Whose Diet Is Best?

Consumer Reports [has]…declared Jenny Craig the winner among several commercial weight-loss plans, beating out Slim-Fast, Weight Watchers, the Zone fast weight-loss plan, Dr. Dean Ornish’s “Eat More, Weigh Less” diet, the Atkins diet and Nutrisystem…

While praising the dieters’ level of adherence to Jenny Craig, Consumer Reports ignored a 2007 study that showed just the opposite. Researchers led by the Cooper Institute in Dallas tracked 60,164 men and women enrolled in the Jenny Craig Platinum program between May 2001 and May 2002. Only 3 out of 4 dieters stuck with the program for a month; by 13 weeks, 58 percent had dropped out, and after a year the dropout rate was 93 percent. Those who stuck with the program for at least three months did lose about 8 percent of their body weight, but there is no long-term data on whether they kept it off.

See full article on the diet wars by Tara Parker-Pope in The New York Times.

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  1. Ken says:

    The government was completely wrong about the Atkins diet and misled an entire generation of people.

  2. Brian Williams. says:

    Pick one that works for you and stick with it.

  3. Virginia says:

    Eat less, exercise more wins again.

    I come from a family of Weight Watchers participants. They swear by it, but then again, they haven’t kept the weight off.

    The problem with all of the prepackaged food ideas is that the food is disgusting. It tastes horrible and it isn’t as good for you as fresh food. Dieters would be better off buying correctly-portioned foods from a deli or supermarket.

    Also, it seems to me that Jenny Craig is more of a frozen food company than a weight loss company. The idea is to get you to buy the food. They just use a weight loss spin to market it.

  4. Devon Herrick says:

    Jenny Craig works because it takes the guesswork out of deciding what to eat (you eat their meals) and have counseling (i.e. peer pressure) to adhere to the diet. I periodically follow a similar diet — except instead of Jenny Craig’s meals, I buy Marie Callender dinners. It’s easy to count calories that way — it’s all simple math. Consume less than 2,000 calories for women; 2,500 for mean and you lose weight. It helps if you ride your bike, walk or jog. If I consume only 1,000 calories per day on weekdays and eat like I normally do on weekend, I tend to drop about 3 pounds a week. There really is no diet that allows you to eat all you want and lose weight — unless all you want to eat is celery, lettuce and tofu.

  5. Rust W. says:

    I think a Diet of Worms would probably work best.

  6. Virginia says:

    I gave it some more thought last night. Jenny Craig has no real incentive for me to lose weight. The incentive is for me to keep eating the food and paying for diet coaching. Therefore, we should not expect to see really successful diet programs in the market. Once your client loses weight, he or she transitions back to real food. You want people to yoyo diet if you are a weight loss company.

  7. Sarah says:

    I still prefer slim fast diet – http://slimfast-diet.com/

  8. Weight Loss UK says:

    Well, a veggie and green diet is the best and not just for those aiming for weight loss in UK but also for healthy people.

    Cheers! :)