Nutrisystem Weight Loss Program Review
The Nutrisystem weight loss program is one of the meal delivery diet programs that have become so popular in recent years. Nutrisystem claims that you can lose a pound or two a week without the use of diet supplements or intense exercise.
The biggest key to the success of this diet program is that it is extremely easy to follow and therefore, your ability to stick with the diet is greatly increased. The meals are already portioned out, they are ready to eat in minutes and you don't have to go to the grocery store as the meals are delivered right to your front door. You don't have to buy anything additional; you don't have to measure out anything; you don't have to count points or worry about eating the wrong foods and you don't have to attend any meetings.
The Nutrisystem meals are based upon the Glycemic Index. (The glycemic index measures carbohydrates and the index itself is merely a chart of how a person's blood sugar levels are expected to rise after eating a particular carbohydrate filled food. The glycemic index is predominantly used by diabetics to control blood sugar spikes). The theory behind a glycemic index diet is that foods that are lower on the index take longer for the body to process and; therefore, leave the person feeling fuller for a longer period of time (and therefore, they tend to eat less). Foods high on the index, on the other hand, are rapidly processed by the body and leave you hungry.
In addition to meal preparation based on the glycemic index, the Nutrisystem plan is also designed to have the dieter eat six meals a day (including snacks). The reason for this is that by eating more often, the dieter is able to keep his or her metabolism running at a consistently higher rate allowing the body to burn more calories even when it is at rest (or asleep) whereas eating three meals a day spikes the metabolism only for short periods of time just after you eat. The scientific advantages of dividing your daily calorie intake into five or six meals instead of only three has been repeatedly proven and cannot honestly be disputed.
Nutrisystem has many different completely customizable options and more than 150 meals to choose from including vegetarian and diabetic diet plans. The program cost about $11 a day (note: prices are subject to change and the figure listed here cannot be guaranteed to be accurate at the time you read this review).
The advantages of this weight loss program are:
No guesswork. The meals are dietetically correct (both calorically and nutritionally).
Wide variety of foods to choose from
Simple to follow
You eat real food (including your favorite foods)
You get to eat desserts (real desserts not some imitation pretend desserts)
You can customize your meal plan
The meals can be ready to eat in just a few minutes
You can supplement your meals with fresh fruits and vegetables from the store
No counting calories
No points to measure out
No intense time-consuming exercise regimen
Teaches healthy eating so the habits developed while on the program can be maintained off the program
Food actually tastes pretty good for prepackaged food
Access to phone and web counselors for support if you need them
Access to their website for advice, diet tools (charts, food diaries and racking software), forum of other dieters (discussion boards and chat rooms), and recipe center
Behavioral modification training to enable you to maintain your weight loss permanently
7 Day Money Back Guarantee
High customer satisfaction rating
The disadvantages are:
The Price; although it is not the most expensive meal delivery program, you can eat for much less if you shop for yourself and prepare the foods at home
The food; most items are pretty good but the food is really an acquired taste. As the saying goes: It ain't like momma made it.
Hard to follow if you maintain an active lifestyle that forces you to eat on the go or if you travel a lot.