Diet Meal Plans - Delivery
by Valerie Kirk
These prepackaged meal plans are generally amongst the easiest diets to follow as they require little or no cooking. As you will see, the costs vary widely.
Most of these diet meal programs are delivery only -- their food is delivered to your door packed frozen in dry ice. A few, like Jenny Craig, offer you the additional option of picking the food up yourself to save the shipping cost (which can be considerable), but of course, you must be lucky enough to have one of their stores within comfortable driving distance.
The cheapest plan is I Love This Diet, which uses frozen entrees from Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice, Smart Ones, Amy's, Kashi, Michelina's and others. Though not technically a meal delivery plan since you buy your meals at the supermarket, it offers amazing variety for a fraction of the cost of the other programs described here.
This is the chef designed diet meal plan that features low calorie, low carb, high protein meals. The meals are created to meet Dr. Caroline J. Cedarhurst’s (the doctor behind the diet) nutritional guidelines to ensure that the menu contains the proper nutritional balance for individuals to lose weight.
Each week a new delivery of food arrives via FedEx. Dieters can choose from a 7-day program (7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 6 dinners), or a 5-day program (5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners).
BistroMD can cost up to $800 per month plus shipping charges. While many customers claim that the food tastes pretty good, others complain that the lack of customer service and high prices makes this company hard to swallow.
Available throughout the U.S., Chef’s Diet is a meal delivery program based upon the 40/30/30 balanced nutrition ratio (40% complex carbs, 30% proteins and 30% good fats) to have the metabolism operating an optimal rate for weight loss.
Each day, fresh meals are delivered to dieter’s doorstep. The cost is contingent on the program dieters select.
Program options range from a one-day sampler at $61.99 (plus tax) to a 14 day program at $44.99 per day (plus tax) to a 31 day program at 42.99 (plus tax) per day. The gourmet menu includes items like quiche lorraine, grilled salmon, blueberry pancakes, tostadas and more.
Diet-to-Go is a diet delivery service that offers 3 different options: the Balance plan, Balance-D for those with Diabetes, and Carb30, which is a low-carb diet. A vegetarian plan is also available. All plans are available throughout the United States and are shipped via FedEx each week.
Depending on the plan dieters choose, they can spend anywhere from $170 to $190 per week. They charge $19.98 for shipping. Diet-to-Go also offers local pick up, but the time frames are very particular.
While many have reported that the plan can be effective, their food and customer service is hit or miss. Many reviewers also claimed that their low-carb option is not as delectable as the original plan.
Built around balanced proteins, carbs and fats, eDiets is the fresh meal plan that arrives at your door each week.
Dieters lose weight because with eDiets food, dieters consume up to 1200 calories per day including recommended fruits and vegetables. Dieters are given two plan options: five days worth of food, including one snack or dessert or seven days worth of food, including one snack or dessert.
Dieters can anticipate spending $99.95 or $139.95 per week plus $19.95 in shipping costs. Meal favorites include the Turkey and Black Bean Chili. eDiets has a minimum 3 month sign-up period. Cancelling before the 3 months is up will result in a $25 charge.
Eat Like The Pros
The Chicago-based diet meal plan allows individuals to participate in eating a whole food-based diet, one that is free of processed food and focuses on organic produce as well as hormone and nitrate free meats.
The founder, Julie H. Burns, used this method to keep world-class athletes healthy, fit and operating at optimum performance. The Eat Like The Pros philosophy employs portion control, carbohydrate control and eating a gluten/wheat free diet.
Meals are delivered three days a week and arrive before 5:30 a.m. Dieters can also pick up their meals from the Chicago center. Average cost of Eat Like The Pros is between $7.50 and $15.00 per delivery, based on location. They deliver to most of the downtown Chicago area and in many neighboring suburbs.
5 Squares is a regional diet program that delivers to people living in the New York and Connecticut area. 5 Squares takes the clean eating approach and prepares 5 meals per day which are all dairy-free and wheat-free. Food plans can be anywhere between 1100-1400 daily calories.
Dieters have food delivered to their door each day by 6 am, this includes 5 meals for the entire day, for seven days. They also have the option of adding additional meals for family members. The average cost per day is $43 for the regular subscription.
Focus 28 Diet
Focus 28 is based upon eating as many as six meals a day along with green vegetables to keep the metabolism active. The overall program promotes portion control, reduced calorie meal replacements, supplements and high protein snacks.
The food itself requires very little prep beyond adding water and mixing. Dieters can chose from 2-week weight loss programs to 12-week weight loss programs. As for the pricing, Focus 28 ranges from $160.35 to $749.95, plus shipping. Focus 28 also requires light exercise in order to enhance the weight loss process.
Each week the menu is updated on the diet website. No matter what dieters choose, they’ll pay a $43 a day rate.
Fresh ‘n Fit Cuisine
The Fresh ‘n Fit way is all about calorie control. Dieters will find themselves consuming 1200 or 1800 calories each day. Local shipping is available in the Metro Atlanta, but they also ship to GA, AL, and parts of FL, SC, NC, & TN.
Choose from 5 different menus: Healthy Mix, Low Carb, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, or Paleo. Fresh ‘n Fit food is easy prep (just heat and eat) and meets guidelines put out by the American Heart Association. Meals are low fat, low sodium, low cholesterol, high fiber and high grain. Plans vary, but include options such as just lunch and dinner plans (2 meals per day), 5 or 7 day plans (3 meals per day) and just dinner plans.
Plans range from $65-$182, depending on number of meals and calorie maximum. Seniors are also offered a discount.
Freshology serves Los Angeles and Orange County, CA. The program is built around calorie control to ensure healthy weight loss and to help dieters maintain a healthy lifestyle once they've reached their weight loss goals.
The 3-tiered program is broken up into sub-categories that fall in line with people’s lifestyle. Customers can choose from menus such as Vegetarian, NewMom, or Accelerated Weight Loss. The average calorie range is 1150-1850 per day.
Programs lengths include 14, 20, and 30 day plans. Prepared meals arrive every morning by 6 am. As for cost, programs can be as much as $54.95 per day (plus tax and delivery).
I Love This Diet
I Love This Diet is a dietitian-designed program that shows dieters a nutritionally-correct way to lose weight by eating a wide variety of frozen entrees from Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice, Smart Ones, Amy's, Kashi, Michelina's and others. Because supermarkets tend to run weekly sales on these items, the meals can often be purchased for as little as a third of the cost of Jenny Craig's meals.
Like Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem, this diet also requires individuals to purchase their veggies, fruit, and dairy at the supermarket, though with I Love This Diet, members had to go to the supermarket anyway to buy their frozen meals.
Dieters are assigned one of five calorie levels of between 1300 and 1850 calories per day, based on their current weight and their gender. As they lose weight, their calorie level changes accordingly.
Access to the I Love This Diet plan runs $47.97 for 6 months, or $59.97 for one year (plus the cost of the food that you buy in your supermarket). The diet, which comes in the form of a membership website, can be used on a PC or Mac, as well as with tablets and smartphones.
In The Zone Delivery
In The Zone Delivery is available throughout the United States and Canada. This diet is based on balanced approach of 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein and 30% fat. Meals are created by chefs to the dieters preferences.
The 40:30:30 ratio helps the body to eventually enter a hormonal balance, which fosters healthy weight loss.
In The Zone Delivery members spend will spend $35.99, $37.99, $39.99 or $44.99 per day based on their delivery frequency (90, 60, 30 or 15 days; 3,5,6 or 7 days a week).
The Jenny Craig program is one of the most widely recognized meal delivery plans. When one joins Jenny Craig they can anticipate 28 days worth of food being delivered to their home (or they can pick up if they are close to a Jenny Craig diet center).
The diet is calorie based and, in addition to dining exclusively on Jenny Craig frozen meals, the diet requires weight loss seekers to incorporate fruits and vegetables into their diet. Individuals have access to counselors 24 hours a day. Jenny Craig also allows dieters to splurge, making the diet more sustainable.
Jenny Craig can cost anywhere from $500 to $650 per month before shipping costs. Favorite meals include the Jenny Craig Sunshine Sandwich as well as the Chicken Fettuccini, Beef Chow Mein and BBQ Chicken Pizza.
LA Weight Loss Delivery Diet
LA Weight Loss is a diet delivery program with locations in North and South Dakota, Iowa and Canada. However, most recently they have begun to transition into a solely online based diet program.
LA Weight Loss employs the Transmetabolic Factor--a system that helps the body continuously burn calories. Dieters go through a three phases including a detox and adhere to a rapid weight loss guide to reach weight loss goals.
The diet’s Complete Success System comes full of products, bars, meals and guides at the cost of $289.99 per month if you opt for automatic rebilling. For those who choose the month to month option can expect to pay $419.99 monthly.
Unlike most of the other plans, Nutrisystem uses shelf-stable (pouched, non-refrigerated) foods as its core items. Rather than 3 big meals, dieters consume several small meals a day to keep burning calories and losing weight.
On average Nutrisystem members will spend $299.99. However if they opt for the Nutrisystem Select plan, which includes one frozen entree per day, dieters can expect to pay around $388 per month.
You’ll receive 28 days worth of food in one shipment. Most people enjoy the frozen entrees such as Shrimp Alfredo or snacks like the crunch bars, but aren’t big fans of the freeze-dried options that comprise most of the program's food.
Nutrition in Motion (NIM)
This Canadian-based diet builds on the Atkins approach with two phases. Phase 1 consists of eliminating bad carbs and processed foods from the diet and Phase 2 reintroduces good carbs. NIM has several different meal plans based on personal needs (traditional, Vegetarian, Halal, Ontario-wide). A day’s worth of food (3 meals and 3 snacks) are delivered before 6am. Price depends on Provence, but does not exceed $44.99 per day. NIM also allows dieters to do a 10 day-trial.
PureFoods Low Carbs
Now known as PureFoods Fresh Start, this program is a weekly meal delivery plan that is designed around restricted calorie intake and the Glycemic Index (GI). PureFoods Fresh Start delivers chef prepared, low Glycemic foods to dieters doors, each week. The belief is that by eating more filling foods, that don’t break down into fat, carb cravings and the desire to overeat dissipates.
A week’s worth of meals includes breakfast, lunch, dinner 1 snack and 1 treat per day. You can use the standard plan or customize your menu. There are six plans to choose from, some complete with 7 days worth of food, others with 5, vegetarian optinons and a la carte options.
The average cost per day is $28.99 per day.
Based on calorie and portion control, Seattle Sutton is a meal delivery plan that delivers to dieters homes each week. The plan prepares 21 fresh meals, which includes fruit, vegetables and salads, with each menu item serving a nutritional purpose.
Seattle Sutton develops meal plans based on 1200 and 2000 calorie diets. The plan delivers nationally and pricing is based upon the dieter’s location.
The Fresh Diet
Rather than sending days worth of food at a time, The Fresh Diet delivers food to your door, daily. Dieters simply sign up and select meal preference and delivery times; wake up and a day’s worth of meals is on the doorstep.
The Fresh Diet has two plans to choose from, The Premium Choice, which includes 3 meals and 2 snacks per day, as well as several options for each meal, unlimited exclusions to the menu or the Chef’s Choice, which also includes 3 meals and 2 snacks per day but only 8 meal exclusions to the menu.
Price will vary depending on both meal plan and packages: 7 day, 14 day, 21 day or 31 day. Dieters can spend as little as $349.93 or as much as $1,394.69. The Fresh Diet is available to those in South Florida, Los Angeles, Chicago and the New York Tri-State area.
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