Five years ago I lost 62 lbs on NS, but over the years I gained back 38 lbs. While no university studies support the theory that varying caloric intake aids weight loss, the high quality of the food and the relatively large portion sizes have been praised by Health magazine, Dr. You can customize menus, search a database of more than 1, recipes and get a personalized shopping list. I have more confidence to ask women out on dates too. Next time I go veggie 4 out of 5 stars. How to Make Pumpkin Spiced Tea.
Although an FTC rule now requires testimonial ads to cite typical results, the looming question still remains: Which of these diet programs are worth your money? To find out, MoneyWatch analyzed eight of the biggest diet plans. Three are support-only plans that don't require you to buy their food, and five are food-delivery plans.
We interviewed leading nutritionists and weight-loss professionals, pored through clinical studies, and tallied up membership fees and food costs to determine the ones most likely to help you slim down and to see how much you'd pay to drop 20 pounds. Our favorite for value and efficacy is Weight Watchers , designed to help you change your eating habits for good.
Nutrisystem is the least expensive meal delivery plan we reviewed Medifast is cheaper, but you have to provide one meal a day on your own. And the silver-spoon award undoubtedly goes to In The Zone Delivery , a white-glove service for people who'll spare no expense to drop the pounds.
Here's how the plans stack up. See the handy chart at the bottom of the page for a side-by-side comparison. The oldest national weight-loss program, its members rave about the encouragement they get at weekly meetings led by former Weight Watchers dieters. Nutritionists praise the portion-control points system: Each food is assigned points based on its serving size, calories, fiber, and fat; and no foods are forbidden. Your point allowance is based on your weight, height, gender, age, and activity level.
A recent clinical study in the New England Journal of Medicine linked group counseling sessions to weight-loss success. That explains why Weight Watchers has impressive short-term results. A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed participants lost an average of about 5 percent of their body weight 10 pounds in six months.
Two years later, they had kept about half the weight off. After that, you get free lifetime membership. The company says members using its online tools in addition to attending meetings lost 50 percent more weight than those going to meetings alone. Cost to lose 20 pounds: We looked at two plans from eDiets — one that offers support alone, and another with meal delivery. You can choose from among more than 20 diet plans, including ones for diabetics and vegetarians.
Online tools let you set goals, plan menus and generate shopping lists. The optional meal delivery service offers freshly prepared, calorie-controlled meals delivered in a cooler. But telephone support has some evidence in its favor: Cost per pound of weight loss: No — for about the same money, other services offer better track records.
For the first two weeks, you eat three extremely low-carb meals a day plus two snacks. You can customize menus, search a database of more than 1, recipes and get a personalized shopping list. Studies have shown that after one year, carb-restricted diets led to greater weight loss and increased heart health than low-fat diets.
However, the advantage disappeared over the long term. How much can you expect to lose? Figure on 8 to 13 pounds during the two-week kick-start phase, then 1 to 2 pounds a week thereafter. The Zone diet is mostly meat, fruits, and vegetables. You eat three meals per day plus two Zone protein-powder snacks.
A study of people in the Journal of American Medical Association found the Zone diet helped people achieve modest weight loss after one year, comparable with those on the Atkins , Weight Watchers and Ornish diets, and improved cardiac risk factors. Has my body adjusted to the food in the frozen kit? I have decided to go back to the high protein kit this week and will write another review with my new results. I'll then go back to the frozen I have.
I'll see if I have any loss this week and update my review. Maybe the trick is to go back and forth? I have 15 pounds to lose FrancieAZ, October 9, You wanted to know exactly which foods are included in the 5 day Frozen Meal Box? At the top of the page, to the left of the product picture and purchase info are 4 small boxes with additional views of the product.
Click the one with just writing in it, which is the back view of the box. Then, click the "plus sign" to enlarge the pic. Once it pulls up this full screen view, I found that clicking "plus" about 4 more times made it very easy to read all the names of the entrees and snacks.
You will also be able to check the ingredient list for every item. I hope this helps! WeeWeeSnowbunny, November 6, Kick start for portion and food group reminder. These frozen products taste so much better than the shelf stable kits. I just don't care for the bars and many other items in the shelf stable kits. I was worried this would take up a lot of space in the freezer, but it isn't that much packaging. I don't like that the program says there is no measuring as there are many items you need to purchase in addition to what is included, and that needs to be measured.