It seems that with weight loss plans like Nutrisystem® or The Fresh Diet® we have been bombarded by the value that delivery diet meals can give us. They are convenient and face it, in today’s world, who doesn’t want fresh low calorie meals they don’t have to worry about preparing? They are popular in America because many of us feel we don’t have time to cook meals to specific calorie counts, especially when we have to take care of the house and cook for a family, which can be a challenge in and of itself. However, we understand that every family dynamic is unique so I’ve have taken the time to give you some pros and cons of these programs so you can make an educated choice.
Pros for home diet food delivery services
- Convenience: This is of course the number one pro and the first most important reason people buy into these plans. They are nutritional “no brainers and at your door for the week, as long as you choose. This has another hidden benefit which is purely psychological and that is—when you have something you don’t have to think about—your brain thinks it’s easy and you become accustomed to it.
- Cuts shopping time: If you are cooking for a family, then with these plans you are shopping for one less person and that can add up to a lot. Add in snacks that you will avoid and that’s even more savings. You have your neat and tidy menu all tied up for the week and you can stay on track with your eating plan! That means less time in the supermarket and if you are single—you’ve got it made in the shade!
- Cooking time is cut in half: Or eliminated altogether depending on your home dynamic. You can have more time to yourself and spend less time on the utilitarian activities.
- Variety: You will appreciate the variety in the meal options you have access to, especially when you don’t have to do the cooking.
- Nutrition info: All the nutrition info is available to you ahead of time so that you can pick the foods that work with your weight loss goals.
Cons of home diet food delivery
- Not planet friendly: There is a lot of potential tree killing that can go into all that packaging and if it is all meant to be microwaved—you may lose weight but you may also lose nutrients in the midst.
- Cost: A lot of these services are not light on the wallet. The cost can be a few hundred a month that you didn’t count on. It’s not affordable for everyone, but you really do have to compare the cost to your current food costs to know for sure. You may find out that you could save some money with prepared meals.
- What’s inside? You MUST take a look at the nutrition label for any prepackaged or pre-prepared food because many are full of preservatives and flavorings as well as artificial colors. A lot of these meal delivery plans do strive to keep their ingredients natural and healthy, so there are options.
- How focused on nutrition are they really? They may only be focused on calorie count and portion instead of having any nutritional value—again—read the label.
- Schedule: For some companies, drop off times my not be convenient. You don’t want to be stuck in traffic or working overtime just to come home to a bunch of expensive rotten food waiting at the door.
- Habit: When you stop the diet—you may have become too accustomed to the packaged stuff and run right on off the plan into junk food land. Prepare yourself for what you will do for meals after you stop using a plan like this so your weight doesn’t rebound.
Bottomline: If you wish to try the packaged variety of diet plan, make sure you do your research. Not all diet meal delivery plans are created equal. One great way to decide if a plan is for you is to see if you can do one month as a trial, taste the food and read the labels. You should go to see the diet delivery plan specialist in person if there is a store near you. This is because you can generally get a taste-test there, like at a Jenny Craig®. If you do it online then choose one with a minimum time limit or minimum purchase. If it doesn’t work for you then you haven’t been contracted into a long-term affair.