How Many Pounds Can You Lose On Nutrisystem?

Nutrisystem is a for-profit company that sells special foods, beverages, and diet books to people who wish to lose weight. In its early years of operation, dieters went to brick-and-mortar centers to get the diet plan and food, have behavioral modification counseling, and get weighed. But in 1999, Nutrisystem abandoned that model and went to selling products over the phone and the Internet.

The diet and exercise plan Nutrisystem suggests is very similar to the federal government’s nutrition and weight loss recommendations. The company’s suggests and manufactures foods that are based on “good carbs” rather than relying heavily on “bad carbs” such as white flour.

Most women on a Nutrisystem weight loss plan eat about 1,200 calories a day, while men eat about 1,500 calories. Again, these recommendations are in line with federal government recommendations. Hence, Nutrisystem is geared to cause an average of 1 to 2 pounds of weight loss each week. Losing weight more quickly is possible, but depends upon the dieter’s body chemistry, food intake, and level of physical activity.

Some people have reported losing 8 pounds in their first week of following the Nutrisystem diet. A rapid weight loss in the first weeks of any diet is to be expected, especially among people who are extremely overweight. However, as the body adjusts to the new eating and exercise habits weight loss should level off. Losing too much weight too quickly is difficult to sustain and can cause harm to the body’s muscles as well as electrolyte balance.

Nutrisystem provides more than 150 food choices in four categories. Most of the diet comes from prepackaged food that customers order from the company. Some of the meals are microwavable while others do not require heat. Some items such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and low-fat milk must come from a grocery store. One of the keys to success using Nutrisystem is choosing a diverse array of foods from the dietary menus and avoiding the temptations of other types of meals. Thus, Nutrisystem might not be an ideal diet for people who must dine out frequently or who are rather picky eaters.

More than 75 percent of Nutrisystem’s food choices do not have preservatives and the entire meal plan strives to be reasonably low in sodium. People with special dietary needs have vegetarian options and those over the age of 65 can choose a “Silver” plan that focuses more on their special nutritional needs. The key to success on Nutrisystem is following the plan closely and increasing your level of physical activity.