Nutrisystem is arguably the most affordable diet delivery program, but does the lower cost mean a less effective weight loss program?
We examine the Nutrisystem program and outline some of the issues you need to be aware of.
Nutrisystem is a diet delivery program that includes both fresh-frozen foods and well as their traditional re-heat meals. Costs are between $8.93 and $12.86 per day (around $280-$360 per month).
With each plan:
Nutrisystem offers a 14-day free trial whereby the customer can cancel and receive a refund (less shipping costs). However, if cancelling after the 14 days AND before the second month is shipped, a $125.00 fee is charged to the customer (the cost of the autoship).
Does Nutrisystem Compare?
When comparing to meal delivery services such as Hello Fresh, Nutrisystem is significantly cheaper. However you get what you pay for – this is not fresh food – but heat and eat.
Nutrisystem can be shipped to Canada (the frozen food options are not available). However, an entire months worth of food can be shipped (there may be an extra $49.95 shipping charge).
To ship to Canada, order from the main site.
Both of these diets are about pre-packaged foods and portion-controlled weight loss. Jenny Craig prices do vary and are often difficult to obtain.
|Nutrisystem||Jenny Craig at Home|
|Description||28 Day Auto Delivery||One month Premium Success|
|Content||Varies||12 days ready-to-go food and 16 days of frozen.|
|Shipping Costs||Free (*with 28 day order)||$130.00|
|Counseling Support||NuMi App.||Yes – Telephone and in-person|
The average customer stays for 9.5 weeks.
Nutrisystem conducted a trial of 161 people. Dieters lost 8.3 pounds in a month (compared with only 2.8 pounds on a self-directed weight loss diet). A second trial of 84 overweight adults lead to a weight loss of 11.6 pounds in the first month (compared with a 5.9 lb loss on the DASH diet).
Nutrisystem will help you get back on track, but is not a permanent answer. After finishing your stint with Nutrisystem you still must learn to eat healthy.
A typical day:
As you progress – it’s important to understand that you must add your own vegetables and fruit.
The Nutrisystem diet is based around metabolic type.
Daily calorie amounts vary from 1200 (women) to 1500 (men), and each days food consists of 3 meals and 2 snacks. The macro-nutrient ratios are approximately 45-55% carbohydrates, 25-30% protein and less than 30% fats.
None of the meals have any trans-fat or high fructose corn syrup. Customers can expect less than 2300 mg/day sodium on a Nutrisystem plan. This is consistent with current dietary guidelines that suggest a maximum of 2300 mg/day.
Alcohol should be avoided, but tea, coffee, and diet sodas are okay.
Exercise is fully recommended with beginner, intermediate, and advanced workout plans available.
There is nothing particularly unique about Nutrisystem. It is a portion-controlled diet of reduced calories that – if followed correctly – will cause weight loss. The challenge with these types of programs is what happens after.
It is very important to closely adhere to the transition plan, and be mindful of the portion sizes you have learned.
Nutrisystem is an economical way of losing weight, with very little time investment. However if the taste of food is not to your liking, be prepared to pay around 2-4 times more for other delivered diets.