Nutrisystem is a company that produces and markets weight loss programs over the internet. A key marketing slogan they have adopted is “fast food for weight loss”. Nutrisystem has over 800,000 customers together in the United States and Canada. Nutrsystem manufactures and processes food items based on the glycemic index (GI). The GI measure the food consumed by referring to blood sugar level, two hours after the food has been consumed.
They have six specialized sub programs, of which anyone can be chosen. The six specialized programs are
- Women’s Program.
- Men’s Program.
- Silver for Women (60+ women)
- Silver for Men (60+ men)
- Type II Diabetic Program.
- All Vegetarian Program.
Customers can also opt for completely customized packages. The orders are placed online or on a 24 hour toll free number. The food plan is then delivered to the customers for a 28 day period. Each package consists of 3 meals i.e. breakfast lunch and dinner; and 2 snacks.
Food items ordered from Nutrisystem need not be refrigerated and can be stored at room temperature. Some food items are ready to heat. Some need to be heated in the microwave and some can be cooked by adding hot water. The first “Welcome Kit” consists of a meal planner and a food diary. The meal planner is instrumental in defining a proper diet for you. This includes portions and the meals and snacks. The daily diary is used to record and maintain food consumption of food, whether fresh or processed. In the Welcome Kit, you will also find the support services that you can avail of including newsletters, classes, and motivational messages. You can also join up a chat group. If you feel that you need more advice and guidance on the chosen diet, you can have a one-on-one session with a trusted counselor via the telephone.
The price of Nutrisystem food range reaches close to $300 on a monthly basis. Thus per day the meals cost 10$ that account for the meals and the snack or dessert. You also have to shell out more cash for fresh produce and dairy products. A health food delivery plan like Nutrisystem is perfect for people who do not have time to worry about portions or count calories. But still want to reduce their weight or maintain a slim figure. It is great for busy professionals who are more often than not, time starved. It also works for people ill equipped with knowledge of cooking food, since these meals involve only microwave heating or adding hot water. The food has a low sodium content, low fat content and has zero trans fats.
You can also check out trial offers of one week, if you are given a chance to do so. Once the order is placed it takes about 6 to ten days for the package to reach you. If you remain unsatisfied with the program you will get a refund for unused food returned 30 days from date of purchase.
Nutrisystem Women’s program
You can choose from 120 prepackaged food items. You are also allowed the luxury of one dessert per day. The woman’s program encompasses food with a low GI. It would be rich in proteins, soluble fiber and omega 3 fatty acids, but have very little fat content .The plan must be supplemented by fresh fruits and vegetables. It is ideal for women trying to lose weight. It can work wonders for new mom’s who are busy with the infants but want to shed the excess pounds they have put on post pregnancy. This diet plan also helps improve the heart health. The food is nourished with special fibers and nutrients that help women control their hunger pangs and urge to snack more often.
Nutrisystem Men’s program
The men’s program is also very similar to the women’s program. Both plans come with exercise suggestion. Weight loss would be incomplete without proper exercise and training, so it is advised that to follow all the exercises that have been sent alongside the diet. These exercises work on your problem areas, burn calories and are designed for toning and trimming. The Men’s program has food richer in proteins since men have more muscle build up than women.
Nutrisystem Silver Program
The Silver program is designed specifically for men and women above the age of 60. They are designed to contain high fiber content and cholesterol reducing foods. An exercise regime is not attached with the silver program. The silver program works by lowering the calorie consumption per day and still managing to reach all nutrition requirements of older people. The diet helps you remain full long after the meals and also replenishes your energy levels abundantly.
Nutrisystem Type II Diabetic Program
As the name suggests the Type II diabetic program is specifically designed keeping in mind, health and food requirements of people suffering from Diabetes. It contains 70 prepackaged food meals. If you are diabetic you need to be extra cautious of the food you eat. You can also opt for the new NutriPeptide bars and shakes that are rich in protein and calcium. This plan is well equipped to deal with your blood sugar levels. It promotes safe weight loss. Along with the diet plan you also need to exercise regularly. Consult your physician and take your medication on time.
Nutrisystem All Vegetarian Program
Vegetarian food encompassing various nutrition requirements are the special feature of this plan. It comes with 60 prepackaged food items to choose from. Thus you need not lose out on nutrition and especially proteins because you choose to be vegetarian. It is an absolutely healthy and well balanced vegetarian diet. The food also tastes great and you can choose from a wide variety of entrees, snacks and desserts. The costs are similar to the other plans and can be prepared in a similar way.