Nutrisystem is a weight loss program that comprises of a preplanned and prepared diet menus shipped at your doorstep. The schedule claims to help you lose about 13lbs of weight and seven inches overall of your body in the first month.
Nutrisystem is a simplified equation to weight loss where you do not need to count calories, address the portion sizes, prepare meals or even plan the meals. All you have to do is to make a choice among many options that the company offers and let the toil begin on the weight loss track. This review will analyze the fruits of this labor, named Nutrisystem.
The deal about Nutrisystem
With Nutrisystem, the deal is straightforward
- You get to eat three meals a day
- With snacks in between your meals
- Meal choices will be provided by Nutrisystem
- Your pick and their deliverance
The Nutrisystem makes sure to provide
- A sensible portion according to an individual’s caloric requirement
- Of healthy nutritive meals with carbohydrates as the main source of energy
- Comprising of high protein, high fiber content with zero trans fat
Expert nutritionists and dietitians have planned this system to maintain the caloric requirements utilizing carbohydrates with low glycemic index and lean protein sources. The fiber-rich diet helps you avoid the cravings by promoting a fuller tummy. Nutrisystem diet makes use of 120 preservative-free recipes with no artificial sweeteners, colors or flavors.
All in all a limited calorie diet with smart food choices, hassle free delivered for your convenience. Some of the food items will be delivered frozen while some have to be purchased from the local grocery. The different meals have options like
Muffins, bagels, French toast, pancakes and breakfast bars
Salads, bars, sandwiches, wraps and rice varieties
A variety of lean protein choices
Bars, sundaes, popcorns, pretzels and more
The official web page offers a complete detail about each food item referring to the protein, carbohydrates, fiber and calories.
Deals to suit your requirement
Nutrisystem works at several levels to get you started and going with its uniquely designed plans, catering for all kinds of customers.
- Basic plan
Basic plan is a four-week plan with pre-selected, ready-to-go meals
- Core plan
The core plan follows the same four-week period of ready-to-go meals; the difference is you can duck away from any monotony of the food choices by choosing among different food items to create your own menu. Free online tracking tools and an app is a common feature of basic and core plans, however, you get an access to free expert’s advice via the core plan.
- Uniquely yours
This schedule includes all the leisure of the above two plans with more freedom of choice among 150 frozen food choices.
- Men’s plan
With an extra snack added, this plan caters for the extra caloric demand of men, while following the basic, core or unique routes.
- Diabetes plan
Nutrisystem helps you maintain your blood sugar levels with their diabetic plan, incorporating low-glycemic carbohydrates, lean proteins, and high fiber into a 1200-1500 calorie diet menu.
Specially designed for vegetable enthusiasts, this diet ensures the caloric requirements are met adequately.
In addition to all of the above, Nutrisystem has introduced Lean 13 that promises to help you 13 pounds and seven inches in the very first month.
Lean 13 is about ‘turbo take off’ the first week and advancing to Nutrisystem meal plan and daily tracker for the next three weeks. It works by combining
- Seven days of carefully selected meals
- Seven TurboShakes (a blend of Probiotics and proteins)
- Seven NutriCrush Bars
- A daily tracker to keep a check and balance for maximum results
Cost of Nutrisystem
The different plans come with different price tags
- Basic plan $9.82 per day
- Core plan $10.54 per day
- Uniquely yours $11.96 per day
- Lean 13 is available at the same rates as for basic, core and uniquely yours.
The overall expected expense per month is about $230-$300 plus depending upon the program you choose.
Customer rating of Nutrisystem
According to Consumer affairs, the Nutrisystem is awarded a 4 out of 5-star grade based on 246 reviews out of 2141.
Expert rating of Nutrisystem
According to a panel established by U.S. News, consisting of dietitians, nutritionists, diabetic and health experts, Nutrisystem was found to be best for short-term weight loss while getting average scoring for some other categories. The different criteria and the resulting ranking were
Here are some points that go in favor of the Nutrisystem
|Great for short term weight loss||Requires motivation for long-term continuation|
|Great for short term weight loss||Exercise is part of the regime|
|Option to make your own choices||Limitations on dining out options
|Ready to eat food available at your doorstep||Might weigh down your wallet after some time
|The diet makes use of all major sources of nutrition||Some of the diet menus require local purchase at the grocery
|Low glycemic carbohydrates comprise the major energy source, proteins source is of lean type, fat about 15-20%, a balanced proportion of all nutrients||Pregnant, nursing mothers cannot adopt this diet|
|Caters for diabetic and vegetarian ( those who consume eggs and dairy) individuals||Not recommended for under 18 years of age (developing years)|
|Heart friendly diet, a study conducted in 2013 and published in American Journal of Hypertension stated that the participants of Nutrisystem diet showed a significant reduction in their blood pressure and arterial stiffness.||Soy and peanut allergy caution|
|Restricted calories with portion controlled diet menus||Does not accommodate vegans|
|Development of healthy habit that can be followed in the long run|
|Controls your hunger, in 2009 a survey conducted by National Business Research Institute, including 9600 Nutrisystem dieters, four out of five reported that hunger was not a problem with this diet.|
|Palatable enough to satisfy your taste buds, a survey conducted by the company in 2010 of 3500 consumers of this diet showed that nine out of ten were happy with the quality and taste of their food.|
Some research reports on Nutrisystem
Some unpublished data about 32,000 participants of Nutrisystem who tracked their weight for six months showed 86% of them lost about five percent of the weight and 63% of them lost about 10% of an overall weight.
A 2013 study found that obese consumers on Nutrisystem diabetic program reduced their hemoglobin A1C levels and 72% of them met the American Diabetes Association goal of tighter blood sugar control at six months compared with only 44% of the control group. 28% of the dieters on Nutrisystem were able to reduce their diabetic medication while only 4% of the control dieters accomplished the same goal at six months.
In 2014, Nutrisystem introduced 40 new items and redesigned another 32 to remove artificial flavors and sweeteners.
A guide to the nutrient content of a typical day on ‘Nutrisystem Lean 13 uniquely yours’ plan for both men and women is as follows (U.S. News)
|“Basic” Women’s Plan||“Basic” Men’s Plan||Recommended|
|Saturated||8%||8%||Less than 10%|
(total except as noted)
|Fiber||28 g.||35 g.||Women|
19-30: 28 g.
31-50: 25 g.
51+: 22 g.
19-30: 34 g.
31-50: 31 g.
51+: 28 g.
|Sodium||1,906 mg.||2,096 mg.||Under 2,300 mg.|
|Potassium||N/A||N/A||At least 4,700 mg.|
|Calcium||973 mg.||967 mg.||19-50: 1,000 mg.|
51+: 1,200 mg. for women; 1,000 mg for men
|Vitamin B-12||N/A||N/A||2.4 mcg.|
|Vitamin D||N/A||N/A||15 mcg.|
An overall 16th position was awarded to the Nutrisystem diet with 3.3 stars out of five.