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Prepared Meal Diet Plans

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Prepared Meal Diet Plans

By Valerie Mellema

If you're the type of person that just doesn't have the time to sit down and plan out meals or if you want a diet plan that guides you every step of the way, then prepared meal plans might be the best choice for you.

With prepared meal diet plans, you purchase prepackaged foods on a weekly basis. These typically include all of your meals and snacks for a specific amount of time, either a certain number of days or weeks at a time. These diet plans take all of the planning off of your shoulders; you simply eat what they send you. These meals are planned to meet most health guidelines.

There are a variety of different meal diet plans available. You can purchase a week or a month's worth of food at a time. These include all breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks that you will need. There are also prepared meal diet plans that you can purchase at your grocery store. You simply buy the individual meals from your local supermarket.

As with all diet plans, prepared meal diet plans have both advantages and disadvantages. For one, you don't have to do anything. You may not even need to go to the grocery store other than to buy a few necessities. All of the portion control and calorie counting is taken care of for you. Because you're ordering these foods, you are also less likely to be tempted by junk food and other non-healthy foods at the grocery store. These meals are also designed to be healthy and provide you with a well-balanced meal including carbohydrates, protein and fiber.

The downside is that prepared meal diet plans are expensive. Not only do you buy the food, but you're also paying for the shipping. If you're on a subscriber plan, it could be even more expensive. Another downside is that you don't learn portion control and calorie counting on your own. This means that when you stop using these diet plans, you're likely to go back to your old eating habits. Additionally, some of these prepared meals tend to be high in sodium, which is not good for your blood pressure. Perhaps the worst disadvantage is that if you don't like the food, you're stuck with a month's supply.

There is no doubt that these diet plans do work if you are willing to keep it up. Many people have been successful on these plans, but you do need to be certain to educate yourself on portions and calories prior to going off the plan so that you can maintain your weight once you get to it.