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Quick question... How much fruit can you eat during a raw food Nutrisystem diet? Thanks in advance for any response. 2nd question I got is.. I am relatively new to NS. I started on Oct. 11th.

My job has me working irregular hours with meetings that sometime last into the evening or over lunch. My job also involves travel a few times a month.

Even though I have not followed the Nutrisystem diet 100%, in the short time since the middle of October, I have changed how I eat over all. I take note of portion size along with ordering at restaurants (i.e. grilled chicken salads instead of the biggest burger & fries, etc.).

My ultimate goal is to lose weight. It is not to stick to Nutrisystem 100%. So far, I have been able to do it..

I am happy with my weight loss so far. I also expect to hit plateaus at some point which I will have to push through to get to my goal of 200 lbs. However, can anyone help with what is a typical weight loss per week on NS? I am hoping to lose 2-5 lbs per week. Is that unrealistic taking into consideration that my job make Nutrisystem 100% very difficult?.

Is there anyone else out there who has been sucessful on Nutrisystem without being able to stick to the diet 100%?..

asked Apr 21 at 14:21

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Hmm... I need to find out myself. I don't know what is the right answer to your question. I'll do some research and get back to you if I find an answer. You should email the people at Nutrisystem as they probably can answer it..

answered Apr 21 at 14:50

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To me it seems there is an initial "honeymoon" weight loss, that is to say I lost at a more rapid pace in the beginning until my body adjusted to the reduced calorie intake then I settled in to about a 2lb a week pace..

There are other variables such as exercise and activity level that can have effects on how fast you lose too. Pay attention to the inches you drop as much as the scale especially if you are exercising. Above all stick with the plan it is almost fool proof.


answered Apr 21 at 16:04

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Not being an attorney, I'll bet that "results not typical", "you mileage may vary", and others like it are a way to help avoid Truth In Advertising class-action lawsuits..

Doesn't mean the thing being advertised doesn't often do what it says it will, but even if it underperforms 10% of the time, and 10% of those folks are litigious or truly feel they've been wronged...well...legal defenses are expensive, even when you're right..

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answered Apr 21 at 16:43

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Check out all of the tickers like mine. I lost 9 pounds my first week and 5 each week for about 4 weeks. At this point (down 100) 1-2 pounds a week is great. Most people here report that loose skin isn't a serious issue - the surgery cases that lose much faster have to have surgery to remove all the loose skin. Anything more that 1% per week (after the initial surge) isn't healthy. Those with a lot to lose who stick very close to plan seem to average 3 pounds.

Whatever you do - find what will work over the long haul. The only cure for our obeisity is discipline and vigilance. Nutrisystem is a big help - but you have to make it work!..

answered Apr 21 at 18:11

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Mine has followed about what everyone else said: I dropped a lot of water weight due to the reduction in sodium at first, now I'm losing about 2 pounds a week which will probably slow down. Men are luckier in that they lose faster than women do..

After you lose your water it will slow, because losing actual fat takes longer and the initial rush is the bloat you've been carrying. I've so far hit a plateau at each 10 pounds lost that lasts maybe 2 weeks..

I am sedentary, and not doing serious exercise, but I've noticed moving around is much much easier and I don't balk at a long walk. My shins used to ache on the walk from the parking lot into work..

Here's a page that will calculate how many calories per day you need to maintain, then based on that you can subtract the 1500 you eat on Nutrisystem to determine your deficit. I believe you need to be 3500 calories in the red to lose a pound..


(So essentially, subtract 1500 from the number this gives you, multiply that by 7, then divide by 3500 to determine ideally the rough number of pounds per week you will lose if you're on plan 100%.)..

answered Apr 21 at 18:23

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Welcome...I'm in the same boat, with the same goal..

Jayzen hit it right on the head. After the initial surge, this calculation is dead on for me..

Hang tough!..

answered Apr 21 at 18:36

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Orange: You can reach your goal! Don't give up on yourself by saying that Nutrisystem is a tough fit for your job. With a little bit of planning, Nutrisystem is effective with even the most hectic work schedules. My work schedule is crazy too. Read thru the boards and you'll figure out some little tricks and favorable meals to make it through meetings and travel. I damn sure didn't come up with most of the ideas, I read and learned from the veterans on this board, but PM me and I'll be happy to share what I've found to be easy while on the road or in meetings. I really think that in addition to the categories (veg, men, old men, women, old women, diabetics) Nutrisystem should offer a package of meals for people on the go...

answered Apr 21 at 19:57

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I carry two days worth of food in my car to include 4oz juice boxes for fruits, low sodium V8 for a veggie and bars for both breakfast and lunch. For dinner keep keep the cups for hot water and/or the other cups. Add your favorite desserts/snacks and your done. Also keep a paper towels and plastic silverware. A large plastic bag keeps it all together..

Summers are tough on bars in hot weather, but you can make do..

The only other problem is the bag I made up for the wife's car she uses for snacks when she stuck in traffic. An everyday event in the DC area...

answered Apr 21 at 20:58

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I agree you're having the "typical" experience, especially for men. We shed excess weight faster and easier than women..

1-2 lbs a week is the "healthy" rate of loss, but you'll find some weeks you do more, some less, some not at all..

Don't get discouraged at plateaus - you might still be losing inches even when the scale doesn't move!..

answered Apr 21 at 22:04

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Welcome to the plan. Your result may vary but they will vary in direct proportion to how well you follow the plan. Try to be 100% at least for the first month so you can work out how the plan works and how to work the plan. I still eat out some but thanks to Nutrisystem I make better choices. A salad (dressing on the side and just dip the fork in it) , broiled chicken or fish (sometimes a small steak) with steamed veggies works well for me. No butter or oil unless it's counted as my fat for the day.

The whole point is to use Nutrisystem as a teaching tool so that when you reach your goal ( and you will if you want to bad enough) you can eat real world food and still maintain the loss. Average weight loss varies but 1% of your total body weight per week is a realistic goal. Hang in there. Stay active on these boards - you can never tell when you might learn something that will be a key factor in making your plan succeed. Especially the "Things we should just know" and "Tips from Bella Vita Boy" threads..

answered Apr 21 at 22:55

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That was great..

I'm in the same boat as many others.. I lost quite a bit of weight (~14 the first month) and am now about 1-2plbs per week. But as others have stated, if you start working out and resistance training, look more closely at the inches lost because your weight may not go down as much as you are building lean muscle...

answered Apr 21 at 23:34

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How great is that weight ticker of yours huh? Awesome job. You could ski down that thing..


answered Apr 22 at 01:07

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Thank you for all of your replies..

I am far from giving up on NutriSystem. In fact, I am very pleased with the program so far..

I already have done many of the things that have been suggested here. One other thing that I do is eat lunch bars for dinner and have dinner meals at lunch time if I am on the road to a meeting in the evening..

I am looking forward to getting to 200lbs. I think I have finally found a diet (NS) that will help me get there...

answered Apr 22 at 02:18

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Hey! I'm new to NS....only on my 5th day. I'm reading & seeing what I expected from the program..

I'm gonna depend on those ahead of me for all the inspiration I can get! The first 'official' program weigh-in is just a couple days away!.

Thanks & good to meet ya'll!..

answered Apr 22 at 02:21

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Welcome Gene!.

Make sure you work the plan, drink the water (then drink some more), talk to a counselor, check in here everyday and enjoy the ride to becoming a loser! There are some great guys on here who will inspire you - make sure you stay in touch!..

answered Apr 22 at 02:30

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