I get a lot of questions about NutriSystem that begin with the words “how long does it take to…” People want to know how long it's going to be until they start seeing results, loose 20 pounds, or can fit into a bikini, etc.. Basically, most people have an end result in mind and they want to know how long they'll have to wait or tread water until they reach this goal. For example, folks want to look great for a wedding, shine for a class reunion, or not be embarrassed to walk along the beach. In the following article, I'll try to help you come up with a time frame and give you an idea of what to expect.
Typical Weekly NutriSystem Weight Loss: The official statement from the company states that 2 – 3 pounds per week are typical. I think that this is an attempt by them for you to keep your expectations low. Sure, at 3 pounds per week, you'd lose 12 pounds in a month, and over 70 pounds in 6 months. (At that rate, you'd lose 140 pounds in a year.) These are respectable results by any one's standards. But, there are a decent amount of people who are in the 4-5 pound range as well, especially those that start out heavier or those who are willing to move more.
Speeding Up Your NutriSystem Results: Losing More Weight More Quickly: A lot of people get impatient and want to lose as much weight as they safely can in the shortest amount of time. Some people tell me that the obvious choice is to skip meals. After all, they want you to eat a whopping five meals per day AND they want you to add in healthy sides for each meal. Some people will look at this and see places where they can cut out food and therefore cut out more calories, carbs, and fat.
This is a huge mistake. I promise it is. First off, all of the diet's meals are very low in calories, carbs and fat. So, cutting out a meal or two is only going to save you a handful of calories. Second, you need to eat regularly and often for ketosis (fat burning) to happen. If you slow your food intake, you're only going to slow your metabolism and therefore your results. Finally, you need the fresh add ins to ensure that your body is getting the nutritional support that it needs to burn the fat and calories.
Counseling, Education, And Moving More Doesn't Have To Be A Chore: The company gives you exercise videos with your food orders. (These are free.) They also give you free nutritional counseling and support. All of this is there for the taking at no additional cost to you. In short, they are giving you the tools, the education, and the emotional support to do this. You only need to take advantage of what's being offered. I find that so many people don't take full advantage of these freebies and it always surprised and disappoints me.
It's not too hard to figure out that moving more is a quick way to burn more fat and calories. This doesn't have to be a chore. You can play with your kids. You can go for a bike ride with your husband. You can dance or by silly with your family. Whatever you find fun that gets your heart rate up (even just a little), try to incorporate this into your day. Small efforts like this can get you into the next weekly bracket and can also make your body look more tone and lean. This in turn will having you seeing results and changes in your body much more quickly.