Which Diet Programs are the Most Budget-Friendly?


By Jessa Barron, NextAdvisor.com

Taste and serving size are two of the most important factors to consider when deciding which diet program is best for you. After all, you’re less likely to stick to a diet if you don’t like what you’re eating, or if it’s not keeping your stomach full.

Another important factor many people take into consideration is how much a new diet is going to cost. Although there are some extremely expensive diet programs out there, there are many other options that don’t break the bank. Here are some of those budget-friendly options.


Nutrisystem is a budget-friendly diet program that offers some flexibility in its plan choices. The average daily costs range from about $9.07 to $13.39/day, depending on the plan you select. It’s important to note that these prices do not include the price of adding your own food to its meals, which Nutrisystem highly suggests, however, there are no shipping costs, so you won’t have to worry about any surprise fees.

Its Basic Plan for women is a four-week, five-day plan that gives you four meals per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack) and costs $253.84 ($9.07/day) with our 35% discount. This same plan option for men costs $290.76 ($10.38/day) with the discount for the four-week period and gives you five meals per day, breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks. The more expensive plans, which start at $309.22 ($11.04/day) with the discount, provide meals seven days per week and also give you the option to custom-select your daily meals, as opposed to a preselected menu.


Diet-to-Go is another flexible diet program that’s easy on your wallet. It offers both five-day and seven-day meal plan options, which start at about $20/day. Whether you choose to have meals five days a week or seven days a week, you can choose between receiving three meals per day (e.g., breakfast, lunch and dinner) or just two meals per day.

In selecting the two meals per day option, you’ll get lunch and dinner meals. The least expensive plan, Diet-to-Go’s five-day plan, costs $119.33 with our 10% discount for the first week ($23.86/day) for three meals a day and $101.69 ($20.33/day) with the discount for two meals a day. Your weekly costs do go up after the first week, and shipping will cost you $19.98 each week you order, but you will not need to pay for any supplemental foods to add to Diet-to-Go’s meals.

Fresh n’ Lean

Fresh n’ Lean is the only diet service we review that is completely vegan, making it safe those who are allergic to dairy, meat and other animal-based ingredients. It is also one of the most flexible diet programswe review, as it offers five-day plans, seven-day plans and the option to order its meals a la carte. Depending on the plan you select, the daily cost ranges from $14.99 to $27.99/day.

The cheapest plan, which costs $14.99/day, provides you with one entree per day, five days a week, while the most expensive plan, which costs $27.99/day, provides three meals per day for a full seven-day week. The other plans give you flexibility in how many meals you’d like per day (e.g., two meals per day for five days) and if you’d like to order a la carte, its meals range from $5 to $15 a piece.

While the shipping costs for the five-day and seven-day plans vary, there are often special discounts on your orders, and those who order a la carte meals will receive free shipping on all orders. Fresh n’ Lean’s meal plans do not require you to add additional food, such as fruits or vegetables, which means you won’t have to pay extra for added groceries.

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