MY EATING PLAN IS MUCH CHEAPER!

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 vascularanesthesia.com 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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