A store window was what made the difference. I caught sight of myself in that store window, and immediately then I knew that I needed to stop doing what I was doing and start eating better. It took a few more weeks for the idea to kind of “mature”, and take root.
I knew two things for sure:
First of all, I needed a plan that I could stick to for a while. I wasn’t about to go on a quickie diet like a 5-day juice fast, or 14-day vegan challenge. I wanted something that would let me keep my life as I know it, but help me lose the weight in the process.
Second, I knew I had to strike the hammer while the iron is hot, and that meant not putting this off. If I did, it might be some time before I get that thought in my head again.
I needed something easy that I could start immediately and keep going with for a while. Well, I did what every red-blooded American would do: I grabbed my phone and typed something along the lines of “lazy diet food” into Google’s text box. Sifting through the results, I caught a link which sent me to another site, which sent me to Nutrisystem’s homepage. I knew that catering services existed, of course, but I didn’t know that services like Nutrisystem existed. It makes a lot of sense, obviously, but I had never thought of it. I decided to give it a shot.
Nutrisystem Core Plan
I signed up for Nutrisystem’s Core plan, and was on it for four months. For the first month I used the favorites pack option, and then switched to their custom menu option. It cost a little more, but it was worth it because if I hadn’t made the switch there is a chance I would not have continued for those other months. The “favorites pack” food became a little boring, so I switched to custom menu when I could.
I started the program with the Fast5+ during the first week, then 3 weeks of favorites pack, followed by 2 consecutive months of personalized menu choices, and 1 month of a transitional menu where I only had the dinner meals and some bars/snacks. It worked. I lost the weight I needed, and it hasn’t made a comeback.
The long-term ideas I picked up from using the Nutrisystem program were less about the food, but more about the discovery of appropriate portion sizes, and a deeper understanding of my body’s needs and metabolism. These continue to affect my daily eating habits. As for the weight loss, I ate the diet but also exercised. I cannot stress this enough. Eating healthy is good, but you have to move yourself. Dieting is one half of a whole.
This program’s appeal is that it is simple to use and easily followed. The reps at customer service were very helpful, and when I was about to make the transition after 3 months to a smaller version of the diet, they were easy to work with. This is a working nutritional plan, and it can get you where you want to go, but you must be committed.
Nutrisystem has plans for men, women, diabetics, and vegetarians. There is the option for auto delivery or month-by-month ordering. There are plans which include some options that other plans don’t. With any plan, there are times which are designated for personal favorite dishes. Ones which are not part of the program. This way, dieters don’t feel they need to completely give up on their previous culinary pleasures.
So, is this program for everyone?
No. Definitely not. First of all, it is a question of price. No small matter. In my case, losing this weight was important enough for me. Of course, I only ordered another month’s worth of food once I saw that Nutrisystem was working for me. I dropped seven pounds during the first month, and that was enough for me to say: “okay, it costs some money, yes. But this is a way for me to invest in myself. It isn’t something I do too often, and it is for my own good. Not only me, but my family as well. And it seems to be working for me!”
Second of all, it is a question of preferences. Some people are picky eaters, and for them this diet could be a problem, even with a customized menu. The food does get repetitive. This is inevitable, I guess. So, if you are one of those people who needs to constantly eat something new or different – this may not be the plan for you.
Those were the two big issues with this diet, as I see it. The deliveries themselves were always on time, and the food arrived in great condition. It sure is packed well enough, let me tell you. Those packages could survive World War 3.
So, I would recommend doing the research, decide on a Nutrisystem plan that is right for you, and striking the hammer while the iron is hot. There are no convoluted consumer commitments, no binding contracts, and an easy delay/return/cancellation policy.
Of course, different diets work best for different people. Be sure to research alternative diet plans such as BistroMD to choose the right program for you!