We’ve assembled a task force of staff from our Birmingham offices, which include sister brands Southern Living, Coastal Living, MyRecipes, and Oxmoor House, to try the Cooking Light Diet for 3 months and blog about it. Here’s what they’re saying.

When I first started the Cooking Light Diet, I balked at the shopping list. I had selected seven dinners to make (removing the breakfasts and lunches from my plan and shopping lists, because I'm just not that organized), and had a tiny heart attack when I forked over $200 for my groceries. For dinner. For the week.

I don't skimp on food--my family eats fresh produce, sticks to the perimeter of the grocery store, and generally avoids having too many packaged goods hanging around to tempt us, but the thought of spending $200 on seven meals for my husband and myself was a little too much.

"Well," I thought, "this will be a one-time experiment."

Then something amazing happened. Each meal generally served four, sometimes two but sometimes six. That meant that the seven dinners I purchased actually lasted us two full weeks and fed me lunch each and every day. Instead of bringing a bagged salad or running out to grab an $8 salad (again), I had amazing leftovers, like these guys:

Based on my figures, we got at least 38 meals out of the seven-meal plan: 28 dinners and ten lunches. That means that each meal cost about $5.25, which is a bargain for dinner and certainly a steal for a lunch out, not to mention that the food you're eating is delicious and good for you.

Consider me the Diet's grinch whose heart grew three sizes that day. I'm in.--------

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*Members following the Cooking Light Diet, on average, lose more than half a pound per week.

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