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The Nutrisystem Diet Approach To Weight Loss

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Many people who ask me about nutrisystem have researched it, but some have not.  Those who haven’t done a lot of digging are looking for information about what type of diet nutrisystem really is.  What is their approach?  What is restricted?  What is encouraged or required?

This article will try to define, in the simplest terms, the nutrisystem approach to weight loss.  I’m not an expert or counselor (and I’ll post a link where you can reach out to a nutrisystem counselor with any questions,) but here are my own observations.  This diet is one of convenience. Most of the food that you eat will be provided.  You will eat one nutrisystem breakfast, lunch, snack / dessert, and dinner per day.  So if you love to cook for yourself, this diet is probably not going to be a good fit for you.  But if you want the convenience of not having to cook and to count calories for yourself, then you might like the convenience aspect of it.  (You do get to add in your own food as side items with each meal.  You will be able to add in fruit / veggies / dairy etc.)  Plus there are flex meals where you do get to cook for yourself sometimes. There is also an emphasis on getting food that you’ll actually want to eat that is mainstream or comfort type food.  It’s not all rabbit food.  There are foods like donuts, waffles, pizza, burgers, chips, stir fries, wraps, etc.  You are also allowed to have carbs, but there’s a real emphasis on eating non-starchy carbs so that your glycemic levels are kept steady. They very much encourage vegetables and many of them are unlimited, meaning that you can have as many as you want.  And while they do allow you to add in your own sides, you can’t add in an unlimited amount of whatever you want.  There are portion sizes that they give you and, the healthier the food, the more of it you get.  This is a good thing, though, because it is really training you to make good choices once you get off of the program.

In terms of exercise, they want for you to move for half and hour per day, but they really do not care how you break this up.  They really are all about you having an easy time of it, but they stress safe weight loss.  By requiring the three meals plus a snack / dessert and side items, they want to make sure that you are getting enough calories and nutrients.  Even so, many people do get pretty impressive results with nutrisystem.  This is a diet that wants its users to be able to eat food that they would normally want while losing weight in a sustainable and relatively painless way (although portion sizes are controlled and exercise is included.)  It’s not really a diet for people who love to cook, are not willing to do any exercise, or who want drastic or unsafe weight loss.  The approach is to make it as easy as is feasibly possible, while also training the user to make healthy choices and to make additional movement a priority.   They try not to be overly restrictive, but they do control portion sizes and reward healthy choices with larger portions.  Here’s a nutrisystem discount as well as where you can reach out to a counselor: Get 40% off every order + Free bars & Shakes and FREE SHIPPING!