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The Cost of Convenient Diets

Have you ever found yourself in a position where you need to lose weight but you don’t have time for the traditional type of diet? There are options in convenience diet programs but they come at a cost, which in many cases can actually be far more affordable than many people think.

There are several very good meal replacement diet home delivery dieting programs to choose from. Top favorites are Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, Medifast, Diet-to-Go and Bistro MD but there are others as well. But what do they all cost and are they a better option than traditional dieting methods in terms of cost effectiveness and success?


So let’s start at the first choice and ask, “How much do Nutrisystem diet plans cost?” That’s an easy one since the company posts its prices up on its website for the several different plans it provides. You would be looking at a ball park figure of between $10 – $13 per day for most of their plans.

So how does that compare to other companies providing similar alternatives? Actually, looking around at all the promotional material available online, it actually comes out as one of the least expensive of them all!

Jenny Craig

High on popularity thanks to a lot of big advertising campaigns on TV and in magazines, newspapers and online, Jenny Craig is well known and well used by many customers. The costs are a little higher than most, but they argue that the quality of the food is better and the variety is what their customers like.

As a ballpark figure, the prices per day for this one are between $15 – $26 per day, so a lot higher than its competitors.


The most popular plan from this company is the Medifast 5 and 1 plan, which provides up to six small meals per day for five days and you provide your own food for the sixth. Daily prices for this company’s diets range from the 30 day Medifast Go plan at $329 with special discounts ($11 per day) to the 30 day Flex Complete Kit at $399 ($13.30 per day).


This company provides meals in batches of 5 or 7 days that are generally of much higher quality and come as fresh food that you can collect your self at local pick-up points if there is one near you, or opt for fresh frozen for home delivery. The 5 day, 3 meal Balance plan works out at $137.99 ($27.60 per day) while the 7 day, 3 meal Balance plans with local pickup cost $191.59 ($27.30 per day).

Bistro MD

Like the previous company, Bistro MD provides home delivered meals in batches of 5 or 7 per wee that are of high quality and are fresh frozen. Costs range from the 5 day, 3 meal full plan at $112.46 ($22.20 per day) to the 7 day, 3 meal full plan at $134.96 ($19.30 per day).

The prices are correct at the time of publication and were obtained directly from the respective company websites. In some cases, the price advertised was discounted, but in most cases these discounts are fairly permanent as they are constantly attempting to attract new customers with attractive pricing. Whichever you choose, if you decide to go this route to lose weight, you can be fairly certain you will be successful as long as you stick to the respective plans and do not deviate or cheat.

Watching What is in Food

These days you can’t avoid the obvious signs that people are getting bigger. Bigger as in fatter, thanks to eating a diet too rich in saturated fats, sugar and other junk additives. While this is obviously a big problem (pun intentional) for a lot of people, the trend is showing no signs of altering as people seem oblivious to the problems they are bringing on themselves by continuing to eat the very foods that are likely going to cause them to enjoy shortened lives and more propensity to ill health.

So what can be done?

Well, until people realize they have a serious health problem, not much will ever happen. That’s because ultimately, a person’s health is their responsibility. Sure you can argue that the food industry is aggressively promoting all these unhealthy foods and its hard to resist the temptation to eat them, but even the food industry recognizes that the ultimate decision is with the individual person.

That may sound a little harsh especially when you have gained weight through eating foods that you didn’t realize were so unhealthy for you, but again, you chose to eat them without first taking the time to find out for yourself what was in those foods and what the impact would be on your health if you ate them in any quantity and often.

Another big problem is the sizing of food, especially the way the fast food industry is really in our faces about buying bundled meals that seem to always come with a large soda to wash it down with. We naturally go for large size portions or even the super size meals because we think we’re getting better value for our dollar.

While it may be true in an economical sense, it is certainly not true in a health sense because by thinking you’re saving money buying large size meals, you are putting more than you really need to eat in front of you on the table, and human nature being what it is, the natural thing is to eat everything you just bought because you paid for it!

You can get more information and access to other resources when you click on this link for this article: on how diet can affect health that looks at food services and the way in which it affects our health, our pockets and our very lives.

Food to Lose Weight With

Most people associate eating with weight gain and for many overweight people, that’s exactly how they got into that situation in the first place. But it’s not the whole picture and when you come to realize that there is a lot more to it than simply eating too much, then you will see that you can actually eat yourself thin by eating plenty of the right kinds of foods!

Different Ways for Different People

There are all kinds of different ways of using food to help you to lose weight, such as switching to a mainly raw food diet that excludes most meats but is high in raw vegetables as well as fruits, seeds and some low fat dairy products.

Another alternative you can choose is to sign up for a popular diet food delivery diet program and be dieting with Nutrisystem (see for details) or Jenny Craig and let them provide your diet meals that will also help you lose weight by restricting portion sizes and calories in the food.

But one of the best ways in which to use food as the catalyst to get your body losing weight is to switch to a high protein, low carbohydrate diet that cuts out all the high glycemic carbs such as white bread, pasta, white rice and products that include refined white sugar (sucrose). You get to eat great food while forcing your body to burn fat in order to keep up the supply of energy it used to get from those high glycemic carbs.

You need to exercise every day in order to boost your metabolism to burn more energy, or it won’t work half as well. But the combination of lots of exercise and a high protein diet will help your body build muscle strength and stamina so you can exercise more.

It works even better when you workout with weights to build muscle bulk, because then your body will really go into energy burning overdrive and you will see a rapid reduction in body fat over several weeks to produce a very attractively slim and toned figure.

Just don’t overdo the weights or you’ll end up looking like a bodybuilder, unless of course that’s the goal you are aiming at!