An Abridged DietToGo Review

When I got back from New York, I weighed in at 161.8 pounds. Even through all my meandering this was the first time I crept back up into the 160s, so it was a little scary. Most of it came off right away the rest of that week and I was down to 154 pounds give or take an ounce.

diet-to-go-logoApril started off really well with the help of DietToGo. I’d been seeing giveaways and reviews all over the Healthy Living world but resisted for a while because I’ve had terrible experiences with food delivery services in the past, and I was also concerned about the amount of sodium in each meal. They address the sodium issue here, and I guess it just seems higher because the nutritional information of each meal is tracked as one item and not a bunch of smaller items.

The plan I chose was their traditional low-fat, five days a week, breakfast/lunch/dinner, at 1,200 calories. It has been a long time since I’ve restricted myself to 1,200 calories, and DTG meal plans are designed so that you don’t have to go shopping at all, but I wanted that extra cushion to eat snacks (and booze) in between meals. I used MyFitnessPal to track my intake and ended each day at about 1,800 calories.

Some things I liked about the DTG experience:

  • The food was actually really good. Granted, they didn’t look very appetizing once defrosted and microwaved, but I was pleasantly surprised at each meal. I didn’t take any pictures, but my favorite meals were the egg quesadilla breakfast, eggplant parmesan, and chicken pizza. 
  • I can’t tell you how nice it was to use practically zero brainpower in regards to what I’m going to eat for lunch or dinner. Not to mention the money saved; I could easily spend $20-25 every day at Whole Foods just for lunch.
  • NO COOKING! NO DISHES! I know most of you love cooking, but I’m a busy, social, single girl and Cassie ain’t got time fo dat. I especially don’t love having to eat the same thing for dinner 4 nights in a row because recipes can’t be made for one.
  • Easy meal substitutions. They plan it all out, complete with photos, but say you hate eggplant and want to substitute the eggplant parmesan for something else. No problem! They give you a dozen or more different meals to choose from instead.
  • Absolutely no fuss, no muss stop/start process. No contracts. No having to call customer service to cancel or pause while they go through their list of 101 ways to retain a customer and annoy the shit out of them in the process. I preemptively paused my service after one week because I didn’t want to end up with a fridge full of prepackaged food I wasn’t going to eat in case I didn’t like it. But, I did like it, so while I’m going to have to fend for myself this upcoming week, my DTG deliveries will resume on April 15th.

Some things I wish were different:

  • Minor, but it would be nice for the nutritional information to be printed on the package so I don’t have to go back to the website and dig for it. Or even a printout included in the box. Surely it can’t be that difficult to incorporate.
  • I know this is all partnerships and corporate crap, but it would be so awesome to have Weight Watchers points values for each meal. A girl can dream…
  • DTG needs to set up a local pickup spot in Los Angeles! Come on! It’s nice having food delivered to me, but even better if I can pick it up fresh.
  • I wish it didn’t have that dreaded “D” word in its name.

I drank a LOT of booze while on DTG but still managed to lose about three pounds. Probably because I worked out a decent amount too. I’m on my own, food-wise, this week but looking forward to taking DTG a little more seriously on April 15th when my next shipment of food arrives. Next time I’ll take pictures and have a more thorough review of the whole thing.

Disclaimers: I was not compensated by DietToGo for this quick and dirty review. It’s all me, baby.

 

3 thoughts on “An Abridged DietToGo Review

  1. April 7, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    I like reading your input on them when it’s not a sponsored post. All the sponsored posts have read the same and it was nice to read a real review. I might have to consider them a little…

  2. Less of Less
    April 7, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    I’m not much for cooking either. Although, I’m not sure that I would ever do a meal to go plan.