegetables are also organic coming from Sky Garden Organic Farm of Benguet. Another is that their servings as you may have noticed are necessarily larger than other meal services.
Elseways, The Six Pack Chef will be a hit for those who truly need to lose weight and/or gain muscle mass healthily but don’t have the luxury of time to visit the grocery store, research and decipher which food to choose and recipes to make for daily meals.
With the help of The Six Pack Chef, you can be sure that you can fulfill your fitness and health goal of becoming leaner, healthier and stronger. All you have to do is contact The Six Pack Chef (see info below) and wait until the packages come straight to your door.
The Six Pack Chef will be officially launching their service on January 12, 2015. If you want to kick-start your fitness journey, you may now start to book your slot today. 🙂