OverviewThe NutriSystem diet entails eating mainly pre-packaged NutriSystem meals until you reach your desired weight. For around $360-$420, you get 28 days worth of entrees, snacks, and desserts delivered to your home. The average subscriber to this plan loses two pounds per week and stays on the program for 10 weeks.
How Is This Diet Supposed to Work?The premise of this diet is that eating a controlled amount of foods with a low-glycemic index will help you lose weight. The glycemic food index gives carbohydrate-rich foods a score based on how quickly one serving raises your blood sugar. Research suggests that eating foods with a low-glycemic index can help control hunger by keeping you full longer. The NutriSystem diet is made up of about 50% low-glycemic carbohydrates, 25% protein, and 20% fat.
What’s Involved?On this diet you will eat mostly pre-packaged NutriSystem meals, including entrees, snacks, protein-rich shakes, and desserts. You will also need to supplement with grocery items such as dairy products, fruits, and vegetables. This diet staggers meal times to help prevent hunger, so you end up eating five times a day.You begin this diet by selecting the program that best meets your needs: Women’s, Men’s, Silver for Women, Silver for Men, Type 2 Diabetes, or Vegetarian. You can then either let NutriSystem select your meals or you can choose for yourself. Standard programs, such as Women's or Men's, offer over 300 different meals to choose from. But subscribers to the other programs have a more limited selection. For example, the vegetarian program lets you choose from about 60 entrees and desserts.Once you enroll in a program, the meals that you select will be delivered to your home. The meals are designed to be quick and convenient and don’t even require refrigeration.
Additional Features of This DietIn addition to the traditional pre-packaged meals, NutriSystem offers a line of gourmet frozen foods, which are more expensive.The NutriSystem program has a number of online features, like a food log, weight tracking tools, chat rooms, and blogs. You can also email or call a NutriSystem registered dietitian or weight loss counselor.The My Daily 3 fitness program encourages 10-minute activity sessions, three times a day.You can also access tools and support to help you to maintain weight loss as you transition off of the program.