Nutrisystem Reviews

Review - Diet Food Plans
Nutrisystem was stand out performer in the food delivery diet sector. The offer portion controlled meals which are delicious and which produce results. All of the Nutrisystem programs are specifically tailored to your body type, weight, and weight loss goals. We gave this program 5 stars.
The Zone diet has been over looked lately due to the popularity of fad diets such as the South Beach and Atkins. However, the Zone diet is a truly effective diet not only for weight loss but for a number of health ailments. As with all diets implementation and discipline are key. Zone diet at home makes it easy to follow this diet to the T by delivery delicious meals specifically tailored to the zone methodology. This program is not as structured as Nutrisystem but it does have some delicious meals and is effective.
Jenny Craig has been around for years but never made the buzz list like Nutrisystem or the Zone diet. One of only a handful of prepared meals diet programs Jenny Craig has received mixed reviews. Although, their program does work you either love or hate their food. It is an interesting program and it made our review list because there are a number of people who this program has worked for; however we felt that Nutrisystem and the Zone ranked higher.

Nutri System Review

Rated: 96 out of 100

Nutrisystem was the first diet with a food delivery component that came to public attention. Nutrisystem has been in business for 30 years and has been a publicly-traded company since 1999.

Nutrisystem combines a structured diet plan with individual counseling. Counseling and advice takes place via email or phone, on the dieter's own schedule, making Nutrisystem easy to fit into a busy lifestyle.

The Nutrisystem meals themselves are either ready-to-eat or microwaveable. The individual dieter is responsible for purchasing fresh fruit and vegetables. Meals are delivered every four weeks.

The combination of individually proportioned meals and freely available dietary advice seemed to work very well for our testers. See more details of our study below.

Our staff of experts have rated a number of products in this category and have listed their recommendations.

Other Spellings: Nutri System, Nutra System, Nutrisystem, Nutrasystem

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Brand Price      
Nutrisystem $29.95


Must buy
Zone Diet at Home $60.00


Tentative buy
Jenny Craig $49.95


Tentative buy

Based on the success our testers experienced and the 0% dropout rate, we give the Nutrisystem plan a must buy recommendation.

Nutrisystem Pros

Pros: The prepackaged food is great for a busy lifestyle. No planning required. Excellent variety and excellent taste. High level of support. 0% dropout rate.

Nutrisystem Cons

Cons: Testers found some meal items they didn't like and subsequently didn't order that particular menu item. Some testers indicated they'd feel more comfortable with in-person support meetings.

Nutrisystem Diet Comments

The Nutrisystem program seems to be engineered to fit easily into a busy lifestyle. A lot of the responsibility of shopping is removed, and the support meetings take place on the dieter's time rather than on the organization's schedule.

A combination of controlled eating and social support has been proven to be much more effective than dieting alone. Unfortunately, for many dieters, the support part of the plan can be cumbersome and inconvenient. The Nutrisystem plan makes this aspect of the program simple.

Our testers were extremely satisfied with the Nutrisystem program. 75% of our test group stated they intended to remain on the Nutrisystem diet and felt confident they would continue to lose weight.

None of our testers abandoned the Nutrisystem program, unlike the other programs tested. Our staff was quite surprised by this development -- we expected at least a 10% dropout rate. But our testers were able to integrate the Nutrisystem program into their lifestyles without difficulty.

Nutrisystem offers two choice packages: choose your own, or take the "favorites package." The favorites package is recommended for those just starting out. After the dieter has the opportunity to learn what he or she likes and dislikes on the menu, the choose your own option is recommended.

Favorite Nutrisystem meals include:

  • Apple cinnamon oatmeal
  • Chicken with almonds, rice and vegetables
  • Lemon poppyseed muffin
  • Pasta with beef
  • Pasta salad with ham
  • Thai style noodles