Here is a question for you if you're overweight and want to do something about it: "Is diet food delivery a good option for losing weight?"
The answer may surprise you!
With the proliferation of plans and programs for losing weight available in seemingly endless streams both online and in the real world, it must get confusing to people who really only want a simple yet effective means of getting rid of those excess pounds.
To the rescue come even more weight loss companies with diets that are made so convenient that you'd think it would be almost impossible to fail with them.
But are these so-called diet food delivery plans a good option for losing weight?
Let's look at how they wok and see why they may or may not be right for you.
Meal Replacement Diets
The winning formula with companies such as Nutrisystem lies in their system of packaging up a whole month supply of food to cover every single meal that the customer is meant to eat for that time and then deliver it straight to their door.
The customer then stores the packages away for use as and when the instructions say so.
What in effect is happening here is the complete removal of all responsibility on the part of the customer for the running and planning of their diet. It is all done for them and all they have to do is open a package, take out the meal and either eat it or heat it in a microwave first, then eat it. It doesn't come any simpler than that!
But is this the best way to go about dieting?
That depends on the individual, as it does in all cases of weight loss. What works for one may not work for another and what suits one may not suit another. We already know this and so it comes down to whether you want to work on your diet your self, or whether you want someone else to do it all for you and you just eat and watch the pounds fall off. Os so the theory goes.
So where can this fall down?
Can it Fail?
Well, when you take away responsibility for doing anything for yourself, you also remove all self blame for it going wrong. If the customer of the current Nutrisystem diet plans can stick rigidly to their diet and NOT eat anything else, then they really should not fail to lose weight.
How much weight it is possible to lose depends on many factors: Such as initial weight, body size, shape, physical makeup, previous diet, amount of exercise undertaken every day, amount of water drank etc.
But as long as the diet is adhered to, the weight should drop off because the diet is based around a calorie restricted set of meals that are balanced and contain the nutrients you need to be healthy. It falls down when the customer, who remember does not have any responsibility in this because everything is done for them, cheats.
They will not tell anyone, of course and may even not admit to themselves that they have cheated. The odd pack of potato chips here, the sneaked king size chocolate chip cookie there... no one will notice, right?
One person will notice and that's you when you get on the scales at the end of the week and not see ant reduction in weight despite the diet. What is your immediate reaction?
The diet has failed, or is rubbish and you are going to complain and then write about how bad the company is in every blog and forum you can find!
The Responibility is Yours
Of course the diet did not fail the customer did, but when you remove personal responsibility, you provide ammunition for the customer to blame anyone else but themselves. The company usually gets the brunt of that.
So you could say that these diets are perfect for people who don't have the time for conventional or alternative diets, which is who they were initially designed for.
They may also be effective for anyone who has the determination to stick to the diet and despite the convenience of it all, have the courage to take responsibility for their own health. Otherwise, if you don't think you can stick to a diet that does everything for you, then you best avoid them and go the more conventional route.