How Much Weight Will I Lose on Nutrisystem?

Jane_150by Jane, Boston, MA

Okay, so I really can’t tell you how much weight you will lose. I’m not a nutritionist (which I still can’t believe is an actual job) or a doctor. I imagine that it would vary a lot depending on whether you exercise more than me, or whether you have an occasional glass of wine or not, or a million other little variables.

Nutrisystem says that you will lose on average 2 pounds a week.

But my story is that I started at 169 pounds, and six months later I weighed 147 pounds. Which means I lost 22 pounds in 6 months, which is just under a pound a week.

Do you lose weight fast?

woman-scaleIn a way, no. I’ve lost weight much faster than this before, by working out two times a day as hard as I could and severely restricting my calories. That works, and it works fast—but it doesn’t last long. First of all, it’s very hard to stick with because it takes up a lot of time and gives you almost no energy. Secondly, when you stop, the weight comes right back.

So compared to that, Nutrisystem wasn’t fast. But it’s probably the most weight I’ve ever lost in 6 months, because it didn’t undo itself. I ended up where I wanted to end up, instead of right back where I started. And there’s no point working really hard and really fast to end up right back where you started.

Honestly, a pound a week is a lot. A pound of fat is 3,500 calories, which means that to lose a pound you have to cut 500 calories a day. I know that people can do that on their own. But I also know that I always think I will… and never have. It’s just so much easier when someone else sets it up for you!

What about inches?

woman-tape-waistUm, I don’t really know. I don’t really understand the measuring inches thing, because it just seems like the more places you measure, the more it seems like you lost.

But I do understand that ultimately what really shows and makes a difference is that you get smaller in size, not lighter on the scale. No one can see the scale but you! And I know that this happened, because my clothes fit better. Particularly my jeans, which I sometimes avoid wearing for months at a time because I’m afraid to see how tight they are.

But I’ve been off Nutrisystem for a few weeks, and my jeans are fitting just as well as they were at the end of the plan. That’s a first! I’ve gone from around a size 10 to around a size 6, which is a big difference.

And I have to say there’s something really nice about knowing that if I ever gain weight again (okay, let’s just say when I gain weight again), I can sign back up for Nutrisystem and get back to where I want to be. It’s easy, and I know that it works.

Keep drinking water!

I feel like I should point out that drinking enough water is really important on this plan. Yes, drinking water helps you lose weight. And yes, it makes you feel better. But, it’s also essential for not getting bloated. The Nutrisystem meals aren’t overly salty, but they’re saltier than what I normally eat. I found that on days I forgot to drink enough water, I felt sort of bloated and puffy, which made me feel like I wasn’t losing weight.

So if you want to look your best every day while losing weight on Nutrisystem, drink a bunch of water! Almost the more the better. Which I guess is good advice anyway but it’s easier to do when you know it will make your jeans fit better.

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