A few words about Patrick
My name is Patrick Lowbridge and I am the proprietor of M.YGYM, a small gym in Tullamore. During my time as a Personal Trainer and gym worker, I discovered that clients really work hard in the gym but tend to lose focus when they go home.
In my experience, what I’ve found is that this is largely due to a lack of understanding about the diet, the counting system and a lack of time to prepare meals. My experience competing as a bodybuilder taught me about diet and nutrition as I had to strip my body of fat when I was competing. I discovered throughout the years what worked and what was not so effective.
With all of this in mind, I identified a niche in the market for portioned controlled meals and started my company The Macro Counter. I then developed The5Plan which is a 5 day meal plan consisting of two macro counted meals per day for 5 days. We also offer The5Plan plus which is more suitable for those who wish to use the meals 7 days a week. We started in September of 2017 preparing macro counted meals in a kitchen in the Mountmellick Development Association.
With only a handful of customers and a strong belief in our product, we started making meals , the majority of which we gave away to people to sample. Immediately we started receiving positive feedback and orders began to increase every week. Our chef and staff now prepare 100’s of meals every week for customers who can choose what they order through our website.
This number is increasing all of the time as people are becoming more familiar with The5Plan meals and how it works. The5Plan allows people to know exactly what they are eating every day and become more conscious of their portion sizes. People are beginning to realise that they don’t have to be on a diet, but rather eat portion controlled meals. As people are so time poor nowadays, The5Plan offers the perfect convenient solution. We aim to make it as easy as we can for people hence our slogan, “We count it, we cook it, you eat it.” It is as simple as that.
Our meals come in a takeaway lunchbox that can be easily heated in a microwave for 3-4 minutes. They are ideal for people who want to lose weight or keep their weight in check as they are convenient for work or a generally busy lifestyle.
Located at Ferbane Food Campus
We currently offer two calorie options. 350Kcal and 450Kcal. Our ready-made meals are now available from distribution centres in Portlaoise, Mullingar and Athlone.
We are expanding our menu all of the time and will soon have breakfast and snack options available to our customers. As a result, we have increased our workforce and have also taken on another kitchen in the Ferbane food campus in Co. Offaly.
Last year we were delighted when I was nominated for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Our business is growing all of the time and it has become more than just a business for us.
We are passionate about educating people about portion control and want to continue to offer our top quality products at an affordable price.