By Shaun Chavis
From Health magazine
We compared the top diet meal services and created this list to help you decide which plan is best for you.
Healthy Chef Creations Organic Weight Loss
$65 per day nationwide*, $48 per day* in Florida
Spa-inspired cuisine made with organic ingredients. The owner, a former Walt Disney World spa chef, worked with a registered dietitian and holistic doctor to create this 1,100- to 1,800-calorie plan.
You get three innovative meals (from a wild sockeye salmon burger to an Asian wrap with edamame, shiitake, napa cabbage, and rice noodles), a snack with green tea, a minidessert (like strawberry tofu cheesecakes), and a spa energy detox drink daily; meal choices rotate seasonally.
Kosher, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and other options available at no extra charge; sub-stitutions are free. Family plans are available, too. One session of counseling with a dietitian is complimentary every 30 days you’re on the plan.
Online or by phone; minimum one-week order; 30-day orders discounted.
Pricey, but incredibly tasty. We were impressed that lettuce, raw mushrooms, and shredded carrots in salads and wraps stayed fresh and crisp even after shipping.
Best customized plan
$165 to $310 per week, depending on plan
Eat every two to three hours, for a total of 1,200 calories daily or more, depending on your needs. Meals are made with organic ingredients.
You get three small meals and two or three snacks every day; customers choose their own meals from a weekly list. There’s a mix of familiar-sounding picks like Pepper-Jack Mac and Cheese, and world-inspired dishes like Filipino Chicken Adobo and Pancit (stir-fried noodles). Bars—one of your daily snacks—are like rich mini-loaf cakes, in flavors like peanut butter chocolate.
The nutritional content of meals—calories, carbs, protein, and fat—is customized based on your age, height, weight, activity level, and weight goal. Vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten-free meals are available at no extra cost. For support, subscribers can buy consultations with staff dietitians.
Online or by phone; minimum four-week order.
It’s a balanced combination of good nutrition and great homemade taste.
Best diet support
$130 to $180 per week,* depending on plan
A 1,500-calorie plan designed by a doctor, based on her practice with overweight patients.
Three meals and two snacks daily. The portion sizes are big, and the taste ranges from good to impressive. Meals include everything from a sesame bagel with eggs and ham to blackened tilapia. Menus change weekly.
Allergy-specific, vegetarian, or kosher meals available at no extra cost; substitutions free.
Online or by phone; minimum order is a five-day week.
Subscribers get educational materials, plus access to staff dietitians. The vacuum-sealed food was a hassle, though. You need scissors and a plate to prepare entrées and sides.
$105 to $280 per week*, depending on plan
Chefs Diet is based on The Zone Diet: 40 percent carbs, 30 percent protein, and 30 percent fat. Meals average 1,600 to 1,800 calories daily.
Three meals and two snacks a day. Some meals taste great: We wanted to lick the dish after we ate the ricotta cheese–filled lasagna sandwich. But the breakfasts tended to be a bit bland. Meal options rotate every 120 days.
Vegetarian, kosher, diabetic, gluten-free, low-carb, heart-healthy, and children’s plans are available; there are additional fees for swapping meal choices.
Online, by phone, or via live chat; minimum one-week order.
Great bang for the buck: Weekly delivery plans start at $15 a day for two meals a day.
*Does not include shipping.