While our top three weight loss programs were all recommended by two out of three of our experts, there were a few honorable mentions that also made the cut, based on the recommendation of at least one panelist.
This 30-day elimination diet focuses on whole, unprocessed foods and a 10-day re-introduction period. Its creators claim this short-term elimination can help with everything from digestive issues to energy levels. While Dr. Jampolis cautions that this restrictive way of eating is challenging to follow over the long term, she recommends it as a “reboot to get you off highly processed foods that have been linked to increased risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, dementia and obesity.”
The New Mayo Clinic Diet
Developed by the prestigious medical institution it gets its name from, the The New Mayo Clinic diet is an updated digital version of its original weight loss program that claims to help provide “sensible and sustainable weight loss” via personalized meal plans, educational content, a food tracker and at home workouts. “This program is designed to help lose excess weight and find a healthy way of eating that is sustainable for a lifetime,” explains Dr. Wallace. “It also teaches [users] to enjoy good nutrition.
A meal delivery and one-on-one coaching service, Jenny Craig focuses on portion control and support to help users lose weight. “Research supports the idea of portion controlled food programs like Jenny Craig for weight loss, and even some degree of portion controlled prepared meals for weight maintenance,” explains Dr. Jampolis. Still, she cautions that while Jenny Craig may help some individuals with weight loss, the meals are “highly processed” and may not be the most nutrient dense way to lose weight in the long term. Additionally, Dr. Jampolis notes that the Jenny Craig weight loss program may be expensive for some people “and does not teach you how to control portions in the real world,” i.e., once you stop receiving the brand’s pre-portioned meals.