Jenny Craig's Food 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. This is the only plan that includes your choice of shelf-stable food AND Nutrisystem's better tasting frozen meals 6 per week. Video of the Day. Both Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig have been successful in offering its clients with good weight loss. 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.
Jenny Craig edges out rival Nutrisystem
We joined both programs, obtained menus, and ordered foods. Our tests of a week's worth of food from the companies found that when it came to taste, Jenny Craig edged out Nutrisystem. 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. 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. Food Storage Almost all the meals offered by Nutrisystem are shelf stable.
So, you can store them at room temperature. Some of them are frozen meals that you need to refrigerate soon after receiving and microwave them before consuming.
Most of the meals are frozen meals. Snacks and Desserts Nutrisystem has a great range of snacks and desserts varieties in its menu. So, you do not have to stick just to meals in order to lose weight. You can snack during afternoons and evenings just like a normal individual. Jenny Craig does not have snacks choice in its menu. All that you need to eat are just meals. Tracking Nutrisystem allows you to track your weight loss progress through the tracking tool available on its official website.
It is very simple to use. Though Jenny Craig offers the weight loss tracking service, you need to visit the nearest Jenny Craig business centre in order to check the progress. Results speed Initially you will find good amount of weight loss from 3 to 5 pounds. Later, you will steadily lose about one to three pounds a week. However, you need to make sure that you are following the program strictly.
You can expect a weight loss about 1 to 2 pounds per week. Support Nutrisystem is offering good support tools for its dieters in the form of FAQs section, tutorials, forums, phone, email, and live chat. The support team is available round the clock to help you with your doubts and queries.
Jenny Craig offers telephone and email support. Also, you can visit its business centre during business hours to get the support. Risk-Free Guarantee Nutrisystem is offering day risk-free guarantee. So, if you are unhappy with its service, you can send the unused packs to get the money back. No risk-free guarantee is offered.
Nutrisystem offers its dietary service through online, and do not have centres anywhere.