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The Cost of Losing 20 Pounds

With eDiets, you can choose to pay for online-only support or for an online plan plus meal delivery. There are 20 different diet plans, such as one for diabetics or another for vegetarians. The online plans cost $18 per month or $99 per year, and provide support through menus, goal setting, shopping lists and message boards. You will also be able to reach a registered dietitian and personal trainer by phone. The food delivery service, eDiets Fresh Prepared Meal Delivery costs $110 per week for five days or $140 for seven days, plus $22 in shipping.

Cost of Losing 20 Pounds: $54 for three months of online only membership, $1,716 to $2,106 for 13 weeks of meal delivery.

Cost per Pound: $2.70 for online-only plan; about $86 to $105 for meal delivery

MoneyWatch Conclusion: "Worth the money? Online membership: Yes, it’s a bargain for round-the-clock support. Meal delivery: No—for about the same money, other services offer better track records."

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