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Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem, et el. taste?

I'm not actually going to be eating any of these anytime soon. I was just curious if anyone out in the CH world has used one of these and if they are any good.

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  1. My mother ate Jenny Craig's frozen food in the mid nineties, (which may not be helpful because the quality could've changed since then.) She said "You wouldn't like it," knowing my palate.

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    1. re: amyzan

      I also knew someone who was doing the Jenny Craig program in the mid-90s. The food and portions looked pretty grim. I remember she brought a can of tuna that I swear was just relabeled cat food (or at least it smelled and looked that way).

    2. The Nutrisystem food is nearly inedible IMO. My friend joined, paid the $350 for the month, got the food, and couldn't eat it because it was so terrible. She sent a lot of it home with me, I was living in a studio at that point w/no kitchen to speak of and no food, even I couldn't stomach it.

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      1. re: ArikaDawn

        The food has definitely changed over the years; when I was a kid my mom and nanny did it for a while. I remember liking the pate, chicken IIRC, and I'm sure my mom resented me wanting to eat the diet pricey food given my absolute lack of any weight issue. They also made a yogurt covered snack bar that I used to ask for as well. Go figure that a seven year old would latch on to diet food for no reason. As I said though, they've revamped so many times, I wouldn't expect anything to be the same.

        My other memory is of being at Disneyland at age 7 in the Blue Bayou, ordering a pasta while Mom and nanny ordered hot water to revitalize their freeze-dried hamburger patties... blech. Certainly a scarring memory of sorts.

        1. re: Emme

          My coworker is on nutrisystem and let me tell you- it looks simply awful and the smell is even worse. Most of the meals are in a brown gooey sauce. They are loaded with sodium (she insists she can't tolerate salt so I don't understand). My main concern is when you finally reach your goal and are allowed to go back eating real food- how fast does the weight return when no one is premeasuring and making your meals for you??? I will stick to my weight watchers- real food I prepare myself. I am being taugh how to change my behavior from the 1st meeting - I have learned how to struggle with food in real life- making dinner for me and my family but knowing what choices to make to help us all be healthier.

          1. re: MeffaBabe

            Wow, I am actually expert qualified to answer this question! I worked at both Nutrisystem ( 1 year) and Jenny Craig ( 9 years) and tried every single product from each line. Without a doubt, Jenny Craig beats out Nutrisystem (just awful) hands down (btw, no longer with either company).

            1. re: EAH

              I have a friend on Jenny CRaig and she says the food is pretty much the same as LeanCuisine.

              1. re: sandramrma

                NO WAY is it the same as lean cuisine. I've done both and believe me, the food is about the level of dog food. Seriously. Horrible brown sauces, strange thick consistencies, don't even get me started on the "meat". If you stick JUST to pasta dishes, and the mac and cheese, you can survive. And, yes, the weight comes roaring back on with a vengence once you taste one bite of real food.

            2. re: MeffaBabe

              I've got nutrisystem food from November, and it's terrible. If it's loaded with sodium, I can't taste it, because I always need to add salt.

              It's not cheap, and even in comparison to, say, Lean Cuisine, it's utterly inedible.

            3. re: Emme

              So untrue! I have over 200 pounds to lose and have tried Atkins, etc. Nutrisystem takes fantastic and I am picky! Loaded with sodium? Where do you get your information? It's the opposite. I lost 21 punds in my first 2 weeks just from the water loss due to reduced sodium content. Much safer than Atkins, much cheaper than Jenny Craig. I vote thumb's up.

          2. I did Nutrisystem. The food was actually pretty good with some tweaking. For example, I would add my veggies to the dinner entree. I would also add ff Greek Yogurt or spices or sauteed onions and 'shrooms. The program showed me how to eat. Five meals a day, 1200 calories a day, 50% Carbs (that are low on the glycemic index), 30% protein, 20% fat. My only complaint was that I bought the program through QVC and could not pick out my own food. I started doing the program with my own food after 2 months. So far I have lost 70 pounds.

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            1. If delivered to your 'hood try Zone Chef. The food is outstanding and I mean it. I actually replicate many of the dishes for the Jfoods. It's that good and they deliver fresh every day to your front door. Before going to sleep I brought in and into the fridge.

              Highly recommend.

              1. I started JC a few weeks ago. Some of the food is fine; others are not so tasty. The chicken fettucine, the lasagna, the pizza are good. Remember, the portions are small compared to what one was eating previous to joining. For me, it is working as it is all planned out. Hope this helps and good luck!

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                1. re: taxi

                  I just did Pure Foods Fresh Start and it was excellent! Food delivered fresh, very tasty, good portion size, and good variety. I highly recommend it if you are looking for something different. Very highly recommend!