Weight Watchers Vs. Jenny Craig: Which Plan Is Easier On Your Wallet?

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Police officer jumps off highway overpass to aid boy. I know I am not text book and am doing my own food but find that works for me. Within hours of posting a seven-second video of their son learning to walk, Whitney and Adam Dinkel were flooded with messages. But telephone support has some evidence in its favor: Here's what living in a tiny house is really like, according to people who traded their homes for minimalism. The product development team has recently gained government approval for our Jenny Craig chicken meals to To help members stay on track, Weight Watchers encourages them to attend meetings until they've stayed within 2 pounds of their goal weight for six weeks.

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Jenny Craig followed 20 years later when real-life Jenny Craig and her husband Sidney Craig created a nutrition, fitness and weight loss program in Australia. Some people criticise both companies, calling them gimmicks, but celebrities like Jessica Simpson and Kirstie Alley say the plans actually do work for them. Simpson reportedly shed 50 pounds months after welcoming her daughter on May 1, After starting the Weight Watchers program, which involved food and workout adjustments, it seems she was surprised by how easy it was for her to manage her health.

Battle of the Diet Plans Weight Watchers Weight Watchers allows clients to purchase their own food and prepare their own meals. Each food item is assigned points based on calorie, fat and fibre content. A major part of the Weight Watchers experience is attending local meetings where individuals receive live support.

Clients also have the option of joining Weight Watchers Online. Jenny Craig Jenny Craig takes a different approach to weight loss by offering its clients prepackaged and pre-portioned meals provided by the company. Vitamin supplements are also offered. To find out, MoneyWatch analyzed eight of the biggest diet plans. Three are support-only plans that don't require you to buy their food, and five are food-delivery plans. We interviewed leading nutritionists and weight-loss professionals, pored through clinical studies, and tallied up membership fees and food costs to determine the ones most likely to help you slim down and to see how much you'd pay to drop 20 pounds.

Our favorite for value and efficacy is Weight Watchers , designed to help you change your eating habits for good. Nutrisystem is the least expensive meal delivery plan we reviewed Medifast is cheaper, but you have to provide one meal a day on your own.

And the silver-spoon award undoubtedly goes to In The Zone Delivery , a white-glove service for people who'll spare no expense to drop the pounds.

Here's how the plans stack up. See the handy chart at the bottom of the page for a side-by-side comparison. The oldest national weight-loss program, its members rave about the encouragement they get at weekly meetings led by former Weight Watchers dieters. Nutritionists praise the portion-control points system: Each food is assigned points based on its serving size, calories, fiber, and fat; and no foods are forbidden.

Your point allowance is based on your weight, height, gender, age, and activity level. A recent clinical study in the New England Journal of Medicine linked group counseling sessions to weight-loss success.

That explains why Weight Watchers has impressive short-term results. A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed participants lost an average of about 5 percent of their body weight 10 pounds in six months. Two years later, they had kept about half the weight off. After that, you get free lifetime membership. The company says members using its online tools in addition to attending meetings lost 50 percent more weight than those going to meetings alone. Cost to lose 20 pounds: We looked at two plans from eDiets — one that offers support alone, and another with meal delivery.

You can choose from among more than 20 diet plans, including ones for diabetics and vegetarians. Online tools let you set goals, plan menus and generate shopping lists. The optional meal delivery service offers freshly prepared, calorie-controlled meals delivered in a cooler.

But telephone support has some evidence in its favor: 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.

To understand the impact of participating in a food delivery diet, figure out your current daily food cost. Include all coffee drinks, vending snacks, meals out and estimated actual cost of portions consumed at home. This will allow you to see how much of a change using pre-packaged food programs would have on your budget.

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