8 Science-Backed Reasons You Need to Try Nutrisystem

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Excuse us if we toot our own horn, but we’re proud of our product. Nutrisystem is based on the most current research in the areas of weight loss, nutrition and behavioral change. Science underpins everything we offer and do. So if you’re wondering, does Nutrisystem really work? The answer is definitely, yes. Read why you need to try Nutrisystem today, and then be sure to check out our awesome weight loss programs right here.

1. You get healthy, portion-controlled meals.

There’s something to be said for taking the guesswork out of planning a healthy, weight loss diet. And science supports it. For example, a study published in June 2016 in the journal, Obesity, found that over a 12-week period, people who used portion-controlled, prepackaged meals lost far more weight (18 pounds on average) than those who followed a self-selected diet (13 pounds on average). The dieters in the prepackaged meal group also had lower levels of bad LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, a blood fat also linked to heart disease.

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2. We offer weight loss counseling and support.

It sounds like a no-brainer: Having someone to help and cheer you on will make it easier for you to stick to your healthy lifestyle plan and lose weight. But it’s also supported by scientific evidence. For example, a review of studies in 2014 looking at the effects of behavioral counseling on weight loss found that people who had counseling were more likely to lose weight than those who didn’t. Most experts now agree that social support is a key factor in weight loss and making other positive lifestyle changes. It helps people lose more weight in part because it acts as motivation to “stick to the plan.” Nutrisystem has a staff of counselors and dietitians who can help you make great choices, bust through that plateau and cheerlead you to victory—all just a phone call away.

3. It’s convenient.

One of the hottest things in food retailing these days is home grocery delivery. We practically invented that. Your food shows up at your door, cutting your list-making and grocery shopping time to a fraction of what it was. Bonus: No more cookie aisle temptations to ruin your good intentions!

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4. It’s easy to keep track of what you eat and how much you exercise.

Research, including a major nationwide study of people who have lost at least 30 pounds and kept it off, has pinpointed diet tracking as a key component of successful weight loss. NUMI is our own free online weight loss tool that helps you record everything you eat and how much you exercise, plus gives you motivational tips, inspiration, exercise suggestions and delicious recipes. It also contains the entire Nutrisystem entrée database, as well as PowerFuels, SmartCarbs, Veggies and meal recommendations for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. It’s available online and on your phone. Plus, it also syncs with other diet and fitness trackers.

5. It’s not restrictive.

Love pizza? We’ve got you covered! Ice cream? You can have that, too. Think you’re going to miss your afternoon coffee shake? Not on Nutrisystem. We just made your jolt of java better on your body since it’s got less fat and fewer calories. We kept all your favorites on the menu for a scientific reason: Studies have found that too much of what researchers call “restrained eating”—depriving yourself of your favorite foods—can actually lead to binge-eating and weight gain.

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6. We teach you habits for life.

We know you aren’t going to be eating only prepackaged meals for the rest of your life. We’ll teach you about SmartCarbs and PowerFuels—healthy carbs and proteins to fuel your body–and how to combine them with vegetables, flavorful extras and free foods to create what we call “flex meals.” Using your Nutrisystem Grocery Guide, you can plan your own healthy lunches and dinners one day a week, the same way our dietitians have planned the prepackaged meals. With this practice, you’ll have the nutrition savvy to live healthy—and slim—for a lifetime.

7. We have options for every budget and need.

On a tight budget? Opt for our Basic Plan, which gets you the most popular foods on the entire Nutrisystem plan. If you want to customize your own menu, you can choose from a list of more than 100 foods on our Core Plan, which also gives you access to unlimited support from our counselors, dietitians, trackers and other tools. Want a little more variety? You can opt for our very best plan, Uniquely Yours, which offers more than 150 meals and snacks and includes unlimited frozen foods as well as everything else in the Core Plan. Nutrisystem also has a special plan for vegetarians and plans for people with pre-diabetes and diabetes, with access to certified diabetes educators.

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8. It works!

You can ask actress Melissa Joan Hart, who lost 40 pounds on Nutrisystem.* Or Lori and Oscar B., a married couple from Rancho Cucamonga, CA, who lost 80 pounds between them.* Or Vanessa W. of Ashland, VA, who dropped 50 pounds* and says, “Nutrisystem has changed my life.” And then there’s Doug A. of Bozeman, MT, who pared off an amazing 138 pounds* by following the Nutrisystem plan. Read their stories along with dozens of other Nutrisystem success stories right here.

Ready to get started with Nutrisystem? Visit our website here.

*Expect to lose an avg. of 1-2 lbs per week. Real Success stories.