Diet-to-Go Review (2021) | Delivery Experience & Alternatives!

Diana Reed – Culinary nutritionist

Are you finding it difficult to stick to a healthy meal plan that complies with your diet? 

I get, life can happen, and sometimes it’s just not cost-effective or possible to prep meals ahead to keep your healthy lifestyle.

Diet-to-Go is one of the meal delivery services that guarantee you’re happy, well-fed, and able to stick to your diet.

 Diet-to-GO

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Menu/Meal Plan Options

  • Balance
  • Original
  • Seafood free
  • Balance Diabetes
  • Five days per week
  • Seven day per week
  • Keto-Carb30
  • Original
  • Seafood free
  • Vegetarian
  • Five days per week
  • Seven days per week

Calorie Intake Options

  • Women’s – 1,200 calories daily
  • Men’s – up to 1,600 calories daily

Days per Week Covered

  • Five days
  • Seven Days

Number of Meals Covered

  • Two meals a day (no breakfast)
  • Three meals a day

Calorie Intake Options

  • Women’s – 1,200 calories daily
  • Men’s – up to 1,600 calories daily

Days per Week Covered

  • Five days
  • Seven Days

Number of Meals Covered

  • Two meals a day (without breakfast)
  • Three meals a day

Delivery Days

  • Tuesday
  • Friday

Average Cost per Meal (based on a one week, no commitment purchase)

  • Around $7

Average Cost per Day (based on a one week, no commitment purchase)

  • Around $21

Shipping Cost per Week (based on a one week, no commitment purchase)

  • Around $20
Cancellation Fee None Popular Dishes
  • Turkey chili with cornbread
  • Parmesan chicken wings
  • Ham salad on a pretzel roll
  • Mushroom ravioli
  • Half roasted chicken
  • Meatloaf
  • Whitefish parmesan
Meal Shelf Life 4-5 days in the refrigerator Up to a month in the freezer Dietary Restrictions
  • Low-carbohydrate
  • Keto
  • Diabetic

PROS

  • The portions are controlled specifically
  • Your calories are counted and well-controlled
  • Does not require cooking
  • Meals are easy to heat in your microwave
  • They have an extensive menu of over 30 meals to choose from each week
  • There are four plans custom-tailored for your specific dietary restriction or goal
  • Their meals are delicious and filling

CONS

  • Shipping is not free and will cost you around $20 a week.
  • The low-carb plans balance are based on average net carbs and not your specified carb limit.

  • Diet-to-Go’s services will cost you around $165 for a full week of prepared meals. This might not be affordable or cost-effective for everyone. However, it is a reasonable price for the convenience and expertise that goes into each meal.
  • No vegan, kosher or gluten-free meals

About The Diet To GO Company / Background

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In 1995, Hilton Davis founded the Diet-to-Go company in Virginia. Diet-to-Go is known as one of the first diet meal delivery services back in 1999. 

Now, the company prepares over 40,000 meals on a weekly basis. Evolving from strictly meal delivery services, Diet-to-Go has partnered with several establishments like Gold’s Gym, World Gym, and several Walgreen’s branches across the United States to offer pickup services. 

In areas where pickup services are not available, Diet-to-Go meal offers overnight shipping of frozen meals using an express courier. 

Over the years, Diet-to-Go has started to cater to several dietary requirements. Now, the company offers four variants that cater to diabetic and ketogenic diets and more.

How Does Diet-to-Go Work?

Diet-to-Go features a thorough sign-up process. You will be able to choose between four variants. The Balance and KetoCarb30  allow you to choose between the original or seafood-free offers. On the other hand, if you select either the Balance-D or Vegetarian plan, you’ll be prompted to select whether you’d like to get meals for five or seven days a week.

Once you’ve selected, you’ll be able to choose how you want your meals to be selected. Diet-to-Go can deliver random meals from their menu in rotation for a period of five weeks to guarantee you don’t have the same meals over and over.

If you want your meals to be a bit more customized, you also have the option to select which meals you’d like to get throughout the week. Diet-to-Go delivers ready to heat meals that are reminiscent of tv dinners, without all the unhealthy junk.

Their containers are microwave-safe, and you can eat right out of it, which minimizes the need to wash your dishes.

4 Menus to Choose From

Diet-to-Go puts a focus on your health. There are four meal plans to choose from with varying menus depending on your needs. Their menus are optimized for weight loss, diabetic diets, ketogenic lifestyles, and vegetarian diets.

Balance Menu

It is the company’s most popular plan. It is ideal for anyone who wants healthy, well-balanced meals that are approved by nutritionists and developed by professional chefs. It contains no red meats and pork, plus it also prioritizes low-calorie meals that are ideal for pre-diabetic diets.

Balance Diabetes

The Balance Diabetes or Balance-D diet is specifically designed to comply with diabetic diets. The meals on it are approved by doctors and are certified calorie-controlled and offer balanced nutrition. It is ideal if you’re trying to balance your blood sugar to maintain a healthy level. The company’s nutritionists designed each meal according to the American Diabetes Association’s nutritional guidelines controlling sodium and fats.

Keto-Carb30

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It is the most popular plan if you’re trying to lose weight. The meal plan takes cues from the Atkins diet which limits your carbohydrate intake that you usually get from fruits, bread, and yogurt. This diet is best recommended if you enjoy protein more than carbs. It’s designed to comply with ketogenic diets containing only a maximum net carb intake of 30 carbohydrates per day.

Vegetarian

The vegetarian menu is quite similar to the Balance because it doesn’t contain red meats or pork. In fact, it complies with vegetarian diets by not containing any meat items. However, it does contain milk and eggs as ingredients. That said, it is fully customizable, so you can choose meals that contain ingredients you’re comfortable with.

Food Safety and Nutritional Quality

Diet-to-go complies heavily with the highest food-safety guidelines set by the government. The company assures its subscribers that they employ the best practices in their facilities that are regularly inspected by the government to guarantee safe, healthy, and delicious meals.

Moreover, the company also takes sanitation very seriously. You can be assured that their meals are handled well, and are at no risk of getting cross-contaminated.

Meal Pans & Sample Menus

As I mentioned above, Diet-to-Go offers four plans which have their own respective menus. Take a look what they offer below:

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Balance Menu

The Balance is Diet-to-Go’s top-rated plan. It’s also their oldest menu. Having helped numerous subscribers reach their weight loss goals for the last 25 years, the Balance meal plan combines restaurant-quality food with dietitian-approved portions and nutrition.

  • It contains the most variety of meal options out of all the menus.
  • It contains meals that are sodium-controlled, contain minimal carbohydrates, cholesterol, and fat.

Sample Meals

Breakfast

  • Blueberry pancakes and turkey sausage
  • Cherry almond bar
  • Quinoa egg bites
  • Lunch
  • Orlean’s tuna salad
  • Sofrito chicken melt
  • Szechuan turkey burger
  • Dinner
  • Penne pasta with turkey meat sauce
  • Chicken pizza
  • Turkey Chili

Balance-D

Balance D

The Balance Diabetes is carefully curated to comply with diabetic diets. It’s designed to control your blood sugar levels and contains minimal calories, carbohydrates, sodium, fat, and cholesterol.

It naturally helps keep your blood sugar at optimal levels.

Meal Samples

  • Breakfast
    • Egg and cheese breakfast sandwich
    • Egg pot pie
    • Waffles with blueberry cream cheese
  • Lunch
    • Aztec quinoa salad
    • Mediterranean pizza
    • Deluxe turkey sandwich
  • Dinner
    • Blackened salmon
    • Baked salmon with pineapple salsa
    • Italian chicken

KetoCarb30

It is reminiscent of the Atkins diet. It’s carb-controlled and designed to comply with Keto diets.

  • It replaces carbohydrates with fat to restrict your carb intake.
  • It only contains a net of 30 carbs daily.
  • Restricts fruit, bread, and yogurt from your diet.

Meal Samples

  • Breakfast
    • Cheese omelette
    • Scrambled eggs
    • Sausage gravy and biscuit
  • Lunch
    • Fiesta burger
    • Chicken fontina
    • Baked chicken with goat cheese
  • Dinner
    • Pork chop pomodoro
    • Roasted half chicken
    • Lemon herb tilapia

Vegetarian

 It puts focus on vegetarian meals and complies with most vegetarian diets.

  • It uses dairy, eggs, soy, and beans as protein sources.
  • It is designed to be heart-healthy. It restricts your sodium, carbohydrates, fat, and cholesterol intake.

Meal Samples

  • Breakfast
    • Blueberry pancakes, soy sausage
    • Scrambled eggs rancheros
    • Cheese and veggie egg bites
  • Lunch
    • Tuscan bean salad
    • Mediterranean tapas
    • Black bean and feta cheese wrap
  • Dinner
    • Stuffed shells with tomato sauce
    • Vegetable ravioli
    • White bean and veggie casserole

Diet To Go Cost & How It Compares to Similar Diets

Diet-to-Go is one of many meal delivery services that prioritizes overall health and effective weight loss. If you’re wondering how it stacks up against its competition, take a look at our comparisons below. This information is based on their most popular plan with a full week of meals.

Diet-to-Go

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Average meal cost: under $8
Average daily cost: under $23
Cost for a whole week of meals: nearly $158

Nutritional Value – Diet-to-Go’s Balanced plan is designed to control your calorie intake. It is also approved by a dietician to be nutritionally well-balanced and utilizes all food groups.

Convenience – Diet-to-Go’s meals come pre-cooked and packed in microwavable containers. This removes the need to spend extra time cooking your food or washing the dishes. 

Nutrisystem

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Average meal cost: N/A
Average daily cost: around $13
Cost for a whole week of meals: nearly $90

Nutritional Value – Nutrisystem bases their meals on a strict calorie ratio. The ratio follows 50% carbs, 25% protein, and 25% fat. Calories are restricted but aren’t very specific with other food groups.

Convenience – Nutrisystem offers mostly pre-prepared and cooked meals. However, there are some “flex” meal options which subscribers can cook on their own.

BistroMD

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Average meal cost: around $8
Average daily cost: around $23
Cost for a whole week of meals: nearly $160

General Nutrition – BistroMD’s weight loss plan focuses on including 1100 to 1400 calories each day with your diet. 40 to 50 percent of the calories come from lean protein. In comparison, 20 to 25 percent come from healthy fats. And 30 to 35 percent coming from complex carbs.

Convenience – all BistroMD meals come ready to heat or eat. You also have the option to add a daily snack for when you feel like you need a little something extra without compromising your diet.

Fresh N’ Lean

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Average meal cost: around $12
Average daily cost: around $35
Cost for a whole week of meals: nearly $200

Nutritional Value: Fresh N’ Lean focuses on low-carb and low-calorie meals. Each meal ranges from 300-500 calories.

Convenience – Fresh N’ Lean gives you very little control over what food you’re going to get. You can set some of your preferences. However, you should expect a menu curated by a chef to be delivered to you. All their meals are also pre-cooked and ready to heat, which adds to the convenience.
Freshly

Average meal cost: around $9
Average daily cost: under $20
Cost for a whole week of meals: nearly $108

Nutritional Value – Freshly meals come with complete nutritional information, ingredient list, and instructions on the best way to heat your meals. They do not use refined sugar and artificial additives to their meals guaranteeing only fresh and premium ingredients.

Convenience – Freshly meals are ready within three minutes. They come chilled, not frozen, and can be popped into your microwave immediately.

Trifecta

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Average meal cost: around $6
Average daily cost: around $18
Cost for a whole week of meals: nearly $120

Nutritional Value – Trifecta focuses on strict diets. Their classic plan contains an average calorie count of 360 calories, macros of 35 grams protein, 10 grams of fat, and 32 grams of carbohydrates.

Convenience – Trifecta meals come pre-cooked and ready to heat. The company also chooses your meals for you which is convenient if you don’t like choosing meals for yourself.

Sun Basket

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Average meal cost: around $13
Average daily cost: under $30
Cost for a whole week of meals: nearly $75

Nutritional Value – Sun Basket focuses on meals with around 550 to 750 calories. This
means it’s not exactly ideal if you’re strictly limiting your calorie intake. However, they do offer a Lean n’ Clean plan that contains meals with less than 600 calories.

Convenience – Sun Basket has two meal delivery options. You can select their ready to heat meals or choose their standard meal kit delivery services.

How do Diet-to-Go Meals Taste?

Diet-to-Go meals are consistently met with high praise from their subscribers. Their meals are filling, delicious, and make it easy to stick to your diet without feeling like you’re missing out on good food.

Some of the best-rated meals are their wraps, melts, and flatbreads.

Results People Are Getting in Terms of Weight Loss

  • Altar’d Feature – Diet-to-Go was featured on the reality tv show Altar’d by a couple who decided to get in shape for their wedding. Alex and Jordan lost 28 pounds and 45 pounds, respectively, before their big day.
  • Healthy Eating – Business-owner Greg lost 53 pounds on a Diet-to-Go. The entrepreneur claimed he did not see results despite working out regularly and had trouble sticking to a meal plan.
  • The Couch Potato – Alan jump-started his weight loss on a Diet-to-Go and went from a couch potato to running a triathlon. He managed to lose 60 pounds on his initial diet.

Final Words of My Diet To Go Review

Diet To Go is an ideal meal delivery service if you want to stick to a healthy diet but find it difficult to do so on your own. Their wide variety of meals and dedication to sanitation and maintaining high nutritional values make their services well worth the average meal cost of $8.

However, Diet to Go’s expertise comes with some strings attached. Although reasonably-priced, the service does tend to get expensive if you’re relying on them to plan your every meal. An average week of complete meals will cost you over $150 plus $20 in shipping costs.