Finding a meal program that offers good food can be the difference in sticking with the plan or giving up in a very short period of time. But now you can take a first-hand look at how everyday consumers rated the most popular diet food programs when it comes to taste.
NextAdvisor.com conducted a blind taste test to answer questions about how some of the most popular diet foods taste. They conducted their first test in October 2010 and have since completed another to have the most up-to-date results possible since diet companies constantly update their menus and inventory, according to lifestyle editor Polina Polishchuk.
The taste test included eight different companies which were rated in the categories of breakfast, lunch and dinner. The meal plans for each program were ordered anonymously and included between 1,200 and 1,350 calories per day. The participants included males and females of varying ages. And to keep the results unbiased, the test was “completely independent with no input from the diet food companies and no visible branding to sway our testers’ opinions,” said Polishchuk.
And just what did the results prove? Six diets stole the lead when it came to taste.
- Bistro MD – While this program has only a 58 percent rating on Diets in Review, it scored the highest on the Next Advisor taste test. Bistro MD received five out of five stars for their breakfast, lunch and dinner items, and was the only program to receive a perfect score from the taste testers.
- Jenny Craig – Jenny Craig holds a 72 percent rating with our readers, and it came in second in the Next Advisor taste test. Breakfast, lunch and dinner all received 4.5 star ratings, giving Jenny Craig that same overall rating.
- Diet to Go – This program has a 74 percent rating on Diets in Review and its overall rating tied with Jenny Craig at 4.5 during the Next Advisor taste test. Breakfast food scored the lowest in the taste test with only three stars, which brought the overall score down. Lunch and dinner items both scored a perfect score of five.
- Biggest Loser Meal Delivery Plan – Diets in Review readers give this meal plan a 52 percent rating, but Next Advisor taste testing participants gave it four out of five stars. Similar to Diet to Go, the breakfast rating of only two stars brought the overall rating down. The lunch and dinner meals received perfect scores of five out of five stars.
- eDiets Fresh Prepared – Diets in Review readers score this meal delivery program the lowest of the top six with only 25 percent approval. However, on the Next Advisor tasting it received a rating of four out of five stars. While breakfast received three stars, lunch got a perfect score of five stars, while dinner came in at 4.5 stars making the overall rating four.
- Nutrisystem – Nutrisystem scored the lowest during the Next Advisor taste test with the program’s overall rating being a three. Breakfast got a rating of four stars with lunch and dinner both receiving only three stars. Diets in Review readers rate Nutrisystem at 53 percent approval.
Seeing the results from this taste test can certainly provide some guidance when selecting a meal plan for weight loss. Unbiased test results along with some other important resources give consumers a chance to make the best selection possible for their individual weight loss goals.