7 Reasons Losing Weight is Easier with NutrisystemArticle posted in: Diet & Nutrition
If you’ve ever tried to lose weight on your own (who hasn’t?), you know that to be successful, you need a weight loss plan. Without one, you’ll have slip-ups one after another—which will take you right back to the eating pattern that’s the reason you need to lose weight in the first place.
Why create your own meal plan when a weight loss program like Nutrisystem already has one that’s nutritious, easy to follow, scientifically based and delicious?
Here are seven reasons you should consider Nutrisystem’s meal plan:
1. The Best Balance of Nutrients
Each Nutrisystem® meal plan is carefully designed by dietitians following up-to-the-minute scientific data on what comprises a healthy diet plan, one that promotes both weight loss and weight maintenance. You’re getting the optimum mix of good carbs like whole grains, vegetables and fruits; quality protein such as lean fish, beef, and poultry; and limited saturated and trans fats. Recent studies suggest that the diets that promote health—quality carbs, higher protein diets enhanced by increased consumption of fiber-rich whole grains and produce and the judicious addition of healthy fats—can lead to weight loss, say experts. Eating high quality lean protein, for example, makes you feel fuller longer even when you’re eating fewer calories. It also helps burn more calories—it takes more energy to burn and store protein—and maintain lean muscle when you’re losing weight.
2. No Thinking Required
Nutrisystem is easy. Let’s face it, in our crazy-busy world, we have to make hundreds of decisions a day, often at lightning speed. Wouldn’t it be nice to let someone else do it for you some of the time? A Nutrisystem® meal plan takes the work out of weight loss.
It’s like having your own personal chef. The foods that help you lose weight literally show up at your door. All you have to do is heat them up. And some require even less work. We’re talking about grab-and-go breakfast bars and sweet protein shakes. Plus, all of the diet meals are labelled by meal occasion so the only real thinking you have to do is decide if you’re in the mood for pasta or would rather make it a hamburger night.
This convenience gives you a real weight loss edge: Research shows that consumption of portion- controlled, prepackaged meals leads to more weight loss than other diet programs.
3. Perfect Portions
It’s possible to have too much of a good thing. Check it out yourself. Using a measuring spoon, scoop out one level tablespoon of almond butter and spread it on a slice of bread. Hmm. Pretty skimpy, yet that’s almost 100 calories right there. How many times have you doubled it and thought you were “being good?” Calories count and portion size is a key—maybe the key—factor in successful weight loss programs. Very few of us are good at estimating either calories or portions, particularly if we think a food is “healthy.” In one 2007 study, participants consistently underestimated the calories in foods they identified as “healthy” and promoting weight loss.
Nutrisystem’s carefully portioned servings eliminate all that faulty guesswork. Over time, you’ll learn easy ways to determine portion sizes. While using measuring utensils is the foolproof way, you may also improve your ability to eyeball portions on your own.
4. You Never Go It Alone
You’re at a wedding and eek, it’s a buffet! What can you eat?
You love salmon. It’s your go-to meal at a restaurant. But you’ve never cooked it yourself. What do you do?
Nutrisystem never lets you down. With your first shipment, you’ll get a set of guides to help you navigate the weight loss program. Plus, there’s a weight loss app and a comprehensive weight loss blog you can access on your smart phone or computer anytime, anywhere. There you’ll find diet tips, guidance and hundreds of recipes and meal ideas to help you. Not only that, you have insider access to a live person—a weight loss expert—who can help you make better choices, bust through a plateau, or just offer an encouraging word. Don’t underestimate the value of support. A 2014 review of studies looking at the effects of behavioral counseling on weight loss plans found that people who had counseling were more likely to lose weight than those who didn’t.
5. You Can Choose Your Foods
Numerous scientific studies have shown that one of the best ways to gain weight is to diet. A review of long-term diet studies found that although most people lose five to 10 percent of their weight on a diet, for most, the weight comes back—and then some. Over four to five years, a third to two-thirds gain back more than they lost.
No, you’re not doomed, particularly if you know why people fail: It’s because they restrict themselves too much: No white foods. No carbs. No breakfast. No ice cream, chocolate, or pizza. Too many “nos.” Deprivation can lead to binges.
On Nutrisystem, you can lose weight eating your favorite foods—pizza, burgers, mac and cheese, pasta, chocolate—so you don’t feel deprived and boomerang back to your old ways. You can customize your menu so you’re only getting foods you enjoy. After all, the best diet is the one you’ll actually stick to, right?
Feeling lazy? Don’t sweat the selection! Nutrisystem will send you their pre-selected Favorites pack, full of their most popular meals and snacks. You can always customize your next shipment (if you’re feeling less lazy)!
6. You’re Always Accountable.
One of the top characteristics of the participants in the National Weight Control Registry—a long-term medical study of people who’ve lost 30 pounds or more and kept it off for more than a year—is that they weigh themselves regularly. It helps them stay accountable, not to mention able to get rid of any creeping weight gain while it’s still small and manageable. With Nutrisystem, you not only have your personal counselor, you have NuMi, an app that makes it a cinch to track everything you eat and drink, as well as your weight loss and workouts. You also have Nutrisystem’s official weight loss blog, The Leaf, which provides hundreds of scientifically vetted tips for safe weight loss.
It’s not the “food police,” but it’s still a super easy way to stay on track. The benefit? One study found that accountability was critical to the weight loss success of the women they studied—women who’d lost a significant amount of weight on an 18-week meal plan and exercise program. In fact, those who didn’t have at least one other person to be accountable to were more likely to regain the weight they lost. Additionally, people who tracked what they ate were twice as likely to lose weight than those who did not. That’s why the NuMi App is so helpful on your weight loss journey. Click here to download it for free! >
7. You Learn Lifelong Skills.
One of the biggest benefits of the Nutrisystem® meal plan is that as you lose weight, you gain knowledge and confidence. If you stay connected with your counselor and expert advice on the weight loss blog, you’ll pick up scientifically vetted tips to make weight loss—and, even more important, weight maintenance—easier. You’ll have a handle on eating out, snacking and how to get back on track after a “bad diet day.” Creating your own “Flex Meals” following Nutrisystem guidelines will help make meal planning and prep second nature when you eventually leave the prepackaged meals behind.
Portion control? Easy-peasy. You’ve been studying and practicing it for weeks and months. Best of all, when you reach your goal weight, you’ll have all the assurance that victory brings with it. You’ll know with complete confidence that you’ve got this whole healthy living thing down… for life!