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Who can benefit from a prepared meal delivery service for weight loss?

See if you find yourself on our top 10 list of people who might benefit from a meal delivery service.:
  • People with low self-control. If you've failed at other weight-loss plans because it's too easy to take a second helping or sneak a scoop (or two) of ice cream, portioned meals can be a good way to regulate impulse eating.
  • People who don't cook. If your usual dinner involves a microwave and an entree from the grocery freezer case, these prepared-meal programs will seem familiar and, in many cases, be healthier than supermarket frozen dinners.
  • People with portion-control problems. If your particular dieting devil is too much food rather than the wrong foods, any of these programs might help you retrain your eye -- and your stomach. Prepared-meal plans can help you recognize what nutritionists mean by one serving of meat or two servings of vegetables.
  • People who find menu planning stressful. Shopping, ingredient checking, weighing and measuring, and counting points or calories can be enough to sink a dedicated dieter. Prepared meals eliminate all the calculation and guesswork, letting you concentrate on weight loss and exercise.
  • People who skip meals. One big component of diet success is keeping your body fueled all day. Most of the plans include three meals plus snacks. If you're the type who skips breakfast and ends up gorging at dinner (or after dinner), prepared meal plans can help you develop healthier, more balanced eating habits.
  • People who are emotional eaters. While a prepared-meal diet can't address the root causes of emotional eating, it can force you to be more aware of everything you put in your mouth, connecting food with actual hunger.
  • People who want to eat at home more often. If you're time-crunched and find yourself gobbling fast food several times a week, a prepared-meal plan can be a good way to meld convenience with better nutrition.
  • People who don't travel extensively. While all the major plans allow you to stop and start deliveries, you have to keep on top of your orders -- and it's easy to fall into bad old eating habits while you're on the road.
  • People who are realistic about expectations. No prepared meal can taste as good as homemade chicken and dumplings, or the carbonara at your favorite Italian restaurant.
  • People who can afford it. None of these plans costs less than $10 a day per person, and most are between $20 and $50 a day, making them impractical for many families.

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