Diet advice based on real world personal experience!

“Nutrisystem Just Didn’t Work For Me 

&

Unfortunately, It Likely Won’t Work for You Either!”

My Nutrisystem Experience

 

What you’ll find in this open letter is information that will help you better understand the Nutrisystem approach to losing weight and my experience with it. I wish I had this information before I spent my hard earned money on Nutrisystem.  It's my hope that you will find my experiences and my recommendations to be of great value as you evaluate your weight loss options.    




 

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Hi there. 



My name is Jessica Seymour. 


At the time I'm writing this, I'm 38 years young and have a fantastic family of 5 including Craig my handsome hubby, and our 3 boys - Conner, Alexander, and Trent.  That's us below in a recent picture.





I've been pretty active and physically fit for most of my life and didn't really have weight issues until I gave birth to our first son Trent just over 5 years ago. A year after giving birth to Trent, I still weighed 173 pounds and I was so embarrassed about how much I weighed that I knew I had to do something about it. 


The extra weight made my sleep fitful, my ankles would swell up, and I would get headaches daily. Unfortunately though, my body had so many aches and pains that I couldn’t find the energy or will power to be more physically active, so I had to focus my efforts on diet. 


My first choice (because they make the food look so good in their ads) was to try Nutrisystem - but I should have known it wouldn't be that easy.  My Nutrisystem experience proved to be a short lived, eye opening experiment I’ll just call; “Can Guess what you’re eating now?” You can read about it further on down this page. 


I then joined Jenny Craig, but that turned out to be a huge mistake for a number of reasons which you can read all about here


About six months after my Jenny Craig fiasco, I decided to give dieting another shot and signed up for Weight Watchers at the urging of a good friend whose father had seen good results with it. Learn more about my unsuccessful Weight Watchers experience here


The good news is that at the time of writing letter, I weigh in at a healthy and happy 128 pounds, I've lost my belly and most of my butt and have maintained this weight within a couple of pounds for over two years now. 


Me... Before and After


This despite my lack of success with Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem. 


My secret weapon is a comprehensive weight loss program that uses a unique Calorie Shifting approach, But before we get to what is working for me, please take a few minutes to read about my experience with Nutrisystem.  


About Nutrisystem… 


Nutrisystem is a commercial program that has made the transition from weight loss center-based, like Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig, to an online weight-management program. It is a reduced calorie diet that focuses on balanced nutrition (60 % carbs/ 20% fat/ 20% protein) which follows the Food Guide Pyramid. This basic strategy is where your focus should and is recommended by virtually all dietitians, nutritionists and doctors. 

Their twist on it focuses on the "glycemic index" which measures the quality of carbohydrates. "Good" carbs are complex carbohydrates such as whole grains and vegetables, while "bad" carbs are refined carbohydrates such as white sugar and flour. 


Nutrisystem's approach revolves around the consumption of their prepackaged meals, which are definitely convenient and helpful in dealing with controlling your portion size. 

The downsides are that many people do not like the food choices and that getting into the habit of buying your meals fails to prepare the dieter for real world food preparation once the diet ends.


Therefore, the key to the success of this diet program is ensuring that you can stomach the food and getting through the transitional period where the dieter goes from prepackaged to regular, prepared meals. That is unless you plan on eating prepackaged indefinitely, which is an option if you can afford it and if you like the food. 


My experience with Nutrisystem… 


As I mentioned, my foray into the diet world started with Nutrisystem. It was short and sweet however and little did I know – the experience would prove to be reflective of the lack of success I would have over the next couple of years as I moved from Nutrisystem to Jenny Craig to Weight Watchers. 


In a joint effort to lose some weight together; my husband and I ordered a month's supply of Nutrisystem meals on Jan. 9. After seeing their numerous ads on television and in print, I thought the foods looked very appetizing and found the success stories and celebrity endorsements compelling. The order arrived in 2 days and I was very excited to start losing weight! 

Unfortunately, when I opened the boxes I was unpleasantly surprised. 

Nutrisystems advertising promised...

  • Balanced meals? 
Not until you go shopping for your own proteins, fruits and veggies to add to the meal. The portions are extremely small and expensive. A 3.42 oz. flatbread pizza costs $5.33, and you have to spread the sauce and cheese on yourself. 
  • Delicious meals? 
The food was horrible and so many of the products tasted the same. Many times my orders were substituted due to a lack of stock. The items that I had to prepare myself (pudding etc) turned out like school experiments. There were times when my husband and I couldn’t eat a particular food item because the smell or taste was so horrendous. 
  • Good customer service? 
You have to call to get a return authorization to return the meals and it’s very difficult to get through on the phone. I was on hold for 15 minutes and then was cut off, tried again, 30 minutes on hold then got cut off, third try and I was on hold for 25 minutes and finally got through.


T
he results...

My husband and I couldn’t get through even the first week of food because we just couldn’t stomach it. We shipped back 3 weeks of food and did get our money back (less their restocking fee) in 5 weeks.

My husband decided that as much as he wanted to support me in my efforts to lose weight, he’d be sticking to a regular diet from now on.


3 Key Learning’s…


1. If you are at all discerning about the taste and quality of your food, then Nutrisystem is likely not a good option for you.

2. Nutrisystem is most concerned with selling you their expensive food. While they do offer some online support, the key component of their program is the food. My experience has proven that losing weight is about much more than just the food.

3. If you are looking for help in the area of food preparation, you can do much better than Nutrisystem by just shopping wisely at your grocery store and picking up the new Weight Watchers line of food products for example, which are less expensive, tastier and more nutritious.


My personal recommendation…

I don’t think that I was asking for too much looking for a weight loss program that delivered as advertised, could work within my lifestyle and that provided good support and relevant industry expertise.

Unfortunately, Nutrisystem fell short in every one of these areas, so I moved on.

As I mentioned earlier, after some trial and error I did finally find a program that I could work with and it's called “ Fat Loss For Idiots”.

As the name implies, the Fat Loss For Idiots program 
really is simple and it's also very inexpensive when compared to the other big name diet options out there - but don't let that fool you because it's also extremely effective.

    • A big positive is that it works without you needing to radically change your lifestyle.
    • It uses a unique but simple approach called Calorie Shifting which teaches you how and when to eat in order to turn your body into a fat burning furnace
    • It's convenient because you eat real food, that tastes great and that you buy at your local grocery store for reasonable prices. 
    • You won't be tempted to cheat because you eat 4-6 times per day, and NEVER feel hungry. 

I'm not suggesting this is an eat anything you like, as much as you like plan...but it really is almost effortless, and the results are amazing!

You'll change your eating habits for life without even really trying.

That, combined with a real simple cardio plan worked wonders for me.

Ultimately, I guess I never really went on a "diet". I just changed my approach to eating for the better, which helped me increase my energy and lose a few pounds quickly, which enabled me to become more physically active.

It worked so well, that my husband tried the “diet thing” again and had even better success than I did! Together, we reached our goal weights and have been able to maintain it.

It's changed our lives and I'm confident that if you give it a fair shot, it can change yours too!

Best of luck, and please be sure to contact us to let us know about your success!!!

Yours sincerely,

J.Seymour

Jessica M. Seymour
Jessica(at)Diet-411.com
www.Diet-411.com


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