Diet Plan Review: Best Ways to Lose Weight

Weight Watchers


And you can get a free body assessment at Nutrisystem. Now it doesn't come with the Snacks anymore. The 70 meal replacement choices include shakes, bars, soups, pudding, oatmeal, chili, pretzel sticks, cheese puffs, and scrambled eggs. The optional meal delivery service offers freshly prepared, calorie-controlled meals delivered in a cooler. A recent clinical study in the New England Journal of Medicine linked group counseling sessions to weight-loss success.

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By signing up, you agree to Offers. You may unsubscribe from the newsletters at any time. Get trim and healthy for less with a comprehensive weight loss system from Nutrisystem designed just for you. The folks at Nutrisystem know how difficult it is to stay on track with dieting and weight loss goals, and just how easy it is to become distracted and lose your way.

However, Nutrisystem can teach you smart eating habits, like how to get back on track and lose weight with a diet program tailored to you. And now you can save money while you slim down with Nutrisystem. Nutrisystem designed its program to be easy, especially when you use the intuitive Nutrisystem. Go ahead and order online, and your food will be delivered directly to your door.

And you can get a free body assessment at Nutrisystem. 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: Now you can lose weight and still enjoy your favorite comfort foods. Each kit also contains a meal planner with grocery add-in suggestions, a shopping list that matches the sample meal plan, plus a daily tracker to help you stay on the path to success.

You'll also get unlimited access to personal nutrition counseling and weight loss resources. Convenient meal tracker and unlimited counseling support included. About This Item Merchandise. Definitely Worth the Buy. And the boxed kits I bought from the store have my favorite meals, so no food is wasted some of the not-so-great meals I got via the official program are still sitting in my pantry, uneaten.

I still use Nutrisystem's "Numi" app, I'm still following the program, and I'm still losing weight. I would definitely recommend purchasing the food this way, unless you really need the extra hand-holding that Nutrisystems provides call-in and chat support, etc.