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Jenny Craig Rated Top Diet Program by Consumer Reports

Are You a Fan of Prepackaged Diet Plans?

Consumer Reports recently came out with its latest diet ratings, and Jenny Craig is on top. The diet program took top billing in part because most people on it stay on it for a while; a recent study found that 92 percent of dieters on the plan stayed on it for two years.

Three of the top four, actually, also featured branded prepackaged meals. Rated just behind Jenny Craig was Slim Fast, which offers branded meal replacement bars and shakes to help you lose weight. The Zone's delivered meals also were rated highly, coming in fourth. And while third-place Weight Watchers doesn't require product-endorsed meals as part of the diet, it does sell optional frozen meals and includes meetings or online counseling for support.

The diets that came in last, however, were the low-carb Atkins program and Ornish, the diet that emphasizes whole grains, fruits, and vegetables while limiting animal products. While there are support plans available for both diets, the main tenets of both can just be followed by buying a book.

Finding a diet that works for you can no doubt be a challenge; some people may love the convenience of knowing what and how much to eat, others may scoff at eating processed or frozen foods. Are you a fan of prepackaged diet programs like Jenny Craig and Slim Fast? What do you like about them?

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Advah Advah 4 years
No. Food isn't the enemy, it's how much you eat and what you put in it. Buying pre-packaged food doesn't teach you anything about eating healthy or the fact you shouldn't eat ice cream every day.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 4 years
No. I am a lifetime Weight Watchers member. As an emotional eater, it wasn't all about portion control; but, it was knowing about how to eat and why I was eating. I needed to know how to eat in instances where portion-controlled meals wouldn't be needed.
Loreley Loreley 4 years
Eating only prepackaged foods isn't realistic. Most people cannot financially afford to buy the food for years and as soon as they start buying normal food again much of the weight comes back. Prepackaged food is a shortcut, it never teaches you how to properly portion out your meals and instead it does all the work for you by already being prepared. Diet companies with these meal products have success because they are quickfixes and take a lot of the work out of trying to figure out what you can and can't eat. But the success is only temporary as a person cannot turn that into a lifestyle. I've been on Weight Watchers for a couple of months now and they are a 'diet' that can be turned into a lifestyle. Through their pointsplus system I can figure out how much I can have of something and never feel deprived. Their new system encourages and promotes healthy eating by making most fruits and veggies 'free' or zero points. They also encourage you to take vitamins and essential oil. WW also sells prepackaged foods, such as granola bars, chips, and other snacks, but never whole meals (except under the SmartOnes label). Some people choose to buy them, but I find them costly. I'd rather spend my money on normal food and turn this into a lifestyle I can enjoy for the years to come.
ticamorena ticamorena 4 years
No, but then again I've never had serious problems with disciplining myself when it comes to food choices (partly out of good fortune because i love fruit/veg and pulses, am lactose intolerant, don't eat potatoes....so the food I love tends to be generally healthy)
GummiBears GummiBears 4 years
I voted no because it seems costly to me. It would be better IMO to invest in those portion control containers and flatware.
EvieJ EvieJ 4 years
No. I did NutriSystem and lost about 20 pounds on it and - surprise, surprise! - gained it all back. I thought while I was doing it that it was great, all I had to provide were fruits, veggies, and dairy (if I recall correctly), but I learned nothing about portion control or (more important) preparing fresh, nutritious foods.
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