Do Diets Like Nutrisystem Work?

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    Aug 12, 2007 7:36 PM GMT
    My word! Look at all the threads on Losing Weight. Obviously, a topic of great interest. :-)

    I am wondering if anyone has tried like Nutrisystem, where they send you a whole bunch of prepared meals and whether it worked and did you like it?
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    Aug 12, 2007 9:50 PM GMT
    Nutrisystem is based on caloric restriction more than anything else. Bad news.

    You have to EAT to lose body fat, Caslon.

    Think about it: Which burns hotter, the fire with very little wood, or the one piled high with fuel?

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    Aug 13, 2007 3:06 PM GMT
    I've lost 55 pounds on Weight Watchers. Try that.
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    Aug 19, 2007 3:02 AM GMT
    Big Joey speaks the truth, my friend...

    I used to weigh 300 pounds, fell into the fad that less intake (MODERATION, if you will) was the key to losing weight, along with exercise. Which works fine for some; however, my body has become more of an effective metabolizing machine with NOT lessing my intake, but rather UPPING in more unprocessed, natural foods (i.e. greens, chicken, steak). I'm one who definitely enjoys food, so, I recommend to anyone going into the Nutrisystem fad, BE CAREFUL! Making your body hungry = not cool.

    Also the food tastes like crap...ugh...
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    Feb 21, 2008 7:46 PM GMT
    I recently researched the Nutrisystem program and came across some disturbing consumer reports. What I deduce from them is the following:

    -Most people really don't like the food at all. One woman says she thought it tasted like dog food - until she tried to give some to her dog and he refused it.

    - Although you are supposed to order exactly what you want they often do last minute substitutions. One vegetarian guy got his meals substituted for chicken soup.

    - People attempting to correct orders, stop oders or cancel the program can run into phenomenal and ultimately expensive problems due to breaucratic incompetence.

    - people with special dietary needs - diabetics etc. - have found the foods to be inappropriate.

    Obviously there also people who will tell you that it's worked for them. I spoke to a nutritionist who told me it's pretty much the same as Jenny Craig but cheaper, and that Weight Watchers was a better route to go. And a chef I spoke to just recommended to follow the revised Canadian food guide.

    Hope that helps...
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    Feb 21, 2008 9:23 PM GMT
    the biggest problem with those sort of diets are education. It takes the control of your diet away from you so although you will actually lose weight, not just fat, chances are yu will have learnt nothing. When you finaly go back to normal eating these companies also wean you back on and start charging you a fortune for general foodstuffs.

    I know a few people that have tried them and at the end of the weightloss period they find the weight stacking back on as they know little about portion control or nutrient split etc.

    I find the best diets are a similar methology to the one used on here, that teach you about portion control and how to manipulate your diet. Im not overtly keen on the one on here though as its quite prescriptive in what you eat. Therefore you maybe making sacrifices in what you can eat, and Im not talking McDonalds here, but healthy food in favour of other food choices which may make it a chore if you dont enjoy them.

    As much as food is about fuel its about enjoyment and satiety.
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    Feb 21, 2008 9:32 PM GMT
    I personally don't believe in any mainstream, fad, or word of mouth diets one bit. It's just handing over your will and self image for someone else to control. I've always been, and stayed, thin just eating healthy... It's been eating mostly vegetables and fruits, a good helping of carbs, proteins and dairy. I still live by the classic food pyramid, but changed it up only to suit my body's needs. Junk food, well there's no excuse. I eat only a couple times a month, and little at that, but I make sure I indulge when do, as well burn it off running and doing plenty of sit ups. But no, a diet is in my opinion, the pinnacle of losing one's self control.
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    Feb 21, 2008 9:44 PM GMT
    Oh wow! I had totally forgotten about this thread.

    I asked my initial question before I signed on with Golds and a personal trainer in October, and before I learned that my weight increase was a specific known side effect of the cancer therapy....abdominal obesity.

    Anyway, since then I am eating very well and organic. The workouts at the gym are very active...and getting more so as my strength and tolerance level increase.

    So I am not looking for any of these weight loss programs. My weight is dropping "naturally" as the therapy leaves my body and with the great program at the gym. I am very happy to see that I will get back in shape even as a 56 yo PC survivor.
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    Dec 31, 2008 7:57 AM GMT

    Just a comment from someone who is actually on the Nutrisystem diet. icon_biggrin.gif

    Yes, you can lose weight on the program. I've lost 22 pounds since November 21. I was at 230, and I'm at 208 right now.

    The food ranges from terrible to pretty dang good. There's way more pretty dang good than there is terrible. The worst time is lunch where everything seems to be so-so (one or two exceptions). I have never had an order substituted yet. The online order system doesn't let you order things that aren't in stock. Almost all of the dinners are in stock all the time.

    If I had my macaroni and cheese and the NS mac and cheese side by side, of course I'd pick mine. But the food is fairly good.

    I like the program because it does do everything for me. I provide the fruits, veggies, and dairy/protein. The men's diet averages 1400 calories a day. Yes, I do get hungry at times. I just drink another glass of water. Otherwise, I don't have to think about it and the pounds are heading somewhere else.

    If you compared the Nutrisystem diet to the US Food Pyramid, it's very compatible. If you want to lose weight, it's worth a shot. Since it does work, I like it a lot.
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    Feb 10, 2009 8:29 AM GMT
    Many sources also cite mental and emotional health as an important part of overall fitness. This is often presented in textbooks as a triangle made up of three sub-sections, which represent physical, emotional, and mental fitness.

    Purines are mostly found in foods which are high in protein and fat content. Vegetable oils, greasy burgers and fatty fish are all high in purines, so you should avoid fried foods and naturally fatty produce. Basically, high purine content is found in almost all kinds of food: pork, beef, chicken, turkey, salmon, tuna, oysters, scallops, creams, eggs, peas and beans. But there are ways to have a low-purine diet.

    Here is a link that might be useful: Definition of Fad Dieticon_smile.gif
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    Feb 10, 2009 8:32 AM GMT
    I've heard mixed things about the NS. My aunt was on it, she did all the meals and everything else and it didn't work. The food also tasted like cardboard. It looks good, but no taste. A friend of mine, however, was on this diet, and it worked wonders for her. I guess it all depends on the person and how their body works.
  • JohnG16775

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    Feb 10, 2009 6:13 PM GMT
    I did it in 87 and dropped 40 lbs quickly, then just as quickly gained it all back and yes it tasted like cat food.
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    Feb 10, 2009 6:15 PM GMT
    NutriSystem will not feed you, it'll only trick you into thinking you have been fed. You may lose weight, but you'll also lose vital defenses your body needs.

    Nutritionism kills.
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    Feb 10, 2009 7:02 PM GMT
    Almost all diets will work in the short term if one is compliant with them. What I hate about diets though, is that they are short term fixes, when what is needed is long term behavioral changes. If you aren't going to eat the NS for life then why start it. Stop the program go back to your old eating habits and the weight comes back on.

    The bottom line comes from the laws of physics, eat fewer calories then you burn= lose weight, take in more calories then you burn=gain weight.

    Now certainly the extent of those changes can be influenced by individual factors, some will lose weight more quickly on a low carb diet, while some cut calories way to much and screw up their hormone balance and slow down their metabolism bring weight loss to a halt. especially common on low fat diets.

    I think most of the commercial systems are just that, designed to make money off of people desperate for any results at all. I say make your own food, prepare your own meals in advance, it's healthier, it's cheaper, it's more educational, and the long term results are more likely to last.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Feb 10, 2009 7:15 PM GMT
    My best buds Mom lost 60 pounds on it. She looks amazing, but I saw the food and I could NOT eat it. I'd go with portion control and exercise if I needed to lose weight.