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This article was reported and written by Sheyna Steiner and Rose Raymond for Bankrate.com.  Michelle Warren contributed to this article. (From MSN Money) Updated July 3, 2008

 

Getting smaller is big business. As you lose weight, your wallet could end up thinner, too -- sometimes by thousands of dollars, depending on which diet plan you pick. It could be a wedding, a high school reunion or a tropical vacation. We've all had that moment when an upcoming event makes us wish we could instantly drop 10, 20 or 30 pounds. As panic sets in, ads featuring before and after shots of weight-loss success stories capture the imagination, and we muse: "If Mike Bullard lost 30 pounds in seven weeks, why can't I?" Despite studies saying Americans are getting fatter every year, people are obsessed with weight loss. How much would you be willing to spend to lose 30 pounds?

 

Jenny Craig

 

The weight-loss brand boasts a sensible approach to weight loss, advocating an average drop in body mass of about 1%, or 1 to 2 pounds per week. The program addresses mind-body aspects of weight loss by helping clients adopt healthful eating and exercise habits, as well as encouraging them to examine the underlying causes of their weight problems.

 

Jenny Rewards, priced at $399 or $359, is a 12-month program that rewards dieters' efforts and weight loss with discounts on food. There's also an at-home option that is similar except you also pay for shipping and have consultations by phone. Sign-up costs include weekly one-on-one counseling, personalized menus, motivational plans and assorted manuals and guides, depending on membership level. Then, there's the cost of food. The prepackaged foods generally cost $12 to $18 per day, or $84 to $126 per week.

Jenny’s Cost of losing 30 pounds: $359 or $399 Not including food. (Food costs: $4,368 to $6,552)

 

Nutri-System

 

This at-home system (no office visits or weigh-ins) will appeal to those who don't like to cook. It involves exclusively eating the company's prepackaged meals. The 28-day program includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks (you may add fresh vegetables, fruit and dairy). Support is offered through a free Web site. "Some people lose 1 pound a week; some people lose 3 pounds a week," says a NutriSystem sales representative. If, on average, you lose 2 pounds a week, the diet will take about four months. It's cheaper to sign up for the Auto-Delivery Savings program (the food keeps coming until you cancel it), which costs $293.72, including shipping, per month.

 

NutriSystem’s Cost of losing 30 pounds: $1,174.88, Including all food, EXCEPT fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy.

 

Weight  Watchers

 

This is one of the most popular diets in the world, probably because there's no such thing as taboo food. The diet is based on portion control and involves weekly support meetings. You can also do the program online.

 

The Flex plan means each food is assigned a point value, and you can eat anything as long as you stay within your allotted points. The Core plan involves a pre-approved list of foods. Though there are plenty of Weight Watchers food items on the market, they are optional. Registration is between $15 and $20, depending on location. Weekly meeting fees range from about $10 to $15, again, location-dependent. The standard monthly plan for Weight Watchers Online costs $46.90 the first month and $16.95 for subsequent months. Plan to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week for 20 weeks (5 months) to reach a 30-pound weight-loss goal.

Weight Watchers Cost of losing 30 pounds: $214.80 to $299.80 Depending on location.  Not including any food.

 

The Zone Diet

 

This well-rounded plan is based on a 40-30-30 ratio of daily calories obtained from carbohydrates, proteins and favorable fats. Though you could buy a book and follow the diet independently, why not do it like the stars? You could opt for the company's In the Zone Delivery. The service delivers a customized daily supply of food (three meals and two snacks) to subscribers in most metropolitan areas by 6 a.m. each day. Outside major cities,you can receive two to three days' worth of food at a time for a higher delivery fee. The Canadian service came to the U.S. two years ago, starting with Los Angeles.  It has since spread to the metropolitan areas of New York City, Boston, San Diego, South Florida, Connecticut, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Washington, D.C.

Signing up for the 30-day plan will cost $39.99 a day plus a shipping charge, which is $3 for customers in most cities and $10 for those in other areas. If you want to try it out for two weeks, you'll pay $44.99 per day plus shipping. The average Zone dieter loses 8 to 10 pounds a month, and it will take three or four months to drop 30 pounds.

 

The Zone Diet Cost of losing 30 pounds: $3,869 to $5,158.

HCG Diet by Boca Health

 

This diet starts off with allowing you to have 2 binge days.  No joke, you get to eat all of your favorite foods and as much as you want for the first 2 days.  After this you will be eating a diet of lean protein, vegetables, Melba toast or bread sticks, and fruit while taking the sublingual drops.  With this diet you don’t need to go to any meetings. Many people use this product because one of their friends used it and lost a lot of pounds and inches.  Therefore they get to do this with their friends, which is very fun.  You can email the company or ask your friends if you have any questions and for encouragement.

 

Unlike most weight loss programs where a person loses up to 1-2 pounds a week, on the HCG  Diet you will average 1-2 pounds a day. 

OUR SOLUTION

Boca Health offers a variety of affordable, cost-effective programs that first help you achieve your weight loss goals and then make sure you’re able to maintain them. The cost for the Boca Health programs are a fraction of the cost of many of the diet programs available today with long term results that can end the yo- yo dieting cycle.

Our programs include the HCG injection diet which our patients find provides the quick start they are searching for with reduced hunger, weight loss targeting their fat not their muscle and no fatigue and headaches.

If you’re looking for a medical weight loss clinic that’s willing to work with you rather than just advise you, call Boca Health at 561-939-0350.