Nutrisystem weight loss program review Fort Collins Colorado 2017
This is my review of the Nutrisystem weight loss program . Nutrisystem is a very popular dieting program. Like any other weight loss programs there are advantages and disadvantages you have to consider. The video above can help you decide if Nutrisystem is right for you. Nutrisystem is a weight loss program that provides you with premade meals that you use to lose weight.
Nutrisystem was designed with convenience in mind. The meal plans have variety, convenience, and best of all, are delivered straight to your door with free shipping.They have a large variety of options with cost running between 300 and 360 dollars a month. There are programs for men, women, diabetics, vegans, etc. They have around 150 menu options to chose from.
The basic premise of this weight loss program is low calorie and low fat. They will keep your calories around 1000. Now this is usually hard to do because of the hunger factor, but they over come this by feeding you 6 times a day. There is good online and phone support with counselors for this program. The good thing is you just do not have to think or work at all with this program because it is all done for you.
My opinion of Nutrisystem
So do I think this is a good weight loss program ? Nope. Here are my reasons.
1. Low Calorie Diets Fail
Low calorie diets are not sustainable. Studies show that after you get off of them you gain the weight back and more. If you look at the Biggest Loser contestants over 90 % of them gained back their weight in 2 years. Your body has a weight setpoint that is set by your insulin resistance. The calorie in , calorie out theory does not work in humans and that is what Nutrisystem is trying to accomplish.
2. Low Fat Diets Do Not Work
Nutrisystem uses 50 % carbohydrates in their diet plan and are keeping fats to a minimum. Study after study has shown the most effective diets are low carb. Here is one of my favorite studies done by JS Volek et al. The study showed that the low carb diet lost more weight than the low fat group and 3 times as much abdominal fat. Dr Hyman has a saying ” Eat Fat Get Thin”. Carbohydrates raise you insulin level and as I keep preaching, that is what keeps you fat.
3. Too Much Eating
The other thing I am against in this diet plan is the consistent eating. My son said it best when I asked him how do people lose weight and he responded “stop eating “. Why does that work ? When you eat you elevate your insulin level. If you never allow your insulin level to normalize because you are eating 6 times a day your body never goes into fat burning mode. I have written posts about this that you can read on this blog. The science is out. Nutrisystem needs to read the studies and change their menus and whole nutritional foundation. If they would do that I would be happy to be one of their supporters. So no, I never put any of my patients on this diet. You would be better off buying a book on the Atkins diet or the South Beach diet and trying to lose weight on your own. In my book Nutrisystem gets an “F”.
The Loveland Medical clinic is dedicated to helping people maximize their health. Weight loss is our primary focus because usually if that is under control the rest of your health is pretty darn good. For our patients we do also provide Urgent Care and Vitamin IV infusion therapy. We have a very limited number of Concierge primary care patients that all have come from our weight loss program. If you are looking for someone to just stick you on another pill we are not for you. Give us a call and see if we are a good fit. Your health is our mission.
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