What Are the Advantages of Nutrisystem?

By Shelley Moore

  • Overview

    Nutrisystem is a weight loss program and a diet delivery service that brings gourmet meals right to your door. Nutrisystem calculates your calorie requirements with an online analysis, and once this is completed and you send payment, they begin delivering your meals. The company delivers nationwide in the United States and also to Canada, with menus planned by the week or on a 28-day advanced program.
  • Features

    Nutrisystem offers a wide variety of selections and the deliveries include breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. They deliver a week's worth of food once each week, some which is ready to eat, and some frozen to be heated later by microwave or by adding boiling water. The meals are portable and easily stored, so you can take them to work or travel with them. On the occasions when you want to eat at a restaurant, you can review the literature Nutrisystem sends along, offering recommendations.
  • Convenience

    The service is a great advantage for busy people who want to participate in a weight loss program but don't have a lot of time to plan meals, shop for specific diet ingredients or to cook. With Nutrisystem, you order at least a week's worth of meals ahead of time so you never have to be scrambling around trying to figure out what to eat. Even with the busiest schedule, you won't have to stop at a fast-food joint, because you've got healthy meals already waiting at home or work.

  • Choices

    The company customizes menus according to your preferences, so you can choose the foods you like best. They also have a vegetarian program and one for people with type 2 diabetes.
  • Healthy Weight Loss

    The main advantage of Nutrisystem is it is a successful and healthy program for losing weight. The diet plan features foods that maintain stable blood glucose levels. Daily menus consist of 55 percent low-glycemic carbohydrates, 25 percent protein and 20 percent fat. They are also low in sodium and in saturated fats. Daily meals have lean meat, whole grains and provide over four cups of fruits and vegetables. The plan allows for eating several times a day so that you don't feel hungry and deprived. Because the daily menus consist of 1,200 to 1,500 calories, plan participants generally report significant weight loss of at least 15 pounds total, or 1 to 2 pounds each week they use the meals. Weight loss counselors are available for support by phone.
  • Considerations

    Nutrisystem, like all diet delivery services, is not cheap, and is definitely more expensive than buying groceries. An abrupt switch to the low calorie amounts may be quite difficult for people who are used to eating much more. Online reviews show that Nutrisystem customers typically lose weight, but are not overly thrilled with a diet consisting mainly of frozen food. The program also does not offer any real assistance in making a switch back to your own meal planning and cooking, so that transition can be difficult.
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