With the myriad diet plans on the market right now, it can be hard to choose the best, most effective one for you. Some offer more complete meal options, some offer greater options for customization. One of the greatest concerns, however, is which one is healthier and easier to stick to? Diet plans that send meals right to your door can have pretty large upfront costs, so you may feel their is great financial pressure to make the right choice, right off the bat. No one wants to go in blind, so below we have a review and comparison of two of the most popular options on the market at this time: Medifast and Nutrisystem.
Nutrisystem & Medifast Comparison
|Helps you to transform the way you live to manage your weight effectively and simply.||Helps you to lose weight while teaching you about your dietary needs, so that you can eat healthier even if you choose to stop using it.|
|Focuses on portion control to ensure weight loss not only on the program, but also if you decide to come off of the program.||Weight loss plans help you burn fat so that you lose weight without losing muscle.|
|All meals have recently been reformulated to cut any artificial colors, sweeteners, or flavors, and 120 of their menu items are free of artificial preservatives.||Fortified meals: they contain essential vitamins and minerals and are carbohydrate controlled, low fast, and based on a nutritional footprint|
|Meal plans focus on providing foods with SmartCarbs, or foods that are high in fiber which results in a lower glycemic index rating.||Includes Lean and Green meals which consist of 5-7 ounces of lean protein, three servings of vegetables, and up to two servings of healthy fats.|
|Offers three plans, which all allow you to eat 4-5 times a day while losing an average of 1-2 pounds per week.||Healthy snacks are also offered with Medifast, and are in fact, encourage with Medifast Flex. They offer both their own healthy snacks, and a grocery list you can use to buy your own.|
|The Basic plan costs only $9.82 per day and offers a kit with foods that have been preselected and are ready to heat and eat.||Go plans start as low as $149 for a 14 day supply of 5 Medifast meals and 1 Lean and Green meal. It is meant for people who are looking for fast results, but are too busy to put much effort in.|
|The Core plan costs $10.54 per day and allows you to choose from their large menu, or choose their Favorites Pack for convenience.||Flex plans also start as low as $149 for a 14 day supply of 4 Medifast meals, 2 Lean and Green Meals, and 1 healthy snack. This is for people who prefer a flexible meal plan with steady results.|
|The Uniquely Yours plan offers the largest selection and variety of foods, including their suite of frozen foods, for only $11.96 per day. Plans can be customized to fit women, men, diabetics, or vegetarians.||A thirty day supply of Medifast is $399, or $13.30 per day, and will require daily grocery store supplements.|
|Average weight loss on Nutrisystem is 11.6 pounds, for an average loss of 8 inches around the waist.||Average weight loss during the first month of Medifast is 11 pounds.|
When trying to decide on a diet plan, it is important to look at several different characteristics. You will want to explore the taste and quality of the food, the convenience of the program, the cost of the program, the levels of activity or other lifestyle changes you might need to make, and the results other people have achieved.
Nutrisystem has been around for nearly 40 years, so it is frequently one of the first weight loss solutions that come to mind. But how do they perform in the areas mentioned above?
- Food Quality and Taste
Microwaveable foods will never taste like mom’s home cooking. Nutrisystem is no exception to the rule here. It is very obvious that these foods are prepared in a corporate kitchen, and not a home kitchen. That said, most people have had success with making sure to heat them thoroughly, and many people really enjoy the breakfast options.
If a diet is convenient, it will probably work. Nutrisystem works off of that principle. While it does require some supplementation from grocery store food, for the most part, your meals are all ready to just heat and eat, meaning you won’t be stopping off for the “convenience” of unhealthy fast food.
- Lifestyle Changes
Nutrisystem recommends 30 minutes a day of physical activity. Included with your meal plan is their My Daily 3 plan, which is designed to get you moving through strength training and cardio activity.
On average, people lose 11.6 pounds in the first month on Nutrisystem. Typically, you can plan to lose 1-2 pounds per week. Some success stories include people who have lost up to 100 pounds over a larger span of time.
Medifast has been around for just under 40 years, but has not achieved the same notoriety that Nutrisystem has, although many people have seen some results.
- Food Quality and Taste
Medifast foods have the advantage of being fortified with vitamins, but customers have complained that the snack bars taste like cardboard and the oatmeal is mushy and flavorless.
Just like Nutrisystem, Medifast delivers food right to your door. Medifast seems to require greater supplemental grocery shopping, however.
Medifast costs more per day than even Nutrisystem’s premium offering. You can expect to pay more than $13 dollars per day on Medifast. Medifast does not offer different pricing tiers.
- Lifestyle Changes
Medifast recommends incorporating physical activity into your daily routine, but does not seem to provide a comprehensive exercise plan with their program.
On average, Medifast customers lose 11 pounds in the first month. Some have experienced greater weight loss, but there seems to be less of these success stories than there are for Nutrisystem.