For the past several weeks Jeff and I have confirmed that Nutrisystem works, and that it has been a breeze for the most part – though I haven’t really outlined what is so great about this plan. Here is a list of what I love about Nutrisystem.
This is the biggest perk for me. I do not love to cook, and after a long day with the kids, it is always an extra job to put supper together. With Nutrisystem, I grab an entree, then make choices for protein, carb and vegetable servings from our prepared stockpile in the refrigerator and pantry. Simple, easy, done. With all the extra cut up veggies and other good carbs and proteins that are now easily accessible, putting together the kids’ meals and sack lunches is easy breezy as well.
All the work, measuring and counting is done for you. Yes, you have to physically measure out the food – but the math is handed to you on a platter. It is a foolproof plan, if you do exactly what the Nutrisystem plan tells you to do, you will lose weight. You will hit plateaus, and weight loss may slow down periodically, but you will lose weight. I thrive on this type of program – simple, easy-to-follow steps with no extra fluff.
3. No cutting out food groups
The fastest way to regain all your weight is to cut out a food group, because guess what? You cannot possibly (easily) live without certain types of food for the remainder of your life – eventually you are going to eat a piece of bread or a sugary treat again. There are always exceptions, though in general, programs that alienate a food group(s) are difficult to stick with. Learning to balance every food group for maximum weight loss success is key, and Nutrisystem nails it. Their implementation and balance of the food groups is perfectly easy to maintain in the long run with the proper amount of motivation.
4. Importance of a serving size
Jeff and I did a diet once that promoted insane amounts of protein, and he ate a gross amount of chicken at every meal. Just chicken. I’m sure his digestive system was really cheering him on…not. Sure he lost a lot of weight, but it quickly came back on when he introduced the other food groups back into his diet. Now that I have hit on not cutting out food groups again, my point is that learning to eating a normal size portion is key. If you do not make a habit of listening to your body by eating until your body is satiated, or learn the importance of a serving size, then your weight loss success will be very short lived. At first the serving sizes that Nutrisystem allows seemed ridiculously small, and then after the first few weeks, I realized that my body was being sustained and satisfied on this small amount of food. Upon even further thought, I realized that when I listen to my body – it will tell me when it’s satisfied. Which leads to me to my next point.
5. Using food as fuel
Food is just that, fuel. Without it you cannot live. When I started thinking of food as fuel and only as fuel, my whole entire lifetime relationship with food was blasted wide open. Previously I was eating food because I was bored, or because I was watching television, or because I just wanted to eat. It was also largely an emotional thing. The Nutrisystem way of eating is merely a tool, and the way it provides users with a schedule of eating is very important. It helped me differentiate between eating when I was hungry instead of just eating because I wanted to eat. If it’s not a scheduled meal time, and I want to eat – then I have to evaluate, am I really hungry or do I just want to nosh for the sake of noshing? The more I stick to the schedule, the more I am able to fight off the times when I am craving emotional eating. It gives me a one-two punch to ward off bad eating habits. Eat with a purpose, not because your favorite television show is on. The 100% best tip I have received from the Nutrisystem literature is to stop eating in front of the television. I thought it was just an innocent habit, getting in a little tube time while eating a meal – no harm done, right? Wrong. The first week of Nutrisystem, I sat down to watch a little tv in the evening – sans food, and I was shocked, absolutely shocked, how much I felt like I should be snacking. It was a terrible horrible feeling and quite a hard habit to break. Here I am at the end of week 9 and I periodically still struggle with feelings of temptation to grab a snack when my favorite show is on. When you break the emotional ties that you have with food, it will be a hugely freeing and life-changing event. I am looking forward to being there!
As a side note, if you are new here – you can access the prior weeks in our Nutrisystem journey by clicking on “The Baiers On A Diet” category on the right. Now for our Friday weigh-in! As I noted last time, the format of our progress reports is changing a bit because the weekly weigh-ins were getting lengthy.
- Month 1: -30.8
- Month 2: -7.0
- Week 9: -3.2
- Overall Total: -41.0 pounds
- Month 1: -13.8
- Month 2: -7.1
- Week 9: -2.5
- Overall Total: -23.4 pounds
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