When ‘Consumer Reports’ ranked the most popular diets, the Jenny Craig diet took home top honors. Discover why, and find out which weight-loss program may be right for you.
EverydayHealth.com reported that people looking to shed pounds are bombarded with new and old diet strategies. Some promise quick and easy weight loss, while others require a long-term commitment and lifestyle changes. Consumer Reports recently tackled the age-old question — which ones really work? — in their latest diet ratings, the first update since 2007.
According to Consumer Reports graders, the Jenny Craig diet program was the clear winner, beating out six other popular diets, including Slim-Fast and Weight Watchers.
They graded the plans based on how well they adhered to the 2010 U.S. Dietary Guidelines and on the results of published clinical studies that examined the diets’ short- and long-term weight loss and drop-out rates, according to ABC News.
A 332-participant study published in Journal of the American Medical Association last October is said to have given Jenny Craig an edge over other weight-loss programs, according to ABC News. The researchers found that 92 percent of Jenny Craig dieters, all women, stayed committed to the plan for two years and lost nearly 8 percent of their starting weight. (According to NPR, some critics have carped that the JAMA study was paid for by Jenny Craig.)
Nutrisystem ranked last in the diet rankings, in part because no long-term studies on its effectiveness were available.
So is the Jenny Craig diet the answer to your weight-loss woes, or will one of the runner-up diets work better for you? Get the facts on each of the diet plans, listed in rank order from the Consumer Reports review, from our Diets A to Z center.
No. 1: Jenny Craig Diet
The cornerstone of the Jenny Craig diet is support from a personal consultant (at one of its centers or by phone) who customizes a meal program and then checks in with you weekly. Costing upwards of $600 per month, the Jenny Craig diet includes three prepackaged meals and one snack each day, supplemented with your own fresh fruits and vegetables.
Read more about Jenny Craig.
No. 2: Slim-Fast Plan Diet
The Slim-Fast Plan is a low-calorie diet that focuses on swapping out meals for one of its meal-replacement products: shakes, snack bars, meal bars, smoothies, cookies, and powders for reconstituting by mixing with skimmed milk. Dieters eat six times a day — three snacks, two Slim-Fast products, and one “sensible meal.”
Read more about Slim-Fast.