Dieting on a Budget: Should I Join a Diet Delivery Service?

With the way things are just now in the world and in the economy, many people are turning to cost-cutting measures in order to get by. You already spend a large chunk of your cash on your diet, when doing the weekly food shop and eating out.

If you are currently dieting or want to look at diet options, be aware that there is a way to eat healthily, and lose weight without breaking the bank.

You may have heard of diet subscription programs, where you are either sent food in the mail or told to buy special meals or meal replacements. This is one way to diet but you can also eat healthily by planning your own meals. Each of these methods has pros and cons associated with it.

Diet plans that involve the delivery of pre-packaged foods or meal replacements have some benefits and drawbacks involved in selecting them:

  • diet delivery mealUsually, the cost of the meals/shakes/bars is quite high compared to cooking from raw ingredients. You pay for convenience.
  • Usually, you will still have to buy other food to supplement what you buy or are sent
  • These programs typically come with some form of support, maybe even one to one which some people feel is like a diet counseling service.
  • There may be support meetings where you get a sense of friendship and accountability.
  • Most programs involve regular weigh-ins, perhaps once a week, and you will probably be asked to record your weight which can be good for seeing progress (you can record your weight without joining a program though).
  • You might have a coach to help you when you’re struggling and help celebrate your successes
  • Scheduling is important as you may have to be at home for deliveries or attend local classes.
  • Usually, with meetings and meal deliveries, you will have to use a subscription-based payment model, which means you pay for classes even if you don't attend.

You could decide to forgo such plans and programs, and instead going it alone by cooking from scratch. This too has benefits and drawbacks:

  • Buying raw ingredients almost always works out cheaper than joining a meal delivery service.
  • You get total control and choice over what you eat, without compromise.
  • You can use books, magazines, or online resources to choose and tailor a plan for you – many of these sources are very cheap or even free
  • Going it alone means you won't have other people to hold you accountable. Maybe it will be easier for you to slip off the diet wagon?
  • It will definitely take longer to select and cook ingredients than simply making a ready meal or shake.
  • You could network with your friends who are also losing weight for support and motivation, without having to spend anything!
  • You won't have to add meetings and meal deliveries to your busy schedule.

So there you have it, two different choices with the pros and cons listed to help you make up your mind whether a diet delivery service is right for you and your budget.

Author: Aileen

Hi, I'm Aileen, the owner of Diet Pill Judge. I have personally tried loads of diet pills over the years and found that only a few of them really work.
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