This Is the Worst Weight Loss Program in America, According to Users

Erica Sweeney
·6 min read

About half of Americans are trying to lose weight at any given time, according to a recent Gallup poll. To meet their goals, many turn to healthy eating plans, exercise regimens, apps, and other programs for guidance. But there are lots and lots of weight loss programs out there, and figuring out which one is right for you can be a challenge. That's why Best Life set out to help, and we've uncovered the ones you need to avoid, as well—yes, we've found the worst weight loss program in America.

To find out which weight loss program may offer the results you're looking for and which you should avoid at all costs, we first used ConsumerAffairs' 2021 Best Weight Loss Programs report, which reviewed several programs that were rated by more than 9,000 consumers on a five-star scale. Then, we factored in the overall score from the 2021 U.S. News&World Report ranking of Best Diets Overall, where each diet was reviewed by a group of health experts and given a score out of five.

Next, we looked into which of the weight loss programs also offered an app. Research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that smartphone apps may be helpful to some people on their weight loss journey. So, we factored in ratings on both the Apple App Store and Google Play store, as well as the number of stars each received on Trustpilot, all of which were also on five-point scales.

Finally, we gave each metric a weighted value before plugging them into our exclusive algorithm to see how each weight loss program scored on our 100-point scale Dissatisfaction Index—the higher the score, the worse the program, according to those who've used them. If you're making an effort to drop a few extra pounds, read on to discover the worst weight loss program in America to make sure you're set up for success. And if joining a fitness center is part of your plan, do your research and check out The Worst Gym in America, According to Members.

Editor's note: "N/A" indicates that data was not available for that particular metric. We adjusted the algorithm to ensure that each brand was scored fairly and accurately.

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Chef V

ConsumerAffairs ranking: 5.00

U.S. News&World Report score: N/A

Apple App Store rating: N/A

Google Play rating: N/A

Trustpilot stars: N/A

Dissatisfaction Index Score: 0.00

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Personal Trainer Food

ConsumerAffairs ranking: 4.20

U.S. News&World Report score: N/A

Apple App Store rating: N/A

Google Play rating: N/A

Trustpilot stars: 4.50

Dissatisfaction Index Score: 21.67

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Aaptiv

ConsumerAffairs ranking: N/A

U.S. News&World Report score: N/A

Apple App Store rating: 4.70

Google Play rating: 3.80

Trustpilot stars: 4.00

Dissatisfaction Index Score: 27.75

15

Noom

ConsumerAffairs ranking: 2.50

U.S. News&World Report score: 3.50

Apple App Store rating: 4.70

Google Play rating: 4.40

Trustpilot stars: 4.40

Dissatisfaction Index Score: 36.67

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WW (formerly Weight Watchers)

ConsumerAffairs ranking: 3.50

U.S. News&World Report score: 3.90

Apple App Store rating: 4.80

Google Play rating: 4.40

Trustpilot stars: 2.10

Dissatisfaction Index Score: 42.00

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The Mayo Clinic Diet

ConsumerAffairs ranking: N/A

U.S. News&World Report score: 3.80

Apple App Store rating: 3.50

Google Play rating: 3.90

Trustpilot stars: N/A

Dissatisfaction Index Score: 42.18

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Herbalife

ConsumerAffairs ranking: 2.50

U.S. News&World Report score: N/A

Apple App Store rating: 4.00

Google Play rating: 3.90

Trustpilot stars: 4.20

Dissatisfaction Index Score: 45.00

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Jenny Craig

ConsumerAffairs ranking: 3.90

U.S. News&World Report score: 3.50

Apple App Store rating: 3.40

Google Play rating: 3.60

Trustpilot stars: 3.20

Dissatisfaction Index Score: 49.33

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South Beach Diet

ConsumerAffairs ranking: N/A

U.S. News&World Report score: 3.00

Apple App Store rating: 4.50

Google Play rating: 2.80

Trustpilot stars: 3.70

Dissatisfaction Index Score: 50.00

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Diet-to-Go

ConsumerAffairs ranking: 3.80

U.S. News&World Report score: N/A

Apple App Store rating: N/A

Google Play rating: N/A

Trustpilot stars: 3.20

Dissatisfaction Index Score: 50.00

8

BistroMD

ConsumerAffairs ranking: 2.90

U.S. News&World Report score: N/A

Apple App Store rating: N/A

Google Play rating: N/A

Trustpilot stars: 3.90

Dissatisfaction Index Score: 53.33

8

Medifast

ConsumerAffairs ranking: 3.40

U.S. News&World Report score: N/A

Apple App Store rating: N/A

Google Play rating: N/A

Trustpilot stars: N/A

Dissatisfaction Index Score: 53.33

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Dukan Diet

ConsumerAffairs ranking: N/A

U.S. News&World Report score: 1.80

Apple App Store rating: 4.60

Google Play rating: 2.80

Trustpilot stars: 3.70

Dissatisfaction Index Score: 59.17

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SlimFast

ConsumerAffairs ranking: 2.90

U.S. News&World Report score: 2.80

Apple App Store rating: 3.00

Google Play rating: 3.70

Trustpilot stars: 3.20

Dissatisfaction Index Score: 62.67

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LA Weight Loss Centers

ConsumerAffairs ranking: 3.10

U.S. News&World Report score: N/A

Apple App Store rating: 2.90

Google Play rating: N/A

Trustpilot stars: N/A

Dissatisfaction Index Score: 66.67

3

Nutrisystem

ConsumerAffairs ranking: 2.20

U.S. News&World Report score: 3.00

Apple App Store rating: 4.60

Google Play rating: 3.20

Trustpilot stars: 1.60

Dissatisfaction Index Score: 69.33

2

Optifast

ConsumerAffairs ranking: N/A

U.S. News&World Report score: N/A

Apple App Store rating: 2.50

Google Play rating: 1.60

Trustpilot stars: 3.40

Dissatisfaction Index Score: 83.25

1

Optavia

ConsumerAffairs ranking: N/A

U.S. News&World Report score: 2.60

Apple App Store rating: N/A

Google Play rating: 1.40

Trustpilot stars: N/A

Dissatisfaction Index Score: 100.00

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