The food on the basic Nutrisystem plan has been likened by many to combat rations or astronaut food. There are some nutrisystem forums. I should add too that the Jenny Craig program is a wonderful program too. And how much money are you willing to spend? Others provide everything you need but at a higher cost.
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The food on the basic Nutrisystem plan has been likened by many to combat rations or astronaut food. If you aren't as tough as Clint Eastwood in an old Western, you probably won't be able to eat the food on the lower end Nutrisystem plans very long.
So if you're even a slightly picky eater, your choices are really narrowed to Jenny Craig or Nutrisystem's highest-end plan called Nutrisystem Uniquely Yours. We'll cover the cheaper Nutrisystem Basic plan for you tough guys and gals in a moment, but let's start by comparing the better tasting, more realistically liveable options: Nutrisystem Uniquely Yours and Jenny Craig.
Keep in mind that none of the above prices include veggies, fruit, and dairy that both Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem require you to buy in your supermarket. You'll eat specially-chosen frozen meals from many popular brands that you'll buy in your supermarket.
BUT they don't offer phone support. It's self-service using their online Daily Food Journal where you click on foods from their dietitians' approved lists The big difference between Nutrisystem Uniquely Yours and Jenny Craig, is that on Jenny you'll be eating mostly frozen meals which most people find better tasting than the "shelf-stable" no refrigeration necessary meals offered on all Nutrisystem plans, including on Nutrisystem Uniquely Yours.
But the Uniquely Yours plan is unique among Nutrisystem plans, in that it also offers frozen meals on its menu, though you're limited to one per day 24 frozen meals in each 4 week period, since one day per week you are instructed to eat your own foods. For the other meals on Uniquely Yours , it's back to "Rambo time" meatloaf that needs no refrigeration , the same meals eaten by the Nutrisystem Basic Plan members. Nutrisystem Uniquely Yours is a possible compromise solution for some.
It is cheaper than Jenny Craig, though more costly than other Nutrisystem plans. When you're on Auto-Delivery, it's really easy to get stuck with an extra month's charge, even if you decide to cancel. Be very careful to read the fine print if you select Auto-Delivery for any of the Nutrisystem plans. 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.
Jenny Craig offers a bigger selection of frozen meals than Nutrisystem Uniquely Yours , though when you add in the shelf-stable meals as well, Nutrisystem has a wider total variety of food choices.
Remember, "shelf-stable" means no refrigeration necessary, so you can store these meals in the cupboard. You can't be a "snowflake" and eat this food. You buy the food separately. But, let's not forget to factor in the daily Jenny snacks and necessary grocery items veggies, fruit which will increase the costs significantly.
There are sometimes discounts and promotions available that could save you money on these fees. Sometimes the initial enrollment fee is cut in half during a promotion. But again, this doesn't include the cost the Jenny Craig food. On any Jenny plan, you'll quickly figure out that the major cost of Jenny Craig are not their plan prices but their food prices!
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. Like Nutrisystem's premium "Uniquely Yours" plans, Jenny offers both shelf-stable non-refrigerated and frozen foods. Jenny Craig allows members to pick up their food at their local center or opt to have it shipped to their home for an additional charge. The biggest difference between the Jenny "12 Week Trial" and the Jenny Month Premium" plans besides the price tag is the access to private diet consultations.
The "Trial" plan offers only 1 phone or online meeting with a Jenny consultant, whereas the "Premium" program gives you unlimited, in-person consultations if you live close enough to a Jenny office to take advantage of this. Keep in mind that the Jenny "consultant" is not a nutritionist, but mostly a food salesperson for the Jenny products. This plan is a shipment of 28 days worth of shelf-stable food no refrigeration necessary which is chosen for you, which means that you let Nutrisystem pick your meals instead of giving that job to your taste buds believe me, your taste buds would have picked the frozen meals.
Shelf-stable food is very convenient, as it doesn't require space in your freezer. And that's an understatement. You may find that when it comes to shelf-stable food, you'd get more enjoyment from eating the shelf itself. The second option from Nutrisystem is called "Core" which is the same as the "Basic" plan, except it lets you choose your favorite shelf-stable menu items instead of just having Nutrisystem send you whatever it feels like.
This is the only plan that includes your choice of shelf-stable food AND Nutrisystem's better tasting frozen meals 6 per week.
There is no membership fee, but you do need to join to access all of the online features and to order food.
Food is selected online and delivered to your door. Free online features include an online community chat room, weekly education e-chat with a registered dietitian, newsletter, daily motivational contact, dining-out guide, grocery shopping guide and weight-loss tracking tools log, measurements, graphs, food diary, exercise log and mindset makeover program. Contact with a program representative and visitation to a local center are encouraged.
The Food, Body, Mind principles are reinforced with the interpersonal contact and coaching of the program representative. This person also helps choose the foods you will eat, based on your age, sex, medical concerns and preferences.
The program does offer some free e-tools such as a progress tracker, recipes and an activity journal. Participants are encouraged to visit the center to weigh in periodically. While both programs take the time and thought process of meal preparation out of your hands, they do seem geared to different users.
Therefore, you do need to be minimally computer-literate. Jenny Craig encourages interpersonal involvement via telephone calls and consulting sessions with program representatives at their center; therefore, the dieter does not need many computer skills, but would benefit from being geographically close to one of the centers. Jenny Craig rated No. Sustainable weight loss must include lifestyle changes to eat healthy foods and increase activity.
Calories are a measurement of energy. If you take in more than you burn, you gain weight; eat less than you burn to lose weight. With either program, you will eventually need to eat normal food again so pay attention to the educational opportunities and tools available. Gradual weight loss is the best way to keep the weight off long-term. Maintaining a healthy weight reduces the risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, reproductive problems, joint pain and respiratory problems.
Making changes to lose excess weight is beneficial at any increment; every pound is important. Keeping the weight off can be very challenging; focus on portion control and activity. Feeling good and looking good are excellent motivations too.