How to Weigh the Pros and Cons of the NutriSystem Diet


Have you thought about trying Nutrisystem but are still undecided? Read on for the pros and cons so you can decide for yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Objective attitude

Pros of the NutriSystem Diet

  • Consider the convenience of the pre-packaged foods. To further add to the convenience, all food is stored at room temperature.

  • Consider that NutriSystem is constantly revising recipes based on customer feedback. I have definitely noticed an improvement in several of the items during the time that I have been on the program.

  • Consider if you are someone who would take advantage of free online support. You can talk to a counselor or join in the discussion in the community. You also track your weight-loss progress.

  • Consider that some of the food is tasty (well, for diet food that is). If I could get my meat-and-potatoes husband to try a few of the entrées and even he liked them, that is a true testament of flavor.

  • Remember that there are no in-person meetings or weigh-ins, which allows those of us who are very busy the luxury of doing everything online.

  • Remember that you are constantly eating on this program. There are meals and snacks five times per day. This is definitely a bonus for those who are always hungry.

Cons of the NutriSystem Diet

  • Consider that some of the food is tasteless, bland and sometimes completely unrecognizable. This is diet food, but come on: a little more flavor please!

  • Keep in mind that the food is expensive. Expect to pay over $5 for a flatbread pizza that is slightly more flavorful than cardboard. Almost $2 for a candy bar dessert seems a little high. You will be shelling out about $300 for the entire program, and this is only if you get the auto-shipment.

  • Consider as well that there are a lot of foods to be added in addition to the pre-packaged NutriSystem foods. You buy fruits, vegetables and proteins to add in. This further increases the cost of this diet.

  • Take into consideration that this diet program (unlke the popular Jenny Craig) is completely online. So there are no meetings to go to and no weigh-ins by a counselor. If you need constant motivation or support, this may not be the diet plan for you. NutriSystem really is more of a meal plan rather than a diet. While the site suggests exercise, if you don't do it, who finds out?

  • Know that customer service is not that great. Each time that I called on the phone to speak to someone about the program, I was on hold for more than 30 minutes. Not only was this frustrating, but it caused me to hang a up a few times, which meant that I did not get my question answered.

  • Think of the portions, which are pretty small. I was a little hungry at first after trying some of the foods, and this was after adding my own food.

Tips & Warnings

  • A month's worth of pre-packaged foods arrives on your doorstep, add your fruits and veggies and you are ready to go.
  • If you are on a budget, be wary of recurring credit card charges from the auto-shipment.

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