I know plenty of people who used NurtiSystem... and it worked very well for ALL of them, as long as they stayed on it. As soon as they went to real food, they gained all the weight back. PLUS all they did was moan about how expensive it is, how awful it tastes, etc.
I have tried anything and everything under the son to lose weight, including nutrisystem. I didn't even get through my first box. Not only did I have to pay an arm and a leg for it, but I still had to supplement it with my own fresh food such as veggies,etc. There is a blog online with a lady who decided to do nutrisystem on her own. She has her own recipes and has had success. I actually use one of her recipes as my breakfast on most days. Its for an easy french apple pie that is so tasty and delicious I have in the past had it for breakfast everyday and lost weight. That being said, you don't have to buy their food to lose weight. You can do it on your own for much cheaper. And when you do it on your own I think it helps you with making a lifestyle change. Eating premade food doesn't really teach you the correct way to eat. But I do wish you good luck with your nutrisystem this month.
Jamies, I don't think it's a bad idea, especially if you're trying to move off a plateau. The portions are controlled and will keep you in your limits.
I have tried it before. I love the flame broiled patties, i could eat them everyday. The main thing I didn't like about it - but I still think it's a good plan to use if you want strictly controlled portions - is that I could buy most of it at the store. Cereal, bagels, some of their desserts and muffins could all be bought cheaper and measured out.
But there's no denying it's much more convenient to reach for a small package and have it all ready to go.
Good luck - come back and tell us what you think of the food.
Its something I would not do - the expense and I have a family, so eating totally different kind of makes it hard - but in my opinion just double check that you're getting in a good variety of nutrients. And if anything is lacking, add appropriate foods to balance it out. (I have not looked into the program, so I don't know what the food is like.)
Sometimes having a simple, strict regimen is helpful. And of course - its up to you how long you do this. Not like you've made a lifelong commitment. This week I'm eating PB&J sandwiches & raw veggies for dinner 3 nights. Not something I intend to do forever, but it fits my current schedule & I'll do the same for 4 nights next week. (Class from 5-10pm, no access to a microwave and not enough of a break during class to go anywhere for food.)
I've never done the system, but I've impulse-bought some of their food products. I found them really, really repulsive, and not very healthy; many of them are high in sodium and sugar and low in fiber and other nutrients. If you can't get a refund, of course you might as well give it a shot, but you could probably do better on your own. If part of your problem right now is being out of ideas, consider laying in a stock of frozen prepared meals like Amy's, Kashi, or even Lean Cuisine. They'll be calorie-controlled in the same way as Nutrisystem, but much tastier and probably quite a bit more economical.
I really don't know of anyone who's had much success with Nutrisystem. The people I've known who tried it either couldn't stand the food and quit within days, or found that it wasn't individualized enough and they were getting way too many or way too few calories.
I agree with you on learning to eat for life but I don't think it hurts to spend some time and money on a more structured plan. I'll just see how this goes for a month. It is not a lifetime commitment and I'm taking it in a spirit of changing things up.
Personally any program that insists I eat their food-- nutrisystem, jenny craig, etc will never see my money. I have seen two many of my friends and family purchase these programs, lose the weight and then gain it all back plus some.
I would much rather talk to someone in the know-- a whole food veggie dietician or doctor who has a sensible program.
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Get over the hump by eating more restricted food choices and without having self responsibility to find out why is not better.
The stomach is a muscle it needs variety, it needs when the stomach gets used to food, new foods options it is not used to, bulk to satisify and it needs you to make real food you like to keep eating.. The stomach is a muscle and muscles get used to even healthy food and if we eat also too much of it eventually if healthy we can hit the wall a dietitian can make us aware of amounts and combinations that are better or no so good together... This lifestyle change is for life- nutrisystem and all quick fixes don't teach people real eating skills..
If you have problems -use money on a dietitian it is more well spent- nothing in a packet or bottle can do this for people or give them back their own self responsibility for eating habits..
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