NAPLES, Fla., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- CBS Moneywatch.com recently reviewed eight of the biggest diet plans to find out which programs are worth consumers' money. After speaking to leading nutritionists and weight loss professionals, reading clinical studies, and analyzing membership fees and food costs, CBS Moneywatch.com compared their findings.
For a price of $1,440 for 8 weeks of food, MoneyWatch determined that Bistro MD is worth the cost.
The review of Bistro MD mentioned high quality of food and relatively large portion sizes as advantages of the program. Other programs reviewed included Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, and Jenny Craig.
"Our program is very reasonably priced when considering quality, but it is also important to remember what added benefits you receive for your money," says Dr. Caroline Cederquist, bariatric physician and creator of Bistro MD. "Many people don't take into account the cost of their time and health. These things have significant value as well."
Researchers at the University of Washington found that a healthy diet of nutritious, low-calorie foods now costs the average American $27.24 daily. "These numbers solely reflect food ingredients. Now consider the cost of your time, the value of your health, and the relief from the stress of grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning," Dr. Cederquist says. "Our program costs on average $25.99 a day. In comparison, it really is a good deal."
The study also showed that people who don't value health and good living spend considerably less on food daily. However, these same people eventually pay the price of fatigue, nutritional deficiencies, and medical costs related to obesity and other diseases.
"The least costly way to stay healthy is to prevent countless diseases with proper nutrition. Eating the recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables, for example, can significantly lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, and even some cancers," Dr. Cederquist explains. "A good diet is a form of preventative medicine and it's much cheaper than treating the alternative."
In 2009, Bistro MD was praised as the "best diet support" by Health magazine. Besides providing balanced meals to support dieters' weight loss efforts, Bistro MD also provides a team of dietitians available to customers.
"Dr. Cederquist's trained dietitians are available at no extra cost," says Dick Bruno, Bistro MD's chief operating officer. "This additional support can go a long way in helping dieters reach weight loss goals."
In the past, Bistro MD has also been recognized by The New York Times, The Doctors show, and Dr. Phil, who calls the program the "best home meal delivery available."
"Because diet delivery programs are relatively new and quickly gaining popularity, there is some negativity regarding their worth," says Bruno. "Think about how much money you already spend on groceries and then consider the value of your time and health. For many people, diet delivery is well worth the price."
The daily calorie intake varies between 1,100 and 1,400. 5-day and 7-day programs are available with and without snacks, and dieters on Bistro MD can expect to lose an average of 2-3 pounds a week.
Is it worth the money? CBS MoneyWatch says, "Yes. It's a reasonable price for well-made food with slightly faster average weight loss than with Jenny Craig."
Read the full diet plan review at http://www.MoneyWatch.com.
About Bistro MD
Bistro MD offers gourmet diet meals delivered to customers' homes nationwide. Each dish is designed by the founding doctor and prepared by expert chefs. Bistro MD also specializes in diabetic meal plans and senior meal delivery. For more information, visit http://www.BistroMD.com.
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