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Jenny Craig vs. NutriSystem

Diet Comparison

Here is a side-by-side summary of Jenny Craig and NutriSystem to help you compare diets and choose a weight loss plan that will work for you.


Jenny Craig


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Best for...

Great if you don't want to prepare meals, weigh portions, etc. Visits to Jenny Craig centers are encouraged.

Perfect if you don't want to prepare meals or weigh portions. One online or phone counseling session per week is included.


No identified health risks. However, although the program advocates starting out on 100% Jenny Craig prepared meals and snacks and slowly migrating over to your own cooking, it is unclear how this is supposed to happen once you've gotten used to and lost weight on their food.

None that are health related. However, unless you plan on buying Nutri System foods for the rest of your life, you shoudl give some thought to the dfficulty transitioning from not having to think at all about your meal contents and preparation, to actually having to do it yourself. THis transition can be extremely challenging and can set you back in your long-term weight loss goals.

Basic philosophy / approach

Minimal effort, maximum choices. Program emphasizes counselor support (either in person or on-line) and use of prepared meals .

The ultimate turn-key diet solution. All meals are prepared with appropriate nutritional and caloric needs taken into account. Easy preparation. Also provides online counseling and resources.

Foods that are / aren't allowed

Diet is limited to Jenny Craig prepared meals. All restrictions are factored in to these meals.

Diet consists of Nutri/system meals supplemented by fresh fruits and vegetables.

How much work involved

At first, almost none. Pre-packaged meals take care ofthe work for you at the outset. And although the idea is that you slowly transition to regular food once you've established better eating habits, you can choose to keep eating the prepared meals - no hassle, no time investment.

Virtually none. As long as you use the Nutri System products, following this diet is a no-brainer. All you need to provide is the will power!


According to the folks at J.C., average cost is approximately $65/week. However, there are different membership options which afford different benefits, and one can spend as much as $400 in the first month.

$54.95 per week (includes meals and snacks). Save 15% by signing up for the Auto Ship plan.

Speed to results

Barring any initial dramatic loss due mostly to losing water weight, you can expect to lose between 1 and 2 lbs. per week on the Jenny Craig program - a nice, healthy, sustainable rate of weight loss.

Aside from a potential initial drop that is greter, you can expect to lose 1-2 lbs. per week following this program.

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