Factor Meals Review: Pros, Cons, and How It Works
Factor is a company that prepares and delivers nutritious meals. I would recommend it to someone who wants to eat healthily but doesn’t have the time or desire to cook.
Factor, formerly known as Factor 75, is a meal delivery service that provides fresh, nutritious meals.
The recipes for the meals are created by registered dietitians and are delivered fully prepared.
There has been some research to show meal delivery plans can encourage healthy eating.
You can choose anywhere from 4 to 18 meals per week, depending on the plan. There are over 20 dietitian-designed weekly meal options to choose from.
All of the meals are fresh, not frozen, and are said to stay fresh in your refrigerator for up to 7 days.
You can further select your meal options based on any allergies or a specific diet that you follow.
For example, Factor meals can be suitable for the following diets and preferences:
- Low calorie
- Low carb
- High protein
In looking at the different menu options, there is a good variety. I do like how many of them are high in fiber and protein. These are both necessary for a healthy and satisfying meal.
The Factor meal service was objectively evaluated by a dietitian based on the following criteria:
- Evidence-Based: 3/5
- Easy to Follow: 5/5
- Customization: 4/5
- Sustainability: 3/5
- Safety: 4/5
- Value for the Price: 3/5
- Accountability: 5/5
- Overall Rating: 3.9/5
Factor says their program takes the stress out of healthy eating by delivering fresh, ready-made meals. In doing this, they say it becomes a lot more convenient to eat healthy.
While this may be possible in some cases, it’s also important to prepare healthy meals for every meal, not just for your delivery meals a few days a week. It’s what you do the majority of the time that matters the most.
Depending on your usual diet, the Factor meals may be significantly more nutritious. Many meal options are high in fiber and protein, which may also help in weight management.
However, many meals are high in sodium, some being close to half of the daily recommended intake in one meal. High sodium intake over the long term may put you more at risk for water retention, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Thus, I would suggest if you are going to order these meals, to look for meals that are less than 800 milligrams of sodium per serving.
There are no official studies on Factor’s meal service to support the claims, other than customer reviews.
This program may be sustainable for someone who prioritizes convenience and health above all else.
For someone who gets bored quickly or is on a budget, these meals may not be sustainable long-term.
For someone who enjoys cooking and just wants to cook healthier meals, the extra cost may not be worth it.
Most meals cost at least $11 per meal, which is significantly more than preparing a healthy meal yourself from scratch.
This cost can add up over time and may be difficult to sustain.
One free 20-minute nutrition coaching consultation is offered upon purchase of the Factor meal service.
Additional coaching is also offered at a fee (1-month and 3-month) by dietitians for $139 and $297, respectively.
The company promotes these sessions as a place to provide guidance on the best meals and plans to choose from, as well as any additional nutritional support and accountability.
I appreciate that the support is provided by credentialed experts, as many other companies use general “coaches” who lack the experience and expertise necessary to provide guidance.
The overall cost for the meals is a little pricey compared to others, but they are fresh instead of frozen.
Prices can range from $11–$15 per meal, depending on your plan. The more meals per week you order the cheaper the per meal price:
- $11 per meal if you order 18 per week
- $15 per meal if you order 4 per week
This price may be worth it if it is saving you time and energy. Eating nutritious meals improves health, and you can’t really put a price tag on that.
If improving your health and getting more time back are priorities, you will likely find this program to be of value.
Additionally, there are also no delivery fees tacked onto the price.
These meals are safe for most people, except for 2 groups.
There is a small risk for those with food allergies. The company states there may be cross-contamination in their facilities.
Also, I would not recommend these meals for someone with high blood pressure as most of the meals are too high in sodium, containing 800–900 milligrams per serving.
For someone with high blood pressure, I would look closely at the sodium content and choose more of the meals in the 500–600 milligram range.
Compared to other meal delivery companies, the price tag of Factor meals is a few dollars higher per meal.
However, there are more diet-specific options than most programs. This may be more suited for someone who wants to follow a particular diet such as keto or low carb.
The nutrition facts of the meals are pretty similar to other programs such as Freshly or Daily Harvest. It’s not always easy to lower the sodium past a certain point as it provides flavor and extends the shelf-life.
Meal delivery services such as Factor can help reduce the time and effort to prepare and eat a healthy diet.
I would consider it if you want to improve your diet but don’t have the time or real desire to prepare your own meals every day.
Having a healthier meal delivery option like Factor can improve your eating choices.
I often suggest meal delivery services to my clients. If you aren’t sure if it’s worth the cost, I’d recommend working with a nutrition professional first to learn simple meal prepping tips instead.
If you set up a sound meal planning system but still need more help, Factor may help save you time and energy.
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