Winner of the 2013 taste test, Diet-to-Go has dropped a bit in our taste rankings the past two years; however, it is more affordable and customizable than other services. 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 meal plans 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.
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 third place in our taste test, basically tying with bistroMD. All breakfast, lunch and dinner meals were well-portioned, but taste was hit or miss with our testers. One issue we had with Diet-to-Go was the frustrating packaging; some meals contained items that needed to be thawed rather than microwaved prior to eating, such as applesauce or fresh fruit. Upon 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.
You can see the full results tallied in our meal delivery taste test here.
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.
Diet-to-Go offers a variety of five- 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, and also offers between-meal snacks on its 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.
Diet-to-Go has physical locations in the Washington D.C. Area (includes Northern VA and suburban Maryland), the Baltimore Area, the Greater Philadelphia Area (including South New Jersey), the San Francisco Bay Area (including East Bay) and the 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 U.S. 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 it only costs $5 per week to pick up your food at one of the local pick-up spots.
Diet-to-Go 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 is offered by bistroMD or Jenny Craig. For technical support, Diet-to-Go offers live chat, email and phone support. 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.
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 mobile app for tracking, 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. ET. 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. ET.
With the 25% 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 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, 1,200 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|
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). The plan customization interface makes it easy to get the diet you want, and it has the simplest 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.
|Cost:||$21.32 - $25.00/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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