The company’s focus is to make healthy eating both affordable and easy and they do this by providing healthy food options that help you to lose weight or support a healthy lifestyle. The plans are tailored online, you can choose your menus, swap out meals and even pause the plan for whatever reason – which is a helpful feature for holidays or special occasions where you know you won’t be able to stick to the plan.
Ease of Use
The diettogo meal plans are really simple to use and we think that this is one of the most important factors when it comes to healthy eating and diets. If you start a complicated diet then you are least likely to stick with it and are therefore more likely to gain back any weight you lost. With diettogo you get healthy meals delivered right to your door. There is also an option to pick them up in person if you live in the Washington DC Metro area which includes Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland, New Jersey, Baltimore or Los Angeles.
There are a number of plans available to suit different dietary requirements and each meal is freshly prepared by a chef, hand-delivered to your door, ready to be heated and eaten! There’s a professional team on-hand to support you through your healthy journey and give you any advice you might need. The diet plan includes free access to a health coach who you can contact via the telephone or email any time of day. The meal plans are personalized, giving you the flexibility to switch menu plans or pause if you need a break from the diet or plan to be on vacation.
Let’s start by highlighting the fact that there is quite a wide range of meals available on each plan. You certainly won’t get bored, as the menus rotate after five weeks to keep the plans varied and balanced, which is the point right? There are only four plans available on this diet, which we found to be a little limiting. We’ll talk about them in more detail but we were massively disappointed to see that there were no gluten-free, kosher or vegan meal plans. This is surprising as we felt that the company is missing out on a huge customer base by limiting the food that they prepare. We also couldn’t find anything on the website regarding allergies. What we did like was the inclusion of fruits, side dishes and condiments so you literally don’t have to worry about any of the extras when you eat these meals.
These are the four plans available:
This is the most popular meal plan from diettogo and has been enjoyed by dieters for around 25 years. All of the meals are calorie-controlled and nutritionally balanced with carbs, fat, cholesterol and sodium levels controlled. There are vegetarian and non-seafood options available for this particular meal plan which has been produced with restaurant-quality flavors that have been dietician approved. The type of meal that is included in this plan is Chicken Pasta Salad, Kale & Swiss Frittata and Thai Turkey Tenderloin. However, with foods such as Breakfast Pizza, Macaroni Cheese, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Sandwich and Waffles with Peaches & Apples in Syrup, we’re not sure if this particular diet plan can work for everyone!
The diabetes-friendly menu has been specially formulated to help people lose weight, manage pre-diabetes and prevent type-2 diabetes. The meals in this diet have been created to control blood sugar naturally with sodium levels, carbs, fat, and cholesterol also kept in check. There are still carb-heavy options on this menu such as Chicken Pizza and Waffles with Blueberry Cream Cheese, but all in all this menu plan looks healthy and varied.
This Keto-friendly diet is for those of you wishing to cut down on carbs and stick to a classic Atkins-style diet. The meals heavily restrict carbs and rely on meat, eggs, and cheese to help people lose weight fast. The carb-restricted plan replaces carbs with fat and the meals average around 30 net carbs per day. Meal examples include Pork Chop Breakfast, Baked Chicken with Goats Cheese and Old Fashioned Pot Roast. It is not recommended to add fruit, bread, sugar or carbs to these meals.
This is the veggie version of the Balance Menu Plan which uses its protein sources from dairy, eggs, beans, and soy. There are no vegan options with this menu nor is there the option to add fish if you are a pescatarian. Meals include Blueberry Pancakes with Soy Sausage, Chocolate Zucchini Bread and Mushroom Ravioli.
When looking at all the meals offered, we found the meals to be varied yet slightly carb-heavy (not including the Keto-Carb30 Plan). There is a variety of food to suit all tastes but mostly these are US recipes so will suit an American palate.
One of the highlights of this particular diet plan is how easy it is to start and maintain. The diet industry is huge and the reason for this is because – unsurprisingly – most people fail. Difficult diets = failure in most cases. A depressing fact but nonetheless, true. Although the meals in this plan are calorie and portion-controlled, you won’t think of it like a diet, more of a lifestyle change. The freshly prepared meals are delivered to your door and require absolutely zero preparation. You just need to pop them in the oven and then you’re good to go. Taking the hassle from dietary meal prep appeals to most people as they simply don’t have to think about the food that they are eating. With many standard diets, it can be a pain having to plan your weekly meals in advance, shop for ingredients, do all the prep, cook the meals and make sure that they don’t exceed your recommended calorie intake. Not only that, but it’s important to eat a nutritionally-sound, balanced diet too, so using a meal plan service such as this, also takes the guesswork out of meal preparation. We feel that this type of meal plan helps dieters and those wishing to adopt a healthier lifestyle maintain healthy eating for longer. No calorie counting, no cooking, no effort.
We couldn’t give this section of the review any more than zero as unfortunately, the meal plan does not include exercises. We feel that this is a shame as when healthy eating is combined with exercise, people are more likely to get faster results. There is support available for people using this service with a health coach on hand to give advice via phone or email but as for exercise plans, you are left to your own devices.
When it comes to convenience you are always going to have to pay the price. Freshly prepared food isn’t cheap at best but when you couple this with healthy ingredients and a delivery service then you should expect to pay above-average prices. Each plan differs in price, depending on the amount and frequency of meals that you choose to have delivered.
The meal plans are flexible, meaning you can alter your meal plans as and when needed and can even pause them if necessary.
Here are the current meal plan prices (exclusive of $9.99 delivery charge):
Balance Plan – from $121.99 Per Week (Cost = $12.20 Per Meal) to $198.99 Per Week (Cost = $9.48 Per Meal)
Balance Diabetes Plan – from $121.99 Per Week (Cost = $12.20 Per Meal) to $179.99 Per Week (Cost = $8.57 Per Meal)
Keto-Carb30 Plan – from $137.99 Per Week (Cost = $13.80 Per Meal) to $204.59 Per Week (Cost = $9.74 Per Meal)
Vegetarian Plan – from $121.99 Per Week (Cost = $12.20 Per Meal) to $179.99 Per Week (Cost = $8.57 Per Meal)
In comparison to dining out, these meals offer relatively good value for money. These meals are prepared by chefs using fresh and healthy ingredients. As a diet, however, we feel that these plans are expensive and can cost as much as $818.36 per month just for one person.
Dieting isn’t easy. If everyone found it easy to keep track of their daily calorie intake and not gain weight then there would be no need for a diet industry. That’s why diet companies like this exist, to take the hassle away from dieting and make it easy for you, or at the very least kick start a change in eating and lifestyle.
Overall we felt that diettogo makes a good choice for people who either don’t have time to plan, prep and cook their own healthy meals or don’t want to take on the task of constant calorie counting. There are a range of calorie-controlled meal plans and support is available if needed. The variety of food was quite impressive but the carb-heavy choices were a bit surprising. We don’t feel that eating pizzas and grilled cheese sandwiches (even if it’s just 1-2 days a week) promote an overall healthy lifestyle.
We felt disappointed that there were no Kosher, vegan of gluten-free options too. This is something we feel they should change. Overall, this is a good diet plan for busy people who need a kick start to a new healthy routine but we feel that it isn’t suitable for those on a budget.