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Although a new FTC rule now requires testimonial ads to cite typical results, the looming question still remains: The Slim-Fast program centers around a packaged bar or shake for breakfast and lunch plus a calorie home dinner and plenty of fruits and veggies. Log in or Sign up. Popular on CBS News. Mar 19, Messages:

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Help me out please-------Nutrisystem vs Jenny Craig vs EDiets

Thanks for letting me post here. I need something to jumpstart my life and losing weight. I know that once I get going I will be fine. Jenny Craig seems more expensive but reviews say their food is good. Nutrisystem doesn't seem as costly yet it doesn't get as high marks for food.

I know the least about Ediets but it gets good reviews. Has anyone used any of these and what has been your experience????

Have a Magical Disney Day!! Apr 29, Messages: In my opinion, neither. You need to learn to eat healthy "real" food, not the prepackaged stuff that Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig sell.

A lot of people lose weight doing it, but gain it back as soon as they start eating real food again. If you really want an organized program, I'd recommend Weight Watchers. You use regular healthy food that you can buy from a grocery store. There are thousands and thousands of healthy Weight Watchers recipes on the web, and they are things that both you and your family can eat. Weight Watchers does work, but you need to follow the program even after you lose the weight.

This doesn't mean that you need to continue to pay for meetings, as long as you can keep up your motivation on your own.

If you'd rather do it on your own, buy the South Beach Diet book. Have you tried keeping a food log? I've been tracking my intake there for several months, and I'm very happy with it.

Nov 9, Messages: Weight Watchers and excercise. You need to change your way of looking at food. Sep 28, Messages: I think you should concentrate on real foods - Try using www. Then just eat healthy whole foods. Try cutting out the sugary and processed foods. Take it one day at a time and really listen to what your body is asking for. MelanieC , Apr 26, Mar 24, Messages: I want to try sparkpeople but I am worried about counting calories vs. DMickey28 , Apr 26, Feb 12, Messages: I joined Nutrisystem on Friday.

I'm waiting for my food to be delivered. I've done weight watchers a million and one times. There are some nutrisystem forums. You might wanna jump over to them and browse through some of them. There are alot of people on the boards over there that have lost weight with nutrisystem and are currently in the stage of maintaining their weight loss with regular food.

I personally need something a little more strick than weight watchers. I'm a mom to two young children, work full time, and go to school part time so I'm extremely busy and don't have a whole lot of time to be cooking in the kitchen. I think nutrisystem will help me with that aspect of my life. I should add too that the Jenny Craig program is a wonderful program too. My mother lost over 50 pounds on it.

Aug 17, Messages: It depends on your lifestyle. Do you have the time to buy and cook and prepare the healthy foods? If you work, are these foods accessible? However, my setbacks are my long commute and being busy at work and not being able to think and plan my meals.

I go to a center and meet with someone face to face every week when I am being good. Helps keep me in check. The Jenny meals are much lower in sodium than Nutrisystem.

They are also lower in sodium than Lean Cuisine's. I took a nutrition class last quarter and had to track my nutrition levels for a week while I was on Jenny Craig and I did a report on low carb diets and found that the Jenny diet met the daily guidelines of the food pyramid much more than the low carb diets did.

When I gain weight back on, it isn't the diet's fault. I have learned what portion sizes I should be eating. What to eat when I am hungry as "free food" etc. But I am a stress eater, and no diet out there can help me with that. I say try Jenny out. See if they have a special going on or a money back guarantee if you do not like it. For me it is cheaper than eating on my own because I would eat out a lot.

LoraJ , Apr 26, Mar 19, Messages: Nutrisystem is cheaper but the food is not good! ANd no matter what you order they send whatever they want. They say it was out of stock or whatnot, i think they use it as a means to get rid of the gross stuff. They kept saying send it back, and they will fix it, so I would pack it all up send it all back and then get another box of stuff I didnt want. It was an awful pain in the you now what, and got stuck eating yucky stuff.

You never get exactly what you request. ANd they never actually fix the order. Jenny Craig is incredibly expensive, but the food is much better. Medifast supplies five meals and snacks per day and requires you to make one other daily meal using lean protein and green vegetables purchased at the grocery store. Meals are low in both calories and carbs. Typical weight loss is around 2 to 5 lbs. On the Jenny Craig system, all meals are provided and you can choose a preplanned option or pick your own foods from an online menu.

You work with a diet counselor to help you choose meals and stick to the diet. The counselor also helps you transition to cooking your own meals as the program ends.

Daily calories run 1, to 1, and expected weekly weight loss is about 1 to 2 lbs. You can either arrange home delivery or pick up meals at a Jenny Craig center each week. Bistro MD provides doctor-designed meals low in calories and low on the glycemic index, a measurement of blood sugar response. The daily calorie count varies between 1, and 1, to keep your metabolism off balance in an attempt to avoid plateaus. Dieters using Bistro MD typically lose 2 to 3 lbs. You consume three meals and one snack daily.

The meals are higher in calories than some other plans, about 1, to 1, calories per day, resulting in weight loss of about 1 to 2 lbs.

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