“Pros and cons about Nutrisystem”

One of the biggest advantages with the Nutrisystem meal replacement diet program is that it has been designed for those people who want to get back in shape but don’t really have the time or inclination to be spending too much time in their kitchen!

Experts will tell you that the best way to proceed is to find a dietitian nutritionist who can build a diet specifically suited to you and who will help you stick to that diet. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has an online directory that will help you find someone in your city. What you want is a “registered dietitian nutritionist.” This is a certified healthcare specialist, not just someone who decided to hang up a shingle. (The term “nutritionist” is not as rigorously defined). 

A 2015 study in the Annals of Internal Medicine comparing various commercial weight-loss programs found that Nutrisystem participants lost at least 3.8 percent more weight after three months on the program than a control group that received education and counseling. The authors call diets like Nutrisystem “promising,” but say more research is needed on their long-term outcomes. 

In the first 28 days, all of us have lost at least five pounds. One of my sisters lost eight pounds, but that is because she started walking three days a week. We eat together and look at each other’s meals to see if we would like to try that entrée on a different day. Since we are doing it together it is working really well. None of us have jumped the weight loss ship. It feels good to have the accountability with my sisters, but I know that I couldn’t be doing this without Nutrisystem.

Nutrisystem claims that if you eat their food you’ll lose weight. The way they go about it is by providing foods that are low on the Glycemic Index, have smaller portion sizes, and they encourage you to eat frequently throughout the day.

The vast majority of research regarding losing weight has shown that when it comes to losing weight for the long haul, you have to be willing to move at least a little. While Nutrisystem has no formal exercise plan, per se, the company does provide tools that make it easier to track your exercise habits as well as workout recommendations based on your fitness level and weight-loss goals. They recommends 30 minutes of exercise per day and points out that the 30 minutes can be broken up into three 10-minute sessions. Even something simple like walking counts, so meeting this daily goal is a lot easier than you probably think.

Ruined your health? Wow, that’s quite a dramatic statement to make. You had a bladder infection, you weren’t poisoned. LOL! You should have done your research before you ate “so many preservatives”. Know this, Nutrisystem has one of the most robust and advanced Research & Development labs across the food & drug category. I now this because my employer, an executive search firm, placed their SVP, R&D. You should have been drinking at least 64 oz of water BEFORE you even went on NS, if you are concerned about your health. Again, I shake my head at those of you who complain and blame right out of the gate. Good luck!

The other thing I like about the Nutrisystem diet plan is they have a lot of variety, not to mention balanced meals. You have plenty of different foods to choose from. I never counted them, but for each meal there is at least 2-3 dozen different options to choose from.

(hope they will allow this comment) I forgot to mention I need to lose 150 # but have lost 9 since I started. This will absolutely be a lifesaver for me! I love all these comments and I will be coming back here to read more!

I and my husband started it a week ago! He has lost 8lbs. and not even one for me…But both blood pressure have been lowered (my was ok to start with but even better now) and our systems have straighten out and we both feel really healthy….We, too have two full months on it and the meals (most of them) are great……Hang in there and good luck to you all…….

When you’re following the Nutrisystem program, you can expect to eat between 1200 and 1500 calories per day. They stick to this range because research has shown that this is a healthy way to lose between 1 and 2 pounds each week.

I started Nutrisystem on 12/31/16 and so far, have lost 15 pounds, and have dropped a complete size. I am never hungry, the food is delicious, and I plan on staying on it until I lose 50 lbs. and keep it off for one year. As far as price goes, the reason most people see it as pricey is because you are paying for a month’s worth of food in one payment. Nobody, at least that I know of, spends $350.00 a month on the majority of their groceries for one person. I went through 90 days of spend (Oct, Nov, and Dec) for the food I purchased at grocery stores and restaurants and compared it with the cost of NS. It came to about $30.00 less with NS. Now, since I’ve been on it for 6 weeks, I’ve only eaten at a restaurant one time. I’m not buying junk food and with the addition of fruits, veggies, and proteins, I still come out way under what I was spending before NS — in other words, I’m saving money. Regarding the gas/bloat issue. This is not specific to NS. Any time you introduce a good amount of fiber into the body, it causes gas and bloating, so please folks, don’t blame this on NS. I always chuckle at reviews because they are nothing more than an opinion based on personal experience. As far as food portions, again, I laugh, because in reading the reviews about portion size on NS (on other sites), I see so many complaining about the portion size being too small. Um, people? We are trying to lose weight and retrain ourselves to eat ‘normal’ portion sizes. I hear complaints about people needing to salt the food as well. Again, people, we are and should be cutting way back on sodium. We live in a self-indulgent, “I want it my way”, culture of whining babies. You want to lose weight? Stop eating so much and choosing the wrong foods. Nutrisystem is amazingly convenient for those of us who do not want to spend a lot of time prepping food. The food is delicious, lots to choose from and it’s priced reasonably. I highly recommend it. Well, so does Marie Osmond. Good luck to anyone on the program. It certainly is working for me.

i went on NS for 3 months and was disappointed. I’m 5’2″ and was 155 lbs, wanted to drop 40 lbs. The first week, I lost 6 lbs, but I was lightheaded and weak, which meant I couldn’t exercise. Second week the lightheadedness went away but I still didn’t have energy to exercise, and I lost another 3 lbs. I was adding in proper food as needed and was very strict about following the rules. Third week I lost 1 more lb, for a grand total of 9 lbs. I exercised as suggested, as I was able, but would get lightheaded if I did much activity. Then I plateaued. It didn’t matter what I did, I couldn’t lose any more. I was so sick of the food after only three months. (Breakfasts were good, lunches ok, dinners mostly gross and needed garlic salt to be edible. It was just so terribly repetitive.) So I finally quit. Within the next 4 months I gained it back and then some, going over my heaviest weight ever by 5lbs.

I should also point out to get this pricing you do need to agree to a recurring monthly shipment. That was the route I took, but can see how you might not want that. They offer weekly plans at a slightly higher price. You can go that route at first to see if you can manage it, then move up to the monthly plan.

“I dove head first into this diet, only breaking from it once, and briefly, to celebrate at a birthday party which I helped plan. In total, I lost 13 pounds. In a 28-day period, that’s fantastic and it has felt great having people ask me if I’ve lost weight,” Enoch reported at the end of the 28 days.

Well said!!!!!! I am starting my 6th week and have lost 13 lbs. I eat all the time, food is fine, urinate frequently even without 64 oz of water daily. The flatulence is from the finer. I was in the army and ate MRE’s so this is doable. America is FAT and everyone complaining here wants their pizza and ice cream which isn’t healthy. Notice that NS takes your sodium to a healthy 2300 or less mg’s a day which is the daily recommended dose. It’s full of iron, fiber, etc. that fast food doesn’t provide. A plain potato is nasty but one loaded with butter, sour cream, cheese, bacon, etc. tastes wonderful. Food is for survival not pleasure people. NS WORKS!

Planning on finishing up the second month and then on the 3rd month working in more home cooked meals and tracking to stay at the same calorie level. Then will switch over to the auto ship of shakes for my 4th month.

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  1. Hi June, congrats on your success! I agree, 90% of successful weight loss is really down to a person’s mindset. And getting into the right frame of mind comes from re-learning how to eat the right way so the body doesn’t gain weight. Cutting out sugar-laden foods/drinks and eating smaller portions more often is proved to work again and again for most dieters. Once the mind has learned the right way to eat, the body does what it’s told!
    The food was completely awful. I had horrible stomach cramps and the snacks were overly salty. Too much soy (soy can change estrogen levels in women). Customer service was a joke. I do not recommend this diet at all. Save your money and buy locally grown fresh food.
    When you are on the Nutrisystem Lean 13 Diet, you follow a straightforward and easily laid out plan. It is all about portion control. No need for counting calories. Just enjoy the food you get. You are sure to love the taste and ease of preparation. Eat a balanced nutrition menu throughout the day. You need to fuel your body with just the right mix of nutrients to keep you satisfied and healthy. You will be eating six meals a day. This helps to ensure that you fight off hunger and keep your body running.

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