A Nutrisystem Journey: A Successful First Week
Last week, I shared my introduction and why I started Nutrisystem. I talked about my weight-loss challenges and the goals I have for losing weight this time using Nutrisystem — and now, here's an update on my progress.
I had an amazing first week on Nutrisystem. I chose Friday as my weigh-in day, so that meant my first Friday weigh-in wasn't quite a full week on the plan. Between Sunday night (the night before I started Nutrisystem) and Friday, I lost 7 pounds! I was extremely impressed, because I honestly wasn't overly hungry at any point since starting. Usually, the hunger would kick in right about the time I should have a meal, so it worked out perfectly. I did have a moment of weakness around the kids and their Halloween candy (I ate a fun-sized Twix! Darn!) but other than that, I stuck to the plan.
What Every Weight Loss Program Needs
I'm going to remind you I'm not a nutrition expert or doctor or weight loss magician. But I have tried to lose weight over and over again on a variety of diet plans for at least half of my life, so I've learned a thing or two about what works for me and what doesn't work. Just reducing calories hasn't worked. Atkins hasn't worked. So far, Nutrisystem has by far exceeded the results I've gotten from any other diet or weight-loss plan, and here's why I think it's working:
I'm not spending a lot of time measuring things.
I've tried some diet plans in the past where you prepared all of your own meals and the trick was to measure everything down to the last drop. For my situation, and I think this is true for many busy families — the extra time spent measuring everything would end up making things difficult. When you are in a rush, it would become tempting to just guess on a serving size, and before you know it — you've given up the measuring all together!
I think in order for me to have success with a weight loss program, it needs to be convenient and quick to prepare as a general rule. Nutrisystem meals are portioned for me, and then I can add the vegetables, fruits, and dairy products without a ton of measuring (especially since many of the vegetables are allowed in unlimited quantities).
I'm not getting too hungry.
I've been on a number of diets where it seemed the moment I started them, I'd feel hungry! Any diet that doesn't allow you to feel full is a recipe for disaster for people who like their food. What happens when you allow yourself to get too hungry — or when you get busy and go too many hours without eating? When you do sit down to eat, you'll often overdo it and eat more than you should.
So far, with Nutrisystem I just don't get very hungry in between meals and snacks. They use carbs and fiber, pay attention to the glycemic index to keep your blood sugar from going up and down throughout the day, and uses a system of eating several times throughout the day to keep people from getting too hungry and then going overeating to compensate for it.
I'm not getting bored with the food.
Another common problem of diets, like a soup diet, or a cereal diet for example, is that you're expected to eat the same thing, meal after meal. I tried a heart-healthy vegetable soup diet once. The soup itself was DELICIOUS! You could eat as much as you wanted of it, all day long, but you were only allowed a few other things throughout the day and it got boring fast. It's hard to stick to something that doesn't have variety.
I have support when I need it.
Finally, one other component I think all weight-loss programs need to help people succeed is a support system. Ideally, everyone would have that support at home. Maybe your spouse or significant other can even diet with you, to show their support. Nutrisystem has started a discounted family plan for couples who both want to use the program to lose weight, which makes a lot of sense.
But, if you're like me, and you're home with two children who obviously do not need to lose weight — then you may need to find other support and encouragement. Nutrisystem has an online community where everyone attempting to lose weight on the plan can join in the discussion — ask questions, offer encouragement, and make new friends with similar health goals as your own. There are also counselors available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week that you can call with questions.
You can follow my overall experience and progress weekly here at HealthyTheory.com. If you want a more detailed, day-to-day account of the challenges and successes I experience as a single-mom-business-owner on Nutrisystem, you can follow along at BestOnlineWeightLossProgram.com, or @debbiedragon on Twitter.
Nutrisystem is providing their program free of charge for my participation in the Nutrisystem Nation Blogging Program, but the views and opinions expressed in this blog post are my own.