Nutrisystem is a healthy, effortless way to lose weight--it takes all the work out of dieting. Nutrisystem is like having your own personal chef to plan your meals, measure out portions, and no calorie counting--all you do is heat the food.
Each month you pick out your menu choices from over 120 entrees and desserts, and they'll be dispatched in microwave-ready pouches (or just add water ones for soups and such). As every meal is provided, we suggest you clear out the fridge and cupboards to eliminate temptation, then simply relax and let someone else prepare all your meals while you lose weight. Nutrisystem's convenience is ideal for singles, people on the go, or anyone who doesn't want to be bothered with cooking but still wants to eat healthy and lose weight.
No meal replacements are used, but dieters are encouraged to supplement the monthly shipments with fruit, vegetables, salad, protein, and milk from your supermarket. Sugar, white bread, candy, cakes, processed foods, and alcohol are not allowed.
Unlike many diet plans, there are no weekly meetings or weigh-ins, however trained diet counselors are available for consultation if desired. There are many online tools to track your progress as well as a forum for discussion. If you stick to it, you mathematically will lose weight based on reduced calorie intake.
Exercise is recommended, but we suspect many dieters simply use the prepared food option, which is a pity. To their credit Nutrisystem provides a demonstration CDs and has online fitness plans that can be tailored to various fitness levels and feature aerobics, yoga, and resistance-training programs. Another issue is that this diet won't train you to keep the weight off, so you should really transition to a sensible eating program afterwards--but if you're short on time, Nutrisystem can be just the thing to shed some pounds, making maintenance easier. Most dieters stay on the program 10-11 weeks, according to the company.
Nutrisystem started in 1972, but has undergone many changes since--most recently the low glycemic index approach.
Menu: Unlike many pre-packed meals, Nutrisystem's offerings are low in sodium, saturated and trans fats, and include whole grains. The meals also contain soluble fiber and omega 3 fatty acids to promote feelings of satiety and strengthen heart health. Women follow a 1200 calorie diet while men follow a 1500 calorie plan. The macro-nutrient ratios are approximately 55% carbohydrates, 25% protein and 20% fats. Each days food consists of 3 meals and 2 snacks. There are four plans--basic, silver (for 65+), diabetic, and vegetarian.
Prices: Nutrisystem isn't cheap, but you can try it free for 1 week when signing up for a month (around $299). Nonetheless, if you're seriously overweight it may cost around what you already spend on food for this program, with the difference that you're pretty certain to shed pounds and improve your health with the Nutrisystem option.
One popular option is Nutrisystem Flex, which gives you food for the weekdays, but leaves the weekends up to you--useful as people are usually busy during the work week, but have more time to cook on the weekends. Of course, you need to stay disciplined and not binge, but if you have that discipline, then you can save nearly $100 off the main program.