Compare Medifast

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  MedifastBased on the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan®
Nutrisystem Based on the Nutrisystem Success Plan®
Jenny Craig Based on the Jenny-Set-Go Program®
Weight Watchers Based on the Weight Watchers 360° Plan®

Weight-Loss Claim

Lose 2-5 lbs for the first 2 weeks, then 1-2 lbs per week thereafter

At least 1-2 lbs per week

1-2 lbs per week

1-2 lbs per week

Support Options

3 options for weight loss: Online, Visit a Center, or a free Health Coach

1 option: Online only

2 options: Online or visit a center

2 options: Online or visit a center

Recommendations

Medifast is the brand recommended by 20,000 doctors since 1980 and real people

Celebrity endorsements and real people

Celebrity endorsements and real people

Celebrity endorsements

Food Quality

Medifast food was developed by doctors, and our low-calorie meals are fortified with around 24 vitamins and minerals, and packed with protein and fiber to keep you feeling full.

Minimally fortified.
View sample nutrition label.

Minimally fortified. View sample nutrition label. Developed by nutritionists who work for Nestle.

Choose your own food, you must keep an eye on whether you’re getting daily allowance of vitamins and minerals.

Do you have to buy additional food?

One Meal a Day—either eat out, or make it with the family

Eat your own food as supplements to
meals and as snacks

On weekends

Eat you own food for every meal and snacks

Special Diets

Diabetics, Vegetarians, and those with Gout

Diabetics, Vegetarians, and those with Gout

N/A

None specifically, can work with special diets, but you need to monitor on your own

Ease of Program

You’ll eat any 5 Medifast Meals and one meal on your own a day. Either do it yourself online, or make use of a Center or free Health Coach.

Rigid meal plan structure. Must order either Women’s or Men’s plans, so husband and wife can’t share.

Participate in consultations regularly either by phone or at a center. Throughout the week must eat Jenny’s prepared meals.

Complex Points System

Other plans just don't measure up.

Choose Medifast, the flexible, doctor-approved plan that fits your individual needs and your busy life.

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