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Quick Fixes Don't Work- Nutrisystem Review

Saturday, December 29, 2012

This morning we will be looking at the Nutrisystem plan of dieting. I keep seeing these commercials with actors and non-actors alike who are losing "amazing" amounts of weight with prepackaged foods that take all the guess work out of eating healthy.

The plan is simple enough, you shell out anywhere from 250-400$$ to have a months worth of breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks shipped right to your house. They are planned around your "glycemic index" which is a popular idea that foods on the low end of the scale help stabilize blood sugar and reduce cravings.

There are a number of plans for men (1500 calories daily), women (1200 calories), vegetarians, older folks, people with diabetes and even those looking to maintain weight. You pick the foods you want for the month and then you supplement them with fresh fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy and lean protein.

In addition to the food though, dieters are "encouraged" to modify their eating behaviors with a 12 week "self-guided" behavior guide focusing on making over the mindset. This guide is filled with tips on how to curb cravings and the importance of social support. There are also online resources for additional assistance with diet/fitness and counselors to help. The plan also recommends 30 min of exercise daily and there are online fitness plans that can be tailored to various levels.

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Okay, so how does this break down in terms of the 4 components we have been discussing?

emoticon 1. Sustainability: This is not a life long program as most dieters only stay on it for 10-11 weeks. It is expected that you will learn in that time frame to eat healthy on your own.

emoticon emoticon 2. Fit: I don't know about you all but I spend a fortune on the grocery bill as it is and I certainly can't imagine shelling out another 300$ for food just for me (plus the fruits/veggies/dairy and protein). It is probably a great fit for those starlets with more money and less responsibilities but not everyone can swing this bill.

emoticon 3. Variability: It is certainly variable with plenty of options that are nutritious and planned.

emoticon 4. Deprivation: The plan specifically states to stay away from sugar, alcohol and breads. But when you pay for a month of meals this does includes snacks so you may not feel deprived.

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Final verdict?

Probably okay for the short term for those with some extra money they can afford to shell out. I'm not sure how motivating it is to read a book on how to do this over the long term though. The plan does not address real world issues and if it were a perfect world then we wouldn't need help losing weight in the first place. I do like the fact that there are counselors and others online resources to utilize.

This may work for some people, but not this chick!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KRZYKAT3 1/5/2013 9:16PM

    I have lost 50# on this plan twice and it was good for me because I was single and they had centers with support gourps. I dont like the new buy it and do on your own. Would go to Jenny Craig first!

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MORRIGAN11 12/29/2012 7:06PM

    I know it! I can't imagine my husband on 1500 calories a day!!! That would not be healthy for him at all.

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ORCHIDLADY56 12/29/2012 5:59PM

    Too few calories which help you lose weight in the short term, but slow your metabolism which doesn't help in the long term. You are one smart cookie to run the other way!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/29/2012 2:37PM

    This is definitely not a plan for me. I can't afford something like that & prefer fresh or frozen fruits & veggies for the most part. Thanks again for this series of blogs. They are very interesting & informative. emoticon

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MORRIGAN11 12/29/2012 11:22AM

    Slow and steady wins the race you all. Keep in mind that we are all different and so what works for us overall may not work for someone else. I can do low carb and feel great, my mom however turns into a bear on low xarb haha. To each their own!

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TERRIPAL1 12/29/2012 9:45AM

    It's funny you wrote this I too saw the commercials and sometimes I wonder hmmm should I or not. One of my relatives did it and it worked for her. Even a year later. But I agree with everything you wrote. For be for me it has to be for life , so here I am with the rest of us, doing it the slow way, but the healthy way as well!

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NANALISA-4 12/29/2012 9:35AM

    I'm not much for those types of eating plans/diets either. Loosing weight and eating right is a lifestyle change that needs to be made by everyone and its a life long thing, not short span and done when weight is off...for if you don't continue, it will come back! Good blog and great points! Thank you!

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JOGBIKEWALK 12/29/2012 9:10AM

    Hi! Def not for me either! However, my husband will go on Nutrisystem short term when he is trying to drop pounds when training for marathons. It seems to work great for him (lucky guy) and has done a round or two of deliveries - twice that I can remember. It's true, this does limit his serving sizes and I think he eats way more veggies than usual for him during these times.
It is not something I would personally try though. Tooooo carby for me, even the diabetic plan.
To each his own I guess! lol
best wishes on your journey...

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SANDYCRANE 12/29/2012 7:13AM

    I agree. All they want is your money. Losing weight and getting fit are lifelong commitments. It is not easy and it takes a lot of work. So many people do not want to face this truth.


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