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Diet-to-Go might just be the best meal service for busy people

My normal food schedule works like this – coffee and maybe some yogurt or a bagel in the morning, promptly followed by forgetting about food for the next 8-or-so hours while I work, topped with stuffing my face with whatever’s in the fridge because I’m starving by the time I get home. It’s not healthy – I don’t track calories, I probably don’t eat enough greens and I’ve been known to get more than a little hangry.

Enter Diet-to-Go, the Virginia-based meal delivery service that promises weight loss and a community to help you through the process. In addition to offering up meals, customers can call their staff of experts, including a registered dietitian, a nutritionist, and a certified health coach.

As far as food goes, Diet-to-Go has options for diabetics, those looking to keep their carbohydrate intake below 30 grams a day (like the Atkins or Ketogenic diet) and vegetarians, but I went with their Balance plan, which focuses on calorie control and doesn’t contain red meat or pork. If you order three meals a day for seven days, the cost ranges between $173.99 and $197.59 – either way it works out to less than $10 a meal.

The food arrives pre-portioned and individually wrapped in small trays that are unbelievably convenient for taking into the office or popping into a lunchbox. Although the plan I selected kept my calorie intake at about 1,200 per day, I could switch up my lunch and dinner if I was feeling especially hungry that day. The menu changes weekly, but the meals are balanced and include tantalizing options like macaroni and cheese and chocolate zucchini bread. Unlike other meal delivery services, the prep is minimal and most of the meals can just be warmed up in the microwave or a toaster oven.

Although some of the food didn’t stand out in terms of flavor, the low calorie count allowed me add on a few condiments to kick the flavor up a notch without wrecking my diet – the egg and cheese breakfast sandwich was downright delicious with a healthy drizzle of sriracha.

I’ll admit I didn’t track my weight loss for the week I tested out Diet-to-Go, but I was more energetic and felt a little more virtuous consuming Brussel sprouts instead of frozen pizza for the third night in a week. The lack of prep work and transportable packaging make it a great option for those who are crushingly busy or just don’t like cooking, but want to break out of the take-out cycle and lose weight in the process.

(Disclosure: Diet-to-Go supplied us with their product for free, however it does not impact our opinion of this product and service)