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Diet.com

Est. $40 per month
Reviewed
January 2012
by ConsumerSearch

Pros
  • Extensive questionnaire for tailoring plans
  • Same-day Q&A access to staff doctor
  • Chats with diet and fitness experts
  • Buddy system for motivation
  • Fitness information included
  • Encourages healthy lifestyle habits
Cons
  • Doesn't support commercial diets
  • No articles on maintenance/avoiding regain

Diet.com (occasionally seen as Diets.com) is a weight-loss support website that focuses on community and virtual group support. If you're willing to fill out a lengthy questionnaire about your diet and exercise habits, you can create a free account with access to the forums, a workout builder, expert blogs, meal and fitness tracking goals, and more than a thousand healthy recipes. However, you pay extra (*Est. $40 per month, or $86 for 6 months) for the customized meal plans, expert fitness plans and online coaching with dietitians.

Some high points for expert reviewers include the grocery lists, meal substitution lists, exercise tips (in both article and video formats), and same-day access to a staff doctor for questions and answers. However, one expert says the prices are higher than they should be for these services, and another reviewer doesn't like the lack of support for commercial diets.

We found the most in-depth expert review of Diet.com in Good Housekeeping. User reviews are scarce, but there are helpful (although brief) reviews at DietsInReview.com, PCMag.com and TopTenReviews.com.

Our Sources

1. Good Housekeeping

The Good Housekeeping Research Institute picks its six favorite weight-loss websites. Diet.com is named the "best active community"; editors like its personalized meal plans and advice, same-day access to the staff doctor for questions and answers, and variety of video and text information (including video exercise demonstrations).

Review: Best Diet Websites, Editors of Good Housekeeping

2. DietsinReview.com

This short overview of the Diet.com format notes that the site is also used at the Wellness Institute at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. High points include the weekly podcasts, and encouragement to create healthy lifestyle habits over the long term.

Review: Diet.com, Editors of DietsInReview.com

3. PCMag.com

Diet.com receives a "very good" rating from the editor and an "excellent" rating from two users. McLaughlin points out a number of features on the site but calls the fee "higher than average."

Review: Diet.com, Molly McLaughlin, April 6, 2005

4. TopTenReviews.com

Reviewers rank Diet.com as the second-best weight-loss website behind eDiets.com. They like how the site "caters to your personality" and specific needs, but wish it offered a commercial diet plan.

Review: Online Diet Services Review, Editors of TopTenReviews.com

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