When it comes to diet plans they’re two that stand out, Nutrisystem and Medifast. Nutrisystem is a prepackaged meal replacement program where you can buy all of your meals through them and offers a diet plan that utilizes portion control with balanced nutrition that allows you to eat frequent meals (6 times a day) in order to fight off cravings and increase your metabolism in order to lose weight.
Medifast advertises their 5 and 1 program plan, and then after you have lost the weight, to continue on their 3 and 3 program indefinitely. The plan relies on the Medifast meals, healthy snacks, and lean and green meals prepared by you. Medifast is also glycemic index diet that works by restricting your calorie intake allowing you to lose weight. So we can see that both diet plans have the same principles, but which one is more effective? Let’s rank them out by cost, quality of food and support tools!
These diet plans come differently for men and women. Plans for men are more expensive because of an additional meal or snack. Women are provided with three meals per day and one snack. The prices listed does not include additional groceries, like veggies or fruits, that you’ll need to backup your diet. If you if you choose the Favorites Pack (instead of customizing your own meals) and if you sign up for auto-delivery, you pay less.
Nutrisystem costs for each plan with auto-delivery and without customized foods are:
- Basic: $9.82 per day or $274.99 per month.
- Core: 10.54 per day or 294.99 per month.
- Uniquely Yours: 11.96 per day or 334.99 per month.
Nutrisystem gives out a 30$ off coupon code when you navigate their site, so basically this helps reduce the cost.
You will eat one breakfast, one lunch, one dinner and one snack on your own each week. Dieters are also encouraged to add fresh vegetables and other healthy extras to your meals to boost nutrition. Nutrisystem provides a shopping list to help you find the best foods at the grocery store.
Food quality and taste
This is a main factor (apart from cost), that dieters look upon before they try out a diet plan. Does it really taste good? or is it just pictures? Personally i’ve have tried many of the foods that the program has to offer and I think that they do, obviously some foods taste better than others but it depends on each individual and what they like to eat.
Nutrisystem entrees are awesome, specially the fresh-frozen meals. These entrees are only available on the Uniquely Yours plan. On the other hand Nutrisystem does not promote healthy food as all of their ingredients are heavily processed. And while the entrees and snacks do help dieters to learn portion control, they don’t necessarily hand out natural food choices. However, if you happen to have a change of mind or not satisfied with your first order and want your money back there’s a 14-day money back guarantee.
Nutrisystem plans include support services including online tracking and well designed meal plans and guides for eating at home or restaurants. Dieters who choose the Nutrisystem Core, Uniquely Yours (including Diabetes Plans) or Vegetarian Plans also have access to on-call counselors. Most Nutrisystem counselors have backgrounds in a weight-loss related field.
Dieters who want counseling will need to contact the service via phone, email or online chat to take advantage of the service. Counselors can answer questions about meal plans, weight loss or nutrition and can also provide motivation and support. Once you’ve reached out to a counselor, communication may become a two-way street. Your counselor may check in with you to monitor your weight loss progress. So we could say they have a good support system, dedicated for a one to one weight program with each individual.
Eat 6 meals a day and still lose weight. Medifast calls it its “5 & 1 Plan.” If you eat five Medifast meal replacements and one meal that you provide, Medifast says you can lose 2-5 pounds during the first 2 weeks of the plan. Once you reach your goal weight, you gradually add calories over a 6-week transition period. Medifast encourages following its “3 & 3 Plan” (three meals plus three meal replacements) indefinitely to keep a standard weight.
The cost for the Medifast diet is $10/day depending the plan, a 4-week supply of meal replacements will cost at least $300 plus shipping but this does not include the two meals a day which you have to prepare yourself. Medifast calls these two meals: “Lean and Green”, and while their 30-day kit includes 9 of these meals (such as Chicken cacciatore, Beef stew, and Turkey meatball marinara), the remaining 51 “Lean and Green” meals of the month you have to prepare it yourself. Meaning that medifast is more expensive than Nutrisystem.
Food quality and taste
Medifast has good food quality, but with only 70 choices available. There are a variety of diet plans available depending on your dietary needs including vegan and gluten free options. The meal that you prepare yourself needs to include five to seven ounces of a lean protein source, three servings of vegetables, and no more than two servings of healthy fats. The foods that are off limits are fruits and starches.
Medifast focuses on lower-calorie meal replacement with their vitamin-rich “meals” (mostly bars, powders, and shakes) delivered monthly with program enrollment. Generally you are eating half the calories that you’re used to. Medifast scores better for fast weight loss, but gets lower score for maintaining the weight loss long-term, most of the dieters jump out of the diet program because they want “real food” and claim that they don’t have a variety menu to select their diet meals. Medifast also has a 30-day money back guarantee.
Medifast offers the “Take Shape for Life” program that provides free access to a personal health coach. You also have free online access to food journals, where you can find nutrition guides that could help you stick on your routine without losing your top goal, they also have a weight-loss blog, and chat rooms for people to share their experiences and have a wide support community.
– Ok, so basically both diet seem to work on the same terms, which is eating 5 to 6 meals a day to lose weight, and both provide a menu with small calorie intake, but considering the other factors, which is better?
|Food tastes good, average. Some better than others.||has fairly good quality food depending on your taste buds.|
|Variety menu||Limited menu|
|Nutrisystem is $240 depends on your diet plan.||Medifast is around $300 depending on the plan per month, plus shipping.|
|Nutrisystem has online tracking guides to help you log your food intake and exercise and restaurant guides for eating out.||Medifast has several online reference guides.|
And the winner is…
Before making a choice here’s a few important points to consider:
- looking for a diet that’s easy to follow? Nutrisystem
- If you want to lose weight quickly, Medifast
- Taste? Both involve packaged food but go for, Nutrisystem
- Interested in sit-down easy meals? Nutrisystem
- Do you like eating bars and shakes on the run? Medifast
- Most interested in long-term weight loss, or you have a history of quitting diets? Nutrisystem
I’m sure we all know there’s not a perfect diet out there for everyone, but if we’re talking of one that is pretty close, it’s Nutrisystem. It covers taste, variety of menu and cost. It’s also very convenient for someone who doesn’t wanna count calories, or has the time to cook because they’re busy or tired when they come home from work. Plus it allows you to stay in track for a long time on your diet goals than other diet plans, therefore it gives you a long term result. I’m sure Medifast diets are as much as efficient too, but it’s a temporary diet.
In conclusion i believe Nutrisystem beats Medifast based on reading customer and expert reviews and ratings, plus factoring in the cost, I’d say that Nutrisystem does the magic for all of us.