All diet and weight loss programs have their own set of positives and negatives — some of them more so than others. The Diet-to-Go Program has more good than bad, but it’s important to pay attention to both when considering your own weight loss goals and options.
Pros of Diet-to-Go
- Variety: Diet-to-Go has four menus to choose from: Balance (a traditional, low-fat, calorie-restricted plan); Vegetarian; Carb30 (follows an Atkins-style low-carb diet); and Balance-Diabetes (follows the American Diabetes Association’ nutritional guidelines for people with pre- and Type 2-diabetes). Diet-to-Go’s menu comes on a five-week rotation, meaning there are plenty of different foods to choose from. The meals are always changing, ensuring customers don’t get bored and have plenty of options available to substitute if they try something they don’t like.
- Customization: Customers can switch their diets and menus whenever they want, based on preference, allergies, nutrients needed, allergies and taste. This means that if a customer is not losing weight as quickly as they would like, they can switch to another menu and try that whenever they want.
- Ingredients: Diet-to-Go has a team of nutritionists, dietitians and chefs to make sure that the food not only is optimal for helping customers achieve their weight loss goals, but also tastes great. The company’s kitchen staff uses only the highest quality ingredients, sourced locally and used fresh. This makes the food taste great so that it doesn’t feel like dieting.
- Convenience: Diet-to-Go meals include sides, desserts, condiments and everything a person might need, meaning no additional shopping is necessary. Literally a person can just eat the meals as they come and lose weight.
- No commitment: Diet-to-Go has no contracts to sign and no long-term commitments. Customers can start and stop their plan through the website’s online portal myDiettogo or by calling 1-800-743-7546 whenever they want, including for vacations or during the holidays.
- Affordability: A study found that the average person spends $12.75 per meal eating out. At about $8.25 a meal, Diet-to-Go offers an affordable alternative that, unlike fast-food and takeout, are healthy and can lead to weight loss (rather than weight gain).
- Support: Diet-to-Go has an entire team of health coaches and customer service representatives on-call and ready to help customers build an individualized eating plan that caters to their specific needs. The company’s Facebook community is also a place customers can get encouragement from fellow customers and staff members. Plus, its weekly blog is a strong resource for further assistance.
- Packaging: Diet-to-Go recently updated its packaging to ensure that meals arrive with all their components in place and their nutrients preserved.
- Mobile integrations: Diet-to-Go has a mobile-friendly website that makes it easy for customers to log in and manage their plan from any mobile device. The company’s meals are also available on popular fitness tracking apps, such as myFitnessPal and SparkPeople.
Cons of Diet-to-Go
- Cost: Some people consider the cost to be high. Diet-to-Go’s meal plans average at about $175 per week.
- Menus: Because the foods are different than the fast-food and takeout many people are used to eating, it can take some time to adjust to the healthy, nutritional meals provided by Diet-to-Go. Avoiding cravings for unhealthy foods may also require a brief adjustment period.
- Deadlines: While Diet-to-Go does allow customers to adjust their menus and make substitutions, it adheres to strict deadlines. Customers must meet those deadlines before a shipment goes out to ensure they get the foods they want each week.
- Delivery: The foods are packages in secure containers and delivered to customers’ doorsteps, but it is recommended that customers get them into the refrigerator or freezer as soon as possible to ensure they’re as fresh as possible and fully preserved.
- Pick-up: Diet-to-Go offers fresh local pickup where customers can get their meals fresh from one of thousands of fitness center, grocery stores and other business partners. However, customers are limited to locations in five major metropolitan areas: Washington, D.C., Baltimore, New Jersey, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Overall, the pros of Diet-to-Go outweigh the cons. It’s important to consider both when determining which diet meal delivery plan works best for you.