Health & Fitness

Shed Holiday Weight Gain: Losing 9 Pounds With bistro MD

New York Smash Magazine  

So, you indulged majorly during the holidays and have a bit more pudge to prove it. Your online dating profile may have gone from a body description of “fit” to “more to love” in a matter of weeks. Don’t freak: Putting on a few extra pounds during the holiday season is completely normal and reversible, as long as you have a game plan.

A diet delivery service may be one of the best ways to jump-start your new healthy eating routine. Why? Number one: You won’t have to prepare meals, count calories or grocery shop. All your meals are sent directly to your doorstep, and each is perfectly-portioned for weight loss. Number two: Being on a diet plan provides a level of structure and support that you can’t get when dieting alone, which could make it easier to stick to your goals.

In honor of our New Year’s resolutions to get healthier than ever in 2014, New York Smash will review some of the top diet delivery services for weight loss. First on the list is bistroMD.

The Diet: bistroMD

Overview: Say goodbye to extreme diets and feeling deprived. BistroMD is a diet that promotes weight loss with three hearty, healthy gourmet meals per day, each cooked fresh and shipped to your doorstep. All you have to do is heat and eat. The secret? Each breakfast, lunch and dinner is perfectly-portioned for weight loss. Loaded with nutritious ingredients like fresh veggies and lean protein, bistroMD meals fuel your body with enough calories to stay healthy and active, while shedding unwanted pounds. The balanced meals, plus a comprehensive eating guide as well as an online and phone support team available, encourage you to develop healthy eating habits so you can maintain your weight long after you’ve completed the plan.
Price Range: Weekly delivery to your door for $129.95 for 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners OR $159.95 for 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 6 dinners to include “My Night” (the diet allows you eat whatever you want for one meal per week). Note: 2 snacks per day can be included for an additional fee.
Results: Lost 9 lbs in 3 weeks
Our Rating: Excellent

Highlights

It’s not obviously “diet food.” Meals are cooked with fresh ingredients and served up gourmet-style. Once placed on a pretty plate, you’d never know the meal was frozen and microwaved (see below for photos).
We didn’t feel hungry. According to the company, “It’s not about eating less, but about eating better.” The diet offers larger, heartier portions than most diets due to the high vegetable content of most meals.
You don’t have to give up on going out to eat or your weekly homemade dinners. The diet allows you to eat whatever you want for one meal per week (bistroMD calls it “My Night”), which gives you the freedom to chow down at a restaurant or nosh on grub you’ve been craving.
Customize your meals. BistroMD makes it easy to customize your menu. Customers can log-in online to view the full range of over 200 breakfast, lunch and dinner options. With the click of a button, you can include or exclude any meals from your plan. BistroMD offers a gluten-free menu and can accommodate some food allergies.

A Typical Day on bistroMD

Breakfast: Vegetable and Cheese Omelette with Chicken Sausage (230 calories)

bistroMD Vegetable and Cheese Omelette with Chicken Sausage

bistroMD Vegetable and Cheese Omelette with Chicken Sausage

An egg white omelette with zucchini, squash, onions, and mozzarella cheese, with a side of natural chicken apple sausage.

Nutrition: 230 calories, 7 g total fat, 745 mg sodium, 1 g fiber, 2 g sugars, 29 g protein

Lunch: Chicken Breast Stuffed with Spinach, served with Wild Mushroom Sauce (420 calories)

bistroMD Chicken Breast Stuffed with Spinach Served with Wild Mushroom Sauce

bistroMD Chicken Breast Stuffed with Spinach Served with Wild Mushroom Sauce

Chicken breast stuffed with a blend of spinach and feta cheese, served with asparagus and roasted corn, and wild mushroom sauce.

Nutrition: 420 calories, 13 g total fat, 720 mg sodium, 7 g fiber, 9 g sugars, 46 g protein

Snack: Cinnamon Bar (160 calories)

bistroMD Cinnamon Bar

bistroMD Cinnamon Bar

A tasty protein-packed snack bar sprinkled with freshly ground cinnamon and layers of crispy roasted soybeans, topped off with a sweet coating of cinnamon frosting.

Nutrition: 160 calories, 5 g total fat, 270 mg sodium, 5 g fiber, 8 g sugars, 15 g protein

Dinner: Spice Rub Salmon with Balsamic Glaze (240 calories)

bistroMD Spice Rub Salmon with Balsamic Glaze

bistroMD Spice Rub Salmon with Balsamic Glaze

Norwegian salmon coated with Paella seasoning and finished with a sweet balsamic glaze served alongside lemon scented spinach and pesto cauliflower.

Nutrition: 240 calories, 7 g total fat, 210 mg sodium, 4 g fiber, 4 g sugars, 34 g protein

Dessert: Chocolate Drink (80 calories)

bistroMD Chocolate Drink

bistroMD Chocolate Drink

A creamy chocolate shake that satisfies any dessert cravings, while its high protein content helps to squash cravings and keep you full.

Nutrition: 80 calories, 1 g total fat, 210 mg sodium, less than 1 g fiber, 2 g sugars, 15 g protein

To learn more about bistroMD, visit bistromd.com.