Nutrisystem is one of the most affordable diet delivery program, but does the lower cost mean a less effective weight loss program?
We examine the Nutrisystem program and outline some of the issues you must know about.
Nutrisystem is a 28-day program that includes fresh-frozen foods and traditional re-heat meals. There are plans focused on men and women,
With each plan:
This program claims to “lose up to 7 pounds in the first seven days”; however, the study shows an initial weight loss of 5.1 lbs.
Pricing can be from $10.70 per day, with options 5-days or 7-days worth of meals.
Does Nutrisystem Compare?
When compared to meal delivery services such as Hello Fresh, Nutrisystem is significantly cheaper. However, you get what you pay for – not fresh food – but heat and eat.
Nutrisystem can be shipped to Canada (the frozen food options are unavailable). However, an entire month’s worth of food can be shipped (there may be an extra $7.99 shipping charge).
To ship to Canada, order from the main site and select Canada in the country box when you checkout.
The average customer stays for 9.5 weeks.
Nutrisystem will help you get back on track, but it is not a permanent answer. After finishing your Nutrisystem time, you must still learn to eat healthily.
Nutrisystem offers a 7-day free trial whereby customers can cancel and receive a refund (less shipping costs). However, if cancelling after the 7 days AND before the second month is shipped, a $125.00 fee is charged to the customer (the cost of the autoship).
A typical day:
As you progress – it’s important to understand that you must add your own vegetables and fruit.
The Nutrisystem diet is based on metabolic type.
Daily calorie amounts vary from 1200 (women) to 1500 (men), and each day’s food consists of 3 meals and two snacks. The macro-nutrient ratios are approximately 45-55% carbohydrates, 25-30% protein and less than 30% fats.
None of the meals has any trans-fat or high fructose corn syrup. Customers can expect less than 2300 mg/day of sodium on a Nutrisystem plan. This is consistent with current dietary guidelines that suggest a maximum of 2300 mg/day.
Alcohol should be avoided, but tea, coffee, and diet sodas are okay.
Exercise is fully recommended, with beginner, intermediate, and advanced workout plans available.
There is nothing particularly unique about Nutrisystem. It is a portion-controlled diet of reduced calories that – if followed correctly – will cause weight loss. The challenge with these types of programs is what happens after.
It is very important to closely adhere to the transition plan and be mindful of the portion sizes you have learned.
Nutrisystem is an economical way of losing weight, with very little time investment. However, if the food taste is not to your liking, be prepared to pay around 2-4 times more for other delivered diets.