by Jane, Boston, MA
After six months on Nutrisystem, what’s the result?
I’m not someone who measures inches, because I think it’s a number that’s easily manipulated. If you measure your waist in 3 places instead of 1, you get to report three times the inches lost? Some of these stats come from people measuring their body in one place, and some come from them measuring in 12 places. You really can’t compare them.
However, I know that my waist has gotten smaller because of the way my clothes fit. I think my face looks a bit thinner as well, which is great. And I’m down 22 pounds – from 169 to 147. THAT feels good. It puts me back in the healthy weight range for my height of 5’7”, which is great.
There’s a lot to be said for getting a constant stream of balanced nutrition for six months. It turns out that when you get enough protein and fiber, enough water and vegetables, and not too much sugar and fat, you feel a lot better!
I do miss diet soda, but I definitely feel better without it. Drinking water all day with small meals keeps your size a lot more consistent than eating one big meal at dinner and a bunch of diet soda all day.
The fact that I feel and look better is worth a lot. But what’s worth even more to me is how consistent I look and feel. My waist doesn’t vary by inches every day depending on what I ate or drank the day before. My energy doesn’t vary so much, going to super-highs sometimes and then flagging extremely at other times. It’s so nice to know how my clothes will fit and how much energy I’ll have each day.
I’ll be honest – I sort of thought the plan would end and I’d just slowly gain the weight back, as always. It’s been over a month and that hasn’t happened at all yet. I think Nutrisystem, for me, was all about picking up good habits. I’ve been able to keep most of those habits when the plan ended. Eating small, balanced meals throughout the day. Supplementing those meals with a protein shake. Drinking water instead of diet soda and wine… mostly. Exercising 30 minutes a day, which is supposed to be every day but is more like 5 days per week.
It’s not extreme, but it’s moderation that, so far, is working. It’s just consistent and pleasant. It’s not extreme or super-fast, but it works, consistently, and the results stay. And that’s something I’ve never experienced before.
I don’t know! I’m not a nutrition expert, or really an expert in anything. I’m just a busy, professional woman who wanted to have a diet that would stick. I don’t have lots of extra time to think about dieting and I was sick of slowly gaining weight every winter.
I didn’t take “before” and “after” pictures. I don’t really like having my picture taken, and I didn’t expect to see any sort of drastic difference in my looks. I just wanted my clothes to fit comfortably and to feel a little better. And they do! But I found a couple pictures that might show you the difference, even though they are not the best comparison to one another.
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