In response to your question, the difference is I don't have any of the supplements. There is a food plan made up by a dietician for you based on your likes and dislikes. (For example, I'm lactose intolerant so they take that into consideration). But basically I'm on a plan that's an exchange plan (pick one from this catagory, pick one from that catagory, etc.) I really like it. I really works for me. It causes me to eat a more balance diet and helps keep my blood sugary under control. That's about it.