Fan fact: Diet-to-Go was first founded in Virginia in the 1990s and was one of the first low-carb meal delivery plans in the United States.
Why do I mention the year? Because it means this company had time to tweak and perfect their services which benefits you in the present, dear dieter.
Their approach to weight loss is simple. “We believe that by eating wholesome meals with proper portion sizes, you can get on track to a healthy lifestyle,” they write on Diet-to-Go’s website.
“Once you have your nutrition down, we also suggest adding in moderate fitness to burn calories and lose weight easier.”
When the company rolled out its first low-carb meal delivery plan in 1999, it was considered a game changer. The low-fat and low-carb meals were an instant hit with bodybuilders and exercise enthusiasts who needed extra protein to meet their fitness goals.
Fans and patrons of Gold’s Gym and World Gym quickly took to the meals, making the Diet-to-Go low carb menu a favorite pick of bodybuilders and CrossFit fans everywhere. Because Diet-to-Go’s home base was in Virginia, it quickly became the go-to choice for keto meal delivery in DC.
The company was also highly praised in 2016 when it unveiled a plan that specifically caters to customers with diabetes or who are at risk for diabetes. Their meals help maintain healthy weight and blood sugar levels.
Diet-to-Go officials noted that many diabetics had trouble adjusting their food intake and meal planning in a way that best met their needs.
As a result, the company began developing a specialized diet geared specifically to diabetes patients. The plan was designed with busy diabetics in mind.
Read our Best Diabetes Meal Delivery Services review to learn more.
“This plan has been years in the making and is ideal for them,” said Diet-to-Go Chief Executive Officer Hilton Davis when the diabetes-specific plan Balance-Diabetes was first introduced. “Healthy eating made easy is our slogan and our unwavering goal.”
Diet-to-Go currently boasts of preparing 40,000 meals a week for customers nationwide and has steadfastly been one of the top picks for people who are looking for ways to get high protein low carb meals delivered to their homes.
The company also proudly shares that its kitchens are inspected daily by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Each Diet-to-Go menu also carefully follows the nutritional guidelines set out by the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, and American Diabetes Association.
“Our incredible selection of portion-controlled meals lets you enjoy foods you love, stick to your plan and reach your goals,” the Diet-to-Go website promises. “We’ll do the work to make sure you always have something delicious to look forward to.”
How Diet-to-Go Works
In many areas, you’ll have the option of either picking up your meals at a local health club (the site will let you know which address is closest to your home) or having your meals delivered straight to your door.
Dedicated bodybuilders may luck out and discover that their gym is Diet-to-Go pick up location!
In terms of calories, the Balance, Balance-Diabetes and the Vegetarian options are based on 1200 calorie a day diets for women and 1600 calorie a day diets for men. The KetoCarb30 plan is based on a 1300 calorie a day diet.
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Meals are delivered every Tuesday and Friday. After you select your preferred delivery method, the next step is to pick the meal plan that’s best for you.
Customers can choose from the following Diet-to-Go plans:
Just as its name indicates, this plan is all about making sure your meals are balanced in the way that will lead to weight loss.
The oldest and most established of all of Diet-to-Go’s meal plans, the Balance plan focuses on weight loss without skimping on flavor.
The Balance plan also prides itself on being heart healthy and is easy to adapt for those who are omnivores or on no-seafood diets.
It is currently the most popular one Diet-to-Go offers. Customers on the Balance plan will usually eat between 1,200 and 1,600 calories per day. Along with the vegetarian meal plan, the Balance plan is a great option for customers looking to lower their sodium intake.
This Diet to Go low-carb plan was created for those who are diabetic or at risk for diabetes.
Using the American Diabetes Association guidelines for carbohydrates and fat, the Balance-Diabetes plan is great for prediabetics and those with diabetes.
The meals are created to help you lose weight while also controlling blood sugar naturally and in a way that is safe.
Diet-to-Go does recommend that diabetics and pre-diabetics check with their doctors to make sure this plan would work for them.
This diet is designed for those of you who are looking for ready to eat meals void of sugar and starches.
It’s also a great service for dieters who love the old-fashioned, Atkins-style, low-carb and high protein diet and are looking for a high protein diet food delivery option.
As a carb-restricted meal plan, this diet replaces carbs with fat, making the Keto-Carb30 a great option for those who are looking for low carb meals delivered to your home.
Those who sign up for the keto diet meal delivery plan can expect to take in only about 30 net carbs a day!
This is the meat-free version of Diet-to-Go’s classic Balance meal plan.
Diet-to-Go worked with dietitians to make a vegetarian meal plan that was tasty, low-carb and heart healthy.
This plan is also low in sodium, fa, and cholesterol. (Diners should note that the Diet-to-Go Vegetarian meals are classified as “ovo-lacto” and therefore contain eggs, soy, beans and dairy.)
What You Can Expect From Your Meal
When you sign up for a Diet-to-Go meal plan, you can look forward to dishes designed by professional dietitians with weight loss in mind. The company’s chefs also focus on flavor while also strictly keeping an eye on portion control.
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Diet-to-Go’s meal plans are based on a rotating five-week schedule, which means that you’ll get a variety of dishes from week to week. But don’t worry, you can consistently get your favorite Diet-to-Go meals each week if you so choose by customizing your plan accordingly.
If you need to substitute anything on your menu because you don’t like a particular dish, just fill out the Substitution Form on the Diet-to-Go website.
Diet-to-Go meals are also different from other plans out there in that everything can be thawed in the refrigerator and don’t necessarily have to be kept in the freezer.
All meals are flash frozen, which means that all you’ll need is a microwave to get everything heated.
Because Diet-to-Go focuses on calorie reduction and attracts customers who are determined to build muscle and stay fit, you can expect meals that are high in protein and consistently lower in carbs and sugar.
At Diet-to-Go calories are carefully counted, but the chefs creating your meals are also focused on getting you the tastiest and most nutritious meal while also helping you meet your goals.
Each week you will receive a well-insulated box containing each of your individually packed meals and instructions and nutritional information for each.
Your meal will arrive on a plastic tray and can be heated in a microwave, toaster oven or traditional oven. The instructions your meals come with will list out how to heat your meals using each of those things.
The package will also come with a set of instructions that will remind you that you cannot add any sugar, bread or fruits to the meals Diet-to-Go prepared for you. You will also receive instructions on what beverages you’ll be permitted to enjoy with your Diet-to-Go meals.
If you don’t like your meal for any reason or if it arrives damaged in any way, you can return it for a company credit. We found this online review from a Diet-to-Go customer in California to be a good example of how seriously the company takes customer service.
“I live in a hot area of California and had meals arrive that were not cold enough to eat on a couple of occasions, they wrote. “DTG immediately credited my account and took steps to ensure future shipments arrived cold.”
All of the meals in Diet-to-Go’s five-week menu rotation can be viewed here. Here are some of our current favorites.
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- Szechuan Turkey Burger: This protein-rich burger has a bit of kick to it thanks to the Szechuan sauce.
- Hummus Pizza: The creamy hummus complement the crispy crust of the pizza perfectly.
- Greek Pasta Salad with Tuna: With feta, olives and pasta, what more could you want from a filling meal?
- Beef Casserole: A popular item from Diet-to-Go’s Keto-Carb30 plan, this high protein entree will fill you up quickly.
- Chicken Roma: Another entry from the Keto-Carb30 menu, this dish is the perfect example of how Diet-to-Go’s entrees are both protein-rich and tasty.
- Aztec Quinoa Salad: This Mexican-inspired salad is filling and a great lunch option.
- Texas Tofu Chili: A vegetarian take on this Southern classic, this chili is a great dinner option.
Diet-to-Go delivers to every state in the contiguous United States. We appreciate that Diet-to-Go customers often have the option of either picking up their orders from a local gym or health club or having them delivered directly to their doors.
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The areas with the highest number of pick up locations are DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.
The boxes are shipped either via FedEx or UPS and will arrive on Tuesdays and Fridays.
If you choose to have your meals delivered, shipping is $9.99 Per Delivery and charged weekly with the rest of your plan.
Your delivery and pick up days cannot be changed and must be either a Tuesday or a Friday. If you find that you need to change your delivery schedule to every other week or need to skip a week, you can do that by logging into your account.
Diet-to-Go plans come at a variety of price points. Each plan (Balance, Balance-Diabetes, Keto-Carb30, and Vegetarian) comes with the option of either signing up for 5 days of meals per week or 7 days of meals a week. Customers can also choose between ordering breakfast, lunch, and dinner or just lunch and dinner each day.
Depending on the nature of the plan you are looking for, Diet-to-Go subscriptions range from $179.99 a week for three meals a day seven days a week on the Balance plan to $121.99 a week for two meals a day for five days a week. Prices further vary within that range depending on the specifics and dietary needs of each plan.
Your plan will automatically be renewed and charged from week to week, but canceling is easy if you choose to do so. All you have to do is login to your Diet-to-Go profile. That is also where you go if you need to skip a week or change your meal preferences.
Food for Thought
Many people reading this are probably wondering about how strict Diet-to-Go’s plans are. Fortunately for them, Diet-to-Go offers a great system for those who are anxious about sticking to their diets and need to reach out to someone for help.
Every customer has access to certified Nutritionists and health coaches that they can contact to ask questions and receive support. The company also gives subscribers access to an online forum and meal and exercise trackers as part of their overall plan.
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But those worried that the diet is so strict that it seems flavorless or uninteresting should rest assured that is not the case with Diet to Go.
Diet-to-Go was even named the number one diet meal plan for flavor in a blind taste test conducted by Epicurious in 2011. The dishes were judged on flavor, texture, and appearance and Diet-to-Go beat all of the other meals tasted handily.
Diet-to-Go meals stand out from the rest of the weight loss meal plan crowd because the company insists on using fresh ingredients and no preservatives.
The company also notes that it uses organic ingredients whenever possible, but not exclusively.
The same rule applies to Diet-to-Go’s use of artificial sweeteners, though Diet-to-Go does note that some side items like yogurt and syrup do contain sweeteners.
“However, because customers can substitute meals, they can easily replace meals that have side items containing artificial sweeteners with meals that don’t have them,” the company notes.
Because everything is flash frozen, your Diet-to-Go meals can be easily heated without feeling soggy or that mysterious airplane food feeling many consumers of frozen meals dread.
We especially liked that even Diet-to-Go is a low-carb diet delivery service that focuses on weight loss, the portion sizes are quite generous.
There were even times when we had enough leftovers to save for the next day for a snack. Additionally, while the five-week menu allows us to think ahead and vary things up, we also liked how we could customize our plan and repeat our favorite meals if we’d like.
Looking through various Diet-to-Go low-carb reviews, we found that customers liked the options the menu provided and that the steak and chicken dishes are particular favorites. Because Diet-to-Go is so focused on low-carb meals, it is perhaps unsurprising that the salads tend to be sparse because proteins tend to be the stars of these meals.
“I’ve been on the plan now for about a month and already down 12 pounds,” writes one customer in a Facebook review. “Can’t wait to meet my goal.”
When choosing among low carb diet meal delivery plans, there’s always the question of whether or not the breakfast options are worth trying. We found (and other reviews of diet to go have noted) that their breakfasts can be very hit or miss.
Those who are using the plan to lose weight should keep in mind that they should skip the sugary options though if they decide to do breakfast on their own.
Be aware that because the Diet-to-Go menu rotates every five weeks, it can feel repetitive after a while. As Diet-to-Go’s own website points out, customers “can order with confidence knowing there are no surprises; just fresh, healthy, delicious meals.”
Those who like variety should think about ways they can customize their meal plans or talk to a member of the Diet-to-Go support team for suggestions on how to move forward. The good news is that those who correctly follow the Diet-to-Go instructions all report losing weight while following the plan.
This reviewer sums up the Diet-to-Go experience well. “When I do religiously follow the meals and rarely snack outside of them, I easily drop a few pounds,” they wrote. “It’s a pretty simple system–and the meals are substantial!”
As you consistently eat the meals and continue exercising, you’ll also learn to crave carbs and sugarless, which is always a good thing!
One other thing diners should also consider is that Diet-to-Go meals tend not to be spicy, so those who like seasoning and a kick of spice should add their own (while still following the company’s meal guidelines, of course.)
For those looking for gluten-free or vegan meals, it’s important to know that Diet-to-Go is not the plan for you.
While some of the company’s meals would qualify as gluten-free or vegan, the company cannot certify that they are or that they haven’t come in contact with ingredients that either have gluten or animal products in them.
We also wish that the shipping costs were lower, as they are pretty high compared to other meal delivery kits out there.
Having said that though, we love Diet-to-Go overall and find it’s food to be solid and one of the best out there especially if you’re looking to address health concerns or weight loss goals through the lens of a diet.