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Quick question: Does Quick Weight Loss Centers or Nutrisystem work better? Hoping for any answer. 2nd question I got is.. I've been doing Nutrisystem for a few weeks and am enjoying it. I keep reading about things people are eating and I am just wondering if I still don't fully understand the program. Just read about someone eating FF feta cheese and FF hot dogs. Maybe I don't get it, but I didn't know that was an option.

Anyway, I am eating about 1300-1500 calories a day. Is that inline or low?.


asked Apr 21 at 11:45

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Yes sir! however you might wanna make sure and wait for another person to confirm this as I am not sure. Better yet, why don't you ask the Nutrisystem guys because they can answer you better...

answered Apr 21 at 11:47

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Most of the Nutrisystem meal plans have a dairy or protein serving add-in with lunch, as well as a snack meal sometime in the day that consists of a dairy or protein serving + a fruit serving, those "dairy or protein servings" can be anything that is 100 calories or less with 7g or more protein and less than 3g of fat. Fat free cheese products qualify in an appropriate portion size, and fat-free hotdogs (from BallPark or Hebrew National brands) also qualify. The men's programs (for those with less than 100lbs to lose) should average 1500 calories per day. 1800 calories a day for the over 100lbs to lose men...

answered Apr 21 at 13:18

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Looking at your chart so far, I would not change a thing!! From the looks of things, we should be asking you questions. You are doing great-keep it up!!..

answered Apr 21 at 14:00

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This whole add-in thing has me confused. Start a program, stick to a program..

I think the threads on Nutrisystem about fancy ways to make a bacon cheeseburger or pepperoni pizza, but Nutrisystem style, are a little silly..

Seems to me that's just a way to find yourself in trouble again by disguising bad foods as good foods..


answered Apr 21 at 14:14

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The add-ins are fresh foods that stop you from getting nasty things like scurvy while dieting. (Arhhhg Scurrrvy) They are nessecary for you to function well..

Nutri-Systems suggests some options (somthing like 20 for each type of add in), but gives basic nutritional guidlines about what you should eat for each type of add in. I don't know about you but, I think variety is the spice of life (at least with food). Also considering I likley have another 11-15 months on this diet, I want as many options as possible so I don't get bored...

answered Apr 21 at 14:57

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I think at least during the early stages it's good for us to stay focus on the plan as is. I can't speak for those who have fancy ways of making product different, but for me I might slip a little bit of this or a little bit of that into something and bump up my calorie intake significantly over time..

I have done some minor doctoring of the pizza, but I've only taken what I was already going to eat and piled it on the top..


answered Apr 21 at 16:31

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, seems like you are a little low on daily calories for someone who has targeted a 100+ pound loss. You might want to add in a little more protein (like cheese or FF hot dogs or eggs) to help you retain muscle mass over the long haul...

answered Apr 21 at 17:46

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Hmm I've been eating strictly from the plan and adding the extra (for the 100 lb plus) carb, fruit and carb to my meals and I barely reach 1500 calories a day. Seems to be working though...

answered Apr 21 at 19:24

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Hard to argue with results. Great job, keep it up..


answered Apr 21 at 20:06

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Oh but I do add 2 slices of turkey pepperoni to my pizza but thats the only change Ive made to the foods...

answered Apr 21 at 20:39

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You have the right idea about finding a plan you enjoy, but if you think Nutrisystem is a cure for obesity you're wrong. You don't have 11-15 months to go - you have the REST OF YOUR LIFE. I tried that (NS, JC, Liquid Protein, Atkins, Southbeach, Optifast etc.) for most of my life. I lost the weight every time and then gained it back plus. This time I dropped the most ever (this morning I'm down 100) and have maintained since last November. The difference is that I STARTED the program on maintenance.

Your job MUST be adapting what you're calling a diet to something you can enjoy for the rest of your life. As I said Nutrisystem is NOT a cure - it's a temporary solution you can practice for the rest of your life..

The good news is that I enjoy the lifestyle I've found and the rewards are nothing short of a miracle! I enjoyed the food from the start so I haven't done a whole lot to modify it - as some other successful maintainers do - I'm stretching my auto ship out three months and using substitutes for most of the entrees. A meal I learned early on is McDonalds salads with grilled chicken. Later, I'll have some fruit, vegetables and my Low GI carb. START MAINTENANCE NOW - that is maintaining a healthy lifestyle - you'll love the results and won't have to say - losing is easy - maintenance is hard..


answered Apr 21 at 22:04

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Great post, Tom! Great results all you guys. I can't WAIT until August 2010, when I can say I've maintained for a year. That's my NEW goal..


answered Apr 21 at 22:19

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Tom is totally correct about starting on maintenance..

It is difficult to think on like that when you are first starting, but the sooner you come to terms with the fact that you must follow these principles the rest of your life, it stops being a diet..

I think the difficult part of that is we have all "trained" our body to want food that is not healthy for us. The first three months of being on Nutrisystem is really about retraining your habits..

I am always surprised how much I like the foods that I am eating now. Not just Nutrisystem foods, which at some point I will stop ordering, but the vegies and fruits (and water.


I have stopped being concerned about what I weigh (much easier now that I have lost 75 pounds), but now I am focused on how I feel and getting my body into the right condition to last the rest of my life. Weight is only part of that picture..


answered Apr 21 at 23:58

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Yesterday was my first day on the plan....I ate every single item listed in my meal planner and at the end of the day I finished with 1310.9 calories. I assume if it was necessary for me to eat more, the plan would list it right?..

answered Apr 22 at 00:58

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Well you guys can do what you want, but I don't plan to keep buying nutrisystems after I reach goal. That doesn't mean I will go back to eating like I did prior to nutrisystems. I'm only buying the food while on the diet (while I need to lose weight). I know some people plan on eating Nutrisystems forever, but thats not me, sory. IT IS possible to eat non nutrisystems packaged food and maintain your weight. It's also possible to lose weight by eating non nutrisystems food, it's just easier to lose weight by using nutrisystems..

Where people go wrong is acting like once you hit goal you can just eat what you love to eat, what you ate and made you fat. I don't plan on that, but I also don't plan on buying nutrisystems for the rest of my life. This is a diet as in I am losing weight by doing it. Once you hit goal weight you will have to alter your eating to stay there otherwise you will keep losing. That doesn't mean you are finished managing your food intake, but what I would call a "diet" is over. Now you are managing your weight rather than dieting..

"Diet: Of or relating to a food regimen designed to promote weight loss in a person or an animal." thefreedictionary.com.

There are many ways to go about this living thing, I'm glad you found one that works for you. That doesn't mean we all have to do it. Flaming my post because I said I will be dieting for 11-12 months is a bit overboard...

answered Apr 22 at 01:13

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Just to be clear, there seems to be some confusion over add-ins. The add-ins are things that you add to what nutrisystems sends you in the mail. They are not "off plan." You have to eat the add-ins to be on plan. A protein add-in is somthing satisfying the protein add-in requirements. To make life easier Nutrisystems gives us a bunch of suggestions as to what we could use as an add-in. There are other things you can eat that would satisfy the protein add-in requirement and you would still be "on plan."..

answered Apr 22 at 02:01

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You might want to read Tom's post again...there is no flaming going on there...

answered Apr 22 at 03:32

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Tom is just trying to point out that to have long term success with this program, you have to change your mindset about dieting. He's not suggesting that you eat Nutrisystem for the rest of your life, just that you adopt the basic tenets of the program as your nutritional guide and continue that for the rest of your life. Dieting is a temporary solution to a permanent problem. Changing your lifestyle is the key to long term success. Thinking of this program as a diet will not serve you very well once you reach goal. Thinking of this as a the way you will eat from now on will...

answered Apr 22 at 04:41

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I disagree. It was a flame because it's an unreasonable immediate reaction that is entirely unrelated to the original post that happens any time someone says the word diet. It wouldn't be a flame if there was some reason to think I was plotting a feast as soon as I got off this diet or that I was saying good nutrition is only temporary. All I did was say that nutrisystems is a diet. You guys deamonize the word diet, and criticize anyone who calls nutrisystems a diet. Well a diet is simply a routine to lose weight (inherently temporary because you can only lose so much weight)....after that is when you learn to "live." Saying that I will be on a diet or on this diet shouldn't trigger this immediate "you need to change your approach" response.

A diet is just a process of losing weight and that is what nutrisystems is, sory. Deal with it..

I've seen this same criticism of others. Your point is that people need to make permanent changes to the way they eat if they want to keep the weight off. Thats great, and I totally agree with it. However, this "nutrisystems is not a diet" thing goes overboard. All I did was call nutrisystems a diet and say that I will only do the formal nutrisystems plan for 11-15 months and there is an inquisition..

Sry to hijack the thread..

Just so this is at least in part going to the original topic, another good reason to experement with the add-ins is so you know what to eat after you are done with the "diet" part of the "lifestyle change."..

answered Apr 22 at 05:56

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I see both sides. Nutrisystem is a DIET that will hopefully train us in a LIFESTYLE so we won't need Nutrisystem as the DIET becomes a LIFESTYLE. I thought Tom's post was great, but being only a month or so into this thing, I understand your perspective. It takes a while to see the bigger picture and how important the long-term perspective and "mindset makeover" is. It's critical to this process to.


See Nutrisystem as a DIET..

The tranformation takes a while or maybe will never happen for knuckleheads like me. Those who can make it into a permanent lifestyle change are the blessed ones..


answered Apr 22 at 07:27

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All I can do is share my views and experiences. If you don't want to take advantage of that then that's your perogative. I just don't understand why you're so defensive. All anyone here has tried to do is to help others be successful. Sorry. I didn't mean to piss anyone off...

answered Apr 22 at 08:55

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...he quoted my post and said I had the wrong attitude. It seems reasonable for me to respond that I disagree with his opinion and point out my argument about why what he said and why it's wrong..

You said that you agree with him and though it wasn't a "flame." I respond. I wasn't aware disagreeing was being defensive..


answered Apr 22 at 09:08

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Yes, and Thank You for sharing those experiences with us Mobay. It has been the experience, wisdom and advice of guys like yourself and Tom (just to mention a couple) that have gotten me (and countless others) to the point we are at today. I still have a long ways to go, but I know that I am better off today because of guys like yourselves in this forum..

600...take a chill pill, we all have the same goal, so let's try to help each other as much as we can. If you don't like the advice, then you don't have to take it..

Try to show a little more respect for these bigtime losers..

answered Apr 22 at 10:39

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No chill pills on my food planner....

As for the respect thing, I give more respect to what you say than who you are...I'm glad these guys help but just because they say it doesn't mean I agree with it. We all do have a right to our own beliefs, I was only expressing mine. Just to be clear, the original post said I had the wrong approach and all I am doing saying I don't think so and why (and responding to additional points brought up by others). I was under the impression that the forum was here for us to learn from each other, not just the big losers... As the Supreme Court would say, we need a robust forum of free speech for truth to rise to the top..

I don't think I am being particularly offensive by just saying why I disagree...

answered Apr 22 at 12:13

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I'm sry my epicly long posts have prevented your question from being answered..

If you ate everything on the planner, and in the correct amounts you are there. If you have more than 100 pounds to lose then you need to add 2 carb servings and a fruit serving (I think). If you have additional concerns about your individual plan talk to a counselor...

answered Apr 22 at 13:08

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Thats a pretty normal day for me. Since I added the extra fruit, and carbs for the 100+ to lose rules I take in around 1400 a day. But yep the plan would tell you if you needed more...

answered Apr 22 at 14:25

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I don't think you need to eat Nutrisystem the rest of your life, but you do have to figure out why Nutrisystem works, and learn how to duplicate it with store-bought foods once you reach your final goal..

Possibly more important, or at least as important, is developing a consistant and long term exercise plan, and never stopping. While you might not eat Nutrisystem food the rest of your life, you darn well better exercise the rest of your life..

Because what got us fat was more than what we ate, it is also the lack of sufficient exercise...

answered Apr 22 at 16:01

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I actually agree with your follow up post that you don't need to stay on NS. Mobay's reply could have been mine, he understood my intentions. 600n, Your posts are well thought out and valuable. In the future I'll try to make sure that no one thinks I'm flaming their posts. Apparently, you understand that without a lifestyle change - the pounds will come back on..

If I'm flaming anyone it's me! I could easily have said: Tom, don't think because you've had all these miracles and feel so great - that you've got it made. MAKE SURE you're MAINTAINING your new lifestyle. Stay motivated and determined. If there was any "flame" in my response it's because I'm watching my own attitude so closely and maybe I thought I could be doing better! As I said - I've lost weight many times before just to gain it back - I don't want that to happen again to me or anyone else!.

600n - congratulations on your decision, your determination and your success; I look forward to cheering you on next year as you reach and maintain your goals. I hope you will continue to post after you get there, and share what works for you in staying at your goal weight! You have a lot to offer I look forward to learning from your discoveries as you find and maintain your healthy lifestyle!.

I only post here because I want everyone (including me) to succeed over the long haul. Thanks for letting me know that I missed the mark in responding to your post. I'll attempt to do better in the future..

Mobay has been a support and an inspiration since I started - he's shown that we CAN keep the weight off. I'm attempting to follow in his footsteps. I will never flame anyone's post intentionally..

+1 I couldn't agree more especially with: "...we need a robust forum of free speech for truth to rise to the top. "..

answered Apr 22 at 17:23

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