Diet Food Delivery Explained

What exactly is diet food delivery? This is a question that is asked by those new to the weight loss process of dieting of those who have only ever resorted to diets that are wholly natural and either self prepared or recommended by a health professional.

So to answer that question, let's take a look at exactly what this dieting strategy is and how it can be of benefit to certain groups.

A Meal Plan Delivered to Your Home

diet food deliveryDiet meal home delivery programs are basically a system of convenience, pre-made meal menus employed by several weight loss dieting companies. The idea is you can order a specific type of diet menu and have a selection of ready made, low calorie meals packaged up in a week or several weeks' worth of meals delivered to your home.

Some of these brands are very well known, such as Nutrisystem, Medifast, Diet-to-Go and Jenny Craig and some are not so well known such as smaller companies that operate locally, It is, therefore a highly convenient way of dieting and appeals mainly to people who lead busy lives or those who have little spare time to devote to operating a conventional diet.

Turning Complicated into Simple

This method does away with the complexity of having to keep carefully filled in calorie and food charts, buying certain foods and avoiding others, preparing and cooking meals that you would need to eat if you need to keep a close eye on what goes onto your plate. In fact it also does away with the time consuming process of going to the stores to buy the food in the first place.

It all sounds a very temptingly convenient, time saving and simple way of dieting to lose weight and it is. However, there are disadvantages to this type of diet and these should be pointed out for clarification.

Is There a Downside?

The major problem that people who make use of these ready-to-eat dieting plans is the lack of variation of meals in some plans, the lack of flavoursome foods in many cases and that some of the meals taste bland and have the texture of cardboard. That may sound a little harsh, but that is how some of the complaints come out when you read the many reviews on some of the more popular these types of companies and their meals.

It's not always like that and a good proportion of the meals are actually very tasty and of good quality. The problem is for many people, they can eat six great meals in a week and have one bad one and it's the bad one they will shout most loudly about.

The Problems with Processed Food

Other disadvantages surround the problems inherent in all processed and pre-packaged foods is the food will contain higher than normal levels of sodium (salt) to enhance the flavours. What's more, some of them may also contain preservatives and artificial flavourings and occasion, flavour enhancers such as monosodium glutamate (MSG).

While such additives are generally believed to be harmless with low exposure, if your diet food meals are being eaten at every meal three times a day over a period of a fortnight or a month as with some company plans, then your exposure to these artificial additives and high levels of salt is greatly increased. This is not such a good thing especially if you are used to eating mostly fresh foods.

Convenience is a Major Advantage

On the plus side, you get convenience and time saving features that can mean the difference from going on a diet or not, especially when, for example you have read a good review of Nutrisystem and have decided that you want to try it for yourself. So any disadvantages are outweighed by the fact that you either lose weight of carry on gaining weight with the resultant detriment to health far outweighing the problems associated with food additives.

While home delivery dieting plans are not perfect, they are constantly being reviewed and improved to help the people that need it to overcome obesity. So that in time, they will provide dieters with a far better and healthier alternative option in their weight loss plans.