This story in the NY Times examines the market for prepared, delivered “diet” food. They are expensive, and the reviewer says that most taste (to paraphrase) like $#/+.  There was one he liked ($44 a day!) that he had some success with.  He says he lost 10 lbs in 3 weeks, so more power to him!

PAST 50 and pushing 230 pounds, I decided that this spring I would try to get down to a healthier 200.
After online searches and conversations with friends, I decided to compare the offerings of four companies: Zone Manhattan, Chefs Diet, Nu-Kitchen and eDiets. All four would deliver the meals to my door in Brooklyn. Three deliver daily, while the fourth, eDiets, sends a large package once a week. None of the companies knew I was a reporter.

I say: triple your green veggies, add sweet potatoes and beans regularly, and use a range of spices (ginger; garlic; tumeric; mustard; basil; onion…) to give food flavor.

Photographs by Evan Sung for The New York Times; frittata by Fred Bernstein Plates include, clockwise from top from left: Chefs Diet’s roast chicken with basil gremolata; Nu-Kitchen’s vegetarian moussaka; Zone Manhattan’s spinach and herb frittata; Zone Manhattan’s seared lamb T-bone with red rice; the Zone lamb dish in its delivery package; and eDiet’s chicken breast and shrimp alfredo over pasta.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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