By: Ava Alderman: I hear from a lot of people who are trying to determine if nutrisystem is going to work for them. People often think that they have a type of situation which is going to make them a special exception, essentially rendering the diet useless. Perhaps they think that they don’t have enough will power. Or they think that they have a slow metabolism. Another concern I hear a lot about is that people worry that they do not have the right body type. Believe it or not, people sometimes worry that they are not over weight or big enough for the diet to be effective.
I might hear from someone who says: “until I hit about forty years old, I had always been pretty tiny. I could eat what I wanted without having to worry about it. I am only five feet tall and, until recently, I’ve always been under 110 pounds. But now that I am middle aged, that seems to be a thing of the past. The last time I checked my weight, I was inching up on 130 pounds and since then, I haven’t checked anymore. I don’t even want to know what I weigh right now, but I know it’s well over 130 which is overweight for me. I’ve looked at nutrisystem and the menu looks better to me than most diets. I’m just concerned as to whether it would work for someone who is petite like me.”
Well, I will try to answer this by giving you some scientific explanations. But, before I do that, I can tell you that I know many small boned people who are short in stature (and who have a slight build) who have done quite well on this diet. And, quite frankly, weight is lost when you take in less calories than you burn. This doesn’t change regardless of whether you are big boned or small boned, petite or large. And think about it. Many of the celebrity spokespersons for nutrisystem (like Melissa Joan Hart and Tori Spelling) are petite.
Now granted, when you watch those dieting shows where the people weigh in on television, it does appear that those who start out larger lose more weight. But, you have to consider that the weight loss percentage might be somewhat equal for all body types. For example, if someone who starts out at 400 pounds were to lose ten percent of their body weight, that would be forty pounds. For someone that starts out weighing 135, that is only thirteen pounds. However, for both dieters, ten percent is meaningful and makes a huge different in the way they look and feel. The person who started out larger lost more weight in terms of pounds, but they were both identical in terms of percentages.
My opinion on this is that the same principal of weight loss applies whether you start out petite or larger. If you burn more calories than you take in, you should have success. Since nutrisystem’s foods are designed to be glycemic friendly and low in calories, this should be taken care of. And if there isn’t a huge amount of weight to begin with, it shouldn’t take as long to reach the goal. You can see the latest nutrisystem specials on the right side of this blog or by clicking here.