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One more thing is worth mentioning — frozen food. We've often wondered how those companies' meals-in-a-box compare with each other in terms of taste. So I ordered quite a few different kinds of cookies to try. But you can achieve the same portion control with diet meals and entrées from the supermarket freezer case that may be tastier. Happy to hear you liked it — really appreciate the feedback.

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On the road to lose 80 lbs. I've lost 28 after only 6 weeks. The food is not fine dining but it is good enough and with enough variety to not be boring. Some of the food is quite tasty and others only rate around good but, for me, that is not the point. The point is that now most of the time I am not hungry and I am losing weight without having to make major alterations to my life.

Surely, there are times when I just want to get a pizza delivered and munch out but Nutrisystem provides ways to deal with that. I'm not going to blow smoke, some self-control will be required. The few times I have some real cravings, I just pull up the weight chart and see that nice downward trend of weight and remind myself why I am doing this. The quick start program, for me, was the most difficult portion to get through but it surely did as it described.

My weight loss started quickly and tapered a bit, as expected, once I got on the regular weekly plan. I am still losing around 3 to 4 lbs a week which might be a little atypical but I'm not complaining. This meal plan was exactly what I needed. Previously I ate healthy but I just ate too much.

Comparing then to now, I realized I was eating roughly double what I should have been. So not only has this plan allowed me to lose weight but it has provided me with an idea of what meal sizes should be if I ever decide to stop with Nutrisystem. I personally think the frozen meals are a very good add-on as they provide more variety and tend to be a bit more tasty and satisfying. I really do appreciate that this program exists. I just turned 50 not too long ago and was starting to have more concerns about my weight which has always been above 'normal'.

Nutrisystem not only seems to be dealing with my weight but it also helped me ease my mind about my future health. I'm also a workaholic which means that previous diets I tried had, what I feel was, a significant impact on my lifestyle. Which is probably the main reason they all failed.

Nutrisystem is very simple. Take their base plan, modify the meal times to fit your current schedule, keep the intervals between meals roughly the same, and in no time it just becomes part of your day. The food for the most part is portable as well which is rather convenient. Again, Thank You for providing this product. Before I was skeptical about ever seeing what I consider a healthy weight but this product and changed that skepticism into hope and has provided exactly what the proverbial doctor ordered.

Plastic found in a dinner entree. It was very nice to see! I can't remember when this happened, maybe weeks ago. I thought the response took longer than it should have. Really tho', I've had great customer service every time I needed them. Wait times when phoning are awful. I am very happy with the 30 pounds that I have lost. I love your food and do not want to totally stop my program. I am working with adjusting to everyday food lifestyle.

But yet, I do not want to give up my program. I believe this will keep me on track with keeping my weight under control. Thank you for my delays in my order. I tried Nutrisystem and found out I am allergic. I tried returning the items as they indicated there was a full refund policy, and they told me I couldn't.

I called over seven times during the next 30 days and they were not cooperative or helpful at all. I got transferred around many times, and never had any help at all. I ended up moving, and canceled my card. Two months after that they tried charging my credit card and claim they shipped product, which I didn't order. I never received product because I had moved. Very poor customer service!

They try and snag you in and force you to keep buying, even if you don't like the product and even if you are allergic to it! I have told a lot of people about this horrifying experience and they are all appalled and said there are much better programs out there!

We are sorry to hear that you are unable to eat our food and we apologize for the poor service you've received. We will be looking into this and reaching out soon. I have spoken with Chanta in her role as counselor. I was impressed with the interest and patience she posses. I am now able to form a more comprehensive plan moving forward with my required personal participation with the Nutrisystem to reach my weight loss goal. I am enthusiastically encouraged with my decision to take on this venture for my future.

We are so happy to hear that Chanta was able to help you gain a better understanding of the program! For more information about reviews on ConsumerAffairs. My NuMi bottle issue was already taken care of. He therefore missed the window to order the bottle in time for the 2nd month shipment.

We would like to have it delivered with the order that is coming up for the 3rd month - we get auto delivery, so it is already set up. We are happy to hear that your water bottle issue has been handled but are sad to hear that your husband is still having issues. We will be assigning this to a member of the Consumer Experience Team who will be reaching out soon. I am very disappointed with the food. Most of it tastes the same to me and actually upsets my stomach. I did not realize I only had two weeks to cancel and much of that was mostly drinks.

Then you keep trying different food thinking something will be edible. I know there is plenty of fine print in contracts that should be read. I do not recall being verbally told about these conditions.

This was a lesson that left a very bad taste in my mouth. We are sorry that the foods upset your stomach and that you were unaware of the auto-delivery nature of the program. Not clear when I ordered that it would be on automatic order. Food is not good, not good instructions, dinners were bland. Too many entrees with spicy tomato sauce and cheese, dinners are bland.

Shakes made me sick. Emails were only to sell more. Thank you for writing this review. We are sad to hear the foods were not to your liking and that the deliveries would be automatic.

We will be looking into your account and reaching out soon. This is a follow-up to the review I posted on September 5. Soon after I posted my first review, a rep from Nutrisystem contacted me via email.

The email was courteous, professional, and apologetic for the experience I had. The rep went on to offer replacement of the damaged food items I had received and encouraged me to give their company another try.

In light of this swift response and their sincere desire to ensure that I was happy with their product and service, I am revising my review. I accepted a ready-made menu that containing some items that I did not enjoy. In the future, I will make a point to select food items that I now know to be more to my liking than others. I am very pleased and heartened by Nutrisystem's timely reply and concern for my purchase. They deserve a second chance. I ordered my month's supply of diet food from Nutrisystem with high hopes.

When the food shipment arrived, most of the frozen breakfast items were broken into small bits; when I opened the packages, the bits fell out.

Then I tried the frozen lunches. Since I take these to work, the only heating option is microwave. Anything with bread or chicken comes out chewy, gooey, and icy cold in the center. It actually made me gag and lose my appetite, which wasn't the diet plan I expected. I am very careful when reading agreements, and for this item to be overlooked was no easy feat.

Fineprint at the end will do that to you. To add insult to injury, the obnoxious customer service person on the phone refused to accept my cancellation until she badgered me with questions and hard sell tactics in a desperate attempt to keep me buying their awful food.

Overall, this was a horrible experience. I will never use or recommend Nutrisystem again. We are so sorry to hear about your poor experience with the delivery of your foods, the food itself, and the representative you dealt with.

We will be taking a peek at your account and reaching out soon. Was not satisfied with the taste of most of the foods, had to throw it away and buy something else, and most of the desserts had an ok flavor, And a lot of meals with cheese.

I was not happy with that. My first order included items I didn't order and one that I'm allergic to its ingredients. I was told by one person the items were probably substitutions and when ready they would be replaced.

When I called the customer service lady was very rude, basically stated I was lying and wouldn't allow me to speak to a supervisor. I'm very disappointed with the service I receive so I will take my business to a place that has better customer service. Went thru a few months of products. Following it closely and exercised Sent email to customer support and I was told to think of it as not wasted but I received nutritional food with fiber Now I know why it only got one star.

Weight loss system worksstale product and no one to answer to except counselors with no control. I emailed three correspondences to FIVE different departments only to receive a notice that they don't reply to emails because they were too busy.

I think the shelf-stable foods, specifically the lunches and dinners are just okay. It's kind of like what you might expect from a TV dinner. Even though they are shelf-stable, they taste like a frozen TV dinner.

Especially these kind of styles in the little cans. As long as you get them really, really hot then let them cool, they're much better than if you just heat them to a medium temperature. So that's what you need to know. Now these can be cooked by placing the entree into boiling water or you can put them into the microwave. So there are two options. Generally, I'd just go with the microwave because it's much, much faster, but I have tried the boiling method too and they seem to taste about the same to me either way they are prepared.

All the breakfast entrees, for the most part, are really good. I haven't had a problem with any of those. The bran cereal, I mean bran cereal is not really my thing, but I added some raisins to it, which are allowed as one of your options. And so the cereal's good, it tastes like raisin bread. So there's things you can do, you can add in your extras that you're allowed.

You know, your power fuels that you're given every month, to add to your meal to really make the difference. They have lots of great desserts like this thin mint crisp bar, carrot cake- this is a new one for me this month. I love real carrot cake so we'll see how the diet one tastes.

And also if you've read my posts you'll know that I had some issues with cookies last month. So I ordered quite a few different kinds of cookies to try. So yeah, there's my thoughts. I think that after using Nutrisystem for four weeks now, I've lost five and a half pounds.

Yeah, the foods aren't the best ever. The truth is, these foodies didn't love any of the foods. So we organized a second, less picky panel. This time our tasters were graduate students: By trading famous chefs and fine china for starving students with paper plates, would we get a different reaction to the diet foods? Their commentary was more positive. Here's how Collins reacted to one of the lasagnas: It had chunky vegetables, which were good, and sort of like a pesto flavor.

It tasted a lot more fresh. But the student tasters weren't pushovers. They had plenty of complaints even though this time we served only frozen foods from all three companies. Here are some sample comments:.

I thought it had kind of a weird taste. After carefully considering flavor, texture, aroma and appearance, how did the students vote? Would our chefs agree? We had a hard time getting them to rank their favorites, because they're so used to fresh foods and fine dining, but once they did, here's how it turned out:. The famous chefs preferred the most expensive membership plan. Keep in mind, we're talking about diet foods -- not gourmet meals -- so all of the companies are working with a limited flavor palette to keep the meals low-cal and convenient.

And, remember, this was an informal tasting -- just the opinions of six people -- professional chefs and star students -- but amateur tasters. When we told the companies about our challenge, Jenny Craig and Smart Ones said they were "pleased" and "delighted.

For the complete Smart Ones statement, click here. Nutrisystem said in a statement: Nutrisystem adds that in a survey, "8 out of 10 Nutrisystem customers said they 'love the food. In addition to taste, another important factor is price. We asked all three companies for the average price range of 28 days worth of their food, three meals a day.

While it is possible you will pay more for these diet foods, these are the prices reported by the companies, based on the plans consumers most often choose. Some of the diet plans suggest you supplement their meals with fresh produce and dairy and those costs are not included here.

Shipping is included, where applicable. Keep in mind, Weight Watchers charges a separate fee and does not require members to eat Smart Ones foods, but we wanted to include a grocery store brand that is easily accessible in our tasting.

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