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bistroMD Review

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Bottom Line:
Solid, healthy diet plan that works for diabetics; gluten free options; free shipping on your first week's order; lacks fitness diary

Full Review:
bistroMD is the brainchild of Dr. Cederquist, a bariatric physician specializing in weight loss. The program was initially used at the Florida Wellness Center and went nationwide back in 2005. Since then, Dr. Phil has given bistroMD his stamp of approval and the service has been recognized by health-related magazines. This program is pricier than some of the other diet services we review, but the meals are robust, tasty and the most "gourmet." The service's interactive user interface and dietitian support combined with hearty food makes it a great choice for dieters looking for a meal delivery service.


How Does It Taste?

A very important component of any meal delivery plan is how the food actually tastes. After all, if it doesn't taste good, you're less likely to stick with it. Thus, we conducted our own blind independent taste test with opinions from 14 individual tasters. The testers sampled meals from all of the meal delivery programs we review, and provided ratings for taste, appearance and satisfaction/serving size. We then took all the data and created our meal delivery taste test. Taking third place, bistroMD tied with Nutrisystem and Diet-to-Go with an overall 4-star rating. bistroMD was also one of the highest ranked on its foods' appearance and satisfaction/serving size. Tasters made comments that the pork from a dinner meal "tasted like it had been cooking in a Crock-pot all day!"



Plans and Pricing

This diet delivery program has a variety of different plan options, with costs ranging from $119.95 to $179.95/week, depending on the plan you select and how frequently you want to receive meals. Its Full Programs offer three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and you have the option of choosing meals five days per week at $149.95/week or meals seven days per week for $179.95/week. If you'd prefer just lunch and dinner, five days will cost you $119.95/week and seven days will cost you $149.95/week. While all these plans do include the cost of shipping, it will cost you a little extra if you want to incorporate bistroMD's snacks, as these plans only include breakfast, lunch and dinner meals or lunch and dinner meals. It's important to note that since you won't need to supplement these meals with a lot of additional food — something you need to do for several of the other diet meal delivery services — this is pretty much your total weekly cost.

bistroMD's meal plans provide you with 1,200 to 1,400 calories per day, which includes snacks. You can choose to tack on a snack option, what bistroMD calls its Essential and Tasty Snacks (EATS) program, when checking out with your order if you wish. The EATS program offers women’s program subscribers two snacks a day for $3 per day, while those participating in the men’s program receive three snacks a day for $4.50 per day. For those participating in the women’s program, adding snacks to your five-day plan would bring your total to $164.95/week; men’s five-day program subscribers can receive three snacks for $172.45/week. You can also receive snacks in the seven-day programs; adding snacks to the women’s plan would cost $200.95/week, while paying for the EATS program and the men’s plan would amount to $211.45/week. bistroMD also runs different promotions from time to time that give customers special discounts on their orders. If you're a first time customer, you'll receive free shipping on your first week's order, and after that, shipping will cost $19.95 per order.


Meals

The meals with bistroMD were well-portioned with protein and veggies, so you do not have to add your own vegetables and dairy like you do with some of the other services we review, though we still recommend adding your own fruit to the diet. Our taste testers generally gave positive reviews for the amount of food they were presented, and bistroMD states that all of its meals are made from the "finest raw ingredients."


bistroMD was originally designed with diabetic (and pre-diabetic) people in mind, so it's appropriate for diabetics. The service also works with clients who have food restrictions due to preferences or allergies. bistroMD has become more flexible with meal customization — now you can view available entree pictures and descriptions as well as select the entrees you want. Outside of that, what it offers is what you get. bistroMD doesn't offer vegetarian meals, but recently it did introduce an entirely gluten free option for those with a gluten intolerance.



Support and Fitness

When you sign up for bistroMD, you will receive access to a registered dietitian and a small selection of fitness and health articles. Though this is nice, we wish bistroMD offered a more robust set of fitness tools. The sleek interface for selecting your diet meals, however, somewhat makes up for this shortcoming. Should you have any questions or concerns, you can contact customer service via phone and email Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.


Conclusion

Overall, bistroMD is a healthy way to lose weight and has the added bonus of being developed by an actual medical doctor who specializes in weight loss. While bistroMD doesn't provide extras like fitness tools, it does offer substantial portion sizes and easy customization for your weekly meals at a fair price. For those who are looking for a solid diet plan without the bells and whistles, and like the idea of full, delicious tasting meals, you can't go wrong with bistroMD.

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Service Details

Cost:~$24 - $26/day, depending on plan

shipping: $19.95 (first week free)
Diet Types:Freshly prepared meal delivery diet; gluten free and diabetic options
Support Types:Phone and email access to licensed dietitians
Fitness Diary:None
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