Jenny Craig edges out rival Nutrisystem
It's the company's most popular option; all of the plan's meals are shelf-stable, which means they don't require refrigeration. Weight Watchers promotes a healthy level of activity. Let that sink in for a minute. The Points System Works 1. These are both great plans, but with Nutrisystem you're not really learning how to change your lifestyle. If you want to continue after your initial program runs out whether or not you've lost the weight , you pay an additional fee.
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Prices may go up or down depending what plan you go with, and whether you are a man or woman, but the cost is pretty affordable, in my opinion — especially when you compare it to your average grocery bill for the month. Nutrisystem is an affordable and effective way to lose weight. If you prefer a done-for-you approach then this is going to be your choice over Weight Watchers — they literally take all of the guesswork out of losing weight, and send you the exact meals and snacks that you need for success.
The awesome folks at Nutrisystem are extending a special offer to TheDietDynamo. The points you get to eat every day will be unique to you — when you sign up they have you to answer a series of questions that helps them decide how many points you need per day to lose weight.
Weight Watchers new points system has moved beyond just food, and you can now earn points for your movement activity throughout the day as well. The best part is, they make tracking your points super easy nowadays. When you sign up you download the Weight Watchers app, and you can track all of your progress right from your smartphone.
Sync up with your fitness tracker, and they can even keep track of your FitPoints as well. Follow this link to activate their latest deal! But not by a large margin: Jenny Craig's food scored in the high end of the Good range compared with the low end of Good for its rival.
To our taste testers, "good" means OK but not great. Our bottom line for taste is that the plans might be worth trying if you're willing to stick with their branded foods. But you can achieve the same portion control with diet meals and entrées from the supermarket freezer case that may be tastier. We didn't test Weight Watchers foods because they're not a required part of the program and anyone can buy them in grocery stores. Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem give you meal plans that include their branded foods.
The programs have websites where you can track your progress, get tips for diet and exercise, and interact with trained consultants and fellow dieters. With Jenny Craig, you pay a program fee that entitles you to weekly one-on-one counseling by telephone or at a walk-in center.
If you want to continue after your initial program runs out whether or not you've lost the weight , you pay an additional fee. You can pick up your food at the center or have it delivered to your home.
Nutrisystem has no walk-in locations but provides optional online and phone support at no additional charge.
Food is delivered to your home. It's the company's most popular option; all of the plan's meals are shelf-stable, which means they don't require refrigeration. The meals were a mixture of frozen and shelf-stable items.
We didn't evaluate the cost of the home-supplied items on the plans' menus. The best diet for you is the one you can stick to. These programs might appeal to people who have trouble with meal planning, have limited time and skill for cooking at home, struggle with portion control, or feel they might benefit from community support and counseling. If you don't like the restricted choice of the programs, you can devise a homemade version using frozen diet meals from the supermarket.
Two experienced sensory testers tasted, in total, 32 Jenny Craig products and 27 Nutrisystem Basic products. Where possible, we chose similar items. We also conducted a side test of six frozen entrées from Nutrisystem's more expensive Select line. The products were tasted in random order within categories—breakfasts with breakfasts, snacks with snacks, and so on. Our tasters not only didn't know whose product they were tasting but also didn't know they were diet meals.
Of the 59 items we tasted in our main round of tests, only five scored Very Good—all from Jenny Craig. Of the 10 items we deemed Fair, eight were from Nutrisystem.