Compare Weight Loss Programs

 

WeightWatchers

Jenny Craig

NutriSystem

Founded

Early 1960′s

1983

1972

Approach

Four Way Approach

  • Eat Smarter
  • Move More
  • Helpful Habits
  • Get Support

Three Key Areas

  • Food
  • Body
  • Mind

Combination of:

  • Variety
  • Nutrition
  • Hunger Control
  • Convenience
Best For

Long-term weight control and overall healthy lifestyle

Short-term weight loss

Short-term weight loss

Method

Momentum Program

With the Weight Watchers diet, you do your own shopping and prepare your own meals.

Food intake is monitored using a POINT system. Food is assigned “points” based on its calorie, fat, and fiber content.

Jenny’s Cuisine

Members buy prepackaged and preportioned food items from company, as well as vitamin supplements.

Program delivered in two ways – either in your Local Centre, or at home with Jenny Direct.

NutriSystem Advanced

Weight loss program is based on a completely structured 28-Day meal plan.

Three Easy Steps

1) Choose your plan and food

2) Meals are delivered to your door

3) Eat healthy and track weight loss

Food supplied

No

Yes

Yes

What you eat

Diet focuses on foods that are nutrient-rich and filling, but members make the actual choices based on personal preferences and allotment of points.

You don’t have to eat less, just smarter. No foods are prohibited.

The central feature of the Jenny Craig diet is its prepackaged meals.

Dieters eat three Jenny’s Cuisine meals and one Jenny’s Cuisine snack every day.

The meals are primarily frozen breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and desserts.

Jenny’s meals are supplemented with fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and reduced-fat dairy products.

Meals are based on the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

The Nutrisystem program provides the entrees for your meal, and you add-in a few grocery items, such as fruit, vegetables, and dairy items.

Meals feature foods with a low Glycemic Index, that is “good” carbohydrates and protein which help you feel full longer.

Meal and dessert options are available in shelf-stable pouches that can be heated in a microwave oven.

Dieters eat five meals a day, which should help control hunger.

Program Options

Weight Watchers Meetings

Meet weekly with leader and other members

Weight Watchers Online

Support via internet

Jenny Local Centres

Weekly in-person consultation with a Jenny Consultant, pick-up meals for the following week

Jenny Direct

Weekly phone “meetings” with a Jenny Consultant, order food for home delivery in two-week or four-week increments

Internet-based diet program

NutriSystem Flex – lowest priced program

NutriSystem Select – gourmet fresh-frozen food

Personalized Meal Plan Options

Options:

  • Weight Watchers for Men

Options for:

  • Men
  • Teens
  • Seniors
  • Nursing Mothers
  • Meatless Plans

Options for:

  • Men
  • Diabetics
  • Vegetarians
  • Older Dieters
Support
  • Member Meetings
  • Online Guides
  • Online Tools
  • Personal Consultations
  • Telephone support 24/7
  • Online Tools
  • Counseling – available via telephone 24/7
  • MindSet Makeover (13-week Interactive Behavioral Guide)
  • Online Tools
Online Tools
  • Weekly Newsletter
  • Message Boards
  • Blogs
  • Recipes and Meal Ideas
  • Calorie Calculators
  • Restaurant Guides
  • Meal Trackers
  • Video Workouts
  • Mobile Access
  • Weekly Tips
  • Monthly Newsletter
  • Message Boards
  • Progress Tracker
  • Healthy Recipes
  • Menu Planner
  • Activity Planner
  • Online Journal
  • Webisodes
  • Daily weight loss advice
  • Newsletter
  • Chat Rooms
  • Blogs
  • Discussion Boards
  • Weight and Measurement Log
  • Progress Tracker
  • Food Diary
  • Exercise Log
  • Dining Out Guide
  • Grocery Guide
  • Exercise Plan
Price

Weekly meetings cost approximately $13-$15, or you can purchase a monthly pass for $39.95 and attend unlimited meetings. Online fees are about $5 per week. Food is not a part of Weight Watchers membership fees.

The cost of Jenny Craig food depends on several things, such as which plan you choose and which menu items you select. Meal items from the program will cost approximately $100-$140 a week. Additional food items will need to be purchased separately, such as fresh fruits and vegetables.

The cost of Nutrisystem food is approximately $280-$310 per month (plus additional costs for supplemental grocery items). Price will vary depending on which plan you choose.

Website

www.weightwatchers.com

www.jennycraig.com

www.nutrisystem.com

Overview

Many people find that Weight Watchers is a diet program that works for both the short term and the long term.

Jenny Craig can help you lose some weight fairly quickly in a short period of time.

Maintenance component available to help members transition from Jenny’s Cuisine to planning own menus.

Helps dieters get accustomed to proper portion sizes.

Most dieters stay on the program 10-11 weeks.

Plan does not include a maintenance or long-term phase.