NutriSystem is launching a new product line called NutriSystem D designed to serve Type 2 diabetics and people in the metabolic syndrome risk range. We are looking forward to hearing more about the program details from the company. This product line builds upon a very successful track record serving the needs of people with different forms of diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
While these programs for diabetics are far from the ideal diet, they represent a very doable, effective and inexpensive way to get your eating under control and to the point where you can begin to realistically make the series of long term changes in your eating habits that you will need to.
If you have Type 2 diabetes or are in the "metabolic syndrome range" it is critically important that you begin to take a series of steps to get your "numbers" to where you need them to be. It is important to know that weight loss is possible with the right steps. And from a cost perspective, if you are a Type 2 diabetic and use NutriSystems products along side other key programs- these will pay for themselves massively if you follow through.
This blog post will outline a series of steps you can take that is likely to lead to some results for you. Before we begin, this is what we have from the company so far:
"With NutriSystem D, losing weight and controlling diabetes is easier than people think! Featuring over 150 restaurant-quality meals, NutriSystem D is a low-Glycemic Index program full of good carbs and fiber to keep customers feeling fuller longer."
We agree with their message that losing weight is easier than people think. In terms of NutriSystem, the primary value we see is that it helps people get started losing weight and for people who have been unsuccessful losing weight the effects can be dramatic. Just yesterday we were speaking with a new business partner who mentioned that he lost 75 pounds on NutriSystem years ago.
But he realized his issues were really stress eating and he gained the weight back and is now on the PEERtrainer mindset coaching program. But the key point here is that if you need to get started losing weight, NutriSystem will help you get started, and you may experience some fantastic results. If you are in a position where you need to drop a good chunk of weight and you think a meal delivery program is right for you, definitely explore their offerings.
The key however is what do you do long term? It is our observation that people need to over time transition from the glycemic index to the micronutrient index. Basically the glycemic index helps to indentify good carbs, which helps control glucose levels. The "micronutrient index" in our view represents as close to an ideal diet that there is.
But it is usually a difficult process to have your diet be largely plant-based with high daily levels of vegetables especially. This is where NutriSystem comes in as a helpful step one. PEERtrainer also offers a free daily email coaching program, which you should sign up for when you order NutriSystem. (Click link to order NutriSystem D via their website- you can ask questions from a live person via online chat.)
It willl help to "condition" you over time to make some better decisions and change some of your assumptions. It can be very effective.
What Do I Do Once I Have Lost Weight With NutriSystem?
This is really the key question. We see over and over people who have great success losing weight. But everyone is different, and the stats show that long term weight loss is difficult. NutriSystem has started to do a good job at some of the long term things you need to keep the weight off- mindset changes and peer support. They clearly get it. Something you might want to consider down the road is the PEERtrainer "Point Of No Return Program" which is a 12 week intensive program that goes through all your though processes step by step and helps to refocus your decision making process.
How Long Will It Take Me To Lose Weight With NutriSystem D?
Everyone is different of course, but the keys in terms of what we observe are 1) your ability to stick with their program and 2) your success at adding high levels of green vegetables on a daily basis. Foods like spinach especially are extremely high in needed nutrients, and one should aim for a pound of spinach a day if you can. Talk to your doctor about what fruits and veggies are ok, but the basic deal is that portion control plus high levels of nutrient dense greens is the combo that will help you get things under control quickly.
Depending on your particular disease state, we highly recommend getting a copy of Dr Joel Fuhrman's Eat For Health. I know we have thrown a lot at you in this blog post, but you are going to really need a variety of proven tools to get your weight under control. Know that Type 2 Diabetes can be reversed if you follow the steps outlined. Specifically, adopting a diet very high in plant based foods is the path to this.
But this can be a hard process, which is why the "portion control done for you" approach of NutriSystem is such a great starting point. It will give you the early wins that will help build your success muscle. Over time you will just keep focusing on small wins, week after week. And you have to give yourself time and understand that the most important thing is that you cannot fail. Once you know where you need to go (high plant based diet) as long as you keep making steps in that direction you are succeeding.
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