Overall, the foods from Jenny Craig did slightly better than Nutrisystem's. I was very happy to find this website. We will be looking into this and reaching out. Losing 20 pounds is definitely doable with Nutrisystem, but I would budget at least two months. I was on hold for several minutes and when he finally came back he proceeded to tell me that his supervisor was at lunch and would called me back when she returned, "Oh and by the way here's your confirmation for your cancellation".
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.
We apologize for this temporary inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding in this matter. That recent letter states that this is a temporary problem. Consumers who are tired of having their meals substituted should stretch their ConsumerAffairs.
I placed a call to NutriSystem and was advised that their policy is to substitute and they are not required to advise the customer. When I advised them that I was going to file a complaint with ConsumerAffairs. How can you lose weight when you are retaining water from eating so much salt? The NutriSystem website claims that per USDA recommendations, the meals contain, "less than the recommended limit of sodium intake. Most of the sodium in our diet is found mainly in processed and prepared foods.
The balance comes from the salt added at the table and in cooking. To preserve shelf life, taste and texture of many foods, manufacturers use salt or other sodium containing compounds.
While NutriSystem prepackaged meals is a convenience for some there are better and healthier alternatives to weight loss. Unless people intend to eat NutriSystem prepackaged meals for the rest of their lives, they must learn the importance of preparing healthy meals.
After all, there is life after NutriSystem. Downer suggests people who want to lose weight should practice moderation. A healthy balance of all types of foods coupled with lots of physical activity is a healthy way to lose weight. For more information on healthy dieting visit the American Dietetic Association website, www. I cannot believe that anyone could even call this food acceptable much less delicious," she said Goulda Downer, Ph.