With the holidays over, you may be looking down at the bulging evidence of too much merriment around your waistline. If you’ve resolved to lose weight in , you might be considering signing up for a commercial diet plan, such as Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, or Jenny Craig. 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.
Americans like their food. Clearly, all that food leads to dieting on a large scale. It would be nice to be rich and have personal trainers and nutritionists on speed dial to help us lose a few pounds. Today, however, nutritional guidance is available in the form of an app, not speed dial, for many weight loss programs. Here is a run-down of seven popular plans, their features, and the cost. Nutrisystem offers a variety of low-glycemic meals and snacks delivered to your door. According to DebraMoorhead. Nutrisystem also offers a vegetarian plan and a diabetic option. What you get. Medifast claims to be a doctor-developed program that focuses on providing protein to maintain lean muscle mass.
Diet delivery services are more popular than ever. Busy dieters find that it is easier to get weight loss meals delivered than it is to cook diet-friendly meals at home. But not all weight loss food programs are right for every type of dieter. Compare the food taste, the costs, and the weight loss services provided by each diet meal delivery company before you make your final choice. The nutritional science makes sense. The ordering process is simple and the website is easy to navigate. Nutrisystem is one of the most popular diet delivery programs—especially for new dieters. Many dieters will enjoy Nutrisystem food, but not everyone. They have frozen dinners available through the Uniquely Yours choices, but other options are shelf-stable. The food is generally highly processed. While you may lose weight, at the end of the diet you may not have learned to make good food choices.