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Nutrisystem 5-day jump-start walkthrough!!

Started 1389481935.13 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1390499531.987 by Julie_B

Hi everyone!

Has anyone done the Nutrisystem 5-day jump start? I have seen people start it or stop it, but not really talk about it while they were going through it. I am actually going to start it on Monday (I bought the kit at Walmart for $39.99 yesterday) and if y'all are interested, I will post every day about my progress, how I'm feeling, and if it actually works!!

For point of reference, I have never done a Nutrisystem program of any kind before, nor have I done Weight Watchers, Slim Fast, or anything like that. This is my first foray into a weight loss program and I am curious to see if it works!

Again, if it is something that y'all would like to read, then I'd be happy to post about it. I thought since Nutrisystem is sold on here then it might be a good topic. Also, others can talk about their experiences too, or if you want to join in, you can do that too! :)

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DINOBABY1390246845.15488 PostsRegistered 4/21/2009
Good luck. Let me know how it goes. I was thinking of trying this, not the whole plan, just the jump start for my diet. The food on TV for nutrisystem looks bad to me. It is bad enough having to diet to lose weight but if I can not eat good tasting food I will never stick to it.

depglass1390247061.8724083 PostsRegistered 11/14/2006

I'm interested in your opinion and your results. I hated the food, just hated it. I had the one month program.

KateChopin1390287111.0374118 PostsRegistered 1/17/2010

Good luck! I tried it once, and the prepackaged food was a deal-breaker. When I had to pour hot water on a "beef" patty to plump it up ( much like one of those sponges) I thought...why am I not just grilling a hamburger? I like making actual fresh food instead...but that was a while ago...I wish you the best.

wackers1390293245.1277031 PostsRegistered 7/12/2007SW

I also found the food atrocious but that was a few years ago so maybe they have improved it some since then. I know they have revised the food since I tried it.

Wish you the best of luck .............. Hey, give it your best shot and see what you think. Some people don't have any issues with the food and hopefully you will be among them.

If I ever had to lose weight again and opted to use a designated food program, I'd try Jennie Craig ...... heard that a comparison study was done among all the top weight loss programs and JC got voted the most effective. Have heard their food is pretty good too. It is more expensive than NS is though so that's a negative.

Indy-Blond­e21390324403.653689 PostsRegistered 9/23/2013Indy

Julie, how did it go? I did Nutrisystem for a few months in 2008 and lost 25 lbs. It got to be too expensive for me to keep it up with spending all that money for the food and then spending addl. $30 a week for the fruits/veggies. I thought the food was good when doctored up with addl. veggies, but I'm not picky. I hate to cook in general so I thought it was a Godsend.

Formerly OK4aBlonde2

ivey1390325148.0733118 PostsRegistered 6/25/2007

I did Nutrisystem a long time ago and lost about 30 pounds (wish I had kept it off). The food wasn't awful--but I remember it was so salty, and I didn't have to watch salt then. Honestly, I think you could do the same thing with South Beach or Weight Watchers frozen meals at less cost.

Oops, I came back to add--I do want you to let us know how the 5 day works and I wish you well! Good luck!

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luv2rd091390326266.77740 PostsRegistered 11/4/2009
I started Nutrisystem last summer with two of the 5 day kits purchased at Walmart. I didn't really think five days was sufficient time to know if the program would work for me. The portion size is a little scary but I was amazed that I didn't feel hungry. After completing ten days, I decided to take the plunge and ordered but with the frozen foods instead of all "shelf" food. Not all of the foods hit a homerun with me, but I have found a number of foods that I like which I order each month. Since last July, I have lost 48 pounds. I agree that it is expensive, but I had gained quite a bit of weight during chemo (steroids and a mindset that I was entitled to eat what I wanted because I had cancer) which I could not lose. After surviving cancer, I value my health more than ever so that increases my commitment to losing weight. The "big secret" to Nutrisystem is portion control and ingredients. Protein shows up in ample supply in most of the items...including desserts. That definitely helps you feel satisfied. Hope this helps...

Desertdi1390430918.4215935 PostsRegistered 7/14/2007Surface of the Sun
On 1/21/2014 Danae24 said:

Good luck! I tried it once, and the prepackaged food was a deal-breaker. When I had to pour hot water on a "beef" patty to plump it up ( much like one of those sponges) I thought...why am I not just grilling a hamburger? I like making actual fresh food instead...but that was a while ago...I wish you the best.

I think I'd faint if I saw a dehydrated "burger".........can only imagine what it looked like.

Smurfette1390433838.852229 PostsRegistered 5/27/2007Under the Moonlight

Good luck! I tried NS back in 2008 and the food was so chemicalized tasting I sent it all back. Perhaps it is better now...

ibb381390485362.4212372 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 1/21/2014 luv2rd09 said: I started Nutrisystem last summer with two of the 5 day kits purchased at Walmart. I didn't really think five days was sufficient time to know if the program would work for me. The portion size is a little scary but I was amazed that I didn't feel hungry. After completing ten days, I decided to take the plunge and ordered but with the frozen foods instead of all "shelf" food. Not all of the foods hit a homerun with me, but I have found a number of foods that I like which I order each month. Since last July, I have lost 48 pounds. I agree that it is expensive, but I had gained quite a bit of weight during chemo (steroids and a mindset that I was entitled to eat what I wanted because I had cancer) which I could not lose. After surviving cancer, I value my health more than ever so that increases my commitment to losing weight. The "big secret" to Nutrisystem is portion control and ingredients. Protein shows up in ample supply in most of the items...including desserts. That definitely helps you feel satisfied. Hope this helps...

Soy is the major protein source in Nutrisystem foods- I'd check with my dr to see if that's okay. I'd also review the ingredients with him/her, since much of the food is processed.

ibb381390485626.83312372 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 1/22/2014 Smurfette said:

Good luck! I tried NS back in 2008 and the food was so chemicalized tasting I sent it all back. Perhaps it is better now...

That's about when I went on Nutrisystem- I liked a good amount of the foods initially, but as the weeks went on I ordered less and less variety. Then one or two of the things I did like they discontinued! The portions were really really small- I kept reminding myself that we eat too big portions in this country. But when I told my very health conscious size 6 bff what I ate for a meal she said that wouldn't be enough for her!! I don't see it as a way for life; yes, I did put the weight back on. But there's got to be better way than eating overly processed food from a box!

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theatrebiz1390497522.8671000 PostsRegistered 8/23/2007

Good luck.

I must have really low standards for food, because I tried Nutrisystem last year, and didn't think it was all that bad. No it's not 5 (or probably even 3) star restaurant cuisine, but it's on par with lean cuisine, etc. The things I didn't like are things I generally don't like anyway (like the beef stew and pot roast). I thought the breakfasts and lunches (execpt pea soup) were really good, and the dinners, were okay - with the italian items being much better than okay.

Like the other poster, there is limited variety so it's easy to burn out.

I did lose 45 lbs, and after a three month hiatus (where I used the tools - portion control, eating small meals etc) to maintain my weight over the holidays, I am back on it in earnest. I am creating more of my own variety by eating nutrisystem about half the time, and supplementing with my own choices and/or lean cuisine, or frozen WW entres.

Michele

Julie_B1390499531.97388 PostsRegistered 3/25/2007

Y'all listen...no one responded at the time so I never posted anything lol

Honestly, the food was REALLY GOOD!!! The only thing I didn't like was the lasagna but that is only because it had mushrooms and I had to pick them out. The food completely satisfied me, along with my own fruits and veggies, and I drank lots of water...I wasn't even able to eat all the NS food during the week and I had some left over.

As for exercise I did pilates and I walked a couple days.

I weighed myself at the same time every morning and no joke..I lost a pound a day. 5 pounds in 5 days...just like they say!!!

I'm serious...there were no gross dehydrated meat patties to bring to life lol Everything really tasted great. There is also a $5 coupon to make the kit under $40 an it really is a great jump start. I was thinking of either doing this again or trying the Special K 2 week thing. Has anyone done that?

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