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Noom Review: Diet Plan, How The App Works, Cost? (I Joined!) • 2019

Our review of the Noom diet plan: Recent advancements in technology are disrupting every sector, and this revolution is now obvious in the health and diet space. Big names like WW and Nutrisystem have been forced to evolve rapidly as wellness apps are starting to steal their (healthy) lunch.

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Medifast vs. South Beach Diet: Which Is Better?

South Beach Diet or Medifast; Which is better? The South Beach Diet and Medifast are two big names in meal-delivery diets, but which one is best? Actually, no single diet is best for every individual, so the better question mighty be “which diet is best for you?”

Let’s take a look at both of these weight loss programs, comparing expert ratings, customer reviews, and cost to determine which heavyweights (or lightweights?) is better for your unique personality and lifestyle.

Comparison: Expert Ratings

Each year U.S. News asks a panel of health and diet experts to rate and review a list of top diets in important categories. While Medifast and the South Beach Diet received similar scores, their strengths and weaknesses varied.

  • South Beach Diet: In their assessment, experts ranked the South Beach diet highly for being healthy and relatively convenient. However, the diet received a relatively low score for long-term weight loss
  • Medifast is known as a fast weight loss diet, and it does predictably well in that category. however, it seems that some users tire or stray from the diet, as it gets a low score for long-term weight loss and for not being easy to follow

Ok, now we know a little bit about what the experts think. Let’s see what customers have to say.

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Does Jenny Craig Work? Reviews, Ratings (Good + Bad!)

What is the Jenny Craig diet, and does it work? Founded in Australia in 1983, Jenny Craig soon became a household name in weight loss. The program is currently ranked as the #2 commercial diet, trailing only Weight Watchers in the rankings from U.S. News.

Jenny Craig (coupons) offers a comprehensive approach to healthy weight management involving food, mind, and body. That all sounds promising, but does it actually work?

Let’s look at both Jenny Craig users and weight loss studies to see if Jenny Craig delivers on the weight loss results that they promise.

How Does Jenny Craig Work?

Before we look at whether the program works, let’s look at how it works. Jenny Craig is a popular meal-delivery weight loss program based on science. The program is much more than just food, combining the following components for effective for weight management:

  • Portion control / meal replacement: The foundation of the Jenny Craig program is the nutritious, pre-portioned, packaged food that’s delivered to your door
  • Reduced energy-density foods: The Jenny Craig program  emphasizes eating reduced “energy density.” This is also a key component in the popular “Volumetrics” diet, which has shown that consuming foods with lower calorie density helps to make you feel fuller and eat less.
  • Behavior modification: Most people are overweight because of bad eating habits. The Jenny Craig Program teaches you healthy eating habits that should last a lifetime. They also teach healthy self-care and stress management skills that encourages a healthier mind and body
  • Motivational counseling: Most other meal-delivery diets don’t include personal support  from a trained counselor, which Jenny Craig believes is crucial to keeping you motivated and on track to meet your goals. This one-on-one attention is also the reason why Jenny costs more than other commercial diets
  • Consistent physical activity: Weight management is more than just what you eat, but also including regular movement and exercise in your weekly routine

Each one of these components has been individually proven to be effective for weight management. By combining them into one program, Jenny Craig has created a holistic approach involving food, mind, and body that encourages effective weight loss and a healthier lifestyle.

How Do the “Personal Consultants” Work?

When you join Jenny Craig, you’ll make an appointment to speak with a trained counselor via phone or video chat. They will assess your lifestyle and weight loss goals and develop a personalized program and menu for you. They will also touch base with you once a week while you’re on the program; either through the Jenny Craig Anywhere program via phone or chat, or in person at one of the 500+ Jenny Craig weight loss center locations.

These sessions function to keep you on track to meet your weight loss goals, but also help with motivation, accountability, and to set your menu choices.

You Start With “Rapid Results”

The program now starts with their new “Rapid Results” program, (similar to Nutrisystem’s FreshStart®) which helps you lose up to 16 pounds in your first 4 weeks. This innovative fast weight loss phase was inspired by recent Nobel Prize-winning science that revealed the important relationship between our body clock and metabolism. (more)

How Food Works:


Most of the monthly cost of the program is in the price of food, which is required and averages about $20 per day. These prepared meals are delivered to your door every two weeks, and you are strlled once per month.

For the first phase of the diet you’ll eat 3 pre-packaged Jenny Craig meals and one snack in addition to 5 servings of fruits and vegetables + 2 non-fat dairy products each day. You’ll be asked to provide these fresh fruits and veggies will from the grocery store, so plan on that as an additional expense when estimating the cost of the program.

As soon as you reach half of your weight loss goal, you’ll transition to eating more “real” food and slightly increasing your daily calories. You’ll do this by cooking two meals for yourself each week using Jenny Craig’s recipes and guidelines for preparation and portioning. The idea is to ween you off of their prepared meals so that you can continue with your weight loss journey by incorporating their tools, personal support, and more “home-cooked” food each day.

How Long Does the Program Last?

The diet lasts as long as you need it to, and there’s no long-term commitment after the initial two months. Some people may find that after a few months they’d like to go it alone, while others enjoy the structured meals, personal support, and motivation, and stay on the program for a couple of years.

When you feel that you have the tools to ability to drop the prepared meals and weekly counseling, you are free to quit the program and use the healthy eating and lifestyle choices that you learned during the program to maintain a healthy weight.

Exercise:

When you join Jenny Craig, your personal consultant will work with you to develop a personalized activity plan based on your fitness level and lifestyle. The goal here is to incorporate 30 minutes of moderate activity and movement into your daily routine, 5-days a week.

How Much Weight Will You Lose?

With the current Rapid Results plan JennyCraig claims that you can, “lose up to 16 pounds in the first 4 weeks,” and add that, “Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2lbs per week,” including, “an average of 11.6 pounds in the first 4 weeks” according to their own study.

The goal is to achieve a healthier lifestyle that results in a sustainable 1-2 pound weight loss, although reviews include a wide-range of results from customers who have lost from 0-50+ pounds.

Your First Order – What to Expect:

Here’s a great overview of what to expect from the program, including your first delivery of food:

If you live near a Jenny Craig weight loss center, you can pick up your food there and choose to meet with your consultant in-person. If not, you’ll follow the “Anywhere” program in which food is delivered to your door and you talk via phone with your personal consultant. (above)

Cost of the Program:

You can estimate that the program costs about $20 per day, but we wrote all about the cost of Jenny Craig here. Also, here’s their best current special for new customers:

*Best deal for joining Jenny Craig

Reviews: So, Does Jenny Craig Really Work? 

It’s one thing to put several components together (like Voltron!) into a weight loss program, but does the diet actually deliver on weight loss results? 

As mentioned, for most people the diet does work, resulting in an average weight loss of about 12 pounds in the first month, but that doesn’t mean it will work for you.

Here are the strengths and weaknesses of the program based on expert ratings, success rates, and hundreds of customer reviews:

Reviews & Ratings: GOOD

As we mentioned, Jenny Craig recently ranked as the #2 commercial diet in America, and a rated as a “Best Diet” for 8 years straight.

Let’s see why the diet works for most people, and look at the common themes found in positive user reviews:

  1. Fast Weight Loss: The Jenny Craig program has you hit the ground running with their “Rapid Results” program that immediately puts you on a structured plan that helps to curb cravings and prepare your body and mind for sustained weight loss. This first month helps you to lose up to 16 pounds or more, and its high success rate is a big reason why Jenny Craig is ranked an impressive #3 by U.S. News for short-term weight loss
  2. Easy to Follow: JennyCraig works for a lot of users because it’s a structured plan that tells you what to eat and when, and helps you to make simple adjustments to your daily routine for a healthier lifestyle. There’s no need to count calories, carbs, points, or measure portion sizes. It’s ranked highly at #7 for “Easiest Diets to Follow” by U.S. News
  3. Personal Attention: The top commercial diets seem to realize that personalization, motivation, and accountability are all an important part of what makes a diet work. While DIY diets can be cheap, research says they aren’t as effective. That’s why Jenny emphasizes the role of a dedicated personal consultant in the program to help support you in a number of ways. It’s also why WW reports that people who attend meetings are twice as likely to achieve their weight loss goals.
  4. Popular with Diabetics: A lot of the good reviews online are from customers who have Type 2 Diabetes, and Jenny Craig offers a custom plan for diabetics. This plan includes foods with fewer carbs, less sugar, and self-management strategies for diabetics. Smaller, more frequent meals with a lower calorie density also help to regulate blood sugar levels for diabetes control

You can find lots of positive customer reviews and testimonials on JennyCraig.com, but sometimes it’s better to read the (sometimes painfully honest) negative reviews.

Reviews & Ratings: BAD

It’s important to be skeptical of all diets and weight loss programs. There is no one presidential candidate or brand of shoes that works for everyone, and the same could be said for diets. The important thing is that a weight loss program should work for your lifestyle and unique personality, and you shouldn’t feel like a square peg trying to squeeze into a round hole.

Let’s look at which areas this diet doesn’t rate favorably, and learn why people complain that Jenny Craig did not work for them.

  1. The Price: The #1 complaint about Jenny Craig in both user reviews and expert ratings is the high price. By their own estimates you’ll spend about $20 per day on food while on the program which means that at $600+ per month, the cost of this diet could be a deal-breaker for many people. Does the role of the personal consultant justify a price tag nearly twice the cost of Nutrisystem? You’ll want to decide whether the personal attention is important to you and worth the hefty price tag.
  2. The food: There are literally no meal-delivery diets with gourmet food that will knock the socks off of a New York Times food critic. Such is the case with Jenny Craig and their food that might be described as mediocre or “adequate” by those with a fickle palette. While most restaurant food is off-liits, you can supplement their meals with fresh fruits and vegetables from the grocery store.
  3. Lost weight may return: As mentioned, the actual Jenny Craig program has no set duration, and some people may quit after 3 months, feeling that they are ready to go it alone. Bad habits are hard to break, which may be why customers complain in negative reviews that their weight has come back after leaving the program. There is also a significant emotional component to eating which may not get corrected in only a few months. While ranking well for “short term weight loss,” Jenny Craig gets a mediocre 3-stars for “long-term weight loss” with U.S. News.

If you’re looking to scour through some bad reviews, try ConsumerAffairs.com. It’s where a lot of angry customers go to write bad reviews. Now, let’s look at what the experts say. 

Expert Ratings:

U.S News asked a group of health and diet experts to rate Jenny Craig in several important areas. The result was that they scored well, once again taking the title of “highest rated meal delivery diet,” and the #2 commercial diet behind Weight Watchers. Here’s how they scored:

Based on the same criteria, we gave them a slightly higher score, but note that Jenny Craig’s high price may be a concern.

Is Jenny Craig Effective? Clinical Studies & Success Rates:

To answer that question, the review from Consumer Reports may be most useful (below), as journals and independent studies can be a slog to read through. They also can be vague, filled with numbers and citations, and rarely commit to concluding that any diet will really “work,” as there are a lot of variables to consider.

  • Consumer Reports conducted a clinical trial in 2011 ranking the 6 top commercial diets including Jenny Craig, Weight Watcher, Atkins, Slim Fast, Ornish, and the Zone diet. They ranked Jenny Craig #1 overall, factoring in food and nutrition, plus short and long-term weight loss results.
  • Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism: Research study of 133 overweight women found that Jenny Craig participants lost an average of 12 pounds, which was slightly more than plans like Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, and Weight Watchers: study
  • Annals of Internal Medicine review found that Jenny Craig participants lost the most weight over 12 months, including almost 5 percent more than women and men given weight loss counceling alone: review
  • American Medical Association study (*funded by Jenny Craig) of 331 overweight and obese women found that Jenny Craig participants lost an average of 10% of their body weight compared to 2.6% with the control group

Jenny Craig does offer a guarantee that you will, “Lose 12 lbs. in 12 weeks or your first three month’s fees back.” However, because most of the cost is in the food, that’s not a “full-refund.” 

Will Jenny Craig Work for YOU? – Ask Yourself These 3 Questions:

Did you know that in the 1960’s the average woman spent 112 minutes per day cooking? Things have really changed as that time has been cut in half, with 50% of people now reporting that they hate to cook.

1.) Do you like to cook? Well, if you’re included in this growing percentage of people who don’t prioritize home-cooked meals, then a meal-delivery diet program like Jenny Craig might work well for you.

If you do enjoy cooking and eating out at restaurants, you might dislike Jenny Craig’s prepared meals, menu limitations, and structured eating schedule. and a DIY diet like Mayo Clinic Diet (cost) or Weight Watchers (reviews, cost

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How Much Does Jenny Craig Cost? Price per Day, Week, Month

How much does it cost to join Jenny Craig? One of the most popular and highest-rated commercial meal delivery diets, ranked behind only Weight Watchers, (by U.S. News) but does it work for your budget?

Unlike other leading meal-delivery programs, Jenny Craig is not a “one-size fits all” ...  read more

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Nutrisystem vs. South Beach Diet – Which Is Better?

Compare Nutrisystem to the South Beach Diet: If you’re thinking of signing up for a meal-delivery diet then you no doubt are considering the two heavyweights in that space: Nutrisystem and the South Beach Diet. They are actually very similar diets, but which one is best for you?

Let’s take a closer look at both diets to learn how they work and what makes them different, but first, lets compare how the experts rate these two diets:

Ratings: Nutrisystem vs. South Beach Diet

U.S. news asked a panel of experts to rate these two diets, and Nutrisystem edged out the South Beach Diet head to head. Of course, no single diet is best for everyone, so here’s more about each of these two diets:

South Beach Diet Overview:

Named for the famous, hip beach in Miami, this meal-delivery diet was born from the famous book, “The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss,” by a cardiologist named Dr. Agatston. Well, the title of that book is a mouthful, but how does the meal-delivery version work?

The South Beach Diet plan promises to “burn fat and transform your metabolism with a high protein, low-carb diet that will boost your energy” with smaller, more frequent meals. You’ll have 3 plan levels to choose from: Silver, Gold, and Platinum, and you’ll pay more for increased food variety.

The meal  delivery program claims to be a safe and healthy plan for fast weight loss and consists of three phases:

  • Phase 1: The 7-Day Reboot – This is the foundation of the program and in Phase you’ll reset your body for fast weight loss. By reducing carbs and empty calories you’ll eliminate cravings and transform your metabolism. Just like boot camp, this is the “hardest” phase, but only lasts a week
  • Phase 2: Steady Weight Loss – Good, you’ve made it through the first week, and now your body is burning fat instead of carbs. That means you’ll get more food variety in the form of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. You’ll also have the flexibility of one DIY breakfast, lunch, and dinner every week. Weight loss is more effective with exercise, so you’ll be encouraged to be active with their simple fitness tips
  • Phase 3: Maintenance Phase – Congratulations, you’ve reached you’re goal weight! You’ve also transformed your metabolism and improved your eating habits. Now you can enjoy all foods in moderation and keep eating foods that are high in lean protein and low in bad carbs to maintain your thinner self

With the South Beach Diet you’ll enjoy 5-6 smaller meals and snacks throughout the day (every 2-3 hours) mostly consisting of their prepared meals, bars, shakes, and snacks. This helps to regulate your blood sugar and boost your energy.

Want to know more? We explain more about how the diet works in our review.

“This was a very tough decision for me, but… I will be taking my talents to South Beach” – Lebron James, ‘The Decision’

Should you also take your talents to South Beach, or go with Nutrisystem instead? Let’s look at how Nutrisystem works.

Nutrisystem Overview:

Weight Watchers may have stolen the title of “best weight loss diet,” but if you aren’t into a DIY approach, you should know that Nutrisystem is the most popular meal-delivery diet. Here’s how it works:

Nutrisystem combines three elements for effective weight loss:

  1. Portion Control: There’s no counting calories or points, as all meals and snacks are “perfectly portioned” and you’ll be told what to eat and when
  2. Balanced Nutrition: There’s years of science behind their food and it gives you the right mix of nutrients to keep you feeling full and energized
  3. Frequent Meals: Eating 6 meals a day regulates your blood sugar levels and speeds up your metabolism. There’s no 2pm crash when you eating right!

Like the South Beach Diet, Nutrisystem also has three plan levels: BASIC, CORE, and Uniquely Yours, and the main difference is that you’ll pay extra for plans with more menu variety.

Every plan starts with a fast weight loss phase called, “Fresh Start“ which includes bars and shakes to really help you hit the ground running and end your unhealthy eating habits fast.

Want to know more about Nutrisystem? Check out our review here.

Nutrisystem and South Beach Diet: Similarities

Both of these meal-delivery diets start with a week of fast weight loss meant to end bad eating habits, turn off the switch for carb-cravings, and prepare your body for weight loss. South Beach calls this initial 7 day period, “Phase 1: 7-Day Body Reboot” and Nutrisystem calls, “FreshStart.”

With both diets you’ll be eating 5-6 smaller meals and snacks a day that are high in protein and fiber but low in bad carbs that you will supplement with fruits and vegetables from the grocery store. This more frequent eating helps to regulate blood sugar levels and boost your metabolism and energy levels.

With both diets you’re allowed several “flex meals” each week consisting of a breakfast, lunch, and dinner of your own cooking or eating out. This helps breakup the monotony of being told exactly what to eat every day and allows you a little bit of freedom. “Flex meals” are also good training for better eating habits that you should keep for life.

With Nutrisystem and South Beach Diet there is no counting calories or points. You’ll get meals in the mail once a month and a menu that tells you what to eat and when which you can track with their online tools or app.

Both diets provide customized plans for both women and men, with the men’s plans costing more to account for the extra food that is provided.

The structured nature of these diets makes them popular with busy people who prioritize convenience over menu freedom. They are both good for regulating blood sugar and losing weight in a predictable and sustainable way if you follow the program.

Nutrisystem and South Beach Diet: Differences

These diets are very similar, however there are some differences. Here are the main differences:

There are some differences in the nutritional foundation of two diets, and although both are high in protein, South Beach is lower in carbs.

This lower-carb content is evident in the menu choices for each diet. While the snacks are pretty similar, when it comes to actual meals you can see the difference between the two diets.

  • Nutrisystem Menu: Because it allows for more carbs, so you’ll see menu items like waffles, pasta, and pizza – Learn more & view menu
  • South Beach menu: Because it’s a low-carb diet breakfasts are heavy on egg dishes, and their lunches and dinners have more lean protein and vegetable dishes – Learn more & view menu

Also, the South Beach Diet is a phased approach, with specific goals and differences between each of the 3 phases. Also, after you achieve your goal weight in Phase 2 of South Beach, you might be more likely to quit the meal-delivery and make your own good food choices. This gives the South Beach Diet more of a defined “end” than Nutrisystem.

Nutrisystem offers specific plans for diabetics and vegetarians while South Beach Diet does not.

Cost Comparison

Both of these diets cost about $10-12 per day. provide most of your daily meals, so they shouldn’t cost much more than you are already paying for food because they replace most of the meals you are currently paying for.

Nutrisystem is slightly less expensive than the South Beach Diet which will cost you about $1 per day more.

Both Nutrisystem and South Beach Diet offer similar new customer promotions that you can lock-in for a lower price.

Nutrisystem: 40% Off Promotion
South Beach Diet:


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WW (Weight Watchers) Reviews | Here’s How it Works. Does It? • 2019

WW Freestyle Program Review: It’s no accident that WW (formerly, “Weight Watchers”) “Wellness that Works™” is the number one name in weight loss. In fact, it was recognized again this year as the “Best Weight Loss Diet” by U.S. News.

But exactly how does WW work, how ...  read more

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Nutrisystem for Men Reviews, Ratings: Does This Diet Work?

Men’s Nutrisystem: Thinking about taking the plunge and signing up for Nutrisystem for men?

Starting a new diet solution can be an exciting but intimidating decision, so it’s important to know exactly what you’re signing up for.

Nutrisystem for Men is a version of their popular meal-delivery ...  read more

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Nutrisystem Reviews, Ratings | Does This Diet Really Work? • 2019

Our Nutrisystem Review: Do-it-yourself diets usually fail because they lack structure, convenience, and support. It takes a lot of time and effort to prepare, portion, and plan your own meals, and that can be frustrating.

Nutrisystem was founded in 1972 as an alternative to the traditional DIY diets. Their ...  read more

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Medifast Reviews | Does this Diet Really Work? (Good + Bad!) • 2019

What we learned from Medifast reviews: Medifast is a popular meal-delivery program that’s high in protein and low in carbs and calories. It once again made the list of the “Top 10 Commercial Diets“ and promises fast weight loss and diabetes control. But, does it really deliver?

So, Does Medifast Really Work?

Medifast’s website states that “Medifast is safe and effective to do on your own whether you want to lose 15 or 120 or more pounds,” and adds that:

“The average weight loss for Medifast customers on the “Go!” plan is 11 pounds over 8 weeks”

Their own data infers that Medifast works, but let’s consult both expert ratings and customer reviews to learn more. Then, hopefully you can better determine whether it’s a good weight loss program for you. (If it is, we have today’s best coupons here!)

Expert Ratings:

U.S. News recently asked a group of experts in the health and diet field to rate Medifast on a number of important factors. Here’s how they scored:

As you can see, in expert reviews Medifast was rated exceptionally high for “short term weight loss,” but low for “long-term weight loss,” and “easy to follow.” This is probably due to the fact that Medifast requires a significant diet and lifestyle change, asking users to eat mostly their pre-packaged meals.

These dietary restrictions don’t work for everyone, and the discrepancy in “weight loss” scores implies that many people tire of the diet and its pre-packaged meals, and either cheat or quit after a few months.

Now, let’s see how users rate Medifast by looking at customer satisfaction scores from user reviews:

Customer Reviews:

So, how do users rate Medifast? On Consumer Affairs, customers were asked to honestly rate their “overall satisfaction” of the diet. Here’s how they rated the program:

  • Positive ratings: 57% (4-5 stars)
  • Neutral ratings: 12% (3 stars)
  • Negative ratings: 31% (1-2 stars)

So, in effect when these customers were asked whether Medifast works, 57% said, “yes,” and were satisfied. The other 43% weren’t thrilled, or had a negative review, often complaining that Medifast doesn’t work long term.

However, Medifast claims on their website that “more than 3 out of 4 customers said it was effective,” and that their own survey concluded that, “8 out of 10 customers surveyed said the Medifast Plan fit their lifestyle.” 

So, why is Medifast rated lower on Consumer Affairs? When it comes to diets, people who had a negative experience seem to be more likely to quit and write a bad review than customers who were satisfied and stayed on the diet. That’s ok, though, criticism is productive, and there’s a lot to learn from complaints and bad reviews!

Medifast Bad Reviews:

Sometimes the negative reviews for a diet or weight loss program are the most interesting and helpful. Why did it fail? Why do half the people on the diet eventually quit?

Here are the top 3 complaints from bad customer reviews:

  1. Doesn’t Work Long-Term: Medifast scores relatively low for “long-term weight loss,” getting a score of 2.1/5 from U.S. News
  2. Not enough “real” food: Most Medifast meals are shakes, bars, or just-add-water. Some users end up quitting because they don’t like the taste of the food and miss eating more conventional meals
  3. Too expensive: With a cost of up to $20 per day, the price is relatively high. Even though Medifast meals replace most of your current meals, you’ll still need to supplement the their meals with some groceries

Many people turn to Medifast for fast weight loss. While it usually delivers, reviews support the idea that people often tire of the structured menu and yearn for real food again. Others quit after reaching their goal weight, but may gain the weight back after returning to old eating habits.

Other things that customers complain about in reviews is that there isn’t enough variety on the menu, and that you are encouraged to not drink alcohol. With this diet you have to be willing to give up menu freedom for fast weight loss, or it won’t be effective or enjoyable.

Customer review“Although I’ve lost 15 pounds, sometimes I miss the taste of ‘real’ food at certain meals.” Missy W. Durango, CO

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South Beach Diet Reviews: Does It Really Work?

Our review: does the South Beach Diet Work? In the U.S. today, 7 out of every 10 people are considered overweight. This number continues to grow each year. Whether that is the result of our DNA or our love of fast food and fatty meals is unclear.

What is clear is that with obesity at an all-time high, the ...  read more

mayo clinic diet reviews

Mayo Clinic Diet Reviews: Here’s How It Works

Does the Mayo Clinic Diet Work? Jan lost 105 pounds by following the Mayo clinic diet after a hysterectomy. She had been able to lose weight in the past, but it never stayed off for long. Like thousands of others like her, Jan learned that the only way to keep weight off is by living a healthy lifestyle not trying crash diets.

So, what is the Mayo Clinic Diet? 

You don’t usually think of “health” when you hear the word, “mayo,” but in this case that’s what it’s all about. The Mayo Clinic diet is a simple, realistic doctor-approved approach to weight loss consisting of two unique phases. It’s also rated as one of the top 5 healthiest diets by U.S. News.

Read on for everything you need to know to decide if this is the right path for you or check out this month’s promotion to join for only $4 per week. (below)

How Does the Mayo Clinic Diet Work?

  1. Add good habits: First you will add good habits, such as eating a healthy breakfast, eating whole grains and moving 30 minutes a day
  2. Break bad habits: Next you will break bad habits that are sabotaging your weight, such as watching TV while you eat, snacking and eating out.
  3. Follow the Program: Using the online program to guide you day by day will keep you on track and motivated!

Ok, that’s the gist of the diet. Now, here’s how it works:

The Mayo Clinic diet focuses on eating and provides tools including the healthy weight pyramid. This tool tells you how many servings from each of the 4 food groups you should consume per day.

The Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid helps you to consume fewer calories while still feeling full. The diet also places an emphasis on becoming more physically active and making healthy habits part of your lifestyle.

This diet is not a crash diet that follows a grapefruit and pepper water menu. Instead, this diet helps people set realistic goals and keep them motivated until they reach their goal weight.

Mayo Clinic Diet: Here’s what else you get: 

  • Daily meal planner
  • Mayo Clinic phone app
  • Food & Fitness journal
  • Weight & habit trackers
  • Portion control guides
  • 100’s of tasty recipes
  • Personalized workouts to make your days more active
  • Fitness tips and guides for all levels
  • Learn more

How Experts Rate the Diet:

U.S. News asked a panel of experts in health and diet fields to rate the Mayo Clinic Diet in several key areas. Here’s how they fared:

As you can see, the diet is rated very highly for being healthy, but a little lower for being easy to follow and for long-term weight loss. Part of the reason is that, like Weight Watchers, the Mayo Clinic Diet is more of a guide with tools to help you lose the weight without providing you the actual food.

Ok, the experts rate the diet highly, but now let’s look at ratings from honest customer reviews:

Mayo Clinic Diet: Customer Reviews:

Only recently did the folks at the Mayo Clinic expand on their popular Mayo Clinic Diet book, to now offer it as a more complete and convenient program. The Amazon reviews for the book are very helpful to learn more about the methodology of the program, and also to appreciate the overwhelmingly positive results that customers have had.

One user sums up the Mayo Clinic Diet well when she concludes,

“This diet is NOT for you if you’re looking for a magic weight loss plan, or a new theory of weight control.

This diet might be for you if: You subscribe to the old, tried-and-true formula for weight loss (eat fewer calories, exercise more), but need to know the details ...  read more