May 26, 2013
NutriSystem is advertised as a convenient and safe way to lose weight through healthy and effective diet plans. If you don’t want to think about planning out each meal, carefully counting calories, or trying to figure out which fruits and vegetables you need to shop for, then NutriSystem seems like the ultimate solution for losing weight.
Theoretically, with Nutrisystem, you simply make pick and choose what you want to eat, and then you have a month’s worth of meals delivered to your door – how’s that for easy? They’re microwavable and are low in sodium, saturated fats, and provide plenty of whole grains to help you lose weight.
Yet is it worth the investment?
What Does It Offer?
Nutrisystem offers a choice of over 120 different entrees and desserts that are supposedly balanced in protein, fat, and “good” carbs. A monthly shipment of food includes 28 breakfasts, 28 lunches, 28 dinners, and 28 desserts, as well as the option of one week of free food.
According to Delphine Carroll, NutriSystem vice president for public relations, “It takes the thinking out of healthy meal planning and helps dieters get accustomed to proper portion sizes and smart carbs.”
Women are to follow a 1,200 calorie diet plan while men are allowed 1,500 calories in their diet plans. Dieters are encouraged to eat five meals a day in order to keep hunger in check.
No meal replacement shakes or bars or used, though Nutrisystem likes to promote healthier food choices by encouraging dieters to supplement their meals with healthy produce and vitamins from their local market.
It also contains step-by-step instructions and planners to help dieters know what is used in each meal and how much to eat, as well as additional suggestions to help make healthier food choices while at restaurants.
Nutrisystem even offers free counseling from health advisors with food purchases.
How Much Does it Cost?
Depending on the foods you choose, Nutrisystem can cost anywhere from $280 to $310 a month, though when you factor in the fact that you may end up buying your own additional groceries alongside Nutrisystem, it may cost you more than that.
How Long Do You Use It?
Although you can use Nutrisystem for as long as you want (or for as long as you can afford it), most dieters typically stay on the program for about 10-11 weeks.
Is Nutrisystem Worth it?
If you’re on-the-go or single and don’t like to spend every second of the day planning out your food choices, the Nutrisystem seems like an ideal solution. It’s not a bad program, since it can definitely help you eat smaller portions, but it’s definitely not the most budget-friendly solution either.
However, you can easily choose healthier foods and meals by buying your foods from your local grocery store, and still lose as much weight as you would while on the Nutrisystem diet.
The biggest factor in how much weight you lose is finding a balance between diet and exercise, rather than any special attribute associated with Nutrisystem.