(3/13) There are a lot
of diet programs on the web offering different
approaches to weight loss. So if you decided
to get rid of your extra pounds, you have a
wide choice of plans. But searching for the
one that will suit your needs best is a tricky
task. That’s why we’re doing the boring part
of the job for you, comparing the two most
popular diet systems – Jenny Craig and
Nutrisystem. Let’s start with the first one.
This system was
founded back in 1983, by diet expert Jenny
Craig (hence the name) and was proved
effective by thousands of people, including
several celebrities. For almost 35 years, this
program has remained a number one solution for
weight loss, establishing 700 centers across
the US, Canada, Australia, and other
This program is even
older, founded in 1972 by Harold Katz.
Nutrisystem is a part of Shape Up, Inc. – a
nationally recognized brand that offers a
variety of diet products.
According to the
Jenny Craig weight loss program,
it’s three times more effective than homemade
weight loss plans. Its effectiveness is based
on the combination of physical activity,
proper nutrition, and personal consultants’
support. The diet itself is focused on low-fat
products that contain a lot of fiber and
protein combined with exercises.
that in the first month, members will lose 13
up to pounds and seven inches. Its diet is
based on the combination of physical activity
and foods with low glycemic index. But in
contrast to Jenny Craig, this program doesn’t
offer a personal consultant’s help.
Both programs provide
a number of options for clients according to
their lifestyle, age, health problems, and
gender. They are also suitable for diabetics
Jenny Craig’s options
include different meal plans based on 100 food
items available for purchase via stores and
websites. The list of available meals doesn’t
include fresh vegetables and fruits, as well
as low-fat dairy products.
include a 4-week diet plan. Each week begins
with different nutrition plans, aimed at
helping members lose 13 pounds in one month.
However, you shouldn’t expect to lose exactly
the same amount of weight. According to the
disclaimer on Nutrisystem website, customers
lose on average 11.6 pounds and 8 inches in
the first month.
As for the variety of
products, Nutrisystem provides members with
more than 150 foods containing no artificial
sweeteners or flavors.
According to the
study, conducted in 2015, both programs show
themselves as almost equally effective ways to
lose weight, but only if members stick to the
During the period of 1
year, study participants, who were sticking to
the Jenny Craig program, managed to lose up to
4.9 percent more weight than those, who were
losing weight without a special program.
However, Nutrisystem helped participants lose
only 3.8 percent more weight compared to the
control group. When it comes to short-term
weight loss, both programs’ efficacy is
Summing it up
It’s possible to lose
extra pounds using both programs if you are
ready to accept the lifestyle and diet plans
they offer. That is, if you decide to stick to
Jenny Craig’s plan, you need to adopt a
low-fat, high-fiber diet.
If we’re talking about
Nutrisystem, you need to stick to a low
glycemic index diet, limit the meal portions,
and devote at least 30 minutes to moderate
physical exercises a day.
Each of these two
programs has its pros and cons. Nutrisystem
offers more varied food options, while Jenny
Craig is slightly more efficient and provides
members with personal consultant’s advice.