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Considering this fact, NutriSystem has designed individual plans for men and women separately. Pricing — Does the meal plan deliver at an affordable price? Jenny Craig's food scored in the high end of the Good range compared with the low end of Good for its rival. The breakfast items from both companies rated only Good. The information provided within this site is strictly for the purposes of information only and is not a replacement or substitute for professional advice, doctors visit or treatment.
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Usability — How convenient is the delivery service? What is the food quality like — good flavor, portion size, variety, similarity to real food? How is the customer service? What about extras such as tools to track progress and exercise components? Pricing — Does the meal plan deliver at an affordable price? While there were some other tangible factors in the selection process, and included in the discussion below, these four attributes illustrate the most important factors in the decision making process.
Jenny Craig The Jenny Craig meal plan takes first place of the 3 Best for its good price, taste and extensive support system. The plan has an effective metabolism-changing system, providing three meals and two small snacks during the day.
By eating small meals throughout the day you're less likely to feel hungry and your body will burn fat given the low but consistent food consumption. Perhaps the most unique feature about this meal plan is the direct company support in the form of weekly phone calls with the Jenny Craig support team to assist dieters with personalized exercise suggestions and emotional encouragement.
Nutrisystem I chose the Nutrisystem meal plan as the second best of the three. Despite mixed reviews about the taste, the incredibly affordable price and support options make this plan an attractive option. Also like Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem meals are microwaveable and easily transported — perfect if you need to take your meals to work or on-the-go.
The Nutrisystem plan shines for its many different direct support options. In addition to phone counseling, there is also online chat counseling, newsletter, chat rooms, and a weekly online progress tracker, all designed to help keep dieters committed to losing weight and keeping it off. Because of mixed reviews about the Nutrisystem meals' taste some noted the artificial taste of the food while others praised the Nutrisystem taste , I couldn't place this plan first, but it is still a very affordable and comprehensive option for committed dieters.
MediFast For the third best plan I chose MediFast, another excellent option for successfully losing weight despite a busy lifestyle.
Though perhaps the best of the three plans for quickly and successfully losing weight, and at a very affordable price similar to Nutrisystem, the lack of substance in the MediFast meals might deter some from using this plan.
This plan, unlike Jenny Craig or Nutrisystem, is specifically low-carb-focused, and all of the foods are protein-heavy, and often liquid-oriented: The MediFast low-carb, high protein plan helps you lose weight much faster than the other two plans, but it's easy to tire of eating liquid-oriented foods all the time.
Also, these foods need to be mixed with water often — so not as easily prepared as the other plans listed. While MediFast doesn't offer extensive company support no live person counseling there is a community site where you can track your weight loss progress and chat with other dieters and weight loss experts.
To recap, I chose Jenny Craig as first of the 3 Best for its excellent taste, affordable price and extensive support system. The Nutrisystem plan took second place for an incredibly affordable price and even more comprehensive support system than Jenny Craig, though mixed reviews of its taste on user forums kept it from taking the number one position.