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 must know about.
Nutrisystem is a diet delivery program that includes fresh-frozen foods and traditional re-heat meals. Costs are between $9.10 and $13.93 daily (around $280-$360 monthly).
With each plan:
Nutrisystem offers a 7-day free trial whereby customers can cancel and receive a refund (less shipping costs). However, if cancelling after the 7 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 compared to meal delivery services such as Hello Fresh, Nutrisystem is significantly cheaper. However, you get what you pay for – not fresh food – but heat and eat.
Nutrisystem can be shipped to Canada (the frozen food options are unavailable). However, an entire month’s 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 it is not a permanent answer. After finishing your Nutrisystem time, you must still learn to eat healthily.
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 on metabolic type.
Daily calorie amounts vary from 1200 (women) to 1500 (men), and each day’s 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 has any trans-fat or high fructose corn syrup. Customers can expect less than 2300 mg/day of 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 food taste is not to your liking, be prepared to pay around 2-4 times more for other delivered diets.