So you want to lose weight in the comfort of your own home. And you want to use some kind of diet delivery service.
After all, it’s easier, everything is done for you – and these services have proven weight loss results. Sounds like an easy decision.
But then you start to research and you get overwhelmed – so many options! So many decisions to make.
Not to fear, this article will help make things simpler for you.
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First of all, you should know that diet delivery services really fall into 2 main categories – fresh food meal delivery and meal replacement plans.
For example, services like Bistro MD or Diet To Go prepare fresh meals with whole, natural foods and ship them to you. You basically are eating restaurant quality meals while you slim down (yes, your ENTIRE plate is full at each meal!)
Meal replacement plans like Medifast , Wonderslim or Ideal Shape offer meals (much simpler than the meals above) like bars, shakes, oatmeals, soups, chilis, etc that you eat several times a day (up to 6 times) as you lose weight.
What’s the real difference? And which kind of plan is better for you?
Well, it really depends on what you’re looking for. Here are the main things you need to know:
Pros of the Fresh Meal Diet Delivery Services
These services tend to use whole foods with no or low preservatives. Since there is an emphasis on whole, natural foods – with new meals every day – you’re getting an overall healthier diet.
These services also focus on making the meals taste amazing – there is more of a focus on food pampering so to speak. So you cut down on that feeling of deprivation we often get when dieting.
And deprivation can lead to breaking your diet. So overall, these services can help you ENJOY losing weight instead of dread the process.
Pros of a Meal Replacement Diet
These diets do have their benefits as well. For example, you will often see faster weight loss (since they tend to be lower in calories than the fresh meal plans above). So for Medifast for example, people can lose up to 5 pounds during their first week – which is really inspiring.
Second of all, these plans tend to be more affordable than the fresh meal plans (because their “meals” are really more like snacks and very often do include preservatives). So if you’re on a budget, then these might be the right choice for you.
The good news?
Both kinds of diet delivery services are offering more flexibility than ever – very often giving you the option to swap out meals online at no charge. You also have some fantastic online support options with both types of plans including dietitians, message boards, counsellors and more.
So the bottom line is that it really depends on you – your budget, weight loss goals, temperament and preferences.
Want more information? Check out these diet delivery services:
Diet To Go (Fresh Meal Delivery)
Bistro MD (Fresh Meal Delivery)
Medifast (Meal Replacement)
Ideal Shape (Meal Replacement)