A comparison of two popular diets on the market today, Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig.
What makes these diets a popular choice for those looking to lose weight is the simplicity behind them. If you are looking for ready made meals with calories already accounted for, both companies offer these products and services that will help you to reach your desired weight loss goals. Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig both provide prepackaged meals shipped directly to your door in a program based upon what your desired results are. Both companies offer professionals to help you reach your goals if you like the added drive and motivation offered by diet professionals to keep you on the right track. While similar in their weight loss methods both Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig are very different, but as with any diet plan if you follow them as designed and include exercise, desired results will be achieved.
Brief history of Nutrisystem
Nutrisystem was introduced by Harold Katz back in 1971 with the idea of building a program to help people lose weight. The way Nutrisystem would help people to lose weight would be through the use of medical supervision, behavioral counseling, and low calorie meals. The first center Harold opened was in a suburb of Philadelphia, Willow Grove. Not officially known as Nutrisystem until the year 1980, Nutrisystem was in a list of the hundred fastest growing companies in the U.S. with several ups and downs throughout the 80’s and 90’s reporting revenues as high as 764 million dollars. By 1993 Nutrisystem had suffered hard times and filed for chapter 11 and in their attempt to make a come back set their sights on the internet. Nutrisystem’s rebirth on the internet along with joining the QVC Network to bring their television presence back, because of this Nutrisystem is continuing to flourish to this day.
Helpful tools offered by Nutrisystem include
- Online support from blogs, boards, and chat rooms
- Registered counselors and dietitians for advice
- Additional online tools and trackers
Breif History Of Jenny Craig
The weight management company got its start 1983 in Melbourne, Victoria, and by 1985 had started up operations in the United States and is currently a subsidiary of Nestle Nutrition. Currently the company is headquartered in Carlsbad, California, with over 700 weight management centers and 3000 employees around the world. Jenny Craig combines weight management programs and counseling along with food that is distributed through its centers or shipped directly to you in a frozen form or dry normal packages. The program encourages proper nutrition intake, increased physical activity, and a healthy lifestyle and eating habits in general.
Helpful tools offered by Jenny Craig include
- Menu Planner to easily plan weekly meals
- Online tools like progress trackers and activity planner and forums
- Weekly consultation at a center or over the phone
Both Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig have been leaders in the industry for decades and can offer programs tailored for your goals. The hard part is in deciding which one to choose. We will go into a little more detail about what each system has to offer. Both companies provide a wealth of information, support, and products in order to help anyone reach their diet and weight loss goals in a safe and effective manner. Once looked at a little closer its easy to decide which program is better for your needs. Both companies offer a wide selection of meals that taste good and not like cardboard, also you usualy only consume the program meals to a certain point where your encouraged to prepare your own healthy meals.
Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig plans both promote a healthy weight loss amount of 1 to 2 pounds a week reflecting the latest Dietary Guidlines for Americans and the Dietary Reference Intakes issued by the Institute of Medicine.