Post # 1
Due to a medical concern, I am highly considering trying out nutrisystem [diabetic plan, although I am NOT diabetic], as I need to lower my high carb intake. I figure it would be the easiest way without making my fi suffer [no way I could get him on a low/”good” carb diet unless he needed to be on it for his own personal health reasons].
So what I’m interested in is, have you tried it? Know someone who has? How did it go? Was it hard to stay on track or was the food pretty satisfying? How much extra did you have to supplement [extra groceries] into your diet on top of the food they provide?
Any and all information would be fantastic, thanks!
Post # 3
I know someone who tried it, but that was about five years ago, so who knows how much it has changed since then. It worked relatively well, if you have the discipline to stick to those meals alone – my friend didn’t, and basically gained most of it back, but their cousin was on their success stories page for a while so I guess it worked for her. I think it’s worth a try!
Post # 4
@perlerose: Thanks for the feedback! I’ve read through some of the reviews on their website, but I don’t exactly trust on-website reviews.. as I know sometimes places will delete unsatisfactory reviews to make themselves look better.. or even write their own reviews!
I did a quick google seach, but found reviews dating from a LONG time ago complaining that the food was gross and what not. I’m sure it’s changed over the years.
The food choices don’t seem too bad at all, and I know I’d have to supplement extra fruits/veggies/salads.
Post # 5
@jenilynevette: My friend liked their breakfast foods the most (do they still make those?), but didn’t mind the other meals. Admittedly they weren’t amazing but it was doable.
Post # 6
@perlerose: Yeah they had some decent looking breakfast foods.. very similiar to what I eat currently [oatmeals, breakfast bars, muffins].
I guess I’m not TOO concerned about the whole “bad taste” thing as long as they aren’t super awful. I can handle tv dinner type meals [although of course not preferred].
Post # 7
@jenilynevette: i know someone who used the program with great success while she used it but once she stopped she gained about 50% of the weight she lost back.
Post # 8
My dad went on Nutrisystem and lost 30 pounds. He liked the breakfast foods best, but could handle the other meals too. He looks great and it really worked for him! He also worked out 4 to 5 days a week, but did that beforehand anyways.
Post # 9
My aunt and uncle used them recently with a good bit of success. Neither of them added exercise to their routines, but without it my aunt lost around 20 pounds and my uncle lost around 40. They said the taste wasn’t too bad. It certainly wasn’t gourmet dining, but nothing they couldn’t handle.
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016
My mom tried it years ago and it worked for her a bit. She’s tried pretty much every diet and because of her thyroid it’s really hard for her to lose weight. The only one that ever helped her lose weight and keep it off is Dr. Bernstein, but it’s a pretty intense diet and expensive and you have to go for regular check ups with their doctor and vitamin shots. Nutrisystem was probably the second best diet that she tried and she actually really liked the food. But of course, she was also used to eating very little to keep from gaining weight and she was used to diet food, so I’m not sure if everyone would like it. I think the problem with it for her was that she didn’t really have issues regulating how much she ate, so many of the portions were actually too much for her. She didn’t lose a large amount of weight and she ended up gaining back anything she did lose.
Post # 11
I tried some of the foods with a friend, neither of us were big fans (this was 3 years ago).
Post # 12
@jenilynevette: I know a few people who have done it. The food is expensive and while they lose weight on it, they all gain it back when they go out. You need to learn to control your own intake and food prep in my opinion for a long lasting solution.
Post # 13
The problem with things like NutriSystem is that it teaches you nothing about nutrition or portion control. So unless you want to stay on it forever, you will most likely gain the weight back when you try to go back to eating normal food.
I would set up an appointment with a good nutritionist. They can help you come up with a diet plan that will be effective, healthy, and balanced…and it will be something you’ll be able to maintain for the long-term.
Post # 14
I tried it many years ago & the food was gross. I gave most of it away. It may have improved by now, though.
Jenny Craig food is delicious, but very expensive.
You do have to go on a maintenance plan once you reach your goal weight, or it’ll all come back & then some.
Post # 15
@jenilynevette: I’ve done it. I lost 70 lbs and kept it off for two years without using their ‘matinence’ foods. Then I met FI and ate like a lumberjack and gained it all back but that was my mistake, not anything having to do with the food. Now I’m back on it in preparation for the wedding.
Some of the food is really good, some of the food is okay, and some are downright disgusting. Typically if you eat it ‘as is’ you’re not going to enjoy it, but the online community is FULL of recipes for things to do with the food to make it awesome. If you’re willing to pay extra, I’ve heard the food you have to freeze is even better. I spend about $20-30 extra a week on fruits, veggies, milk, string cheese, and nuts.
The food is satisfying and it’s easy to stay on plan as long as you’re smart about stuff. FI is a huge movie buff and I love movie theater popcorn so I put in a few white cheddar popcorns in my order, and then put it in a ziploc bag when we go to the movies so I can feel like I’m still living a ‘normal’ life for someone in their mid-twenties AND stay on plan.