Lots of meal delivery services claim to offer easy meal plans that support you in your weight loss goals – but not all of them are sustainable. Some meal plans have calorie deficits that are too steep to maintain or meals that taste like soggy cardboard.
Considering that I’ve reviewed dozens of meal delivery services, I know that those specializing in weight loss are often more expensive from the get-go. So my research won’t only save you time and energy, it’ll probably save you some money, too (especially if you take advantage of the discounts!).
So whether you’re looking to just lose weight, or lose weight while on a special diet like keto, vegan, or diabetes-friendly, my list has you covered. You’ll even find a nice mix of meal kits and prepared meals.
Nutrisystem – Time-tested diet based on portion control
Home Chef – Customizable proteins and low-carb options
Blue Apron – The big-name meal delivery service
Diet system with 100+ items on the menu
Lose weight with six small meals per day
Ready-to-eat snacks to keep cravings at bay
Special discount available – 50% Off All Plans + Free Shipping!
Nutrisystem helps support a full-time diet with more than just low-calorie dishes. Unlike some other services, however, Nutrisystem isn’t intended to be the source of 100% of your nutritional needs.
Here’s how it works: you jumpstart your new diet plan with a full week of Nutrisystem meals. After the first week, you can introduce “flex meals” and approved fruits and veggies, in addition to your Nutrisystem dishes.
There are several plans to choose from, including specific diabetes-friendly and vegetarian menus, and a Partner Plan that’s ideal for two. The tried-and-tested Nutrisystem diet plans have been around for nearly half a century, which gives this meal delivery service an edge over many of its competitors.
Customizable proteins on almost every dish to suit your preferences
Low-calorie and low-carb meals
Plenty of vegetarian options available
Special discount available – Save $90 Over Your First 3 Orders
Although Home Chef isn’t a diet meal delivery service, its Fresh Start plan focuses on healthier, lighter meals. Look out for the green badge on the weekly menu to find dietitian-approved dishes that are carb and calorie-conscious, with a high protein and low sodium and fat content.
Home Chef’s Calorie-Conscious menu filter will help you find recipes under 625 calories and includes meals like Pork Medallions and Sweet Onion Peppercorn Gravy.
Too busy to cook? Home Chef offers a range of quick-prep options, including Fast and Fresh prepared meals, oven-ready meals, and speedy 15-Minute Meal Kits like the 572-calorie Garlic Pepper Chicken and Honey BBQ Sauce with Cheddar Bacon Broccoli.
As you can see in my colleague’s tried-and-tested review, Home Chef lets you customize almost any dish. The protein in the Pork Medallions and Sweet Onion Peppercorn Gravy can easily be swapped for chicken breasts or even mahi-mahi.
Prepare your own meals in about 30 minutes
Each meal is 600 calories or less
The Wellness menu offers healthier options
Special discount available – $110 off across your first 5 boxes!
Blue Apron is a big player in the meal delivery game, especially compared to some of the smaller, more niche services. This comes with some distinct advantages: most notably, it’s one of the most affordable services on this list.
You can learn all about the menus available in our expert Blue Apron review.
Blue Apron’s Wellness menu offers balanced, nutritious recipes approved by WW (formerly Weight Watchers). If you’d rather prepare your own meals than heat up something premade, Blue Apron’s Wellness menu might just be for you.
All of the WW-approved recipes come with great tips on how to make your meals even healthier – like skipping the salt or switching to a different cooking oil to keep those SmartPoints low.
One of the best value meal delivery services
Calorie Smart plan provides dishes around 650 calories per serving
Sustainable, recyclable packaging
Special discount available – 16 Free Meals + 3 Gifts + Free Shipping
Just like Blue Apron, HelloFresh’s status as one of the most popular meal kits in the United States helps make it a great value option with numerous low-calorie dishes. Though it doesn’t feature a specific partnership like Blue Apron has with WW, HelloFresh offers a Calorie Smart plan featuring dietitian-sponsored dinners averaging about 650 calories each.
To see how easy the meal kits are to cook, check out my colleague’s dedicated review.
Ordering from HelloFresh’s Calorie Smart plan gives you access to delicious, low-calorie dinners like the Mexicali Black Bean Soup. This dish clocks in at just 610 calories per serving, with 22g of protein and 13g of fiber.
Meals are designed to provide high-quality carbs and nutrients
Entire menu is gluten- and peanut-free
Prepared dishes are ready to enjoy in just a few minutes
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Freshly provides prepared, single-serving meals. These meals arrive fresh, never frozen, and can be enjoyed in minutes. Stick the meal in a microwave for three minutes, and your healthy, calorie-balanced meal is ready to eat!
The company’s FreshlyFit line emphasizes clean, nutritionist-designed dishes with healthy carbs and lots of protein. Along with an active lifestyle, FreshlyFit’s meals can help you manage your calories and lose weight.
For more on Freshly, be sure to read our dedicated Freshly review.
The Harvest Time Chicken Risotto has 530 calories and 39 grams of protein to ensure you stay full for longer after eating. And with its hints of cinnamon and maple syrup, the butternut squash may be the best you’ve ever had.
Caters to a wide variety of specialized diets like paleo and gluten-free
Grocery section to provide organic snacks, meats, and more
Special discount available – $90 off Plus a Free Gift!
Sunbasket is a meal delivery service featuring healthy meals to suit any lifestyle. Sunbasket’s Lean & Clean Plan provides meals at under 600 calories with 10+ grams of protein and unsaturated fats sourced from olives, nuts, seeds, and avocados.
For more on Sunbasket’s extensive offerings, be sure to check out our dedicated review.
For those nights when you don’t have the time or energy to cook, Sunbasket’s Fresh & Ready menu of prepared meals can be heated up in a matter of minutes. Just like the rest of Sunbasket’s offerings, Fresh & Ready meals cater to a wide variety of dietary needs.
For example, the Sausage and White Bean Cassoulet with Arugula Salad is soy-free, carb-conscious, and perfect for a Mediterranean diet.
USDA-certified organic meal kits
Choose up to four recipes per week for as many as six people
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Green Chef lets you choose between three basic plans that focus on different healthy diets: Keto + Paleo, Balanced Living, and Plant-Powered.
You can see how my colleague got on in their expert Green Chef review.
Keto + Paleo incorporates low-carb dishes (like the Peruvian Beef Bowls, above), while the Plant-Powered plan offers a combination of vegetarian and vegan dishes. The Balanced Living plan is even less strict, including a combination of carbs, meats, seafoods, and plant-based meals.
Green Chef is perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to cook low-carb or plant-based meals using premium, organic ingredients.
Bulk-order options available
96% organic ingredients
Special discount available – Save $40 Off! Code: BFCM40
While many of the meal delivery services on this list have great vegetarian options, Veestro is expressly for vegans in search of healthy, ready-made meals.
Vegetarian and vegan diets already tend to be healthy, but Veestro adds a specific weight-loss regimen averaging 400 calories per meal. Find out more about all Veestro has to offer in this full-length review.
Veestro provides delicious plant-focused meals like the Portobello Steak Dinner as well as vegan substitutions for popular meat dishes, including Country Fried Chick’n and plant-based Pasta Bolognese.
As a vegan-only service, there aren’t as many plans to choose from. There are, however, gluten-free and high-protein menus available. You can easily add meals from different menus to your order, for your non-dieting household members.
Physician-designed diet plan
Includes EATS (“Essential and Tasty Snacks”)
Plans for gluten-free, diabetic, heart-healthy, and other diets
Special discount available – Get 25% Off + Free Shipping
BistroMD is more than just a healthy meal delivery service: it’s a fully-fledged, doctor-sponsored diet regimen. Other options on this list provide only healthy meal options but BistroMD is designed specifically to provide sustenance for your entire weight loss journey, including snacks!
BistroMD has six specialized diet plans, including separate options for men and women. In fact, the menopause plan is the first of its kind! However, the vegetarian options are limited compared to some other services. For the full lowdown on what BistroMD has to offer, check out our dedicated BistroMD review.
BistroMD is ideal if you’re looking for tasty, prepared, weight loss meals as well as the support, tools, and knowledge to realize your wellness goals, like access to registered dietitians and fitness experts.
Ready-made meals – just heat and eat!
Low-carb, vegetarian, and diabetic-friendly menu options
Easy to skip a week when you need to
Special discount available – Save $80 on Your First 4 Weeks
Diet-to-Go is one of our top choices because it’s specifically oriented toward folks trying to lose weight. The meals come ready-made with sides and condiments, so you can enjoy healthy, delicious dishes in a matter of minutes.
Diet-to-Go’s varied menus – including dishes like the Santa Fe Chicken Burger, Herb Baked Salmon, and a Turkey Reuben – are offered on a five-week cycle to keep things interesting. The plans include keto and diabetic-friendly menus as well as plenty of vegetarian and pescatarian options.
Average Starting Price (Per Serving)
Special Diet Options
Meal Kits and Prepared Meals
Tasty, healthy meals – Giving up calories shouldn’t mean joyless eating and dieting shouldn’t put your health at risk. We look for services that provide you with tasty, nutritionist-approved meal plans for sensible weight loss.
Weight loss cooking tips – It can be tempting to add unhealthy ingredients like heavy cream or extra oil to meal kits. Look for options like Blue Apron’s Wellness plan that provide WW (formerly Weight Watchers) tips on tasty but calorie-sensible cooking.
Flexible plans – Finding the right weight loss meal delivery service can take some time. If your service isn’t right for you, you want a plan that will let you cancel your subscription with minimal fuss and hassle.
Plenty of options – Look for a brand with a big menu of diverse recipes. Sticking to a weight loss regimen is hard enough without having to choose from the same two or three meals every day!
Weight loss plans can give you recipes for healthier, lower-calorie meals. But even the best weight loss plan doesn’t bring you groceries or help you cook dinner. A weight loss meal delivery service can teach you how to cook low-calorie meals or it can bring you fully prepared weight loss meals.
Specialized diet plans are often more expensive, but many of the larger general services can provide you with weight loss-friendly meals at a very reasonable price. A weight-loss meal delivery service like Diet-to-Go may cost more because they provide two or even three of your daily meals.
Some meal delivery services offer a choice of several delivery days, while others are less flexible. Your choice of days may be more limited if you live in a more remote location or if you’re several states away from your meal delivery service’s nearest distribution center.
Keeping food fresh is challenging, and shipping frozen meals like Nutrisystem can be especially difficult. Meal delivery services use insulation, cooling packs or dry ice, and thick cardboard to keep your meals fresh.
Every weekly subscription has a cut-off date before they begin processing your next order. For example, Home Chef has a cutoff date of Friday at 12 pm Central Time on the week before your scheduled delivery. You can check out our blog on canceling Home Chef to see how simple the process can be.
Simply put – absolutely.
With a meal delivery service that’s geared towards supporting weight loss, you get the convenience of delicious meals or kits delivered to your door, and the results of a dietitian-designed weight loss program.
Whether you’re enjoying your meals on-the-go, or with your family, you’re sure to find a meal plan that suits your tastes, lifestyle, and wellness goals.
Diet-to-Go and BistroMD are our top picks for their commitment to high-quality meals that are healthy and low in calories without sacrificing taste. For vegans, Veestro offers the best combination of delicious, healthy meals.
Not only does Diet-to-Go have specialized plans for diabetic, low-carb, and vegetarian diets, but all of its plans are certified to be heart-healthy. Dishes are designed to be nutritionally balanced and controlled for sodium, carbs, fat, and cholesterol.
HelloFresh is the most popular meal kit service on the market today, but it may not be the best choice for those trying to lose weight. While some of its dishes are healthy or low-calorie, its plans aren’t as targeted as other diet-focused brands.
For those wanting a big, well-known company, Blue Apron’s Wellness plan is better geared toward healthy weight loss.