Nutrisystem

Program offers 12 weeks of meal replacement to help you lose weight.

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It helps when you have support. While working on this Diet-To-Go review, we felt fairly certain that our positive experience would encourage even more people to try this amazing brand. You just have to order carefully. Whole grains should consist of over half of total grain consumption, and refined grains should not exceed half of total grain consumption. You can get an idea of how much or how little calories is when you consider the calorie count of popular foods.

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It is still important to eat healthy foods when you add foods back in. Your provider can refer you to a dietitian or nutritionist to help you plan a healthy diet. Thompson M, Noel MB. Nutrition and family medicine. Textbook of Family Medicine. Foods you can eat. Foods you can eat on a bland diet include: Milk and other dairy products, low-fat or fat-free only Cooked, canned, or frozen vegetables Fruit juices and vegetable juices some people, such as those with GERD, may want to avoid citrus and tomato Breads, crackers, and pasta made with refined white flour Refined, hot cereals, such as Cream of Wheat farina cereal Lean, tender meats, such as poultry, whitefish, and shellfish that are steamed, baked, or grilled with no added fat Creamy peanut butter Pudding and custard Eggs Tofu Soup, especially broth Weak tea.

Some foods you may want to avoid when you are on a bland diet are: Fatty dairy foods, such as whipped cream or high-fat ice cream Strong cheeses, such as bleu or Roquefort cheese Raw vegetables Vegetables that make you gassy, such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, green peppers, and corn Dried fruits Whole-grain or bran cereals Whole-grain breads, crackers, or pasta Pickles, sauerkraut, and similar foods Spices, such as hot pepper and garlic Foods with a lot of sugar in them Seeds and nuts Highly seasoned, cured or smoked meats and fish Fried foods Alcoholic beverages and drinks with caffeine in them You should also avoid medicine that contains aspirin or ibuprofen Advil, Motrin.

When you are on a bland diet: Eat small meals and eat more often during the day. Chew your food slowly and chew it well. We interviewed leading nutritionists and weight-loss professionals, pored through clinical studies, and tallied up membership fees and food costs to determine the ones most likely to help you slim down and to see how much you'd pay to drop 20 pounds.

Our favorite for value and efficacy is Weight Watchers , designed to help you change your eating habits for good. Nutrisystem is the least expensive meal delivery plan we reviewed Medifast is cheaper, but you have to provide one meal a day on your own. And the silver-spoon award undoubtedly goes to In The Zone Delivery , a white-glove service for people who'll spare no expense to drop the pounds. Here's how the plans stack up.

See the handy chart at the bottom of the page for a side-by-side comparison. The oldest national weight-loss program, its members rave about the encouragement they get at weekly meetings led by former Weight Watchers dieters.

Nutritionists praise the portion-control points system: Each food is assigned points based on its serving size, calories, fiber, and fat; and no foods are forbidden. Your point allowance is based on your weight, height, gender, age, and activity level. A recent clinical study in the New England Journal of Medicine linked group counseling sessions to weight-loss success.

That explains why Weight Watchers has impressive short-term results. A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed participants lost an average of about 5 percent of their body weight 10 pounds in six months. Two years later, they had kept about half the weight off. After that, you get free lifetime membership. The company says members using its online tools in addition to attending meetings lost 50 percent more weight than those going to meetings alone.

Cost to lose 20 pounds: We looked at two plans from eDiets — one that offers support alone, and another with meal delivery. You can choose from among more than 20 diet plans, including ones for diabetics and vegetarians. Online tools let you set goals, plan menus and generate shopping lists. The optional meal delivery service offers freshly prepared, calorie-controlled meals delivered in a cooler. But telephone support has some evidence in its favor: Cost per pound of weight loss: No — for about the same money, other services offer better track records.

For the first two weeks, you eat three extremely low-carb meals a day plus two snacks. You can customize menus, search a database of more than 1, recipes and get a personalized shopping list.

Studies have shown that after one year, carb-restricted diets led to greater weight loss and increased heart health than low-fat diets. However, the advantage disappeared over the long term. How much can you expect to lose? Figure on 8 to 13 pounds during the two-week kick-start phase, then 1 to 2 pounds a week thereafter.

The Zone diet is mostly meat, fruits, and vegetables. You eat three meals per day plus two Zone protein-powder snacks. A study of people in the Journal of American Medical Association found the Zone diet helped people achieve modest weight loss after one year, comparable with those on the Atkins , Weight Watchers and Ornish diets, and improved cardiac risk factors.

Pricing information is noticeably, frustratingly absent from the Jenny Craig Web site. You eat three Jenny Craig meals plus a snack per day, and supplement with fruit, vegetables and dairy. Once a week, you get a weigh-in and pep talk with a consultant — who is not a dietician and who earns commissions from selling you products.

Jenny Craig has a good track record for short-term weight loss up to one year.

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