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5 Meal Delivery Boxes That Will Help You Lose Weight
We get it, you’re busy. In fact, we’re big believers that the whole isn’t really feasible.
But when you’re trying to lose weight, downing a bowl of Cheerios and calling it a night is not a good option. And yet, calling on your inner Bobby Flay is just not gonna happen sometimes. That's where signing up for a meal-delivery service can be super-helpful for those trying to lose weight. Meal kits get you in the habit of planning ahead and cooking your meals, a tried-and-true weight loss strategy, says Samantha Cassetty, R.D., a nutrition counselor and communications consultant.
But not all programs are created equal, especially when it comes to trying to lose weight. So before you start getting meals delivered to your doorstep, you need to figure out which program is best for your goals. Here, we bring you the top five services for slimming down—all of which are packed with ingredients to keep you fuller for longer.
Known as the straightforward, easy-to-follow option of the meal-delivery services, Hello Fresh is also very weight-loss conscious. “Their staff dietitian evaluates the meals before they are put on the menu to ensure they’re both healthy and balanced,” says Leah Kaufman, R.D., C.D.N. Plus, each dish is low in sodium and oil and comes with a nutrition label that can be found on their website. Knowing that info can help you stay within the appropriate amount of calories per day to best keep up with your weight-loss goals—after all, slimming down usually comes down to calories in versus calories out.
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Big-name chefs (like Alex Guarnaschelli, for all youChoppedfans) and wellness experts joined forces to create recipes that are weight-loss friendly and amateur-proof. Plus, the company also partnered with the American Diabetics Association and Atkins so subscribers can create health-specific meals, such as low-carb dishes that focus primarily on protein, Kaufman says. One of Kaufman's favorite options is the three-cup chicken with jasmine rice recipe, which is low in sodium and has a smaller portion of carbohydrates. That small side of rice is great for weight loss because it prevents your blood sugar from spiking and crashing, which causes cravings later and makes long-term weight loss difficult.(Get the secret to banishing belly bulge from WH readers who've done it with Take It All Off! Keep It All Off!)
Vegans (or those looking to incorporate a lot more veggies into their lives), step right up! Purple Carrot, an entirely vegan meal-delivery service, creates healthy, plant-based recipes that are great for weight loss, particularly because their dishes are always packed with fiber from produce. And all that fiber means you're going to feel fuller longer. Each meal comes with nutritional information (key to staying on track) and serves at least two people. And if you're cooking for one, that leaves you with a balanced lunch for the next day, says Sharon Palmer, R.D.N., plant-powered dietician and author ofPlant-Powered for Life.
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This USDA-certified organic meal kit offers tons of options for a variety of different dietary needs and preferences: vegetarian, omnivore, carnivore, gluten-free, and paleo. Many dishes come with pre-made sauces and dressings, which can be a timesaver. But they can also be harmful to your weight loss journey. So, Kaufman suggests scanning the nutritional facts for the sugar content in your meals, as dressings are usually packed with this weight-loss saboteur. And if the sauce isn’t vital, then cut it to save calories. But as a whole, Kaufman gives this service her nutritionist stamp of approval for having a variety of plans that “suit every person’s dietary needs and restrictions,” all while being relatively low in sodium, high in protein, and loaded with healthy, satiating fats, such as olive oil.
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Unlike the other boxed meal services on this list, Veestro delivers prepared meals. But just because you don't have to DIY the chopping and sauteeing, it doesn’t mean these meals are bad for your weight-loss goals. They're actually a hell of a step up from the frozen dishes found in the freezer aisle, says Palmer. “They are plant-based meals that are moderate in calories and great for weight loss,” she says. Since they’re packaged and ready for the micro, Veestro’s dishes are essentially calorie-controlled, making it easier for you to monitor your cal intake and stay on point. Veestro meals are also pretty balanced, especially for veggie-centric cuisine (which can be heavy on the carbs), giving you the nutrients you need to stay fuller longer. Palmer notes that recipes like the lentil meatloaf with vegetables are packed with fiber and includes protein, grains, and veggies without loading on the cals. Another perk? Veestro also offers three different meal delivery services focused exclusively on weight loss. Cha-ching.
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