Compare For Weight Loss Diet Programs

1. Speed To Weight Loss Result

eDiets Plan :

Once again, it depends on individual approach and goals. Despite the site's name, e-diets is useful to anyone.

South Beach Diet :

An 8-13lbs. weight loss in just two weeks. Then your should slow to 1-2lbs a week.

The Zone :

Lose weight at a rate significantly faster than 1-2 lbs. per week average that is generally viewed as a healthy rate.

Weight Watchers :

Lose between 1-2 lbs. per week, with a potential initial drop greater than that in the first week or two.

NutriSystem :

Aside from a potential initial drop that is greater, you can expect to lose 1-2 lbs. per week.

Jenny Craig :

Barring any initial dramatic loss due mostly to losing water weight, you can lose between 1-2 lbs. per week.

Medifast, 5&1 Plan :

You can expect to lose up to 2-5lbs. a week.

LA Diet Plan :

You can expect to lose up 20lbs. in just two weeks. Then your should slow to 1-2lbs a week.

Atkins :

Loss weight rate of 1-1.5 lbs. per week over a period of time beyond two weeks.

2. Costs Of Losing Per & 20 Pounds

Lose 1 lb. By eDiets : :

$2.70 for online-only plan ; $78 for meal delivery.

Lose 20 lb. : For online membership, $54 for three months; for meal delivery, $1,556 including online membership for 13 weeks.

Lose 1 lb. By South Beach :

$3.25 for online-only plan, not including food.

Lose 20 lb. : $65, plus the $15 cost of the South Beach book, not including food.

Lose 1 lb. By The Zone :

$3 to $10 delivery fee. $224 for meal.

Lose 20 lb. : $4,480 for 16 weeks of food (assuming 1.25 pounds of fat loss per week.

Lose 1 lb. By Weight Watchers :

$6 to $10 for online-only plan, not including food.

Lose 20 lb. : $120 to $200 with the monthly pass, including membership and 12 to 20 meetings.

Atkins :

It does not require that you buy more costly prepared meals.

NutriSystem :

About $333 for 4 weeks, plus $20 shipping ; $148 for 14-day starter program purchased through Walmart
Lose 1 lb. : $35.
Lose 20 lb. : About $706 for eight weeks of food on the standard plan.

Jenny Craig :

$20 for 10-week membership, plus $84 to $126 a week food. One-year premium membership is $359.
Lose 1 lb. : $54 to $106 per pound.
Lose 20 lb. : $1,070 to $2,120, including food, depending on rate of loss.

3. The Best For

eDiets :

Flexible and convenient fitness and nutrition programs designed to suit different lifestyles.

South Beach Diet :

Created by cardiologist Dr Arthur Agatston. The diet was originally developed for overweight heart patient

The Zone :

Anyone who prefers a higher protein diet but wants to eat more carbs than those allowed on the Atkins Diet.

Weight Watchers :

Anyone who is serious about long-term weight loss and thrives on peer support and encouragement.

NutriSystem :

Perfect if you don't want to prepare meals or weigh portions. Online or phone counseling session is included.

Jenny Craig :

Great if you don't want to prepare meals, weigh portions, etc. Visits to Jenny Craig centers are encouraged.

Atkins Diet :

Meat lovers.

4. The Health Risks

eDiets :

None noted.

South Beach :

Cause the excess of insulin to further lower blood sugar levels, leading you to crave more carbohydrates.

The Zone :

A diet lower in carbohydrates and higher in protein may do more harm than good in the long run.

Weight Watchers :

Can lead to vitamin deficiency and Undernourishment. A high-sodium diet.

NutriSystem :

Can cause health problems like constipation, headaches and irritability.

Jenny Craig :

There are really no dangers but you may experience hunger or other symptoms of low blood sugar.

Medifast, 5&1 Plan :

Leg cramps are the most commonly risk, also experiencing dizziness, fatigue and lightheadedness.

LA Diet :

Can lead to vitamin deficiency and Undernourishment.

Atkins Diet :

Constipation, fatigue, and/or headaches. Fear the short and long-term effects of a diet so high in fat.

5. Basic Philosophy / Approach

eDiets :

Maximum flexibility and customization. Diet and fitness routines customized to match lifestyle, food preferences.

The Zone :

Eat a balanced diet, BUT balanced is defined differently from the well-known Food Pyramid.

Weight Watchers :

Sound nutrition and basic fitness. Emphasizes group support at regular weigh-ins.

NutriSystem :

The ultimate turn-key diet solution. All meals are prepared with nutritional, caloric needs taken into account.

Jenny Craig :

Minimal effort, maximum choices. Program emphasizes counselor support and use of prepared meals.

Medifast, 5&1 Plan :

portion-controlled, nutritionally balanced. controlling blood sugar

Atkins Diet :

Portion control? No way! The diet strictly limits, but does NOT forbid as some have suggested, carb intake.

6. Food Are / Aren't Allowed

eDiets :

Restrictions are calorie-based, and determined by your goals, starting weight, and preferences.

South Beach Diet :

Not allowed all starchy foods, beer, hard alcohol, wine (wine will be introduced in Phase 2).

The Zone :

The basic idea is to increase protein, reduce simple carbs and processed sugar.

Weight Watchers :

Nothing is strictly restricted. The focus is on dietary awareness and portion size reduction.

NutriSystem :

Diet consists of Nutri/system meals supplemented by fresh fruits and vegetables.

Jenny Craig :

Diet is limited to Jenny Craig prepared meals. All restrictions are factored in to these meals.

Medifast, 5&1 Plan :

You can expect to lose up to 2-5lbs. a week.

Atkins Diet :

Carbs, bad. Protein, good. Fat in all its delicious forms, no problem.

7. How Much Work Involved?

eDiets :

Depends largely on personal approach and goals. E-diets not prescribe a detailed one size fits all approach.

The Zone :

Once you understand the basic approach, the diet is flexible and quite simple to follow.

Weight Watchers :

Highly flexible. You can eat Weight Watchers prepared meals, cook your own or do a combination.

NutriSystem :

Virtually none. As long as you use it, following the diet is a no-brainer. All you need to provide is the will power!

Jenny Craig :

At first, almost none. Pre-packaged meals take care ofthe work for you at the outset.

Atkins Diet :

I can't imagine a simpler approach. There is virtually no measuring or weighing or record-keeping involved.