Weight Watchers vs. Nutrisystem vs. Jenny Craig

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Best diet? Consumer Reports weighs in on Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Atkins and more
So some amount of personal preference is involved in finding the diet that's right for you. By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 6, HealthDay News -- Many people turn to commercial weight-loss programs to help them shed excess pounds, but there's surprisingly little scientific evidence to show whether or not these plans can help keep weight off for the long-term, a new report reveals. There is not a delivery service. Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers and Nutrisystem offer diet plans that can help you lose weight. Weight Watchers allows you to freestyle based on their recently revamped point system but there is also a large market of Weight Watchers packaged products in grocery stores and online. Requires use of PointsPlus under the Weight Watchers program; dieters may eat what they like as long as they do not exceed daily PointsPlus values.

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Jenny Craig allows 1, calories per day, while Weight Watches is more generous at 1, per day. The Slim-Fast program centers around a packaged bar or shake for breakfast and lunch plus a calorie home dinner and plenty of fruits and veggies. The calorie count is pretty aggressive at just 1, per day. There's no real support other than their website.

The Zone is a diet plan that relies on breaking foods into fairly proportional groups - 30 percent lean protein, 30 percent fat and 40 percent low-glycemic carbs like fruits and vegetables.

Ornish is a 1, calorie per day program that is based around a popular series of books by Dr. There are no packaged meals or counseling to buy, so it's only as expensive as the food you buy and cook. Consumer Reports was greatly impressed by the author's tasty recipes, but worried that less experienced cooks would be put off.

The Ornish menu they reviewed was near-vegan with no added sugars and had so little fat that it fell below nutritional guidelines. But it got high marks for flavor and sodium control. Lastly, Nutrisystem is a packaged food system that lets you buy all of your meals from the company's website. Optional one-on-one support is available via telephone, web chat or email. The system scored well for dietary balance except for sodium.

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Lindsey Graham on "Face the Nation". Week of September Bill Geist on the trip of a lifetime. Programs based on the low-carb Atkins diet also helped people lose more weight than counseling alone -- but not as much as with some competing diet programs. Still, the approach "appears promising," the authors write. Some that didn't make the cut.

These popular diet plans were not included in the study. The researchers say they did not evaluate the Ornish diet because it is primarily focused on heart health rather than weight loss. The Zone diet was not reviewed because unlike other weight-loss plans in the study, Zone does not include any behavioral or social support.

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Weight Watchers The oldest and best-known commercial diet plan -- and the biggest, with 45 percent market share -- Weight Watchers also has a proven track record in clinical trials. Jenny Craig Jenny Craig also fared well in the study overall. Nutrisystem Nutrisystem also appears to be one of the more effective commercial weight loss programs reviewed in the study. Atkins Programs based on the low-carb Atkins diet also helped people lose more weight than counseling alone -- but not as much as with some competing diet programs.

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