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Meal delivery services have become increasingly popular among health-conscious consumers and those following specific diets.

In addition to being simple and convenient, many meal delivery services can:

  • aid weight loss
  • promote nutrient-rich eating habits
  • make it easier to follow a balanced and nutritious diet

Keep reading for Healthline’s dietitians’ picks of the 12 best weight loss meal delivery services.

  • Convenience: We looked for meals that were convenient to prepare to minimize the extra time it might take customers to fit healthy meals into their schedules.
  • Meal plans: We looked for meal delivery services that offered diet-specific meal plans that help customers reach their weight loss goals.
  • Nutrient-rich meals: We looked for meal delivery services that offer balanced and nutrient-dense meals to help customers feel supported in their weight loss goals.
  • Nutritional content: We looked for meal delivery services that provide low calorie, high protein, or high fiber options to promote weight management.
  • Taste and ease of preparation: We looked for services that offer meals that are easy to prepare, and we also tried many of them to find out whether they offered a good variety of flavors and textures.
  • Price: We included meal delivery services at a variety of price points to accommodate any budget.
  • Vetting: The services on our list have been vetted to ensure that they align with Healthline’s brand integrity standards and approach to well-being. You can read more about our vetting process.

Why you should trust us

Every meal delivery service on our list has been reviewed by registered dietitians and vetted to ensure that it aligns with Healthline’s brand integrity standards and approach to well-being. Each service in this article:

  • is in compliance with the USDA and FDA food safety and manufacturing regulations
  • uses a trusted shipper to handle its food products
  • lists all ingredients, allergens, and nutrition facts on its website or product packaging
  • promotes a healthy approach to well-being
  • does not make unsupported health claims on its website or marketing materials

Best overall

Trifecta Nutrition

  • Price: starts at $11.42 per serving
  • Shipping: $9.99 for the contiguous United States, $49.99 for Alaska and Hawaii
  • Subscription: 5–14 entrees per delivery, with or without breakfast, delivered weekly
  • Meal types: prepared meals and a la carte items
  • Menus: Clean, Paleo, Keto, Vegan, Vegetarian, Whole30
  • Why we like it: Trifecta Nutrition caters to many different eating patterns, has both prepared meals and a la carte items, and makes it easy to add more nutritious, high protein meals to your daily diet.

Trifecta Nutrition is a meal delivery service that claims to be scientifically backed and makes it easy to follow certain dietary plans. Trifecta has Keto, Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Whole30, and Clean meal plans.

Trifecta Nutrition offers a rotating menu of fully prepared breakfast, lunch, and dinner options that can be heated, plated, and enjoyed with little to no effort.

All meals are made using organic ingredients and sustainably sourced seafood and grass-fed meat. Meals are prepared in a gluten-free kitchen.

Meals are also macro-balanced, meaning Trifecta aims to help you hit protein, carb, and fat content goals by making sure each meal is balanced with lean proteins, complex carbs, and vegetables.

Most meals are also featured on popular nutrition apps so you can easily track your intake. Trifecta also has an app that can help you track your meals, workouts, and more.

Meals on the sample menu at the time of publication include:

  • Korean Beef Bulgogi
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Quinoa
  • Oatmeal Walnut Bake

They also offer a variety of a la carte proteins, carbs, veggies, and snacks to streamline meal prep, including:

  • chicken
  • salmon
  • quinoa
  • sweet potatoes
  • peeled hard-boiled eggs
  • brown rice
  • cinnamon walnut bread

Each week, you can order 5–14 entrees, either with or without breakfast. Though you cannot select specific meals from a meal plan, you can exclude up to two ingredients per week, such as shellfish, mushrooms, turkey, or chicken.

All plans are low in calories and high in protein, with around 350–500 calories per serving and 20–40 grams of protein in each meal.

Trifecta aims to have meals delivered on Fridays (with some Saturday deliveries) to allow you to meal prep for the upcoming week.

The packaging is mostly recyclable, and you can find detailed instructions for recycling online.

What our tester says

I found Trifecta’s meals to be filling and nutritious enough to be a main course, although I did add extra vegetables and spices to some of them for added flavor. The meals were generally tasty and kept their texture after reheating. They arrived frozen so I reheated most of them on the stove like a stir-fry.

If you’re looking to track your macro intake or follow a specific diet like keto, vegan, paleo, or Whole30, Trifecta may be a good fit for you. You can’t select individual meals, so it’s not a great choice for picky eaters.

You can read more about Trifecta Nutrition in our full review.

— Healthline writer Rachael Link, MS, RD

Pros

  • makes it easier to follow certain diets
  • meals stay fresh in the fridge for up to 10 days or 3 months in the freezer due to their vacuum-sealed packaging
  • meals are prepared in a gluten- and peanut-free facility
  • meals are fully prepared upon delivery

Cons

  • price per serving is relatively expensive
  • only offers single-serving meals
  • can’t select individual meals unless you order Classic meals a la carte

Best with dietitian support

Factor

  • Price: starts at $11 per serving
  • Shipping: $9.99, contiguous United States
  • Subscription: 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, or 18 meals, delivered weekly
  • Meal types: prepared meals
  • Menus: Chef’s Choice, Keto, Calorie Smart, Vegan & Veggie, Protein Plus
  • Why we like it: Factor includes a free nutrition consultation with a registered dietitian and offers a rotating menu with a range of low calorie meals.

Factor is a meal subscription service that delivers nutrient-rich, fully prepared meals straight to your door and offers individual support from a registered dietitian, which can help foster health-promoting eating habits to support long-term weight loss (8).

Each subscription includes a 20-minute consultation with a registered dietitian, while monthly coaching packages are available for an additional fee.

Each week, you can select from a new menu that includes the following options: Chef’s Choice, Keto, Calorie Smart, Vegan & Veggie, and Protein Plus. You can choose between 4, 6, 8, 12, or 18 meals per week.

Their Calorie Smart option includes meals that are under 550 calories each to help customers stay within their calorie deficit goals.

However, meals may contain anywhere from 350–900 calories per serving, so if you’re looking to maintain a calorie deficit, you may want to pay close attention to the nutrition labels of other individual meals.

Factor meals are also free of refined sugars, genetically modified ingredients, hormones, and antibiotics.

Some dishes currently on their menu include:

  • Herb Crusted Chicken
  • Keto Poblano Bowl
  • Vegetable Ratatouille

Detailed nutrition information is available for each item and some meals can also be found on popular nutrition tracking apps, such as MyFitnessPal.

The exact date that meals are delivered depends on your zip code, but the cutoff date to order menu items is by end of day Wednesday to ensure chefs have enough time to prepare your meals.

Shipping is available throughout the contiguous United States and orders are delivered in packaging that is mostly recyclable.

As Factor is one of the highest price options on the market, it may be more difficult to follow long-term compared with other eating plans.

What our tester says

The meals I tried from Factor had great flavors and textures, even after reheating. Each meal contained a good serving of vegetables, and the chicken and fish were nicely cooked. For example, the salmon in the Pesto Salmon with Creamed Spinach and Tomato Butter Haricot Verts meal wasn’t dry or fishy at all.

In addition to being tasty, the meals were generally balanced nutritionally. Find out more about Factor in our in-depth review.

— Healthline Nutrition and Fitness Market Editor Kelli McGrane, MS, RD

Pros

  • provides full nutrition, allergen, and ingredient information per meal
  • option to receive monthly coaching from a dietitian
  • includes options for several diet patterns

Cons

  • single-serving meals may not be ideal for families
  • can be considered costly depending on the program
  • not suitable for people with severe food allergies or intolerances

Best doctor-designed

BistroMD

  • Price: starts at $10.99 per serving
  • Shipping: $19.95, contiguous United States
  • Subscription: 2 or 3 meals per day for 5 or 7 days per week, delivered weekly
  • Meal types: frozen, prepared meals
  • Menus: Men’s, Women’s, Signature, Heart Healthy, Gluten-Free, Keto Flex, Diabetes-Friendly, Menopause
  • Why we like it: BistroMD offers support from healthcare professionals and provides meal plans tailored to multiple health concerns.

BistroMD is a doctor-designed meal delivery service geared toward weight loss.

It allows you to customize your weekly meal plan by selecting from 150 meals, each of which can be reheated and enjoyed.

It’s important to note that the meals are very low in calories, with some coming in at under 300 calories. Their meal plans are based on 1,200 calories a day for females and 1,400 calories a day for males, which is extremely low.

Snacks are all available as add-ons and contain roughly 150 calories each.

All plans are high in protein, which has been shown to help reduce body weight, fat mass, and appetite (4, 5, 6, 7).

Some of the meals offered by BistroMD include:

  • Lasagna with Garden Marinara
  • Salmon with Dill Mustard Sauce
  • Meatloaf with Honey Bourbon Glaze

In addition to providing detailed nutrition information for each item on their menu, most meals are available through online fitness apps.

BistroMD says that they follow a strict shipping schedule, so shipping dates for your meals aren’t able to be customized, but you are given tracking information so you’ll know in advance when to expect your meals.

This service also includes the option for email support from a registered dietitian in addition to free webinars and articles.

Most packaging is recyclable and step-by-step instructions for how to recycle each component can be found on their website.

Read more about BistroMD in our full review.

Pros

  • offers multiple weight loss programs
  • uses fresh and wholesome foods without artificial ingredients
  • can get email support from registered dietitians

Cons

  • higher price point and shipping fee
  • only ships to the contiguous United States
  • limited to single-serving meals

Best meal kit

Blue Apron

  • Price: starts at $7.99+ per serving
  • Shipping: $9.99, contiguous United States
  • Subscription: 2 or 4 servings for 2–4 meals per week, delivered weekly
  • Meal types: meal kits and prepared meals
  • Menus: Signature, Vegetarian, Wellness, Signature for Four
  • Why we like it: Blue Apron provides both meal kits and heat-and-eat meals, making it a good choice for those with various levels of cooking experience.

Blue Apron is a popular service that provides nutritious meals that are made with sustainably sourced ingredients, earning it our pick as the best meal kit company on the market.

There are several plans available with 2 or 4 servings each, including vegetarian options featuring seasonal produce.

Each weekly box includes preportioned ingredients and simple recipes so you can prepare fresh and healthy meals at home.

Some recipes you may currently choose from include:

  • Chickpea and Kale Grain Bowls
  • Flank Steak & Lemon Salsa Verde
  • Oven-Baked Chorizo & Black Bean Tacos

Blue Apron is one of the few delivery services that allows you to choose your own delivery day, and you’re allowed to change your delivery day anytime by going to your account settings.

Additionally, Blue Apron offers “Heat and Eat” meals that include pre-made, microwavable meals for customers who don’t have the time to cook. Unlike other meal delivery services, Blue Apron also offers appliances such as knives and aprons along with “pantry staples,” which include a variety of spices.

Those looking to lose weight can use Blue Apron as part of WW (Weight Watchers), a weight loss program that uses a points system.

According to a study that WW funded involving 1,267 people, following a WW diet for 1 year was more effective for weight loss than using self-help materials and brief nutrition counseling sessions (9).

That said, Blue Apron isn’t as customizable as other meal delivery services and may not be a good fit for those with food sensitivities or specific dietary restrictions.

Over 85% of packaging is recyclable, and in-depth recycling instructions can be found online.

What our tester says

I generally enjoyed the meals I tried from Blue Apron, plus the ingredients were of good quality and arrived fresh. While I wish there was a greater variety of diet types to choose from, I thought the meals themselves offered a nice range of seasonings and textures, and I appreciated that the Wellness meals were quite different from each other.

Overall, the recipes were easy to prepare and good for beginner cooks. That said, Blue Apron might not be the best fit for people who follow a specific dietary pattern.

You can read more about my experience trying Blue Apron in our full review.

— Healthline Nutrition and Fitness Market Editor Kelli McGrane, MS, RD

Pros

  • includes multiple-serving meals and a family-friendly program
  • uses only non-GMO ingredients that are sourced from farmers who use sustainable farming practices
  • offers variety of WW-recommended meal kits

Cons

  • fewer options for specific diets like keto or paleo
  • not suitable for people with severe food allergies or intolerances

Best value

EveryPlate

  • Price: $4.99+ per serving
  • Shipping: $9.99 throughout the majority of contiguous United States
  • Subscription: 3–5 meals per week with 2 or 4 servings, delivered weekly
  • Meal types: meal kits
  • Menus: Family Friendly, Veggie, Quick & Easy, Meat & Veggie
  • Why we like it: EveryPlate provides budget-friendly options that include multiple servings with each meal.

With plans starting at just $4.99 per serving, EveryPlate is one of the most budget-friendly meal kit companies on the market.

They feature a rotating menu with your choice of 18 recipes each week, including a variety of vegetarian, family-friendly, and no-fuss meals.

You can select between 3–5 meals per week, which include either 2 or 4 servings each.

Some examples of recipes on their weekly menu include:

  • Ginger & Ponzu Turkey Bowls
  • Mediterranean Roasted Veggie Sandwich
  • Lemon Butter Barramundi

Nutritional information is available online for each recipe and many meals are also available on popular food tracking apps.

Potential allergens are also clearly labeled for each recipe. However, note that the service may not be suitable for those with severe food allergies due to the risk of cross-contamination.

According to EveryPlate, meals are also made using high quality ingredients, though there is limited information available on how ingredients are sourced.

Most packaging is fully recyclable.

What our tester says

While some of the meals weren’t quite as flavorful as those from other meal delivery services, I really enjoyed the Moroccan Chickpea & Apricot Tagine. The recipes were easy to prepare, although I added more veggies to most of them.

For people who want the convenience of a meal kit but are looking for a more budget-friendly option, EveryPlate may be worth considering. To learn more about EveryPlate, check out our in-depth review.

— Healthline Nutrition and Fitness Market Editor Kelli McGrane, MS, RD

Pros

  • budget-friendly
  • easy to prepare meals at home
  • provides an array of menu options, with 2 or 4 servings each

Cons

  • offers limited options for certain dietary restrictions or food allergies
  • may not be suitable for those who prefer organic foods
  • no prepared meals available

Best vegan and vegetarian

Purple Carrot

  • Price: starts at $11.00 per serving for meal kits and $12.99 per serving for prepared meals
  • Shipping: $8.00 (free for orders over $85), contiguous United States
  • Subscription: 2–4 meal kits per week with 2 or 4 servings each, 6–10 prepared, single-serve meals, delivered weekly
  • Meal types: meal kits and prepared meals
  • Menus: vegan
  • Why we like it: Purple Carrot boasts an extensive menu of fully plant-based dishes, including a variety of prepared meals and meal kits.

Studies suggest that switching to a vegetarian diet may aid weight loss (1, 2, 3).

Purple Carrot is a strictly offering nutrient-rich vegan meals and meal kits to help promote weight loss and overall health.

The prepared meal plans include 6–10 single-serve meals per week, while the meal kit plans include a 2-serving option with either 3 or 4 meals per week or a 4-serving option with 2 or 3 meals per week.

On average, meals contain 500–800 calories per serving. However, Purple Carrot also labels most items that contain less than 600 calories per serving, which can be useful if you’re looking to lose weight.

For both the meal kit and prepared meal plans, you can customize your meals or choose specific meal preferences like High Protein, Gluten-Free, or Quick & Easy. You can even customize your order to include a mixture of both prepared meals and meal kits.

You’re able to pick the meals you want from the weekly menu and add up to 3 extras to any 2-serving plan or 1 extra to any 4-serving plan. Extras include breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

Purple Carrot offers a wide variety of meal options, including dishes such as:

  • Gochujang Fried Rice
  • Thai Peanut Noodles
  • Sesame Smashed Potato Skillet

Meals are delivered on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday of each week, depending on your location, and weekly boxes can be skipped or canceled in your account settings.

Orders are delivered in mostly recyclable packaging with detailed information on how to recycle each component available online.

Each weekly meal kit box contains premeasured ingredients, complete with recipes and nutritional information for each meal.

Just keep in mind that the Purple Carrot meal kit option requires basic cooking skills and can be more labor-intensive than its prepared meal option, so this option may not be a great fit for everyone.

What our tester says

Compared to other meal kit delivery services, I found the flavors and textures in Purple Carrot’s dishes unique. For example, the New England Lobster rolls used hearts of palm in place of lobster for a creative twist on a classic dish. While the recipes took a bit longer to prepare, I enjoyed their variety.

For people who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, Purple Carrot’s menu provides a wide range of cuisines and flavor profiles to choose from.

You can learn more about Purple Carrot in our comprehensive review.

— Healthline Nutrition and Fitness Market Editor Kelli McGrane, MS, RD

Pros

  • displays full list of ingredients, allergens, and nutritional information for recipes and prepared meals
  • easy-to-change addresses while traveling or skip weeks if needed
  • can choose your meals or let their team select your meals for you
  • labels menu items that are lower in calories

Cons

  • only ships to the contiguous United States
  • not suitable for people with severe food allergies or intolerances
  • gluten-free menu may include some gluten offerings

Best gluten-free

Freshly

  • Price: starts at $9.58 per serving
  • Shipping: $9.99–$11.99 depending on how many meals you choose, contiguous United States
  • Subscription: 4–12 meals per week, delivered weekly
  • Meal types: prepared meals
  • Menus: PurelyPlant, Signature, FreshlyFit
  • Why we like it: Prepared meals from Freshly can be a convenient and affordable way to enjoy more low calorie, high protein dishes at home. Plus, gluten-free meals are prepared in a certified gluten-free facility.

Freshly is a meal delivery service that delivers convenient, prepackaged, nutritious, and ready-to-eat meals, including many that are gluten-free.

They also offer nutritionally balanced meals prepared using minimally processed, high quality ingredients.

Several plans are available including Signature, Plant, and Freshly Fit. These include low calorie, low carb, plant-based, and gluten-, dairy-, and peanut-free options.

Their FreshlyFit plan specifically offers calorie-portioned, single-serving prepared meals that range between 240 and 480 calories. Many of these meals are relatively low carb, high protein meals.

The plans also vary based on how many meals you’d like, ranging from 4–12 meals per week. Most of the meals offered are single-serving, with a few “multi-serve” proteins and sides like grilled chicken or gluten-free mac and cheese.

A few popular menu items they offer include:

  • Thai Green Curry Bowl
  • Andouille Sausage Morning Scramble
  • Creamy Marinara Lentil Pasta

You can also pick the delivery date that’s more convenient for you and weekly packages can be skipped or canceled in your account settings.

While some of their meals may contain major food allergens, they’re prepared in a gluten-free-certified facility, and chefs must keep allergen-containing ingredients separated, covered, and labeled.

However, cross-contamination can still happen. Therefore, people with severe allergies should verify with their healthcare professional first to see if their meals would be a good fit.

Meals are delivered in packaging that is recyclable, biodegradable, or reusable.

What our tester says

Freshly’s meals were incredibly flavorful, although the texture of some items was a bit mushy. While there weren’t a ton of plant-based items to choose from, the menu otherwise featured a good variety of options. I also appreciated their creativity, like using lentil pasta in the Farmstead Baked Lentil Pasta.

Plus, all of the gluten-free meals are prepared in a certified gluten-free facility, which sets Freshly apart from many other meal delivery services.

Read more about Freshly in our comprehensive review.

— Healthline Nutrition and Fitness Market Editor Kelli McGrane, MS, RD

Pros

  • provides variety of gluten-free offerings, which are prepared in certified gluten-free facility
  • offers predominately prepackaged, single-serving meals good for individuals
  • provides full ingredient, nutrition, and allergen information per meal
  • uses only non-toxic and recyclable, biodegradable, or reusable packaging

Cons

  • available only in the continental United States
  • limited number of plant-based meal options
  • few options for multiple-serving portions

Best organic

Sunbasket

  • Price: starts at $9.99 per serving for prepared meals and $11.49 per serving for meal kits
  • Shipping: $9.99 after your first order, contiguous United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, North Dakota, Montana, and parts of New Mexico)
  • Subscription: 4–10 single-serving meals per week or 2–5 meals per week with 2 or 4 servings each
  • Meal types: meal kits and prepared meals
  • Menus: Paleo, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Mediterranean, Diabetes-Friendly
  • Why we like it: Sunbasket meals are made with high quality ingredients, including organic produce, sustainably-sourced seafood, and responsibly-raised meats.

Sunbasket is a meal plan delivery system that offers both meal kits with preportioned ingredients and easy recipes or prepared meals to just heat and eat. It’s also USDA-certified organic and focuses on using responsibly raised meats and sustainably sourced seafood, which is why it’s our top choice as the best organic meal delivery service.

While consuming organic foods may reduce the risk of chronic disease and adult overweight and obesity, these observations may be due to other factors. So, more research is needed to confirm whether organic food confers more health benefits than conventional options (10, 11).

If you prefer to eat organic, Sunbasket offers a variety of nutritious dinner options, and the meals can make great lunches, too. It also has a market section featuring nutrient-rich breakfast, lunch, and snack products.

It has multiple weekly menu options, including paleo, vegetarian, pescatarian, low carb, low calorie, Mediterranean, gluten-free, and diabetes-friendly. You can also filter the menu to view meals that contain less than 600 calories. Meals include detailed nutrition information and some can also be found on nutrition tracking apps.

Sunbasket plans also vary based on how many people you need to feed. Its Fresh & Ready prepared meal plans serve one, while its meal kits can serve 2–4 people, making it a good option for couples and families.

A few examples of items on their menu include:

  • Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili with Avocado
  • Steaks and Romanesco with Baby Broccoli, Squash, and Almonds
  • Seared Salmon with Chimichurri and Provençal Vegetables

You can also easily skip or cancel your weekly deliveries as long as you make your changes before their weekly cutoff on Wednesdays.

Orders are delivered using mostly reusable, recyclable, or compostable packaging materials.

What our tester says

Out of all of the meal kit delivery services I’ve tried, Sunbasket’s ingredients tasted the freshest, and I thought the quality of the meat and seafood was noteworthy. The meals featured interesting flavor combinations, and I appreciated that the recipes included lots of vegetables.

While Sunbasket is more expensive than some alternatives, it uses high quality ingredients and can accommodate a range of dietary preferences.

You can read more about the different Sunbasket meals I made in our in-depth review.

— Healthline Nutrition and Fitness Market Editor Kelli McGrane, MS, RD

Pros

  • uses organic, fresh produce and responsibly sourced proteins
  • provides full ingredient and nutrition information per meal
  • offers both single- and multi-serving meals
  • includes options for various diet patterns

Cons

  • doesn’t deliver to all areas
  • not suitable for people with severe food allergies or intolerances
  • expensive

Best for special diets

Territory Foods

  • Price: starts at $13.95 per serving
  • Shipping: $7.95–$8.95 depending on your location, contiguous United States
  • Subscription: 4–12 meals per delivery, delivered once or twice per week
  • Meal types: prepared meals
  • Menus: Paleo, Keto-Friendly, Mixitarian, Plant-Based, Vegetarian, Vegan, Whole30, Low Fat, Low Carb, Mediterranean, Pre & Postpartum
  • Why we like it: The large rotating menu from Territory Foods makes it an excellent option for picky eaters or for people with specific dietary needs and preferences. Plus, each meal is available in two different portion sizes.

Territory Foods offers a wide range of chef-prepared meals for a variety of different eating patterns, making it a great choice for those following certain specialty diets.

You can filter their rotating weekly menu to find meals that are suitable for vegan, vegetarian, low carb, Mediterranean, Whole30, keto, and paleo diets.

When selecting your meals, you can also filter their menu to view dishes that contain fewer than 500 calories per serving. Additionally, detailed information on the nutritional content of each meal is available online, along with a breakdown of the macronutrient ratios in each serving.

Territory Foods chefs work in independent kitchens around the country and use locally sourced ingredients as well as humanely raised poultry, grass-fed beef, and sustainably sourced seafood.

Meals are available in two portion sizes, including standard and “boost” serving sizes. The “boost” servings are a little smaller than the standard sizes. All meals are free of gluten, dairy, and refined sugar.

Some examples of meals on their menu include:

  • Grilled Salmon with Broccoli and Garlic Green Goddess Sauce
  • Steak Fajitas with Tomato Cauliflower Rice
  • Purple Wild Rice Bowl with Tofu and Edamame

You can order 4–12 meals per delivery and meals are delivered once or twice per week. You can also select additional side dishes, which usually contain 3–4 servings each.

Meal containers are compostable and the rest of the packaging is recyclable to help minimize your environmental impact.

Read more about Territory Foods in our full review.

Pros

  • offers options for multiple diet patterns
  • all meals free of gluten, dairy, and refined sugar
  • large rotating menu with variety of meals to choose from

Cons

  • may be more expensive than similar services
  • provides mostly single-serve meals

Best frozen

Diet-to-Go

  • Price: starts at $9.71 per serving
  • Shipping: $19.98, contiguous United States
  • Subscription: 2–3 meals per day for 5 or 7 days per week, delivered weekly
  • Meal types: prepared meals
  • Menus: Balance, Balance-Diabetes, Keto-Carb30, Vegetarian
  • Why we like it: Diet-to-Go provides an assortment of low calorie, ready-made meals that are easy to prepare and may help promote weight loss.

Diet-to-Go offers a wide selection of low calorie, weight loss-friendly meals that are ready to reheat and enjoy, making it a good option for people looking to save time in the kitchen.

Though some meals are delivered fresh to local customers, most meals shipped further from the company’s kitchen are flash-frozen to preserve quality. The frozen meals can be easily reheated in the microwave or oven.

When signing up, you can choose between several different menus depending on your preferences, including Balance, Balance-Diabetes, Keto-Carb30, and Vegetarian. Each menu includes options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Some menus have additional options for customization. For example, many offer meals with or without seafood and on the Balance menu, you can choose from two different calorie levels based on your needs.

A few examples of meals that they offer include:

  • Veggie Rice Bowl
  • Turkey Burger
  • Crusted Tilapia with Pozole Sauce

Nutritional information for the more popular items is available on several health and fitness apps to help you keep tabs on your diet.

According to their website, they also use organic ingredients when possible, though some meals may contain conventional ingredients.

You can order 2–3 meals per day for either 5 or 7 days per week and are able to select your meals from their full menu to find what works for you.

Diet-to-Go uses recyclable meal trays and packaging for all orders. They also use Styrofoam coolers to keep foods cold, which can be reused or recycled in select areas.

To learn more about Diet-to-Go, check out our comprehensive review.

Pros

  • meals are delivered fully prepared and ready to enjoy
  • several customization options available, including choices for different diets and calorie needs
  • provides detailed information on ingredients and nutritional content for each item

Cons

  • expensive shipping fee
  • limited selections for those with food allergies and certain dietary restrictions

Best variety

Epicured

  • Price: starts at $10.29 per serving
  • Shipping: $10 for eastern states (free for orders over $100), $30–$45 for central/western states, contiguous United States
  • Subscription: items ordered a la carte, delivered weekly
  • Meal types: prepared meals
  • Menus: GERD-Friendly/Low Acid, Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Extra Sensitive for IBD & IBS Symptoms
  • Why we like it: Epicured boasts a large menu and allows you to order items a la carte, which can be useful for those looking to add more variety to their diet.

Epicured offers a massive menu with over 50 fully prepared items to choose from each week, including an assortment of entrees, salads, soups, sides, breakfasts, and snacks.

All items on their menu are gluten-free and low in FODMAPs, a type of carbohydrate that causes digestive issues for some people.

You can also filter their menu to find options that are low acid, vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, or suitable for people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Additionally, they offer a variety of items that are high in protein or low in calories, fat, saturated fat, sodium, added sugar, or carbs.

Detailed information on the nutritional content, ingredients, and potential allergens is also available for every item, making it easy to find meals based on your dietary needs and health goals.

Select items can also be found on popular nutrition and fitness apps as well.

Some of the items on their menu at the time of this writing include:

  • Sea Bass with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Broccolini
  • Tacos Especiales
  • Vietnamese Rice Noodles

Note that while Epicured does use organic ingredients when possible, some meals may contain conventional ingredients, which may be an important consideration for some.

Each week, you can order as many items as you’d like from their menu. Your order is automatically renewed the next week, but you can also easily edit or skip your upcoming order online.

Most of the packaging used is recyclable and detailed information on how to recycle or dispose of each component is available online.

Pros

  • large menu with variety of items, which can be ordered a la carte
  • many options available for certain health needs and dietary restrictions
  • dishes are fully prepared

Cons

  • expensive shipping fees for some areas
  • certain items can be pricey

Best for prepared meals

CookUnity

  • Price: starts at $10.39 per serving
  • Shipping: $9.99, select areas in contiguous United States
  • Subscription: 4–16 meals, delivered weekly
  • Meal types: prepared meals
  • Menus: Seafood, Meat, Poultry, Vegan, Vegetarian, <600 Calories, Low Carbs, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Low Sodium, Keto Diet, Paleo
  • Why we like it: CookUnity provides chef-prepared meals catered to a wide range of dietary needs and preferences, plus it offers many options that are lower in calories to support weight loss.

CookUnity specializes in providing chef-prepared, single-serve meals that are tasty and nutritious. The company sources local ingredients and says that many of them are organic as well.

The menu offers a variety of items suitable for those following a vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, keto, gluten-free, or paleo diet.

They also allow you to filter their menu to find meals that contain fewer than 600 calories per serving or are low in carbs or sodium. Plus, you can filter meals by protein type.

Select items can also be found on nutrition tracking apps like MyFitnessPal.

Some examples of meals on their rotating weekly menu include:

  • Kale Tofu Paneer
  • Rainbow Vegetable Pad Thai
  • Beef Ragu with Zoodles

Each week, you can order 4–16 meals from their full menu, which are prepared by chefs in your area using sustainably-sourced ingredients. New dishes are added to the menu each week, and you can select your own meals or let CookUnity choose them for you.

Keep in mind that CookUnity is not yet available in all areas. However, you can enter your zip code on their website to determine whether or not they offer delivery to your location.

Subscriptions are flexible, as you can skip a week or pause your subscription whenever you need to.

CookUnity also uses packaging that is mostly curbside recyclable or compostable, along with reusable insulated bags to keep food fresh.

Pros

  • caters to many diet patterns
  • relatively affordable
  • detailed nutrition information available for each item
  • prepared by local chefs

Cons

  • not yet available in all areas
  • not suitable for those with severe food allergies or intolerances
  • only offers single-serve meals

Take a look at how these meal deliveries for weight loss compare:

Price per servingShippingSubscriptionSpecialty diets
Trifecta Nutrition $11.42+ $9.99 for contiguous United States;
$49.99 for Alaska and Hawaii
•5–14 entrees per delivery, with or without breakfast
•delivered weekly
•keto
•vegan
•vegetarian
•paleo
•Whole30
•gluten-free
EveryPlate$4.99+ $9.99 for majority of contiguous United States•3–5 meals per week with 2 or 4 servings
•delivered weekly
•vegetarian
Purple CarrotMeal kits: $11+

Prepared meals: $12.99+
$8.00 for contiguous United States•2-4 meal kits per week with 2 or 4 servings each, 6-10 prepared, single-serve meals
•delivered weekly
•vegan
•vegetarian
•gluten-free
BistroMD$10.99+ $19.95 for contiguous United States•2 or 3 meals per day for 5 or 7 days per week
•delivered weekly
•gluten-free
•heart-healthy
•keto
•diabetes-friendly
Factor$11+$9.99 for contiguous United States•4, 6, 8, 10, 12, or 18 meals
•delivered weekly
•keto
•low calorie
•vegan
•vegetarian
Blue Apron$7.99+ $9.99 for contiguous United States•2 or 4 servings for 2–4 meals per week
•delivered weekly
•vegetarian
•low calorie
•diabetes-friendly
CookUnity$10.39+ $9.99 for select areas in contiguous United States•4–16 meals per week
•delivered weekly
•vegetarian
•vegan
•pescatarian
•low carb
•low sodium
•low calorie
•dairy-free
•gluten-free
•keto
•paleo
Freshly$9.58+ $9.99–$11.99 for contiguous United States•4–12 meals per week
•delivered weekly
•vegetarian
•low calorie
•gluten-free
•low carb
•dairy-free
SunbasketPrepared meals: $9.99+

Meal kits: $11.49+
$9.99 for most of contiguous United States•4–10 single-serving meals per week or 2–5 meals per week with 2 or 4 servings each•paleo
•gluten-free
•vegetarian
•pescatarian
•Mediterranean
•diabetes-friendly
Territory Foods$13.95+ $7.95–$8.95 per delivery for most of contiguous United States•4–12 meals per delivery
•delivered once or twice per week
•paleo
•Whole30
•Mediterranean
•keto
•low calorie
•low carb
•vegan
•vegetarian
•gluten-free
Diet-to-Go$9.71+ $19.98 for contiguous United States•2-3 meals per day for 5 or 7 days per week
•delivered weekly
•vegetarian
•calorie-controlled
•diabetes-friendly
•keto
Epicured$10.29+ $10 for eastern states (free for orders over $100), $30-$45 for central/western states•items ordered a la carte
•delivered weekly
•vegetarian
•vegan
•pescatarian
•gluten-free
•low FODMAP
•low fat
•low carb
•low sodium
•low calorie

  • Price: Make sure to choose the meal delivery service that best fits your weekly or monthly food or grocery budget, and don’t forget to consider shipping costs and whether you’ll have to shop for additional meals or foods.
  • High quality ingredients: Pay special attention to the ingredients, namely their freshness and whether they use unrefined and minimally processed foods. Also, high quality meats and produce, such as grass-fed or organic items are a plus.
  • Nutritional information: Look for services that offer nutritionally balanced meals or disclose each meal’s nutritional information. That way, you’ll better understand your calorie and macro intake.
  • Variety: Look for alternatives that offer a varied menu, which will prevent you from getting bored with their dishes. It is also important that they adapt to your specific diet, be it omnivorous, vegan, gluten-free, low carb, etc.
  • Convenience: Whether you have time to do a little cooking or just have a few minutes to warm up and eat, choose an option that meets your convenience needs. This will help you avoid wasting food and time.

If you’re looking to lose weight, meal delivery services can be strategic allies for multiple reasons, such as helping with portion control and improving dietary variety.

Portion sizes are directly linked to energy intake, so reducing them is recommended as a weight loss strategy if you’re looking to reach a calorie deficit. Meal delivery services help you with portion control by providing preportioned meals with a fixed and known total calorie and macronutrient content (12, 13).

In addition, meal delivery services can help improve your diet quality by prioritizing complex carbs, lean proteins, and adding more veggies — and thus fiber — to your days, which promote weight loss by facilitating an energy deficit (14, 15).

On the one hand, added fiber from complex carbs and veggies helps reduce your caloric intake by increasing feelings of fullness and reducing the digestibility of fats, leading to an increased fecal energy excretion and reduced energy absorption (14).

On the other hand, proteins help enhance body composition by reducing fat mass while preserving muscle mass. They also increase feelings of fullness by raising the levels of hunger-reducing hormones such as glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), cholecystokinin (CCK), and peptide tyrosine-tyrosine (PYY), thus reducing your energy intake (16, 17).

Lastly, research shows that exposure to greater healthful food variety — which is the case with most meal delivery services — can increase the intake of low calorie, energy-dense foods like fruits and vegetables, helping support and sustain weight loss (18).

Here are 5 healthy and quick tips if you’re looking to manage your weight:

  • Maintain a temporary calorie deficit: Maintaining a temporary and controlled calorie deficit leads to you use more energy than you gain via the foods you eat. This creates a negative energy balance that results in weight loss with a lower risk of weight regain due to metabolic adaptations (19).
  • Limit ultra-processed foods: High intakes of ultra-processed foods — such as sugary drinks, fast food, sweets, and even diet foods — cause excess calorie intake that leads to weight gain while providing little to no nutrients at all (20).
  • Staying physical active: Increasing your physical activity or exercise also helps with losing weight and maintaining weight by creating a negative energy balance (21).
  • Get enough sleep: Sleep deprivation is associated with weight gain due to hormonal changes that may alter the metabolism of sugars and behavioral changes that increase caloric intake. Thus, evidence recommends adults get at least 7 hours of sleep (22).

Check out this article for more science-backed tips on losing weight healthily and sustainably.

Is it easier to lose weight with a meal delivery service?

While you can lose weight without using a meal delivery service, many people find that they can be an easy and convenient way to enjoy more nutritious meals at home.

Additionally, meal delivery services help promote portion control and often offer meals low in calories or high in protein designed to support weight loss.

Can you lose weight on HelloFresh meals?

Weight loss is achieved by reaching and maintaining a calorie deficit. Yet, because caloric needs are influenced by physical activity, height, and age, among other factors, one person’s calorie deficit can differ significantly from another person’s (23).

HelloFresh offers six different plans, including a lower calorie option called Calorie Smart, which provides meals under 650 calories per serving.

Consuming 650 calories per meal can easily fit into a calorie deficit. If it doesn’t match yours, you could always plan around the rest of your daily meals to avoid a calorie surplus.

That said, weight loss is not guaranteed.

Does Weight Watchers still deliver food?

WW (Weight Watchers) is a weight loss program that uses a point system to promote a calorie deficit by encouraging nutrient-rich eating choices.

While it provides over 11,500 meal ideas and recipes, it is not a meal delivery system and thus, it does not deliver foods.

However, most meal delivery systems, such as Blue Apron, can be used as part of WW. Alternatively, you can always keep track of your meals on the WW app, which helps convert your food intake into program points.

Which meal delivery service works best with Weight Watchers?

Blue Apron is a great option if you’re using WW, as all of the meals on their Wellness menu are WW-approved.

However, many other meal delivery services also offer low calorie, nutritious meals that can fit into weight loss programs like WW. Some other options include Purple Carrot, Sunbasket, and BistroMD.

Does Noom really work?

Noom is a weight loss app that, like WW, encourages eating low calorie, nutrient-dense foods to achieve a calorie deficit.

It calculates your calorie budget depending on a series of questions and your specific weight loss goal. It also color-codes foods depending on their nutritional profile to encourage nutrient-dense food choices. You just need to track your food intake and avoid going over your calorie budget.

Therefore, if you stick to your recommended calorie deficit, you will most likely lose weight. In fact, a study involving 35,921 Noom app users with obesity and overweight found that 77.9% of users reported a reduction in body weight while using the app (24).

However, calorie tracking is not for everyone, and the Noom membership is at a higher price point.

Head to this Noom diet review if you want to know more about the diet.

There are many meal delivery services available that can help you reach your weight loss goals — each of which varies in price, flexibility, and effectiveness.

They also vary by the amount of time and preparation they require, with some offering fully prepared meals and others providing recipes and preportioned ingredients to allow you to make your own nutritious meals at home.

With a bit of research and experimentation, you can likely find a plan that works for you.