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In my opinion, neither. My mother lost over 50 pounds on it. After entering your initial personal info, customers are then taken to a page which displays their BMI body mass index and two program options to choose from: Some plans are similar to Nutrisystem in that you are required to purchase supplemental foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, to go along with the delivered meals. When you're not in the mood for a frozen entree, you'll eat salads and low calorie recipes.
It builds on a study conducted in that concluded that Weight Watchers was the only program with demonstrated weight-loss efficacy. The researchers generated a list of proprietary weight-loss programs. Then they culled the list based on a range of criteria. Programs that qualified had to focus on dietary change, behavioral counseling or social support, did not promote medications or supplements and were nationally available.
This left 32 programs to be studied. The researchers included randomely controlled trials RCTs of overweight or obese results that compared a weight loss program and a control.
These trials had to last for at least 12 weeks. The researchers also included RCTs without controles that lasted at least 12 months. These mean differences were then qualitatively compared between studies.
The key takeaway is that Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig were the only programs that produced weight loss that was sustained past 12 months. That said, there are a few things to note when interpreting these results. The range of 3 month weight loss observed for Weight Watchers is 2. At 12 months this drops to 2. For Jenny Craig observed weight loss was higher, 7.
Nutrisystem, the 3rd largest competitor in weight loss, shows weight loss in the short term, but fail to be recommended by this study because of a lack of 12 month RCTs. They discuss a study in which risk for gallstones is 3x higher in a very low calorie diet vs a low calorie approach. And how much money are you willing to spend? How you answer these 2 questions will help you decide which Nutrisystem or Jenny Craig plan if either is right for you.
Keep in mind that the average weight loss for both of these programs is one to two pounds per week. So the key question becomes: The food on the basic Nutrisystem plan has been likened by many to combat rations or astronaut food. If you aren't as tough as Clint Eastwood in an old Western, you probably won't be able to eat the food on the lower end Nutrisystem plans very long.
So if you're even a slightly picky eater, your choices are really narrowed to Jenny Craig or Nutrisystem's highest-end plan called Nutrisystem Uniquely Yours. We'll cover the cheaper Nutrisystem Basic plan for you tough guys and gals in a moment, but let's start by comparing the better tasting, more realistically liveable options: Nutrisystem Uniquely Yours and Jenny Craig. 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.
You'll eat specially-chosen frozen meals from many popular brands that you'll buy in your supermarket. BUT they don't offer phone support. It's self-service using their online Daily Food Journal where you click on foods from their dietitians' approved lists The big difference between Nutrisystem Uniquely Yours and Jenny Craig, is that on Jenny you'll be eating mostly frozen meals which most people find better tasting than the "shelf-stable" no refrigeration necessary meals offered on all Nutrisystem plans, including on Nutrisystem Uniquely Yours.
But the Uniquely Yours plan is unique among Nutrisystem plans, in that it also offers frozen meals on its menu, though you're limited to one per day 24 frozen meals in each 4 week period, since one day per week you are instructed to eat your own foods. For the other meals on Uniquely Yours , it's back to "Rambo time" meatloaf that needs no refrigeration , the same meals eaten by the Nutrisystem Basic Plan members. Nutrisystem Uniquely Yours is a possible compromise solution for some. It is cheaper than Jenny Craig, though more costly than other Nutrisystem plans.
When you're on Auto-Delivery, it's really easy to get stuck with an extra month's charge, even if you decide to cancel. Be very careful to read the fine print if you select Auto-Delivery for any of the Nutrisystem plans. Many Jenny dieters compare their food's taste to the taste of Lean Cuisine, which might not be a coincidence, as until Jenny and Lean Cuisine were owned by the same company. Jenny Craig offers a bigger selection of frozen meals than Nutrisystem Uniquely Yours , though when you add in the shelf-stable meals as well, Nutrisystem has a wider total variety of food choices.
Remember, "shelf-stable" means no refrigeration necessary, so you can store these meals in the cupboard. You can't be a "snowflake" and eat this food. You buy the food separately. But, let's not forget to factor in the daily Jenny snacks and necessary grocery items veggies, fruit which will increase the costs significantly.
There are sometimes discounts and promotions available that could save you money on these fees. Sometimes the initial enrollment fee is cut in half during a promotion. 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.