Lose weight while prediabetic, managing diabetes, or sticking to your keto or vegetarian diet, with healthy meals prepared by a chef and delivered straight to your door.
A vast menu across four different weight-loss plans
Zero guesswork with your diet – meals, sides, condiments, and fruit are all provided
Carefully crafted recipes to meet the standards of the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association
Doesn’t offer options for other specialty diets, like vegan, gluten-free, or kosher
Charged delivery after the trial period
Limited options for the number of meals per order
Diet-to-Go is a meal plan that lives up to its name. You get ready-made diet food that’s chef-prepared and packaged in microwavable containers (save for the snacks and food you don’t need to heat up). That means you can stick to your weight-loss goals, and even manage diabetes, without any of the hassle. You simply eat according to your schedule, and that’s it.
All of these meals minimize calories and maximize protein while keeping your blood sugar stable throughout the day. Not only that, but you’ll also find some of your favorite foods have been reworked for healthier results.
But is it possible to stick to this diet without starving throughout the day? Are the chef-prepared meals actually tasty without all of the “good stuff?” And perhaps most importantly, is Diet-to-Go really the best weight-loss meal plan for everyone? I took a closer look to find out.
Diet-to-Go lets you choose how guided you want your weight-loss experience to be. Before you even order, a complimentary diet analysis guides you through choosing the best plan and meals for your weight-loss goals.
Start the signup process by entering your zip code to make sure home delivery is available in your area. It can be quite the drag to go through an entire signup process only to find out that delivery is not available, so it’s smart to verify this at the beginning.
Not only was home delivery available to my area, but I was super impressed that I could get my first delivery in just three days!
Next up, you'll need to choose your plan. While other meal delivery services might have more clearly named plans, you’ll need to look a little deeper at the plans on offer to understand what you're getting in each one. But, if you choose to do the free diet analysis, you’ll be guided to the best plan for you anyway.
You can read more about the plans in the Menu section later on in this review.
After choosing a plan, you'll go through some further customization options. In this part of the process, you’ll tailor your meals to your tastes and needs. You can tell Diet-to-Go whether you like seafood, your gender (women get up to 1,200 calories per day, while men get up to 1,600), and decide how many meals a day you’d like, for how many days a week.
Interestingly enough, not all weight-loss meal delivery services make these distinctions. It makes you wonder how effective the alternatives could truly be without taking many of the most important factors into account.
While you can opt for no seafood, you won’t find dedicated menu options for stricter diets like vegan, gluten-free, and kosher. Other diet meal plans let you customize each meal and leave ingredients out, however, Diet-to-Go’s dietitians have put so much into crafting the perfect caloric-deficit and nutrient content of each meal, they don’t actually allow for that.
If you need a weight-loss plan that offers specific vegan or gluten-free options, check out Fresh n’Lean, which is entirely gluten-free. Veestro is a great option for vegan kosher meals if your goal is weight loss.
Next is the payment screen. For some reason, Diet-to-Go only accepts credit card payments, not PayPal.
Now it's time to start choosing your meals! You’ll be given a suggested menu but you can switch out any option you don't like the look of.
These are two examples of substitute meals you could swap in:
What a decadent way to start the day!
Grilled cheese for lunch on a weight-loss plan? Who’d have thunk?!
As you might expect with a professional chef preparing your food, you’re likely to pay a little more each week for Diet-to-Go than you would for another meal kit or delivery service.
Or are you? The cheapest per-portion plan at Diet-to-Go is just $8.57, which is actually cheaper than other meal delivery services that don’t offer prepared meals.
Diet-to-Go’s plans don’t vary hugely in price – how much you spend depends on how many meals you order. You can only choose between five or seven-day plans, and then set the number of meals needed per day. If you choose the most expensive option (three meals a day for seven days), the total price is $179.99 per week at the time of writing this review.
For a cheaper option, I’d recommend skipping their breakfasts and making your own. You can get healthy breakfast ideas from their blog.
There are four plans available, which I'll go into below, and you can expect to pay slightly more per portion on the men’s plan versus the women’s. For example, on the Balance plan, men pay $13 per portion, while women pay $12.20. That’s because the male meals are larger and have a higher calorie count.
I really liked that the Keto and Diabetic plans were similarly priced to the Balance plan. Other providers usually have dietary-specific plans set at a higher price due to the specialty of ingredients and extra preparation involved.
All Diet-to-Go meals have been developed by dietitians, with the recipes approved by the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association. Each meal is chef-prepared and your menu will vary depending on your chosen plan. The four options are:
The Balance plan – This is ideal for prediabetics and anyone looking to lose weight. You get calorie-controlled meals that are low in sodium, carbs, fat, and cholesterol.
The Balance-Diabetes plan – This plan is ideal for managing diabetes through diet, as well as maintaining a healthy weight.
The Keto-Carb30 plan – This plan helps you adhere to the ketogenic diet with 30 net grams of carbs per day, while controlling calories to support weight loss.
The Vegetarian plan – This is ideal for ovo-lacto vegetarians looking for weight-loss results.
There’s a massive amount of meals (more than 500!) on a five-week rotation. Each week you get a new list of meals, along with substitutes to swap in. You’ll notice from the menu that Diet-to-Go believes you can achieve your weight-loss goals more easily if you still get to eat the foods you like. Not feeling like you’re depriving yourself is the best way to stay on track.
I checked out the Balance plan first and some of the meals offered had my stomach rumbling… I couldn't believe these were healthy choices for weight loss!
For breakfast, one of my options was Blueberry Pancakes and Turkey Sausage.
For lunch, there was a Szechuan Turkey Burger dish that sounded interesting.
And the dinner option that immediately caught my eye was the Chicken Pizza.
Who would’ve thought – pizza on a weight-loss plan?!
It’s easy to stick to Diet-to-Go’s weight-loss plans, because there’s absolutely zero effort made on your part. There’s no stressful meal prep before rushing off to work or in the evenings when you’re exhausted. As soon as a mealtime comes around, you just take a dish and pop it in the microwave. In 2-3 minutes, you’ll have a delicious meal that keeps you on track.
Here’s a quick summary of Diet-to-Go’s pricing and the dietary needs it best accommodates:
From $8.57 per portion
Meal plan options available
Diabetes-friendly, low carb, keto, omnivore, vegetarian, low-calorie
$9.99 per week
Diet-to-Go offers both a “to go” home delivery service and a local pick-up service, depending on where you live.
It offers home delivery to almost all areas of the continental United States (you can check the days it offers delivery to your area on the site). It also offers local pick up (with food sampling available, too!) in Baltimore, New Jersey, the Washington DC Metro area, and the greater Los Angeles area.
If you prefer home delivery, you're looking at a $9.99 delivery fee per week, but you’ll receive free delivery with your first two boxes. My first delivery was available in three days, and I had the option for Tuesday and Friday deliveries.
Unlike other meal delivery services, however, I didn’t get to choose my delivery days. I found that to be a little frustrating.
On a more positive note, liked that Diet-to-Go offers contact-free deliveries, which is always good to know (and not just in times of a pandemic).
I also liked how quickly I could get a delivery after signing up. Nowadays, I find myself waiting around weeks for a grocery store delivery, so Diet-to-Go has presented me with a much better option in so many ways!
When reviewing meal delivery services, a constant bugbear of mine is all the plastic I find in delivery boxes.
Some companies have made an effort to be environmentally friendly, but at the same time, it’s not eco-conscious if a customer’s city doesn't recycle plastic bags (like mine doesn't).
However, I was very impressed with Diet-to-Go’s delivery, which was entirely recyclable, from the main cardboard box to the plastic boxes for each meal. I could recycle or reuse everything!
Diet-to-Go actually explains the food packaging process on its website:
Where to start! I was deeply impressed by the healthy spin on everyone’s favorite meals. While you can tell there’s less sugar, sodium, and fat, every meal is still tasty and enjoyable to eat.
My favorite Diet-to-Go meals include the Turkey Chili, the Baked Salmon with Pineapple Salsa, and the Stir Fry Chicken. I found some of the dinner portions a tad small. In these cases (particularly if you’re NOT on the diabetic diet, where the timing of meals and snacks is crucial), you can save your snack for a post-dinner dessert.
As long as you plan out your meals for the day, so you’re able to make the necessary switches, you can still stick to the plan without going to bed hungry.
Diet-to-Go’s customer support is offered via phone and email submission form.
Diet-to-Go says it's offering an “extended email service” – likely due to the pandemic. Otherwise, its phone support is available Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm EST, and Saturday 9 am-12 pm. I happened to call out of hours and was asked to leave a voicemail, which was a nice touch.
Once the customer support team was available, I received a call back – around 12 hours after I left my voicemail. Impressive. The customer support agent I spoke to was very helpful and professional and sorted out my issue within a minute.
While Diet-to-Go takes the guesswork out of losing weight for those on keto, vegetarian, or diabetic diets, it might not cover your specific needs.
If you’re on the lookout for an entirely gluten-free weight-loss plan, check out Fresh n’Lean. Its meals are made in a gluten-free facility from organic ingredients and quality proteins. It’s the perfect weight-loss meal plan if you’re celiac, too.
For a vegan weight-loss option, Veestro
is the meal plan for you. This plant-powered meal delivery service has a plan tailored for weight loss, where you eat around 1,200 calories a day.
I enjoyed testing Diet-to-Go for several reasons: no meal prep or cleanup, you get to enjoy the tasty food that you’re used to, and you get the benefits of following a therapeutic diet. For me, that’s the trifecta!
I thought the meals were very reasonably priced. Overall, it worked out a little more expensive compared to other meal delivery services because I had to order meals for either five or seven days. However, when it comes to weight loss, you need to have a regular, weekly, controlled diet, so this helped maintain a routine.
All in all, I'd highly recommend Diet-to-Go for anyone looking to lose weight or to start eating more healthily.