I’m still in Florida with my mom and 2 aunts, who all live in the same cul-de-sac in a pretty little neighborhood. It’s warm and breezy here, and I love it.
I’m writing because I wanted to talk to you about Nutrisystem. My aunts have experimented with it with some real success, and I thought I’d weigh in on its pros and cons.
What Is Nutrisystem?
Nutrisystem is like Weight Watchers in that you buy their pre-packaged food and only eat that for as long as you’re trying to lose weight. There are some exceptions to that rule (you can add some fruits and veggies to your prepackaged meals and you can eat off the plan once a week I think).
You pick a certain number of calories a day that you want to eat, depending on your body’s needs. In theory, if you stick to their meals, you’re supposed to lose weight because you’re eating less food than you normally would.
Like I said, my aunts have had success with these programs, despite the fact that the food quality is pretty bad, and despite the facy that they’re still eating grains, gluten, dairy, and carbs in general, just like they would on a normal American diet. They’re just eating fewer calories.
The interesting thing is that both of my aunts say they’re not hungry on the diet, even though they admit they’re eating way less food than they used to.
They eat every 3 hours, as per the rules of the diet, and drink a lot of water, and that seems to keep them full and satisfied.
What can we learn from Nutrisystem?
The most important thing to take from people’s success on Nutrisystem is that, in general, we eat too much food. Eating too much is the #1 reason people gain weight in my experience, and it’s really easy to do. Food just tastes so darn good!
It’s hard to know how much you should eat, though.
This is why Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig and all those systems are awesome – because it shows you how much extra you’ve been eating, and how much food you can be satisfied with, which is surprisingly little.
The food quality is poor. Full of factory farmed meats and eggs, soy isolate, pesticides, antibiotics, and preservatives, it’s not optimal. I wouldn’t recommend it.
It’s also full of grains, dairy, gluten, and all the things we Paleo people say are “bad” for you. So if you have food sensitivities that are causing you to keep weight on, this probably won’t work for you.
However, I’m not urging my aunts to stop because I think it’s teaching them a lot about how much food to put on their plates when they’re done using Nutrisystem.
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