The 5 Worst Weight Loss Mistakes You Could Make While on Nutrisystem

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5 Common Weight Loss Mistakes to Avoid When Starting Your Nutrisystem Plan

You’ve enlisted Nutrisystem to help you take back control of your health. Excellent first move. But often at the start of any new plan, you’re bound to make some mistakes, likely without even realizing it.

Start Nutrisystem right and start seeing results by avoiding these common weight loss mistakes:

1. You skip foods for faster weight loss.

It’s tempting—especially if you feel full before finishing all the foods in your daily weight loss plan—but this is one of the biggest weight loss mistakes.

You figure if you pass on one of your shakes or not bother adding the recommended SmartCarb or PowerFuels throughout the day, you’ll drop extra pounds even quicker.

It’s not the best idea and it’s also not going to work. The Nutrisystem weight loss plan provides a proper number of calories so that after your first week (called the FreshStart Week 1, which is designed for fast weight loss results in your first seven days), you lose about one to two pounds per week, which is a healthy and sustainable pace. Plus, if you eat all the foods plus the recommended add-ins, you get the nutrients you need for good nutrition.

Cutting out parts of the meal plan could get in the way of your weight loss by putting your body in starvation mode. One study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found women who reported skipping meals lost almost eight fewer pounds than women who did not.

If you’re not hungry during a certain time of day, rearrange your order of weight loss meals to better fit your schedule. (And if you’re wondering what the heck SmartCarbs and PowerFuels are, click here >)

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2. You start a new workout week one.

Exercising plays an important role in fast weight loss. However, the first week of Freshstart is a little more calorie restricted than the rest of your weight loss plan, so you may want to hold off on any strenuous activity or new workout at first.

Give your body a chance to adjust, then ease into exercise during the second week. You could start with a 15-minute walk in the afternoon and again after dinner, for example, then gradually up the pace and intensity. Splitting up your workouts into three, 10-minute sessions is an easy way to work in workouts. This is the approach we take in our My Daily 3 activity plan. Click here to read up on this approach.

Note: If you already had an exercise regimen before starting the Nutrisystem meal delivery program and want to continue through week one, or if you plan to do more intense physical activity, check in with a Weight Loss Counselor before you start your FreshStart first week.

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3. You’re not drinking enough water.

The goal: Eight, eight-ounce glasses every day. Staying well-hydrated helps you feel full and aids digestion. It may sound like a lot but if you have a glass with every meal, that’s five or six right there. Beverages that contain fewer than 10 calories count toward your water servings, too—so a cup of coffee or tea can help get you to your 64 ounce goal. Click here for more tips on hitting your water quota >

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4. You weigh yourself every day.

You’re looking for weight loss results right away and that’s understandable. But it’s also important to understand that your weight fluctuates from day to day and sometimes even between morning and night. Stepping on the scale from the get-go may be more discouraging than motivating—particularly if the numbers have stalled or even gone up. For the best way to track results, Nutrisystem recommends you weigh yourself once per week, on the same day of the week and at the same time of the day.

You can limit your weight loss mistakes and keep track of your weight by using the free NuMi App, which gives you weight loss tips and tricks to keep you on the right path throughout your journey.

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5. You never call your weight loss counselor.

Your first Nutrisystem weight loss meal shipment arrives and you’re confused about all the foods. You’re not sure how to work the FreshStart shakes or Nutrisystem Snacks into your meal plan or you feel a little overwhelmed at the thought of adding in Flex™ meals after week one. That’s what the weight loss counselors are there for—to help overcome any challenges, provide weight loss tips, answer questions and offer weight loss support to help you succeed and prevent weight loss mistakes. Contact a counselor through Live Chat on the website, email counseling@nutrisystem.com, or call 1-800-585-5483.

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