We signed up with eDiets and to see what they’ve got to offer.
Florida-based eDiets have been around since the early days of the Internet (started in 1996), and boast an incredible amount of members – over 2 million (over the duration of eDiets history).
They have connections in high places (including this interview with US president Bush) and CeeLo Green is their new spokesperson who is using eDiets to lose weight.
eDiets have been ranked as the #1 Most Trafficked Health, Fitness & Nutrition Site, and been voted “Best of the Web”in the diet and nutrition category by Forbes.
But, recently eDiets has fallen on hard times and is but a shell of what they once were.
eDiets Diet Plans
eDiets started by offering online diet plans. In fact, it takes a bit of digging to find their older non-meal delivery plans, which are as follows.
- Glycemic Impact Diet
- eDiets.com Weight Loss Plan
- Mediterranean Diet
- Vegetarian Diet
What Comes with These Diets
Each plan comes with a full set of features including; access to a personal trainer, exercise and fitness plans, recipe database, member forums and message boards.
One notable feature is the access to registered dietitians.
Costs of non-meal delivery plans
eDiets have a straight subscription price for any diet: $4.74 per week – billed monthly (that’s 18.95 per month). If you cancel before 3 months is up, you will be charged a $25 fee. Children under 13 are not permitted to sign-up, and teenagers between 13 and 18 need parental permission. Membership is restricted to US & Canada.
Weight Loss Approach
eDiets focus on providing meal plans that will lead to weight loss of up to 2 pounds per week. Central to their approach is that of mutual support. The have a weight loss guarantee (if you don’t lose weight within 6 months you get 6 months membership free). As part of this you must weight on monthly, and interact with the support message boards at least once per month.
eDiets have done the research and have discovered that those who are most connected to the community have the highest chance of reaching weight loss goals, and will not fall off the program.
Some Negative Comments
Over the last couple years eDiets has received some negative comments and feed back concerning their services, especially their old Fresh Prepared Meal Delivery Service. The quality of the food was in question and customer service problems were becoming common.
2013 has brought big changes for eDiets and they hope to rectify their reputation with their new Diet Smart Flash Frozen Meal Plan and with the endorsement of CeeLo Green.
However, eDiets has since done away with their meal delivery program.
Anecdotally, eDiets works. A look around various opinion sites shows that people have lost weight with eDiets, and bad reviews are rare. The tools are good, but as time has gone on eDiets has been facing more and more competition in the online diet sector.