The Slimdown Overview
The Slimdown is a home delivery meal service designed to provide calorie and portion controlled meals to the dieter.
The Slimdown official website explains the delivery system extremely well, emphasising the fact that the meals are never frozen, able to be cooked in minutes (in a microwave) and delivered before 5 a.m. in insulated coolers. The site lists some of the over 2500 entrees and desserts available plus shows a sample 14-day meal plan.
The Slimdown company offers coaching and support from registered dieticians, who are also able to work with the individual customer in order to choose which diet ‘track’ is the best for them. The majority of the diets are based on low carbohydrate, low calorie meal plans, the most popular being the Zone, South Beach and Calorie Restriction diet programs. All meal plan choices are designed to help the dieter lose an average of 2-5lbs per week, slightly more than the professionally recommended amount.
The Slimdown – Product Description
A typical daily menu consists of breakfast, lunch and dinner plus one dessert, based on whichever diet plan is chosen. Each day’s menu provides 100% of the individual’s nutritional requirements and there is no need to add any extra vegetables or fruits to the meals.
The meals do not have to be ordered everyday – the customer can choose which days he or she receives the food, the most popular plan being Monday through Friday. In addition to this customers can also opt to save money by having the meals delivered bi-weekly, rather than daily although the meal option with this method is restricted to the Calorie Restriction plan.
Whilst customers can get a price break if more than one household member is on the plan, The Slimdown service is certainly not cheap, though on a par with similar services. The cost for a 31-day delivery costs $1145.45, or $36.95 per day. By ordering the meals bi-weekly, the customer can save about $8.00 per day.
The Slimdown company does not offer any information on exercise, so it would be up to the individual to embark on a fitness program separately. However, as well as the initial free consultation, the nutritionists will counsel and advise the customer, and help them identify behaviours that can lead to over eating and weight gain.
The Slimdown Advantage
- The meals can be customized to suit the dieter’s needs
- The customer can save money by having a bi-weekly delivery
- There is a huge selection of meals to choose from
- Nutritionists are available for counselling and support
- The meals provide 100% daily nutritional requirements
- No extra ingredients need to be added to the meals
- The Slimdown website is very easy to use
The Slimdown – Drawbacks
- The Slimdown meal delivery service is expensive
- The daily menus provide no snacks or beverages
- The company gives no information on fitness or exercise
- The company has no positive independent consumer reviews on any dieting forums or websites
The Slimdown – The Bottom Line
The Slimdown meal delivery service is so costly that it is doubtful anyone would be inclined to use it. It is good that the meals do not need anything added to them, although most customers may not feel satisfied with only three meals per day and no snacks.
It would be more advisable, and possibly more cost effective for a dieter to pay for a personal nutritionist who can teach them how to prepare their own calorie and portion controlled meals.