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Nutrisystem or Jenny Craig: Which Diet is Right for You?

By Shae Blevins

Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig are two of the most popular diets around, and at first glance they sound pretty similar: Both deliver pre-made, pre-calorie-counted, pre-everything meals to your door. Both offer online tools and one-on-one support. Both offer plans designed to fit your lifestyle and your health challenges. Both have celebrity spokespeople singing their praises.

But there are also some definite differences between the two plans. Paying attention to these can help you choose which will work best for you.

This chart shows how Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig stack up next to one another in all of the areas that matter, from food and tools to the oh-so-important question of cost:

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What does all of this mean?


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The Four Hour Body on the Dr. Oz Show

Tune in this Monday, January 24 to the Dr. Oz Show to learn the truth about one of the most popular diets for 2011, The 4-Hour Body.

Created by self-professed madman and guinea pig, Timothy Ferriss, the book outlines a plan that shows you how to lose 20 pounds in 30 days by using Ferriss’s own 80/20 principle. The principle, which was originally coined in his other bestselling book, The 4-Hour Work Week, claims that you can get 80 percent results by exerting just 20 percent effort.
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Courtney Thorne-Smith Still Loves Atkins After 10 Years

Atkins SpokeswomanThe actress best known for her roles on Melrose Place and According to Jim, Courtney Thorne-Smith became a spokesperson for Atkins about two years ago. She’s even signed on for her third year, according to a press release published two days ago.

Thorne-Smith says she struggled with her weight for many years and tried many diet plans. In the end, the low-carb, high-protein Atkins diet plan worked for her. She’s been in the “maintenance” phase of the Atkins diet for the past ten years.

She argues that people shouldn’t confuse the nearly-no-carb “Induction” phase of the diet for the whole plan. “When I finally went back and read the Atkins book, I was able to figure out what I needed to eat in order to be my own food judge. I eat a plant-based diet, and no starch or sugar,” Courtney told ThatsFit. She does allow herself to cheat on special occasions: “Of course, like on my son’s first birthday, I had a piece of cake. It’s just a rare treat, so to balance it out, I won’t have as much fruit the next day.”


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2010′s Most Popular Diets

Top Diets of 2010At the end of December, the staff at DietsInReview.com likes to takes a look at the past year’s most popular diet and fitness trends. Some will be fads and others will be familiar and dependable, but each year this represents the interests of the public.

This list of the 25 most popular diets is compiled from the most viewed diet reviews from January to December of 2010. Essentially, the list is created by our readers: these are diets that you have been searching for and reading about, the diets you have been trying out and commenting on.

In 2010, we see our list dominated by Jillian Michaels‘ products, although Weight Watchers remains the most popular diet for the third year in a row. Acai slipped in popularity, while cookie diets proved to be a fad in 2009. Newcomers to the list include the controversial pregnancy drug hCG, the baby food diet and the Flex Belt.


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2009′s Most Popular Diets

As the year comes to a close, we at DietsInReview.com are taking a moment to look back over 2009 to remember what stood out as the best, most popular and hottest in diet and weight loss.

We’ve compiled a list of the top 25 diets of 2009, and included is everything from balanced, healthy approaches to the latest and greatest in diet pills and fad diets.

View 25 Most Popular Diets of 2009 Slideshow

Each year we base our list of the most popular diets on the highest viewed diet review pages at DietsInReview.com during January to December 2009. That means this list was created by you, our readers, as it captures the top 25 diets that caught your attention this year.
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