Diet Pills just for men? / Nutrisystem for Men, does it work?

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    Aug 04, 2010 1:16 AM GMT
    I have been in a deep depression for about 1 1/2 years now, and have basically ballooned into a fat ugly blob. I am probably 25-30 pounds overweight, and while I am not obese, I do have a 'gut' that needs to go, and I have 'man-breasts' for lack of a better word..... I have gone from a 34/36 in waist to a 40 in waist. I am ready to make a change. I am no longer comfortable with the gym... and it did not really work for me. I would like to focus on the weight loss first, then the muscle.

    Besides excersize,obviously, I am interested in diet pills. I have tried Dexatrim, but it did not work. Is there a pill out there especially formulated for men?

    I am also thinking to try Nutrisystem.... as I tend to use food as a 'coping mechanism'.... and I am quickly approaching the obese stage...

    Has anyone here used the Nutrisystem?

    Ideas? Suggestions?

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    Aug 04, 2010 4:38 AM GMT
    I think diet pills are, aside from gastric bypass (for which you're clearly not a candidate) a refuge of last resort since I'm not a huge fan of manipulating your metabolism through herbs, drugs and supplements, particularly for newbies who can make great initial natural gains - that stuff is best left for folk who need to fine-tune. This doesn't satisfactorily answer your question but I'm confident you can control your metabolism and lose the weight safely within a matter of months through sensible diet and exercise, so I can only suggest you give that a try first. If you're not comfortable with the gym (even though I'm sure it's populated with members in far worse shape than you) why not start with cardio at home, or biking outdoors in concert with a filling, satisfying diet of strictly healthy foods?
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    Aug 04, 2010 4:54 AM GMT
    I lost 115 lbs while taking Hydroxycut and Redline (not at the same time..). I do think though that I lost the weight because I changed eating and exercise habits. Energy pills will give you a "dirty" energy.. What I mean by that is you will be filled with anxiety and when the pills wear off, you will crash with fatigue. Also, I don't think it would be a good idea to take these pills while really depressed (because of the anxiety).
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    Aug 04, 2010 5:17 AM GMT
    I used to do Nutrisystem - before they had the concept of Nutrisystem for Men, so not really sure what changed. I lost about 30 lbs (was about 100 over weight) before I stopped. This was without significant exercise really, although I was walking 30 minutes to & from school.

    My thoughts - its expensive. I looked at the costs, and saw ~$10 a day, and thought that was reasonable. What they don't tell you, is they expect you to additionally buy fresh produce like vegetables, dairy & bread to supplement the meals they provide. I liked the variety of food they offer, and the ability to select to get more of what I liked (and avoided the really bad tasting foods), but it gets boring very fast. Finally, I mostly attribute Nutrisystems success to the radical change in my eating habits. Being a graduate student, I tended to eat twice a day, usually 'out' both times. By going on NS, I was eating smaller meals more often, with controlled calorie counts.

    Additionally, NS doesn't teach you 'how to eat' - making it much more likely to gain weight after you complete the program, unless you maintain it indefinitely.

    I gained back that weight (and a little more). Since then I've lost 60 lbs, just buy watching what I eat. I'm not currently eating radically 'clean' (still enjoy packaged/frozen foods from costco, etc - but only those with reasonable calorie/fat profiles), but am on normal eating plan. It was easy, and I've sustained it for over a year. (To be completely honest, I need to revaluate it, find the next step toward eating clean, and work towards loosing more).

    I have no experience with weight loss supplements.

    To summarize, I think NS is fine if you think your problem is frequency of eating & size of portions. Its expensive, and doesn't teach you anything about nutrition, if you're concerned what to do after you loose the weight. I personally feel the best thing is to identify your single worst habit every couple of weeks, and try to eliminate it or find a substitute.

    Hope that helps.
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    Aug 04, 2010 5:48 AM GMT
    I agree with eagermuscle, best not to resort to pills unless it's a last option. I've had a try at metabolism boosters but at the end of the day you might as well have 12 cups of coffee and if your behind a desk all day it's pointless cause you cannot use that extra energy.

    It's all about your diet - I know as I've been going through a change the last 12 weeks.

    Stick with fresh meat and vegetables and avoid at all costs any processed food.Sounds hard doesn't it? It is. Reward yourself with one cheat day a week where you can eat what you want.

    But remember it's going to be a combo of diet and exercise that will help you attain your goals (whether that be weight loss or weight gain).

    Also remember it's not going to happen overnight. Start with a simple plan: short walks and moderated meals then gradually build up from short walks to long walks, to short jogs and further if you want.

    I tend to prepare a meal the night before and break it into 4 separate meals for the following day. If you want more variety then make 1 meal and split into 2 and then add in some fruit or nuts into the mix.

    Set a goal, work towards it and if you really want it you'll get there.

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    Aug 05, 2010 7:18 PM GMT
    If you're only 30 pounds overweight, it should be quite easy to lose it.

    Also, there is another option to "just" losing the fat:
    This time last year I was ~50 pounds overweight. Between January and February I dropped 30 pounds. I did it by simply walking for 30 minutes immediately after each meal...didn't even change what or how much I ate. Since then I've been holding my weight between 180-190 pounds, and building muscle to replace the fat so that my weight doesn't drop below 180 at any time. That part is a little more tricky, and requires a good, well-planned diet and workout program.

    It takes a while to build 20 pounds of muscle, but the journey is allot of fun. It takes patience, though...sometimes I'll look in the mirror and want to lose the rest of my fat in a few weeks. But that would be too easy, and I love a good challenge.
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    Aug 05, 2010 7:27 PM GMT
    I tried NutriSystem for Men a few months ago. I didn't change my exercise routine, and I ultimately lost only three pounds in a month's time. I typically lift 3x per week and do cardio 2x per week. I do think it's a solid program. Some meals are definitely better than others. I may go back on it at some point.
  • speakes

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    Aug 05, 2010 7:44 PM GMT
    I'm on my 8th week of the Nutrisystem basic program for men. I started at 192 pounds and am now down to 164 pounds. I finished the 7th week yesterday.

    I found it best to select the food from their choices rather than let them automatically choose it for you. Some food is defginitely better than others but nothing has been so bad I couldn't eat it or said never ever again. It has certainly made life easier and I am learning better what to eat and how much of it to eat and that more meals are better than just 2 or 3.

    I find that I spend about $20-$30 a week on top of the Nutrisystem for fresh food and beverages to suppliment the Nutrisystem supplied meals and snacks. So it has ended up costing about $90-100 a week in total.

    I'm doing between 30-50 minutes of cardio exercise a day as a way to help speed up the weight loss beyond just the decreased caloric intake.

    I had thought my goal was 165 but feel another 5 or so pounds would be good for me. I'll then order one more month of food and use that along with regular meals over the course of 6 weeks probably to move into maintenance mode where I'll do some of their food and some of my own food to slowly transition off the program as opposed ot all of a sudden. I've read this works better and you dont' end up just putting it back on. You learn better how to adjust to the new way of eating and shopping and preparing your meals and schedule.

    For me Nutrisystem has been great and it's been very reasonable considering it's 3 meals and 3 snacks and all beverages for a day for 7 days for on avg $90 a week.

    Granted it's different for everyone, so perhaps try it for a few weeks and see if it will work for you. You'll know within a couple weeks. If you know someone that is doing it they can send you a $30 coupon to start to get an initial discount.

    Good luck!