Jenny Craig edges out rival Nutrisystem
It includes 5 meals per day. Jenny Craig provides different plans for men and women, as well as according to your age group. Nutrisystem provides different diet plans for men, women, vegetarians, diabetic patients, senior citizens, and others believing that different individuals have different diet requirements. Jenny Craig does not have snacks choice in its menu. Nutrisystem Uniquely Yours is a possible compromise solution for some. Check how much support you receive, as successful dieting often relies on the right amount of pressure and counseling from other dieters or from a dietitian.
Two experienced sensory testers tasted, in total, 32 Jenny Craig products and 27 Nutrisystem Basic products. Where possible, we chose similar items.
We also conducted a side test of six frozen entrées from Nutrisystem's more expensive Select line. The products were tasted in random order within categories—breakfasts with breakfasts, snacks with snacks, and so on. Our tasters not only didn't know whose product they were tasting but also didn't know they were diet meals.
Of the 59 items we tasted in our main round of tests, only five scored Very Good—all from Jenny Craig. Of the 10 items we deemed Fair, eight were from Nutrisystem. Overall, the foods from Jenny Craig did slightly better than Nutrisystem's. Jenny Craig's edge came mainly from its lunch and dinner entrées, most of which were frozen rather than shelf-stable. The frozen Nutrisystem Select dinner entrées we tested fared much better than the company's shelf-stable items.
After we completed our testing, a company spokeswoman told us that Nutrisystem's standard day program would change at the end of The standard day program now consists of 10 days of frozen foods and 18 days of pantry-ready foods. The breakfast items from both companies rated only Good. And our tasters were unimpressed with the snack and dessert items, rating both brands a low Good. Get Ratings on the go and compare while you shop.
Please call Member Services at Welcome to Consumer Reports. 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.
In the year , Nutrisystem expanded its market in Canada and Japan. Nutrisystem's alignment with Walmart Stores Inc. Both the companies have certain guidelines for their customers and their products are consumed on a large scale. So, when you compare Jenny Craig with Nutrisystem, make sure you analyze the product efficacy with its quality, price and benefits.
Although, both the companies have the same goal, i. Jenny Craig offers a plan that includes complete meals. Packaged foods manufactured by Jenny Craig has complete menu for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Once you have achieved the desired weight loss, you can migrate to homemade foods, considering the guidelines given forth by health experts.
Nutrisystem has separate foods for men and women. They even have special weight loss diet for vegetarians and also for people suffering from health disorders. Nutrisystem has wonderful health supplements like fruits and vegetables, along with the main course. Unlike Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem makes you dependent only on their products without giving you any option for consuming outside food or homemade food.
The taste of foods from both the companies is quite bland. It's because they are free from carbohydrates, fats and are cooked in a special way, that involve minimal use of spices and oils. From consumer reviews, we have found out that the prepackaged foods from Jenny Craig are much palatable as compared to Nutrisystem.