How Does Nutrisystem Work?


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Nutrisystem works by providing pre-packaged meals and snacks so the dieter does not have to make decisions about portions and calorie counts. As long as the dieter adheres to the allowed foods and eats at the designated times, the system offers guaranteed calorie restriction.

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The company ships prepared meals and snacks to the dieter's home and offers customized plans for adult men and women, seniors, diabetics and vegetarians. Typical breakfast offerings include muffins, granola cereal and pancakes while lunches and dinners include choices like tacos, pasta, soup and pizza. Desserts are usually brownies, cookies or cake. In addition to the pre-packaged breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts, dieters are instructed to supplement the diet with fresh produce, protein and dairy products from the grocery store.

According to the company, the diet offers a variety of nutrients, with a little over half the calories coming from carbohydrates, 25 percent from protein and 20 percent from fat. It also provide 2,000 milligrams or less of sodium per day. The diet emphasizes the importance of "smart" carbohydrates: carbohydrate foods such as vegetables and whole grains that don't raise blood sugar as much as sweets and certain fruits. The company recommends dieters add moderate exercise to their weight-loss plan.

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