Consumer Report: Jenny Craig Vs. Nutrisystem

By: Lauren Evans Email
By: Lauren Evans Email

The world of weight loss was shaken up last month when Weight Watchers announced changes to its point system. But what about the two other big-name diet plans, Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem? Consumer Reports just did a taste-off of their heavily advertised diet foods.

Consumer Reports asked its experienced taste testers to sample 65 products, including breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks. The testers didn't know which products they were testing. They didn't even know they were eating diet-plan foods.

The results: Most of the foods weren't all that tasty. The testers found the Nutrisystem meatloaf and tomato sauce had an "old flavor." The Jenny Craig Salisbury Steak was better and had flavorful potatoes and vegetables, but the mushrooms were slightly rubbery. Neither company's snacks and desserts were much of a treat. Jenny Craig's Soft Chocolate Cookie was dry and crumbly, without much flavor. Nutrisystem's nacho crisps didn't have much flavor, either, and were hard and dry.

In the end, only five of the products Consumer Reports tested scored "very good," all from Jenny Craig. Overall Jenny Craig edged out Nutrisystem with respect to taste, but not by much. Still, for some people, the plans can work. Consumer Reports says the downside is that you spend weeks eating food that doesn't always taste so terrific.

One of the big advantages of diet-plan food is that it's portion controlled, and portion control is key to losing weight. But frozen diet meals offer that, too. And previous Consumer Reports tests have found that many are quite tasty.


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  • by Melissa Location: Chicago on Jan 14, 2011 at 06:55 PM
    Nutrisystem has freeze dried and powdered foods. It was terrible. Cheap isn't always better. I wanted to spend less and wasted my money!!
  • by Tara Location: Seattle on Jan 14, 2011 at 06:52 PM
    I have tried Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem. Jenny Craig's food is way better and they teach you how to plan meals on your own once you have lost half of your weight. I have lost and gained with many other programs and this is the only one that has taught me how to keep it off for good!
  • by Jason Location: Jackson on Jan 6, 2011 at 12:26 AM
    How about neither. Get up off the couch away from the TV, away from the video games, away from the computer, stop going to Mc Donalds every day and go outside and take a stroll. You'll be amazed at the results.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2011 at 12:06 PM
    Sorry but Weight watchers and real food is the way to go. Why pay huge sums of money for rubber food.
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