I've struggled to make any significant weight loss in the last five years. I've rolled out all the excuses - lower metabolism, too busy for exercise, comfort eating, even the "this must be my natural body shape" one, but they have been just that - excuses.
The problem is always that I set myself an unrealistic target, always weight related - lose two stone, weigh the same as I did when I was eighteen, lose at least 3lb a week and so I begin an obsessive relationship with my scales, even to the point of moving them around the bathroom to find the sweet spot of a loose floorboard (instant 4lb weight loss) just to make myself happy. I ignore the better fitting clothes or the higher energy levels, fixating only on the "result" or lack of, shown by the scales. Of course the self doubt then starts and the afternoon snacks appear, quickly followed by the evening snacks (and wine), perhaps even a morning snack, because why not? bringing me right back to where I started, ready to try the next fool proof plan.
Dare I say it though something is changing. For the last four weeks I have been taking part in a focus group for Thinking Slimmer. This weight loss programme isn't a diet or a food plan. It's based around listening to a podcast each day, empowering you to make changes without even realising your doing it. The main thing I've noticed is recognising when I am hungry and only eating at those times, rather than eating when I am bored, or stressed, or because I feel like I can't say no! Even more than that I'm not weighing myself. I don't know how much weight I've lost, or even if I have lost any, but I am noticing that I feel slimmer and surprisingly my clothes are fitting better. That's enough for me, more than enough, that's healthy and has longevity. I will be doing a full review towards the end of the programme.
No I'm not saying that I have three meals a day with no snacks, I do snack but on naturally healthy food and products. The Easter eggs are still in their boxes, I can't remember the last time I brought from the morning snack van! But when we are out and about walking, or when we have been to the gym (yep I'm even doing that - week 4 of couch to 10k...go me!) we need something more substantial than fruit to keep us going and this is where Kings Elite Snacks come in. Started by 4 International rugby players in 2010 and merged with New World Foods in 2014 they produce three types of Jerky and Biltong that are high in protein, low in fat and with no additives. We were kindly sent samples of all three varieties and oh my word this is THE BEST biltong I have ever tasted!
The pork & beef jerky have 30% protein with 4-5% fat, but the beef biltong has a whopping 50% protein, with 4% fat and the lowest sugar content of all three. I personally preferred the texture and flavour of the biltong the most, satisfyingly chewy with a real punch of seasoning. I found the jerky too sweet for my taste and this made the strips a little sticky in texture.
The market is saturated with energy and protein bars, which while being high in protein can also be high in sugar and calories. This Jerky & Biltong is not like that - we are most definitely converts and will be ordering box after box of the biltong!
All three varieties can be ordered from the Kings website varying in price from £1.50 - £1.90 per pack, you can also order a mixed box to cover the full range.
I was sent some complimentary snacks to review, however all words and opinions remain my own.