Losing weight on a diet meal plan doesn't necessarily mean eating food that doesn't taste good - but it could. The folks at NextAdvisor.com bought a week's worth of food from BistroMD, Jenny Craig, Diet-to-Go, The Biggest Loser Meal Plan, eDiets Fresh Prepared and Nutrisystem and found a wide disparity in taste.
BistroMD was ranked as tastiest of the bunch followed closely by Jenny Craig and Diet-to-Go. Cost varied widely with promotions and added costs muddying the picture. Costs can exceed $400 a month.
NextAdvisor said it ordered the meals without the knowledge of the companies and had eight men and women participate in a blind taste test. Lifestyle Editor Polina Polishchuk said, "We believe that people who are thinking about signing up for these programs and browsing the menus will be very interested to know how the meals will actually taste."
The rankings are an average of the scores. Biggest Loser, NextAdvisor noted, did well on lunch and dinner, but not on breakfast.
NextAdvisor also ranged the programs on how well they serve their customers overall. You can see the full report here.
NextAdvisor also took at self-service programs that dieters can use online, such as Weight Watchers. You can find the full menu of ratings and reviews of online diet programs here.
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