Expert BistroMD Review 2019

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BistroMD

rating: 4.5
  • Various plans available
  • Highly customisable
  • Range of foods on offer

BistroMD Meal Delivery

BEST MEAL DELIVERY SERVICES

BistroMD is a meal delivery service which focuses on weight loss by providing customers with healthy nutrition made by chefs. The main benefit of this service is that each meal contains a balance of macronutrients which is designed to help with weight loss and give your metabolism a boost.

By Imogen Groome | 23rd August 2019

The program was developed by a bariatric physician called Caroline J Cederquist MD. After over two decades helping her patients with weight loss, she has branched out into creating a meal delivery plan which anyone who signs up to the service can benefit from. The interesting thing about BistroMD is that, instead of focusing on calories and restricted portions, the service emphasises understanding food combinations from a scientific perspective.

How it works

With BistroMD, you’ll have access to a weekly meal program where you can choose to receive between 10 and 20 meals. There are either standard or special diet plans available, and you can choose between using BistroMD for all three meals, or going with your own choices for breakfast.

There are different plans according to your gender. Women can choose from standard, gluten-free, diabetic, heart-healthy, vegetarian and menopause. Meanwhile, men have access to standard, gluten free, diabetic, heart-healthy and vegetarian plans.

You can select one of four weekly meal programs. If you want the complete five day program, this will include five breakfasts, lunches and dinners per week. Alternatively, the full seven day program includes seven breakfasts, seven lunches and six dinners for this timeframe. There is also a five day lunches and dinners program, or a seven day program with lunches and dinners only.

When a customer places an order with BistroMD, this is processed by the registered dieticians who work for the company. They will then make a custom diet plan and you will be able to log in to your account to see what’s coming up on the menu. You will also have the ability to customise every meal, and there are over 100 options to switch out according to your tastes.

Meal plans and recipes

There are meal plans available for people who live alone, those who need to follow a gluten free diet or people wanting to achieve weight loss. There are always hundreds of meals and snacks to choose from on the BistroMD site, and the menu has been split into three sections to make browsing convenient and simple. There are breakfasts, snacks and lunch & dinner entrees. With the breakfast section, you’ll be able to choose from bagel sandwiches, scrambled eggs, omelets, waffles and more. As for lunches and dinners, there is a whole host on offer, such as lasagnas, sloppy joes, paellas, meatballs and similar. In the snacks section you’ll find parfaits, pizza puffs, jerky, nuts and parmesan chips to name but a few. 

In terms of food groups, with BistroMD there will be lean proteins making up between 40% and 45% of your calories, followed by complex carbs taking up 30% to 35%. Then there will be healthy fats in the remaining 20% to 25%.

Delivery and packaging

You will easily be able to order BistroMD in any state of the US except Hawaii and Alaska. FedEx is the carrier handling these shipments and the standard fee for shipping is $19.95. If you reside in Alaska or Hawaii, ordering a shipment will most likely come with additional fees.

The packaging your BistroMD order will come in comprises a shipping box which is 100% post-consumer recycled, and there will be dry ice to keep food cool along with an eco-friendly liner to provide insulation. This insulation layer has been created using post-industrial and postconsumer natural fiber, which is primarily cotton, and it is both biodegradable and compostable. 

The benefit of this packaging is that it helps to maintain the temperature of your produce to keep its quality preserved. Furthermore, it will absorb any condensation from the dry ice while it’s in transit. As mentioned above, this set of materials is also eco-friendly, meaning it can be disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner. The fiber liners can be reused to insulate reusable grocery bags, to form weed barriers in flower beds or even as a hypoallergenic pet bed.

Pricing

The price of your particular BistroMD package will vary depending on the plan you’ve chosen. If you want five days of lunches and dinners, the price will typically be around $119.95, while the full seven days of breakfasts, lunches and dinners costs roughly $179.95. 

There are snack packages available as an add-on to these orders, and they cost between $15 and $31.50 per package on average. If you’re ordering a five day program for a woman, you’ll get 10 snacks for $15. Meanwhile, men can get 15 snacks for $22 on this program. On the seven day program, women have the option of purchasing 14 snacks for $21, while men can purchase 21 snacks for $31.50. If you don’t cancel the plan, it will be automatically renewed for the next week.

Verdict

The BistroMD meal delivery service is a quick, easy and convenient way for people to take control of their weight loss. With several options to choose from in terms of plans, you can customise the service to suit your needs. Furthermore, the delivery comes in clearly labelled and well packaged boxes, making this platform well worth considering.

Pros

  • Customisable choices: You can choose from several options, such as seven days of food with two snacks a day, only seven days of food, five days of food with two snacks a day and just five days of food.
  • Well packaged: The food from BistroMD is delivered directly to your door from FedEX, and comes in packaging which is insulated in dry ice. Meals are vacuum sealed in plastic to preserve their freshness, and they should arrive still frozen.
  • Easy to navigate: All of the meals in your BistroMD delivery will be clearly labelled upon arrival. Furthermore, there will be an ingredients list and nutritional information to peruse. This makes it good for people who are learning to count calories and control their portion sizes.

Cons

  • Expensive: The price range for these options is between $26 and $29 per day on average.
  • No guidance for after the plan: As there is no maintenance plan for people who come off the BistroMD diet plan, this could cause people to return to old habits and put the weight back on.

Reviewed by
Imogen Groome
Imogen is editor-in-chief of Hot5. She is also a lifestyle blogger, author and freelance journalist, with particular interests in music, politics, psychic readings and dating. She is usually found at home with her collection of animals, drinking iced tea. Read more.
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