South Beach Diet vs. Nutrisystem - Ultimate Comparison for 2021

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South Beach Diet

The South Beach Diet is a renowned, healthy and effective meal delivery service based on scientific principles designed to help customers achieve long term weight maintenance and health, offering delicious low-carb meals and snacks.

  • Shipping Cost: $0
  • Average Price Per Meal: $2.95
  • Delivery Area: 50 States
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Designed scientifically to be both safe and effective, Nutrisystem is a weight-loss delivery service which offers healthy and nutritious meals. With their plans, their customers can eat often and well, while keeping balance.

  • Shipping Cost: $0*
  • Average Price Per Meal: $3.07
  • Delivery Area: 50 States

*For a la carte frozen food and non-frozen food orders of $50+

Meal Options

South Beach Diet


Plan & Pricing

South Beach Diet

  • Silver $3.45

    3 servings per day; 4 week plan price: $290*

  • Gold $2.95

    4 servings per day; 4 week plan price: $330*

  • Platinum $2.57

    5 servings per day; 4 week plan price: $360*

  • Diabetes Plan $2.95

    4 servings per day; 4 week plan price: $330*

*prices are based on women’s meal plan.


  • Basic Plan $2.14 / serving

    4 servings per day; 4 week plan available; 4 week plan price: $436.34

  • Uniquely Yours $2.59 / serving

    4 servings per day; 4 week plan available; 4 week plan price: $527.25

  • Uniquely Yours Ultimate $3.12 / serving

    4 servings per day; 4 week plan available; 4 week plan price: $636.34

*prices are based on women’s meal plan.


South Beach Diet


Popular Meals

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South Beach Diet

  • Chicken Broccoli and Rice
  • Artichoke & Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast
  • Moroccan-Inspired Chickpea Stew with Pork
  • Margherita Pizza
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  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich
  • Broccoli & Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast
  • Meatballs in Marinara Sauce
  • Mac and Cheese
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Our Comparison

Meal Plans

Both of these services offer options for diabetics and for vegetarians, and meals free from gluten. South Beach also offering Keto-friendly meals. Nutrisystem provides more choice for Diabetics with three available plans, as opposed to South Beach Diet’s single choice. They also have plenty of options for people allergic to dairy. 

South Beach Diet offers four basic meal plans: Silver, Gold, Platinum, and a specially-created plan for sufferers of diabetes. All of these are available for both, men and women, and include snacks, breakfasts, lunches and dinners made with recognizable ingredients. 

Nutrisystem has snacks, breakfasts, lunches and dinners on offer. These come within their meal plans: Basic, Core, Uniquely Yours and Uniquely Yours Plus. There are two versions of each, one for men and one for women, as well as specially tailored Basic, Core and Uniquely Yours for people who suffer from diabetes.

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The Quality of the Ingredients

Both of these services promise to provide food without artificial colours, sweeteners and flavours. They are also committed to bringing customers meals free from MSG, High Fructose Corn Syrup and Partially Hydrogenated Oils. Nutrisystem guarantee their meals’ alignment with USDA Dietary Guidelines, while South Beach provide meals low in added sugars and sodium.

In this category, the two are pretty evenly tied, with South Beach being our personal preference for its commitment to minimizing sugar content.

Nutritional Value

Both of these services enable customers to eat controlled portions, but to eat frequently, with 6 meals a day being the norm. Nutrisystem’s meals have a maximum of 300 calories per serving. Their meals and snacks are low in calories but high in protein and fibre.

South Beach Diet focuses on providing meals without refined carbs, allowing customers to enjoy healthier carbohydrates such as grains, fruit and veg and emphasises the importance of lean protein. All in all, South Beach is more flexible with its calorie count than Nutrisystem, which earns it our choice in this category.

Recipe Variety

Both of these services offer a wide variety of breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks and shakes. Many of these are classics enjoyed everywhere, such as muffins and waffles for breakfast, chilli for lunch, and pizza for dinner. Both also offer meals from several popular world cuisines, such as Italian, Asian and Mexican.

South Beach Diet offers fewer options with pasta or bread, in line with its low-carb regime. However, it replaces pasta and sandwich meals with more inventive, lighter options, making it our winner of variety.

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The Packaging

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South Beach Diet offer free shipping without conditions, except for a la carte orders, which are free above $150. They also go the extra mile, sending food in specially designed boxes that keep food fresh for up to 8 hours after delivery, which makes them our winner in this category.

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Both Nutrisystem and South Beach Diet offer delivery to all 50 States using FedEx to deliver food and both allow changes to be made to orders up to 6pm EST on the day before an auto-shipment date. Nutrisystem offer free delivery on orders of over $50.

Customer Support & Service

South Beach Diet

  • Switching Plans – Possible to do with this company.

  • Cancellation – Be aware that cancelling before paying for the second shipment will come with a $125 charge, equal to the auto-delivery discount from the first shipment. Choosing their auto-delivery option comes with a 35% discount on every shipment.

  • Refunds – They do not offer refunds or returns.

  • Gifts – As well as regular discounts and offers, there is a friend referral programme which offers both you and your friend a $50 discount. 

  • Free Trial – This company does not offer free trials but has promotional offers for new customers. 

  • Customizable – Possible to customize, especially with the Gold, Silver and Diabetes plans.


  • Switching Plans – As long as you do so before 6pm EST on the day before your next regular shipment is sent, you can switch your plan.

  • Cancellation – Subscriptions can be paused or changed before 6pm EST the day before your next auto-delivery is going to be shipped. Cancelling is very easy – just pick up the phone and give the customer support team a call.

  • Refunds – The company issues refunds credits to customers who aren’t fully satisfied.

  • Gifts – Although they don’t send customers any physical gifts, Nutrisystem often offer coupons and discounts.

  • Free Trial – Although they provide discounts for new customers, Nutrisystem doesn’t offer free trials.

  • Customizable – Nutrisystem makes customization possible for its customers.

Our Verdict

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Both Nutrisystem and South Beach Diet are excellent, healthy, safe services allowing customers to lose weight in an effective way without having to give up on frequent meals, or more importantly, on taste. They offer a wide variety of meal options and recipes with different tantalizing flavours.

However, South Beach Diet provides a diet plan low in refined carbohydrates, imaginatively replacing some favourites which are full of pasta or dough with equally delicious, but healthier options. But helping their customers to achieve long-term health and a weight they’re comfortable with, without compromising on an enjoyable, nutritious diet, Nutrisystem are our winner.