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Diet Food Delivery Programs
Diet-Food Delivery Programs
Prepackaged meals delivered to your home to keep you on the straight and narrow. How good does that sound? With most diet-food delivery programs you get the equivalent of three meals a day plus a snack or dessert that are intended to provide a nutritionally balanced diet.
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NutriSystem (starting at $259.99/28 days) offers meal plans designed for women, men, diabetics, vegetarians, and seniors and also provides online tools, such as meal planning help, discussion forums, blogs, and newsletters. Consumers who signed on for the NutriSystem diet-food delivery program during the past year or so report on the Top Diet Review site about having shed up to 65 pounds or several pants sizes in a matter of months without feeling food-deprived. Many are generally satisfied with the taste and overall quality of the food (despite some items they decide not to re-order), but note the need to buy dairy and fresh fruits and vegetables, which adds to the total food bill. Some recent reviews posted on Epinions commend this diet-food delivery program but others -- especially those written more than a year ago -- complain that the food tastes so awful and is so loaded with salt and chemical ingredients that would-be dieters gave up well before any weight fell away. Consumer Affairs reports receiving similar complaints from consumers and argues that dieters don't learn to make proper food choices or prepare diet-maintaining meals on their own with food-delivery plans.
The eDiets diet-food delivery program (starting at $18.95/28 days online membership), an alternative to the company's well-regarded online weight-loss support program, offers more than 120 meal choices as well as access to a dietitian, fitness trainer, and interactive social network. eDiets is so confident about its diet-food delivery program that it guarantees a full refund for a 7-day/4-week service if you don't lose at least 8 pounds. The program earns a passing grade on Every Diet in part because the food is packed semi-fresh (versus frozen or dried), but describes the breakfast eggs as dry and spongy and says nothing about weight loss. But reviews posted on Epinions indicate that dieters seem to drop out even before any pounds are shed. In these diet plan reviews, consumers gripe about poorly prepared food (e.g., raw pizza crust, gelatinous sauces, bland flavoring), excessive meal-choice substitutions made by the company, and packaging and delivery problems.
The cost of meal delivery from Jenny Craig depends on your diet plan and menu choices, but the company says clients on average spend a dollar more a day on food than the typical American. Medifast is another heavy hitter in the diet-food delivery segment of the weight loss market, but instead of actual meals, this company delivers shakes, crunch bars, soup, oatmeal, eggs, and a few other items for about $315 a month.
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