Diet-to-Go

Diet-to-Go Review: Online Diet Program

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Bottom Line:
Affordable, customizable and good-tasting full meals available for delivery and pickup; no fitness component and limited support; 25% discount
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4 2014-09-08 09:47:56 [Editor's Note: Diet-to-Go is offering a special 25% off discount to NextAdvisor.com readers. Simply click any Diet-to-Go link on NextAdvisor.com, then enter coupon code NEXTADVISOR25 for 25% off any order.]

Winner of last year's taste test, Diet-to-Go dropped a bit in our taste rankings this year; however, it is more affordable and customizable than other services while being one of the best-tasting programs around. You can opt for home delivery or local pickup of the meals if you live in one of their pickup areas. All of their meal plans meet low-sodium requirements, and meals rotate on a weekly basis. They also have an intuitive and interactive system for changing your orders, offering more plan customization than most of the other meal delivery diet services we review.


How Does It Taste?


If you don't enjoy the food you're eating, it can be hard to stay true to any diet plan. For this reason, we conducted an independent taste test of all the meal delivery plans we review. Twelve individuals participated in this blind taste test, rating the meals on taste and appearance. Diet-to-Go landed in fourth place in our taste test, basically tying with Jenny Craig. All breakfast, lunch and dinner meals were well-portioned and tasted good. You can see the full results tallied in our meal delivery taste test here.



Meals

Diet-to-Go provides a three meals per day plan for those seeking low fat, low carb or vegetarian diets. The meals follow the guidelines from the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association and the American Dietetic Association.


They have a variety of seven and five day plans to choose from with the option of choosing a 1200 calories per day or 1600 calories per day plan, and also offer between-meal snacks on their website. Your meal plan is created by a counselor when you start the plan, based on your nutritional needs and preferences. On top of having five and seven day plans, you can also opt to have your plans only include lunch and dinner, allowing you to cook your own food for breakfast. These plans are slightly cheaper, as you will see in the pricing section below.



Pick Up or Delivery

Diet-to-Go has physical locations in Washington D.C. Area (includes Northern VA and suburban Maryland), Baltimore Area, Greater Philadelphia Area, San Francisco Bay Area and Greater Los Angeles Area where you can pick up your meals, or you can choose to have your meals shipped directly to you anywhere in the US. With the delivery option, you can choose between full five or seven day plans and partial five or seven day plans (lunch and dinner only). If you opt for the pick-up option, you can mix and match whether you'd like breakfast and/or lunch and dinner each day. Shipping is usually $18.95, but only costs $5 per week to pick up your food at one of their local pick-up spots.



Support and Fitness

Diet-to-Go offers live chat, email and phone support. The customer service hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Fridays until 8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern Time.

The service lacks fitness tools like some of the other programs, but does offer some helpful dieting tools like a BMI calculator (to tell you your current body mass index), a diet analysis (to help you decide which Diet-to-Go plan is best for you), a blog and a community bulletin board.


We were most impressed by Diet-to-Go's simple process for making changes to an order. As with any meal delivery plan, it is important to read the fine print on this diet. The plan will auto-bill your credit card for the duration of your diet contract if you do not make changes. Thankfully, Diet-to-Go makes this easy — you can simply sign into your online account and click "update plan" and "stop/restart" to make changes or stop your service. If you receive your order via FedEx or UPS shipment, the deadline to stop or change your order is Friday at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. If you have the pickup option or have them dropped off by local delivery service twice per week, the deadline to make changes is Monday at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time.


Plans and Pricing

With the 25% discount for NextAdvisor readers with coupon code NEXTADVISOR25, pricing ranges between $79.94 to $157.99 per week, depending upon the number of meals you're receiving and what type of plan you choose — traditional low-fat, low-carb or vegetarian. Shipping is $18.95 per week. If you choose the pickup option, there is still a $5 weekly pickup fee. Here is the pricing for the traditional low-fat 1200 calorie per day menu:

Plan First Week's Cost Future Week's Cost
5 days of lunch & dinner $79.94/week $106.59/week
5 days of breakfast, lunch & dinner $93.74/week $124.99/week
7 days of lunch & dinner $106.94/week $142.59/week
7 days of breakfast, lunch & dinner $118.49/week $157.99/week


Bottom Line

Diet-to-Go lacks an exercise component as well as strong support in weight loss, but it does offer convenient, fresh and healthy foods as compared to prepackaged food plans (like Nutrisystem). Their new plan customization interface makes it easy to get the diet you want, and they have the easiest cancellation and plan toggling we've seen. If you are primarily interested in prepared meals at a slightly cheaper price than Bistro MD and 17 Day Diet, this is the perfect service for you.

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Service Details:

Price:$21.32 - $25.00/day, depending on plan

shipping: $18.95

$5 pick-up option for select locations
Diet Types:Freshly prepared meal delivery or local pick up diet; low-fat, low-fat vegetarian or low-carb plan options
Support Types:Online forums; diet analysis; BMI calculator
Fitness Tools:none
Taste Test Rating:

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