For anyone who is interested in trying the NutriSystem diet food delivery plan, knowing what the major constituent of the NutriSystem diet contains is probably of paramount importance, so that you know exactly whet you’re letting yourself into. For that reason, we’ve created this article which looks at the actual Nutrisystem meals themselves and brings you information on what they are, what they contain, why they are good for you and how they will help you to lose weight.
The first thing you need to know about the meals is that they are designed to completely replace your regular three meals per day and also include one dessert and one snack that you can have at any time during the day if you are feeling peckish.
At first glance, this would seem a logical thing to do, as its most likely that your regular meals are the major reason you’re overweight and need to lose some in the first place.
What often comes as the first shock when you see the NutriSystem meals is that they are smaller than your regular ones. Chances are that you’ve become used to eating large meals that fill you up to the point of bursting and that has gotten ingrained in your consciousness as the norm. Unfortunately, the norm is slowly killing you and to halt this from spiralling out of control, the size as well as the composition of your foods must change if you are serious about losing weight. So the first thing you’re going to have to accept is that the NutriSystem meals are smaller and they are smaller for a very good reason.
What is so Healthy?
The healthy side of these diet meals is that they are low in calories, low in saturated fats, balanced as far as proteins and low GI (Glycemic Index) carbohydrates are concerned and contain far fewer additives, salt and sugar than the meals that you have become used to.
That means you can lose weight thanks to the fewer calories contained in the dinner, while the balance of proteins and low GI carbs will help boost your metabolism so that you burn calories more efficiently, meaning the chance of faster weight loss. The reduction in salt means your body will retain less water, which, while not contributing to your body’s weight by solid mass, can increase your overall weight by as much as two pounds or more.
It goes without saying that you should not add salt to the meals at all, but you can add freshly ground pepper or other spices if you feel the need. You should also make a point of drinking plain water with the meals and cutting out completely all fizzy soda drinks or sweetened cordials and that also includes low calorie or sugar free drinks. Why? Because they contain artificial sweeteners that can do your body more harm than the sugar they replace.
Example NutriSystem Meals
To give you an idea of what is on offer as a randomly selected day’s meals, here is an example of one of the NutriSystem meals. It should be noted that where they state that you can add certain foods to them, these are not included and you should buy these yourself separately and preferably as fresh as you can,such as fresh fruits. Berries such as raspberries, blueberries etc can be frozen:
Light, fluffy pancakes perfect for a weekday treat or weekend splurge to which you can add some fresh strawberries or other fresh fruit such as raspberries, blueberries, cherries etc.
Home-sytle cheesy potatoes with the flavor boost of two cheeses, plus broccoli to which you may add a slice of ham or other green vegetables such as cabbage, kale, swiss chard etc.
A Mexican fiesta of beef tacos complete with a kick of chili powder! You can add your own green salad with peppers, onions and garlic if you really want some strong flavors! The dessert is a Fudge Brownie that is a rich, dense and fudgy treat which is also a great guilt-free indulgence that you are allowed to have as part of the diet.
There is also a snack for that day which you are allowed to have and that’s a slice of low fat string cheese and a pear.
If you check out the website and look at their menu selection, complete with pictures, you’ll see for yourself that the main meals are actually well thought out, varied and look great to eat. The NutriSystem meals are a far cry from the popularly held image of a limp lettuce leaf salad three times a day! These are foods that you can really enjoy and they look and taste great!