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And you won't stay on it for long. Our tests of a week's worth of food from the companies found that when it came to taste, Jenny Craig edged out Nutrisystem. It is the job of a lifetime. Remember, If you can't stomach the thought of what you will be eating for dinner tonight, you're on the wrong diet plan! To learn more about their broad range of offerings, visit the official Nutrisystem website. Taste-test results of Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem Illustration:
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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.
And that's an understatement. You may find that when it comes to shelf-stable food, you'd get more enjoyment from eating the shelf itself. The second option from Nutrisystem is called "Core" which is the same as the "Basic" plan, except it lets you choose your favorite shelf-stable menu items instead of just having Nutrisystem send you whatever it feels like. This is the only plan that includes your choice of shelf-stable food AND Nutrisystem's better tasting frozen meals 6 per week.
Be warned, if you cancel your auto-delivery on any of these plans after 2 weeks, you'll be charged hefty fees. While on Nutrisystem, dieters are required to cook lunch and dinner for themselves once per week.
So grocery shopping is required not only for fruits, veggies, and dairy, but also for low-calorie recipe ingredients. However, this means that for other than the most expensive plans, one-on-one diet support is not offered. Instead, weight loss tools, articles, and other resources are available via online and mobile apps.
For some people, though, the counseling is not important, especially since the counselors are not dietitians or even nutritionists, but Nutrisystem staff whose biggest job is to keep you from dropping out of the program. Most people say that the frozen options taste a lot better, but are obviously more expensive. For Nutrisystem, you must be enrolled in the premium plan - Nutrisystem "Uniquely Yours" - to be allowed to select frozen meals in addition to the shelf-stable options.
Jenny Craig recently combined their Lunch and Dinner menus to allow dieters a wider variety of meals. But Nutrisystem still has Jenny beat when it comes to variety. Nutrisystem has about menu items now available most are of the shelf-stable type , whereas Jenny has around As for nutrition, both companies have tried to keep the calories and sodium content low.
However, Nutrisystem's sodium levels tend to be a little higher on average. Jenny Craig memberships include private consultations with one-on-one meal planning and a toll free number available 24 hours a day. Nutrisystem provides basic online tools that include a food diary and weight log, and recently they added a mobile app called NuMi. Because both Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig take a calorie-controlled approach to weight loss, your results will be similar on either plan.
Your success on Jenny or Nutrisystem—or any diet—boils down to which diet is the most compatible with your personality, tastes, and budget. Jenny Craig is more expensive than Nutrisystem, but some members view the support the program offers as a worthwhile tradeoff.
With both diets, prepackaged food is the nucleus of the program. Most members consider the frozen meals to be the best tasting meals by a large margin for both companies. Remember, If you can't stomach the thought of what you will be eating for dinner tonight, you're on the wrong diet plan! And you won't stay on it for long. Too busy to prepare your own low calorie meals? This affordable dietitian-designed program will save you time and money.
You'll eat specially-chosen frozen meals from popular brands that you'll buy in your supermarket. When you're not in the mood for a frozen entree, you'll eat salads and low calorie recipes. Many Americans need and want to lose weight.
Two popular programs that include pre-packaged foods are Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig. These programs require the purchase of their foods to regulate intake and teach portion control. The programs vary in price and services offered. According to its website, Nutrisystem offers a variety of menu plans focusing on the individual needs of women, men, teens, vegetarians, diabetics and the elderly.
There is no membership fee, but you do need to join to access all of the online features and to order food. Food is selected online and delivered to your door. Free online features include an online community chat room, weekly education e-chat with a registered dietitian, newsletter, daily motivational contact, dining-out guide, grocery shopping guide and weight-loss tracking tools log, measurements, graphs, food diary, exercise log and mindset makeover program.
Contact with a program representative and visitation to a local center are encouraged. The Food, Body, Mind principles are reinforced with the interpersonal contact and coaching of the program representative. This person also helps choose the foods you will eat, based on your age, sex, medical concerns and preferences. The program does offer some free e-tools such as a progress tracker, recipes and an activity journal. Participants are encouraged to visit the center to weigh in periodically.
While both programs take the time and thought process of meal preparation out of your hands, they do seem geared to different users. Therefore, you do need to be minimally computer-literate. Jenny Craig encourages interpersonal involvement via telephone calls and consulting sessions with program representatives at their center; therefore, the dieter does not need many computer skills, but would benefit from being geographically close to one of the centers.
Jenny Craig rated No. Sustainable weight loss must include lifestyle changes to eat healthy foods and increase activity. Calories are a measurement of energy. If you take in more than you burn, you gain weight; eat less than you burn to lose weight. With either program, you will eventually need to eat normal food again so pay attention to the educational opportunities and tools available.