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Saturday, December 1, 2007

Day 108 - Just Wondering...

Have any of you ever tried the Nutri-System plan? If so, what's your opinion on it? What are the pros and cons? Is the food good?

I've seen the commercials, and have just been wondering if it's a good plan. Any info. would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!


Twix said...

Haven't tried it. My opinion is it's junk science. My opinion is to stay close to the natural source as possible.

Hope I don't offend you. I know we are all looking for an easy way out. There is no easy way out.

sorry...I'm a bummer, right now

Shannon said...

No clue. WAY too exspensive! The only thing that I would say about it is... have you noticed in their commercials they have had a few people come back and say they did it for the 2nd time and were able to lose the weight AGAIN? That means it is probably hard to keep whatever weight you lose off unless you continue to give them the money for their food.

Teena said...

Eating natural healthy foods is the best for you.

Some programs take the weight off quickly ... but it (and more) come back on just as quickly.

Carol said...

The way I look at it is it's best to NOT use any "system" to lose weight that you cannot use for the rest of your life (to maintain the loss). You just have to realize it's going to be a hard and frusterating journey but you just HAVE to do it.

This lady on Oprah this week weighed 703 pounds and lost OVER 500 pounds without drugs or surgery!!! She'd look at you and wonder the same things that you wonder when you look at someone half your size.

You have so much support (I am in awe of it). The only thing standing in your way of success is you. Sure, it's a struggle but once you get there it will be worth all the pain. As Oprah once said, she has enough money that if there was a painless way to do it, she would have found it and bought it by now. Eat less, exercise more. Plain, simple, cheap.

Savy said...

My mom and dad are both on it. They like it because they don't have to think about what to eat, except to add fruit, salads and some protein here and there (realize that cost only covers PART of the food you need each day. You have to supply extra protein, fruits, veggies, and dairy.) There is also a lot of talk about gas and bloating being a huge issue due to some enzyme they use. Also, their stuff is processed severely, - it doesn't need to be refridgerated, just think about that for a minute.

It's good for my mom, because she has MS and cannot neurologically get it together to properly set up her own meals. It's good for my dad because he just "can't be bothered" but they both admit the gas side effect is embarassing, and the cost is high while the taste is so-so.

Will it work? Yes, because the calories are very low. Do you need it to make things work? Nope. You can do it on your own for a fraction of the cost. If you want me to tell you more about how, email me and I'll lay something out for you (I can even lay out what they eat on the program if you like.)

Once Upon A Dieter said...

The food is HORRIBLE.

Every person I know who did it quit very soon after starting because they either 1. got diarrhea or stomach upsets or 2. Couldn't stomach the preservative-laden, over-processed food or 3. Were plain hungry. Many of the entrees, were mostly sauce and little protein.

I did it back in 1990, and it was pretty awful. From what my friends say who tried it recently (one last year), the food is not much better and the gastric effects can be gruesome.

I like fresh food too much to eat a burger you have to add water to and a bunch of fake ingredients.

However, if you really want to do a Nutrisystem type diet, just go to any site that describes the diet, and go to the grocery store and buy the packaged equivalents (tiny boxes of cereal, cup of soups, frozen or boxed diet dinners). That's basically what you pay for. VERY VERY small portions of untasty food.

It's better to have small portions of better tasting stuff--even something like a Healthy Choice or Lean Cuisine frozen dinner--than the insane stuff Nutrisystem serves.

The Princess<--who is back on the wagon after a lot of lax eating

Wallowgirl said...

I ordered a 4-week plan from QVC. The issues I had with them is that you still have to buy your own fruits and veggies which is more money. Also some of the meals were horrible tasting. The muffins they give you for breakfast tasted like cardboard. I ended up sending it back. I have heard though if you tailor your meals on the Nutrisystem website to receive the exact meals that you want, it's much better. But it can cost way more. With all of the frozen food choices now with Lean Cuisine, newly South Beach, and Smart Ones, you are better off monetary wise just doing it on your own. The one thing it does do is portion size for you so you don't have too. Hope this helps.

exfatgirl said...

A friend of mine did it a few years ago and she said everything tasted like cardboard or styrofoam.

Lori & Victor said...

Ive never tried it but I haven't heard great things about it. I aslo have wondered about it and Jenny Craig. I assume that is because every time you turn the tv on there is a commercial! I wish I would have seen that Oprah episode!

Trisaratops said...

Well, you probably don't need another no vote, but I'm going to give you mine anyway, since I am chatty pants. I did do Nutrisystem when I was a teenager. Food is awful, but now that I am an adult, and hmmm, still overweight, I would say the biggest problem is what carol brought up: you can't sustain it for the rest of your life. If you are looking for a structured system and information on what to eat, I would do Weight Watchers. They have this book with lots of foods listed, and you can easily find many of the foods you eat everyday and their portion sizes. They also give you a "points calculator" for foods not in the book. Learning to eat the proper amount of food in your own home is a huge help. And the meetings are helpful too. You can do it - we're all here for you!


I know nothing about it except that it sounds too good to be true. For me, that was enough to make my shy away.

If you're looking for something that will help you jump start your healthy eating plan I would suggest Weight Watchers. If you're going to spend the money you might as well learn how to manage your meal planning and get some extra support while you're at it. Just my two cents.

Christie said...

I don't think it's a good idea.. I've seen it used on Celebrity Fit Club and most os the foods are powdered or dehydrated foods that you add water too. Most of it is kept in the pantry and not refrigerated because it's all preservatives and stuff. For example if you eat pasta, the noodles and sauce are 'just add water'. It's up to you of course, but to me it sounds yucky.

Goaledgirl said...

I think the benefit of plans like Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem, is that they don't just tell you what to eat...they give it to you. My sister does Jenny Craig and likes it. They have frozen dinners (much like lean cuisine and smart ones), but if I remember Nutrisystem, nothing needs to be refrigerated. I did the plan YEAR ago while I was in high school. I lost weight, but yes, gained it back. It is an investment but might be a way to keep you accountable and get some big weight loss numbers.

If I could get a few things settled in my life, I would probably join Weight Watchers. Cheaper than Jenny and NutriSystem.

Good luck in what ever you choose.

MB said...

Like any other diet - it works if you do it but it is impossible to do it for the rest of your life. My Mom did it and loved it initially for the convenience. She lives alone and didn't have to rattle pots and pans but after a few weeks she would say it is "time to eat the dog food."

I lost about 70 lbs on Jenny Craig about a decade ago. It was convenient but the food was blah (I hear it is better now).

I'm with the rest of the crowd in saying healthy foods in reasonable portions is the way to go.

Alyssa said...

Wow - a lot of negative responses. I did it last spring and loved it. Yes, the food wasn't always the tastiest, but if you cruise the NS boards, you find that what is delicious to one is disgusting to someone else. No accounting for taste. The stuff I liked, I ordered more of, the stuff I didn't, I sold on the internet.

Additionally, there is a lot of fresh food that you need to buy and manage yourself. Frankly, I rarely overeat on fruits and veggies. Thats not where I need the help. Portion control was where I needed the help. And it was great for that.

The "nutritoots" as they're called go away after a couple weeks. Just like some people quit on low-carb because they can't handle detoxing from sugar, some folks can't handle short term difficulties. I had over a hundred pounds to lose, so I was game to try it.

I was pretty successful in the short term and I think had I stuck with it, I would have continued to be. My challenge was I started a new relationship and we went out to eat (stuff like chicken and waffles, pasta, etc.) ALL the time and I skipped working out to hang with him. The relationship is over, but the pounds I re-gained are not. :)

I do try to stick to whole foods as much as possible, but frankly, there is a LOT of whole foods in the diet. It may help with automating your eating process for a while so you don't have to fixate on food constantly.

BTW, I'm a frequent reader and I think you're doing great. You CAN do this. Stop wondering and starting saying "I WILL DO IT".

Weigh to go..lets see said...

I have wondered about that too...I have thought about LA weight loss as well...humm, I think losing my 14 pounds makes me happy enough that I might stick to whats working :)

Amy said...

I like that they offer a vegetarian option. But I have also heard that there's a fair amount of extra food to buy to supplement the provided food. Maybe it's a good system to teach portion control, but I sure don't know anyone who raves about it.

Teale said...

I've had friends & an ex that did it. The ex loved it, it was easy for him to just grab it and go, and he had success. However, my other friends that have done it said that the food tastes horrible, and that if you're eating packaged stuff all the time, you're not really learning how to eat "in the real world". I'm sure others have their own experiences too though!

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