Meal Plans Similar to Nutrisystem

Nutrisystem provides home-delivered diet meals designed to help you lose weight, but Nutrisystem is not the only available diet delivery system. Some plans are similar to Nutrisystem in that you are required to purchase supplemental foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, to go along with the delivered meals. Others provide everything you need but at a higher cost. Explore your options before committing to a specific diet delivery plan to ensure you are choosing the best plan for you.

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Medifast

Medifast tends to be the cheapest of the meal-delivery options, costing about $80 per week as of the time of publication. Medifast supplies five meals and snacks per day and requires you to make one other daily meal using lean protein and green vegetables purchased at the grocery store. Meals are low in both calories and carbs. Typical weight loss is around 2 to 5 lbs. per week and people on Medifast usually consume between 800 to 1,000 calories per day.

Jenny Craig

On the Jenny Craig system, all meals are provided and you can choose a preplanned option or pick your own foods from an online menu. You work with a diet counselor to help you choose meals and stick to the diet. The counselor also helps you transition to cooking your own meals as the program ends. Daily calories run 1,200 to 1,300 and expected weekly weight loss is about 1 to 2 lbs. You can either arrange home delivery or pick up meals at a Jenny Craig center each week. The cost depends on the food items but tends to range $84 to $126 weekly, plus a $20 fee for 10 weeks of delivery.

Bistro MD

Bistro MD provides doctor-designed meals low in calories and low on the glycemic index, a measurement of blood sugar response.The daily calorie count varies between 1,100 and 1,400 to keep your metabolism off balance in an attempt to avoid plateaus. Dieters using Bistro MD typically lose 2 to 3 lbs. per week. Bistro MD costs $160 per week and provides all the food you will eat so no trips to the grocery store are necessary.

eDiets

Meal delivery system eDiets provides chef-prepared meals, which you choose from among over 150 online options, for about $140 weekly. You consume three meals and one snack daily. The meals are higher in calories than some other plans, about 1,150 to 1,670 calories per day, resulting in weight loss of about 1 to 2 lbs. per week. Meals are refrigerated and delivered once a week.

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