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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. Unlike Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig has a number of centers in cities and towns throughout the United States, so you can actually meet with your weight loss consultant in person. And our tasters were unimpressed with the snack and dessert items, rating both brands a low Good. Jenny Craig recently combined their Lunch and Dinner menus to allow dieters a wider variety of meals. However, Nutrisystem's sodium levels tend to be a little higher on average. However, Nutrisystem has been proven to offer more effective and quicker weight loss results. Jenny Craig provides different plans for men and women, as well as according to your age group.
Jenny Craig edges out rival Nutrisystem
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. Be warned, if you cancel your auto-delivery on any of these plans after 2 weeks, you'll be charged hefty fees.
While on Nutrisystem, dieters are required to cook lunch and dinner for themselves once per week. So grocery shopping is required not only for fruits, veggies, and dairy, but also for low-calorie recipe ingredients. However, this means that for other than the most expensive plans, one-on-one diet support is not offered. Instead, weight loss tools, articles, and other resources are available via online and mobile apps.
For some people, though, the counseling is not important, especially since the counselors are not dietitians or even nutritionists, but Nutrisystem staff whose biggest job is to keep you from dropping out of the program. Most people say that the frozen options taste a lot better, but are obviously more expensive.
For Nutrisystem, you must be enrolled in the premium plan - Nutrisystem "Uniquely Yours" - to be allowed to select frozen meals in addition to the shelf-stable options. Jenny Craig recently combined their Lunch and Dinner menus to allow dieters a wider variety of meals. But Nutrisystem still has Jenny beat when it comes to variety.
Nutrisystem has about menu items now available most are of the shelf-stable type , whereas Jenny has around As for nutrition, both companies have tried to keep the calories and sodium content low. However, Nutrisystem's sodium levels tend to be a little higher on average. Jenny Craig memberships include private consultations with one-on-one meal planning and a toll free number available 24 hours a day.
Nutrisystem provides basic online tools that include a food diary and weight log, and recently they added a mobile app called NuMi. Because both Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig take a calorie-controlled approach to weight loss, your results will be similar on either plan. Your success on Jenny or Nutrisystem—or any diet—boils down to which diet is the most compatible with your personality, tastes, and budget. Jenny Craig is more expensive than Nutrisystem, but some members view the support the program offers as a worthwhile tradeoff.
With both diets, prepackaged food is the nucleus of the program. Most members consider the frozen meals to be the best tasting meals by a large margin for both companies. Remember, If you can't stomach the thought of what you will be eating for dinner tonight, you're on the wrong diet plan! And you won't stay on it for long. Too busy to prepare your own low calorie meals?
The meals were a mixture of frozen and shelf-stable items. We didn't evaluate the cost of the home-supplied items on the plans' menus. The best diet for you is the one you can stick to. These programs might appeal to people who have trouble with meal planning, have limited time and skill for cooking at home, struggle with portion control, or feel they might benefit from community support and counseling. If you don't like the restricted choice of the programs, you can devise a homemade version using frozen diet meals from the supermarket.
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. You now have access to benefits that can help you choose right, be safe and stay informed.
Subscribers only Sign in or Subscribe now! Check this box if you wish to have a copy mailed to you. How the plans work Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem give you meal plans that include their branded foods.