The goal: lose weight.
The mission: eat right.
The strategy: Nutrisystem.
For 16 weeks, I was on the Nutrisystem diet. For 16 weeks, I followed their recommended plan, and was able to lose the weight I wanted, and get my waist back.
It was not an easy task. I am so very thankful that there were times where I could take structured breaks from the program. As easy and convenient as it is, sometimes you need to take a break in order to remind yourself of familiar tastes and flavors.
How does Nutrisystem work?
It takes the hassle and pain-in-the-neckness out of dieting. With the Nutrisystem diet, food is delivered to the dieter’s door. This food can be pre-selected or personalized, modified to the preferences of the dieter. While the diet is going, it is possible to receive support and guidance from Nutrisystem’s in-house registered dietitians and professional weight-loss experts. So, what we have now is control. Portions are a big part of Nutirsystem’s success. This diet helps you stay in control by providing the dieter with perfectly-proportioned amounts of food. This takes the guesswork out of the entire process. And that way – combined with some grocery supplementation – dieters know they are getting enough of everything they need to remain energized and healthy.
A lot of weight-gain issues stem from an individual’s metabolism. In other words, the body has difficulty handling the nutrients which are passing through it. This further manifests itself in hormonal imbalance, and that is what causes weight to be gained easily, but not lost. Metabolic dysfunction may occur due to age, genetics, lifestyle, certain types of medication, and nutrient deficiencies.
The way to take care of the body – the way to bring the balance back to the hormonal system – is by giving it what it requires to function properly. Nutrisystem’s diet offers a viable and sensible alternative to all of those other diets. Some diets work only short-term. Nutrisystem is not meant to be a short-term health plan. It is meant to take an individual, from the very first step, all the way to the desired weight goal, and even beyond that.
Nutrisystem was founded over 40 years ago, and over time it has gone through several incarnations. These days, it is a leading weight-management company, with a long string of successes. Nutrisystem now works primarily through its website, but it is available through external vendors such as Walmart and Costco.
My personal recommendations
First of all, start with a single month of favorites. You will get a Fast 5+ package, and three weeks of pre-selected popular food items. See if this diet agrees with you. If it does, go ahead and keep going strong.
After the first month of ‘intro’ food, consider changing to the customized menu option. If you are part of the Core or Uniquely Yours packages, the option to customize is available at no extra cost. As, by the way, is the support and guidance line, staffed with weight loss counsellors and dieticians.
My personal favorites were chicken and BBQ beans, lasagna with meat sauce, thick crust pizza (I still crave these occasionally), and the plain fold maple brown sugar oatmeal. I had so many of those, and I still love them.
The way to get the most out of this plan is to stick to it. See what fits your tastes, and keep at it. You will see results if you are real with yourself. What that means is that you don’t binge and make yourself sick on nights when you are off the diet. Obviously, you need to have some sort of a way to continue eating your favorite foods, but there is a time and a place. It is about balance. And Nutrisystem is a great way of rediscovering a love for food and for good health.