(BECKY) But to keep the weight off, you must also learn "how to eat" once you return to a more traditional eating plan and your typical environment.
This is truer than you think. My parents did Jenny Craig and then Seattle Sutton. Yes they lost weight. Large amounts of it. The problem came into it when they needed to start eating their own food and wound up gaining the weight back because they weren't taught how to eat.
I have not done NutriSystem, but my mom did it about 25 years ago. In addition to the meals, she went to regular weigh-ins (for accountability) and also started exercising regularly. By going to meetings and paying attention to the program, she started to learn how to make healthier choices and choose correct portions, in addition to learning how important exercise is in losing weight.
Twenty-five years later, my mom has never gained any weight back and she is healthier than ever. It will certainly make you lose weight while you're on it, but you have to approach it as a lifestyle change rather than a quick fix if you want long-term results. It certainly served as a good kick-start for her.
I tried it and lost 17 pounds in 3 months. I got off of it and gained 9 of those pounds back. I then went back on it 3 months later and have lost those 9 pounds and now I am doing SP. I don't think it is really more expensive to do it because you won't be buying all the junk food that you may already have been eating. You do buy your own fruits and veggie though but that is a given. I honestly thought it was easy to do. I just wasn't disciplined enough to watch my portion control on my won.
I tried Nutrisystem quite a while ago. Most of their meals need to be microwaved. Also, they have you supplement their foods with fresh fruits and veggies. Between shopping for your fresh stuff and purchasing their meals, it gets really expensive. You'd probably be better off shopping in your frozen food section (for portion control) or doing a lot of make ahead meals and portioning them out your self. A great website for recipes is www.food.com They have all kinds of recipes and they all have nutritional values with them. It's a wonderful free website with recipes from all over the world. They have a great OMAC section too.