Here I came again with another detailed review. Wondering what is this review about? It is none other than quite popular NutriSystem Diet. So, are you all excited? Let’s dig into the review.
Basics come first!
What is Nutrisystem diet?
Nutrisystem is a weight-loss diet plan, which is highly popular. This particular diet plan involves eating the food that is pre-packed by the company and delivered meals and snacks, along with some food products of your choice. In this diet plan you don’t have to decide of the foods will fit your diet. Also, the best part is you don’t have to count calories or carbs. In general we can say that we don’t have to make sure that we are eating in just right portion sizes. The diet plan gives you freedom and you don’t have to think about portion control, meal prep, or meal timing. The claims that Nutrisystem says is that you can lose weight up to 13 pounds and 7 inches overall in the first month on the central plan.
Nutrisystem ships the food to your door and each day you have to follow that rules and eat a breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert, all from Nutrisystem. Moreover, you are also allowed to eat side items such as fresh fruits and veggies and snacks. Well, there is again a downside to it. You cannot eating out, and you have to stay to mostly away alcohol.
Note: The plan is not for people with chronic kidney disease, pregnant women, and anyone with certain allergies or diet needs. Also, it’s not for the children who are under the age 14 years. Although, the company offers different plans for teens aging 15 to 17.
Nutrisystem is a program that is high in protein and emphasizes good” carbs and it has been designed around the glycemic index. This index basically measures how various carbs affect your blood sugar. The program is designed in such a manner that includes many veggies and whole grains which are digested slowly and things which can keep you feeling full longer. This program is for the people who want to eat healthily, manage their weight, and create new diet habits. Keeping the same in mind Nutrisystem Company is offering different monthly meal plans and à la carte items.
Working mechanism of Nutrisystem
Initially dieters have to eat for every two to three hours, and up to six times per day. Nutrisystem provides a printed meal plan in the first shipment so as to make it easy for dieters to follow their Nutrisystem plan from the start. So dieters can include options such as chicken sandwiches, buttermilk waffles, mac and cheese, and chocolates, depending on the meal plan. The delivery of the meals are made every four to 10 days. And, the meal which is frozen are transported in frozen storage trucks and packed in dry ice to keep them frozen for up to eight hours after delivery.
The approach of Nutrisystem diet is tailored as per the identified four different body types: apple, pear, hourglass and rectangle. Starting for the Nutrisystem Diet plan is easy. All you need to do is to sign up for a specific program, and select your meals and snacks from a menu. Once the first week is completed, you’ll get to create Flex Meals. Under this, you can create two healthy breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks each week. Apart from the Flex Meals, the company offers customers Nutrisystem breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks of their choice.
Nutrisystem plans for Men and Women
Nutrisystem understands that the needs of Men and women may be different when it comes to losing the weight. Here is how they have sorted.
For Men, the plan is focused towards helping them to “lose weight, burn fat, and retain lean muscle.” The plans for men are advises to eat 6 times in a day, and they can choose the option of deliveries of prepackaged refrigerated and frozen meals.
Nutrisystem for Women is quite similar to the men’s plan. However, the aim to make women “lose weight, improve health, and have more energy.” They are advised to eat six times a day and enjoy two Flex meals weekly.
The restrictions on Eating
Nutrisystem provides the packaged foods that comprises breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. As a person start to progress in the plan, there are options to include lean meats, dairy, fruit, or other healthy carbs.
Nutrisystem runs a 28-day program which offers prepackaged foods.
- Breakfast: Oatmeal, muffins, granola, and pancakes.
- Lunches and dinners: Tacos; chicken and pasta; soup, stew, and chili, and pizza.
- For desserts and snacks: Brownies, cake, or cookies.
The program offers the freedom to eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, fresh meat and dairy, and other food items. They plan focuses on limiting the calories and sodium. The limitations are that you have pick your foods from the choices Nutrisystem offers. There are about 150 foods items to choose from their most extensive plan “Uniquely Yours Plus.” Under this plan, you hardly have to cook, since most Nutrisystem items are either are ready to eat or only need heating.
So, the entire review above now depends on one question i.e. does Nutrisystem work?
Let’s talk about it.
Nutrisystem’s diet plans are healthier and consist of perfectly portioned meals. Undoubtedly, it can help a person to lose body fat between 1 and 3 pounds a week. And, if you’re someone who is exercising regularly, these benefits will be strengthened. One point which I want to highlight here is that Nutrisystem has the plans which are specifically for both vegetarians and those with diabetics and this is a huge advantage. Moreover, Nutrisystem diet plan has several food items to choose from as you progress in plan. This is what makes this diet plan a good to take.
Now that we have talked about the advantages, we should mention cons too.
Nutrisystem products comprise food items with allergens like egg, tree nuts, soy, and wheat. For this one particular reason, few people may have to avoid these allergens. Also, their diet plan currently don’t offer gluten-free food items.
More I would like to mention here is that the diet plan with 1,000 calories per day may feel restrictive and leave people hungry. And, over-restriction of can be just as unhealthy as overeating. So, they need to find a good balance on the basis of on height, weight, and activity level of people.
Below mentioned are some of the Health Benefits of Nutrisystem:
- Higher energy levels
- Low cravings for junk food
- Less sweating
- No heartburn and acid reflux
- Higher self esteem
- Ease to avoid unhealthy foods
- No joint pain
- Better sleep
Is Nutrisystem Expensive?
I understand this is among the biggest concerns people could have after knowing how Nutrisystem works. To be honest do the math and calculate how much you spend on eating outside and grocery shopping. This will approximately the same. However, there are ways to save on the cost. You can choose from different plans.
Well, I will be transparent here and would say that the program is great for people who like ease of these meals over the freshness and flavor. However, the hard part is you have to take care of your own health after the program ends. Also, they offer a refund, it’s possible to try the items with less risk to see if the diet would be right for you. At last, I would say that before starting any new type of diet plan, make sure you are consulting your doctor or a registered dietitian.