The best diet programs in Australia 2021 (with specials)

The best diet programs in Australia (with specials) | Beanstalk Mums

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I don’t care what anyone says, eating healthily and dieting, takes time. Put it this way: It takes longer to prepare a nutritious home-cooked dish, than it does to say .. stick some chicken nuggets in the oven or grab a take-away. And with kids in the mix who are not following your diet regime, is can be almost impossible for modern day mums to kick the cals.

Enter the wonderful world of diet programs which make ‘eating right’ so damn easy that we have no more excuses. Except maybe one: Which program should I use?

Well, to cross that final excuse off your list and to get you happily dieting, we’ve prepared a list of the best and easiest diet programs for busy mums. After all, anything that saves time AND makes us thinner has got to be a winner.

READY-MADE FOOD DIET PROGRAMS

Using a ready-made meal delivery service is the easiest way of all (for even more choice check out this list of best home delivery services Australia). Simply pick your food online, receive your delivery and heat it up. Like we say, no excuses. There are differences though. Some are fresh, some frozen and different ones cater to different diets and of course, different budgets. Here is our overview of ready-made food diet programs.

WEIGHTWATCHERS

The recently rebranded Weight Watchers (WW) is the maker of the “#1 best diet for weight loss 9 years in a row,” according to U.S. News and World Report, so they must be doing something right. Besides offering personalised diets/meal plans created by nutritionists for those who are actively losing weight, WW is for anyone who wants to build healthy habits. Weight Watchers (WW) Healthy Kitchen is perfect for busy mums who want to prepare healthy meals but don’t have the time. Created by chefs and nutritionists, WW Healthy Kitchen’s ready-made meals are balanced, protein-packed, gluten free and without added sweeteners, artificial flavours or preservatives. One downside of this diet program is the lack of delivery option. At this time, you can only buy ready-made meals at Woolworths or the Woolworths online shop.

Box types: Meals for 1 person (400g per box)

Price range: $10 per 400g box, WW membership starts at $4.56/week

Pros: Chef and nutritionist-prepared healthy meals

Cons: The selection is quite limited (6 lunches and dinners) and there is no home delivery service at this time.

SPECIAL: 50% off on selected 3 month plans. Ends 07/01/21. Terms apply.

Weight Watchers AU | Beanstalk Mums

MY MUSCLE CHEF

My Muscle Chef is a fairly new ready-made food delivery service, but it has already established a loyal following. Customers love their clean, high-protein meals and meal plans that meet a range of dietary requirements. They have high-protein, low-carb, low-calorie, keto and even vegan options as well as fixed meal sets for couples. Their goal is provide great-tasting nutritious meals for active and busy people, from bodybuilders to working mums. The meals are great value for money and perfect if you’re a time poor mum on a weight loss/healthy lifestyle journey.

Box types: Meals for 1 person and couples

No. of meal kits per week: As many as you like

Delivery area: Australia-wide, See full list here.

Price range: Meal plans from $97.20 to $184.95, boxed meals from $9.55

Pros: High-protein meals for active people, excellent meal variety, no additives or artificial flavours

Cons: People with bigger frames may need to supplement the meals with snacks

SPECIAL: Get $10 off delivery when you subscribe, buy 25 meals to save 15%

My Mucle Chef | Beanstalk Mums

MACROS

Clean eating for weight loss is effortless thanks to Macros, a meal delivery company specializing in fresh, healthy meals made from whole food ingredients. Each meal is designed by a dietitian and prepared by a chef so you can enjoy what you’re eating even if you’re on a diet. Their menu selection is pretty impressive, with high protein, plant-based, gluten-free, nut-free and dairy free meals on offer. Simply choose your diet goal/meal plan (weight loss, sculpt, balanced, etc.), number of meals per week (the more you order the cheaper it gets) and you’re all set.

Box types: Meals for 1 person and families

No. of meal kits per week: As many as you like

Delivery area: Australia wide

Price range: From $76.65 per week ($10.95 per meal)

Pros: High protein dietitian-designed meals, excellent meal variety, fresh ingredients without additives

Cons: Portion sizes may be too small for very active people or those building muscle

SPECIAL: More specials on their website.

Best Diet Programs in Australia | Macros | Beanstalk Mums

YOUFOODZ WEIGHT LOSS FOOD PROGRAM

Youfoodz is Australia’s #1 healthy meal delivery service (according to customer reviews) and they certainly deliver with a line of ready-made meals that are sumptuous, healthy and fresh, not frozen. Youfoodz aims to make healthy eating easy for everyone, and their ready-made meals are a great fit for the busy mum lifestyle. One of the popular diet programs from Youfoodz is the 70/30. It’s a line of meal plans based on the premise that by eating clean, healthy meals for 70% of the week, you can lose weight and become healthier. The 70/30 plan comes in three variants: Starter (10 meals for 5 days), Classic (10 meals and 10 snacks for 5 days) and Complete (15 means and 10 snacks for 5 days). You can create your diet program on their website, choose your favourite meals from an extensive list and have them delivered straight to your door.

Box types: Meals for 1 person

No. of meal kits per week: As many as you like

Delivery area: See list here

Price range: Snacks from $2.99 and meals from $9.95. Meal plans from $99-$213

Pros: Endless menu and meal combos, next-day delivery, fresh meals

Cons: Minimum order value for home delivery, meals are not frozen

SPECIAL: 9 meals for $69 with code: MEAL-DEAL, 7 meals for $55 with code: SUMMER-SORTED. Minimum spend applies. FREE food delivery to your door.

Diet programs in Australia | YouFoodz | Beanstalk Single Mums

LITE N’ EASY

When it comes to diet programs, Lite n’ Easy has it covered with its customisable, healthy meal plans that includes everything from mains to desserts—delivered to your front door. Dietitians create the meals and professional chefs prepare them, so you are sure to have a healthy, great-tasting meal on the table even if you’re too busy to shop or cook. Like other ready-made diet programs on this list, Lite n’ Easy is great whether you’re looking to shed some kgs, maintain your weight or just become healthier.

Meal plans: Full 5 and 7-day meal plans and dinners

Delivery area: See full list here

Price range: $6-12 per single-serve meal, $82 to $192 for full meal plans. Total price depends on chosen meal plans and delivery location.

Pros: Customisable meal plans with over 100 meals to choose from, money back guarantee

Cons: Minimum order value of $49 for all deliveries

SPECIAL: Add 5 extra dinners to your order for just $49, free shipping on any order (minimum order of $51)

Weight loss | Lite n' Easy | Beanstalk Mums

JENNY CRAIG

Jenny Craig is one of the popular diet programs offering home delivery in Australia.  With the help of a dedicated personal consultant and chef-crafted meals delivered to your door, you can lose weight and not stress over food shopping or meal prep. Jenny Craig has over 70 diet meals (from breakfasts to shakes and soups) to choose from and 2 meal programs: the 12-week Trial and 12-week Premium programs. The meal portions are designed to be small (in line with their philosophy that smaller portions=easier weight loss), but you do get to eat nutritionally-balanced meals six times a day.

Meal plans: Trial (8-week membership) and Standard (6-month membership)

Delivery area: See full list here

Price range: From $10 to $99 (food cost not included), weekly menus start at $179

Pros: Dedicated personal consultant, popular with diabetics, vegetarian options, wide range of low-calorie, low-fat and low-sodium meals, pickup option

Cons: Prices tend to be on the high side, limited selection of vegan, paleo and keto meals

SPECIAL: Free 8 week membership + free delivery (Cost of food additional, total weekly cost $179), $25 off your first weekly menu (new members)

Dieting | Jenny Craig | Beanstalk Single Mums

The Gluten Free Meal Co.

The Gluten Free Meal Co. is filling a gap in the ready-made meals market with their gluten-free bake mixes and flour blends delivered straight to your door. Food preparation and production are strictly monitored by food technologists and ingredients are sourced from trusted suppliers to bring you the best gluten-free mixes. All products are made with plant-based, organic whole flours and seed meals. Perfect for time-poor coeliacs or anyone who wants healthy, yummy gluten-free mixes for food prep.

No. of meal kits per week: As many as you like

Delivery area: Australia-wide delivery

Price range: From $8.95 per pack

Pros: 100% gluten-free, organic bake mixes and flour blends

Cons: Limited products, No full meal plans available

SPECIAL: Free shipping on all orders over $50, free sample pack when you join their mailing list

The Gluten Free Meal Co. | Beanstalk Mums

WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAMS WITH MEAL PLANNING

The other option is to join up to a weight loss program with meal planning. These require you to prepare your own food following their guides. They make it super-easy, with some even going so far as to provide shopping lists! This is a more time-consuming but less-pricey option which lots of mums are loving. Here is our breakdown.

CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet

Australia’s national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) recently released their Total Wellbeing Diet program that’s grounded on years of clinical testing and the latest scientific evidence. The goal of the Total Wellbeing Diet is not just fast weight loss, but sustainable weight loss and good gut health. It runs for 12 weeks and takes into account your behaviour and personality on top of nutrition and physical activity level in order to make healthy eating truly sustainable. The Premium Program comes with coaching sessions with a dietitian, unlimited phone support and cookbook. Both programs are unlike other diet plans in that there are no excluded food groups, meaning you can eat whatever you want as long as the meals meet the macronutrient requirement, which is essentially higher protein and low glycemic index.

Ease of meal preparation: 5/5, Thousands of quick yummy recipes that are easy to prepare, Also features shopping list creation

Price range: $199 for 12 weeks, $299 for the Premium Program, $19.95/month loyalty plan

Pros: Evidence-based weight loss, nutrition and exercise program with food and exercise tracking, shopping lists and meal plans

Cons: $19.95 monthly fee after completing the 12-week program

SPECIAL: Get a full refund when you successfully complete the 12 week program (conditions apply).

CSIRO Wellbeing Diet | Best diet programs | Beanstalk Single Mums

NOOM

Noom is an award-winning diet program grounded on the psychology of weight loss and well being and aims to change behaviours that keep us from losing weight for good. Right from the start you get asked a number of questions about your age, height, weight and other information to personalise your plan. Noom tells you how long it will take you to reach your goal weight, but this is easily adjusted by choosing a calorie-restricted meal plan that fits your lifestyle. Track your meals, calories and activity with the user-friendly Noom app and check in with your goal specialist about once a week. You can also share your progress/interact with other Noom users online.

Price range: Plans from $59 (monthly) to $199 (annual)

Pros: Personalised diet plan, flexible pricing, user-friendly app, psychology-based weight loss/healthy lifestyle program

Cons: Coaching needs improvement, may not work for everyone

SPECIAL: 14-day free trial 

Weight Loss Programs | Noom | Beanstalk Mums

THE HEALTHY MUMMY

Next on our list is The Healthy Mummy, the largest healthy eating and weight loss program designed specifically for busy mums. The 28-day weight loss challenge is the core of The Healthy Mummy. After signing up for a monthly challenge, you gain access to the program and mobile app for tracking progress. There’s no reason to get bored with meals as the menu and theme change every month. Besides a wide array of delicious and customisable meal plans, you also get thousands of recipes, home workout videos and an amazing national support group.

Ease of meal preparation: 5/5, bulk meal planning and budget-friendly recipes starting at $2.50/serve

Price range: Subscription plans from $99 (monthly) to $399 (annual)

Pros: Affordable plans, nutritionally balanced meals, built-in workout program

Cons: Lots to digest and may be complex to get into for beginners

SPECIAL: Up to 87% off on Platinum Access ($329) and Lifetime Platinum Access ($259) + BONUS Mega Smoothie Pack, 75% off on 12-month plan, 70% off on monthly plan

Weight loss programs | The Healthy Mummy | Beanstalk Single Mums

SUPERFASTDIET

The ‘fast’ in the SuperFastDiet is more about fasting than speed, as it cuts down drastically on calories on some days of each week. The concept behind this diet program is to eat like you normally would for most days of the week (up to 2000 calories for women) and eat reduced calories (500 for women, 600 for men) on the other days. The SuperFastDiet has three fasting methods (2, 3 and part-day fasting) that lets you enjoy your favourite foods without guilt whilst achieving your weight goals. Subscribers also get multiple coaching videos every week, a personalised tracker and dashboard, and lots of recipes and meal plans.

Ease of meal preparation: 5/5, Easy meal prep with recipes and meal plans

Price range: Plans from $10.80/week

Pros: Comprehensive weight loss program with meal plans, recipes and private support group

Cons: Not suitable for a lot of people (type 1 diabetics, teens, pregnant women, the elderly and frail, and those with underlying medical conditions)

SPECIAL: Join for only $1 for a limited time, 14-day free trial (cancel anytime within 14 days)

Lose weight | The Superfast Diet | Beanstalk Mums

MICHELLE BRIDGES

It’s easy to see why Michelle Bridges’ 12-week body transformation (12WBT) weight loss program is so popular. This online fitness and healthy eating plan attracts massive crowds of people looking to lose weight and live healthy lifestyles. Once subscribed, you get access to meal plan options, tasty recipes, weekly shopping lists, exercises and motivational videos. The plans are tiered for beginners (3 different beginner programs), intermediate and advanced users, so there’s something for everyone, even the busy mum. The program can also be customised based on goals, like pregnancy fitness, losing that post-baby weight, or becoming more active.

Ease of meal preparation: 4/5, There are multiple meal options, including cooking for one and time saver plans. Meal prep and food shopping can take a lot of time.

Price range: Starts at $199 for 12 weeks of meal and exercise plans

Pros: Sensible meal planning and fitness program geared for long-term health and fitness

Cons: Tracking weight/fitness and exercising can be time-consuming

SPECIAL: Join now and save $40 ($199).

Diet programs in Australia | Michelle Bridges 12WBT | Beanstalk Mums

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