Diet Delivery

For some reason when we're paying someone to tell us what to do, it's A-OK to take it with little argument. Our trainer can yell at us to stop complaining, run faster and do another set. Our financial adviser can shout: Buy! Sell! Or hold your horses - in just a moment's notice.

It only seems natural that we would also desire to pay someone else to tell us: what to eat, how to eat it, how much we can eat, and then prepare and deliver it to us at our convenience. Hell, Oprah isn't the only person who can afford a personal chef! (OK, she is one of the only ones who can afford her personal chef.) Thanks to busy schedules and a hunger for high quality and healthy foods -- lickety split -- a number of diet programs have created affordable food delivery services aiming to nourish busy on-the-go customer shoping to drops a few LBs without sacrificing their palates. (Don't hold your breath - Batali and Ducasse likely won't join the ranks of diet delivery services but some of these chefs certainly aim to emulate their
tastiness.)

The Race to Be a Big Loser
We always treat weight loss like it has to be done in X amount of time by X date. Nutritionists maintain it is a gradual process and commitment that melts the weight off, not a crash two-week course. These programs suggest long-term commitment with meals delivered daily. Of course the best results happen when healthy eating is combined with portion control and exercise.

The Importance of Eating Earnestly
We sampled the food from three different diet delivery meal plans: Zone Chefs, 5 Square Meals and Nutrisystem. A variety of factors were considered when sampling the fruits (vegetables, proteins and carbs) of each program. With a week dedicated to each plan we looked at the tastiness, freshness, convenience, what kind of vegetarian option there was, whether it was filling and what kind of versatility existed in each meal throughout the week. We also determined what kind of person might prefer one plan versus the other.

Grandma's Eating 5xs a Day Plan Confirmed!
With 5 Squares, the boutique operation delivers three meals and two snacks so you easily fill up without feeling compelled to add other foods or meals. Following the requisite fist size portions you can enjoy meals like the steak and eggs with homemade salsa for breakfast and the pork stuffed with apples and walnuts served with asparagus and whipped sweet potatoes. The fresh and vegetarian options are notable. The company accommodates those who want low-carb and gluten free eating with dishes like the wheat-free waffles with turkey sausage and sugar-free maple syrup for breakfast.

Ultimately, 5 Square Meals are ideal for people with specific eating restrictions who don't want to sacrifice taste. The delivery process is convenient with large canvas bags and ice packs. Because many of the meals are cooked meals they are not fresh, but fresh ingredients were initially used when preparing. They require reheating, but can also be enjoyed cold. 5 Square advises you read their personalized cookbook and they provide each customer with a welcome packet. (www.5squares.com)

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