Thanksgiving has always been about food.

We suffer through the awkward small talk and often anti-climactic football games for the sake of the meal that awaits us at the end of the day, and even then that "meal" is representative of ethnic cleansing and genocide. But there are a few other pros that lay outside of gorging yourself on mashed potatoes. The holiday always falls on a Thursday, which means you always have a four day weekend. Black Friday is also the following day, so despite whatever infuriating experiences you may have on Thanksgiving with your family, you can at least rest easy knowing you can go out and buy enough stuff to numb the pain.

These reasons alone are enough to warrant celebration. So while you clench your jaw through what is almost guaranteed to be a painfully long afternoon, why not curate some music to help elevate your mood and remind yourself that a four day weekend of relaxation awaits?

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For weight management, a solid support system is key. What that looks like can differ for every person.

We looked into the different support systems available and decided that these were two of the most popular: Nutrisystem® and Noom®. At first glance, both look to be solid options for helping you achieve your weight loss goals. But when we took a closer look, there are actually a lot of differences between the two.

We broke down both options to help you figure out which is best for you!

Key Similarities

  • Both plans are designed for slow and steady, long-term weight loss through healthy changes.
  • Both have a digital app available to download.
  • Both programs promote physical activity but don't require it.
  • Both have some sort of access to support or coaching.

Key Differences

  • Nutrisystem® sends you a four-week meal plan with pre-packaged, pre-portioned meals and snacks right to your door (you eat 6 times a day!).
  • Noom® offers no food options.
  • With Nutrisystem®, you have a set plan every day that requires minimal effort.
  • With Noom®, you have to prep and cook your own meals.

Nutrisystem® Overview

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Nutrisystem® wins on convenience. They send you a simple meal plan to follow with delicious food, so you won't be tempted to fall off the wagon. You get to eat every two to three hours, including three meals and three snacks every day. This helps to prevent hunger and keeps you satisfied as you lose weight. No deprivation!

Nutrisystem® has a strong reputation with a nutritionist-curated diet, featuring foods that don't contain any artificial flavors or sweeteners, high-fructose corn syrup or trans fat. They also offer all-new personalized programs that are tailored to you.

There are several different Nutrisystem® plans available. The one you select will depend on your menu preferences and how many meals you want to make yourself. They even have a diabetes plan, a partner plan and an option for vegetarians!

Nutrisystem® provides easy and convenient versions of your favorite foods, including Homestyle Pancakes, Chicken Parmesan and Chocolate Cupcakes. They frequently update the menu with new and seasonal items.

What we like the most about Nutrisystem® is that the meal plan is simple and easy to follow! Instead of worrying about your next meal, you have perfectly portioned options waiting for you in the pantry or freezer. You also still get to enjoy flexibility with delicious grocery additions and Flex meals.

Cook up a family favorite or dine out on occasion at your favorite restaurant. With a balanced meal plan and so many tasty options, you'll stay away from mindless snacking, lose weight and learn how to keep it off.

Nutrisystem: Special Offer
Weight Loss Made Easy
Ready To Eat Meals, Delivered To Your Door

Get 50% Off Nutrisystem Meals & Shakes!

Noom® Overview

noom 4 images app screenshot vegetables

The newest company in the space, Noom®, is strictly app-centric with a focus on behavior modification techniques, tracking and customization.

You begin with a lengthy quiz to determine what kind of recommendations they'll make for you (like if you need physical modifications or have allergies). They require a few minutes a day to give you a plan on exercises, foods to eat and habits to break.

There aren't any official Noom® foods or exercise classes, so you have to be in complete control of your eating habits. While some may like the flexibility of using Noom® for guidance, if you're starting out on your weight loss journey, staying on track might be a little difficult.

Final Notes

Weight loss can be hard, but we think that Nutrisystem® is the best option for achieving your goals. The convenience of having your foods delivered (and the fact that they're tasty and filling!) means you may not be as tempted to veer away from your goals.

Depending on your plan, you're still able to eat your own food or even celebrate with food in a smart way. You also have this flexibility with Noom®, but their offering just isn't as robust as Nutrisystem®. Noom® only offers diet coaching and tips on how to change your lifestyle, which may be better suited for someone who has already achieved their goal weight.

Finally, you're buying actual food and a meal plan instead of just directions. We don't want a weight loss plan that doesn't include something to eat.

Choosing Nutrisystem® means starting a weight loss journey with confidence.

Update: The awesome folks at Nutrisystem are extending a new special offer to our readers. Save 50% OFF Nutrisystem Meals & Shakes



*We received complimentary Nutrisystem food for the purposes of this review. All opinions and results are those of Topdust's staff and may differ from yours. This content is sponsored by Nutrisystem.

Pizza on a cutting board with tomatoes



For weight management, a solid support system is key. What that looks like can differ for every person.

We looked into the different support systems available and decided that these were two of the most popular: Nutrisystem® and WW® (Weight Watchers®). At first glance, both look to be solid options for helping you achieve your weight loss goals. But when we took a closer look, there are actually a lot of differences between the two.

We broke down both options to help you figure out which is best for you!

Key Similarities

  • Both plans are designed for slow and steady, long-term weight loss through healthy changes.
  • Both have a digital app available to download.
  • Both programs promote physical activity but don't require it.
  • Both have some sort of access to support or coaching (WW® can be in-person).

Key Differences

  • Nutrisystem® sends you a four-week meal plan with pre-packaged, pre-portioned meals and snacks right to your door (you eat 6 times a day!).
  • WW® offers some breakfasts, snacks, and beverages online.
  • With Nutrisystem®, you have a set plan every day that requires minimal effort.
  • With WW®, you have to be accountable for staying within a certain "points" range every day.

Nutrisystem® Overview

Nutrisystem® wins on convenience. They send you a simple meal plan to follow with delicious food, so you won't be tempted to fall off the wagon. You get to eat every two to three hours, including three meals and three snacks every day. This helps to prevent hunger and keeps you satisfied as you lose weight. No deprivation!

Nutrisystem® has a strong reputation with a nutritionist-curated diet, featuring foods that don't contain any artificial flavors or sweeteners, high-fructose corn syrup or trans fat. They also offer all-new personalized programs that are tailored to you.

There are several different Nutrisystem® plans available. The one you select will depend on your menu preferences and how many meals you want to make yourself. They even have a diabetes plan, a partner plan and an option for vegetarians!

Nutrisystem® provides easy and convenient versions of your favorite foods, including Homestyle Pancakes, Chicken Parmesan and Chocolate Cupcakes. They frequently update the menu with new and seasonal items.

What we like the most about Nutrisystem® is that the meal plan is simple and easy to follow! Instead of worrying about your next meal, you have perfectly portioned options waiting for you in the pantry or freezer. You also still get to enjoy flexibility with delicious grocery additions and Flex meals.

Cook up a family favorite or dine out on occasion at your favorite restaurant. With a balanced meal plan and so many tasty options, you'll stay away from mindless snacking, lose weight and learn how to keep it off.

Nutrisystem: Special Offer
Weight Loss Made Easy
Ready To Eat Meals, Delivered To Your Door

Get 50% Off Nutrisystem Meals & Shakes!

Nutrisystem food and website

WW® Overview

The WW® program works on a point system: Foods and snacks are assigned a certain number of points and you have an allotted number of points or calories each day.

On the app, they match you with a color (blue, green or purple) and offer food choices and point breakdowns for your goals. They also have recipes, workouts and a social network of users.

WW® has three different plans with different pricing and features. These range from a Digital membership to a combination of Digital and Workshops and Coaching. We found that WW® may be a little bit harder to follow if you're someone that has struggled with weight loss in the past. You have to stay within a certain point range every day. While this may be great if you're super disciplined, we think that having all meals and snacks clearly planned out gives you the best chance to stay on track.

weight watchers food and website

Final Notes

Weight loss can be hard, but we think that Nutrisystem® is the best option for achieving your goals. The convenience of having your foods delivered (and the fact that they're tasty and filling!) means you may not be as tempted to veer away from your goals.

Depending on your plan, you're still able to eat your own food or even celebrate with food in a smart way. You also have this flexibility with WW®, but their offering just isn't as robust as Nutrisystem®.

Finally, you're buying actual food and a meal plan instead of just directions. We don't want a weight loss plan that doesn't include something to eat.

Choosing Nutrisystem® means starting a weight loss journey with confidence.

Update: The awesome folks at Nutrisystem are extending a new special offer to our readers. Save 50% OFF Nutrisystem Meals & Shakes



*We received complimentary Nutrisystem food for the purposes of this review. All opinions and results are those of Topdust's staff and may differ from yours. This content is sponsored by Nutrisystem.


For weight management, a solid support system is key. What that looks like can differ for every person. However, the help of a leading organization in the weight loss industry can definitely make a difference.

We looked into the different support systems available and decided that these were some of the most popular: Nutrisystem®, WW® (Weight Watchers®) and Noom®.

Ready to start your weight loss journey? We broke down all three options to help you figure out which is best for you!

Some Key Similarities

  • All three plans are designed for slow and steady, long-term weight loss through healthy changes.
  • All of them have a digital app available to download.
  • All three of the programs promote physical activity but don't require it.
  • All have some sort of access to support or coaching (WW can be in-person) .

Some Key Differences

  • Nutrisystem sends you pre-packaged, pre-portioned meals and snacks right to your door. WW offers some breakfasts, snacks and beverages. Noom doesn't offer any foods.
  • Although all boast success stories, Nutrisystem and WW both have more household name spokespeople like Marie Osmond and Oprah.

Nutrisystem Overview

Nutrisystem has been around for over 45 years, so it's definitely not a fad. They have a strong reputation with a nutritionist-curated diet, featuring foods that don't contain any artificial flavors or sweeteners, high-fructose corn syrup or trans fat. They also offer all-new personalized programs that are tailored to you.

One key factor is that you eat six times a day! This helps to prevent hunger and keeps you satisfied as you lose weight. No deprivation!

There are several different Nutrisystem plans available. The one you select will depend on your menu preferences and how many meals you want to make yourself. They even have a diabetes plan, a partner plan and an option for vegetarians!

Nutrisystem provides easy and convenient versions of your favorite foods, including Homestyle Pancakes, Chicken Parmesan and Chocolate Cupcakes. They frequently update the menu with new and seasonal items.

When you're ready to transition to weight maintenance, you can still purchase your favorite convenient Nutrisystem foods and enjoy the tips, recipes and success stories on their blog and app.

What we like the most about Nutrisystem is that the meal plan is simple and easy to follow! Instead of worrying about your next meal, you have perfectly portioned options waiting for you in the pantry or freezer. You also still get to enjoy flexibility with delicious grocery additions and Flex meals. Cook up a family favorite or dine out on occasion at your favorite restaurant. With a balanced meal plan and so many tasty options, you'll stay away from mindless snacking, lose weight and learn how to keep it off.

Nutrisystem

Nutrisystem
Weight Loss Made Easy
Ready To Eat Meals, Delivered To Your Door

Get 50% Off Now!

WW Overview

The more recognizable Weight Watchers recently rebranded to WW, with the tagline "Wellness That Works." The program works on a point system; foods and snacks are assigned a certain number of points and you have an allotted number of points or calories each day.

There are a great deal of zero point foods like certain fruits, vegetables and soups, plus an app that boasts individual customization.

On the app, they match you with a color (blue, green or purple) and offer food choices and point breakdowns for your goals. They also have recipes, workouts and a social network of users.

You might be able to find WW in-person meetings near you..

WW has three different plans with different pricing and features. These range from a Digital membership to a combination of Digital and Workshops and Coaching.

Weight Watchers

Noom Overview

The newest company in the space, Noom, is strictly app-centric with a focus on behavior modification techniques, tracking, and customization.

You begin with a lengthy quiz to determine what kind of recommendations they'll make for you (like if you need physical modifications or have allergies). They require a few minutes a day to give you a plan on exercises, foods to eat, and habits to break.

There aren't any official Noom foods or exercise classes.

Noom

Final Notes

Judging by the success stories, all three programs can work! It's wonderful that there are supportive solutions to weight loss.

You could try them each for yourself. However we're fans of Nutrisystem. The convenience of having your foods delivered (and the fact that they're tasty and filling!) means you may not be as tempted to veer away from your goals.

Getting a four-week meal plan delivered just makes everything so easy. Depending on your plan, you're still able to eat your own food or even celebrate with food in a smart way. Their longevity in the business is a testament to their success. Plus, reading Marie Osmond's story is always so inspiring.

Finally, you're buying actual food and a meal plan instead of just directions. We don't want a weight loss plan that doesn't include something to eat.

Choosing Nutrisystem means starting a weight loss journey with confidence. It's one of the strongest support systems out there!

UPDATE: The awesome folks at Nutrisystem are extending a new special offer to our readers. Save 50% OFF Nutrisystem Meals!


*We received complimentary Nutrisystem food for the purposes of this review. All opinions and results are those of Topdust's staff and may differ from yours. This content is sponsored by Nutrisystem.


For weight management, a solid support system is key. What that looks like can differ for every person. However, the help of a leading organization in the weight loss industry can definitely make a difference.

We looked into the different support systems available and decided that these were some of the most popular: Nutrisystem®, WW® (Weight Watchers®) and Noom®.

Ready to start your weight loss journey? We broke down all three options to help you figure out which is best for you!

Some Key Similarities

  • All three plans are designed for slow and steady, long-term weight loss through healthy changes.
  • All of them have a digital app available to download.
  • All three of the programs promote physical activity but don't require it.
  • All have some sort of access to support or coaching (WW can be in-person) .

Some Key Differences

  • Nutrisystem sends you pre-packaged, pre-portioned meals and snacks right to your door. WW offers some breakfasts, snacks and beverages. Noom doesn't offer any foods.
  • Although all boast success stories, Nutrisystem and WW both have more household name spokespeople like Marie Osmond and Oprah.

Nutrisystem Overview

Nutrisystem has been around for over 45 years, so it's definitely not a fad. They have a strong reputation with a nutritionist-curated diet, featuring foods that don't contain any artificial flavors or sweeteners, high-fructose corn syrup or trans fat. They also offer all-new personalized programs that are tailored to you.

One key factor is that you eat six times a day! This helps to prevent hunger and keeps you satisfied as you lose weight. No deprivation!

There are several different Nutrisystem plans available. The one you select will depend on your menu preferences and how many meals you want to make yourself. They even have a diabetes plan, a partner plan and an option for vegetarians!

Nutrisystem provides easy and convenient versions of your favorite foods, including Homestyle Pancakes, Chicken Parmesan and Chocolate Cupcakes. They frequently update the menu with new and seasonal items.

When you're ready to transition to weight maintenance, you can still purchase your favorite convenient Nutrisystem foods and enjoy the tips, recipes and success stories on their blog and app.

What we like the most about Nutrisystem is that the meal plan is simple and easy to follow! Instead of worrying about your next meal, you have perfectly portioned options waiting for you in the pantry or freezer. You also still get to enjoy flexibility with delicious grocery additions and Flex meals. Cook up a family favorite or dine out on occasion at your favorite restaurant. With a balanced meal plan and so many tasty options, you'll stay away from mindless snacking, lose weight and learn how to keep it off.

Nutrisystem

Nutrisystem
Weight Loss Made Easy
Ready To Eat Meals, Delivered To Your Door

Get 50% Off Now!

WW Overview

The more recognizable Weight Watchers recently rebranded to WW, with the tagline "Wellness That Works." The program works on a point system; foods and snacks are assigned a certain number of points and you have an allotted number of points or calories each day.

There are a great deal of zero point foods like certain fruits, vegetables and soups, plus an app that boasts individual customization.

On the app, they match you with a color (blue, green or purple) and offer food choices and point breakdowns for your goals. They also have recipes, workouts and a social network of users.

You might be able to find WW in-person meetings near you..

WW has three different plans with different pricing and features. These range from a Digital membership to a combination of Digital and Workshops and Coaching.

Weight Watchers

Noom Overview

The newest company in the space, Noom, is strictly app-centric with a focus on behavior modification techniques, tracking, and customization.

You begin with a lengthy quiz to determine what kind of recommendations they'll make for you (like if you need physical modifications or have allergies). They require a few minutes a day to give you a plan on exercises, foods to eat, and habits to break.

There aren't any official Noom foods or exercise classes.

Noom

Final Notes

Judging by the success stories, all three programs can work! It's wonderful that there are supportive solutions to weight loss.

You could try them each for yourself. However we're fans of Nutrisystem. The convenience of having your foods delivered (and the fact that they're tasty and filling!) means you may not be as tempted to veer away from your goals.

Getting a four-week meal plan delivered just makes everything so easy. Depending on your plan, you're still able to eat your own food or even celebrate with food in a smart way. Their longevity in the business is a testament to their success. Plus, reading Marie Osmond's story is always so inspiring.

Finally, you're buying actual food and a meal plan instead of just directions. We don't want a weight loss plan that doesn't include something to eat.

Choosing Nutrisystem means starting a weight loss journey with confidence. It's one of the strongest support systems out there!

UPDATE: The awesome folks at Nutrisystem are extending a new special offer to our readers. Save 50% OFF Nutrisystem Meals!

*We received complimentary Nutrisystem food for the purposes of this review. All opinions and results are those of Topdust's staff and may differ from yours. This content is sponsored by Nutrisystem.

Haven't we all picked up one or two bad habits over the last few months? Or was I the only one making the best of quarantine? This year has been an adjustment for everyone, so it's only natural that certain parts of our lives have been thrown out of whack.

But like any bad routine, it has to come to an end sometime. Summer is over and I want to leave all my bad habits with it. It's time to get my mind and body on the same page and back to feeling my best.

Habits can be hard to kick. To get started, I decided to write down three bad habits I wanted to change and a plan that was going to help me achieve my new, healthier routine.

1. Binge-Watching TV

I've always loved TV, but my screen time has increased over the last few months. A lot. Every series, I've watched it. I don't want to completely eliminate this relaxing part of my day. However, I need to stop watching a whole series in the space of two days!

To fill the time between finishing work and having dinner later in the evening, I've started going for 30-minute walks. I used to find walking so boring, but I've started listening to podcasts to help pass the time. I now find that my evening strolls are the part of the day that I look forward to most.

2. Bad Sleeping Patterns

My lack of a daytime routine means that my nighttime routine is all out of sync, too. Watching too much TV has had a snowball effect on other areas of my life, and my sleep has been really suffering. My new plan? No phone or TV for at least an hour before bed. Instead, I've started to read. After one chapter, I'm out for the count.

3. Eating Everything That's Bad

Take out and frozen pizza became my norm over the last few months. I'll admit that I've always been lazy with my food, but this was extra bad (even for me). I needed something that would kick me back into

All my friends suggested crazy diets with expensive price tags that were way too over the top. I did my own research to see what was out there and came across Nutrisystem, a program that teaches you about the principles of portion control.

Nutrisystem sends you pre-packaged, individually-portioned meals. All you have to do is heat them up! I'm usually not a fan of weight loss programs. However, Nutrisystem advocates eating six times a day so you don't feel deprived. The meal plan emphasizes balanced nutrition, featuring lean proteins, whole grains and non-starchy vegetables, so you feel better.

The best part about Nutrisystem? The food! You get to enjoy delicious options, such as Chicken and Bacon Ranch Pizza, Mac and Cheese and even Double Chocolate Muffins.

The reviews were so good and it was surprisingly affordable, so I signed up for their Uniquely Yours plan. I had the option to choose which meals I wanted. Having what I need delivered to my door makes it so much easier.

I'm four weeks into my new routine of less TV, better sleep and of course, eating Nutrisystem. The first week was the trickiest. I kept wanting to grab the remote and it took a few nights to get used to going to bed earlier. The first week of Nutrisystem was easier than I thought it would be. It's designed to jumpstart your weight loss. However, every meal, snack and shake was so delicious and filling, I never felt deprived.

By the end of week one, I felt great knowing I was eating better and I even lost some weight, which is an added bonus for me. Getting my meals delivered to my door is so convenient and the meal plan has given my days structure again.

Another great thing about Nutrisystem is the flexibility. They encourage you to add in your favorite grocery additions, such as lean proteins, fruits and vegetables. You can even dine out at your favorite restaurants! With everything Nutrisystem has taught me, I now make better choices with all of my food.

When you sign up, it's not just portion-controlled meals you receive. You'll also have access to their online tools and Weight Loss Counselors, who are available to answer any questions, concerns or requests you have.

Usually, my bad habits start creeping back in about now, but with everything Nutrisystem has taught me and how amazing I'm feeling, there's no way I'm going back to them. I'm living my new healthier lifestyle and I know I would've never got here without the help of Nutrisystem.

UPDATE: The awesome folks at Nutrisystem are extending a new special offer to our readers. Save 50% OFF Nutrisystem Meals!