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.