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Weight Watchers vs. NutriSystem

Diet Comparison

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


Weight Watchers


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Best for...

Anyone who is serious about long-term weight loss and thrives on peer support and encouragement.

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


None noted.

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

Teaches the fundamentals of sound nutrition and basic fitness. Emphasizes group support at regular weigh-ins. Uses a point system to help you manage what you're eating and your portion sizes.

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

Nothing is strictly restricted. The focus is on dietary awareness and portion size reduction and overall dietary balance.

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

How much work involved

Highly flexible. You can eat Weight Watchers prepared meals, cook your own or do a combination. Weekly weigh-ins at Weight Watcher centers.

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!


Register for Weight Watchers online for just $14.95 per month for plan, plus a $29.95 registration fee (on-line option).

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

Speed to results

You can expect to lose between 1 and 2 lbs. per week, with a potential initial drop greater than that in the first week or two.

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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