12 Best Weight Loss Meal Delivery Services of 2023

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Rachael Ajmera, MS, RD is a registered dietitian and health writer who is passionate about plant-based nutrition and achieving better health by balancing time between the kitchen and the gym. Rachael completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Central Missouri and received her master’s degree from New York University. You can learn more on her website or follow her on Instagram and LinkedIn.n”},”avatar”:{“title”:””,”width”:500,”height”:500,”src”:”https://post.healthline.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Racheal-Link-500×500-Bio.png”}}],”medicalReviewers”:[{“id”:563,”name”:{“display”:”Jillian Kubala, MS, RD”,”first”:”Jillian”,”last”:”Kubala, MS, RD”},”userLogin”:”jkubalamedrev”,”links”:{“website”:”http://jilliankubalanutrition.com/”,”facebook”:””,”linkedin”:”https://www.linkedin.com/in/jillian-kubala-52539959/”,”twitter”:””,”instagram”:”https://www.instagram.com/jillian_kubala_rd”,”tiktok”:””},”link”:”/reviewers/jillian-kubala-ms-rd-563″,”email”:”jilliankubalamedreview@gmail.com”,”type”:{“value”:”medical_reviewer”,”label”:”Medical Advisor”},”nid”:”163212″,”specialties”:[{“name”:”Nutrition”}],”guestTitle”:””,”bio”:{“text”:”

Jillian Kubala is a registered dietitian based in Westhampton, New York. She runs a private practice based on the East End of Long Island, New York, where she helps her clients achieve optimal wellness. She specializes in hypothyroidism, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, cardiovascular health, and women’s health.n

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Our registered dietitians tested the best meal delivery services for weight loss and found that Factor, BistroMD, Trifecta Nutrition, and 9 others offer quality options. Here’s why they made the list.

Meal delivery services have become increasingly popular among health-conscious consumers and those following specific diets.

In addition to being simple and convenient, many meal delivery services can:

  • support weight loss efforts
  • promote nutrient-rich eating habits
  • make it easier to follow a balanced and nutritious diet

Keep reading for our dietitians’ picks for the 12 best weight loss meal delivery services.

Disclaimer: All of the services tested below were tried by Healthline writers or editors, who received the meals for free. All opinions are our own.

Trifecta Nutrition Chicken with Asparagus
  • Price per serving: $13.79–$15.85
  • Meals per week: 5, 7, 10, 14, or 28
  • Meal type: prepared meals and a la carte items
  • Menus: Clean, Paleo, Keto, Vegan, Vegetarian, and Whole30
  • Shipping: $9.99 in the contiguous U.S. ($49.99 for Alaska and Hawaii)

*Price is accurate as of the date of publication.

Healthline’s review

Trifecta Nutrition is one of the best meal delivery services for weight loss, as it provides calorie- and portion-controlled dishes that are macro-balanced to help you hit you hit your protein, carb, and fat content goals.

Meals are fully prepared and contain around 350–500 calories and 20–40 grams (g) of protein per serving. Plus, each dish features lean proteins, complex carbs, and plenty of vegetables.

Most meals are featured on popular nutrition apps so you can easily track your intake. Trifecta also has an app that can help you track your meals, workouts, and more.

Each week, you can order 5–14 entrees, either with or without breakfast. Though you can’t select specific meals from a meal plan, you can exclude up to two ingredients per week, such as shellfish, mushrooms, turkey, or chicken.

 

“I found Trifecta’s meals to be filling and nutritious enough to be a main course, although I did add extra vegetables and spices to some of them for added flavor. The meals were generally tasty and kept their texture after reheating. They arrived frozen so I reheated most of them on the stove like a stir-fry.

“If you’re looking to track your macro intake or follow a specific diet like keto, vegan, paleo, or Whole30, Trifecta may be a good fit for you. You can’t select individual meals, so it’s not a great choice for picky eaters.”

— Rachael Ajmera, MS, RD, Healthline writer

You can read more about Trifecta Nutrition in our full review.

  • nutritionally balanced, portion-controlled entrees
  • makes it easier to follow certain diets
  • vacuum-sealed packaging to keep meals fresh for up to 10 days in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer
  • gluten- and peanut-free facility
  • prioritizes organic items, sustainable seafood, and grass-fed beef
  • delivers fully prepared meals
  • offers a la carte options, like chicken and sweet potatoes, to help with meal prep
  • relatively expensive per serving
  • offers only single-serving meals
  • can’t select individual meals unless you order Classic meals a la carte
  • Servings available: 1
  • Personalization: specialty diet menus
  • Diet friendliness: paleo, keto, Whole30, vegan, and vegetarian
  • Ingredients: some organic ingredients, locally sourced, sustainably sourced fish and seafood, grass-fed beef, and humanely raised meat and poultry
  • Packaging: most packaging is recyclable, reusable, or compostable
  • Delivery area: contiguous United States

Best with dietitian support

Factor Mustard Chicken with Asparagus
  • Price per serving: $10.99–$13.49
  • Meals per week: 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, or 18
  • Meal type: prepared meals
  • Menus: Chef’s Choice, Keto, Calorie Smart, Vegan & Veggie, and Protein Plus
  • Shipping: $10.99

*Price is accurate as of the date of publication.

Healthline’s review

Factor is a meal subscription service that delivers nutrient-rich, fully prepared meals straight to your door. It also offers individual support from a registered dietitian, which can help foster health-promoting eating habits to support long-term weight loss (1).

Each subscription also includes a 20-minute consultation with a registered dietitian, while monthly coaching packages are available for an additional fee.

Depending on the meal plan and entree, meals contain 350–900 calories per serving. However, Factor offers a Calorie Smart meal plan that includes meals with less than 550 calories per serving to help you stay within your calorie deficit goals.

Detailed nutritional information is available for each item, and some meals can also be found on popular nutrition tracking apps such as MyFitnessPal.

“The meals I tried from Factor had great flavors and textures, even after reheating. Each meal contained a good serving of vegetables, and the chicken and fish were nicely cooked. For example, the salmon in the Pesto Salmon with Creamed Spinach and Tomato Butter Haricot Verts meal wasn’t dry or fishy at all.

“In addition to being tasty, the meals were generally balanced nutritionally. Read more about my experience trying Factor in our in-depth review.”

— Kelli McGrane, MS, RD, Nutrition Editor II

  • provides full nutrition, allergen, and ingredient information for each meal
  • offers optional monthly coaching from a dietitian
  • includes options for several diet patterns
  • Calorie Smart plan entrees contain fewer than 550 calories per serving
  • ingredients free of refined sugars, GMOs, hormones, and antibiotics
  • offers only single-serving meals, which may not be good for families
  • can be considered costly depending on the program
  • not suitable for people with severe food allergies or intolerances
  • Servings available: 1
  • Personalization: specialty diet menus, mix-and-match weekly meal plan
  • Diet friendliness: vegetarian, gluten-free, keto, low carb, paleo, and dairy-free
  • Ingredients: some organic ingredients, humanely raised meat and poultry
  • Packaging: most packaging is recyclable, reusable, or compostable
  • Delivery area: contiguous United States
BistroMD lasagna
  • Meal type: prepared meals
  • Meals per week: 10–20
  • Menus: Signature, Heart Healthy, Gluten Free, Keto Flex, Diabetic Friendly, Menopause
  • Price per serving: $10.99–$13
  • Shipping: $19.95

*Price is accurate as of the date of publication.

Healthline’s review

BistroMD is a doctor-designed meal delivery service geared toward weight loss.

It allows you to customize your weekly meal plan by selecting from 150 meals, each of which can be reheated and enjoyed.

It’s important to note that the meals are very low in calories, with some coming in under 300 calories. The meal plans are based on 1,200 calories per day for females and 1,400 calories per day for males, which is extremely low.

Snacks are all available as add-ons and contain roughly 150 calories each.

All plans are high in protein, which has been shown to help reduce body weight, fat mass, and appetite (2, 3, 4, 5).

BistroMD provides detailed nutritional information for each item on the menu, and most meals are also available through online fitness apps. The service includes the option to receive email support from a registered dietitian in addition to free webinars and articles.

“Considering that the meals are premade and could be microwaved, I was impressed with their bold flavors, like BBQ salmon, that could have gone really wrong in the microwave but still tasted pretty good.

“The only issue — like you would find in a lot of microwave meals — is the small pool of trapped moisture you almost always find when warming up food.

“I would recommend BistroMD to anyone looking for nutritious and diverse meals on the go.”

— Steven Rowe, Healthline Editor

Read more about BistroMD in our full review.

  • offers multiple weight loss programs
  • uses fresh and wholesome foods without artificial ingredients
  • offers email support from registered dietitians
  • geared toward those needing low calorie diets
  • higher price point and shipping fee
  • ships only to the contiguous United States
  • limited to single-serving meals
  • calories may be too low for some
  • Servings available: 1+
  • Personalization: allergy-friendly, mix-and-match weekly meal plan
  • Diet friendliness: gluten-free, heart-healthy, diabetes-friendly
  • Ingredients: sustainably sourced fish and seafood, locally sourced, some organic ingredients
  • Packaging: all packaging is recyclable, reusable, or compostable
  • Delivery area: contiguous United States
Blue Apron Togarishi Tilapia
  • Meal type: meal kit
  • Meals per week: 2–4
  • Menus: Chef Favorites, Wellness, Family Friendly, Fast & Easy, Veggies
  • Price per serving: $7.99–$11.99
  • Shipping: $9.99

*Price is accurate as of the date of publication.

Healthline’s review

Offering at least three WeightWatchers-recommended meals per week, Blue Apron is a good option if you’re keeping track of your Points and enjoy cooking.

In addition to including the Points for each recipe, Blue Apron provides barcodes that you can scan, making it quick and easy to log your meals in your WeightWatchers app.

According to a WeightWatchers-funded study involving 1,267 people, following a WeightWatchers diet for 1 year was more effective for weight loss than using self-help materials and brief nutrition counseling sessions (6).

Weekly Blue Apron boxes include preportioned, sustainably sourced ingredients and simple recipes so you can prepare fresh and healthy meals at home.

 

“I generally enjoyed the meals I tried from Blue Apron. Plus, the ingredients were of good quality and arrived fresh.

“While I wish there was a greater variety of diet types to choose from, I thought the meals themselves offered a nice range of seasonings and textures, and I appreciated that the Wellness meals were quite different from each other.

You can read more about my experience trying Blue Apron in our full review.”

— Kelli McGrane, MS, RD, Nutrition Editor II

 

  • includes multiple-serving meals and a family-friendly program
  • uses only non-GMO ingredients sourced from farmers who use sustainable farming practices
  • offers a variety of WeightWatchers-recommended recipes each week
  • beginner-friendly recipes
  • fewer options for specific diets such as keto and paleo
  • not suitable for people with severe food allergies or intolerances
  • Servings available: 2, 4
  • Personalization: option to set ingredient preferences
  • Diet friendliness: vegetarian options, WW-approved meals, and at least one carb-conscious recipe per week
  • Ingredients: sustainably sourced fish and seafood
  • Packaging: most packaging is recyclable, reusable, or compostable
  • Delivery area: contiguous United States
Everyplate pasta dish
  • Meal type: meal kit
  • Meals per week: 3–6
  • Menus: Meat & Veggie, Veggie, Quick & Easy, Nutrish & Delish, Family Friendly
  • Price per serving: $4.99–$7.49
  • Shipping: $9.99

*Price is accurate as of the date of publication.

Healthline’s review

With plans starting at just $4.99 per serving, EveryPlate is one of the most budget-friendly meal kit companies on the market.

The company’s Nutrish & Delish menu features recipes with fewer than 650 calories per serving. Full nutritional information is available online, and many meals are available on popular food tracking apps.

Potential allergens are clearly labeled for each recipe. However, the service may not be suitable for people with severe food allergies because of the risk of cross contamination.

According to EveryPlate, meals are made using high quality ingredients, though there is limited information available on how ingredients are sourced.

“While the flavor and ingredient combinations weren’t quite as adventurous as those from other meal delivery services, I still enjoyed the meals I tried (the Moroccan Chickpea & Apricot Tagine was my favorite).

“I also appreciated that the recipes were easy to prepare. Though, to make them more filling and nutritionally balanced, I added more veggies to most of them. To learn more about EveryPlate, check out our in-depth review.”

— Kelli McGrane, MS, RD, Nutrition Editor II

  • budget-friendly
  • easy-to-prepare meals
  • provides an array of menu options with two or four servings each
  • offers limited options for certain dietary restrictions and food allergies
  • may not be suitable for people who prefer organic foods
  • does not offer prepared meals
  • not a good option if you prefer organic or sustainable ingredients
  • Servings available: 2, 4
  • Personalization: option to set ingredient preferences
  • Diet friendliness: vegetarian
  • Ingredients: no organic ingredients
  • Packaging: most packaging is recyclable, reusable, or compostable
  • Delivery area: contiguous United States

Best vegan and vegetarian

Purple Carrot plant-based Pad Thai
  • Price per serving: $11–$13.25
  • Meals per week: 2–4
  • Meal type: meal kits and prepared meals
  • Menus: Gluten-Free, High Protein, <600 Calories, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Quick and Easy
  • Shipping: $10, or free for orders of $85 or more

*Price is accurate as of the date of publication.

Healthline’s review

Purple Carrot is a strictly plant-based meal delivery service offering nutrient-rich vegan meals and meal kits that may help promote weight loss and overall health. In fact, studies suggest that switching to a vegetarian diet may aid weight loss (7, 8, 9).

On average, meals contain 500–800 calories per serving. However, Purple Carrot also labels most items that contain fewer than 600 calories per serving, which can be useful if you’re looking to lose weight.

For both the meal kit and prepared meal plans, you can customize your meals or choose specific meal preferences such as High Protein, Gluten-Free, or Quick & Easy. You can even customize your order to include a mixture of prepared meals and meal kits.

You can pick the meals you want from the weekly menu and add up to three extras to any two-serving plan or one extra to any four-serving plan. Extras include breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

“Compared to other meal kit delivery services, I found the flavors and textures in Purple Carrot’s dishes unique.

“For example, the New England Lobster Rolls used hearts of palm in place of lobster for a creative twist on a classic dish. While the recipes took a bit longer to prepare, I enjoyed their variety.

“You can learn more about Purple Carrot in my comprehensive review.”

— Kelli McGrane, MS, RD, Nutrition Editor II

  • 100% plant-based
  • displays full list of ingredients, allergens, and nutritional information for recipes and prepared meals
  • makes it easy to change addresses while traveling or skip weeks if needed
  • offers the option to choose your meals or to let the team select meals for you
  • labels menu items that are lower in calories
  • creative, flavorful recipes
  • ships only to the contiguous United States
  • not suitable for people with severe food allergies or intolerances
  • gluten-free menu may include some gluten-containing products
  • Servings available: 1, 2, or 4
  • Personalization: mix-and-match weekly meal plan
  • Diet friendliness: vegan
  • Ingredients: some organic ingredients
  • Packaging: most packaging is recyclable, reusable, or compostable
  • Delivery area: contiguous United States
Sunbasket chicken dinner
  • Price per serving: $9.99–$14.49
  • Meals per week: 2–5
  • Meal type: meal kits and prepared meals
  • Menus: Gluten-Free, Paleo, Carb-Conscious, Mediterranean, Pescatarian, Vegetarian, Keto-Friendly, and Diabetes-Friendly
  • Shipping: $9.99

*Price is accurate as of the date of publication.

Healthline’s review

Sunbasket is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) certified organic meal delivery service offering a wide variety of nutritious meal kits.

We particularly like this service for people who are trying to lose weight, as the company offers several menus that may support a healthy weight, including keto-friendly, Mediterranean, carb-conscious, and vegetarian plans (7, 10, 11, 12).

What’s more, you can filter the online menu to view only meals that contain fewer than 600 calories, which may be particularly helpful if you’re trying to reduce your calorie intake.

Meals include detailed nutritional information, and some can also be found on nutrition tracking apps.

In addition to the service’s dinner options, Sunbasket’s website offers a market section featuring nutrient-rich breakfast, lunch, and snack products.

“Out of all of the meal kit delivery services I’ve tried, Sunbasket’s ingredients tasted the freshest, and I thought the quality of the meat and seafood was noteworthy.

“The meals featured interesting flavor combinations, and I appreciated that the recipes included lots of vegetables.

“You can read more about the different Sunbasket meals I made in our in-depth review.”

— Kelli McGrane, MS, RD, Nutrition Editor II

  • uses organic, fresh produce and responsibly sourced proteins
  • provides full ingredient and nutritional information for each meal
  • offers both single- and multi-serving meals
  • includes options for various diet patterns
  • does not deliver to all areas
  • not suitable for people with severe food allergies or intolerances
  • expensive
  • Servings available: 1, 2, or 4
  • Personalization: specialty diet menus, specialty diet filters, option to set ingredient preferences
  • Diet friendliness: gluten-free, vegetarian, pescatarian, paleo, keto, low carb, and Mediterranean
  • Ingredients: some organic ingredients, sustainably sourced fish and seafood, grass-fed beef, and humanely raised meat and poultry
  • Packaging: all packaging is recyclable, reusable, or compostable
  • Delivery area: contiguous United States except for Montana, North Dakota, and parts of New Mexico
CookUnity
  • Meal type: prepared meals
  • Meals per week: 4, 6, 8, 12, 16
  • Menus: general menu with diet-specific filters
  • Price per serving: $11.09+
  • Shipping: $9.99

*Price is accurate as of the date of publication.

Healthline’s review

CookUnity provides chef-prepared meals catered to a wide range of dietary needs and preferences, including many that are lower in calories to support weight loss.

You can filter the menu to find meals that contain fewer than 600 calories per serving or are low in carbs or sodium. Plus, you can filter meals by protein type, dietary restrictions, and keto and paleo diets.

Select items can be found on nutrition tracking apps such as MyFitnessPal.

CookUnity sources local ingredients and says many of them are organic as well.

  • caters to many diet patterns
  • relatively affordable
  • provides detailed nutritional information for each item
  • meals prepared by local chefs
  • filters for dietary needs
  • not yet available in all areas
  • not suitable for people with severe food allergies or intolerances
  • offers only single-serving meals
  • Servings available: 1+
  • Personalization: option to set ingredient preferences
  • Diet friendliness: keto, paleo, low carb, low calorie, gluten-free, dairy-free, low sodium
  • Ingredients: locally sourced; prioritizes seasonal ingredients; sustainably sourced fish, seafood, and meat
  • Packaging: most packaging is recyclable, reusable, or compostable
  • Delivery area: contiguous United States
Territory Foods
  • Price per serving: $11.95–$19.95
  • Meals per week: 4–24
  • Meal type: prepared meals
  • Menus: Paleo, Keto-Friendly, Mixitarian, Plant-Based, Vegan, Vegetarian, Whole30, Low Fat, Low Carb, Mediterranean Diet, Pre- & Postpartum
  • Shipping: $7.95

*Price is accurate as of the date of publication.

Healthline’s review

Territory Foods offers a wide range of chef-prepared meals for a variety of eating patterns, so it’s a great choice for picky eaters or for people with specific dietary needs and preferences. Plus, each meal is available in two portion sizes.

When selecting your meals, you can filter the menu to view dishes that contain fewer than 500 calories per serving. Detailed information on the nutritional content of each meal is available online, along with a breakdown of the macronutrient ratios in each serving.

Territory Foods chefs work in independent kitchens around the country and use locally sourced ingredients as well as humanely raised poultry, grass-fed beef, and sustainably sourced seafood. All meals are free of gluten, dairy, and refined sugar.

Read more about Territory Foods in our full review.

  • offers options for multiple diet patterns
  • all meals free of gluten, dairy, and refined sugar
  • large, rotating menu with a variety of meals to choose from
  • may be more expensive than similar services
  • provides mostly single-serving meals
  • Servings available: 1
  • Personalization: specialty diet filters
  • Diet friendliness: paleo, keto, plant-based, vegetarian, vegan, Whole30, low carb, and Mediterranean
  • Ingredients: some organic produce, locally sourced, prioritizes seasonal ingredients, sustainably sourced fish and seafood, humanely raised meat and poultry
  • Packaging: most packaging is recyclable, reusable, or compostable
  • Delivery area: contiguous United States
Diet-to-Go
  • Meal type: prepared meals
  • Meals per week: 10–21
  • Menus: Balance, Balance-Diabetes, Keto-Carb30, Vegetarian, Mediterranean
  • Price per serving: $9.71–$15.20
  • Shipping: $19.98

*Price is accurate as of the date of publication.

Healthline’s review

Diet-to-Go provides an assortment of low calorie, ready-made meals that are easy to prepare and may help promote weight loss.

The service caters to a range of dietary needs and preferences, and some menus have additional customization options. For example, many offer meals with or without seafood, and on the Balance menu you can choose from two calorie levels depending on your needs.

Nutritional information for the more popular items is available on several health and fitness apps to help you keep tabs on your diet.

Though some meals are delivered fresh to local customers, most meals shipped farther from the company’s kitchen are flash-frozen to preserve quality.

To learn more about Diet-to-Go, check out our comprehensive review.

  • delivers meals fully prepared and ready to enjoy
  • offers several customization options, including choices for different diets and calorie needs
  • provides detailed information on ingredients and nutritional content for each item
  • uses some organic items
  • expensive shipping fee
  • limited selections for people with food allergies and certain dietary restrictions
  • Servings available: 1+
  • Personalization: option to set ingredient preferences, mix-and-match weekly meal plan
  • Diet friendliness: vegetarian, keto, low calorie
  • Ingredients: some organic ingredients
  • Packaging: most packaging is recyclable, reusable, or compostable
  • Delivery area: contiguous United States
Epicured
  • Meal type: prepared meals
  • Meals per week: unlimited
  • Menus: Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Low Acid/GERD-Friendly, Extra Sensitive for IBD and IBS Symptoms
  • Price per serving: $10.65–$24.63
  • Shipping: calculated at checkout

*Price is accurate as of the date of publication.

Healthline’s review

Epicured offers a massive menu with more than 50 fully prepared items to choose from each week, including an assortment of entrees, salads, soups, sides, breakfasts, and snacks.

What’s more, all the menu items are gluten-free and low in FODMAPs, a type of carbohydrate that causes digestive issues for some people.

According to the company’s website, all surfaces, equipment, tools, and appliances are properly cleaned and sanitized before and after each use. A team of registered dietitians also test the facility to check for any traces of gluten.

Detailed information on the nutritional content, ingredients, and potential allergens is available for every item, making it easy to find meals that fit your dietary needs and health goals. And many items are high in protein or low in calories, fat, saturated fat, sodium, added sugar, or carbs.

Some items can be found on popular nutrition and fitness apps.

  • large menu with a variety of items, which you can order a la carte
  • many options available for certain health needs and dietary restrictions
  • delivers dishes fully prepared
  • offers filters for GERD-Friendly/Low Acid, Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Extra Sensitive for IBD & IBS Symptoms
  • expensive shipping fees for some areas
  • some pricey items
  • Servings available: 1+
  • Personalization: option to set ingredient preferences, allergy-friendly
  • Diet friendliness: gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan
  • Ingredients: locally sourced, some organic ingredients
  • Packaging: all packaging is recyclable, reusable, or compostable
  • Delivery area: contiguous United States
Green Chef BBQ chicken, greens, and potatoes
  • Price per serving: $11.99–$13.49
  • Meals per week: 2–4
  • Meal type: meal kit
  • Menus: Keto, Mediterranean, Vegan, Vegetarian, Fast & Fit, Protein Packed, and Gluten Free
  • Shipping: $9.99

*Price is accurate as of the date of publication.

Healthline’s review

Green Chef is a certified organic meal kit company that offers seasonal recipes catered to a variety of diet patterns, including keto, vegan, vegetarian, high protein, and Mediterranean diets, which may support weight loss.

The service provides in-depth nutritional information for each meal on the menu. Many meals are also available on food tracking apps such as MyFitnessPal.

Additionally, Green Chef is one of the best meal delivery services for families, as it offers plans with 2, 4, or 6 servings per meal.

“I’ve tried Green Chef several times and am always impressed. Each time, my ingredients arrived fresh and in good condition, and all of the recipe cards were easy to follow. I particularly appreciated that many ingredients come pre-chopped, making assembly a breeze.

“Most notable, though, is that all of the meals I’ve tried have had a generous serving of vegetables and a good variety of textures and flavors.

“To learn more about Green Chef and the meals I’ve tried, check out our in-depth review.”

— Kelli McGrane, MS, RD, Nutrition Editor II

  • certified organic company
  • sources proteins raised with high animal welfare standards
  • offers options for various diet patterns
  • provides in-depth nutritional information for each recipe
  • does not offer prepared meals
  • not suitable for individuals with severe food allergies or intolerances
  • company may substitute non-organic ingredients when organic are not available
  • Servings available: 2, 4, or 6
  • Personalization: specialty diet menus
  • Diet friendliness: vegetarian, vegan, Mediterranean, gluten-free, and keto
  • Ingredients: some organic ingredients, locally sourced, sustainably sourced fish and seafood, and humanely raised meat and poultry
  • Packaging: most packaging is recyclable, reusable, or compostable
  • Delivery area: contiguous United States

Take a look at how these meal deliveries for weight loss compare:

  • Convenience: We looked for meals that were convenient to prepare to minimize the extra time it might take customers to fit healthy meals into their schedules.
  • Meal plans: We looked for meal delivery services that offered diet-specific meal plans that help customers reach their weight loss goals.
  • Nutrient-rich meals: We looked for meal delivery services that offer balanced and nutrient-dense meals to help customers feel supported in their weight loss goals.
  • Nutritional content: We looked for meal delivery services that provide low calorie, high protein, or high fiber options to promote weight management.
  • Taste and ease of preparation: We looked for services that offer meals that are easy to prepare, and we also tried many of them to find out whether they offered a good variety of flavors and textures.
  • Price: We included meal delivery services at a variety of price points to accommodate any budget.
  • Vetting: The services on our list have been vetted to ensure that they align with Healthline’s brand integrity standards and approach to well-being. You can read more about our vetting process.
  • Price: Make sure to choose the meal delivery service that best fits your weekly or monthly food or grocery budget, and don’t forget to consider shipping costs and whether you’ll have to shop for additional meals or foods.
  • High quality ingredients: Look for services that prioritize fresh ingredients and use little or no artificial additives or heavily processed ingredients. Some people may also prefer a service that offers organic produce, sustainable seafood, or grass-fed beef.
  • Nutritional information: Look for services that offer nutritionally balanced meals or disclose each meal’s nutritional information. That way, you’ll better understand your calorie and macro intake.
  • App compatibility: If you use an app to keep track of your calories or macros, it can be helpful to choose a service with meals that are already entered into your app.
  • Variety: Look for alternatives that offer a varied menu, which will prevent you from getting bored with their dishes. It is also important that they accommodate your specific diet, be it omnivorous, vegan, gluten-free, low carb, etc.
  • Convenience: Whether you have time to do a little cooking or just have a few minutes to warm up and eat, choose an option that meets your convenience needs. This will help you avoid wasting food and time.

If you’re looking to lose weight, meal delivery services can be strategic allies for several reasons, including:

  • Portion control: Meal delivery services offer preportioned meals with a fixed and known total calorie and macronutrient content. Portion sizes are directly linked to energy intake, so reducing them can be helpful for creating a calorie deficit to support weight loss (13, 14).
  • Adherence: Whether you lack the time or resources, following a diet can be difficult because it requires careful meal planning. Meal delivery services can make adherence to diets like the Mediterranean diet or keto easier by delivering diet-compliant meals or meal kits directly to your door.
  • Improved diet quality: Depending on the recipe, meal delivery services can provide meals that are more nutritious than what you might typically eat. In particular, these meals can provide lean proteins and good sources of fiber, like vegetables, to help keep you full. Protein is also important for preserving muscle mass (2, 5, 15, 16).

What’s more, research shows that exposure to greater healthful food variety — which is the case with most meal delivery services — can increase the intake of low calorie, energy-dense foods like fruits and vegetables, helping support and sustain weight loss (17).

Here are five healthy and quick tips if you’re looking to manage your weight:

  • Create a small calorie deficit: Taking in fewer calories than you burn every day will result in weight loss. However, cutting calories too drastically can result in compensatory changes over time, such as increased appetite, that make it harder to maintain weight loss. This is why many experts recommend making small reductions in daily calorie intake to promote healthy, sustainable weight loss (18).
  • Limit ultra-processed foods: High intakes of ultra-processed foods — such as sugary drinks, fast food, sweets, and even diet foods — cause excess calorie intake that leads to weight gain while providing little to no nutrients at all (19).
  • Stay physically active: Increasing your physical activity or exercise also helps with losing weight and maintaining weight by creating a negative energy balance (20).
  • Get enough sleep: Sleep deprivation is associated with weight gain due to hormonal changes that may alter the metabolism of sugars and behavioral changes that increase caloric intake. Thus, evidence recommends adults get at least 7 hours of sleep (21).

Check out this article for more science-backed tips on losing weight healthily and sustainably.

Is it easier to lose weight with a meal delivery service?

While you can lose weight without using a meal delivery service, many people find they can be an easy and convenient way to enjoy more nutritious meals at home.

Additionally, meal delivery services help promote portion control and often offer meals low in calories or high in protein designed to support weight loss.

What food delivery service is best for weight loss?

Trifecta Nutrition is our choice as the best overall meal delivery service for weight loss thanks to its portion-controlled, nutritionally balanced meals. We also like that each meal contains at least 20 g of protein, and that there are menus to suit a variety of dietary needs.

If you prefer a meal kit to cook yourself, Sunbasket is our best overall pick because it offers menus to suit a variety of dietary patterns that may be helpful for weight loss, including Mediterranean, Diabetes-Friendly, Vegetarian, and Carb-Conscious.

Can you lose weight on HelloFresh meals?

Weight loss is achieved by reaching and maintaining a calorie deficit. Yet, because caloric needs are influenced by physical activity, height, and age, among other factors, one person’s calorie deficit can differ significantly from another person’s (22).

HelloFresh offers six different plans, including a lower calorie option called Calorie Smart, which provides meals under 650 calories per serving.

Consuming 650 calories per meal can easily fit into a calorie deficit. If it does not match yours, you could always plan around the rest of your daily meals to avoid a calorie surplus.

That said, weight loss is not guaranteed.

Which meal delivery service works best with Weight Watchers?

Blue Apron is a great option if you’re using WeightWatchers, as many of the meals on their Wellness menu are WeightWatchers approved.

However, many other meal delivery services also offer low calorie, nutritious meals that can fit into weight loss programs like WeightWatchers. Some other options include Purple Carrot, Sunbasket, and BistroMD.

There are many meal delivery services available that can help you reach your weight loss goals — each of which varies in price, flexibility, and effectiveness.

They also vary by the amount of time and preparation they require, with some offering fully prepared meals and others providing recipes and preportioned ingredients to allow you to make your own nutritious meals at home.

With a bit of research and experimentation, you can likely find a plan that works for you.

Last medically reviewed on April 14, 2023

How we reviewed this article:

Our experts continually monitor the health and wellness space, and we update our articles when new information becomes available.

Apr 14, 2023

Written By

Rachael Ajmera, MS, RD

Edited By

Catherine Conelly

Medically Reviewed By

Jillian Kubala, MS, RD

Fact Checked By

Jennifer Chesak

Copy Edited By

Jill Campbell

Mar 7, 2023

Written By

Rachael Ajmera, MS, RD

Edited By

Kelli McGrane, MS, RD

Fact Checked By

Jennifer Chesak

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Anne Arntson

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