5 Reasons To Not Use Nutrisystem as Part of Your Weight Loss Program

One of the most popular and visible weight loss programs on the market today is NutriSystem. Around since 1972, many would think it would be the ideal way to lose waistline inches fast. However, here are 5 reasons as to why you might not want the people at Nutrisystem handling your diet plan.

1. Too expensive
At an outlay of around $300-$350 for a 28 day plan, the cost of Nutrisystem can be excessive as their customized diet program also requires the customer to purchase fresh food such as fruit, vegetables and water to complement the meals that they provide. This probably should be obvious to most people but in many cases, this is one of the major complaints. Remember, the food that Nutrisystem sends you is readily available at any grocery store.

2. High quantities of sodium in their pre-packaged items
If you are a food fanatic, or if you just read the food labels on packaged foods, you will know that there are huge amounts of sodium contained in all of that stuff so Nutrisystem’s plan cannot avoid the issue as they send you a full month’s supply of food in advance. Customers with heart or kidney issues should stay clear of the plan for health reasons but as with any dieting plan, you should consult with your doctor first anyway.

3. Requested foods substituted too often
As a dieting customer, Nutrisystem allows you to request your own menu which would seem to be a feature of the plan, provided that when the food is shipped, it actually corresponds to the order that was placed. In many cases, apparently, food is substituted without prior consultation which would be a huge issue for me. For example, if you are a vegetarian, do you really want an eggplant lasagna replaced with a Veal Parmigiana? I don’t believe I would.

4. Health Side Effects can be difficult
Some consumers have reported experiencing some physical side effects such as bloating, constipation, nausea, and stomach pain among the most common. My own feeling about this is that the diet is based on certain pre-requisites such as 25% protein, 55% carbohydrate, and as much as 20% fat. These combinations do not necessarily agree with everyone’s metabolism. Remember also that the diet plan requires the user to drink eight glasses of water per day.

5. No long-term weight control benefits
The problem with a program like NutriSystem is that it is “weight loss in a box”. If the user discontinues the plan and reverts back to old habits, the weight returns. Part of establishing effective weight control is to embed good eating habits alongside regular exercise which is independent of an outside source.

Generally, I think Nutrisystem is an effective program of weight loss. If the consumer does what he or she is told, then the benefits are well established. You simply don’t stay in business for 40 years in a market like this without having consistent success. Would I use it? No. I wouldn’t. For me, it is way too expensive and I am a huge advocate of establishing personal habits that become everlasting and are not short term. However, if I was a career minded executive, who had little time for cooking or exercise, and where cost was not an issue, I might very well give Nutrisystem a shot.

Worst case scenario is that if you don’t like the program, then send the food back and wave goodbye.

The Great Beer Belly Debate: How to lose it

If you are anything like me, over the last several years you’ve probably put on a few pounds here and there. The problem is that extra weight usually finds its way to your waistband and begins to block the view of your shoes. It’s called the “Beer Belly”. A simple term but how do we get rid of it?

The trick, in my view, is relatively straightforward but sometimes that simplicity gets lost in the mass of information about weight loss and exercising that we’re flooded with every day. There’s a bunch of literature, books, DVD’s giving you all the “easy” fixes to miraculously get rid of the beer belly while sitting on the couch sucking down the third bowl of ice-cream. There are some wonderful weight loss programs out there that will shed pounds in a hurry. However, I’ve learnt that if you want to lose belly fat, you need to bring two qualities to the starting line. Dedication and good ‘ole hard work! If you’re reading this and you say to yourself “I’ve heard all this crap before”. That’s great. Read it again, because if you’re here on my blog, you obviously didn’t listen clearly the first time.

1. Stop drinking beer
This should be obvious but it needs to be said. Beer is full of calories (about 150 per bottle) so 3-4 of these babies will shoot up any gains you might have in other areas. If you’re a regular consumer, halve the intake and drop to lite beer (only 100 calories).

2. Work those ABS
No amount of dieting will get rid of the gut fat unless you work the abdominal muscles. The reason the beer belly got there in the first place is because muscle tissue has declined towards middle-age and so the calorie usage has dropped. If you have a desk job, tighten the muscles to see how long you can hold them. Do that 10 times a day every morning and repeat every afternoon.

3. Eat little and often
Replace those big evening meals and lunchtime fast food specials with 5-6 smaller meals per day. The Nutrisystem diet program has used this principle for years and made millions out of it. No more McDonald’s, Burger King, Steak n Shake etc. If you must eat out, grab a Subway sandwich.

4. Regular cardiovascular exercise
Try to establish a workout plan that involves exercise that gets the heart racing. Walking is fine to start with but the body adjusts the metabolism to compensate after a while so you have to increase the level of fat burning. A minimum of 30 minutes to start with and then step it up to no more than 60 minutes. Try to join a gym as this will force you into a routine.

5. Cut down on the sugar
Sugar is one of the body’s biggest enemies when it comes to weight gain. Processed foods such as hot dogs, cookies, hamburgers, and pretty much anything associated with chocolate should be reduced dramatically.

Be sure to check with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program.

If you keep to this regimen, you will see progress but because of our age, it will be slow. The trick is stamina for the long haul. Many of us just accept that we are what we are and don’t think we can lose weight now that we’re a little older. That’s a crock.

Let’s get to it, people! There’s a beer belly out there to get rid of!

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