For those looking to develop healthy eating patterns, experts agree that Diet-to-Go may be an effective option.
“If being super busy and having to order takeout is your main reason for not eating well, this [service] could be a great replacement. It can also jump-start healthy eating habits by encouraging people to give new ingredients and recipes a chance,” says Jennifer Olejarz, a nutritionist and health counselor at Mindful Food Therapy in Toronto.
“This [meal service] is a great way to transition to more home-cooked meals, start eating more vegetables and learn what a more balanced meal should look like. I love that the meals are delivered fresh and not frozen like some plans,” adds Pana Ninan, Pharm.D., a certified functional medicine specialist and founder of Functionally Fit Rx in Alpharetta, Georgia.
“It can also help people get used to smaller portion sizes and healthier food, which can help end their addiction to processed foods,” says Olejarz. “Our taste buds change around every two weeks, so a few weeks of eating less salt, sugar and fat could set you up for long-term success.”
But, Diet-to-Go may not be for everyone. “There’s no option for those who need further diet personalization, such as gluten- or dairy-free,” says Ninan.
She also warns that the women’s Balance meal plan may not include enough calories for the majority of women. “While everyone is different, most need more than 1,200 calories [a day] to keep their metabolism up, their bodies satiated and their hormones in balance,” she says.
Although Diet-to-Go is an excellent option for those looking for healthy, convenient meals, experts advise that a program like Diet-to-Go might be more of a Band-Aid than a long-term solution. “As soon as you’re done with the program, you might run into the same issues you had before, such as ordering takeout or stress eating,” says Olejarz. “But ultimately, the success of the program really depends on your reasons for signing up for it.”
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