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Who is the Manufacturer of Nutrisystem? Hey Nellie, good question. Nutrisystem is a diet delivery program that includes both fresh-frozen foods and well as their traditional re-heat meals. The simple message from Nutrisystem for is: When you place your first order and you only want it for one month, make sure you do NOT take the discount or free shipping or "auto-delivery" option. Popular posts from this blog How does the Respiratory System Work? The problem, one dietician on Health.

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While rarely full, it was better than feeling emaciated. Because of all the fruits, vegetables and healthy carbs, I often had more energy than I did when I was consuming nearly double the calories. Occasionally I would feel drained, particularly the day after a really long run, but my counselor said I could add a few more calories to compensate. The food wasn't as bad as many of our readers said. Some items were better than others, but overall the food was edible.

The food also came in handy packaging that was easily and quickly prepared. That's key for someone like myself who loves to cook but rarely has the time or ingredients to do so.

Like all new customers, NutriSystem sent me a free week of food which is now sitting in my apartment. I don't plan on throwing any of it away. Every dieter is assigned a counselor to help track their goals and answer any questions. My counselor, Jamie, was very friendly and called to check up on me every week. I found the counseling to be useless after all my questions had been answered.

It was easy for me to stay focused since I was both being paid to follow the diet and because I had thousands of readers rooting for me. But Jamie said that many of her clients that have a harder time keeping away from extra calories, need her both for positive reinforcement and for oversight. Never have I eaten so healthily in my entire life. I emptied a refrigerator full of fresh fruits and vegetables, nonfat and low-fat milk and milk products and whole-wheat bread.

Especially considering how little you get and its quality. I'm going to put on my maturity cap for a moment while I discuss the sometimes embarrassing gas and diarrhea the diet gave me. Jamie said that often when people first get on the diet, their body has an abnormal reaction to the new regimen. But the gas and diarrhea persisted off and on throughout.

I'm convinced it was my body's reaction to their strange foods rather than the fewer calories. Other dieters on NutriSystem's forums complain of the same symptoms. While it wasn't harsh enough to completely scare me off the diet, it was unpleasant to be sure.

NutriSystem may want to consider the calories found in Pepto-Bismol for future consumers. This is both a pro and a con. While the food was edible, almost none of it was excellent. I wouldn't encourage anyone not on a diet or not committed to losing weight to try any dish. Maybe if I was really strict, then I would have lost more weight.

I still have 30lbs to go to hit my goal weight, but I'm going strong and confident that I can do it because the plan's flexibility makes is easy to stick to. Wishing everyone good luck on their weight loss journey!

Do you recommend the program for 7 days a week I got the box from Walmart and I like it But it is only for 5 days at a time I've followed Nutrisystem for 8 days now. I bought the 5 day Home-style kit from Walmart while waiting on my 7 day trial kit from NS. The 5 day kit has a slightly different plan than what I take is Nutrisystem's new plan that allowed me a morning plus afternoon snack of one smartcarb plus a powerfuel. Now it wants me to have a powerfuel with breakfast and for a snack and only one smartcarb.

At this point I'm sticking with the original as I have lost 8 lbs. I have 17 total to lose so I am not excessively overweight.

I just let things get away the past few months. I'm extremely active and may need to add in some calories if i don't see the weight loss slow down or if i have trouble with my activities. I bike single track kind of like HIT 1. I am a professional ski instructor and always gain weight in the off season even with the exercise I do. Enough about me and more about the plan. I have done every diet around and follow strict food guidelines to get in shape and maintain normally.

I wanted something easy for a change where I didn't have to cook i get so tired of cooking and could still lose weight. So far I'm thrilled it's working and most food is edible and okay, I have had no issues with my heavy work out schedule or being weak. I eat my small nutrisystem breakfast before going and have the smartcarb and Powerfuel snack when i get back, then lunch an hour later.

I want my mother to go on the plan as a way to eat healthier. She's a senior 82 and won't cook much so eats what ever she can grab from the fridge and it's a very unbalanced diet. After tying it I think it will be awesome for her. To people like " 15 Shirley Says" who said she only lost 3.

Imagine if you had stayed with it for 6 months to a year. In 6 moths there is 26 weeks. You lost over a pound a week. You would weight 26lbs less. In a year you would have lost 50 lbs. Just because you don't see a big drop as you can't exercise at the start, sticking with it will make a huge difference. This was a success story waiting to be written. Try the pick your own food plan which is currently It's not so much when it works and saves you so much time and you won't be going out to eat, stopping at a drive through out of laziness to cook or ordering in food that is very costly.

So far I'm very pleased with the plan and considering ordering it to take to the ski hill with me in the winter where staff accommodation rooms mean a shared fridge and stove which can be difficult to get access and space in.

This would be so nice to keep in a closet! Just need my veggies and fruits in a fridge. I started Nutrisystem from Walmart one week before having foot surgery.

I'm about 25lbs overweight and I want to lose some weight and keep myself from gaining any while I recuperate. The food is fine and fills me up since all I do is sit on my butt all day. I drink a lot of herbal tea and water also. I'm a nurse and also 64 years old so I know if I were just sit around and pig out I would end up fatter,depressed and constipated lol.

The food is very doable and full of fiber to help me go. I will not be able to drive for 3months. It is totally up to me to do this right. I know I can and NS I believe will help me do this. Hey Wilson, I get your point. Hey Alan, good counterpoints. The bottom line is Alan's last paragraph and I can't agree more. In response to Wilson's comment, let's really clear something up. Most Americans spend more per day on feeding their ever expanding bodies with too much junk and additive laden convenience foods.

When you're trying to lose weight, you don't buy liquids to drink. You drink water from your tap because its the best thing to drink. Anything else that comes from the store is packed full of sugar and is just money down the drain and inches on your waist. Yeah, the meals are small. You're on a freakin' diet and teaching your body to get used to eating smaller meals for heaven's sake!

Losing weight is not just about calories. Just read any of the latest articles on news sites and the top diet experts now tell you not all calories are equal. Its the SUGAR and HFCS you need to eliminate from your diet, Then artificial additives, pesticides which you'll find in most non-organic store food , phyto-estrogens non-organic dairy, meat, grains high GI carbs bread, pasta, cookies, cakes, candy etc The food industry is a scary place.

OK, Nutrisystem is not the perfect diet, by any stretch of the imagination, I'll grant you. But it's a good way to get started for many folks that don't want to go counting calories or see a dietitian. Their small, nutritionally balanced meals teach your body to get used to eating smaller meals and to stop eating junk. The next step is up to the individual to carry that on once the finish the diet. By watching what they eat and drink—and reading the labels on all food produce they buy to avoid the worst offending ingredients.

I agree you can lose weight without doing any commercial diet program. Common sense is a pretty powerful thing when it's used. A person's body is their responsibility and if they gain weight, its up to them to actively work of getting back in shape. No one else can do that for you! Let's clear up a couple of things and make them perfectly clear: Second, the "meals" are microscopic. Go to any nutrition or calorie count site and plug in Nutrisystem Meals. When the calories in a meal are in the — range, you're not going to have to chew very long to devour the whole thing.

Cut your calories to per day. If you can read and if you can add, then it' simple to do and it's a helleva lot cheaper than Nutrisystem or any other diet program. I actually like the food. Before NS, I would just have a coffee, ladled with creamer for breakfast, eat a nice oversized lunch and probably not eat dinner, but sometimes snack on chips, pretzels, cereal, whatever, while watching TV. This is teaching me to eat small portions throughout the day.

I have always worked really hard to try to be thin, but, have gained 10 lbs over the past few months that will NOT come off. So, I'm using this as a kick-starter to making smarter choices. I look at our metabolism as a fire burning. If you put one big log on a fire that is almost burned out, it will choke it out; however, if you put kindling, or a few small twigs on it, it will build it back up.

Think of your metabolism in the same way. If you eat smaller meals, more frequently, you are feeding your metabolism, but those big meals that restaurants serve and we, in turn, create, at home , those meals will completely stifle your metabolism and leave you feeing tired and lethargic. Keep up the great work everyone. Hey Nellie, good question. As long as you keep eating small portions, keep your daily calorie count to the same as while you're on the diet and do not return to old bad eating habits like eating junk food or foods high in sugar, drinking soda etc you should not gain weight.

This diet is not just made to make you lose weight, it's designed to teach your body to get used to eating less and to teach your brain to be aware of what you're eating all the time — even when you're not dieting. Bottom line is it's all on you from start to finish whether or not you lose weight and keep it off.

Only you can choose what you eat and drink. Choose wisely and you'll surprise yourself in a nice way! Hey Candie, it's great to hear you're doing really well—32lbs in 2 months is awesome! And that you like the diet and you're fired up to maintain it to lose even more is really inspiring. Come back and give us an update sometime soon, please!

Had a very serious health issue and in ICU for 5 days. EVERY physician gave me the same comment—loose weight.

I have been on many programs before with little success. Was up late one night and saw Marie O who looked super—so this fat boomer decided to give the program a try.

Have been on program for about 2 months or so. Down from to today. I love the food—of course have some faves, but it works for me and hopefully will continue to on my road to loose another 50 pounds.

Hopefully I won't look like a prune but I will certainly be healthier! Hi Kavitha, thank you for your inquiry. This diet program only ships to United States addresses at present. I'm sorry it is not available internationally but I believe the additional shipping costs would make it very expensive and therefore not attractive to dieters in other countries around the world.

If I may offer some advice: I know that it can take some will power to follow a stricter eating regime, but when you firmly decide for yourself that you will do it because you want to do it, you can surprise yourself at what you are capable of!

I live in Kuwait. How do I get this product would like to know how much it cost to loose 20kg. Hey Marilyn, it's great to hear from you that you're off to such a great start. I agree that adding spices and herbs to the meals can improve the taste and tailor it to what you like to taste even!

And yes, yes, yes My husband and I both started this diet, he needs to lose 40 pounds I need to lose ! Our first week he lost 12 pounds and I lost When hungry eat salad is what I tell my husband. He gets more snacks than I do but this to me is a very easy diet to follow.

We planted a garden and makes it more fun to grow your own salads! I think the trick is once you lose your weight to keep it off. But I hope we get to that problem! I talked my husband into doing the diet with me and to tell you the truth, I think it helps him to understand the struggle of sitting next to someone eating foods that you can't have when only one person is on a diet.

No matter what you do in life Hey Liz, Great to hear you're getting on with the diet so well, but gaining 7lbs in just over a week sure sounds strange. My first thought is water retention, which if that's the case could be caused by a sudden change in diet and usually dissipates after several days.

It can be caused by increased fiber from the food holding fluid in the digestive tract which is released soon enough as the body gets used to the additional fiber in the diet. Although it sounds odd, the best way to deal with water retention is to drink MORE water—at least eight or more 8oz glasses per day throughout the day ie not all at once. It helps flush the system and helps with digestion too.

If you don't start seeing a drop in weight after another week, my advice is to get in contact with a Nutrisystem counselor and talk it through with them. They have experts in-house that can help you, so DO make use if that service. You're paying for it as part of the program, after all! Good luck with your progress and I hope things go real well for you. I can say I love it.. I'm on the Diabetic Plan. In the 4 days I've been on the plan I've gained 7 pounds.

Please let me know whyyyyyyyyy I gained? Hey Beth, all comments are published, positive or negative as long as they are helpful in some way. You're doing the right thing in talking to the counselor over any concerns—they're there to help after all! I'd add that you need to drink lots of water every day. Not just for this program, but for your health in any case, because it hydrates you and actually helps with healthy digestion and elimination as well as helping to normalize blood pressure.

About 8oz glasses per day is about right. Good luck and best wishes with your diet for a successful and happy outcome! This will absolutely be a lifesaver for me! I love all these comments and I will be coming back here to read more!

I am on my first week of NS This is my 3rd day. I felt really tired yesterday and chatted to the counselor today who added a couple things for me. I have not cheated at all but my blood pressure is going up some now which has me worried.

I saw where the program is under mg Sodium per day which should be ok. I will be talking to them more if this continues to be a problem. This program is helpful to me I am a comfort eater and eat with my computer or TV so I don't even think about how much I eat. This program thinks for me I am on the woman's basic vegetarian plan and have liked everything so far.

I was sent some meat products accidentally in my first shipment but they corrected that quickly and I am being sent other products now. The cost is high Way less expensive than medication, procedures, etc, if your health goes downhill!

Thank you for this review and all of the comments that have followed. I am 85 pounds overweight and grieving the murder of my daughter has led me to 30 pounds of weight gain over the last 7 months.

I am hopeful that NS will be the answer that I have been looking for to increase my energy, self control and self confidence. Just started my 6th week of NS, 25 lbs. Now I plan to keep going for 2 more months until our anniversary Cancun vacation. NS has a program that allows me to pick and choose my favorites so I want to enjoy the food I like at smaller portions and learn to snack well. Hopefully, I'll take better habits with me when I start buying replacement meals and home cooking with a newer portion-controlled mindset.

Nutrisystem works for me. At times, I'm fully aware of my increased energy and motivation. Losing the desire to junk snack at night is a huge improvement. It is worth the money to spend a few months eating NS to lose weight and change my eating habits.

The good news is that I still go out times per week to our favorite bars and restaurants. Love a dirty martini, small appetizer, and seafood or salad combo much more than I did the fatty meals that were NOT worth the money! Hey Gail, don't feel discouraged—since Feb 15 its only just over 3 weeks and at the recommended rate of weight loss at 2lbs per week, you're actually right on track!

I know it's easy to get caught up in the big claims by some of the TV ad featured dieters of 30lbs or more, but the reality is those big numbers take several months to achieve in most cases. You could and should double that figure inside of two months if you stick with it and stay determined to succeed!

I started the NS plan on February I haven't added veggies. I don't feel super deprived likely because of my few side trips but I can't help but feel that I should have lost more weight. I should probably add that I am 48 and post menopausal — I do work out most days for min either a treadmill or Beach Body videos and I have three labradors who I walk most days they're not strollers!

Just feeling a little discouraged but I intend to finish out my second month. Hey RockyRose, it's great to hear you're enjoying the diet and having great success with it. In my experience, the people who always lost the most weight and kept it off are those that stuck stubbornly to their diet plan while politely but firmly ignoring any conflicting "advice" from friends or family. Everyone naturally has an opinion and often its the wrong ones that derail people from their weight goals if they listen to and take them to heart.

It's always the plan that get results when you stick with it, not those opinions! I've been on Nutrisystem for about two weeks, I'm down ten pounds. I love the program and I love that I'm sticking to it. I think the food is really good, there are a few items that I don't like so I just don't order them. I hope I have good results with this program. I think the most important thing is making sure I stick to it. You should contact NS customer support for these kind of questions as they'll have the most accurate and correct answers rather than take someone else's opinion whether right or wrong.

Can you drink coffee on Nutrisystem? When starting with the Turbo shakes, is it strictly shakes for the first week or using shake as 1 or 2 meal replacements? Hey Lisa, thanks for the update.

It's always real great to hear from you because you have such a great, positive attitude and you're proof that a can-do attitude brings success! Just wanted to give an update! As for the meals, I think they taste great, all except 1 wasn't to my liking! I finished half of it and gave the rest to my unpicky dog! You do have to add in vegetables but that is fine I feel fuller! I absolutely love the turbo shakes and the nutricrush shakes wish I could drink those all day long! Thanks for having this forum!

And good luck to everyone! The Nutrisystem program i think is founded in good ideas. However i have a few complaints. The food is mostly bland and has no real flavor. While portioned well, i still felt like i was lacking something I work out about times a week including playing hockey and it left me hungry.

However the biggest and most annoying thing that really got on my nerves was after paying for the first month, i came to the determination that it was too expensive to continue. I'm sorry but that's completely absured! Yes i got a discounted price Which is the reason i would be charged but that's no excuse.

Thanks but no thanks. I'm very upset that they would treat their customers like this Additionally to cancel, i've been on hold And on the phone as i'm typing this waiting to talk to someone for nearly 30 minutes already Are they purposely trying to make it impossible for you to cancel? Going back to Weight Watchers so i can eat food that tastes like food, and a system that I have had success with in the past. Hey guys, I get it you have differences of opinion and I'm a believer in everyone gets to say their piece.

But unless you really have a genuine grievance with Nutrisystem itself, I don't want to read angry or hateful comments or arguments especially over what you see or don't see on TV. This is my site and while I let a lot of stuff go, I don't want it to turn into a free-for-all mud-throwing match.

Any future hateful or angry comments will get deleted. Hey John, congrats on losing 20 lbs by the way. That's the kinda thing I enjoy hearing about!

Congrats to Nick S and Matt G too — that's some great going guys! Wow, Martin you're some kinda troll. If you see so much of Marie's face on the network, man you're watching too much TV!

As for me, I'm glad Marie's still doing it for Nutrisystem. God bless her, because it really helped me lose the 20 pounds I needed to lose through my previously bad diet not sitting on my lazy fat butt all day watching TV.

I lost weight and reached a goal. Man, unlike that other guy I'm happy, positive and thankful I found something that worked for me! I have been very pleased with the food personalized my plan selections and the only negative was that I was very gassy and some pretty painful stomach pains for a couple days during my second week. I did experience constipation for the first week and very well could have made a mistake by eating more meals with higher fiber content to combat this which may have created the stomach pain.

I did take GasX which has solved the problem. My advice would be to stay strong, adhere to the plan and drink 8 to 10 16oz bottles of water per day. The results thus far have been amazing and I am well on my way to achieving my goals by the summer. I've only done the first week and I've already dropped Now I'm a big guy, with a lot of weight to lose, but 13 pounds in one week?

They only said I'd lose up to 10 the first month Hey Toni, I get where you're coming from and I say sure, go ahead and eat vegetables. They are super low in calories but high in nutrients that help the weight loss process.

That's as long as they are fresh eaten raw is even better and not out of a can or a packet! As to the hard boiled egg, I'm guessing if you ask Nutrisystem support you CAN and should , they'd say it's outside the plan. But personally, I'm a great believer in natural foods are always better than junk. So if you're going to slip, it's better to do it with an egg instead of a pack of potato chips or a candy bar! I'm just beginning the Nutrisystem and I love it already.

I'm currently on the 4th day of my Turbo 10 but I'm finding it a bit difficult. I had one major question that I couldn't find the answer to anywhere; I think I know what the answer is but I want to confirm it. While doing the Turbo 10 can I have vegetables and protein when I'm getting hungry?

I have been trying to stick whole-heartedly to the Turbo 10 but I have slipped up and had a hard boiled egg considered "powerfuel" and a half a cup of edamame vegetable. Please let me know what you think. I'd appreciate any advice. Hey Lynette, that's an amazing story, congrats! You're right, it's all about achieving the body size you are meant to be—and can be through getting into the simple habit of right eating and sufficient exercise each day.

Just reading these comments and had to put my 2 cents: Keep going girl, you already lost 5 pounds you can lose another 5 and more. Just don't quit and do believe in yourself! I looked back at your comments and gotta say, your killing it girl woo yeah! Baggy clothes are the coolest by-product of this diet!

When I hear folks say they lost this or that pounds, I think to myself, that's cool. That's what we're doing this for. For US not for the bathroom scales!

I love to hear people winning with their diet. I finished 3 months on Nutrisystem just before Christmas after I shrunk from a size 18 to a size 10! All that fat was gone baby and my old clothes all looked like they were made for an elephant. I was so happy I threw a party for my friends to burn my old clothes in the yard and it was so amazing.

It cost me all my meager savings to buy new clothes for this new small size body but I'm the happiest girl on my block for sure!

Oh yeah, one month later I'm still the same size and weight. I eat only fresh food that tastes great and drink plain water or herbal tea now. No more junk or soda and I feel and look totally amazing! I am on day Lost 5 lbs first several days and have not lost anything since.

Major plateau and very discouraging. I am going to stick with it another month. New delivery should be today. I have stuck to the plan. Not understanding how I'm not dropping weight. My breakfast used to be calories. Now I don't go over for the entire day for 1 month? Why am I not losing? Hope someone can please answer me. Hi Dr Cook, Thank you so much for your words of encouragement they are appreciated.

I posted it twice because I thought the first one wouldn't go through because my email address was wrong! Thanks for posting it! I am on day 4 and no soda at all! I haven't cheated once and I feel great!

I can't wait to see how much weight I have lost at the end of the week! Hey Lisa, great to hear from you that you're starting with such a positive and determined attitude which is sure to get you to where you want to be. I just saw you posted the same comment twice—I published the first one as you can see but the second is a duplicate and the system won't publish it I have safeguards to stop me accidentally publishing duplicate content to this blog.

Anyway, good luck to you too and I wish you success! Hi, Sorry I just realized my email address was wrong when I sent my first reply. This is the correct one! Hi, First let me began by saying I am 45, 5'9 and weigh lbs. I had weight loss surgery 3 years ago where my heaviest I weighed lbs and my lowest lbs.

So after the surgery, 3 years later I have gained back a total of 30 lbs. I am addicted to McDonalds Cokes, I buy at least a day! Needless to say I am tired of being sluggish, overweight, jittery and grumpy! I knew I needed to first stop the soda period!

So I did that and on the same day went to Walmart and purchased 2 of the Homestyle packs so I can try it for 10 days. I just started on NS. I thought that I would have total withdrawals from having quit Soda cold turkey on day 1 but I have only had an occasional headache. I have had gas also but that is ok. I am not hungry at all thanks to eating the 6 small meals and also that my stomach doesn't hold that much anyways.

I do want to say that the food is actually very good at least all the ones I have had so far have been! I haven't weighed myself yet because I want to be surprised and weigh at the end of the week. This is really easy to follow. I haven't exercised at all but I plan on incorporating it into my schedule. Here is to a New Me in ! I am please with the plan so far.

I lost 8lbs My first week, but I think a lot was fluid from eating so much bad food before. The first days was the hardest but I like the fact that I don't have to cook it and weigh it and count calories and figure all that out. I do not want to have to do a meal plan, I do not have time for that. I can make my family a nice dinner and still have the veggies with them and I heat mine up and we can sit all down together without me having to figure out what can I make for them that I can eat.

I did the QVC deal and got the plan for less than what it would cost me to do smart ones or lean cuisine. This is delivered to my door and for an entire month. I don't even have to shop for it. You can not beat that. The food is not the greatest but what microwave meal is.

It is not the worst I have had and I am so excited over this, I feel amazing and look forward to be a long time customer. I have now lost 8. I love green beans..

I still have 13lbs I am wanting to lose Are you allowed Coffee on Nutrisystem? I use to drink decafe coffee. I did use truvia and skim milk when I used to drink it..

I do not drink any soda at all Just want to lose the lbs.. Thanks for the encouragement, anything that will help me stay on track. Hey Faye, that was a big drop in weight those first 5 days. A possible answer is that much of that could have been excess water weight, because believe it or not when you start to drink lots of water the body actually releases excess stored water. It all depends on how much water weight you were carrying to begin with as it can vary a lot between people.

But in any case, don't feel discouraged. It's early days into diet and your body is just balancing itself out. The pounds will continue to fall more steadily as you continue with the plan. Remember, most expert agree you should expect pounds lost per week on a low calorie diet like Nutrisystem and this is a reasonable average.

Stay determined and positive and good luck with achieving your goals. I started the program and the first 5 days I lost 7. Hey Dolly, I'm so glad you're succeeding so amazingly well and have such a positive attitude toward the program.

Yes, I changed the ads since Nutrisystem have started their new promotion for already, so I had to include their new offers in my review so new visitors will get the latest information. Congrats and keep on keeping on! Hi Dr Cook, I read this review a month ago and signed up for the core womens plan.

I can't thank you enough for pointing me at Nutrisystem! The University of Michigan Health System suggests adding fiber to your diet at a rate of 5 grams every two weeks.

If your Nutrisystem diet is making you feel too gassy, you might want to take a look at the nutrition information for each food item and make your selections based on the amount of fiber, slowly increasing as tolerated.

Also, it's important to drink plenty of water, at least 8 cups daily, when adding fiber to your diet to prevent constipation. When it comes to weight loss, fiber is your friend. Eating foods higher in fiber keeps you feeling full longer, which helps you eat less. A study published in n the Annals of Internal Medicine found that simply focusing on getting more fiber in your diet is as effective at promoting weight loss as a more complex diet such as the American Heart Association diet.

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