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Diets,  Nutrition,  Weight Loss

Meal Delivery Services to Lose Pounds: How Does It Work?

Meal delivery services offer convenient pre-portioned and pre-partially prepared food stuff for busy people, including those who want to lose weight. But are they worth it?

Food delivery services started to gain popularity in 1990 as one way to lose pounds without worrying. It saves dieters from going to the grocery store but boosts meal delivery services industry up to billions of dollars. There are hundreds of meal plans available in the market and if you are thinking of subscribing in one of these companies, take note that any meal plan works best with your lifestyle and fitness goals. We recommend assessing a meal plan with these tips:

  • Get a meal plan that is safe.
  • Consult your doctor before starting a weight loss plan.
  • Begin the day right by eating your breakfast, never skip it.
  • Choose a meal plan or foods that are rich in fiber and low in calories.
  • Check the portion size.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Know and understand your temperament and choose a weight loss program that will work with your lifestyle and fitness goals.

Here are some popular meal plans for weight loss:

Bistro MD

Sample meals from Bistro MD.

The Bistro MD offers a weekly meal delivery service. It provides meals that are prepared by chefs and are fully cooked. Every meal plan grants meals and snacks that totals between 1,100 to 1,400 calories per day. The meal plan service helps dieters to maintain lean muscle mass by eating protein, about 40% to 50% of overall nutrient intake, blood sugar levels with 30% to 35% low-glycemic carbs. The remaining calories are derived from 20% to 25% of fats.

Meals from Bistro MD are flash frozen and can be reheated with the use of microwave or by hot water to provide you with a more homemade taste. It offers dieters four kinds of meal plans: $130-180 per week or about $26-$29 per day, plus $25 weekly shipping fee. You can also interact to a nutritionist for free. 

Ediets

eDiets Sample Meal

Ediets is a huge online dieting services and an expensive one. It offers about $40 each day including shipping but the company offers more than 400 food choices. It delivers meals to your doorstep on 1-week or 2-week basis which includes menus with 1,300 calories for men and 1,000 to 1,100 calories for women. Most of the Ediets meals are microwavable and can be ready within 2 minutes. Ediets claims that their active customers generally lose about 2 pounds per week during the first 5 consecutive weeks of the program.

Jenny Direct

Jenny Direct Meal Plan for One Week

Yes, it is the Jenny Craig weight loss program that offers home meal delivery services in U.S., Canada, and Australia. The meals are delivered within 2-4 weeks. The starting daily calorie consumption is 1,200 and is prepared to help dieters lose about 1-2 pounds every week, depending on their motivation and the amount of exercise. For every delivery, it includes 2 vitamins. The downside is that the meal plan requires you to buy a certain number of meals which may total $400.

NutriSystem

NutriSystem sample meal.

NutriSystem is US-based meal delivery service offering foods from one to four weeks at a time for a reasonable cost (about $12 per day). The downside is that the shelf life of their meals exceed 6 months, without freezing or refrigeration is needed. Recently, the company started a flash frozen food line. NutriSystem caters to men and women, including patients with diabetes, providing them with 1,200 to 1,500 calories.

Diet To Go

Diet-To-Go sample meal.

Diet To Go offers delicious food that satisfies your taste buds and preferences, while eating healthy. You can order customized diet meals that fit your diet requirements and start losing weight and be healthy. In short,

  • Delivery or pick-up options in some places
  • Access to support and advice online
  • Lose weight while enjoying delectable, pre-cooked meals

Pros of Diet Meal Delivery Services

  • Convenience
  • Time-saving
  • Portion control

Cons of Diet Meal Delivery Services

  • Costly, especially if your budget is tight. Some may offer cheaper but it is still costly. NutriSystem $12 each day, other brands may reach up to $50 per day.
  • Pre-set portion sizes that the meal delivery services just cover up but fails to address the real problem of overeating and obesity.
  • Unsustainable option. Restricting yourself with delivered meals may compromise social interaction. And if you love travelling or being with people, these delivery services are not sustainable solution to lose weight.

And finally,

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The thing is, meal delivery services are generally created for convenience, not to lose weight. Dieters order meals online, the recipes, and the right amount of the ingredients are delivered to them. But take note that meal kits are not standardized and they can differ widely. Also, they do not warrant that you will lose weight by ordering these meals. They may help but it is not a guarantee.

Read our next article for more tips about diet and health.

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