Diet and Nutrition

What is the Nutrisystem Diet?

What is the Nutrisystem Diet?

Key Takeaways

  • Nutrisystem is a diet plan based around foods that are low on the glycemic index. 
  • Participants receive a meal plan along with meals that are made by the company.
  • Transitioning into and away from the diet can be difficult.

What is the Nutrisystem Diet?

The Nutrisystem diet is a portion-controlled weight-loss plan based on the glycemic index. The plan recommends three meals, which are prepared by the company, and two snacks. There are specific diet plans for men, women, vegetarians, and diabetics. In addition, it offers a transitional adjustment program for people who are just starting the diet. However, this plan is not recommended for those with chronic kidney diseases and certain allergies and is intended for those aged 14 years and older.

Prepackaged meals are sent to the diet plan participants. Healthy foods can be added to this meal plan for efficient weight loss. Those who stick to the prepackaged meals sent by the company can achieve their weight-loss goals, however transitioning off the diet can prove difficult.

Some of the meal options by Nutrisystem diet include:

  • Muffins, oatmeal, granola, and pancakes for breakfast
  • Tacos, chicken, pasta, and pizza for lunch and dinner.
  • Brownies and cakes can be had for desserts.

Along with the prepackaged food one can have a variety of fruits, vegetables and nuts. The meal plan ensures that about one half of the calories come from carbohydrates, one fourth from proteins, and 20% from fat. The prepackaged diet contains ‘good’ carbohydrates that have low glycemic index. Expected weight loss with the diet is about one or two pounds per week.

The meal plan is for 28 days and people can choose from the list of foods offered in the meal plan. In addition to the meal plan, the diet also suggest a half-hour of exercise each day.

The Nutrisystem diet is a convenient plan that facilitates healthy eating. The cost of the plan is lower than many other popular diets. However, many people who have followed the diet plan find the food to be less than appealing. Transitioning from a person's normal routine to the new diet plan and again back to normal after the weight-loss seems to be tricky.