Compare Weight Loss Programs

MEETINGS Slim Fast* Jenny Craig* Weight Watchers* JumpstartMD*
Weekly No Yes Yes Yes
One-on-one No Yes No Yes
Staff of doctors, physiciansÂ’ assistants, nutritionists, psychologists, and physical trainers No No No Yes
FOOD Slim Fast* Jenny Craig* Weight Watchers* JumpstartMD*
Focus on whole, fresh foods No No No Yes
Does not try to sell you branded, packaged food products No No No Yes
Fat 27% 23% 18% 18%**
Carbs 53% 58% 58% 33%**
Protein 21% 20% 24% 49%**
Fiber (per 1,000 calories) 21g 21g 23g 21-28g**
Exercise Guidance Slim Fast* Jenny Craig* Weight Watchers* JumpstartMD*
Exercise Guidance No No No Yes
VITAMINS & SUPPLEMENTS Slim Fast* Jenny Craig* Weight Watchers* JumpstartMD*
Amino acid & vitamin supplement No No No Yes
Multivitamin with chromium picolinate No No No Yes
Optional FDA-approved medications No No No Yes
MEDICAL TESTS Slim Fast* Jenny Craig* Weight Watchers* JumpstartMD*
Blood pressure and heart rate No No No Yes
Body composition analysis using state-of-the-art electronic equipment No No No Yes
Blood panels (CBC, CMP, lipid panel, TSH) No No No Yes
EKG (electrocardiogram) No No No Yes

*According to the June 2011 issue of Consumer Reports

**According to program guidelines