By now, I’m sure you’ve seen the NutriSystem commercials featuring Marie Osmond and her fantastic new physique. By combining her time on, “Dancing with the Stars” with the sensible eating plan and prepackaged meals by NutriSystem, Marie shed 45 pounds and looks leaner, healthier and more confident.
NutriSystem has been working with clients to assist in their weight loss goals since 1973. The plans are designed by their weight loss experts (also called their, “Advisory Panel”) all of whom are clinical obesity researchers with M.D.’s or PhD’s. Some of the tools they use to develop suitable, healthy meal plans include:
NutriSystem has different plans available for different needs. There are meals specially developed for men, women, vegetarians, diabetics, and men and women over 60. Each plan is specially developed with the particular needs and considerations of the group it was created for in mind. All plans come with a choice of meals. When you sign up, you will be asked to choose 28 days worth of food. That’s 28 breakfasts, 28 lunches, 28 dinners and 28 snacks. There are many options to choose from for each meal, and it would be difficult to find yourself tired of eating the same thing. There are enough options that you can eat a different entrée every dinner for all 28 days. Most meal options involve real food, but there are some meal replacement bars available for breakfast and lunch choices.
You are allowed some foods with your NutriSystem meals that are not included in the package. For instance, you may be able to steam some broccoli to go with one dinner entrée. Or, you may be able to include a small glass of juice with your breakfast. In general, any extra foods you are allowed will be low in calories and will not include any condiments or embellishments- so throw out all your butter. The website doesn’t mention how many calories are in each meal, or how many you can eat throughout the day.
Does Nutrisystem work? Is this a diet that is too expensive for most people to use or is it effective enough to be worth the cost? The answer to these questions can vary for different people. For most people however, Nutrisystem does work and it is not too thought of as being too expensive. In fact, the Nutrisystem diet plan is competitive with Weight Watchers and even less expensive to use that this popular competitor.
The Nutrisystem diet plan has become very popular and is being called the most popular weight loss plan by many dieters. There are some critics that say that the diet is too rigid for most people. In all fairness, the diet is a little regimented and the dieter is supposed to eat prepackaged meals that are supplied by Nutrisystem. Many dieters love this feature because it really gives them the convenience they need to make it easier for them to stay on the diet. This diet is an easy way to have all of your meals and snack planned out, provided and prepared for you. There is no guess work involved with the Nutrisystem diet program. Portions are small on purpose and there is no danger of over eating if you stay on the plan.
The way the diet works is that you first sign up online with them on their website. You decide how you want to pay for the diet plan and get that all set up with them. Then your meals will be delivered to your door every month. The meals are prepackaged and you just heat them up according to their reheating instruction that comes with each meal. On this diet plan you must follow the plan exactly if you want to be successful and lose weight. Naturally, for any good diet plan to work the dieter has to be dedicated and motivation is what will determine if Nutrisystem does work for you.
How Nutrisystem does work for you also depends on which plan you use. There are different diet plans for different types of dieters on the Nutrisystem program. There are plans for men and women under the age of 60 and plans for men and women over that age. How does Nutrisystem work for these different groups? The plans are altered for each age and gender group.
Nutrisystem does work by using the glycemic index. This means that it uses an index that determines how fast carbohydrates are broken down into glucose in the human body. Foods that have a higher glycemic index will be broken down into glucose faster than the foods that are low on the glycemic index table. The faster the carbohydrates break down the faster it will be converted into fat. For this reason Nutrisystem also has plenty of foods that will be digested more slowly so there will be less chance for high sugar spikes in the blood which is not good for you. You will be able to feel fuller for longer periods of time on the Nutrisystem diet program.
Nutrisystem does work by using portion control as well. The dieter is to eat three meals a day, plus one snack and a dessert. The meals are already portioned out to the appropriate size for your weight loss goals. The meals are well balanced and healthy. They are also portion out specifically for men and specifically for women. The same is true for those over the age of 60. The calories are spread out equally throughout the day.
Nutrisystem does work better for some people if you have support. There are online forums that you can join that have other people on the diet plan that will support you. You can also support others in these forums.
The NutriSystem plan is not a miracle plan. It is a calorie-restrictive diet and it will take discipline to keep yourself from cheating. With only one small snack or dessert available each day, it’s easy to imagine sneaking in a small bag of chips or a Twinkie here and there. In order to succeed on the diet, it is important not to cheat. In addition to adding extra calories, cheating can also affect your insulin level and undo the good of the low glycemic index foods in the diet. The official website notes that Osmond’s 45 pound weight loss is not a typical result. Also, as with any weight loss plan, combining the diet with exercise will bring you more significant results even faster.