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You buy the food separately. I have already picked Jenny Craig over Nutrisystem based purely on the excellent customer service that I received. Keeping the weight off can be very challenging; focus on portion control and activity. With both diets, prepackaged food is the nucleus of the program. Keep in mind that none of the above prices include veggies, fruit, and dairy that both Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem require you to buy in your supermarket. To our taste testers, "good" means OK but not great.
But again, this doesn't include the cost the Jenny Craig food. On any Jenny plan, you'll quickly figure out that the major cost of Jenny Craig are not their plan prices but their food prices! Perhaps the exclamation point is unfair, as Jenny's food prices are significantly less than some of their high-end competitors such as Bistro MD. Like Nutrisystem's premium "Uniquely Yours" plans, Jenny offers both shelf-stable non-refrigerated and frozen foods. Jenny Craig allows members to pick up their food at their local center or opt to have it shipped to their home for an additional charge.
The biggest difference between the Jenny "12 Week Trial" and the Jenny Month Premium" plans besides the price tag is the access to private diet consultations.
The "Trial" plan offers only 1 phone or online meeting with a Jenny consultant, whereas the "Premium" program gives you unlimited, in-person consultations if you live close enough to a Jenny office to take advantage of this.
Keep in mind that the Jenny "consultant" is not a nutritionist, but mostly a food salesperson for the Jenny products. This plan is a shipment of 28 days worth of shelf-stable food no refrigeration necessary which is chosen for you, which means that you let Nutrisystem pick your meals instead of giving that job to your taste buds believe me, your taste buds would have picked the frozen meals.
Shelf-stable food is very convenient, as it doesn't require space in your freezer. And that's an understatement. You may find that when it comes to shelf-stable food, you'd get more enjoyment from eating the shelf itself. The second option from Nutrisystem is called "Core" which is the same as the "Basic" plan, except it lets you choose your favorite shelf-stable menu items instead of just having Nutrisystem send you whatever it feels like.
This is the only plan that includes your choice of shelf-stable food AND Nutrisystem's better tasting frozen meals 6 per week. Be warned, if you cancel your auto-delivery on any of these plans after 2 weeks, you'll be charged hefty fees.
While on Nutrisystem, dieters are required to cook lunch and dinner for themselves once per week. So grocery shopping is required not only for fruits, veggies, and dairy, but also for low-calorie recipe ingredients.
However, this means that for other than the most expensive plans, one-on-one diet support is not offered. Instead, weight loss tools, articles, and other resources are available via online and mobile apps. For some people, though, the counseling is not important, especially since the counselors are not dietitians or even nutritionists, but Nutrisystem staff whose biggest job is to keep you from dropping out of the program.
Most people say that the frozen options taste a lot better, but are obviously more expensive. For Nutrisystem, you must be enrolled in the premium plan - Nutrisystem "Uniquely Yours" - to be allowed to select frozen meals in addition to the shelf-stable options. Jenny Craig recently combined their Lunch and Dinner menus to allow dieters a wider variety of meals. But Nutrisystem still has Jenny beat when it comes to variety.
Nutrisystem has about menu items now available most are of the shelf-stable type , whereas Jenny has around As for nutrition, both companies have tried to keep the calories and sodium content low. However, Nutrisystem's sodium levels tend to be a little higher on average. Jenny Craig memberships include private consultations with one-on-one meal planning and a toll free number available 24 hours a day.
Nutrisystem provides basic online tools that include a food diary and weight log, and recently they added a mobile app called NuMi. Because both Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig take a calorie-controlled approach to weight loss, your results will be similar on either plan. Your success on Jenny or Nutrisystem—or any diet—boils down to which diet is the most compatible with your personality, tastes, and budget.
Jenny Craig is more expensive than Nutrisystem, but some members view the support the program offers as a worthwhile tradeoff. With both diets, prepackaged food is the nucleus of the program. Most members consider the frozen meals to be the best tasting meals by a large margin for both companies.
Remember, If you can't stomach the thought of what you will be eating for dinner tonight, you're on the wrong diet plan! And you won't stay on it for long. Too busy to prepare your own low calorie meals? This affordable dietitian-designed program will save you time and money.
However, the benefits diminished by the 6-month mark, and researchers say more long-term studies are needed. Programs based on the low-carb Atkins diet also helped people lose more weight than counseling alone -- but not as much as with some competing diet programs. Still, the approach "appears promising," the authors write. Some that didn't make the cut. These popular diet plans were not included in the study.
The researchers say they did not evaluate the Ornish diet because it is primarily focused on heart health rather than weight loss. The Zone diet was not reviewed because unlike other weight-loss plans in the study, Zone does not include any behavioral or social support.
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Weight Watchers The oldest and best-known commercial diet plan -- and the biggest, with 45 percent market share -- Weight Watchers also has a proven track record in clinical trials. Jenny Craig Jenny Craig also fared well in the study overall. Nutrisystem Nutrisystem also appears to be one of the more effective commercial weight loss programs reviewed in the study. Atkins Programs based on the low-carb Atkins diet also helped people lose more weight than counseling alone -- but not as much as with some competing diet programs.
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