Budget, dietary needs and necessary level of support are all important considerations in choosing a weight loss program. Medifast and Nutrisystem offer similar weight loss programs at similar price points, but they also have some important differences. Both Medifast and Nutrisystem require that you purchase additional food and are easy to follow. They have varying menu options and operate slightly differently.
|Program||Packaged meal replacements and dietary education||Food delivery at home with some nutrition guidance|
|Food||Home delivered meal replacements and one homemade meal per day||Pre-portioned food with home delivery; food kits are also sold exclusively through Walmart.|
|Activity||Provides an activity guide to support exercise||Offers activity plan and information on exercise|
|Support||Offers individualized support as well as an online community||Online support available through consultation, forums, and website|
|Results||Average weight loss is 1–2 pounds per week||Weekly loss of 1–2 pounds|
|Money-back guarantee||30 days||14 days|
|Customer Satisfaction||Read Reviews||Read Reviews|
|Program||Food||Activity||Support||Results||Money-back guarantee||Customer Satisfaction|
|Packaged meal replacements and dietary education||Home delivered meal replacements and one homemade meal per day||Provides an activity guide to support exercise||Offers individualized support as well as an online community||Average weight loss is 1–2 pounds per week||30 days||Read Reviews|
|Food delivery at home with some nutrition guidance||Pre-portioned food with home delivery; food kits are also sold exclusively through Walmart.||Offers activity plan and information on exercise||Online support available through consultation, forums, and website||Weekly loss of 1–2 pounds||14 days||Read Reviews|
Does Medifast work?
Customer reviews suggest Medifast plan is easy to follow and has quick results. Medifast is a nutrition and weight loss company that prides itself on supporting any dietary restrictions and health considerations. The program works because the meal plans decrease your calorie and sugar intake, which causes the body to lose weight.
Medifast meal kits include breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack options, plus a Healthy Living Workbook and Medifast blender bottle for meal replacement shakes. Medifast also provides support to meet your dietary restrictions as well as health considerations. Daily exercise is required as part of the program.
Because Medifast was started by a doctor, it has been a popular referral by doctors for patients looking to lose weight. (Medifast claims the support of over 20,000 doctors.) The program offers two diet choices and a maintenance plan once weight goals are met.
Does Nutrisystem work?
Nutrisystem weight loss programs are glycemic index-based diets made up of good food choices and correct portion sizes. Customer reviews suggest it’s easy for the average person to follow a Nutrisystem weight loss plan, and the plan is designed in such a way that makes maintaining your weight loss easy too. After you reach your goal, you’ll start to slowly phase out Nutrisystem meals for your own.
During the program, participants receive online support through consultations and forums. Home delivered meals make up the simple 28-day program. The program also supports healthy living through diet and exercise. Vegetarian plans are available, as well as specialized programs for senior dieters and those with diabetes. Daily exercise is also part of Nutrisystem weight loss plans.
Medifast vs. Nutrisystem cost comparison
A cost comparison of the two programs shows similarities in the cost of about $300 a month:
Nutrisystem program costs begin with their $10.18 a day basic plan. This four-week program includes four pre-selected meals a day for women and five meals a day for men. Nutrisystem’s Core program, $11.07 per day, offers additional food choices along with unlimited support. $12.50 brings you their Uniquely Yours program with even more food choices and both unlimited snacks and frozen meals. Their most expensive program is Uniquely Yours Plus at $13.93 a day. It adds a bonus four-week supply of their shakes along with access to a new Nutrisystem variety plan.
Medifast’s 30-day Go program for $329 and includes 126 prepared meals, a dining out guide, food journal, welcome kit and blender bottle for shakes. Their Flex program is normally $466 but is often discounted for new members. It adds to their Go program with a sampling of nine microwavable meals, a healthy living workbook and 3 flavors of their lean and green meals. For $100 more, Medifast’s Complete program adds supplements, 23 more meals, 3 additional microwavable meals, a cookbook, 20 snacks and a box of zero-calorie flavor infusers for water.