Biggest Loser Meal Plan: Our Much Cheaper Version

Emily Abbate
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Want to eat like a loser? Of course you do. Everyone and anyone wants to know the secret to the success behind The Biggest Loser contestants after last night's finale. Patrick took home the title by losing a whopping 181 pounds from his original 400-pound physique.

Well, eDiets is looking to cash in on the show's success with, you guessed it, the Biggest Loser Meal Plan. The new plan, which has been available to New Yorkers since September and everyone now, is the newest offering from the online meal delivery service -- which features more than 25 personalized meal plans to interested consumers.

So what's it cost to be a loser? For the 7-day plan (including three meals a day and one snack), it's going to cost you more than $170 per week.

Yeah, I think it's a waste of money too.

A few years ago I lost more than 50 pounds, spending roughly $300 a month on groceries. Even with the free week offer you get when signing up for the new plan (with the exception of $24.95 shipping fees), the first month on the plan is going to cost $560.75.

Anyone could easily break down what the plan has to offer, then create a menu of your own. In fact, let's do it right now. Here are some examples straight from the meal plan and a non-plan alternative:

Breakfast: Canadian Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich. Ahhh, I see what we're doing here. Trying to squeeze in that protein for an extra a.m. boost. What if I told you for the same amount of calories, you could have roughly two scrambled egg whites with diced tomato, and a 100-calorie pack of almonds? Breakfast and a mid-morning snack. I don't know about you, but I'm all about smaller, more frequent meals myself.

Lunch: Cheesy Chicken Breast and Black Bean Quesadilla. Again, with 25 grams of protein and 4 grams of dietary fiber, eDiets is on the right track. But for the same amount of calories (320 calories, 10g of fat), you can have a much larger chopped salad full of veggies, with grilled shrimp (six shrimp for 160 calories) and a wheat roll.

Snack: 1.5 oz. of Organic Harvest Trail Mix. I confess: I'm a trail mix junkie. Cashews actually are my kryptonite. All of the snacks on the plan get in some protein midday, which is very important to keep up your blood sugar and furthermore -- your energy. A lot of wholesale clubs sell trail mix and nuts by the large container at a deeper, discounted rate.

Dinner: Chicken & Shrimp Alfredo on Spaghetti and Carrots. There's not much difference here between lunch and dinner entrees on the eDiets plan. Most options have roughly 360 calories and 8 to 10 grams of fat. 

So what have we learned? It's important to fill up with lower calorie alternatives and get enough protein. With no trans fats, msg, or artificial sweeteners -- the brains behind the diet are thinking the way that many Weight Watchers do: Portion control, portion control, portion control.

So focus on balanced nutrition including lean proteins, veggies, and smart carbohydrates ... and you're halfway there. Find foods you like, and don't be afraid to add some spice to mix things up.

Rather than spending more than $500 a month on groceries just for yourself, think about the best (and healthiest) interests of your entire family by incorporating healthy choices into your day-to-day.

Would you invest in the Biggest Loser Diet, or is this something you can do on your own?


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