Winner of the 2013 taste test, Diet-to-Go hasn't dropped too far in our taste rankings the past three years. Unlike most of the other diet delivery programs, you can opt for home delivery or local pickup of the meals if you live in one of Diet-to-Go's pickup areas. All of its food options meet low-sodium requirements, and meals rotate on a weekly basis. Diet-to-Go also has an intuitive and interactive system for changing your orders, offering more plan customization than most of the other meal delivery diet services we review, by allowing you to select which meal combinations (breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner) you'd like with its pickup service.
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. Fourteen individuals participated in this blind taste test, rating the meals on taste and appearance. Diet-to-Go landed in third place in our taste test, tying with bistroMD and Nutrisystem with an overall rating of 4 stars. Most of our tasters ranked Diet-to-Go's meals highly on taste as well as the satisfaction/serving size scale and the appearance of the food, making comments that "the veggies tasted fresh," even with some of the breakfast meals, though this was hit or miss across the board; some enjoyed the meals while others made comments that the food was "too soggy" or "watered down." You can see the full results tallied in our meal delivery taste test here.
Diet-to-Go offers a variety of five-day and seven-day plans to choose from with the option of choosing a 1,200 calories per day or 1,600 calories per day plan. It also offers between-meal snacks on its website. Your meal plan is created by a counselor when you start the program, based on your nutritional needs and preferences. The five-day plans give you the option to include three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for $99.44 for the first week or just lunch and dinner for $84.74 for week one. You also have these same options for the seven-day plans; breakfast, lunch and dinner for the first week will cost you $125.69, and you'll pay $113.24 for just lunch and dinners. It's important to note that these prices only apply to your first week of meals with Diet-to-Go. After that, your weekly costs will go up, ranging from $106.59/week to $157.99/week.
Diet-to-Go allows you to either have your food delivered or pick it up at one of its physical locations in the Washington D.C. area, Baltimore area, Greater Philadelphia area, San Francisco Bay Area and Greater Los Angeles Area. With the delivery option, you can choose between full five-day or seven-day plans and partial five-day or seven-day plans (lunch and dinner only). If you order a partial meal and opt for the pick-up option, you can choose which two meals you'd like each day (e.g. lunch and dinner or breakfast and dinner).
With the NextAdvisor discount, pricing ranges between $79.94 to $134.99 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/week. If you choose the pickup option, there is still a $5 weekly pickup fee.
The meals from Diet-to-Go follow the guidelines from the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association and the American Dietetic Association. It also provides low-fat, low-fat vegetarian or low-carb plan options as well. As mentioned before, while all of its meals arrive frozen, some of them need to be thawed in the refrigerator (some in small parts, such as an apple sauce, and some as the whole meal). This was a little frustrating, as we had to inspect each box to determine what needed to go in the refrigerator and what needed to go in the freezer.
All of Diet-to-Go's breakfast, lunch and dinner meals were well-portioned, but one issue we had with the service was the frustrating packaging — some meals contained items that needed to be thawed rather than microwaved prior to eating. After realization of this, we had to go through the packaged meals and scrutinize them individually to determine which contained these items — an annoying endeavor, especially compared to the other services that don't require thawing of individual items in a single meal.
Diet-to-Go lacks fitness tools like some of the other programs, but it does offer some helpful dieting tools, including a BMI calculator (to tell you your current body mass index), diet analysis (to help you decide which Diet-to-Go plan is best for you) and Menu Manager (to give you an overview of what meals you are to eat each day for breakfast, lunch and dinner). The service also provides access to a registered dietician, a nutritionist and a certified health coach to offer support and guidance during the process, however, the support offered is not as comprehensive as what we saw with bistroMD and Jenny Craig. For technical support and questions about food orders, Diet-to-Go customer service representatives are available via live chat, email and phone. The customer service hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET and Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET.
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 shelf-stable prepackaged food plans. The plan customization interface makes it easy to get the diet you want, and it has the simplest cancellation and plan customization we've seen. If you are primarily interested in prepared meals at a slightly cheaper price than bistroMD and 17 Day Diet, this is the perfect service for you. But if you're looking for more comprehensive support in your weight loss journey, you may want to look at other options.
|Cost:||$21.32 - $25/day, depending on plan|
$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:||Access to registered dietician, nutritionist and certified health coach; online forums; diet analysis; BMI calculator|
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