Has anyone tried NutriSystem?
A few of my friends swear by it, but it seems expensive, especially if you still have to cook
separately for your family. I have ordered some NutriSystem stuff from e-Bay to try it out.
I do like the idea that it makes it easy to plan meals and the high protein/low glycemic index
might really work.
I lost 30 pounds last summer from using the Dance Dance Revolution program on our
Playstation 2. That was definitely worth the investment. I would still like to lose 5-10
SusannL from St. Cloud, FL
I use DDR for my workouts as well. Beats going to the gym. I have two friends that are on
NutriSystem and it works well for them. They have both lost lots of weight on it, but I would
never spend the money.
I went to a nutritionist instead. I get to eat regular foods, I just have to watch carb and
fat content. She even gave me a booklet of nutrition facts for several fast food joints. I
would suggest a nutritionist visit over a diet plan any day. I have been eating under her
suggestions for a month and have already lost nearly 10 lbs.
Anything that is a prescribed as "only eat our food" diet, is bound to fail. You can't eat
their food all the time, it's expensive and not really feasible. With a sensible eating plan
you can eat anything you want, just in moderation, heck you can eat at McD's if you want.
I'll tell you what, I love it. I have been on it for a week (plus one day) and can honestly
tell you it's exactly what I have been looking for. Anyone who isn't full after a meal from
NS, really should attempt to talk to someone because after eating 5 or 6 different types of
food per meal, I really feel fulfilled.
It's perfect for me because my main problem was portioning out food. NS does it for me. I
chose my own food instead of letting NS pick and so far the foods that have been really good
are the cheese tortellini, pizza, ham, oatmeal cookie, granola bars, and grilled chicken.
Those are some off the top of my head. The only food I have regretted buying is the scrambled
eggs, not very good. The cereal is fine, same goes for the chocolate drink. That is pretty
much all I have had in 8 days.(maybe forgetting a few things)
As for buying additional food, this is the stuff that a normal person should have on their
shelves in the first place if they want to live a healthy life so I don't see what's the big
deal about having stuff like peanut butter, bread, salad, fruits, spinach, cheese, etc.
And the time is the best part, another perk for a lazy college student like me. It's a
little pricey, but consider this I have followed the diet for 8 days and am working out daily
and I have about 400 percent more energy and have dropped 11 of the 25 pounds I hope to lose
I'm serious, this could be exactly what you are looking for if you have some cash to spend.
I just began the NS vegetarian plan, I started out by trying the 2 week food plan from QVC. I
actually enjoyed all of the food except for the ravioli. I was impressed by the high protein
content, the taste, and the wholesome ingredients. I just ordered the full delivery package
and am excited to get serious.
I have never been full in my life, and can eat tons of pasta. Lately, I can hardly finish
the "small" NS portions. A nice salad and the meal is surprisingly filling. Hope I lose
The food is awful. Save your money and just buy Weight Watchers or Lean Cuisine at the grocery
store. It is much better and has a better nutritional balance. I wish I had listened to the
naysayers before I wasted my money.
Also, beware. Nutrisystem substitutes in your order so much, you get very little of what you
actually chose. (10/12/2007)
Nutrisystem is a matter of taste. If you have ever had frozen entrees or a protein bar from
your local supermarket, well, that is exactly what you should expect. It is also a matter of
convenience and cost. If you're used to dining out every single day, this program will cut you
budget in half and of course it is all in the comfort or your own home. Although, I would
agree on some things mentioned by other people.
If you decide to join, make sure that you clearly specify which foods you like and which
foods you don't. Nutrisystem, tends to ship you some items that you did not order. Next, keep
in mind that all the foods have a high sodium level (salt). Make sure you check with your
doctor, before you proceed with this program.
Remember, when it comes down to the nitty gritty, it's all about a matter of taste,
convenience, and saving money.
Good luck to all.
Neil, Vancouver, BC (10/29/2007)
By Neil from Vancouver, BC
I've tried it, and currently have two cupboards full of food that hasn't been eaten. I just
didn't like the food. I find that Weightwatchers is better because on the points system you
eat whatever you want, just stay within a points range. Therefore, you don't have to buy a
bunch of food, and your family can often eat the same food you're eating. Also, if you know
you want to splurge for some special event, you can save up points for it, because you get 35
weekly points on top of your daily points, and you can save them up for one day if you want.
WW teaches you how to eat real food. They also have a separate "core" plan if you don't
like the points, under which you can eat certain healthy foods until you are satisfied, for
those who don't like counting points. All you pay if you choose the monthly program is about
40 bucks a month, and that covers meetings and access to the online site where you can keep
track of your points and exercise and find recipes, points values, etc. That beats hundreds
per month for Nutrisystem food that I didn't want to eat half of the time.
The only foods I liked of the Nutrisystem offerings were the Italian style foods, as it's
tough to mess up tomato sauce. The tuna tasted like cat food, and the Thai food was atrocious.
Most of the lunches were like cup a soup, where you add water and wait for dehydrated noodles
to get soft. The pizza is tiny, the burgers and chicken dehydrated, and you add boiling water.
I did lose some weight fast on NS, because you are eating so few calories, but ultimately, I
couldn't eat that food for long, so it was pretty much a waste of time. (01/03/2008)
I know there are some mixed feelings about the diet, but this is the first diet that I have
actually enjoyed being on. I am a huge fast food, meat and potatoes girl, so Atkins and
Southbeach were not for me. Most of the food is really good, you just should order what you
think you will enjoy and not take too many risks.
I am never craving something more, I am always full and find that I can't eat everything I
am supposed to in a day. I have a hard time getting over 900 calories, because I get full.
But, I eat a lot of veggies and some fat free cheese. The one hard part is the no alcohol,
but that is how it is with any diet. I would definitely recommend this diet to anyone that
usually loves junk food, because you can still eat cheesy pasta and potatoes, chocolate, etc.
Here is a sample day in the life of my diet:
peanut butter bars
Keep in mind, this is barely 850 calories, so in theory you need to add more fats to this
plan, but I am having a hard time. (01/12/2008)
I tried Nutrisystem 2 weeks ago. One day into it, I broke out in a rash and gained 5 pounds
within the next few days. The sodium content is so high, it caused edema for me. I quit the
program and went back to my previous weight. Now I am doing Weight Watchers, eating healthier,
and I feel great. Nutrisystem is an extremely expensive, salt enriched, program. Not good for
people with high blood pressure. (01/20/2008)
I have always been a very healthy eater who sought guidance with respect to portion control
and balancing protein, fat and carbohydrates. Prior to NS, thoughts of food would consume me
at times. In retrospect, I would attribute these thoughts to the fact that I was not eating
balanced portions (too small, too large, not enough fat, too many carbs, etc.). Often I'd have
too much of one (protein or carbs) and not enough of the other in my diet.
Nutrisystem was an attractive choice for me. I thought this program would help me achieve
balance and train my eye to recognize proper portions. As a busy professional, I find the
meals to be convenient and satisfying when supplemented with the suggested vegetables/fruits.
I'm very satiated after every meal (likely due to the fibre, protein and fat), and find the
fruit and dairy servings tide me over until the next meal. This is quite a feat for someone who
felt hungry all of the time.
I wonder about those persons who say the food tastes very bad it makes me curious about
what you normally eat on a daily basis. I eat dinner out only about 5 times per year. I'm not
I've lost just about 2 pounds in 4 days on the plan. That's not much, I know, but I've been
trying to do this for months. I do know this plan is right for me.
By No Longer Ravenous in Saskatoon, SK
I have been on NS for a little over a week now. Two days ago, I ended up in the ER for kidney
problems because of the high protein levels. Yes, it may work, but is it really worth the
possibility of having more serious health problems along the way? I have decided to go another
route. It doesn't hurt to try, but don't say we didn't warn you. (09/27/2008)
By not important
I've been on Nutrisystem for a little over 5 weeks and so far I've lost 9 lbs. I started at
141. I like the program because it's simple and convenient. If you're confused about what and
how much to eat, it eliminates the guessing. I once went on the Atkins diet for approximately
a year and compared to that, this is heaven. There's carbohydrates and small amounts of sugar.
Just enough to keep my sanity. There are also "chocolate" deserts and cookies that aren't half
It also allows caffeine and diet soda which was never aloud on Atkins. If I continue to
lose weight as I have been, then this may be a diet for life for me. Oh and consequently, I'm
saving money because I don't eat out. It seems expensive, but compared to Chili's and the
Olive Garden about 10 times a month, it's alright. (10/22/2008)
After losing 15 pounds on Nutrisystem, I have gained all plus five back. The diet was OK,
food ranged from decent to inedible. The pictures on the website and TV are inaccurate. They
are very small portions and require salad and other side dishes to complement to get full
enough. But the real problem was the absolutely inept people that worked for Nutrisystem and
dealt with the almost constant problems I had getting the food I ordered. They were constantly
out of things and would just send substitutions.
Even though I took the survey about what I can and can't eat, they would send beef when I
said I don't eat beef, things with nuts, which I am allergic to. They were good about
switching out the mistakes, but that always meant sending their food back and waiting. Also,
they choose the free week's food and you must take what they send you whether you like it or
not. Yes, you can often exchange for something better, but the phone operators would take my
order and then disregard most of what I ordered and send me the wrong items again.
It is very expensive, and the individual entrees and 5 and up are double in-store diet
entrees. It's a great scam, but like any diet, if you eat less and exercise, it works.
Bottom line, if you eat a controlled diet, when you switch back to normal eating, your old
habits kick right back in and you fail. If you can change your old habits, with a program
like Weightwatchers, your chances for success are immeasurably improved.
Just one side note, Nutrisystem sponsors a review page, but it is impossible to access and
write your own review. (12/31/2008)
There is only one guaranteed to lose weight. Reduce caloric intake and increase calories
burned. If you do those things you are guaranteed to lose weight. Any program that helps you
do that is a good program. With regards to sodium, it does not affect everyone the same
way.And if you want to taste cat or dog food, try the military's MRE's (Meals Rejected by
And last but not least, people have issues with buying fresh fruits and
vegetables, saying it is "extra". News Flash: any decent program will advice you to do that
anyway. If not, you do not want to be associated with it (01/15/2009)
I did Nutrisystem a little over three years ago and lost almost 40 pounds in three months. I
did it in combination with an exercise program. I found the food good, and was never hungry. I
found the cost reasonable, even with the added fruit and veggies.
Over the last year, with some stressful personal circumstances that included two moves and a
job change, I fell out of the habit of exercising. Last night I stepped on the scale and I
have gained 17 pounds.
So, today I went online and ordered Nutrisystem again. The decision
to order is the motivation I need, so tonight I will begin regular exercise and I will be
ready to lose the weight when my Nutrisystem arrives in a few days. I am confident that I will
be back at my slim weight within two months.
I recommend Nutrisystem. Some of us need the motivation that committing to purchase a diet
system brings. (02/18/2009)
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