These are 2 of the most popular home delivery diet plans on the market.
They both deliver nationwide, come with doctor recommendations and offer some of the best online support you’ll find with diet delivery.
They also tend to be fairly similar in cost – and both are very widely advertised.
This leaves a lot of people wondering which diet is best for them.
How are they different? How do they compare?
Here’s a brief rundown of what you need to know about Nutrisystem vs Medifast before you decide:
Nutrisystem vs Medifast – Diet Plans
The Medifast diet follows the 4-and-2 plan where you eat 4 Medifast “meals” per day plus 2 lean and green meal (lean protein with non-starchy vegetables) that you add yourself. You also add in a health snacks yourself like a piece of fruit. Here’s an example menu for the day:
The Nutrisystem diet gives you breakfast, lunch and dinner plus a dessert every day (4 meals). Plus you add in fruits and vegetables for snacks that you buy yourself.
So on both Medifast and Nutrisystem you’re eating around 6 times a day, which helps to keep your metabolism high and stops hunger pangs.
Medifast has also introduced frozen Lean and Green meals (called Flavors of Home) that you can also eat if you don’t have time to make the lean and green meal yourself – which is a nice option.
Nutrisystem has something similar in that they also have some more gourmet frozen meals you can order on their Core and Uniquely Yours plan. These are a bit more gourmet than their standard meals.
However the bottom line in all this is that you will have to do a bit more meal prep with Medifast with the lean and green meals than with Nutrisystem.
Nutrisystem vs Medifast – the Price
This really depends on the type of program you want and how long you want it for, etc.
However, right now you can get a 30 day Starter Kit with Medifast for around $9.97 per day (that also includes 9 FREE Flavors of Home Meals). There’s also a more complete 30 day kit with more Flavors of Home Meals and supplements for about $13.3 a day.
Nutrisystem has 3 options: Basic, Core and Uniquely Yours. The Basic Plan starts around $9.82 per day and ranges up to $11.96 for the Uniquely Yours Plan. You can also get Free TurboShakes with Free Shipping on your first order with this link.
Nutrisystem vs Medifast – Weight Loss
Both diets offer faster weight loss than your standard diet delivery program like Bistro MD for example. Medifast claims you can lose up to 5 pound per week during the first 2 weeks. Then your weight loss should level off to about 2.5 pounds per week.
Nutrisystem claims you should lose between 1 – 3 pounds per week. However they’ve recently introduced their Turbo 10 program which basically is a specialty jump-start plan during your first week. This can jump start your weight loss and they claim that with Turbo 10 you can lose up to 10 pounds and 5 inches in a month.
So with Medifast you’ll lose weight a bit faster than Nutrisystem. But again, this also depends on your activity level, age, state of health and more.
Both diets however have lots of success stories and before and after pics to prove their diets work for a lot of people.
One thing I like about Medifast however is they also have a maintenance plan. So when you’ve lost the weight you can use this to transition off the diet and back onto “real food” without regaining the weight.
Nutrisystem vs Medifast – Meals
Ok, so what about the food? What are the meals like?
Well, Medifast has over 70 meals to choose from (plus 4 different Flavors of Home meals). These meals are a bit simpler than Nutrisystem meals – there are a lot of bars and shakes on the menu.
Heartier meal options include garlic mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese and Ziti marinara.
Nutrisystem gives you more meal options with over 150 menu items. They do have bars and little snacks as “meals” – the same as Medifast. However there are more meal-type options like Italian Herb Flatbread Pizza, Barbecue Seasoned Chicken and Lasagna with Meat Sauce.
Plus they have a lot more frozen gourmet options that you can get with the Core and Uniquely Yours program like Salisbury Steak with Mac and Cheese, Chicken Parmesan and Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry.
So overall the meals on Nutrisystem are a bit heartier with more choices.
Which diet is better for you – Nutrisystem vs Medifast? Well, they both have their benefits. Nutrisystem meals are a bit more hearty and you have more menu choices than Medifast.
However as far as weight loss, you’ll lose weight a bit faster with Medifast. So it all depends on what you want.
Regardless, remember to listen to your body and consult your doctor before starting any weight loss program!
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