Prepackaged Diet Plans Jump Start A Weight Loss Program
If you want to ‘jump start’ a weight loss program, you might want to consider using prepackaged meals.
A benefit of using a prepackaged diet plan is that you learn what appropriate portion sizes look like.
One of the drawbacks is that they can be costly.
Why Do People Opt For Prepackaged Diet Plans?
One reason is because they take the guesswork out of choosing the foods to successfully diet. It’s important to keep in mind that a prepackaged plan can help you jumpstart a weight loss program, but you have to be willing to make lifestyle changes, and learn more about meal planning, the benefits of exercise and managing stress.
Types Of Prepackaged Diet Plans
With obesity rates raising every day, there are many prepackaged diet plans to choose from. Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, BistroMD and Weight Watchers are just a handful of prepackaged diet plans that people can sign up for.
A recent study found the long-term effects of two types of diet, “a prepackaged, nutritionally complete meal plan” and a “usual-care diet”. They compared the effects of the two diets on weight loss and cardiovascular risk factors in overweight and obese people. To perform the study they randomly selected 183 people with hypertension/dyslipidemia and 119 people with type 2 Diabetes. After one year, weight change in the hypertension/dyslipidemia group was -5.8kg with the prepared meal plan vs. -1.7kg with the usual care diet plan. Both groups improved blood pressure, total and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels and the glycosylated hemoglobin level.
The study concluded that prepackaged diet plans simultaneously provided the simplicity and nutrient composition that is necessary to maintain long-term weight management.
Obviously, the long term use of these plans can get expensive. Depending on the plan you opt to use, you can expect pay anywhere from $300 to upwards of $1,200 for higher end meal delivery services. It’s also worth keeping in mind that if you have a spouse or children, you’ll still have to grocery shop for them.
If A Prepackaged Diet Plan Doesn’t Fit Your Budget Or Lifestyle
If a prepackaged diet plan is too expensive or doesn’t make sense because you also have a family to feed, don’t overlook the benefits of jump starting a new diet to help control your weight, improve your mood and lead to a better sense of well being.