Forbes has compared the cost of a number of popular diets.
Weekly sample menus were gathered for each of the 10 diets, and food prices were obtained from Fresh Direct.
The median weekly cost came to $85.79 per week. Apparently the average American spends $54.44 on food.
The Cheapest Diet?
|Diet||Total Price of Weekly Food Menu* **||Percent Over National Average|
|South Beach Diet||78.61||44.4|
|Sources: Forbes, Fresh Direct,
Amazon, Bureau of Labor Statistics * Adjusted for NYC prices **
Includes the cost of associated book, if applicable, and any membership
fees associated with the diet, averaged over a six-month period.
Some Thoughts on Diet Costs
I wonder how the cost of a “fast food diet” such as McDonald’s would compare? The supposed Subway diet here seems very cheap – PR man Jared Fogle was supposed to have eaten one 6-inch sub and one 12-inch sub per day – so something doesn’t quite add up.
Note also, that programs like Jenny Craig and NutriSystem are basically “heat and eat” pre-packaged foods. If meal preparation time were factored in here as well – things might look quite different.