Writing this at the end of Nutrisystem Day 1. From here on out, I will be posting about our Nutrisystem journey once a week on Fridays.
Jeff and I both started with the Fast 5 this morning. By afternoon, it became evident that the Fast 5 was going to be dangerously low calorie levels for Jeff (with the daily intake being roughly 1000 calories). Just yesterday, he probably ate nearly 5000. He was starting to get light-headed and was beginning to feel sick. I contacted a Nutrisystem counselor, and they confirmed that he should start with the Fast 5, even with over 100 pounds to lose. This must be a canned answer, so we used a little bit of common sense and realized that he needed to start on the regular plan. It still was not easy, but once we added a few much-needed calories to Jeff’s day, he felt much better.
I plugged away on the Fast 5. And I was starving. Here is a sample look at my day:
Breakfast: Nutrisystem Entree (ex. Chocolate Chip Granola Bar)
Mid-Morning Snack: Chocolate EnergiZING Shake. (A little weird tasting)
Lunch: Nutrisystem Entree (ex. Spicy Kung Po Noodles)
Afternoon Snack: Chocolate Craving Crusher Shake (Much better tasting, a little thicker with some substance. I actually felt like my stomach was full after this bad boy!)
Dinner: Nutrisystem Entree (ex. Chicken Alfredo)
For any of you have dieted once or thrice, you know the first few days are kind of a “diet” high – complete with adrenaline, nothing can touch you, you are going to succeed!! And then day 3 and 4 rear their ugly heads and very slowly, albeit sometimes quickly, your gnawing stomach starts to chip away at your resolve. I’ve been there, done that. This time around, I am trying to put my thoughts elsewhere and not focus on the fact that my stomach is grumbling.
How about you? How do you feel the first few days of a diet? How long does it usually take you to start feeling deprived and ready to eat “normal” again? Has anyone done the Fast 5, and what were your thoughts?