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 plans.

1. You get portion-controlled meals.

There’s something to be said for taking the guesswork out of planning a 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. Our properly portioned, easy to prepare meals are one of the main reasons why Nutrisystem really does work.

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2. We offer Weight Loss Coaching 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 Weight Loss Coaches 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! This convenience factor is another really great reason why Nutrisystem does work!

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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.

5. It’s not restrictive.

Love pizza? We’ve got you covered! Ice cream? You can have that, too. 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? Want a little more variety? We offer many different plan options to fit your needs! You can customize your menu, select the number of meals you want and even personalize your meal plan to your unique metabolism with our NuMi app.

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8. It works!

So, does Nutrisystem really work? You can ask 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.

Ready to get started with Nutrisystem? Explore our weight loss plans today!

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