Nutrisystem did me BAD, now what do i do?

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Posted: 18 Mar 2011, 02:32
I was on Nutrisystem for 7 months and lost 40 pounds. Then I got so tired of the same old food and paying so much money for it, I stopped. I have managed to maintain, but I have to get busy and lose some more. When I read the labels on the NS food, it didn't sound that healthy to me because the sodium is high in most entrees and there are all kinds of chemicals listed. Still, it worked. You have to buy a LOT of "add-ins" to follow the guidelines, too, and they are expensive as well. Now I am going to follow my own plan which will incorporate some of Nutrisystem and some of Weight Watchers. I am staying away from prepared foods and their high sodium and I'm going to try to eat as close to natural as I can, emphasizing fresh vegetables and fruits. As for the chemicals, the Cajun Chicken and Sausage has calcium chloride, sodium erythorbate and sodium nitrites in it - that sounds like chemicals. The desserts have even more. The education Nutrisystem supplies you with online and in their literature is great - I learned a lot about nutrition and food.

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Posted: 18 Mar 2011, 04:32
Johanne wrote:
Kate, my very first day on here, I read a journal that said how hungry, sick and weak the person felt and how she just wanted something . . . anything. I read her food diary for the day and instantly posted that she really MUST eat. She wasn't getting enough this and that and the other, etc. OMG! I didn't know my way around yet and I had accidentally posted on an Atkins thread. I was called "stupid", "ignorant" and every other name in the book. People are very protective of their "diets". I personally couldn't even think of Nutrisystem, because I couldn't possibly afford it (or Lean Cuisine or Kashi, etc.) Like you, I went the route of figuring out how I could eat a balanced diet (in my case a cheap diet) and restrict calories, healthfully, on my own. When I finish losing, like you, I will figure out, slowly, how much I can add back in.

@kklessig, as Sherilyn said, figure out what the nutrisystem meals are comprised of, and try to duplicate the kinds of foods and amounts with whole foods, without salt and additives, without soy if it turns out you are sensitive to it. It really isn't hard. Check out any of the food diaries of any of the successful losers on here and pick one that sounds good to you. Kate's diary is a good place to start.
It's funny that you say that, because I noticed a lot of people treat their "diet" as if it were a religion of some sort. Especially people on the Atkins diet.

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Posted: 18 Oct 2011, 10:42
This is an interesting thread......

I'm actually on NS right now and have lost 30 lbs in 3 months. I'm abut 10 away from where I want to be, but I'll get there pretty quickly. My plan (I flex 2 days a week) cost $225 a/month plus what I have to buy in veggies, fruit and the other add on's. I spend about $350-$375 a month in food. Sounds like a lot, until I start calculating all those "food stops" and "lunches out" I used to take. By the time you add all that stuff in there, I'd say it's at least a wash, money wise. The food itself is palatable (some better then others), but the thing that I like the best on this diet is that it is EASY (which is critical for a busy person) and is not a starvation diet (I rarely feel deprived). I follow the plan 5 days a week religiously, then allow myself a few "extra" calories on my days off.

I have found the weight is falling off, and I only partially attribute that to the diet. I have also increased my exercise in that same time to 5-6 times a week. That is the true key to losing weight in my mind. I think that any diet that you can do that will restrict calories and that you can easily easily follow is fine, but unless you implement a physical aspect, your really going to limit your potential to lose.

One of the things that I find attractive about the NS is that it is prepackaged portions. I've always had a weakness in portion control. I wouldn't say my previous nutrition was poor as I ate decent food, just way too much of it. NS (like a lot of other diet's like it) is a pretty good way to go if you have "portion control" issues with food. I'll sacrifice a little taste, in order to not have to think "is this one or two servings" everytime I put something in my mouth.

But again, without exercise, the weight would not be coming off nearly as easily. So from a "weight loss" perspective, NS can be very effective coupled with a few other lifestyle changes.

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Posted: 31 Oct 2012, 17:15
I just found this entire website by searching nutrisystem and bad my good friend is on it and it is really not healthy, she has lost weight she really has so for that it is working! We are both new moms and wanted to lose the baby weight she chose nutrisystem she wants me to do it too but I considered doing it after finishing nursing my daughter that was until I saw it! Now I am planning on counting calories and doing zumba. For one thing how can anything that sits in a box that doesn't need a refrigerator be healthy? The preservatives that are in these things must be unbelievable. I am not here to criticize anyone's diet or religion LOL! but my dear friend is losing hair from her head and growing coarse brown hair on her bum!!! And she is a blonde! Is this from chemicals or hormones in the nutrisystem? Hair loss is listed as a possible side effect on their website and can happen from any weight loss they say but body hair? Anyone want to give an opinion on that? As for eating nutrisystem for the rest of your life and it not being a diet no way!! nothing that can sit on the floor of my kitchen for a month and still be okay to eat!! hubby jokes that we should put a box in the basement in case of catastrophe like doomsday preppers. But she is thin! I will be taking her for a wig and waxing her ass but she looks great! And thanks to that google I am a new member of fat secret!

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Posted: 01 Nov 2012, 05:40
Do your own portion control. There is nothing about NS that gives you an edge. Calories are calories.
Love your food or risk failure. No quick fixes, this is a lifestyle change. No extremes are needed just consistency.

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