Now, we know what you must be thinking — she must have hidden BACKstage and gotten to meet the Osmonds that way. That should tell you something about Nutrisystem right there. And the silver-spoon award undoubtedly goes to In The Zone Delivery , a white-glove service for people who'll spare no expense to drop the pounds. For the first two weeks, you eat three extremely low-carb meals a day plus two snacks. Marie now talks about it a lot, unafraid to share her story with other women going through the same thing.
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The TV ads, filled with celebrity endorsers and regular people holding out their enormous "old jeans," make the diet plans sound terribly tempting. Although an FTC rule now requires testimonial ads to cite typical results, the looming question still remains: Which of these diet programs are worth your money? To find out, MoneyWatch analyzed eight of the biggest diet plans. Three are support-only plans that don't require you to buy their food, and five are food-delivery plans. We interviewed leading nutritionists and weight-loss professionals, pored through clinical studies, and tallied up membership fees and food costs to determine the ones most likely to help you slim down and to see how much you'd pay to drop 20 pounds.
Our favorite for value and efficacy is Weight Watchers , designed to help you change your eating habits for good. Nutrisystem is the least expensive meal delivery plan we reviewed Medifast is cheaper, but you have to provide one meal a day on your own. And the silver-spoon award undoubtedly goes to In The Zone Delivery , a white-glove service for people who'll spare no expense to drop the pounds.
Here's how the plans stack up. See the handy chart at the bottom of the page for a side-by-side comparison. The oldest national weight-loss program, its members rave about the encouragement they get at weekly meetings led by former Weight Watchers dieters. Nutritionists praise the portion-control points system: Each food is assigned points based on its serving size, calories, fiber, and fat; and no foods are forbidden.
Your point allowance is based on your weight, height, gender, age, and activity level. A recent clinical study in the New England Journal of Medicine linked group counseling sessions to weight-loss success. That explains why Weight Watchers has impressive short-term results. A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed participants lost an average of about 5 percent of their body weight 10 pounds in six months. Two years later, they had kept about half the weight off.
After that, you get free lifetime membership. The company says members using its online tools in addition to attending meetings lost 50 percent more weight than those going to meetings alone. Cost to lose 20 pounds: We looked at two plans from eDiets — one that offers support alone, and another with meal delivery. You can choose from among more than 20 diet plans, including ones for diabetics and vegetarians. Online tools let you set goals, plan menus and generate shopping lists.
The optional meal delivery service offers freshly prepared, calorie-controlled meals delivered in a cooler. But telephone support has some evidence in its favor: Cost per pound of weight loss: No — for about the same money, other services offer better track records. For the first two weeks, you eat three extremely low-carb meals a day plus two snacks.
You can customize menus, search a database of more than 1, recipes and get a personalized shopping list. Studies have shown that after one year, carb-restricted diets led to greater weight loss and increased heart health than low-fat diets.
However, the advantage disappeared over the long term. How much can you expect to lose? Figure on 8 to 13 pounds during the two-week kick-start phase, then 1 to 2 pounds a week thereafter. The Zone diet is mostly meat, fruits, and vegetables. You eat three meals per day plus two Zone protein-powder snacks.
Guess which actress lost a whopping pounds According to People Magazine , the serial dieter lost a whopping pounds, giving her, quite possibly, the most significant body transformation of all the seasons. And if that wasn't enough, Alley returned for a second run three seasons later. Between the premier and the finale of her first appearance, she told the magazine that she went from a size 12 to a size 6. In a dramatic move, Alley wore the same dress on her last performance as she did on her first, revealing to the Associated Press that it had to be taken in 38 inches.
This actress left the show 20 pounds lighter Jane Seymour competed on the dance show back in and lost an almost inconceivable 20 pounds from her already svelte frame. This actress and singer shed baby weight by competing on DWTS In , Tia Carrere joined Season 2 of the hit show not long after giving birth to her daughter. Guess which talk show host went from a size 8 to a size Ricki Lake starred on the 13th season and shimmied her way to a sleeker body.
The former talk show host revealed to Access Hollywood that she began the competition at a size 8 and ended it at a size 4 and that she lost 15 inches and 20 pounds in total.
She does caution that it's not uncommon for the dancers to revert back to a more sedentary lifestyle and less than optimal eating habits post competition. If they want to maintain their new physique, they should continue to exercise and eat wisely.
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