Readers of my daily emails know I am always encouraging people to find what works for them and really think about it. And I ask people to get back to me and tell me. This is one email I got yesterday and wanted to share it.
"I probably did so well with Nutrisystem because I am one of those people who need to be told exactly what to do and how to do it. Nutrisystem definately makes it foolproof to lose weight as long as you only eat what they recommend.
I didn't get especially hungry on Nutrisystem, and if I did I just ate extra steamed veggies. They say limit the veggies to a given amount (can't recall amount) but I didn't follow that. Food isn't too bad, but I am not a picky eater when it comes to taste. I think i could eat cardboard if I was told too. I have friends who tried it after seeing my good results and they thought the food was terrible. The last time I tried Nutrisystem I couldn't stomach the thought of chicken / meat that was "soft-canned", which is the Nutrisystem method of preserving without needing to be frozed.
In fact, I became a vegan while doing Nutrisystem and haven't eaten meat since. (That wasn't the reason ultimately, but that definately contributed to my veganism) I gained when I went off Nutrisystem because I was eating more than the 1200 something cals a day I ate on Nutrisystem.
The reason you lose on NS is it limits your caloric intake, like any diet. Definately not a complicated formula for weight loss. Less In / More out = weight loss. Eating vegan has been the easiest recipe for weight loss because the food is usually less caloric so I get to eat more of it. All in all, NS is a great diet with a huge online support system. For me, it is unrealistic because I do not cook for one and also, there is no way I can limit myself to such small portions. NS is all portion controlled.
Hope this helps give you some insight."
It does, thank you very much. One thought I had is after learning all of Joel Fuhrman's work in Eat to Live and Eat For Health is that I don't quite understand why they are suggesting to limit vegetables. If someone from NutriSystem reads this post, please feel free to comment in this post or maybe even email me. I will post any response I get.
I would guess that they mean cut down on higher glycemic foods like rice and potatoes. I am certain they don't mean limit the amount of greens and broccoli.
This response is also similar to the comment about the persons husband who lost 20 pounds on NutriSystem and who probably would not have otherwise. They have a very popular NutriSystem For Men product that we have started to take a look at based on these comments. They seem to be evolving their menu and food offerings based on what we read.