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Food & Dining

(BPT) - With work, activities and obligations constantly piling up, who has time to even think about cooking healthy meals at home? When you're constantly on the go, there's barely enough time to get to the gym regularly. During a particularly busy week, you might find yourself indulging in the convenience of takeout a few too many times. How can you balance your hectic schedule while also maintaining a healthy weight?

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Ready made meals can be healthy and time-saving

"Meal delivery services are everywhere these days, becoming increasingly popular among those with busy lifestyles," says Dr. Caroline Cederquist, founder and medical director of bistroMD, a leading home delivery weight loss program. "The right diet delivery program brings you meals perfectly suited for weight loss without sacrificing taste and time."

Dr. Cederquist offers some of the many benefits a home meal delivery system can bring to your life:

Eliminates the Guesswork

A meal delivery program means there's no planning necessary. All you need to do is pick a plan and eat. Portion control is one of the most common dilemmas people face when attempting to lose weight, as they do not realize how much food is actually good for them. A meal delivery service provides perfectly portioned meals prepared by registered dietitians, leaving no temptation to overeat.

Saves Precious Time

Cross grocery shopping off of your to-do list each week - you can order your meals online for delivery at a time that is convenient for you. You can even order meals that come precooked with healthy and essential ingredients that you can simply reheat, enjoy and move on with your day. You can also find services that deliver fresh meals or ingredients to cook on your own, but these are often more expensive and less customizable, so fully-cooked meals are your best option.

No 'Leftovers'

"Many of the meal delivery programs out there getting a lot of hype these days are the so-called 'fresh' programs, Dr. Cederquist explains. The thing is, these services prepare meals several days or more in advance to be able to deliver them on time, which makes you question whether they are really all that fresh."

"I created bistroMD as a fresh-frozen meal delivery program, which means that our meals are chef-prepared using fresh, natural ingredients, then frozen very quickly in a unique process to lock in both nutrients and flavor. This eliminates what I sometimes call the 'leftover effect' that you get with 'fresh' delivery, where the food actually tastes a bit like it has been sitting in the fridge for a few days."

With frozen meal delivery plans you simply select a meal from your freezer, heat it up and enjoy. While you may hear eating fresh is better for your health, freezing actually locks in nutrients, keeping each meal full of the essentials your body needs.

Allows Customization

No matter your diet needs, a home meal delivery system can help you with your health goals. Many services offer various customizable options including gluten-free and diabetic programs for both men and women. These services allow you to view your menu in advance to make sure it aligns with your preferences. You can update your menu at any time, making edits when a meal doesn't agree with your taste buds.

Offers Individual Support

Losing weight and staying healthy is about more than just food. Many programs, offer not only meal delivery, but free support from registered dietitians to keep you motivated and on track with your goals. You can view webinars to learn more about nutrition as well as receive fitness tips from a personal trainer.

A home meal delivery program is an excellent option if any of these advantages speak to you. A simple program can help you conquer your busy lifestyle while gaining control of your health.




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