Who Does The Venus Factor Work For?

The venus factor is a diet / exercise program which has become very popular and has gotten a lot of attention.  Sometimes, there is some confusion about how it works and who its target audience really is.  I’ve had people ask me what type of dieter it works for.  People often ask this because they are trying to determine if the diet will work well for them.  In other words, they are trying to determine if the diet is going to be a good fit for them and something that they can easily do without too much disruption to their life.

Someone might say: “I’m a female and I’d like to try the venus factor, but I’m worried that I’m not the right age for it.  I’m a little older and when I research this diet, I see lots of bikini pictures and I’m wondering if it’s meant only for young women who want to be super skinny.  Who does the venus diet work for?”

Well, the venus factor was designed for women.  And the goal isn’t to get you super skinny or wearing a bikini.  The goal is to get your at your ideal body type.  It’s more of an hour glass figure that is in proportion than a super skinny bikini body where the end goal is just to shed weight and lose muscle.

I can’t say that it absolutely would not work for men, but its target audience is most definitely women.  It’s often women who deal with leptin resistance.  Leptin is the hormone responsible for regulating weight and metabolism.  But women are generally the ones who have issues with leptin resistance – particularly during their child rearing years or after childbirth.  Your body wants to hold onto the excess fat and weight to ensure the survival of the species, which is one reason that it is harder for women to lose weight.

The Venus Factor program is comprehensive with a diet AND exercise component, so I’m sure men who follow along would probably lose weight just because they are moving more and eating better.  However, this diet is designed specifically for women in their child rearing years.  It’s pretty straight forward and it’s not “gimmicky”.  What I mean by that is that it’s not a hollywood or fad type diet that promises you that all you’ll have to do is eat a certain food category or eat the foods handed to you and lose the weight.

No, The Venus Factor gives you the tools – and plenty of them.  But you will have to follow along and carry this out.  And you’re responsible for your own food.  Once the program helps you identify your ideal body type, it also gives you the steps to achieve this – including the diet and the exercises.  You are also given access to  a support center where you interact with and get support from others going through the diet.

Because of all of this, I suspect that the Venus Factor would work best for women who are not only unhappy with their bodies but who is also motivated enough to follow along with the program.  The diet isn’t overly restrictive.  They don’t forbid any specific foods.  But they help you to want to make the right choices.

You also have to be willing to work out on this diet.  The exercise is a big part of helping you obtain that hour glass figure.  It’s pretty easy – they give you videos and you follow along.  But, you DO have to follow along.  You have to be willing to do the exercises to get the body.

And while no one is going to follow you around to make sure that you take advantage of the support, numerous studies show that dieters who have support are MUCH MORE successful at getting the weight off and keeping it off.  So I’d think that people willing to take advantage of that support are going to have more dramatic and easier results.

In short, the target audience for The Venus Factor is any woman who is not entirely happy with her body and who is motivated to change to get her ideal body shape.  In order to accomplish this, she’s willing to learn about leptin resistance, as well as eat and exercise as directed and reach out for support when she needs it.  Honestly, it’s as simple as that.

To see what I mean, here is a link to the Venus Factor website.  Take a look around and I think you’ll get a feel of who it is designed for.

Coaching On The Dukan Diet: Do You Need It? Is It Worth It?

There’s no question that there is a lot of interest in the dukan diet.  And perhaps a lot of this has to do with Kate Middleton, who reportedly changed her body on this diet.  Not only is she beautiful, but her return to her skinny jeans so soon after giving birth brought a lot of attention to this diet by people who might otherwise not know about it.

Most people who research the dukan diet come across information about the coaching at some point. Unlike many diets, dukan has various phases.  These phases need to be both recognized and followed.  Also, you don’t just go into dukan hoping to lose a little weight, with no very specific goal in mind.  No, you need to calculate your “true weight” first.  What is your “true weight?”   It is the weight you can realistically expect to achieve and maintain for the rest of your life – and it is based on factors like your age, gender, height, and health.  That is one thing that I really like about dukan.  They aren’t selling unrealistic weight loss goals.  And they aren’t in this for a quick fix.  They truly want you to learn how to change your life style for the long haul. And there is a huge focus on maintaining.

However, the flip side to this is that there is definitely a learning curve with dukan.  It can be confusing to know what to eat and when.  People often wonder about the phases and when one thing should start and another finish.  And this is where coaching can come in.  Frankly, it’s quite inexpensive for what you get.  It runs about $30 per month, but for about $1 a day, you get personalized coaching through out the first three phrases (attack, cruise, and consolidation) of the plan.

Many people think that coaching means that the work is done for you.  If you think this, you may be surprised at all the input you have to give and all of the questions you have to answer before you can even get started.  But, honestly, this is for the best.  I know it’s easy to lose your patience with this, but the questions are vital because without them, they couldn’t personalize the plan to fit you.  A stay at home mom is going to need a different plan than a business executive who travels a lot and is never home.  A menopausal woman who is retaining weight partly due to hormones is going to have a much different plan than a relatively active man.

It’s vital that you take the time to give as much information as you can, because the coaching is only going to be as good as the information you provide (although the information is exchanged every day so there is room for flexibility.)

Coaching includes live chat, email support, daily instructions, weight loss graphs, recipes, forum inclusion , and daily work out videos.  You’re given specific instructions every day and you give feedback and ask questions as necessary.    Now, I know that sometimes we resist reaching out for help or telling ourselves that we can do this on our own and that our weight loss and health is really our own business and no one else’s.

But study after study confirms that people have more success when given support.  And you can tweak the support to your own comfort level. If you’d rather email, then that’s fine.  If you’d prefer to chat, that’s OK too.  If you don’t want to participate in the forums, no one is going to force you.  But this is a way to literally see your progress and receive feedback.  You can share it when you have a good day and have support when you did not.  This makes you so much less likely to quit. It could be that little push that you need to have optimal success.

If the cost of the coaching was very high, then I could understand being reluctant.  But honestly, it isn’t.  It’s extremely reasonable.  And if it takes you longer to lose weight than your “true weight” indicated, you are not charged.  If you are willing to dig in, follow the directions, and make or buy your own foods instead of going with a prepackaged diet, then even with the coaching, you will paying much less money than many diets.  And because you are getting one on one personalization, you will be more likely to succeed.

So yes, I do believe that because it is so reasonably priced and because the research is there to back it up, the coaching is worth it.  Because no one wants to diet and fail.  If you can do something simple and inexpensive to ensure your success, then to me, it doesn’t make sense not to.

Do You Get To Take Cheat Days On Bisto MD? What Is “My Night?”

I find that one of the biggest concerns that people have when researching a diet is if a little bit of cheating is built into the plan. Preferably, people want a “cheat day” every now and then. I guess many people go into it thinking that it is unrealistic to think that they will never cheat.

That’s OK though, because research has shown that when dieters feel like they have more control and flexibility, then they stay on their diets longer. At first glance, this little fact may not seem all that important. But in fact, it is vital. Because for most people, hitting your target weight loss is going to only happen if you are on the diet for long enough.

Think about this way, if your weigh loss goal is 20 pounds are you are losing say, three pounds per week, you are not going to be successful unless you stay on your diet for a little over six weeks. So it’s my view that whatever it takes to get you in compliance for that six weeks really can be OK. Many people feel they need that cheap day in order to do it.

Luckily, there are cheat days built into the plan. Bisto MD offers plans for men and women in incriments of 5 to 7 days. Now, if you choose a 5 day plan, then it’s implied that you are going to take two days off every week. But there is one cheat day built into the seven day plan. It is called “My Night.” This gives you a day to yourself where you can eat out with friends or family or just indulge at home.

Obviously, you probably don’t always want to go crazy on “my night” and you’re encouraged to eat sensibly. But the founder of bistro MD, (Dr. Caroline Cederquist,) seems to know that people are going to go to their old favorites for the first couple of weeks of “My Night” and she seems OK with that. She says she designed “My Night” because she knew that if she told people that they could not have chocolate cake, they were going to think about chocolate cake all week. And you might eat that chocolate cake,  have multiple pieces, feel guilty, and go off of your diet. But, if you know that you can be good for most of the week and have that chocolate cake on “my night,” then you are more likely to willingly and happily have reasonable portions and then stick to your diet the rest of the time. She is pretty clear that she doesn’t believe that you should look at food in a restrictive way. Instead, you have to learn moderation. Dr. Cederquist says that people tend to “go all out” and over induldge initially, but she finds that this tapers off once they see the results that they don’t want to risk.

Your assigned dietician could help you with ideas for what to eat.  They do encourage you to use “my night” as a test run for when you are off of the diet. They’d like for you to learn to make good choices and eat in moderation. Because, ideally, you are going to quickly hit your weight loss goals and then be making meals for yourself much more often.

But yes, you absolutely do get cheat days on bistro MD. In fact, the company encourages this and sees that it is a vital part of the plan.

How Much Support Is Given With Bisto MD? Is It Enough?

Many people have heard about the high quality food with bistro MD and this intrigues them.  But not everyone has experience with ordering a diet online and not having to go to a “center,” doctor’s office, or weight loss clinic in order to get your meals.  And they may assume that because of this, you don’t get enough support.

Someone might say: “for a while, I was on a diet where I went and picked up my food at the center.  While there, I met with my counselor.  I did not like the food on that diet, but I did like the counseling.  And I believe that the counseling helped me to be successful.  However, I did not like the food on that diet. And so I eventually quit and gained all the weight back.  So I need to take it off again and I’m ready to start dieting.  Since bistro md is very highly rated in terms of the food and all the reviews I read are very positive, I have high hopes.  But, my concern is about the counseling because I believe that I am going to need this to succeed.  How much support do you get with bistro md?  And is it enough?”

Actually, you get quite a bit of support.  And you are assigned a dietician with whom you should be able to develop a very close working relationship.  When you first open an account and want to place a food order, a dietician will work with you to come up with meals (called “approved entrees”) that you can chose from.  You then will use “my bistro md” to choose your meals.  This is a user interface that puts much of what you need at the tips of your fingers.

Ordering your meals is not all that you can do once you’re in “my bistro md.” There are webinars, newsletters, and tips to help you succeed.  You can use that interface to chat with your dietician.  You can communicate with her via email, phone, online chat, or Skype.  There is also access to a trainer that you can use to customize a fitness or movement routine meant to compliment the meals.  They also have fitness webinars, weekly materials and newsletters to support you with fitness.  So you are covering both diet and fitness.

In addition to your dietician and trainer, there are many webinars, materials and medical reports that feature Dr. Cederquist (founder and pysician) that are also meant to support you, educate you, and contribute to your success.

So yes, the support is definitely there for the taking.  It is not face to face though.  But you can Skype so that you are having in interactive conversation with someone.  They want you to succeed and I believe that they provide some very nice tools to ensure this.  Honestly, I think that bisto me provides some of the most helpful support in the business.  This combined with the food that you will want to eat makes it a very nice combination.  And all of this is included with the price of your food.  It doesn’t cost any additional money.

Are You Able To Add In Your Foods (Fruits, Vegetables, Drinks) With Bistro MD? How Much?

Many people perceive that when you are using a diet delivery service like bistro MD then the plan is meant to be complete – meaning that you have to eat the food that they provide you with and nothing else.  Although they obviously try very hard to provide you with most everything that you need, this assumption just isn’t true.  There is room to add in your foods with bistro md. And believe it or not, people want the ability to do this.  Having everything provided for you is a luxury, and one that we all appreciate.  But sometimes, you do get a craving and you need the flexibility to do something that satisfy that craving – in a healthy way, of course.

Luckily, you are allowed to add in some of your own foods and drinks.  Just as some examples, you are allowed diet drinks and even alcohol in moderation (up to three drinks per week.)  And they even allow you to take one night off for your own meals if you are on a seven day plan. (This is called “My Night” and many people enjoy this.)  Research has found that people stay on diets longer when they have flexibility and have a sense of control.

To that end, I find that many people are concerned about adding in their own fresh fruits and vegetables.  Many realize that they will be eating a good deal of these fresh items with the diet entrees that are provided.  But still, they’d like some flexibility to grab and apple or some carrot sticks if the mood strikes them.

Someone might ask: “would bistro md allow me to have snacks as long as they are fruits and vegetables?  I know that this might seem silly, but I know that some diets don’t like you eating fruits at all and some want to provide you with the vegetables.  How does bistro md approach this?    I like to have apples in my back pack to eat while in my car.”

You may be happy to know that they do allow you to add in your own fruits and vegetables, within reason.  For example, in addition to what you will already be getting with your meals provided by the plan, you are allowed to have one serving of fruit per day, although they encourage you to consume it with protein.  And, they allow you to have up to four cups of fresh vegetables.  And yes, salads are allowed, but they suggest being mindful of high fat additions like cheese and croutons and they suggest low fat dressing with a serving size of about two tablespoons.

So that apple per day would be fine.  A lot of people are surprised that bistro md allows a little more flexibility than they originally thought.  Yes, they provide your meals and if you like, you wouldn’t need to buy much else. (Unless you are doing “my night” but they also allow you to add in your own healthy additions if you like.

 

 

Who Does Diet-To-Go Good For? What Type Of Person Does It Work For?

Although diet-to-go is becoming somewhat popular, it does not run television ads non stop like a lot of diet companies.  It does not pay celebrities millions of dollars to educate the public about it.  So, not every one understands how it works or what audience it is trying to reach.  Because it is based on high quality food that is prepared and delivered fresh and is often organic, people sometimes assume that it is only for the rich.  Or, they might assume that it is only for people who are health nuts who will only eat raw or organic foods.  Another assumption is that it is only for people who like “gourmet” foods.

Someone might say: “I’ve been researching diet-to-go for a few days now, but I am still not sure who it is designed for.  I am still not sure who its target audience is.   I looked at some of the pick up locations and they are at gyms and health food stores.  I know that they will deliver the meals to anyone, which is good because I am not by a pick up location, but I am not sure if this diet is for someone like me.  The taste of the food is important to me.  In fact, that is why I’m liking diet-to-go, but I am not a health food fiend and I am definitely not someone who is going to be at the gym every day.  So I am not sure if I am the target audience of this diet.   I am not sure that I’m the type of person who is is designed for.  What type of person does it work for?”

If you look on the testimonial page of the company’s website, you will see a HUGE range of people – women and men, old and young, from all economic and fitness backgrounds who are on this diet.  And many of them are not foodies or gym rats.  They are people who want a diet that is not too difficult to incorporate into their lives.  They do not want to go with one of those prepackaged diet plans where they receive boxes of food that is basically powder to which they add milk or water.  They know that in order to stick with any diet, they need to be able to eat real food that tastes good to them.  They do not want to have to tally up any points of calories or keep diaries or look at charts.

And they are skeptical of fad diets that promise that you can lose ten pounds in a week or drop a dress size in days.  No, they are looking for an easy diet that doesn’t make them work that helps to take off the weight in a realistic and healthy and sustainable way.  I find that many people who like diet-to-go are realist.  They have tried too many diets to believe that they are going to be able drink chalky shakes all of the time or sprinkle something on their food and have sustainable results.  They live and the real world.  They want to lose weight, but they don’t want to have their lifestyles drastically changed.  And they often do not have a lot of time to cook or plan for their own meals and even if they did, they don’t always trust themselves to get it right.  They would rather trust the professionals with this.

They feel that they deserve to eat decent tasting fresh food and be healthy while doing it.  I will say that many people on diet-to-go value high quality meals, but some people on this diet just know from common sense that something you have to reconstitute that comes from a box probably isn’t great for your long term or overall health.

So while I’m not sure that there is any one target audience or typical user of diet-to-go,  I do notice that many people on it want convenience while losing weight and they do want a high quality product because they feel that they may as well make the weight loss process as pleasurable as possible.  Frankly, life is just too short to eat reconstituted food.  Eating is one of the great pleasures of life and most of us just don’t want to sacrifice that pleasure in order to be at our target weights.  People who embrace diet-to-go feel that you can have both. And no, not everyone on this plan is a gym rat.  You can clearly see that on the testimonials page.  There are people from all walks of life on and enjoying this plan.  And they have all decided that they deserve it.

Bistro MD Average Weekly Weight Loss: What Is It?

I think that it’s pretty well widely accepted that bisto md is a popular diet – mostly because the food is so good and of such a high quality.  But for most dieters, none of that is really going to matter if it can’t deliver results.  After all, very few people go on a diet just to eat that plan’s foods – although I will say that many of the meals on bistro md are better than what I would cook for myself.

No, we go on a diet because we want to lose weight.  We want to look in the mirror and see a different person.  We want to put on our clothes and feel that they are loose.  We want to see different lines in our silhouette.  So no matter how good the food might be and how convenient it is, if it’s not going to help us to lose weight, then something is definitely going to be missing.

But because bistro md doesn’t spend tons of money on TV and print advertising, it’s not always clear to would-be dieters as to how effective the diet really is.  Someone might say: “from everything that I’ve seen about bistro md, it appears that most people agree that it’s a sound diet that is very easy to incorporate into your life.  I’m attracted to that and the food looks really good but I also want to lose about twenty pounds.  I’m excited about the food, but the weight loss is non negotiable.  Could I accomplish that type of weight loss on bistro?  What is the average weight loss per week on this diet?”

Knowing that you take in between 1,100 to 1,400 calories per day on this diet, I have a definite opinion on this just because of my own observations. And my take on the weekly weight loss average on was to suspect a weight loss of around fifteen pounds a month.  But my opinion really doesn’t matter and I wanted to make sure that any response I give is going to be correct.  So I went to researching this and I checked the bistro MD site.  I also found an article from CBS money watch that had a lot of helpful information.  It turns out that I was pretty close in my assumptions, but I didn’t hit it right on the target.

The information that I found indicated a weight loss of 2 – 3 pounds per week.  So, monthly, this would be around 8 – 12 pounds.  If you’re looking for a 20 pounds weight loss like the person above, then you would likely achieve that goal in around two months or so.  Since the food on bistro md is quite good and because you don’t have to do anything other than just order it and eat it, that amount of time should go by quite quickly.

A 20 pounds weight loss would seem like a walk in the part to some.  There are people who have 50 – 100 pounds to lose.  It would obviously take a longer period of time to hit that target.  You’d be talking about months instead of weeks, but it’s not at all painful to be on this diet.  As far as dieting goes, many have agreed this is as good as dieting gets.

Another interesting thing from the CBS article was that it indicated that, at least in their view, bistro md was definitely worth the money since the food was of a much higher quality than regular diets and it turned out to be more effective than Jenny Craig.

The Pros And Cons Of Diet-To-Go: A Straightforward Look At The Good And Bad

Diet-To-Go is diet that is gaining popularity and which is primarily known for the taste and the quality of its food.  It has sort of become known as the diet for foodies, since this diet was rated number one by epicurious.com.   But that doesn’t give the entire picture of the diet.  It doesn’t tell you ALL of the pluses for it and it doesn’t mention what might be seen, at least by some, as a minus. It doesn’t provide the good with the bad.

So, in this article, I will tell you what I think are the pros and cons of diet-to-go.  This is only one person’s opinion of course.  Your opinions and tastes may be different from mine.  But, I have found that the people who I chatted with in preparation for this article mostly agreed with me.  By and large, customer satisfaction with this diet is pretty high. (You can see their website for lots of testimonials.)

So, let’s get to it.  I will list the pros or pluses first and then I’ll list the cons or minuses.

The Pros:

Taste, Quality, And Choice Of Foods:  This really is what diet-to-go is known for.   If you are picturing dry ingredients in a box to which you add water, you are very wrong.  This is fresh food that just needs to be heated.  It is made in a professional kitchen and then either picked up at over 200 locations or it is shipped on ice via Fed Ex.  This is real food and the portion sizes are very generous.  It is not teeny tiny little portions.  It covers a normal sized plate.  You hear a lot of adjectives about this food – like “gourmet” and “fancy” but don’t let that put you off.  While there are fancier dishes like mushroom strata, turkey picadillo, and bistro chicken salad.  There are also awesome standbys like macaroni and cheese, bar b que chicken, and apple pancakes.

Everything Is Included:  Many pre prepared diets require that you add in fresh groceries with each meal or make at least one meal per day yourself.  This isn’t the case here.  Everything is included – usually right down to the condiments.  It’s basically like getting a to go restaurant order.  You just heat it up and everything is there.  There’s cream cheese or jam for your bagel.  Bar b que for your chicken and tarter sauce for your fish.

Zero Work And Total Peace Of Mind:  I believe that there are two major reasons that diets fail.  People hate the food.  And people hate the work and sacrifice.  This diet takes care of both factors.  The shopping, the cooking, and the choosing is done for you.   And the figuring is done for you too.  You can choose between a total calories of 1200 per day and 1600 per day.  And heating up your meals or choosing which one to have that day is all that you have to worry about.

Now, you can opt to provide your own breakfast and you can also choose a five day plan where you take weekends off.   Obviously, in that case you would need to be mindful and more work would be involved.  But for those that don’t want to put in any effort or don’t want to figure out how much calories, carbs and fats they are taking in, the option to have all of your meals covered is definitely there.

In terms of peace of mind, this food is healthy.  It is low in sodium.  There is no MSG or other additives and there are also no preservatives.  Much of it is organic. This is actually pretty huge to me.  Because many popular pre packed diets are full of preservatives and are highly processed.  And that is why you only add water.  But you have to wonder how good this is for you (especially when you are dieting) especially when dieters are often advised to avoid processed foods.  Diet-To-Go food is anything but highly processed.

It Is Effective:  The company’s website indicates that diets lose around 1 – 3 pounds per week.  This is both safe, realistic, and effective.  At this range, you’re looking at 4 – 12 pounds in a month.  Over the course of months, that could be quite a bit of noticeable weight loss in a very painless way.

No Commitment At All:  There is no long term commitment required here.  You can order as little as five days worth of meals.   You do not have to order a monthly package or sign a contract.

It Doesn’t Really Feel Like A Diet:  Honestly this feels like having spa food delivered to your home or treating yourself to a food service.  It does not feel like you are depriving yourself and it does not feel like there are foods that you can’t have.  It feels kind of indulgent.  Now, onto the cons.

The Cons:

The Price:  Probably the biggest concern that I hear about this diet is the price.  It is more expensive than many prepackaged diets.  But it is comparatively priced to other diet delivery services. (It is actually cheaper than e diet, bistro md, and fresh diet.)  And I think about it this way.  The price range is around $18 -$24 per day.  If you have ever tried to make very healthy, high quality food for yourself, then you know that it’s quite expensive.  Many meals on diet-to-go are made with organic ingredients, which cost a little more. Sure, you can eat junk food or go through a drive through window for much cheaper, but that doesn’t do much for your weight and your health.  And if you were going to have a chef make healthy meals for you, well, I can only imagine what this would cost you. I honestly think that the price is pretty fair, considering what you get.  But I also know that this isn’t going to be attainable for every one.

The good news is that once you get your results, you don’t have to continue on.  You are only paying while you still want to use the food to lose weight.

Sometimes You Have To Work Around The Cravings:  You order your meals in 5 or 7 day increments.  While there are tons of choices, if you hit a craving for something that you didn’t order, then you’ll either have to hope that the craving passes (which is probably recommended) or you’ll have to tweak your diet a bit that day, knowing that you might take in a little more than what has been designed.   Part of getting around this is knowing yourself enough to know your eating habits and then ordering accordingly.

That’s it.  As you probably can see, I believe that the pros far outweigh the cons.  This is a diet that offers very good food, already prepared and portioned out.  There really is not anything for you to do other than to eat and place your orders so that you don’t run out of food.  It is not the typical diet where you feel like you are sacrificing and you can’t wait to be done with it  Honestly, the food is often nicer than what many people eat on their own when they are not dieting.

Examples Of What Types Of Foods You’d Eat On Diet-To-Go’s Most Popular Low Fat Plan

Since diet-to-go was named the best tasting diet on epicurious.com, it’s gotten a lot of attention from would be dieters. However, knowing that the food is good and knowing exactly what you would be eating are two different things. Many people want to see a list or at least a sample menu of what types of foods they would be eating in order to make sure that the diet is really a good fit.

Someone might say: “I am really intrigued with diet-to-go. I love the idea of having ready made food delivered to me. But I haven’t seen a lot of information about what the food choices are. Do you get to pick out what you want from a menu? How does it work?”

In order to answer this question, I’m going to have to make some assumptions. To make things easier, I’m going to discuss the most popular plan, which is the low fat plan. And I’m going to assume the 1200 calorie option – although you can choose 1600 if you want to. Also, I’m going to assume mail order. Because although there are over 200 pick up locations, they are limited to major metropolitan areas that not every one has access to. However, if you are close to a pick up location, lucky you because you can just pick up your food. Still, the list below can give you a general idea of what you will be eating.

I’ll be including a week’s worth of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But this is really just a sampling. You can look at the entire menu on the diet-to-go site. But hopefully this list gives you an idea of what you’d be eating. If you don’t like an item, you can double up on another item so that you’re not eating something that you wouldn’t care for. Again, this is a sampling of a week’s worth of meals. There are many more meals available.

Sampling Of The Breakfast Menu Diet-To-Go Low Fat:
Day One: Egg Quesadilla, Potato Cake, Citrus Cup
Day Two: Blueberry Pancakes, Turkey Sausage, Maple Syrup, Veggies
Day Three: Ratatouille Omelet, Asparagus Spears
Day Four: Scrambled Eggs Rancheros, Whole Wheat Tortilla, Chicken Chorizo Sausage
Day Five: Whole Wheat Bagel, Cream Cheese, Apple Juice
Day Six: Breakfast Pizza Apple, Juice
Day Seven: Baked Cinnamon Bar, Orange Juice

Seven Day Sampling Of Diet-To-Go Low Fat Lunch:
Day One: Chicken Alfredo Melt, Roasted Veggie Salad, Apple
Day Two:  Turkey Ham Salad, Pretzel Roll Lentil Chili
Day Three: Meatloaf Sub Tomato, BBQ Sauce, Creamy Veggie Salad, Strawberries
Day Four: Chicken Philly Sub, Honey Mustard, Mayo American Cheese
Day Five: Grilled Cheese, Lentil Chili, Brownie
Day Six: Captain Stewart’s Seafood Sandwich, Pretzel Roll, Tartar Sauce,Tangarine
Day Seven: Rueben Sandwich, Russian Dressing, Mushroom & Artichoke Salad Citrus Fruit Cup

A 7 Day Sampling Of Diet-To-Go Dinner Options
Day One: Chicken Parmesan, Broccoli Florets, Dakota Roll Day Two: Chicken Fajita, Refried Beans, Carrots, Salsa
Day Three:Shrimp Fettucini, Broccoli, Honey Wheat Roll
Day Four: Macaroni & Cheese, Carrot Coins, Broccoli Florets Day Five: Barbecue Chicken, Anise Roasted Potatoes, Baked Beans
Day Six: Tomato Veggie Pie, Cous Cous Crackers & Cheese Wedge
Day Seven:Baked Spaghetti Pie, Cauliflower

I hope this article has shown you what type of options you have.  These meals are complete.  Unlike other diets, you don’t have to buy any groceries.  Everything is included.

Are Delivery Diet Programs Like Diet-To-Go Worth The Extra Money? The Difference Between Prepackaged Diets And Diet Delivery Programs

There’s no question that for any one who wants to diet, there are countless choices out there.  And many of the choices do not require a lot of work on the part of the dieter.  A lot of the diets will provide your food for you.  This is good news for most people.  Because it means that you do not have to spend a prohibitive amount of time doing research, finding recipes, shopping for healthy and specialty foods, and preparing your meals.  Before the age of prepackaged diets or delivery diet programs, you could literally spend hours per day trying to eat healthy.  As you can probably imagine, this can be very draining.  And it can be hard to fit in other activities because the diet is all encompassing.  Not surprisingly, this gets old after a while.  And when something is difficult or unappealing, well, you know what happens next – you run a high risk of quitting, being disappointed in yourself, backtracking on your weight loss, and having wasted your money.

So it is good news that there are so many choices when it comes to convenient diet plans.  But it also poses a dilemma.  There are so many to choose from.  And the price of the program and the quality of the food greatly varies.  Diet-To-Go is a popular delivery diet program.  It is highly ranked and quite popular, but it is admittedly more expensive than some prepackaged diet plans. (Prepackaged plans are different than diet delivery programs, but more on that later.)  I’ve had people ask me if it is worth the extra money.  Someone might says: “when I can get a diet that mails my meals for around $340 dollars per month, it is really worth it to go with diet-to-go when it costs more? Is it that much different?”

I believe that is worth and I don’t believe that it has to cost that much more. I will tell you my opinion on this and explain what I think is different about prepackaged diets and diet delivery companies like Diet-To-Go.  First, let’s look at the price differences.   This person was right that many prepackaged plans like jenny craig and nutrisystem can give you a monthly package for around $350, at least on average because the price varies depending on the package that you choose.  But that doesn’t tell you the whole story.  You are expected to add in your own groceries with these meals to make the plan complete. So, you are actually paying more than the monthly price stated.

And, the food is often dried and it needs to be reconstituted.   This isn’t very appealing.  You are often given snack type foods like shakes and bars or soups.  The foods could be compared to soft canned ravioli or highly processed, condensed soup like you used to eat when you were a kid.   Yes, it has been prepared for you and you don’t have to cook it, but you might prefer your own cooking to it.

Now, let’s take a look at the cost of Diet-To-Go and what you are getting with it.  To keep things simple, I will look at the low fat plan.  I will look at the 1200 calorie plan because I’d assume that if you are dieting to lose weight, this is the one that you would go with.  If you want to take your weekends off and you are not a big breakfast eater, you can get a five day lunch and dinner plan for about $98 per week.  This is only about $50 more than you would pay with the prepackaged diet but instead of consuming shakes and soup, you’ll be eating fresh foods like fruit ambrosia for breakfast, a grilled cheese and turkey sandwich for lunch, and chicken creole for dinner.   That is just one example for one day.  But there are countless fresh combinations of food.  An example from an additional day is apple pancakes with turkey sausage for breakfast,  walfdorf chicken salad for lunch, and Salisbury steak for dinner.

To say that the quality and the variety of the food is different really is an understatement.  Now, I do realize that not every one cares deeply about what they eat.  My father-in-law could literally eat cold leftovers and be happy doing it.  He doesn’t care what you put in front of him, he is going to eat it without much consideration.  I am not like this.  I believe that food is a pleasure in life and I believe that life is too short to eat highly processed food that just isn’t enjoyable. If you would give me the choice between drinking shakes all day or eating apple pancakes, I am going to take the apple pancakes every time.

I know that money is always a consideration, but even the plan where you get all of your meals (that’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner) covered for seven days, you’re still only looking at $20 per day.  I think that if you were going to go to a healthy restaurant or pay someone to make you healthy, fresh meals you would pay much more than $20 per day.  I think that this is true even if you cooked for yourself with high quality fresh ingredients. I also know that health costs associated with being overweight can be in the thousands of dollars.

So it is my opinion that Diet-To-Go is worth the money.  Because I feel that the price is reasonable considering the quality of food that you are getting.  And I believe that $20 per day is a smallish price to pay for access to a diet that is not a chore to be on and that might give you your health back.

Plus, I think it’s a safe bet that you’re much more likely to stick with it since the food is so good.  Because quite honestly, you can pay only $300 or so for one of the prepackaged diet plans, but if the food is so bad you quit, then you have wasted your money.