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Jenny Craig Based on the Jenny Craig Program®
Weight Watchers Based on the Weight Watchers 360° Plan®

Weight-Loss Claim

Lose 2-5 lbs per week 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, Telephone, Visit a Center, or a free Health Coach

1 option: Online only

2 options: Video-conferencing/telephone or visit a center

2 options: Online or visit a center

Estimated Cost
Per Day

Starting at less than $10 a day*

$10 or $2.50 per Meal Replacement**

$15-$23 per day



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.

Developed by nutritionists. View sample nutrition label.

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

Special Diets

Diabetics, Vegetarians, and those with Gout

Diabetics, Vegetarians, and those with Gout


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

Ease of Program

You'll eat 4 Medifast Meals, 2 lean & green Meals, and 1 healthy snack. Every meal is calorie, carbohydrate and portion controlled, low fat, and provides the protein you need to retain muscle mass and feel satisfied while you're losing weight.

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

Eat 5 Jenny Craig items per day. Participate in consultations at a Center or do it yourself online or on the telephone.

Complex Points System

Based on the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan®

Other plans just don't measure up.

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

*Medifast Advantage pricing. Non-Medifast Advantage pricing is $13.39.

**Core Plan for Women auto-ship price. Non-auto-ship price approximately $15.14 per day and $3.79 per meal replacement.

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Medifast, Inc., Health & Wellness, Owings Mills, MD HACKER SAFE certified sites prevent over 99.9% of hacker crime.Medifast makes no claim that these results are representative of all participants on the Medifast Program. Medifast recommends you consult with a physician before starting a weight-loss program. Medifast is the brand recommended by more than 20,000 doctors since 1980. Results vary. Clients can expect to lose 2-5 lbs per week for the first 2 weeks, and 1-2 lbs per week thereafter on the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan.

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