Nutrisystem is an American based company that offers a home
delivery weight loss program that focuses on three key areas: portion control, balanced nutrition and frequent meals.
The program fully caters to choosing which meals suite your dieting needs. One is not required to count calories or monitor carbohydrate intake and based on a predefined portion, participants of this program do not need to make sure they are eating the correct portions.
On WebMD, a review of the Nutrisystem stated that the program is not for particular groups of individuals. These include pregnant women, patients suffering from chronic kidney disease or anyone with known allergies or highly specific dietary needs.
The Nutrisystem is a twenty-eight-day program that provides prepackaged food with various food varieties with breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and snack options.
The portions of each meal are regulated as per consumer’s dieting needs, and like many meal provision dieting programs this program has food and alcohol restrictions. As such participants are not allowed to eat any food they want and the majority of the food is from Nutrisystem. As most programs like Nutrisystem, the food is delivered to your doorstep.
The program is designed in a way that participants eat a Nutrisystem breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert all spaced out to six meals a day. Meals have a side food item such as fresh fruits and vegetables and snacks which one can buy at a grocery store.
During breakfast, individuals are given options such as oatmeal, granola, pancakes, and oatmeal. At lunch and dinner options include chicken, tacos, pasta, soup, chili, pizza, and stew. For snacks and dessert, one is entertained to brownies, cookies or cake.
The program provides a list of various fruits, vegetables, nuts, dairy products, fresh meat and other foods that you can eat along with meals from Nutrisystem.
The basis of each meal is to offer a variety of nutrients such that close to half of all the calories you take come from carbohydrates while the other half comes from equal amounts of protein and fat. Also, things like “smart” carbohydrates are carbs that have a low glycemic index meaning they do not rapidly raise one’s blood sugar levels once absorbed. Finally, the diet involves limiting both calories and sodium.
With regards to weight loss, the diet program seeks to ensure participants of the diet lose a pound or two each week. This is due to limiting input calories during each meal. The exception to this is the “lean 13” plan aimed at ensuring women lose up to thirteen pounds and seven inches within the first month. Men are expected to lose fifteen pounds and seven inches on the same program.
The meal plans are diverse and offer options for vegetarians and people who have diabetes however; there are no meal plans for vegans.
The programs efficiency hinges on ensuring the diets used control calories and portions and provide the meal frequency required to lose weight effectively. The program also removes the hustle of having to count calories, determine portion size and plan for your diets. This provides a unique convenience to users of the program.